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Friday, August 22, 2008

I hear voices

They're not the distant voices of a wayward imagination or the fading voices of a sober dream. They're the loud and clear voices of two of my children... at 5 a.m.

Last night I finally got into bed around midnight and had the hardest time going to sleep. It was probably after 1 a.m. when I finally drifted off, but I was determined to get up around 7 a.m. to try and get the children up and used to being on a school schedule.

However, when I was awakened at 5 a.m. my plans were a little thwarted. I got out of my bed and I amazed to find them not only sitting up and wide awake, but with the bright overhead light on. They sleep in the room with the baby and I would be none to happy if they woke her up.

"What are you doing? Why is the light on?" I whisper as I flick the light off.

"It's too dark," they say together.

"That's because it's not time to get up yet!"

I motion for each of them to lay down then realize I should make them go to the bathroom. One at a time they go with me reminding them to be quiet. I get them back in their beds with me never actually entering the room for fear that the baby would sense my presence and pop straight up into a sitting position. (Babies are good at that, aren't they?)

I remind them that it's still dark outside and not time to get up and firmly threaten that if they make noise or play they will be in trouble. Back to my bed I go with head in hand because of the headache that has already started to fester.

Under my covers I find a comfortable position and pray that sleep comes. And then...

... I hear voices!

SIGH

I simply get up, motion for my 3-year-old daughter to come with me and I put her into my bed. It took probably an hour for us to fall asleep, but at least everyone was quiet and didn't wake the baby.

As for getting them used to the school schedule. Well, they're still asleep and it's 9:21. Because I was so exhausted I wasn't able to get up when I had planned.

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