3 AM feedings are one thing. I can definitely handle 3 AM feedings. A 5 AM playdate on the other hand, is out of the question. This morning, I got up at about 4:45 to use the bathroom only to realize that the light in my boy’s room was on and I could hear them playing and laughing. I head in to see what possibly could have possessed them to think this was a good idea. The resulting conversation sounded like something straight out of the Garden of Eden.
Me: What are you doing awake?? It’s the middle of the night! (Quietly hoping, wishing, praying that they buy this and go back to sleep before the sun comes up and they know any different.)
Andy: (sitting on his bed surrounded by plastic dinosaurs) Well, Jack turned the light on, and he was playing , so I thought it was ok.
I look at Jack.
Jack: My tummy woke me up. It’s hungry and thirsty.
Too bad I can’t scorn that little tummy like God did the serpent….
And before you feel too sorry for my “hungry” two-year-old, don’t. That’s his excuse for everything these days, whether it makes sense or not. (Me: Jack, why did you take Andy’s car? Jack: My tummy’s hungry.)
Once you get over the initial misery of getting up for that 3 AM feeding, you have this precious infant looking you right in the eye with an expression that says “Mommy, I love you so much and thank you for this yummy milk. I can always count on you. I’m so happy to be here with you right now with my little fist wrapped around your finger.” Those quiet moments in the middle of the night are priceless. There’s no amount of sleep in the world worth missing out on that time together with your baby.
Attempting to convince a 2-year-old that just because he woke up doesn’t mean it’s play time is an entirely different scenario.
Truth be told, they went right back to bed, and it was no big deal. I, on the other hand, did not. That’s part of the reason I’m telling you this story right now. I’ve been awake for over two hours and am running out of things to keep me occupied before they wake up again.
Something told me I should have turned in early last night instead of waiting up for Josh…