I may ruin it by saying anything but Nathan has been doing better with waking up these days. I went in and laid down with him in the mornings for about a week but then he started being better about being quieter in the morning.
There's a small possibility that I'm just exhausted enough to sleep through him now. Getting up before 5 am is not natural for me. I hear him but he's not so loud and constant that it wakes me up enough that I have to do something about it.
Alex has been waking up at 6, which means we have to get started on the day right away with him. Leaving him alone and bored in his room usually equals a big mess and that's not a good way to start the day.
I always sympathized with Vivian in Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood when she described sleep as something she could taste and feel. I'm definitely like that. I need to be able to get a good night's sleep, usually more than eight hours, or else it starts affecting me. A few short nights in a row and I'm not a happy camper.
I'm a little jealous of these creative types who are able to sacrifice sleep to give themselves more time to work on their art after their daytime responsibilities are done. I'm a natural night owl. Staying up until 3 or 4 am is easy. I tend to hit a real creative snap between 11 and around 2 am. But I cannot drag myself out of bed and be cheerful and caring to my children without logging slumber hours.
Everything is a balance and as soon as you think you have it worked out, one of your elements will change. Right now, I'm just grateful to sleep in.