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My husband Rick really likes new gadgets.

Like thanks to some kind of new wireless tech thing in our home…. when I take some pictures on my digital camera and walk in the house, the photos are automatically uploaded to our computer, sent to Shutterfly and delivered to my husband’s email inbox.

I mean what the heck happened to a little privacy for the lady of the house?

Of course I guess this means I can’t take photos of my neighbor who has a knack for walking around in his skivvies while leaving the drapes open. Now I’ll have to set up a painting easel in his front yard to capture these beautiful moments on canvas and frankly, you can imagine how that whole situation could get awkward.

So given Rick’s love for technology, I thought he would be all about this new clock…

It’s supposed to help kids sleep through the night by turning blue at bedtime and then yellow when it’s time to wake up. It sounded perfect for Summer who thinks 6 am is an ideal time to kick start her day, and ours too.

Except when Rick took the clock out of its box and set it up, it didn’t work.

And then he tried again. This time it woke our girls up in the middle of the night with some kind of fairy dust story and music.

We unplugged it. And let it sit there for weeks.

But because a man who’s monitoring his wife’s every digital move doesn’t want to be outdone by a kid’s clock and because Summer still had a penchant for early morning wake-ups, he tried again.

And this time, on a trip to the bathroom in the middle of the night, I noticed that the clock had turned yellow to signify wake up time at 3:38 AM. Hmm…. perhaps it was time for the lady of the house to get involved.

Not that I want to brag (but it is my blog so I can really do whatever I want)… I read the manual, spent a couple minutes setting it and it worked flawlessly.

Well, the clock.

Summer still wakes up at 6 am.

22 Responses to our war with the tot clock

  • Kathy says:

    I can see the smug look you are giving your husband …good job! I must of missed the post with neighbor in undies…repost I gather it’s not ugly naked guy on in my neighborhood!

  • Mo says:

    6am is a bit better than 3:38am. But I have a great idea. Buy yourself a SECRET camera that he doesn’t know about. Then you can snap your noddy neighbours all day long…

  • Marinka says:

    I’m laughing at the easel.
    And what kind of Big Brother system did Rick set up for you? You’d think that he’d be satisfied with the ankle bracelet.

  • kristen says:

    my girl has always been an early riser, i swear i just think she’s hard-wired that way.

    looking forward to the teen years, when i’ll be dragging her out of bed after 10am.

  • Internal clock always trumps every other type.
    I love that you figured it out. Did he even read the directions? Men so often think they just innately “know” and don’t NEED directions.

  • agent99 says:

    What comes around goes around…..one teenager sleeps ALL DAY, the other kids now complain bitterly about getting up for school! And I NEED that wireless uploading thingy.

  • Robyn says:

    I have the eye-fi also, and I’m almost ready to disconnect it since pictures I would NEVER want on Shutterfly end up getting delivered!

    Also, we have a similar clock. Even though Bear is up way before the 6:10 that we have it set to, he has been schooled NOT to get out of bed until then. It hasn’t stopped the, “Mommy! My clock isn’t green yet!” though.

  • Jeanne says:

    Ah, technology.

    Hey, did I see your husband on Stewart the other night?

    (I’m pretty sure I did, but you may certainly choose not to acknowledge it!)

  • Cat says:

    Are you trying to undermine all those years of masculine superiority by reading?
    What are you thinking?
    If they know we can read everything will become our “responsibility”.
    Shakes head, walks away.

  • anna says:

    this will sound riddiculous, but i have started paying my kids money not to wake me before 7. i’m not sure what they are planning to do with their $$ but it’s been working and that’s all that matters!

  • Amy says:

    Am totally going to buy one of those clocks. Maybe it will help a certain someone sleep past 6:30. Or maybe not…but it’s really cute.

  • Sarah says:

    Ahh…6:00. Ours is set to keep The Boy in bed until 5:15 (yes, 5:15 AM), at which time he is allowed to turn on his light, eat the snack we leave for him, and play quietly in his room.

    My husband (also not a direction-reader) is not allowed to touch it. Don’t lose the manual!

  • Isn’t it because of this new photo uploading gadget that you should ONLY take photos of your neighbor in his nasty skivvies. And continuously do so until either (a) your husband agrees to dismantle said gadget or (b) your husband gets in trouble for viewing soft porn at work? =)

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    Move to a farm…and send Summer out at 6:00 a.m. to feed the chickens and collect the eggs for breakfast. Or start teaching her how to change diapers and she’ll be a help when the twins arrive and you want to sleep; while she changes them. Don’t let her morning energy go to waste.

  • qtberryhead says:

    My son was that way. I always said that he was solar powered, because that kid would put himself to bed and wake up at the buttcrack of dawn.
    I had an adult version of that clock…and it went all psycho on me and would make the most awful screeching noise in the middle of the night.
    Also, I think pics of the neighbor would serve your hubby right.

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