Wakey Wakey, Rise and Shine!

I’ve never been a morning person. Just ask my mum, she’ll back me up. As a teenager my dad was banned from speaking to me for at least half an hour after I woke up. His cheery banter was the last thing I needed first thing! Occasionally he’d give it another go, to see if I’d mellowed, only to receive a withering look from mum and probably a slammed door from me (stroppy mare that I was).

I love my bed, at all times of the day. Nothing better than a sneaky afternoon nap tucked up in bed, although these are very few and far between these days. I’m a compulsive snooze buttoner, whose morning mantra is “five more minutes”. Honestly, I’ll get up in 5 more minutes. But oh no, what’s happened? It’s now 6:46am and everyone knows you can only get out of bed on a multiple of 5 so I’ll have to wait until 6:50!

Although recently there’s been a change. Instead of staying in bed until the very last minute and then rushing around like a crazy woman to get us out of the house on time, I’ve started to get up just that little bit earlier. This has been going on for a while until over the past few weeks it’s occurred to me if I got up even earlier I could tackle a few of my to do list items before work.

Tuesday morning I found myself waking up naturally at just after 5. So rather than lying in bed watching the clock tick down, I got up and headed downstairs. I had a few A-level papers to mark and washing to sort and it seemed the perfect time to do it. A year ago I’d have called myself crazy for even contemplating the idea, but how times change.  This madness has occurred a few times in the past week or so.

The extra hour gives me time for a brew in peace and a chance to get lunches sorted, bags packed and then by the time O wakes up I’m usually showered leaving no other distractions so we can sit, cuddle and watch Little Princess on Milkshake. Those first thing in the morning cuddles are one of the highlights of my day and the more time I can spend snuggling with my boy the better.

There are very few occasions when I’m in the house on my own, so there’s something very peaceful about the house when everyone else is in bed. It’s a time to get my head together for the day ahead, without having to worry about anyone else. A chance to finish a hot cup of tea without a 2 year old demanding to dip his bic bic in it.

Of course, the spring mornings help with the early rising. I’m not so sure I’ll be willing to get out of my pit at half 5 on a freezing cold and dark January morning,  but for now I’m enjoying being a morning person!


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  1. May 7, 2014 / 7:30 am

    That’s great!! What a positive way to start your day 🙂 x

  2. lifeatthelittlewood
    May 7, 2014 / 7:32 am

    I giggled at snooze buttoning in multiples of five – I totally do this!! I’m the same though Jo – on the rare occasion I do get a chance to lie in, I feel all out of sorts. My natural clock is 6/6.30 these days – when did that happen??!! I love the peace of first thing in the morning – especially when the rest of the day is so manic. This really made me smile this morning, loved it! Xx

  3. Notmyyearoff
    May 7, 2014 / 7:40 am

    I love sunny mornings but I still never manage to get out of bed without rushing about. I do love the morning sleepy cuddles though, they are the best.

  4. May 7, 2014 / 8:55 am

    I am not a morning person and I work quite late at night so I cannot imagine how you can possibly get up an hour earlier than you need to, but I do admire you; that hour in the morning to get things done sounds great. I really wish I could do it. Mel #ShareWithMe

  5. wrymummy
    May 7, 2014 / 9:05 am

    Ha ha – “you can only get out of bed on multiples of five” – so true! Loved this post – I was up at 5 the other day as my nephew woke up (I was looking after him for the weekend – just in case I didn’t have enough boys in the house!) and I did the washing and wrote a blog post in my head, which I quickly typed up when everyone else got up (my hubby then in charge!). Definitely easier to do in the Spring. Great post – inspirational!

  6. mummytries
    May 7, 2014 / 12:20 pm

    Lovely post, spring mornings are synonymous with doing 😉 #sharewithme

  7. May 7, 2014 / 2:06 pm

    I also can only get up in multiples of 5 – tee hee! I have been getting up about an hour or so before the brood for a few months now too and have to say I am LOVING the peace and quiet and hot coffee 🙂

  8. May 7, 2014 / 2:08 pm

    Great post! I read an article recently about how getting up and using this time of day helps us be more mindful. It sounds like it’s working for you #sharewithme

  9. Jenny
    May 7, 2014 / 2:11 pm

    Can’t beat a great spring morning. I am a huge morning person. I wake up and am ready to socialize and be surrounded by everyone of course with a fish bowl size of coffee at the same time. Whereas everyone in my family growing up and even mr p needs a while to function and wake up to the world. hahaha Thank you so much for linking up to Share With me. #sharewithme

  10. Caroline (Becoming a SAHM)
    May 7, 2014 / 3:21 pm

    I ALWAYS remember my mum being up and about way before the rest of us, cooking, doing jobs, or just sitting reading and I think she just loved that time to herself. At the mo I am much more a drag myself out of bed (after I have kicked hubby out and into the shower), but I wonder if one day I will be more like my mum, and you! Glad you are enjoying it so much, though I can imagine lighter mornings definitely help with this! xx #sharewithme

  11. May 7, 2014 / 8:02 pm

    Love it you sound just like me!!!! I used to be such a lazy morning person but pregnancy is waking me up early these days and I agree it’s actually quite nice! 🙂

  12. thisismotherhoodblog
    May 7, 2014 / 8:23 pm

    This exact same thing is happening to me! I used to love sleeping in. Now I feel sort of guilty if I sleep past 7:30. It’s so strange.

  13. butwhymummywhy
    May 8, 2014 / 10:53 am

    Such a lovely post Jo. I got up early on Saturday before everyone else – something that has never happened (!) and I must admit I loved the peacefulness of it. It also gave me a chance to wake up and get sorted for the ballet classes before the girls got up. x

  14. May 8, 2014 / 12:45 pm

    There is something wonderful about getting the jump on everyone and having some peace. I am a morning person, but I’m definitely better in the light & warmth!

  15. May 9, 2014 / 7:43 am

    I’m the same with hitting the snooze button but can’t get up earlier yet. It would be great though to get those little jobs done x #binkylinky

  16. May 9, 2014 / 8:19 am

    I love my bed, but also don’t like sleeping in too late or I feel I have wasted the day. Baby gets up anywhere between 5am and 7am so I don’t often get the chance to get up before her. x

  17. May 9, 2014 / 8:22 am

    I am not a morning person, and although I have contemplated it, I know it would be futile. My eldest is such a light sleeper, any movement in the house wakes him after 5. There have been many mornings I lay in bed desperate for the bathroom, weighing up which would be worse – 5 am start with the kids, or a little ‘accident’. Don’t worry, no accidents yet! You are right though, mornings are easier in summer! #binkylinky

  18. May 9, 2014 / 12:00 pm

    I’m definitely not a morning person! Before our kids were born you’d be lucky to see me before 11am most mornings! I don’t think I’ll ever be a morning person! Thanks for linking up to the #binkylinky

  19. May 9, 2014 / 3:00 pm

    With a 3 week old I’ve found I’m surprisingly a morning person. I’m running on little sleep and still managing to function pretty well first thing … give me a week I’m sure i’ll crash and burn lol

  20. Helen Porter
    May 9, 2014 / 6:19 pm

    I will be joining you at getting up at this time soon when I start my job in a week I will be getting up just that bit earlier so like you I can enjoy half hour peace without my little ones running round me #binkylinky

  21. Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk)
    May 10, 2014 / 5:47 am

    This is my goal in life! To wake up early. Not yet successful =) #binkylinky

  22. May 10, 2014 / 4:05 pm

    I read this post earlier in the week and loved it – great to re-read! #binkylinky

  23. May 10, 2014 / 5:20 pm

    It is lovely to get some time to yourself and do some jobs really makes you feel better doesn’t it, and to get some sitting down time watching tv with your little one instead of rushing around doing everything in the morning must make you feel better. #sharewithme

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