Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Daylight Savings Aftermath: Later schedules and blackout curtains
So Daylight savings has come and gone and I am loving the fact that it stays lighter later! Growing up in Seattle I remember summer nights when the sun didn't go down until 8pm or later! It doesn't stay light quite that late up in the bay area, but I'll take what I can get! The one thing that has thrown me for a loop this year that I don't remember happening last year is that I feel really weird (AKA horrible) about putting Mr. L to bed when there is still so much daylight to be played in! Because of this, we've gradually started putting Mr. L down to bed a bit later. Normally, I would start dinner at 5:30 or 6, have him in bath by 6:30 and lights out by 7pm on the dot...but tonight, it's 7:56 and I just sat down at my computer, meaning he just went down about 3 seconds ago (Not that I run to the couch when my day is "done" or anything...ok, maybe I do). He's been sleeping a little bit later most mornings with this new adjustment and this morning he woke up at 7am - which is a vast improvement from his normal 6am wake up call we'd been getting lately(Although I enjoy the later morning, I think it's still just painful to be woken up by something OTHER than your internal alarm clock!). Aside from putting him down a bit later, I think one thing that's helped keep him in his bed longer each morning is one simple design feature I just added to his room; blackout curtains! And I must emphasize that I put them up because I installed the curtain rod and curtains using a power tool and a level all by my lonesome! I was/am so proud of myself! Even though I spent seven years in the construction industry, writing contracts and figuring out change orders doesn't usually allow for time out in the field hammering and building, so while I'm sure it wasn't my most gracious moment, the curtain rod has been up for more than a week so I think we're out of the danger zone of having it fall down on anyone! The curtains are a nice navy blue color which goes with the nautical, beach, lobster theme we have going in the room. They have large silver grommets at the top which the rod is fed through, and for only being $12.96 per panel (I got 2), I think it's a great deal! I got these ones at Walmart, but Target sells them as well. The backside is covered in a white plastic, which some of the online reviews have poo-poo'd, but I think those people need to understand something - these are blackout curtains- that white plastic is what blacks out all external light! Anyway, I think having almost all of the light from Mr. L's room eliminated is helping him sleep in later and I'm kicking myself for not doing this before! For the last few weeks we've had a flannel sheet up trying to block some light (in addition to the wooden blinds he has on the windows), and The Hubs has been begging me to get rid of it. I think everyone in the family is happy with the curtains, but most of all Mommy! I'll post pictures of the finished room soon, but I'm waiting for the height chart we ordered on Etsy to come in! Should be here in a few days!!