Friday, July 29, 2005

Alarm Clocks

When I was in junior high and my sister was in high school, we shared a very small room. We slept in a double bed, kind of like Mary and Laura in Little House on the Prairie (except our bed was from Mattress Discounters instead of made with straw). We started out with two twin beds but that left us with about 8 inches of room in between the beds. Thus having to share a bed.

She used to do all manner of cruel things to me. Turn the light on in the bathroom and then crack the door open so the light shined in my eyes when I was trying to go to bed. Or on Saturday mornings I would open my eyes and there she would be, 3 inches from my face, making the biggest bug eyes. Invariably I would shriek and go careening off the other side of the bed to get away from her.

But her biggest sin was setting the alarm clock for 2 1/2 hours before she had to get up and then hitting snooze every 9 minutes. That would be a minimum of 16 times that the alarm clock would go off. The problem was that I would wake up when it went off the first time at 4:30 a.m. and lie in bed cursing the day she was born, for the next 150 minutes. I would poke her and prod her to just Turn The Damn Thing Off, but to no avail. Maybe if she would just turn it off before I really woke up, I could get back to sleep.

I'm much better now. D's alarm goes off and I go back to sleep. If he hits the snooze and then gets up, I don't fare as well.

E's new habit is to play in bed when he wakes up. Laughing and cooing and talking to God only knows what, I don't get him (who am I kidding--D doesn't get him) until he cries.

Well last night in bed, this was the conversation.

D: What happened to the monitor this morning?
K: What do you mean?
D: I didn't hear the baby until he was screaming this morning and that was through the bedroom wall.
K: I guess I turned the monitor off.
D: What???
K: I must have turned the monitor off because he was waking me up.
D: You turned the baby monitor off so you could sleep?

Kind of defeats the purpose of the monitor, huh?


Humor Girl said...

lol! That's too funny! It was like your you turned it off to sleep!

I think this could be something else to blame on your sister! :) Your memories of waking up unecessarily to an alarm have scarred you into turning the baby monitor off in your sleep!!?

Leesa said...

That is FUNNY! Sounds like something I would do!

Bossy♥'s YOU said...

yes, those moniters can get in the way of a good nights sleep..I sometiems forget to turn mine on..what a bad mom i

Marel Lecone said...

You so need to wrap that monitor up and give it D as a gift! :)

steelcowboy said...

I hated them monitors ;)

Robin said...

Ahh, the monitor. The parent's albatross. If you turn it off, guilt, panic, 'the baby might fly out the window and we'd never know!'; If you leave it on, you listen for every little noise, you hear every little noise, you analyze every little noise.

Who am I kidding? I kept the monitor in Max's room until he was 3 years old. Talk about attachment parenting!

Katya said...

sounds like you need to strap it to D's head so he gets the full effect next


blue2go said...

We didn't have a baby monitor when my son was small. And after reading your post--I'm so glad! Moms need sleep too!

amy said...

Now see, this is the exact type of thing that I am afraid of for when I'm a mother. I'm so going to do that same exact thing. Or else I'm going to forget to get up in the middle of the night and nurse.

Geez. So many good lessons I'm learning here!