Aside from the all-too-rare weekend away, Joe and I haven't slept past 7am since we got pregnant with Sam nearly 6 years ago. Their wake-up times are staggered with Henry getting up at 4 or 5 for an early morning feeding and the bigger kids getting up at 6:30 to get ready for school.
Last Sunday, I had a plan.
First, we set the big kids' alarm clock for 7:45am. We found that if we don't set it, they get suspicious about why their alarm clock is not going off and then wake up extra early. This was enough to get them some extra sleep but not arouse suspicion.
Second, feed baby a huge bottle at his morning feeding.
Third--and this is the key--set the Kindle outside our bedroom door.
Fourth--also key--LOCK the bedroom door.
At 7:45 am, we were still in bed and heard Sam and Natalie's alarm go off, followed by the pitter-patter of little feet to our bedroom door. Instead of rousting us from our nice warm bed, they stopped at the locked door.
Natalie: Oh, look. I found the Kindle!
Sam: Well, that was easy.
Natalie: I know! It was just right here.
They spent the next 30 minutes watching cartoons while Joe and I dozed until Henry woke up. Glorious!
It only took me 6 years to figure this out.