I’m a little over-protective.

Did you know I’m a little over-protective? It took me four years before I’d let Chris touch my camera. I get it, I need to seek help for sharing. I promise not to pass this on to Miles.

I’m over-protective because I re-sell my tech gear once I’m done with it. So, for the most part, it’s always “on loan” to me, before the next person gets it. The better condition, the more return. There hasn’t been anything I haven’t been able to resell for close to, or even more than, I paid for it.

I bought an iPod Touch 5G last fall. I had been patiently waiting for Life Proof to come out with a case that would solve all of my problems. Well, Miles no longer drools and spits up, so I don’t need the extreme waterproofing. And, was I really going to take it for a swim? Probably not. And, well, Life Proof, I’m tired of waiting for you to get your act together.

I broke down this week and bought an OtterBox Defender.

I was using a thin plastic screen cover and a flimsy five dollar black rubber case. Miles pulls it apart all the time, and believe me, I do not share my iPod with him (see above)… somehow he finds it everywhere!

A few months ago a student suggested the OtterBox. I wish I would have listened earlier. I’m a little stubborn, and like to get what I want, when I want it. Duh, this thing is awesome. It doesn’t add bulk like most other cases, it’s perfect for my needs and makes me feel a little more protected. I’ve only had it two days, but I already love it.

Don’t worry. I’m not as overprotective with Miles. I share him a lot with others. Maybe it’s because I can’t resell him? He’d probably fetch zillions, trillions when he has a tantrum. Plus, they don’t make cases for those babies. If they did, I might be tempted to buy one.

Now that I have my new case, I’m not as afraid to leave my iPod on my nightstand. Really, I don’t know why I was afraid to before. I kept thinking I’d knock it over, you know, because I flail around all night. Of course, doesn’t everybody?

With my new found protective freedom, I can use my music alarms! I’ve read everything I can about getting up at 5am to convince me it’s the right thing to do (because I fell off the bandwagon once I became injured). And, Friday I planned to wake to beautiful Amber by 311 and do yoga.

Miles had other plans. He woke up at 4:30am bright eyed and calling for Cah-key (Daddy). Can I say, I love that he says “Mom-me” so easily now, when his first word was Da-da. When you ask him to say Daddy, he laughs and says Cah-key to punk Chris. Love him. Love love love him.

So, we cuddled in bed until he fell back asleep and then Daddy had to wake him up to get ready to go. So much for a yoga workout. I didn’t mind though, Miles isn’t a cuddle-baby too often, so when it’s not moving, I’m thrilled to cuddle with him.

You can find a bazillion suggestions for getting up earlier. Here is what works for me:

Just do it.

Get up at the same time every day. No difference weekday to weekend.

Go to bed when tired, but be aware of sleep cycles and get enough hours of sleep.

Have a reason to get up: workout, write, walk, meditate.

Design a morning routine and do the prep work (clothes, food, etc.) the night before.

Pick an awesome song to wake to.

Do it with a buddy. Chris has to get up at 5am to get where he needs to be, so I don’t feel so attached to the bed.

What time do you wake up every day?

For more getting up early ideas:
Waking up early, 10 tips that work
How to Wake up Early: The Definitive Guide
Story Of A New Habit: How I Started To Wake Up At 5 AM
The Most Successful Techniques for Rising Early

Equipment used: Canon EOS 5D Mark II | Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L | Canon 600EX-RT Flash | Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L | Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L | Canon S100 | iPod Touch 5G