I used to have a morning routine before I had my son. Then I had my son and it’s taken a while to get back into a groove-especially when he seems to change all the time! (Can anyone relate?)
The reason for having a morning routine is to feel less stressed in the mornings because you know what to accomplish, and when to accomplish it.
I do think we finally found a little routine that will work for us semi-long term, so I wanted to share with you all. What I really love about this morning routine is that it works right alongside my cleaning routine allowing me to
seamlessly usually accomplish both routines at once.
I would like to take the time to remind any reader that this is a routine, not a schedule. I do not do things at a certain time, but rather in a particular order- and even then it doesn’t always get done the EXACT same way every time. Having a rough draft of what needs to be done every morning just helps me accomplish those tasks, but if it doesn’t get done in a certain way, or done at all- I have learned to give myself grace.
There are more important things in life than to-do lists.
Without any further ramblings…
The first thing when I wake up- from my son crying across the hall in his room- I get up and attend to him. We typically make a morning bottle, change the diaper and put some clothes on him.
(Yes, I tried getting up before him, at this stage in life, with him being seven months old and still waking up several times a night-this is just not practical for me. Momma needs to sleep sometime. I don’t want to be a Mombie.)
After the little man is ready for the day, I like to put him in his Joovy walker* and let him peruse around while I throw some clothes on, brush my hair, and brush my teeth. (Cause let’s be honest most days that’s the extent of “momma getting ready”.)
When we’re both dressed, but before breakfast, I like to collect the laundry and start the wash cycle. I also like to try to get the dishes done before breakfast as I mentioned in my Functional Cleaning Routine.
After the laundry has been started and the dishwasher has been unloaded, it’s time for my baby boy to eat some breakfast. I normally sit him in his highchair with a munchie. While I’m preparing breakfast, I like to start a cup of coffee in my Keurig* so that I can drink it while he’s eating. If I do eat breakfast, this is when I would make my breakfast as well. Usually, I just have a slice of homemade bread or the other half of my son’s banana.
I found that this is THE trick to drinking my coffee HOT the FIRST time around in the morning. If I don’t make and drink one during my son’s breakfast, I will never get around to it. Seriously, I used to reheat my coffee no less than five times and it still wouldn’t be gone by the end of the day. Do you have a tip to drinking your coffee HOT when you have a little person?
Also- I used to think that the Keurig made a super watery weak cup of coffee. I used to extremely dislike my Keurig. Then I was fortunate enough to upgrade to the Keurig 2.0*. I LOVE this, I think the strong setting really helps make a much better cup of coffee? Anyone else agree? Plus, it helps that it comes in my favorite color! Keurig has really stepped up their game in my opinion.
When the little man is done with his breakfast, I let him play on his mat. During this time, I put the dishes in the dishwasher, and tidy the kitchen. Often times, the wash has also just finished. So, I try to move the laundry to the dryer at this time.
Most of the time, I try to let the baby boy have some independent play time as I consult my amazing can’t-live-without-it planner* for the day and try to knock one or two more things off my to-do list. Once this is accomplished it’s time for his morning nap.
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During his morning nap, I try to get more things off my to-do list done. Sometimes though, I’ll just take the time to write a blog post, research, check on emails, or do other more administrative tasks like calling up a dentist.
Since I’m a “scrunchy oil momma” I usually take this time to fire up one of my diffusers too. Normally I use a Young Living* oil that goes with how I’m feeling that day, but lately, since it’s fall, I ‘ve just been loving this Christmas Spirit oil that smells like the holidays. It’s probably my all-time favorite.
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Usually, when the little buddy wakes up, it is the end of my morning routine. Then we go into the less structured, ever-changing afternoon part of our day. (The part that includes grocery shopping, or play groups, or walks to the park, or just chilling inside.)
How do your mornings go? What are some routines for you? Are there things that you negotiate on? Are there some things like a hot cup of coffee you just can’t miss out on? Let me know in the comments!
Until Later My Friends,
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