For Christmas, we are staying with my parents for a several days. They have a full house, so one of my brothers graciously agreed to let us use his room.
The husband, kid and I settled into his small but cozy room yesterday. I put the bug down to bed well before his usual 7:30pm bedtime. I thought that made sense because I was cranky.
Zach and I retired around 11pm. Normally, when I travel, I set my cell phone to go off at 7am – Luke’s normal wake up hour. At home, my alarm goes off earlier. On the road, I have no desire to accidentally wake the kid early, when we are all in the same room.
I was totally pooped, and uncharacteristically decided not to set my cell phone. I would let the kid sleep until he wakes up, and he would be our alarm. Besides, I reasoned, he went to bed early. He would probably be up at the crack of pre-pre-dawn anyways.
At exactly 5:45am, a loud, beeping alarm went off.
This was not my alarm. Zach and I both started hissing instructions at each other, trying to find the alarm before Luke started stirring. Zach tossed it to me and I scurried out of the room. I set it just outside the door.
I crept back into the room, breathed a thankful prayer that our little man was still sleeping, and crawled silently back into bed. I kid you not – my head had barely touched the pillow, when a second alarm went off.
More frantic whispering ensued. As I located and deposited the second alarm outside our door, the first alarm started to go off again. Of course.
Thoroughly frazzled, I scooped up both alarms and dumped them in a basket far away from our room. I headed back in. To my amazement, Luke was still out cold. Suspicious of another rude awakening, I examined the two remaining clocks in the room.
One of them was indeed set to a music alarm. After careful examination by glowing night-light, I grimly switched it to the OFF position. There would be no more craziness caused by this clock.
I laid back in bed and nervously waited for the next alarm. I fell back asleep.
The bug didn’t wake up till 7:20am.
I did not feel like I got any extra sleep.