I've never been too much of a morning person. Well, compared to most of my friends growing up, I was a morning person. That was mostly because of my dad. We were expected to be up by at least 8:00 every day. If we missed that, and he happened to be home, we were often roused with words like, "Get your bod out of bed! People die in bed!" To help with this, my Mom would usually give us an early rise scripture study time of around 7:30. But just because I was up, doesn't mean I liked it.
Enter my dear Hod. Anything before 9:00 is too early to him. Right before we were married Hod was living with my parents (long story). One of the first mornings I got a call from my sister around 9:30 asking me if Hod was dead because he hadn't surfaced yet. For much of the beginning of our marriage I would wake up around 8, and then wait around for an hour or so before forcing him out of bed just because I was bored. But slowly over time, he has converted me to sleeping in. Now, I can happily sleep til at least 8:30.
However, the days that #1 sleeps past 7:30 are few and far between. To allow me to continue my laziness I just pull her into bed with me and give her a bottle. Some mornings she goes back to sleep, some mornings she doesn't. Either way, when she really does decide to wake up after some quite enjoyable snuggling, she is just full of smiles. She likes to play with my hair, and my lips, and make cute noises, and her eyes sparkle, and she does my heart good.
Even though it is earlier than I would like, it is pretty much the perfect way to start the day. I hope I can find a way to continue it after #2 gets here.