There have been many days in my life when I woke up on the wrong side of the bed. I am not a night person.....maybe I would be if I didn't have kids? I'm not sure. All I know is at night, by 11pm, I'm half asleep. I wouldn't quite say I'm a morning person either.
Who WANTS to go from a hard sleep, to wide awake and cleaning and cooking at 6am? Not me ;)
I will say, however, that I realize how important a good morning actually is. How much a sweet "hello" means, especially to kids.
A child will wake up from a deep sleep and immediately be ready for play. There is no quiet time, to try to recover and wake up more. There are no gulps of coffee, in a small hope that you will have the energy, that you haven't had since before you had kids. Kid's are just awake, and ready for the day. Now.
What amazes me even MORE, is that a child can be allowed to stay up late one night, and then get up bright and early the next day. Sleeping in doesn't exist until they are teenagers, and then, that is all they want to do!
I've been a mother for 10 years now, and have come to learn how important the mornings are. They literally set the tone for each day. We've had days when one of us just woke up on the wrong side of the bed....it affects everyone. We all feed off of each others moods.
As hard as it may be some days, I put forth so much energy, to waking up, getting ready and giving out hugs, kisses and "good mornings", like they are going out of style. It works. It makes the kids excited, and energized when they have a mommy that is just as excited for the day ahead.
Some times, I am absolutely trying to convince myself that it WILL be a good day. I know that inevitably, fights will break out, I will hear arguments and mean comments, and my kids will morph into these little monsters that like to show up, when it's so inconvenient for me. It's always inconvenient! ;) But I will start each day with a smile and a hug......even when my eyes are not ready to open and my brain is nowhere near ready to work......because of my kids.
Because one day they will remember (and appreciate) a mother that woke up on "the right side" of the bed.