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Early to Bed, Early To Rise...

*Benjamin Franklin, Early To Bed, Early to Rise

I have issues.

See, my kids go to bed at 7:00 pm.

NO! That is NOT the issue.

The issue is that they get up between 5:00-6:00am EVERY SINGLE DAY.

I am NOT a morning person.

I thought for a few years that I would learn to be a morning person--that being forced to awaken bright and early day after day after day would sort of change my genetic make-up.


It has not.

I am STILL tired.

I *could* go to bed at 8:30 in order to get enough sleep, so as to bound out of bed like a little-mommy-ray-of-sunshine-even-though-it-is-still-dark-outside each and every morning.

But I won't.

See, I LIKE having a few hours to watch TV, check my email, eat whatever I want without being asked, "Mommy, what are you eating?" and to talk with my husband without small voices demanding the attention.

The fact is: I really really really like nighttime.

But staying up until 11:00 (which is our usual) makes me physically hurt come morning.

IT HURTS! My eyes hurt, my feet hurt (that is weird, I know) my neck hurts, my body HURTS!

I am trapped in a cycle of exhaustion spurred on by a 14 hour shift 365 days a year.

I NEED my nights. I feel as though I'm wasting time sleeping.

Sleeping is for pansies. Except...

Except when 5:00 am rolls around, and I am the biggest pansy there is.

Mornings are for the strong.

I am weak.

Oh so weak.

*Photo from Scrape TV

Morgan mothers by day and blogs by night. She doesn't sleep enough, but can be found musing at and 

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