Phoebe is four months old, an age infamously known for a good ol' fashioned sleep regression. This coupled with taking Phoebe to a conference and upending her entire world and schedule, coupled with getting vaccinations on Monday and subsequently running a fever for a few days has led to a pretty miserable time in the Heiss household.
Two nights this week that baby has stayed awake until—cross my heart, hope to die, stick a needle in my eye if I lie—6:30 in the morning. I mean, technically, she went to bed, but then she got up around midnight or so and then she was up. It's been brutal.
This morning, around 5:00, I left a message on the board for my children in bold, capital letters, hoping they'd read it and do as it said. Hoping, against hope, that they'd get some work accomplished before I got up for the day because I could tell—at 5:00 in the morning, with a wide-awake baby on my hip—that I would not be waking up when my kids got up. I would be sleeping in as long as possible.
Phoebe and I finally crawled into bed at 6:38 AM.
We got up at 10:00 and I went to find my kids, who were all...playing.
"Did you practice the piano?" I asked them, hopefully.
No, they had not.
"Did you see my note?"
"The one that said, 'PRACTICE THE PIANO! OR ELSE!!!!'? Yeah. We saw it."
"And you decided to just...not practice this piano?"
"Well," Zoë explained, "You did say 'or else,' so we're doing something else."