I am in shock!!!  Go figure!  I always hear of parents who talk about the fact that their child sleeps til 9 or 10 o’clock in the morning, and I must admit, sometimes I am envious.  I honestly can’t remember the last time that I got to sleep in! It doesn’t happen… not even on the weekend!  Not even on Mother’s Day! Seriously… I think maybe twice since I’ve been a Mom!!! LOL  The reality is I don’t sleep much anyways and I know I’m not the only parent that says that.  However, if I can’t sleep, I sure do enjoy ‘lounging’ in bed!

Well, I don’t know if they have put something in the water in our city… or if it’s some new ‘thing’ they are putting in our food… but my son is still in bed at 9:45 a.m!!!  And this isn’t an isolated occurrence either.  It’s been about the past week he’s been enjoying spending a little more time in his bedroom, reading books, playing with his toys, whatever.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love to spend time with my son, but as a stay-at-home parent, who also is a homeschooling parent, I don’t get many breaks to spend time with… just ‘me’!  Usually, pretty much 90% of the day, my son is wanting my attention in some way, shape or form and though I love to ‘play’ with him, I do have things I need to do!  I don’t complain about it, generally, as these are choices that we have made in our family but sometimes I can get a little burnt out, so a little ‘me’ time is always appreciated!

Now, not even a week ago, my son was up most days, bounding out of bed usually around 6:30 a.m.  ‘Mommy, if I sleep it throws off my whole schedule.  It messes up my day!‘  Understanding the importance of schedules and routines with autism, I hear what he is saying.  So what do I do?  I get up!  I’m not a really a morning person, so most mornings, if I’m not filling the sink with coffee and dunking my head in it, I’m running an I.V. drip for caffeine purposes!  But the past few mornings, he’s been sleeping in!!!!  I thought I was going to have to wait til he was a teenager for this stage!  I have to laugh, cause people would say to me, ‘Just let him stay up later at night and he’ll sleep in‘… nope, not my guy.  The later he would stay up, the earlier he would get up!  I figured I was just destined to be an early riser… despite my challenges with that… and just be one of those moms that keeps the coffee companies in business!  So be it…

Could it be a new trend is starting in our house?  Could it be that Mom is going to get a chance to sleep in?  I guess time will tell.  I would love to have him share the evenings with me a little longer each day, but not if he is going to get up before the sun decides to even peek over the horizon – no way!  But this… I’m kind of liking it!

Now, as I was typing this I heard the footsteps upstairs and he has arisen!  And with a HUGE grin on his face too! Looking forward to a good day with my son… who so obviously, is growing up!  *sniff sniff*

Until tomorrow…