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Daylight Savings and YOU

Sun_moonOn Sunday morning, when the time "fell back", leaving daylight savings for the next few months.  That morning, we woke up at 7:15AM, which was really 8:15 on our body clocks.  I was thankful that my girls are relatively sleepy little girls, as I don't think I could have managed to wake up much earlier.  That night, we were ALL out of sorts, having meltdowns when it was only 8PM.  I guess I had forgotten that it was really 9PM (pretty darn late for us) on our body clocks.

The next morning, Monday morning, we woke up gloriously "early" - 7AM.  It was a natural and easy wakeup, whereas other mornings we struggle to get dressed and fed at 7:45AM and we race to school to avoid those awful tardy slips and getting sent to the office.

Monday evening, the bedtime routine was not as long-drawn as others.  By 8PM, they were tuckered out and were generally pretty cozy in their bunks.

Today, we are approaching 7AM, and I am hoping that the mornings will be earlier once again, and that we can have leisurely breakfasts and rides to school, but it remains to be seen.

I my girls were early risers, I could see how this could all be reeking havoc, with kids waking up ready to go at 4 or 5AM.

How has the time change been in your family?  Crazy?  Unnoticeable?

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It's been like jet-lag for my 2 year old. Yesterday morning, she woke up at 5, it was still dark out, and I refused to get up for another hour! Today was much better. She woke up at 4:30, came to bed with me, and we just woke up at 7. Night time has been hard...on Sunday night, she was so "tuckered out," we could not even complete our routine of reading stories, singing songs, rocking in the chair and going into the crib. We went straight from one story to rocking and in the crib. She was out before her head hit the pillow. Interestingly, I can tell that she is exhausted during our bedtime routine if she becomes completely unmanageable and hyper. I stick her in the crib and out she goes! I am not dealing well with darkness at night...I have never liked November for this reason. December 21 is the happiest time of the year for me. It may be the shortest day, but they start to get longer from there!

Our little girl, 13 mths, is not doing so well either. She is up at 6:30 instead of 7:30 and NEVER GOES BACK TO SLEEP!! On the weekend this was Hell as my husband and I were both so tired and wanted to catch up on out seep. During the week its not been so bad. She gets up with daddy, he's a early 5am riser, and has had a diaper change and a milk by the time I get up. Then she comes to me all happy with her sweet "Hi's" and we brush our teeth together. And success, she actually tried putting her tooth brush in her mouth, on her teeth w/out any struggling.
The change is ok, but as anything its an adjustment.

I am so not into daylight savings. What a weird (antiquated) concept...Anyway, the early to bed thing is cool--my boys who usually go to bed around 7 or 7:30 were in bed and asleep by 6 on Sunday! Awesome! They were up at their usual 6:30 on Monday, and last night they went to bed (albeit quite tired, and super quickly) around 7:30. Of course, I spent most of yesterday evening trying to answer my son's question, "Why is the sun going down so early?" Yeah. He doesn't exactly "get" the concept of time yet, much less the idea that we arbitrarily change the time of day, and he wouldn't give up asking until bed. (Too bad last night wasn't the 6pm night!)

And then in 6 months we go the other way...sigh.

I was prepared for the sleep disruption but totally forgot about the change in mealtimes! Early breakfast means early lunch and starving for dinner before daddy gets home. I'm trying to move the meals slowly but it seems to be harder than wakeup times.

My 4 and 1/2 year old and I were up and wide awake at 4 AM MOnday. Silver lining was I was at my desk, coffee in hand at 7. Unheard of! All kids were in bed asleep last night by 7:30 - also unheard of and also a silver lining. I've never liked the first week of DST so much!!

I hate the time change!I have a 15 mnth old boy who is an early riser 5:3- or 6- neither myself nor his dad is a morning person so we were THRILLED when the little guy started to wake up at 7am (started about 2 weeks ago). I never thought that waking up a 7 would seem like sleeping in...He was sleeping almost 12 hours at night, btw. 1.5 to 2 hr. nap. I was feeling great! pretty well rested and "normal" for the first time in 2 years. The first morning after the time change he woke up at 5:30 and this am he woke up at 4:45! Argghhhh!!!!! I know it's not a tragedy or anything, I just find all of this messing with the clock very arbitrary and very irritating. Hopefully he'll adjust sooner than later and I'll be able to "sleep in" again.

Whoever invented DST didn't have a toddler who is an early riser.
We've gone from regular 5:30am wakings to now 4:30 wakings. Brutal!
Plus, his early bedtime of 6:30 now leaves him over-tired because his body thinks it's 7:30 and we don't get home until 5:45 (6:45 for his system). Ugh.

I must be the only one who LOVES the time change. In the fall, I get an extra hour on the weekend and in the Spring it means summer is on the way! I like the way it breaks up the year. I don't love the early darkness, but I do like the fact that it's actually getting light when I go to work (I have to be there at 7am). My son has been off on the eating and naps a little bit, but otherwise it's been good. He's usually so tired when we take him out of bed at 6 am.

I got to sleep at the same time but it means we get up at 6, as opposed to 7 so we're down an hour of sleep at our house.

We're lucky in that our little Bean usually gets up around 8:30 or 9 (now 7:30 or 8, which is manageable) and goes to bed around 8:30 or 9 (now 7:30 or 8). I hope I can stick to it! I would hate for bedtime to move slowly towards 8:30 or 9 now, only to really mess us up when the time changes again in the spring.

I like it.

I never anticipated such a big change when DLS came along. This use to mean an extra hour of play time and now, it's chaos at home. Dinner is now late lunch and early wake up times are killing me. It's nice to know I'm not the only one going through this. My husband said he asked around at his work (all men) and they all said there was no affect with the time change. He thought it was something we were doing wrong!!! Thanks to all who shared thier stories.

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