Recently they've been sleeping in later and Mama has been home before they wake up, but I still continue to get up early just in case.
Today was a just in case type of morning.
At 6:15, shortly after I came upstairs after my workout, Brynne (who is the better sleeper and rarely wakes up earlier than she should) woke up screaming bloody murder. I tried to give her a minute to calm down and go back to sleep, but she only increased her wailing. I went in and told her it wasn't time to get up yet and she needed to go back to sleep.
She screamed louder and said no. She was standing up, bouncing and yelling, so I picked her up, hoping she wouldn't wake her sister.
She clung tightly. I again told her it was too early to get up and I was going to put her back to bed. She again yelled no and held on. I asked if she wanted her baby, to which she replied yes, so I gave her the doll.
One more time I tried to put her back to bed and again she responded the same way. I asked her what she wanted to do and she pointed to the door, meaning she wanted to be up.
Hadley started fussing, so I decided to try and take Brynne to our bed and see if she would lie down while I got ready for work. As I grasped the door handle, Hadley spoke.
Brynne looked in her direction, but couldn't see her as it was still dark. She reached out toward Hadley with both arms. I asked if she wanted to go back to bed.
"Yes. Sister." was her reply.
I laid her down, she fussed a bit, and was quiet as I left the room.
About an hour later, as I was getting ready to head out the door, Mama informed me Brynne had just spoken again. She said "all done", but wasn't fussing.
I love my morning routine. Even though it was altered, I love my little Brynne for putting aside her desire to be out of bed so Hadley would stay asleep. Had Brynne gotten up, Hadley would have followed shortly thereafter. I don't know if Brynne was thinking this and being selfless, or if she just decided she was tired after all, but I think it was the first one.