Sunday, April 13, 2008

Heat Shield

At least she sleeps through the night now (thank you adenoid removal) but Molly gets up WAY, WAY too early and then is grouchy all day long.  The window in the the room she and Emily share gets hit by the sun the second it goes up.  Molly thinks if it's light outside it must be morning.  Maybe it is morning for Seminary students and milkmen, but not for me.  

Today I had a flash of inspiration through the fog of little sleep.  Why not make a heat sheild for Molly and Emily's room?  I told them it's a heat sheild (it does get hot in their room) but it's really a total black out covering. 

If I had had some big cardboard I could make it so I could remove it but I don't so I didn't.  For now, post-church nap time, I just taped a bunch of foil to cover the windows.  I'm sure this will work much better than the vinyl tablecloth I tied to the blinds last year or the "black out shades" from Lowes the year before that were just pretend black out shades.  The tablecloth was much better and I'm hoping that foil will be just what I need.  I'm sure the neighbors will think it's so lovely and modern looking too.  

Do any of you have tricks to keep kids asleep past sunrise?


Jonathan & Jillian said...

That is a great idea. I am sure the neighbors will all be admiring your new decor in the window:) Who really cares what they think though. If it allows you to sleep in later I would keep it up forever!

bill, katie, and co. said...

Oh my! We have the same problem. We haven't gone so far as the tinfoil but we have been tempted too. Let us know how it goes!

April said...

We did this in Adams room with black duck cloth. After a few days, he couldnt tell night from day, which wasnt much better than the waking up at the crack of dawn. I hope it goes better for you. Im thinking of just giving up on the idea of good sleep for, oh, about the next 10 years. By the way, my apostrophe key isnt working.

Stephanie said...

I have an early riser, too. N used do get up way early when he was little,but now it's T. I've put blankets over their blinds to keep the early summer sunlight out. Plus, it keeps the room cooler AND it just looks "gorgeous". Hey, I say whatever works -- go for it. I've seen WAY worse things on the windows. I'd rather look at tin foil vs. an old ugly flower sheet anytime.

Farrah said...

Yes, it's called a navy blue fleece blanket. Now if only it's use would allow Georgia to sleep past 6:15...but I refuse to take it down on the off chance that w/out it she may start waking up at like 5:30 a.m.


Maybe THAT'S why Mya gets up so early... I was trying to figure it out. Maybe I will try your foil trick. As far as the girl's headbands go, yes, I make them. They're really easy. Mya wears them because I have been putting stuff on her since she was born and Hailey wears them because she's pretty sure that she's a princess and is really into playing the part. No magic solution, sorry, just luck.

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