Five mornings out of seven the alarm goes off at 5:30 am. I am often tempted to hit snooze, however, my alarm clock is strategically placed in the bathroom. Getting up out of bed and walking down the hall to the bathroom to hit snooze for another five minutes of sleep doesn't seem worth it.
Once I'm up. I'm up. And I have one hour to take a shower, get dressed, apply my mask of makeup, make lunch, make breakfast, make coffee and wash last night's dishes. I have to make The Boy's bed (because at some point in the middle of the night, he has wandered into our bed but that's for a whole other post.) and pick up his toys and books. I get The Boy's clothes and take them into the living room where I will help him get dressed. I pour out a bowl of cereal - sans milk. I drink my coffee while watching the local news and I try to figure out what to wear for myself. Though my own outfit, takes much less thought than The Boy's.
By 6:28 I'm back in my room, ready to wake The Boy. Some days he's ready to go at 6 am, other days I have to grab him by the ankles and pull him out of bed. Often bribes of cereal bars or muffins are involved. Not today. I tickle him awake. His pull-up is heavy and ready to burst. (Yes, he's 5 and sleeps in a pull-up. Again, that's for another post.)
I drag him out of our bed and walk him into the bathroom. His eyes are half closed, his bare flat feet slapping the wood floor. I pull down his pajama pants, yank off his shirt and pull off his pull-up.
"Pee pee in the potty?" I ask.
"No way," he says. The Boy isn't a morning person.
"Norrin. Fix it." I say. We say 'fix it' when he needs to fix his tone of voice or when he's being disrespectful.
"No I do not wish to do pee pee in the potty," he says.
This response kind of makes me giggle. 'I do not wish...' is his latest phrase thanks to The Cat in the Hat.
I wash his hands and face. "Now it's time to brush teeth," I announce. And this is the hardest part of our morning routine. The Boy hates brushing his teeth. "No! No! No!" He screams and starts to make a run for it. But I grab him. Now this next part is always a little dramatic. I stand him on the step stool in front of the sink. I stand behind him, the weight of my body pinning him against the sink. I bend slightly, wrapping my left arm around his body and with the toothbrush in my right hand, I press my elbow against his chest, holding him down to brush his teeth. I pry his mouth open with the toothbrush and my index finger. This is tricky business. The Boy has been known to bite.
By now it's 6:50 and I still need to get him dressed and hope he eats some cereal before heading out. I get him dressed while we watch Good Day New York.
I realize the dressing and tooth brushing are opportunities for The Boy to work on his self-help IEP goals. But who has that kind of time when bus pick up is at 7:19? That has to wait for the weekend when there's more time.