The Sound of Silence :: Perks of Being a Night Owl

Silence. The day has finally winded down. I glance over and it’s about 10:45. The kids are in bed and my husband is in our bedroom. Dishes are done, clothes are put away (ok, MOST of them), and lunches are packed for tomorrow.

It’s now me time.

I get on my laptop, flip through my DVR, and just enjoy my house being quiet. It’s the night hours that allow me to function as my best self in regards to tackling house work, replying to emails, or even responding to texts. While I know some moms prefer waking up before the kids to have their quiet time, I prefer once they are in bed. I’ve affectionately referred to myself as a night owl.Night Owl

I’ve never been an early riser, and the thought of waking up a couple of hours before my kids just sounds exhausting. Waking up before 6AM seems like torture to me! The thought sounds peaceful and ideal. You know, waking up and showering alone and sitting at the kitchen table solo sipping on your caffeine boost while the sun sneaks through the window. However, the reality is that I barely wake up in enough time in the morning and hit snooze more times than I can admit to, so waking up 1-2 hours before that would be truly impossible for me.

I much prefer the glare of the moon than trying to beat Mr. Sun’s appearance.

On an ideal night, I head to my favorite coffee spot around 9PM or so get myself a pick me up to conquer the night. While I know that my boys can have the tendency to wake up during the night, it hasn’t been a reality in a couple months so the thought of knowing I have totally uninterrupted time to do what I please is one of the best perks.

Complete freedom. The remote is mine and I don’t have to justify watching my cheesy tv shows to anyone, my little ones aren’t asking for another Go Go Squeeze, and even the chihuahua is catching up on his zzz’s. I now have the time to work on the note section in my iPhone where I jot down random to do lists and have the patience and energy to complete them and not only do them half way.

While I know this option isn’t the norm and definitely not for everyone, it surely fits me and my life. I even know which friends are night owls, and it’s not uncommon for my phone to be dinging past 1AM with the open text: “hey, are you up?”

So, early birds you can get your silly worm, I enjoy burning the midnight oil!

What about you? Are you an early bird or a night owl? 

Mary Olivio
Mary is a caffeine addicted boy mom to Noah, Liam and Luke. This “stay at home” mom can typically been found cruising in her minivan, jamming to Beyonce with a Starbucks in hand on her way to carpool or after school activities. Mary has been married to her high school sweetheart since 2007. She is a founder of Delivering Hope NOLA and the Vanessa Wolff Scholarship Fund at her Alma Mater. Mary is passionate in the local preemie community and has been heavily involved with the March of Dimes since her sons Liam and Luke were born premature.


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