I just recently stopped using an alarm clock. Although deep down, I knew it was futile, something in me just couldn't let go of the hope that my kids would let me sleep in.
This morning, at 7:15, my doorbell rang. I jumped out of bed and cautiously opened the front door. (We don't have a peephole.) Could it be a special package? Or the police? Nope. Just Luke, coming in from his morning walk. I can not believe I slept through him exiting the house. I have super stealth "mom ears" now, you know? The kind of ears that hear the sounds only dogs pick up on. So much for sleeping in.
Parenting magazine just printed an article devoted to sleeping in with toddlers. To summarize, their idea was training your children to be obedient. Interesting concept. One woman in the story trained her children to stay in their rooms until 7 a.m., at which time they found bowls of dry cereal on the kitchen table, and stickers showing them which button to press on the remote control to the television. According to the article, the mother was "still blissfully asleep at 8 a.m. " This is parenting advice? What kind of mother sleeps through her 2 and 4 year old banging around in the kitchen? (Probably the same kind who can sleep through her 3 year old leaving the house to walk around the cul-de-sac at 7 a.m.)
I feel like it's come to the point with my little escape artist, that I just need to teach him how to act appropriately when he escapes, i.e., stay on the sidewalk, go to the neighbor's for help, give him the PIN to my ATM card, show him how to hitch hike, etc. We actually do have a lock on the outside of Luke's bedroom door, but I unlock it when I go to bed so that he doesn't wake me up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom.
All I know is that there is nothing that makes me feel like a worse mom than knowing that I didn't hear my 3 year old leave the house in the morning. Nor did I witness Luke pouring a gallon jug of milk on Charlie after breakfast. Nor did I hear Charlie apply an entire tub of Aquaphor to his head yesterday.
I'm only one person! I can only be so many places at one time!