Morning routine is a hot topic these days.
Everyone on Pinterest is discussing how to set up a morning routine, why have a morning routine, or what makes a good morning routine.
It’s all very practical and sensible.
But, how many of us can create their ideal morning routine? And stick to it!
With 2 children, a full-time job – which I do from home – in-laws, and a husband trying to catch up on sleep (he is a night owl!), my mornings feel like a chaotic circus. It’s crazy town!
Don’t get me wrong!
I am a morning person.
My work begins as early as 5am which means I am up around 4:45am, for the most part.
Now with a baby and a 3.5-year-old, sleep is a rarity in my life, which means waking up early is not an issue for me.
However, I always wish that I could have one of those ideal mornings that include a still-warm cup of coffee, yoga or some form of meditation, and some peace and alone time.
What my morning looks like now?
Wake up to feed the baby – only if I had slept the night before.
By the time I am done breastfeeding, burping, and changing the baby, my oldest wakes up.
Breakfast for kiddo.
Sneak in time to brush – only on some days. Most days I start working between 5-6am to allow for maximum productivity before anyone else wakes up, and can not make it to the bathroom before 8-9am.
Now with the baby, I barely get time to brush or shower in the morning. After setting breakfast, and just before I head to the shower, the baby wakes up again, and I run to tend to her needs.
The day has already begun which means cooking lunch for the family (my husband is a CLS who works the swing shift so leaves at 1pm).
Post breakfast and cooking there are dishes.
Then the baby wakes up again or needs to be fed/changed.
Before I realize it, it is already 1pm.
So, you tell me, where do I insert my perfect morning routine in all the chaos above?
I already wake up super early, but I guess I could try waking up even earlier.
This routine is only for now. Once my maternity leave ends, most of it may remain the same except then I will be working and juggling everything else.
What is my ideal morning routine?
Waking up before anyone else.
Making a nice cup of coffee and drinking it without having to re-heat it 2-3 times.
Reading a page or two, or even getting some writing in.
Taking a hot shower without interruptions or without a husband holding a crying baby in need of mama.
Dressing up decently, minus all the spit ups and milk stains from the night before.
Light make up, hair done – minus the messy buns and swollen eyes from no sleep.
Stepping outside into the back or front yard for some sun.
Kiddos wake up and the day begins!
An optimal routine depends on how our day is going to be. My day is very busy, and with a new baby even busier. So an ideal morning for me includes peace and alone time. I spend all day and night doing things for someone else – kiddos, husband, in-laws, and office work. This makes me crave for me-moments without any distractions.
Here are some 2 big things that will help change my morning routine.
My oldest started preschool last week. This will free-up 4 morning hours for me.
My baby is slowly coming out of the colic phase which means less crying session, more sleep and play times.
How am I planning to create my ideal morning routine?
Taking a shower, the minute I step out of bed.
Dress and make up – now I will have to do this because I cannot drop my daughter to school in spit-covered jammies.
Stepping outside – again possible before I will be dropping kiddo to school.
Coffee – I have been on an anti-colic diet for the last 6 weeks. This means no caffeinated beverages of any kind. But my little is slowly adjusting so I can probably start on a nice, not to heavy cup of coffee.
Share your morning routine and how you make it happen?
Hi! I am Ashna. I am a working mom of 2 little girls, and I love organizing, writing and learning new ways to balance work and family life. If you like what you read, please do comment and share 🙂 !