Monday, February 04, 2008

Manners Please

My son is not a polite sleeper.

He is 15 and displays typical teenage behavior, staying up late on weekend nights and sleeps in. But because of his weekend activities, he cannot sleep in, but crashes afterward. This past Saturday night, maybe I should say Sunday morning, he went to bed sometime after 2:00 (after having gone to bed after 3:00 the night before). Then he got up for his skiing program at 8:30. When he got home, he put himself to bed, shoes and all, on his father's side of my bed. What is it about Mom & Dad's bed that is so appealing?

One of two things happen when he goes to bed so early. He'll either nap until bedtime then stay up for several hours after that playing computer games, or he'll sleep through until the morning, sometimes waking only for a shower and a glass of milk. Last night he didn't get up, he slept through.

Usually Monday's are the worse because all the sleep deprivation of the weekend catches up, he's asleep by 6:00 on my bed. We can't move him, like we could when he was a toddler, he's taller than we are now, and getting strong. We can't entice him to stay awake for his favorite supper so we can steer him to his own bed later. So Dan sleeps in Kevin's bed, for which I'm grateful, and I get to try to sleep next to The Boy, who is a major cover thief and I end up sleeping on top of the edge of the blanket, having it flip over me like a taco, so I can at least stay warm, but not too warm, thank you, I am approaching (gasp) 48. And, of course, when I do get too warm, he senses I've released the blanket and takes it. Not a polite sleeper, not at all.

4 comments:

Maddy said...

I hate sleeping with any of mine, the teeth grinder, the wriggler, the jumping jack, the dribbler.....
Lucky you!

just me said...

Although our son does not stay up late (yet - he's only 10), he often wakes during the night. We have trained him not to come into our bed before 5 a.m. - so he just brings in his pillow and sleeps on the floor next to my side of the bed. Needless to say, this is very disconcerting when one gets up during the night to use the bathroom!

Lorraine said...

Honestly. Kids. The Child has been doing this night owl thing and then being all pissed at me when I wake her up at 7am for school. Like it's my fault. Hello? I'm the one who said "Turn off your light" at 9pm. And 9:30.
And started yelling "TURN OFF YOUR LIGHT!" at 10pm. And 10:30...

VE said...

Our kids are just payback for all the wrong doings when we were that age...