Early Morning Riser vs Early Morning Person

Early Morning Person Karen Schulz

I haven’t always been a person to wake up / get up early. I mean Really Early. When I was a teenager, I could easily sleep until 9 am. When I became a Mom myself, if my kids were still sleeping, I could easily sleep until 7 or 7:30 am. But about 10 years ago my body time-clock changed somehow. I started waking up at around 5:00 am.  I thought that I had morphed into an Early Morning Person. It wasn’t very long, though, before I realized that wasn’t true.

I had become an Early Morning Riser, not an Early Morning Person.

Although I get up early, it takes me a while to Wake Up. I immediately pour myself a cold glass of Crystal Light and grab a handful of dry cereal (Barbara’s Morning Oat Crunch), sit down to read my email, and browse Facebook. It generally takes me about an hour before I’m really ready to engage with anyone in any type of pleasant dialogue. Early Morning Riser.

My husband, on the other hand, jumps out of bed around 5 and generally starts singing. “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning,” is his favorite – which, I have to admit, annoys me at that time of the morning (which is probably why he sings it). Early Morning Person.

We’ve learned to make it work. He tries to sing softly (although we differ on what “softly” means), and I let him know when I am somewhat awake.

This week I am taking care of our 3-year-old granddaughter, Ella, and our 5-year-old grandson, Owen, while our son, Brian, and his wife, Melissa, are away for 9 days on a belated 10th Wedding Anniversary trip. The Early Morning Riser vs. Early Morning Person comparison came into focus again this morning.

I was sitting in bed, with my Crystal Light and cereal, reading email on my iPad when I saw my bedroom door open very slowly.  I eventually saw Owen’s eyes through the crack in the open door. When he saw the light was on and I was awake, the door swung wide open and he and Ella ran into the room and jumped on the bed, “Grandma, you’re awake!!!” There were giggles and delightful laughter, tumbles on the bed, and (shrill) little screams. Yes, it was a precious moment. No, I wouldn’t change that for the world. Even though I was still in my “waking up” phase.

They are Early Morning People. They go from 0 to 100 miles per hour in seconds. Every day. I need to learn some new coping mechanisms since I’m going to be here for another week.

My first thought was to keep them up later at night so they would sleep later in the morning, but I don’t want to mess up their schedule.

I”ll figure it out. If you have any ideas, though, I’m open to suggestions!

Early Morning Person Karen Schulz




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Comments (16)

  1. Sue Ogden

    Karen you are so lucky to have such adorable grandkids! Just do your best and they will love you no matter what I’m sure!

    January 11, 2019 at 10:29 pm
  2. Beatrice Skinner Loren

    Typically keeping kids up later doesn’t result in them sleeping in. The only thing I can think of is to have your husband babysit since he gets up early lol. Good luck. I’be been there many times. I just get up early now!

    January 12, 2019 at 9:27 am
  3. Judy Carter

    Oh, I am so like you, Karen. It takes me about a half hour to become a ‘person’ and get going. Not sure about a solution regarding your grandchildren but my first thought was lock your bedroom door. lol

    January 12, 2019 at 11:19 am
  4. susan m clark

    Love the photo of Owen & Ella-reveals so much personality. Also, believe it or not, I love the background. I recognized it as my ‘home church’ of many years before my dear husband died and I moved to another state to care for my aging mother. Funny how the snippet of a background that is so innocuous to 99.99% of people can trigger wonderful memories…a poingnant tidal wave!

    January 12, 2019 at 11:21 am
  5. Sara Legler

    I totally love this article and can relate. I hate to get up early (like 5-530am) but must due to my 1 hour commute to work. My husband gets up even earlier, like 430am. ? but we cannot engage in any sort of verbal communication unless an emergency until he has had a pot of coffee & several cigarettes. LOL he is an early riser for sure, but not really a morning person. Though he swears he is, until you try to talk to him. ??

    January 12, 2019 at 3:04 pm
  6. they are just too cute! no help for your dilemna though!

    January 12, 2019 at 6:41 pm
  7. I feel your pain! LOL Since I retired, I have never ran by a clock. Some nights, I’m up all night, depending on layouts I make. It is always scrap booking that will keep me up all night! If I go to bed at a normal time, I can get up anywhere from 5 -9. Usually my cat wakes me up and then SHE goes back to bed! 🙂 Most mornings, I’m up and at it right away, but here are just some days I don’t want to move. Those grandbabies can make us The Little Engine That Could; I think I can, I think I can, I think I can! LOL

    January 13, 2019 at 3:38 am
  8. dreamcatcher4301

    Enjoy your time with them! They are beautiful and time goes by sooo fast

    January 15, 2019 at 3:06 am
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