My daughter was an early riser. Crazy early. Before the sun even dreamed of peeking over the hills, she would be wide awake, bouncing up and down in her crib like a rabbit on a pogo stick screaming, “Mommyyyyyy!!!!!” It was brutal.
I spent endless mornings, up at 4:00 a.m., sitting on the rug in the living room, my head propped up on the coffee table as I stared off into the distance in a foggy “what-the-hell-happened-to-my-life” haze. I honestly don’t know how I got through those years. I was a walking zombie.
Her early rising lasted till she was about three, and then she started “sleeping in” till 5:00 a.m. It was heaven! (It’s amazing what you consider heavenly when you’re a parent.) But our blissful slumber didn’t last long. The minute we got a reprieve from kid #1, kid #2 came along and shot it all to hell. We were thrown back into the up-all-night, early-rising life.
When #2 was about two-years-old, my husband Gabe put his foot down. “This has to stop,” he said. “They need to sleep till six.”
“Baaaaaaaa haaaaaa haaaaa,” I mocked him. “Why don’t you just tell them that?”
“I will,” Gabe said.
So he called a family meeting and told our then 2-year-old and 5-year-old that there was a new family rule. Everyone had to stay in their beds till 6 a.m. The kids made faces at him as he talked. No one was paying any attention. I sniggered in the background. Was he INSANE? I saw several problems with his new rule. The first being kids don’t know when the heck 6 a.m. is BECAUSE THEY CAN’T READ A CLOCK! You know, just a minor detail he overlooked.
When I pointed this out, Gabe looked temporarily defeated. But he’s a fighter, my man, so he refused to back down. He was sleeping till 6 a.m.if it killed him and he’d figure out a way to do it!
And shockingly, he did. The almighty Google revealed this nightlight/alarm clock thingy called the Kid’Sleep Moon. It has this cute little rabbit on it, and in one image, the rabbit is sleeping, in the other, he’s awake. If it’s nighttime, the sleeping rabbit is illuminated. If it’s time to get up, the awake rabbit is illuminated. It’s brilliant.
We bought the nightlight and it changed our lives. Seriously. We set it to 6 a.m., and you’re not going to believe this, but it worked. The kids stayed in their beds till till the bunny told them to get up every morning. Well, most mornings. It was a miracle.
Fast forward a few years, I made my “Let It Go – Mom Parody” and shot the opening sequence in front of our Kid’Sleep Moon. When the video went viral, I got an email from a lovely woman named Michelle. Her company makes the nightlight and she was so excited to see it in the video. We started chatting, and she offered to do a giveaway on the blog. So … drum roll please … it’s GIVEAWAY TIME!
One lucky person will win a Kid’Sleep Moon! Value $49.90.
Now … the Rules:
Contest opens September 14th at 12am and closes September at 21st, at 12am PDT. You will be entered by selecting one (or more) of the options in the Rafflecopter box above! I’ll send the winner an email (so please, enter a valid email address) and announce it here and on my Facebook page. If I don’t hear back from the winner in 48 hours, the runner up will get the prize. Clear as mud? Good! Now what are you waiting for! Get entering!
*I was compensated to write this post, but if I didn’t LOVE the product and want you all to know about it, I wouldn’t have done it. I’m very picky like that.*