Hello Mornings! {Summer 11::Week 1} & A Giveaway!!

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(Note from Kat: This is a guest post from the always wonderful Michelle.)

After weeks of prepping, sorting and emailing, the newest session of the Maximize Your Mornings Challenge is off and running like a Kentucky racehorse!

Twitter and Facebook are abuzz with a steady mix of encouraging words and desperate pleas for more coffee.

If you’re new to the Maximize Your Mornings Challenge, you may be wondering how to begin.

Step 1: Get Out Of Bed!

Our first goal is simply to get out of bed! Everyday, when the alarm goes off, resist the urge to hit snooze and roll over.

Tip: Establishing a consistent wake-up time will make your mornings happen more easily.

Night Owls

Is your challenge actually getting to bed? Then your assignment is to choose a bedtime and stick to it!

Give yourself permission to go to sleep. You deserve it. You’ll thank yourself in the morning!

When Should I Wake Up?

Whenever works for you and your family.

There is no magic, one-size-fits-all number!

What time would give you enough time for quiet time, exercise, and planning each day before your house gets busy?

If that time is close to your current waking time, great! If the two are miles apart, you may want to adjust your alarm and internal clock gradually.

It will be much better for long-term success to do it this way. There are no bonus points for waking up cold turkey!

When Should I Go to Bed?

You probably need around 7.5 hours of sleep. If you have children and you’re lucky, they sleep 10-11 hours a night. (That was the average of a recent Twitter poll.)

Try fitting your 7.5 hours within their 10-11, leaving enough time in the morning to accomplish what you want.

This is the most important part of making a morning routine work!

You may be able to keep late hours and still wake up early for a few weeks, maybe longer. But it will catch up to you, leaving you burnt out.

If you want to see long-term results, get enough sleep!

Action Steps

1. Print the eBook.

2. Read pages 1-6 & page 20 of the eBook.

3. Set your alarm.

4. Go to bed on time.

5. Get out of Bed!

Online Community

You can connect virtually with over 800 other women waking up early!

Facebook: Stop by the Inspired to Action page for encouragement!

Twitter: Use hashtag #hellomornings to jump in and say “Good Morning!”

Email: Form your own group of encouragers!

Weekly Giveaways!!!

We know that getting up early isn’t easy, so we thought we’d make it a little more fun by throwing in some giveaways!! Our wonderful friend Erin from HomeWithTheBoys, is lining up some really fun prizes.

So to kick off our weekly giveaways, we have something to help you with that morning quiet time!

Tyndale House is giving away a copy of the One Year Bible for Women! This special edition of the best-selling One Year Bible includes encouraging inspirational thoughts to boost your faith and brighten your day! This New Living Translation Bible provides 15-minute daily reading portions – just perfect to maximize your mornings! Plus, I think it’s pretty – doesn’t that make it even better?!

How To Enter

There are four ways to enter the giveaway.

1. Leave a comment and tell us how your mornings are going or share an encouragement.
2. Tweet this week in the main #hellomornings stream on Twitter.
3. Share an encouragement this week on Facebook.
4. MYM Challenge participants can also enter by interacting with your MYM Accountability Group (via Twitter or Facebook.

We will pick one winner this week to be announced next Friday.

We want you to stay connected, because we know that community is a huge key to your success!

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  • Avatar ema says:

    Good morning! Mornings are a little tough for me, we have a restless 2 1/2 that never ever needs sleep, so he is up before dawn if we r lucky, cause sometimes he is up at 2 a.m. wanting to play… and a 11 month old that wakes up early and needs my constant attention…
    I try to stay focus, some mornings I win, some mornings they win… But the important thing is that I try my best to have the time alone with God… so never give up! God is amazing and will meet u and listen to your prayers even when there are two screaming kids in the background….
    God bless!

  • Avatar Ashley says:

    My mornings have been fairly good this week. I’ve gotten out of bed every day when the alarm clock goes off except for 1 and I set the alarm clock wrong… LOL! Looking forward to the rest of this challenge.

  • Avatar Victoria says:

    I’ve had some issues getting to bed earlier, which is of course affecting what time I get up in the mornings. BUT, I have had some good morning time, even if it was just praising through worship music while getting ready or driving to work!
    I am in MYM 2B on Facebook and have been posting there each day, no matter what time I wake or when I get a minute to check-in! Loving my group and so thankful for the accountability and the encouragement!

    • Avatar Victoria says:

      Sorry my first blog link was missing a “.”

      so I fixed it and you can click my second name to check out my blog if you would like.
      Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Avatar Karen says:

    My planned wakeup time is 7:30. Due to different things going on, I think I got up at that time once this week! But, I’m not giving up! Though I wish I could figure out what’s going on with my backup alarm! LOL

  • Avatar Revonda says:

    Hello, Mornings are the roughest part of my day. I love sleep. So getting out of bed is uber hard for me. But knowing that people are waiting on me helps make it a bit easier. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for organizing this, I am really learning so much!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Avatar Jenny says:

    My mornings are going great. I look forward to seeing my group each morning and that extra incentive helps.

  • Avatar Sara says:

    My mornings are pretty good. My 2-year-old sleeps until 8am and then eats a good breakfast. Sometimes we laze around too long, though, and my morning gets away from me! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Avatar Jaime says:

    My mornings are not what I would wish them to be, and I want to establish a better routine. Currently, I am watching a friend’s son for her, which has dictated my morning schedule (I also have 3 boys of my own, the oldest being 4 1/2). You can imagine that my mornings are spent caring for needs. And, even when I try to rise before my boys for some quiet time with the Lord, any little noise wakes them up. I’m very thankful that my time of watching my friend’s child is ending soon, and then I can give my 2 older boys a quiet activity to do, while my baby naps, and I sit to be refreshed at the feet of my Savior.

  • Avatar Ashley says:

    Good morning, ladies! I missed day one, but have kept on track for 5 days and I’m so happy! The twitter accountability really helps and I love to get up and spend my morning time with the Lord and starting a workout routine!
    I pray that you all are enjoying this as much as I am.

  • Avatar Jeremie Shaffer says:

    Wow! The first week is over already!?!? I wish I could say that I was the perfect “wake-uper”, but I haven’t been. But that’s okay because I’ll start fresh tomorrow! Some mornings were better than others, but accountability is good!! It keeps the whole process of readjusting my routine at the forefront of my mind. Looking forward to brighter mornings ahead!!!

    Thanks for all you guys are doing to help us!!

  • Avatar Vicki says:

    Mornings are going really well. End goal is 4:30, but this week have kept it at 5:00…anything starting with a 4 seems REALLY early. Next week I aim for 4:45. Gotten some great quiet time in this week, and fantastic facebook threads. Next week will add in a bit of exercise!

  • Avatar Krissa says:

    I never signed up for a group, but I’m still trying to make it a point to have a quiet time in the morning, and so far, so good. I was encouraged Lamentations 3:22-24 this week: “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” I also follow along on FB and love seeing Kat’s prayers for our children there!

  • Avatar Rachael says:

    Some mornings have been pretty rough this week… Like a Mother’s Day gift in shards on the floor followed by a freezer defrosting during the night and oozing all over the floor. But the good news is that I have been able to get up to be with my Savior each day and He is working on my heart and my attitude.

  • Avatar Leslie says:

    Mornings are hard for me, especially when kids wake up early! It’s difficult for me having to start tending their needs as soon as I get up. But several mornings this week I have had an hour to myself so I’m thankful for that! I know that nothing is impossible with God on our side!!!!

  • Avatar Sarah R. says:

    I did this challenge on my own last year and felt so great when I got into the habit of waking before the kids and having “my time” before they demanded my attention. Recently I got out of the habit, and have noticed a huge change in attitude and focus in our home. So I was excited to see this challenge and jump back in! However, this week has been disappointing! 3 mornings I just didn’t get up. I could use excuses, and I do believe in God’s grace even when I don’t exercise discipline. So, one morning at a time, one step at a time.

  • Avatar Gail Medaris says:

    I am having a great week! Every morning has been different trying to find out what works best! Today is my kids last day of school so starting next week it will be a whole new schedule! I am really enjoying having time with Jesus and trying to get in some exercise before the kids get up! I am in a much better mood when they start waking up and I handle the morning so much better!
    I love getting to do this with so many other women around the country!
    Thanks Ladies,
    Gail

  • Avatar Katie says:

    The mornings are going well for me so far. I’m getting up at 5:30 am and getting about half hour before my little girls are up and ready to play for the day. My new year’s resolution this year was to read from my bible everyday for a year. I quickly realized that without a plan it wasn’t going to happen. A One year bible for women would be exactly what I need to daily get into scripture the way I would like to. Awesome giveaway!! Pick me, pick me!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Avatar Jennie says:

    I know when I get up before the rest of the household it seems my days are easier.Hasn’t been so easy lately, my daughter is a great sleeper, but baby boy likes to stay up late and get up early. Anything to help motivate would be a wonderful tool.

  • I was just able to join the mym#10 group and so I only have 1 day but all this week I’ve been getting up between 5:50 and 6:10 so I can have some time to get ready for the day. I’m lucky in the fact that I’m a early to bed early to rise girl always have been.

    My oldest gets out of school next friday so the mornings in the summer will have less to do. my hope and goal is to finish all the housework (quiet housework that is) so the whole day can be fun stuff with the girls.

  • This week has been so encouraging for me! Getting to bed earlier is definitely a huge help for getting up early and I didn’t quite get there the last two nights. Definitely felt it in the morning! Love the MYM challenge and to know that there are so many other women out there dragging themselves out of their warm beds because they truly value their relationship with God. So inspiring!!!

  • Avatar melissa p. says:

    this challenge has made all the difference to me! so far, so good. there are bumps in the road (not always waking up on time, but adjusting so that God time STILL is first!) i’ve exercised more than ever, and had a huge surge in prayer life! thank you!!!

  • Avatar Ashley F says:

    My week has gone pretty good. It took me about 3 days to get up with my alarm, but those first 3 days I did get up earlier than I have been. It just took me that long to adjust. My kids have been sleeping a little later, so I have been able to get things done. I do have to say “THANK YOU!” for the Philippians study. I was having a hard time on Sunday and Monday figuring out what to do during my Bible time. I like to have something structured to do and this has been a big help. I am not good at just winging it. So once again thank you so much for putting that together.

  • Avatar Marcia says:

    Made it in late but keeping up regularly with the facebook page. Thank you for the encouragement.

  • I hope its ok for me to enter since I’m not doing MYM this go around. We are fixing to start night weaning right in the middle of this challenge, so I decided to skip this go around. But, I’m still getting in that precious time with the Lord almost everyday, and I can thanl hellomornings for the extra push to get it done

  • Avatar renee says:

    I’m sorry to be asking this question on your blog…but can’t figure out how to contact my group leader for the Twitter group – #MYM2. Every day I see these wonderful posts, have tried to post back and ask for help but am doing something wrong, because there is only silence. Would it be possible for me to change to a Facebook group at this point? The Twitter thing might be beyond what I can do. Thanks so much!

    • Avatar Kat says:

      Renee,
      I’m sorry I only just now saw your comment. Things have been a wee bit crazy around here. You might consider joining the Overflow Room on Facebook until I get back from the Philippines and can check in on all the groups and make sure everyone is doing well.

      Again, I’m so sorry it’s taken me so long to respond. If you have any other questions feel free to email me directly. I leave tomorrow on my trip, but I’ll try to reply asap.

      Thanks Renee!!

  • Avatar Michelle Jones says:

    Well I am new to this just found y’all so tomorrow morning will be my first actual morning implementing the new wake up time and doing the action steps this evening of course. I am excited (although I know it will be hard) I am so not a morning person ๐Ÿ™‚
    So glad I found y’all

  • Avatar Marni Arnold says:

    My mornings have been going fairly well. I am actually finding it better for me to get up at 6AM on a regular basis – even if I actually fall asleep at 3AM. Being a nightowl by nature, I find myself very tired and able to go to bed earlier if I simply get up at my regular time every morning – without fail. Also, I have found that nixing caffeine from my diet – and drinking more water (I didn’t realize I was dehydrated!) – has been helping me fall asleep quicker, and stay asleep better to get a more restful sleep.

    My encouragement, for those like myself, is to just stay consistent with a time you set to get up. In time, your body will reset itself to acclimate – and eventually you will get the sleep you need (up to 7.5-8 hrs per night). Just stay the course. And if you have to detox from caffeine…do it! It will help!

  • Avatar Monica says:

    i feel so much better when i am up and going before the rest of the family. it is not easy to do but well worth it!

  • My mornings have gone great this week. It feels wonderful to be able to get right out of bed and start getting ready for a great day. I also love knowing there are women everywhere doing this with me. What a blessed feeling!

  • Avatar Tracy says:

    I have been having a hard time getting to bed on time so getting up has been really hard. I just keep telling myself baby steps baby steps. Today was my first time where I got up with plenty of time to read the bible and journal! Its made such a difference in my day! Praying I can make this a habit. Keep forgetting to print off the ebook though so i can read it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Avatar Rachel says:

    My mornings are going okay. It’s allergy season — which makes things so much harder — but, honestly, I just need some good routine {and to not go straight to my computer}

    Wonderful post and excellent giveaway!

  • Avatar Marla Y says:

    I didn’t do as good as I wanted, but I made it up 2 times this week, which is an improvement as I was not getting up at all before this week. Thank you for the awesome giveaway. Would love to win. I am always looking for new books/Bibles for my morning devotions/prayer time.

    koinonia572001@yahoo.com

  • Avatar Elizabeth says:

    I’m struggling this week. I only made it three mornings out of five. I want to be doing better. I am encouraged by my facebook group and know the idea is not the early rising but the time with God. I want to know the One who says to Jeremiah, to you, to me, “before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” (Jeremiah 1:5). Tomorrow is another day and I am reminded that it is “รขโ‚ฌหœNot by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,รขโ‚ฌโ„ข says the LORD Almighty” (Zech 4:6) God help me be faithful!

  • Avatar Jerene says:

    Well… I’m really hoping to start a hello mornings routine. Baby is now five months and she’s only getting up a few times in the middle of the night now. I have more energy now and I think its a good time to start. I have 5 children at home and homeschool the older ones. So a good positive schedule is exactly what I need.
    Thanks for the resources and encouragement, it really is a blessing.
    Jerene

  • Avatar Heidi says:

    I really like mornings! I feel so refreshed when I get to enjoy the early morning with just me and God. This morning I enjoyed the sun breaking up the fog over a field of goldenrod. I would have missed that if I would have still been in bed.

  • Avatar Vanessa says:

    I used to be a morning person but lately it has been hard for me to get up before 8. But I am encouraged by your blog and am looking forward to some good alone time with the Lord in the mornings.

  • Avatar eRin H says:

    I’m loving being in the Word to begin my day! I do with that I didn’t have to begin my day so early since I often stay up late. I love having a group of like-minded women keeping my on track. There is no way I could do this without them.

  • Avatar Tiffany Brown says:

    I was doing good Sunday thru Wednesday but Thursday and Friday were a lot harder to get up. I still had quiet time with God just not as much as I have had with him the first part of the week. I am loving the Bible Study on Philippians. Thank you for your encouraging words ๐Ÿ˜€ I also LOVE my MYM Group

  • Avatar Melissa says:

    This has been one of our most hectic weeks of the year so being organized ahead of time and getting up early were really a must! And we did it!! So, today we celebrated by sleeping in ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Avatar Jennie says:

    My mornings are usually very hectic. Husband is sleeping (full time grad student with crazy hours), and an almost 3 year old who is having some issues wanting to get up and out on time for me to make it to work on time. I am hoping this exercise will get me in the habit of taking care of myself and being more organized for the day.

  • Avatar Michelle says:

    This week has been a challenge for me; however I am hoping for a better 2nd week. I am hoping to begin the Bible Study on Philippians next week.

  • Avatar Beth says:

    Wow! This is so right where I am right now! I’m hungry for the alone time with God, but struggling to make it happen. I am so far from a morning person it is not even funny! Plus I have a 4 year old that is a terrible sleeper, usually making his way into our bed in the early morning hours, and awake and ready for the day by sunrise!!! I try to set my alarm and ‘beat’ him up but most days it doesn’t happen!!!! I’m totally frustrated by it, but I am determined! I would love to have this devotional!

    • Avatar LeeAnn says:

      I’m right there with you! Except mine is a 2 year old. Such a challenge. But then she slept through the night last night and I didn’t get up either. Now that’s MY FAULT. It’s taking a lot for me to realize that I need to go to bed earlier so I can wake up earlier. I am the night owl too. I feel you on the “frustrated but determined” too…I AM GOING TO DO THIS! ๐Ÿ™‚ Just know you’re not alone!!

  • Avatar Sarah says:

    Argh! My mornings have not been starting as early as I had wanted- but I am being VERY mindful to “practice the presence of God” and that been soooo helpful!

    • Avatar Sarah says:

      PS – I just had to say how THRILLED I would be to win this Bible! Hubby won’t let me buy another right now (we have enough), but I would love to have an NLT! =)

  • Avatar LeeAnn says:

    Getting up is my big challenge. Well I should probably say that going to bed at a decent time is my biggest challenge. I’m such a night owl. I’m still trying though…so going to bed on time is my goal for this week. I feel like if I can make baby steps, then hopefully I’ll eventually make a lifelong habit!! I have been wanting this for a VERY LONG TIME! Thanks for the challenge. I probably would never have taken the needed steps to do this otherwise.

  • Avatar Katie white says:

    I am 3 out of 4 mornings so far! Definitely learning that a good morning starts the night before.

  • Avatar Kim says:

    This challenge is just what I needed!!! The last year I liked the snooze button much too much!! This week it’s been hit less, I have accomplished more each morning and the evidence is felt in the atmosphere of my home…baby steps! This Bible looks wonderful! Thank you!!!

  • Avatar Nadine says:

    I feel like I’m cheating a bit because I really don’t have a problem getting up in the mornings. My kids are 11 and 13 now and I learned a long time ago that I was a much nicer person if I got a cup of coffee and some time to myself before they got up! — But I am a work in progress with the rest of it — I am working on the Bible time, its a whole new concept for me ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Avatar Janet says:

    Mornings are going great. This is my 2nd session of MYM and I’m already waking up before my alarm. I’m also adding a bit of exercise into the morning routine (in case I don’t get to it later in the day). Loving the interactions with all the other girls!

  • Avatar Janey says:

    I love this challenge it has brought together many things I have sought to implement in my life but I floundered. I love the study tools, just want I have wanted. I am waking before my alarm and am so enjoying it!

  • I cannot believe how AMAZING this first week has been. I just finished a week one recap on my blog! This has been, so far the most amazing thing i have ever done for myself. I feel so much more accomplished, i have this motivation within me that i didn’t know that i had. I feel closer to God and so much closer to my goal of being the capable wife talked about in Proverbs 31… I am telling everyone i know about this, i just pray that every woman can feel this amazing sense of accomplishment and closeness to God that i feel now! Thank you so much for the opportunity to participate!

  • Avatar Suzie (from Sydney) says:

    I’m absolutely loving this challenge. I haven’t joined a group because I thought it might encourage me to sit at the computer even more than I do (and THAT’s a habit I’m trying to break). But I’ve managed to get up at 5.30am each morning and its making an enormous difference to me and the family. I had 2 sick kids off school for a number of days this week so I needed those quiet times even more than usual.

  • Avatar Jean says:

    Good Morning. I’ve been maximizing my mornings for over a year now and LOVE it! I joined the summer challenge because I wanted/needed to get up even earlier and I need to do more with my morning time besides sitting on my couch reading until my children wake up ๐Ÿ™‚

  • How wonderful! My mornings have been changing my life, literally. I find that my heart is open and ready to train up my children. My focus changes from me to Him. #hellomornings is such a blessing!

    • Avatar Kat says:

      Heather!
      You won the One Year Bible, please email me with your address and we’ll have it sent out to you asap.
      -Kat

  • Avatar Mary Beth says:

    Getting up early in the morning has been one of the best things I have ever done. I am a night person and didn’t like getting up early. But the amazing thing about getting up at 6:00 am is that my insomnia completely went away. Now when I go to bed it is not long and I am asleep. I also wake up on my own a few minutes before my alarm goes off.

  • Avatar Erin says:

    My mornings are going well, I just get up no matter what. I look forward to my time with God, and time to get ready for my day before my kids are up. I’m thankful for the time with Jesus, I need Him!
    Thanks for a chance to win.

  • Avatar Sarah Saffran says:

    I have always been a “night owl” and struggle to wind down at night.. I also have a 3 month old and am currently running on her schedule, which has been blissful minus the morning time I need for God before she needs me…I also lack self-discipline and can’t seem to get myself up with the alarm unless there is an appt out of the house. Lord, help me…One baby step at a time. Thanks Kat for giving us permission to take such tiny steps and not feel bad. One of mine is praying while nursing my babe in the morning before we get out of bed..

  • Avatar Joyce says:

    This week has been such a blessing to me…and hopefully it was a blessing for my family too. I am sure they woke up to a much friendlier and happier wife/mommy. I love getting to know my group and the accountability has been awesome! I am definitely taking it slow. I actually woken up 15-30 minutes before my target wake-up time almost everyday. I did have a rough night with my little one waking me up and then hubby being sick, but I still woke up at a decent hour. God time has been wonderful and I am enjoying the Philippians study. Thanks to Kat and Michelle, and everyone behind-the-scenes who made this happen!!!

  • My Mornings are going well. I’m hoping there’s more feeling of accountability with the new facebook setup. Like it soooo much better!!!

    I started off Monday not very well though! I overslept! This is actually week 3 of me waking up at 5:30 and it was so frustrating for the first day of accountability to go so badly, but then in my devotions God showed me that I needed not be discouraged, He’s not finished with me yet!!!

  • Avatar Catherine says:

    With an infant who still nurses during the night, getting up early is really tough for me. But I am trying! I know that getting up before my 2 year old makes a huge difference in my state of mind and spirit, and my ability to be “on” for her when she gets up. My big challenge is to get to bed early enough so that no matter how my night goes with the baby, I got enough sleep.

  • Avatar Kimmomof4boys says:

    I am a part of group MYM 25b. We are communicating through our Face Book group. The group is small, but we are hoping more will start joining in. I am so glad to have a place to find accountability for regular devotional and prayer time. I have been getting up most morning by 6:30 and spending the most lovely time with the Lord in His word. This time has been such a blessing to my day. I have noticed a great need and will share with my friends who seem to be looking for way to be consistent in the private time with the Lord. He is good! I am grateful for the Philippian’s study that was offered, it is a way to keep us on the same page.
    Blessings as you endeavor to meet Him daily and PRAISE His great name!

  • Avatar sarah says:

    Getting up this week went great. We camped over the weekend and that was a little harder. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Avatar MellissaD says:

    My mornings are a little all over the place at the moment, dealing with a newborn and a 4yo and lack of sleep. But I find that when I do get up straight away in the morning and get on with things, I’m set up well for the entire day ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Avatar Jennifer M says:

    Thank you for the giveaway! And for this challenging experience. I am already enjoying the Philippians study and working hard at not beating myself up if I miss ALL of my time in the morning. It’s wonderful to intentionally start with Him, no matter what.

  • Avatar LIsa E says:

    So excited to have accountability friends to make sure I’m getting up every day! Need some solid time with God to start my day EVERY day and this will help get me back in that routine!

  • Avatar Megan Herrmann says:

    It truly has been great getting up early. That doesn’t mean it hasn’t been extremely challenging though! I am a night owl, so getting to sleep has been hard, and getting out of bed has been too, but knowing I have to ‘check-in’ with my accountability group really has helped. I have been a much happier mom, wife, and friend when I seek the LORD first. I KNOW I am seeing His blessings come of this, even in the first week! Thank you for your wisdom to start this challenge for women…I knew that I wasn’t the only one who ‘wanted’ to get up before my children, but wasn’t effectivey doing it, and now with support, I feel that I can! Praise God!

  • Avatar Rachel R. says:

    *sigh* I was going to join two rounds ago, and got put on bed rest. Then I was going to start up last round, and a new baby derailed my plans. This time, I REALLY DO want to do this. I have managed to miss the sign up forms, though. Can I still get added to a FB group, by any chance?

    My alarm has actually been shut off since before my baby was born. I am headed to turn it on right. now.