Sleepy Baby

Katie slept until about 2 pm! We were up until 1 is, but I did­n’t expect it to hit her that hard. I tried to wake her ear­li­er and she was obvi­ous­ly very solid­ly asleep, which is gen­er­al­ly a sign that she needs the rest, so I just let her be. She has­n’t been able to get to sleep eas­i­ly for the past week or so, and I guess she need­ed to catch up.

I’m glad nei­ther of my par­ents called today, though. They have that morn­ing-per­son thing going on and seem to believe that there is a moral imper­a­tive that requires all decent humans to be up, ful­ly dressed, and pro­duc­tive by 6 am. Yes, that includes week­ends. If they call and any­one is still in bed, they imme­di­ate­ly assume it’s due to poor moral fiber and licentiousness.

One of Mom’s biggest objec­tions to home­school­ing is that Katie isn’t on a “nor­mal” sched­ule, get­ting up ear­ly to catch a school bus every day for most of the year. She seri­ous­ly believes that the child will NOT be able to adjust to get­ting her­self up to go to work when she’s grown or to make ear­ly col­lege classes.

This is the kid who was get­ting her­self up by her­self, in charge of set­ting and respond­ing to her own alarm clock, at 4. I don’t remem­ber ANY day when she was attend­ing pub­lic school (through the end of the third grade) when she did­n’t get her­self up and out to the bus on time—until she devel­oped fibromyalgia.

She does nor­mal­ly get her­self up now, with or with­out an alarm clock. And she usu­al­ly does so by 7 or 8 am. When her body needs sleep, though, she has to have it, or she’ll start look­ing like she has black eyes, then start catch­ing every cold or sim­i­lar ill­ness car­ried by any­one in the county.

The judg­ment thing annoys me, though. I won’t lie to them and they do ask—but why do they have to be so damned judg­men­tal about what is real­ly a minor thing?

Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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