Be Careful What You Wish For…

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I know, I was one of those desperate, deluded parents hanging out for daylight savings to start. Those 5.30am mornings were sapping the very life force out of me. I am a morning person, but not THAT much of a morning person, if you know what I mean.

But lordy me, while I have so far received a reprieve from the insane early mornings, it’s the night time routine that’s taken a hit.

It hasn’t helped that I have been put out myself by the change in time. Tonight, for instance, dinner wasn’t ready until nearly 6.30pm, much later than normal. I was fooled, like everyone else, into thinking it wasn’t as late as it really was until the Giggle & Hoot Night Hour began…

(Stop sniggering, don’t you set your daily routine by the ABC 4 Kids TV schedule? No? Okey-dokey then…)

So after a later than planned dinner it’s not surprising that the kids took longer than ever to settle for bed. But, seriously, not seeing my 2 year old finally collapse into bed until 10pm last night, that’s no-one’s idea of fun…

But there it was. All 3 kids were awake far later than they should have been and I became very bored, very quickly, with the repetition of wrangling the kids back into bed. Over and over and over again. I must confess, trying to keep my cool and pin my calm yet firm and loving mummy smile on my face became a real effort.

Right now, I think I would happily trade my extra hour or so sleep-in the morning for some “me time” at night. I am discovering that I am not a better mother for more sleep – I would be a far better mother if I could have my nightly “mummy time” back.

I know things will settle down again in a week or two as we all get used to the change in time but, for now, I do seriously feel screwed over by daylight savings!

How are you coping with the change in time? Are you doing better than I am? If so, what’s your secret?


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26 Responses

  1. Julie says:

    I was hanging out for daylight saving too. We were also having the 5-5:30am wake-ups. Sunday night was bad.. Miss 21-months was similarly awake until about 9:30pm. The others seemed to crash. Last night was the more respectable time of 8:30pm… see what happens tonight.
    Julie recently posted..When a parents’ heart gets broken

    • Kirsty says:

      I’m hoping tonight was good for you Julie. We saw some improvement here too, so hoping we are now on the way to settling back into a more respectable routine!

  2. I’m a Queenslander. I wish we had it up here. My girls would be old enough to understand the time change now. Rachel x
    Rachel from Redcliffe Style recently posted..I think school holidays broke me

    • Kirsty says:

      I feel for you guys, particularly those that live near the border and have to deal with 2 different time zones. I wish all the eastern states operated on the same time – I’ve never quite understood why that’s not the case…

  3. Marita says:

    We are all out of whack here, but walking to and from school yesterday helped with the early night. Going to walk again today.

    If only all that walking would quiet MY anxious mind and let me stay asleep instead of waking me hourly with “OMG YOU FORGOT THE THINGS!!!”
    Marita recently posted..Holy Meltdown Batman

    • Kirsty says:

      Oh Marita, my brain is my worst own enemy too. I’m having trouble going to sleep in the first place as there’s so much going on and when I get up at night to the kids I’m having trouble getting back to sleep even though I am exhausted. Glad to hear walking is helping you better adjust to the change – I may give that a go too.

  4. Mel says:

    I’m the one with the problem! I’m waking up at the same time but going to bed later – so I’m getting less sleep 🙁
    So tired at the moment!
    Mel recently posted..The one where he faked his own death…

    • Kirsty says:

      I’m staying up far longer than I should too Mel, mainly because the kids are taking longer to get settled. I hope our sleep issues resolve themselves soon, before we’re all seriously sleep deprived. Sending good sleep vibes your way, hoping you can get the rest you need!

  5. Lyndal says:

    It screws me around enough as an adult – I would hate to think how i would handle if i had kids… i would be acomplete jetlagged annoying mess!

    Lyndal recently posted..don’t know if i’ll fall, or maybe i’ll fly

    • Kirsty says:

      I think that’s my problem this year Lyndal. For some reason I have had trouble adjusting and I don’t really know why – no wonder my kids are all over the shop! Let’s hope we all sort out our internal body clocks very soon…

  6. I miss daylight saving in WA… 🙁
    Yvette @ Little Bento Blog recently posted..lil squirts bento lunch 081012

    • Kirsty says:

      I think I would miss it too Yvette – and that makes us an extra hour ahead of your guys too, doesn’t it? I work with some people in WA and now I have to wait until 12 noon for it to be 9am over there – there’s already been confusion in setting meeting times and the like. BTW, I love your new blog – looking good!

  7. Jess says:

    We don’t have daylight savings, so I have no experience at all with this sorry.
    I do know that missing out on your mummy time at night is possibly the worst thing. It’s like knocking off from work, then being repeatedly called to come back in!
    Jess recently posted..Greg’s Anatomy

    • Kirsty says:

      That’s exactly how it feels Jess – at least at work you get a break of some kind, whereas at home…

      You’re lucky you don’t have to worry about daylight savings but I feel more for those people in northern NSW and southern QLD who have to live and work in different time zones – compared to them, I’ve got nothing to worry about!

  8. I am reading this as I listen to my two little girls bouncing on their beds and off the walls in the next bedroom, sleep a very long way away. My teenager has been suffering insomnia and is being very hard to wake in the morning. And we are eating dinner at 9pm. I don’t remember having so much trouble adjusting in previous years! But I do love daylight saving so I won’t be complaining too much.
    Rachel @ The Kids Are All Right recently posted..Selective school of hard knocks

    • Kirsty says:

      You’re right Rachel, I don’t recall being so affected myself in previous years – I wonder what the difference has been this time around? I also normally love daylight savings and enjoy those extra daytime hours so I promise I won’t complain anymore – as long as those children of mine sort out their internal body clocks sooner rather than later! Hope yours do too!

  9. ann says:

    totally sucks!! My 2 were in bed before 7 every night before daylight savings now 2 nights in a row its been 830!!

    • Kirsty says:

      Ann, I can totally sympathise – let’s just hope their body clocks re-adjust themselves sooner rather than later. Sending positive “go to bed” vibes your way!

  10. This is my first experience of the start of daylight saving with a kid and it has been ok so far. Sunday night she went to bed about 2 hours later than normal, but that was more because we had a lazy afternoon with people round so everything got pushed back. But the last couple of days haven’t been too bad. I did start moving our night routine earlier and earlier the two weeks leading up to the change, which meant even earlier wakings, but has so far meant that the night routine has been pretty solid and she has been asleep by 7 pm thank god! I know what you mean about getting that mummy-time at night, I am not a morning person at all but the thing that makes the early mornings not so bad is getting those few hours in the evening to themselves. We’ll see how she goes when she gets older though, as I think it’s easier to manipulate a 10 month old than a 2 year old!
    Kylez @ A Study in COntradictions recently posted..Toast Monster

    • Kirsty says:

      You certainly thought about this more than I did Kylez! I think it’s obvious that I did no forward preparation so I shouldn’t be surprised at the situation I find myself in now. Apparently tonight was better (I was off at my first P&C meeting) so maybe we’ve turned the corner – I so want my nightly mummy time back!!! I hope all continues well with your routine but from the sounds of it you’ve got it sorted – I may have to come and get some tips off you for next year!

  11. Natalie says:

    I was determined to keep us as close to a routine as possible after the time change, so I have been trying really hard to stick to the same dinner time to keep the bedtime routine going.Frog gets up way too early anyway so the “sleep-in” is doing me the world of good, and so far hasn’t affected our mornings, let’s hope it continues!
    Natalie recently posted..Did you have a good day at work?

    • Kirsty says:

      I’m glad it’s worked for you so far, Natalie. I admit, my difficulty in adjusting to the new time has been a factor in my kids having trouble too. Tonight was a little better so hopefully we will be back on track by the end of the week – fingers and toes crossed! Hope you continue to enjoy your sleep-ins!

  12. Jayne says:

    We were gutted when WA voted against daylight savings. My husband especially misses out on so much extra daylight due to his long work hours where he’s mostly stuck indoors.
    Jayne recently posted..Poppin’ the protest cherry

    • Kirsty says:

      I usually love daylight savings – it is fabulous having that extra time at the end of the day so I understand that you’d be missing it. I just want my internal body clock (and the kids’ too!) to settle back down – I don’t think I’ve ever had this much trouble getting used to the time change before…

  13. This year’s change has been hard here too. I am struggling with it a whole lot!
    Becky from recently posted..Getting Fit & Fab: Oct ’12 – Oct ’13

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