Until 3 years ago I was definitely a "morning lark". I always had 8:00 classes in college. I taught school for 3 years, so I always awakened early to be at work. Even after I had my first four children, I still began each day at 5:00 or 5:30 a.m., after the current baby was sleeping pretty well. In the early mornings I could accomplish many things: Bible reading and study, exercise, showering and dressing for the day, starting laundry, reading email, paying bills, planning for school, and preparing breakfast for the children---all before they even woke up! My bedtime was 10:00 p.m. at the latest, and I couldn't imagine staying up until 11:00 or later.
And then Sam arrived!
From his first day of life the child has woken up within minutes, even seconds of my feet hitting the floor in the morning. (There have been VERY FEW exceptions!) Even though now he only occasionally gets in our bed during the night (and therefore in my bed when I want to get up), he still wakes up within minutes (or seconds) of my getting out of bed. Even when he has slept all night in his own bed! He has some sort of sense that I am awake! Every so often I decide that I want to wake up early and "get some things done" (like I used to) before the children wake up. Well almost every single time Sam joins me! So, by default, in order to have some time to THINK and time to read my Bible, fold clothes, read email, blog, make lists, work on lesson plans, pay bills, balance the checkbook, etc., etc., I have become a night owl. Sam never wakes up within the first several hours of going to bed, in fact most nights he doesn't wake up at all unless he wets the bed, so I am guaranteed uninterrupted time from 10:00 p.m. on. I usually stay up till midnight or later, and I sleep until just about time to wake up the older children for read aloud time (7:00 a.m.)
So what about you? Night Owl or Morning Lark?