Saturday, 5 May 2012

Photo a Day: 5th May

The Boy Child is an early riser.
And by that, I mean that he considers anything around the 5am mark fair game.
Most days he is like the Duracell Bunny and just keeps on going.
Some days, however, his own body makes him stop for an hour or so.
His parents take advantage of the respite for a quick 40 winks on the sofa or, on especially tiring days, an hour back in bed.
Whether The Boy Child's early rising is part and parcel of  his autism remains to be seen.
If that is the case, then his parents will permanently look 20 years older than their actual years and rough as old boots, on a good day, in the right light.      


Kirsty.a said...

Oooh poor you. 5am is not funny. M was an awful sleeper for the first 4 years of her life and no-one really believes me when I say she didn't sleep through once in all that time. Considering I went back to teaching when she was 6 months old, I don't know how I did it. Now, at almost 5 she sleeps for 11 hours straight. Bliss!

Suzie Griffiths said...

Oh gosh, I feel for you! 5am is EARLY! :) x

Rhona said...

I couldn't cope with 5am! I'm up at 6am Mon -Fri and then 7-ish on weekends ant earlier and I'd have to go to bed earlier ;) xx

Alison Roots said...

Ouch I definitely couldn't cope with that. You are amazing.

Alison said...

You look good on it so far Ruth!...keep catching all those little extra naps when you can
Alison xx

Helen said...

aww bless, he looks so peaceful, 5am is rough!

kim said...

Your description describes my dd to a T! She thinks sleep is a waste of time- and a 5am start is usual around here. She's 18 now- and I don't ALWAYS have to be up if she's awake. She has autism and I think it is all part and parcel! She too sometimes has to have a recharge session with a 40 minute break. When she was around your son's age- she would have to be whizzing around up and down the lounge until she literally dropped.

During the longer school holidays- she does actually get into having a lie in- but stays up later in the night instead.

michelleshapiro said...

5am ouch. Daniel used to be an early riser (not that early) and would jump out of bed the minute he opened his eyes and would be "fizzy" for most of the day. At 14 he now sleeps a bit longer but still crashes out during the day.

viv said...

I feel for you. It's an awfully early time to be getting up to start the day.

Lizzie said...

Yeeesss... I remember the 5am starts... Our James has always been an early riser. His original "Awake for the Day" time was around 4:30am. By the time I went back to work, he'd moved to 5am, so that was my getting up time too...
We worked hard to teach him to play "quietly" in his room. He wasn't allowed downstairs without a grown-up (and surprisingly, he hardly ever broke the rules - perhaps he was having a good time with his books and toys...).
Of course, a kid's idea of "playing quietly" isn't very quiet. He would crash and bash and shout, if his game involved his trains or cars... He'd sing and hum. He would whistle (once he learned how). He talked to himself constantly.
But at least we knew he was safe and happy, so we could drowse for an hour.
Then it would go quiet... a little voice in the bedroom doorway - "You know, I'm very hungry...".

He is still an early riser, though, at 14 he has begun to need more sleep once again, so many mornings it is between 6 and 7am before I hear him pattering about the house. Of course, he may now go downstairs - some days he even remembers to have breakfast.

I didn't grow out of 6am waking, until I had James.

Guess I must look like an old boot... have given up worrying about it!
Good luck!

Pauline said...

Ruth if it wasn't for the fact I'm talking about a dd and not a ds, I'd swear you were living my life! Terrifying and heartening at the same time (terrifying in that dd isn't the only one capable of the 5am starts and heartening that you know how I'm feeling!) Hugs x

Anne said...

That's a moving post. x

Missus Wookie said...

DS now sleeps through the night - he is turning 20. I don't think you can blame it on the Autism but I do empathise.

Enjoy those naps whenever you can get 'em!

Amy said...

I am not sure if I will ever sleep a full night ever again!

I am always on the look out for good eye creams! ;-)