Early to Bed, Early to Rise Makes Mommy Crazy

If you see me as of late, my life looks a little bit something like this:

By the way, I am now from the 50’s and my child has blond hair. Ta Da!

But seriously. My child has decided that sleeping in is for the fucking birds. Which, by the way, haven’t even been chirping when she’s been waking up. I wrote earlier in the week about my fabulous Human Alarm Clock and at the time, I was still mildly amused at the fact that she’d been waking up earlier and earlier in the morning. We get up a little after 6 AM, and Nellie had begun waking at 5:45. Which is maddening. You know how you get up to pee, look at your alarm clock hoping you still have two hours to sleep when in reality, your alarm is set to go off in like a minute? Yeah, it’s just as frustrating when it’s fifteen minutes. No worries though, she remedied that irritation by getting up EVEN EARLIER.

Yesterday she woke at 5:15 and I decided to put her to bed earlier, to my husband’s protests:

Josh: If she’s waking up earlier, why would you put her to bed earlier? Put her to bed later.
Me: No, I’ve read that if your baby gets up really early, they’re actually not getting enough sleep and it’s makes them over-tired or something, and you should put them to bed earlier.
Josh: ……….. That doesn’t even make sense.

So we put Nellie to bed by 6:30 last night, and this morning she broke a recent record and was up at 5:10. In the morning. It was dark and there was no one in the universe awake besides us.  I usually go in to her when she starts fussing and crying but this morning I was so tired and fed up with this sudden early bird business, that I let her cry. I’m a horrible mom, I know. She cried for about a minute and then was silent for about ten. I relaxed back into my bed, hopeful that she’d drifted back off to sleep. I myself never did go back to sleep because I was expecting at any moment to be woken by my chirpy little bird.

She fussed on and off for about 45 minutes. I stubbornly refused to get her out of her bed until 6 A.M., which is ridiculous because my kid can’t tell time. I lay there thinking, “This will teach her a lesson. I’ll show her that we don’t wake up before 6 A.M. in this house. MOMMY WINS FOREVER.”

Then my cat started bitching loudly, and scratching my bed post, even though his damned food bowl was full. I glared at him from under the covers as he screamed in my face. I resigned myself to the fact that I will never ever sleep past 6 A.M. again without either a child or a feline screeching at me. I stuck to my guns, though, and didn’t retrieve Nellie from her crib until 6 A.M. HA! SHOWED YOU, TODDLER.

Tonight I’m going to take my husband’s suggestion of a later bedtime. I don’t understand why she suddenly began waking up at such an ungodly hour when she’s been sleeping until at least 6 A.M. for months now. Thoughts? Suggestions? It’s cool to put some vodka in her bedtime milk, right? Just a little? Yes? Vodka always makes me want to sleep in.


  1. Teething? What time does she normally go to bed… Audreys bedtime is at 8pm if I put her to sleep at 7 or at 9 she wakes up way too early – man they make us be perfect LOL

  2. Energy drinks where my life source for a while…good luck:) !

  3. my girl has always always always gotten up before anything or anyone and once we weaned her from middle of the night feedings (at 11 months- oy), we still gave her an early morning bottle bc during the workweek she has to be up early anyway as we have to both be out the door by 6. well… that morning bottle is now given to her while she’s still in bed (she holds the bottle as i try not falling asleep leaning over the crib) and when she’s done, she continues to lay there and will ALWAYS fall back to sleep. :) sometimes it’s 20 minutes, sometimes an hour or three! try it. what do you have to lose? 😉

  4. Oh, my. Could she be having a growth spurt of some sort? I seem to remember you mentioning that she’d get fussy and not sleep when she was having a growth spurt.

  5. I feel your pain. While Logan is technically asleep from 7:30pm-6:30am, he has been very very restless all night long for over a week. So I am awake at least every hour. I don’t know if it’s growing, a tooth, he’s hot or cold… no idea…
    I just know that I am so.damn.tired.
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  6. If you find a solution, let me know. Mittens has been in a sleep regression period for awhile now after having been a great sleeper for most of her life. Last week she stayed up until 9p, went to bed exhausted, and still woke up at 6a. I have no answers.
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  7. Holy moly. 5:10 is an ungodly hour to wake up. I feel for you. I wish I had words of advice, but honestly, the best I can do is “this too shall (likely) pass”. Hopefully it will pass quickly!

  8. Once my oldest was squarely sleeping through the night, and I mean for several months, we established the 7 am rule. We never went in & got him before 7. Ever. Now for him, 6:30 – 6:45 was a typical wake up time, so we weren’t leaving him in there for hours. There was a baby mirror and another crib toy he could play with if he wanted. But he was on his own until 7. He is 4 now & we have gone thru stretches where he has gotten up and wandered the house before we wake up, but in general he knows that until we come get him, he plays in his room. So maybe make a 6 am rule. She can cry. It’s really ok. She will be fine. Really. If you have a really hard time, start with 5:30, move to 5:45. She will learn. Really. Oh, and if you have a baby monitor in your bedroom: TURN. IT. OFF. Hearing the little noises does nothing but keep you from sleeping. If she’s really crying, you’re gonna hear her. Anyway, my 2 cents.

  9. With Pookah, I found that weaning him from those night time feedings was half the battle.
    But the rest of it simply was timing. He used to go to bed at 7pm on the dot. and wake up anywhere from 5 to 515 am.
    Not cool.
    Then we tried 8 pm. When he goes to sleep( not starting the rountine, but done, in his room, lights out) right between 8 and 815, he sleeps until 645 7 am.
    But if he goes to sleep anytime past 830, he will wake up during the night AND he will wake up at EXACTLY 5 am.
    So 8pm it is.
    So I think you just have to find Nellie’s time.
    (To make a long story short) :-)

  10. I second what others have said … you have to find the perfect bedtime. For us it’s nine. If he goes to bed at nine, he sleeps through the night — any earlier, and he’s up at three and sometimes five before getting up for good.

    My trick is to bring the baby in bed with me if he wakes up early. No playing, just snuggles. Eventually he gets the idea that there won’t be any playtime if he gets up earlier. Kind of a compromise, but I would far rather doze with a sleepy baby than be forced out of bed to make breakfast.
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