Monday, October 30, 2006

3:30 is the new 4:30

I have come to really dislike the whole presto-change-o shake-up of Daylight Savings Time, because it wreaks havoc on my timeshift-sensitive son.

I'd foolishly been looking forward to this year's "fall back." For the past several weeks, in a radical departure from his summer sleep schedule, Bud has been sleeping in on school days, especially when the already dark skies were made darker by rain clouds. I was loathe to rouse him when he was sleeping so soundly (and when I could guess that he was in for a challenging day), and as a result we had more than a few mornings of rushing through the house in a frenzy to make it out the door on time. So, I thought, perhaps the time change would allow Bud's system to re-regulate to a more reasonable wake-up time and give us an opportunity to have a few leisurely mornings.

It re-regulated him alright.

Today our day started at 3:30 a.m., when Bud bounded out of bed with jet propulsion force despite the middle-of-the-night darkness that filled the house. It was clear from the moment he opened his eyes that he was up for the day.

I've been awake for 13 hours now and I'm still about seven hours and five projects away from falling back into bed.

I say we abandon this Daylight Savings business and start up a Nighttime Protection Program.

Anyone? Anyone?


Anonymous said...

Oh, I am right there with you. Charlie has been just beside himself with worry over what has happened with the world. Why is it dark at 4 PM??? Charlie equates all this with an approaching storm that he can't hear coming, but he sees dark skies and is upset.

The poor kid can't understand this, maybe we should move to Indianapolis, I hear that they don't do daylight savings time.

Anonymous said...

Roo was up at the same time as Bud this morning. Must be something in the air again. He went to bed at 7:00 pm tonight (the old 8:00 pm) and my fingers are crossed that I don't hear from him until at least 6:00 am. Hope we all get some sleep tonight!

Anonymous said...

And how!
DST is always a huge issue with my kids both at home and at school. And just about the time you get everyone in sync and accustomed to light/dark/and time, it's time to Spring forward.
There is presently legislation to make DST longer in North America. Oohhh Goody!

Anonymous said...

daylight savings time should be banished AND we should celbrate on those days that we no longer have it.
yup. that's what we should do.

kristina said...

How about just the Sleep Protection Program!

neil said...

We didn't fare too badly, M pretty much coped, though here we added the hour. But I felt a bit cheated as I could have done with a 'regular' nights sleep after supervising M's friend's sleepover on my own.

Kev said...

We're going through it too. However, its the NT toddler thats out of schedule - Meg seemed to adjust pretty seamlessly this year.

bethduckie said...

Al was bothered in past years, now he thinks its funny. Especially when his little clock, Tickety, to whom he is most attached, was showing the wrong time.

Wrong clocks are a source of hilarity in our house anyway- my clock is half an hour fast, the living room one a little slow... so DST is just another clock joke to be enjoyed.

Anonymous said...

No time change--one of the many, many things I loved about living in Okinawa. It made life so much easier for 2 years.

Anonymous said...


Indiana started DST this year.



you know what? I totally banished daylight savings time last year. (obviously it came back)