Before You Were Awake

It’s 6:14am. Last night was the first time that Pords slept through. Hip hip hooray.

Yet for some reason I woke up with a jolt at 4:47am terrified that Pickles has been eating too much bad food recently so I got up and since then I have been peeling, chopping, steaming, and arranging a rainbow of fruits and vegetables.

Now that I’ve filled boxes and plates and eaten my own breakfast and had three cups of tea I’m sitting at the kitchen table in a completely quiet house.



Any minute now the day will begin. Mum! And I probably won’t even remember what it was like to sit in silence. Mum! So I’m recording this as a testament that there is such a thing. Mum! And as a reminder to myself to try to get up before the day begins and have a cup of tea in peace and quiet before the world is filled with Muuuuummmmmm!!

Don’t worry, I haven’t gone completely mad because I’m still at the point of realising that being up chopping vegetables before 5am is completely mad. That’s catch-22 isn’t it? You can’t be mad if you know you’re mad. I’m the Yossarian of health kicks.

I certainly won’t be repeating the 4:47 food folly. Particularly when 3/4 of my labour ends up rejected. But I do recommend a quiet house. It’s good for the soul.

Before You Were Awake

Before you were awake
I had a cup of tea,
And sitting all alone
Was quite pleasant company.

The house was still and silent
I could listen to a thought.
(Although frankly on that front
There’s not too much to report).

I really love our noisy days
When you’re up and around.
Your busy, chatty, crashy play
Makes for a happy sound.

But sometimes for a little change
I like the quiet too.
And so from now I’m going to try
To get up before you.

I’ll tiptoe to the kitchen
And sit down quietly.
So before you are awake
I can have a cup of tea.

A Bit Of Everything

Happy Mama Happy Baby


20 thoughts on “Before You Were Awake

  1. That is very early to start cooking! You are definitely on a health kick. It is great to get up early & be productive. I find I can accomplish the same tasks in one hour by myself or about five hours if the kids are up! But, when it’s quiet for too long them you miss them & want them to wake up 🙂 x

  2. I salute your dedication and commitment. I have tried to do this a couple of times, but my little tot is a very light sleeper and ends up waking up with me at 5 am which isn’t conducive to anything much at all. I love your rhyme, it captures the peace of that special quiet time. Dawn x #abitofeverything
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    1. I agree. I’m a nighttime person too. I probably won’t be doing it again any time soon. But it was nice to be the first one up for a change! 🙂

  3. Oooh, a cup of tea in a quiet house. Sounds lovely! Mine definitely eat too much sugar and not enough veg. but that’s largely because of their sensory issues due to ASD so I try not to worry about it too much and make an effort to sneak in veg. if at all possible.

    ‘I’m the Yossarian of health kicks,’ really made me laugh! And it’s made me want to reread ‘Catch 22’…again…
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    1. There is no limit to the number of times that Catch-22 can be enjoyed. 🙂 I try not to make a big deal about food. Generally if I serve it up it’s happily eaten. It just takes a bit more preparation!

    1. I had a little while where I was getting up first to go for a walk but even missing one day can break the whole thing! Thanks for hosting x

  4. Great poem! I love being up before everyone else. Every minute seems to last for an hour. As with everyone, it seems a rarity that only happens now and then. That’s probably why we enjoy it so much. Nicky #abitofeverything
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    1. Thank you. I think you’re probably right. If it happened every day it would probably be filled up with busy-ness rather than just taking the time to sit and enjoy the moment.

  5. That first cup of tea is so beautiful, I’m so glad you had a productive morning. My son does not have a consistent waking time so it’s kind of a cup of tea lottery or sometimes if I pout enough my partner will make me one and have the boy for ten minutes 🙂

    1. The resolution to do these things is always easier than the actual doing them. My baby was up and down every night for the rest of the week (teething!) so every extra second of bed was too good to pass up! 🙂

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