This evening is brought to you in part by early bedtimes.
(Well, my version of early bedtimes. I do have friends who put their babies down at 6:00. I am not talking about that early of a bedtime.)
When Cub was a wee one, we typically put him to bed around 9:30 or 10:00 and he would sleep until 7:00. We did this so he would sleep through the night, which he did fairly early. However, as he got older and his bedtime became earlier, I realized the beauty of a quiet evening. I decided that when Naomi came along, I would do my best to try to get her to bed as soon as possible, once she was past the eating-every-two-hours phase, even if it meant holding on to that middle of the night feeding a little longer.
And, wouldn't you know, once her tummy normalized, the little Mouse started getting sleepy earlier.
Now both of the babies are in bed by 8:30. This gives me thirty minutes to pick up the house a little and still make it to my bed by 9:00, where I either read or consume ice cream while watching a bit of TV. Or I can run to Walgreens to pick up pictures, something I hate to do with both kids, since it is such a short trip but requires so much work with two little ones. :) And, it gives my husband and I time alone, so we can catch up on our day or even watch a movie.
And really, I'm just way more tired this time around and heart early bedtimes for that, too.
Now. This means that both of the kids are usually up by 7:30 or 8:00 the next morning. And I'm good with that--I'm a morning person, so I don't mind if my kids are, too. But, I have a friend who always preferred to put her kids to bed later, so they'd sleep later in the morning! My kids aren't quite there yet--typically they wake up around the same time every day, regardless of when their heads hit the pillow the night before.
How about you? Do you love having your evenings to unwind or do you love having your mornings to sleep in?