I’ve never been much of a night owl. Even as a child the second 8:30 pm rolled around I was eagerly anticipating sleepy time. At slumber parties I was the first one to fall asleep, which obviously meant that my bra spent the next morning defrosting from the ever so enjoyable girly slumber party
I didn’t care though because I needed my sleep, man.
Even as I grew older my love for going to bed early did not change. In college I still went to bed at a decent hour and I think I was one of the only people on campus who had no problem being bubbly in my 8 a.m. classes.
One time, my college roommate had a bunch of people over to our apartment in the middle of the night. The next morning she said, “I had some friends over last night, but I guess you were still out when they stopped by.” Yaaaaaa. Sure. I was “still out” if she meant out like a light.
Now that I am a mom with three kids, I still always make it a priority to go to bed early. I put my kids to bed around eight, and it’s not too long after that my head hits the pillow. I know that I’m fast asleep while most moms are still up enjoying their kid free time. If I’m texting with a friend or chatting on the phone, I immediately fall off the face of the earth at almost exactly 9:30.
I can’t help it. My bed is calling me.
You see, I’ve most likely been up since the crack of dawn getting things ready for the day. What night owl moms do at night, I get done in the morning. On the (very) off chance I stay up really late (read here 10:30) and I so happen to post something to Facebook, I am bound to have at least one comment that says, “What are YOU doing up at this hour?!” My friends know that any activity or communication with the outside world after that time is a rarity.
Scheduling mom dates can get interesting. For example, a friend asked me if I wanted to meet up for dinner around 7:30 one evening. My reply was, “7:30? As in the P. M?! I just can’t do late.”
Sometimes my husband will suggest we start a movie after the kids go to bed. I’ll try and give into his crazy ways, but about half way through the movie I feel my eye lids getting heavy and I just. can’t. stay. up. I mean, what was he thinking trying to start a movie at EIGHT anyway. Is he out of his mind?
Despite my love of sleep, there are times that I am slightly jealous of all of the night owls out there. I know there is an entire world that I am missing out on. A world where shows that air at 9 p.m. don’t have to be watched the next day via the early to bed mama’s best friend- the DVR. There’s a world where moms meet up at Target after the kids are asleep for a little girl time, and a land of productivity where moms CLEAN at night for, crying out loud.
Who are these people and how do I become one?!
But honestly, I’ll probably never know the awesomeness that is the night owl life because I will be too busy catching my zzz’s after the sun goes down.
I’ll catch you on the flip side, all you night owl moms!
So tell us! Are you a night owl or an early to bed mom?