7.28.2010

Too Far

I'll admit it friends, sometimes I go too far. Last night was just such an occasion.

Mom stayed up late (that was totally on her, I have no blame there). Mom's late arrival to bed disturbed Dad's schedule. He got up around midnight. He was nice enough to provide a midnight snack at my request.

I became rather thirsty around 2:30. Naturally a fresh drink is much better than a stale one, so I woke Mom to let her know my dish was in need of a refill. She was a bit crabby, but she caved by 2:45.

Can I help that her bladder is well-trained to wake at 3:30? She was already up, so I requested some snuggles, loudly.

Was I really hungry at 4:30am, my usual breakfast time? No not really, but it was 4:30. If I don't wake her at 4:30 one day she gets totally spoiled.

She was really crabby then... what a drama queen. I could tell she was pretty sleepy too. If I let her fall fully asleep, it was going to be impossible for her to wake up at 5:30, right? I felt a mew every five minutes would do the trick.

Maybe I should have "Shut It!" by 4:50, or "Knocked that out" by 5:15. Really the line is thin... how are you to know you've crossed it until it's too late? So my pre-departure snuggles this morning were a bit... tense, but by this afternoon we are solid again.

So the question is, do I lay off till 4:30 tonight? Maybe 4:15...

26 comments:

  1. Leave your Mom guessing...start in a few minutes LATE...she'll fret all day you aren't feeling well and you'll score extra love and treats! That's what we would do.

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  2. So funny ... Your Mom should write an eBook! We would buy it!

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  3. Yikes!!!!! There is a book!

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  4. Fin,
    You're so funny.
    Sometimes it's best to remind Mom who's in charge. It's really for her own good!
    ~Casper and Angel~

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  5. I think if you don't mix it up, the waking every hour or so will become predictable and she'll be able to sleep through it. I say lay off for one night...let her sleep. The snuggles and praise you'll receive will be worth it. Then the next night I say go for it at 4:10am...mew!

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  6. Nah, it's a different day. Leave yesterday behind and carry on like normal. Whatever you deem normal to be that day.

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  7. OMC!!! This is SS. Momo has been sent out of the room and is definitely not allowed to read this. She is bad enough without such antecedents and encouragement from her SIF.

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  8. Fin, you are just so funny!!! Thanks...you make mom laugh all of the time!! Lots of love, Holly and mom

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  9. Pricelessly written. You and my cousin Audrey must have been littermates - you come from the same gene pool. Though you don't look anything alike. Her Mom brought about an improvement in the situation by buying a battery operated feeder that dispenses a small helping of pre-breakfast at about 3:30 am in the kitchen. So she doesn't have to hassle her Mom and both of them are happier for it. Audrey can hear the subtle "click" from the bedroom.

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  10. Maybe you should give her a break, sweetie=she might be appreciative enough to give you extra treats!!...Good luck with that beautiful friend...xoxo...Calle, Halle, Sukki

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  11. Not unreasonable at all, what if you hadn't and she slept it. You were just being vigilent!

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  12. Jack is in charge of the schedule around here. If there is any deviation from mealtimes or wake up times, he meows and does what Mom calls scrubbing, where he kind of digs over the blanket on Mom's legs vigorously with his paws. Lately he has started peeing in inappropriate places and Mom has about had it.

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  13. Fin, you may just be pushing it. Smudge gets shut down the other end of the house so Spider and I can get our beauty sleep sometimes.

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  14. Oh how funny! Sometimes I have to. . . . you know,
    *whispers*
    'use the litterbox' in the middle of the night. If there's a poop in it I won't use it and I'll wake Momma up and tell her about it. She gets kinda crabby about that.

    jane

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  15. Now, waydaminit...shouldn't she be going by YOUR schedule?? You keep doing whatever you want, Fin...it's only right...

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  16. We suggest mixing it up a bit. Let her sleep tonight, wake her tomorrow at a different time.

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  17. Fin, I have to agree with everyone, you must keep that Mom trained. I would just continue with your normal schedule and if the hooooman becomes crabby, maybe back off a little bit. But it doesn't sound like it was all your fault.
    Have a great day.

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  18. I would go for 4:15 in case she whaps the snooze button!

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  19. I think you might be spending nights in the den laundry room soon ...

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  20. Ah, Fin, let her sleep in until 4:20 or so.

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  21. MOL~!!! We think you should let her "sleep in" and start at 4:16

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  22. No you are right Fin, you can't let them get away with stuff or they just take advantage.
    Great Story, well told!

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  23. We think you need to ease her back into her schedule. Since the whole thing started at 2:30 we suggest easing off until 3 and then do the 4:30 as usual.

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  24. Fin, I applaud you. If I wake my mom up in the middle of the night she just throws me out of the room, turns on her radio to drown out my hungry cries, puts the pillow over her and goes back to sleep.

    Barnabas

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  25. We find that if we switch off mom doesn't get mad at all of us at once and since she is only upset with one out of three we all get the benefit of the "early" wake-up. Speedy says you should try the kissing her awake thing, he likes to press his lips to her face and then slide his teeth across...works really well.

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