A year ago the “Spring forward” and “Fall back” time changes barely phased me at all. Sure… I may have had to wake up an hour earlier for work the day of the Spring time change or had the leisure of getting an extra hour of sleep in the Fall. And, of course, I looked forward to having an extra hour of daylight to accommodate a post-work jog when we sprang ahead. But that was about it. The time-change days went on business-as-usual and, frankly, if I didn’t have a reason to consult a clock during those days they may have come and gone without my even noticing.
This too has changed with motherhood. On Sunday we lost an hour and, collectively, our little family nearly lost our minds.
We let our almost-one-year-old sleep until she woke up. ”Why not ? It’s Sunday“, I thought…
Because of my not waking her up at the “new” 7:30, naptimes were off, mealtimes were off, and playtimes were off. As a result, our little girl was DEFINITELY off. She slept too long during her (oddly timed) naps and didn’t want dinner. Then she went on a manic playing spree and got herself so worked up that she threw up all over me, my husband and herself and earned herself 2 bathtimes. When all was said and done, she ended up going to bed 30 minutes late (or 30 minutes early by the previous day’s clock) exhausted and (probably) a bit hungry. We ended up going to bed two hours early and equally exhausted.
Lesson number 1,784,245 of motherhood: Have a strategy in place for time changes. I know we will going forward (or going BACK as the case will be in the Fall)!