Sometimes you don't mind running late

We all are creatures of habit in some form or fashion. For those of us with young children and regular working hours this is doubly true. The structure of daily routine helps make all the little things that we have to negotiate on these similar days manageable.

As most of you know, I’m somewhat of a night-owl (for a person with a young kid and a daily office job anyway) and typically go to bed sometime around 1:00a.m. As a result, I’m naturally still a bit sleepy when the alarm clock first goes off at 6:45a.m. I usually play snooze-tag with the alarm clock for about 15-20 minutes while I wait for Laney to begin stirring. Once I hear her waking up, I go pluck Laney out of her bed and we quickly head straight back to my bed to snuggle for just a few minutes before getting up.

As anyone with an active 2.5-year-old will tell you, they’re rarely still long enough to really hold them and savor the moment. This is why I take advantage of this time each morning as Laney’s still a bit sleepy and very cuddly. She’ll usually lie next to me and whisper quietly as we both enjoy just being close to one another. It doesn’t take long for her to wake up though and she’s soon ready to get up and play while I get ready. Still, there’s no better way to start the day.

This morning, however, Laney was particularly cuddly. Instead of just lying next to me as she usually prefers, she rolled over and (in a move that was alarmingly graceful) reached up to pull my arm down around her as she burrowed in next to me. We both went back to sleep and didn’t wake up until almost 8:00. Needless to say, it was a mad rush (at least for me) to get ready once we woke up. But it was well worth it.


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