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I can't believe I'm the only parent up since 4am with the clocks changing

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naturelover Sun 26-Oct-08 05:21:37

DD is going through a nightmare so far month-long early waking phase anyway (5am onwards). I long for a "lie-in" till 6.30/7am like before. Only with the clocks changing she woke at 4am!

I'm starting to think if this early waking lasts much longer I will have to a) keep her up till 8pm (not 7pm) at night or b) start going to bed at 9pm myself. Either way I will not get much of an evening with DH.

I've posted about this before by the way, I think her early waking phase is a mixture of teething, learning to walk and - this week - a cold. What concerns me is that instead of sleeping 11.5 + 1.5 hours nap, she's sleeping 10 + 1 max hours, so surely she is missing out on much-needed sleep?

Any tips gratefully received!

tegan Sun 26-Oct-08 05:26:35

I am up too. I woke at 4am and haven't been able to get back off. DD1 is playing her ds in bed and dd2 is in bed with dh so hopefully she will get an extra hour or so. I think this hour is affecting the baby too (36 wks pg) as he was wriggling around at 4.30am.

ratherbesleeping Sun 26-Oct-08 05:28:46

I'm up. My wee one woke at 6.10 a good show generally, but today obviously it appears to be 5.10 <sigh> all other children asleep.

LadyOfRoffle Sun 26-Oct-08 05:51:08

My 2 are fast asleep, I am the plonker that forgot I could have an extra hour! (had to be up at 6 to start getting ready)

naturelover Sun 26-Oct-08 05:57:50

At least I'm not alone!

twelveyeargap Sun 26-Oct-08 06:00:26

No, you're not the only one. 4.30 here. Kids usually sleep til about 7 but of course since the clocks changed the 17 month old decided to wake EXTRA early. Gagh. Can hear snuffling from 12 week old now.

chunglimum Sun 26-Oct-08 06:00:46

I'm up and I knew some of you would be too. I'm not changing my clocks until lunchtime to maintain some semblance of normality. I have many tips and none at all because we have been up at 5 for the last six months and nothing has worked! Keeping her up later just made her more tired when she woke up. Only now when she is ready to start giving up her nap altogether does the end seem in sight. Sorry. Let's have another cup of tea.

ladytophamhatt Sun 26-Oct-08 06:11:04

4:30am here.

he finally stopped coughing at around midnight.

on 4.5 hours sleep i'll end up killing someone today.

mrsgboring Sun 26-Oct-08 06:13:12

Nope, not the only one. 4am here. DS is also an early riser, (he's 3 this week) and only sleeps for 10 hours (broken) at night and nothing usually in the day. Yesterday, we got him to have a nap and then put him to bed late, but it didn't do anything except make him hard to put to bed.

The only way we've found of increasing DS's total sleep is to get him to go to bed early - and we can only do that by having a long borning journey home at around 6 o'clock after a tiring day. So it's absolutely no good for getting extra sleep ourselves, but it can be quite a tonic for him.

Can't really complain, DS has inherited his non-sleeping tendencies from me, though sadly I lost the desire to get up at 4am aged about 8.

I'm 13 weeks PG and all the various PG discomforts are waking me up several times a night too. Not to mention DH and his jet-lag induced night terrors. [on my knees with exhaustion emoticon]

nuru Sun 26-Oct-08 06:14:09

yep! 4.20 here. she's watching tweenies, i'm drinking strong coffee and catching up on emails (??), dh and dd1 are snoring.

naturelover Sun 26-Oct-08 06:15:29

ladytophamhatt ad mrsgboring I really feel for you. I hope you survive the day and have more sleep tonight.

constancereader Sun 26-Oct-08 06:19:13

I was up at five (6) with my toddler, unfortunately the baby kept me awake between three and four-thirty.....

I am taking this time change personally, how dare they mess around with my ds's sleep pattern??grin It has taken me months to get him to sleep in till six sad

TheMadHouse Sun 26-Oct-08 06:19:40

I am up too.

DS1 has a chest condition, which it really not great at the moment, so he was up coughing most of the night, fianlly gave up at 5am.

He is on the wii and I am shattered.

The late to bed doesnt work for us, we have donr it in despairation, but we only end up with a little chap much more tired, than the 7pm bed and 5am up.

I keep thinking it is a phase, but it has been going on for 3 months now. I lONG for a 7am start to my days

thesockmonsterofdoom Sun 26-Oct-08 06:28:33

I have been up since 4.45 which was actually 3.45
dd1 got ear ache, dd2 got a cough, I have a cold and everybody screamed.

envy of my freind who was round yesterday and said ohh we get an extra hour in bed, no we get up an hour earlier.

mooog Sun 26-Oct-08 06:38:41

I haven't been to bed yet, but am lucky because i dont have any little ones to get up for.
i think if i had have gone to bed i would have had an extra hour because i haven't any reason to be up at any particular time (i think thats right)

twoluvlykids Sun 26-Oct-08 06:44:48

Oh god, thought i would be the only one up and my dc's are teenagers. They, obviously, are in bed, so's dh.

Just me who can't adjust my body clock.

But i've done many early early mornings with the clock's going back.

Try to get a little rest later, and if you have to go to bed when the lo's go, then do it.

They'll soon be teenagers......sad

WideWebWitch Sun 26-Oct-08 06:54:06

Oh goodness, I thought I was gettng up at 6.45am but of course it was 5.45am, aaaggh. Although I did go to bed at 9pm last night, thank goodness

littleducks Sun 26-Oct-08 06:55:22

dd up now, we came down at normal time for a wee (thats probably me as much as her) the went to lie down for an hour

i think it is pretty impressive but they have both been ill soo it probably doesnt even count as they keep faling asleep all over the place!

Bloodystumperlicious Sun 26-Oct-08 07:03:27

6.30 here so not too bad. Why when it's DH's turn does she always sleep till 8am hmm?

To the OP my DD doesn't go to bed till about 8. Does her no harm and means she will wake between 7 and 8. That said a one off early or late night doesn't seem to affect her waking time, but in general it's 7.30-8 till 7-7.30.

justaboutoccasionallyswears Sun 26-Oct-08 07:09:21

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ShowOfHands Sun 26-Oct-08 07:10:46

Just after 3 here thanks to cough cough cough cough cough cough cough.

<<cries pitifully>>

LazyLinePainterJane Sun 26-Oct-08 07:12:04

ooooh just got up <smug>

ShowOfHands Sun 26-Oct-08 07:13:06

I'd kick you in the shin but I can't summon the energy to lift my leg.

onepieceoflollipop Sun 26-Oct-08 07:21:54

DD2 has given us 2 "lie ins" the past two days, not waking until 5.45. She actually improved on that this morning - 5.50, but of course that really means 4.50. Keep thinking in "old time" and we will all be ok.

ladytophamhatt Sun 26-Oct-08 07:28:19

And now to rub salt in my tired, tetchy, irritable wounds DS4 is asleep.....but all the others are up.

If I was a bear my head would be very very sore right now.
I'd have the sorest(??? is that a real word) head in the whole wide bear world.


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