My Morning Routine… and how it sets the tone for my family’s day

posted by Andrea | 04/21/2015
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my morning routine

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a morning person (even in high school and college when no one is a morning person).

I LOVE waking up early, getting ready, and getting a bunch of stuff done before the rest of the world (or at least my family) wakes up.

However, that all changed when we had Nora and I was literally getting 3-4 hours of very broken sleep every night. I was more tired, exhausted, and cranky than I’ve ever been in my entire life… and for the first time in my life, I dreaded the morning hours.

After MANY months of trying to find my “morning routine groove” again, I gave up and decided that for the time being, mornings were just not going to be “my time of day” anymore. Instead, I taught myself to become more of a night person. I slept in longer (I was sleeping with Nora every night so I slept as long as she let me) and stayed up much later at night to enjoy the quieter hours after she finally gave in and fell asleep.

That system worked very well for a couple years, but I knew that whenever we could get her to start sleeping better at night, I would eventually want to revert back to my beloved early morning routines.

It took much longer than we thought to finally get Nora sleeping… but she’s doing great now! Simon has been a great sleeper since the beginning… which means for the past 6 months or so, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying getting back to a more consistent morning routine.

I am usually able to get up, get ready, eat something, and do a little work before the kids are awake — and I can not even tell you how much of a difference this has made in my life (that might sound dramatic, but it’s true!)

Even just 20-30 minutes by myself in the morning completely lifts my spirits and sets a much more positive tone for my day. Plus, if I’m not ready myself before the kids get up, there’s a very real chance I’ll still be in my PJ’s at lunch time!

I know not everyone is a morning person — but since I’m thrilled to be back in my morning routine, I thought it might be fun to share a bit more about what that looks like at this phase in my life.

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My (general) Morning Routine:

Dave wakes up every day around 5:30am — and although I don’t always wake up with him, I’ll often get up by 6:00 depending on what time I went to bed and how well the kiddos let me sleep that night 🙂

After I’m up, my mornings go as follows…

1. Get dressed and ready:

  • Make my bed and get dressed while my hair dries and my face cream “soaks in”.
  • Back to the bathroom to put on mascara and Vaseline. (update: after several questions and one mildly inappropriate email, I suppose I should clarify that the Vaseline is for my lips. I thought this was very obvious as I’ve always used Vaseline in place of chapstick or lip gloss… but I guess not.)
  • My hair is dry now (it only takes about 5 minutes) so I style it with some hair paste and hair spray (whatever brands are on sale).
  • If we’ll be going somewhere special during the day, I’ll put a little extra make up on — like concealer and bronzer, but a normal day means just mascara and Vaseline for me

(Head’s Up: I’m doing a giveaway of Simple Beauty Mineral Makeup next week!)

Everything I listed above takes about 15 minutes total — so as long as I’m awake at least 15 minutes before the kids (which is almost always the case) I can be fully “ready for the day” before they are running around needing me for everything… and that’s my goal.

2. First Breakfast:

After I’m physically dressed and ready, I head to the kitchen for “first breakfast”.

I like to eat breakfast with the kids if possible, but I’m too hungry when I wake up to wait. I’ll often have yogurt and fruit, a muffin, or a bagel with juice right when I wake up (no, I don’t drink coffee). Then I’ll eat more with the kids whenever they wake up (often waffles, pancakes, eggs, or something hot).

My first breakfast only takes about 5 minutes since it’s always something quick.

Also, I really can’t talk about “first breakfast” without a shout-out to Kevin and Pam from The Office. “Pregnant Pam and I, we get hungry at the same times so we’ve been eating together a lot. Not all meals. Just, second breakfast, lunch, second lunch, and first dinner.”

Watch this clip if you have no idea what I’m talking about 🙂

3. Work:

After my first breakfast, I head to the computer and do the following.

  • Weed through all my emails — delete, file and respond to everything I can.
  • Send out any necessary emails or messages.
  • Respond to any blog comments and social media posts from the last 10 hours or so.
  • Re-read my blog post for that day.
  • Look over my to-do list and get started on a shorter project if time allows.

I’ll keep working until Nora wakes (between 7:00 and 7:30am). She likes to eat grapes and cheese while watching a little Curious George. I usually let her watch TV until Simon wakes up (usually around 8:00am) and yes, she’s always needed that “down time” in the morning to wake up 🙂

4. Prepare for the day:

After Nora wakes up, but before Simon wakes up, I put my work away and start “preparing for the day” as I like to call it.

  • Open all the curtains and blinds
  • Pack up the diaper bag and/or load up the car or stroller if we’re going somewhere.
  • Get things ready for breakfast.
  • Do any dinner prep (like defrosting something from the freezer or marinating meat).
  • Empty the dishwasher and/or start a load of laundry if necessary.

5. Second Breakfast + clean up:

Once Simon is awake, he has a quick bottle and I change his diaper. Then he and Nora play in the living room for a few minutes while I get “second breakfast” together. We all sit down together and eat — sometimes it feels more like a food fight than actual eating (and yes, my food is almost always cold by the time I eat it) but I do like sitting down together to eat.

Of course, it takes me almost as long to clean up after breakfast as it does to prepare and eat breakfast — but the kids are USUALLY fairly good about playing together while I clean up… usually 🙂

6. Get kids dressed and ready:

Simon is usually first — we change his diaper (again) and get him dressed. Then we head upstairs to get Nora ready. After she is dressed, we’ll play upstairs for a while.

If it’s nice out, we’ll often go for a walk in the morning — usually to run errands around town (bank, groceries, post office, etc.) and then play outside for a while.

7. Lunch!

We eat lunch almost every day around 11:30am — and honestly, there are many days when I feel like I’ve run a marathon by lunch.

I know it might sound awful, but my goal for the mornings is just to “make it to lunch” because after lunch, Simon will usually take a decent nap (2 hours) and Nora will either help me bake, work on a craft project while I work on my computer, or play outside while I do yard work.

Lunch + clean up usually takes us a full hour because both kids eat really slow (and there’s a huge mess to clean up). So if Simon goes down for his nap shortly after 12:30, he’ll often sleep until 2:30, and then Dave his home at 3:30 — so it makes the afternoons seem REALLY short!

Even though I am definitely a morning person, I’d be lying if I said sleeping in never sounded glorious to me! In fact, there are MANY mornings when I’d like to keep sleeping until Nora wakes up instead of getting up early to start my day.

However, I know from lots of personal experience that whenever I “give in” and sleep longer than I should, the WHOLE day is just off-kilter. I end up in my pajamas until lunch, which means we usually don’t get outside or go for a walk in the morning. I’m usually crankier, which makes the kids crankier, which makes being cooped up inside that much more hectic and unpleasant.

Everyone ends up in a worse mood when Dave gets home from school and I usually end up staying up way too late trying to finish everything I didn’t get done during the day. This makes it even harder to get up on time the following morning. It’s just a huge domino effect that continues to spiral out of control — and it can all be prevented if I simply get up on time each day.

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Of course, every day doesn’t always go as planned — and even on the days when I do get up on time, there are hundreds of other variables that could cause a not-so pleasant day, but those are usually out of my control

The time I wake up IS in my control, and as I mentioned above, waking up on time and starting my day off on the right foot usually makes a drastic difference in how the rest of our day flows and the mood for my entire family.

So yes, I’m thrilled to have some sort of a normal morning routine going on again (after a 3-year hiatus)! Even though I’m sure things will change again when the new baby comes, I’m just enjoying a little more structure for now!

Are you a morning person or not?

Either way, are you the type who tries to wake up before others in your home? Do you also find that the day runs smoother when you wake up earlier? Or do you have another system that works well for you?

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  2. Beth

    07/08/2016

    Liked this blog…although I’m now an empty nester, it helps me understand what our 4 children are going through with our Grands.

    I get so much more accomplished in the mornings. Swimming at 5:20, home to Bible Art Journal with my Alexa playing Anthony Burger music, breakfast, Devotions, then plan the day.

    This morning it was mop the kitchen floor, vacumn, dishes, make cookies an d make some crate seats. Every day after the early morning routine is different. Most days I work in time for our previous Grands. If husband is working that day, I may have lunch with a friend or take a bike ride.

    Life wasn’t always this simple, but very flexible after you retire.

    God is good.

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    Beth Reply:

    Precious Grands

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    Andrea Reply:

    wow — your daily routine sounds dreamy to me! Someday, I’ll be super productive again — but for now, my morning routine is working well considering my stage of life!
    Enjoy your grandkids — my parents tell me that being a grandparent is super fun 🙂

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  4. Elizabeth

    04/27/2015

    So delighted to finally meet another ‘morning person’. Thank you for the organizing tips, most helpful.

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  5. Michele

    04/21/2015

    Still here; still reading your blog daily. I just never comment anymore because my morning routine has been hijacked for the last 23 months by my soon to be two year old.

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    Andrea Reply:

    haha — no worries! My morning routine was hijacked for 3 years thanks to Nora so I totally feel your pain! I promise, you’ll get your routine back eventually!

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  6. Susan

    04/21/2015

    I am TOTALLY with you! i am a morning person to a fault. If I get up late I feel like i accomplish nothing all day but run run run without stopping until bedtime. Getting up early helps me be ready fro the day, look at my chore charts, keep things running smoothly and keeps me feeling like I’m on top of what needs to get done.
    AND! i can have peace and wuiet to my self before my little girl wakes up. We have anew baby coming in a couple months so -every baby is different, but looking forward to the months when baby sleeps and I can sleep and we can all be on the same schedule.

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  7. MomofTwoPreciousGirls

    04/21/2015

    Ha…I call my children Hobbits. They like second breakfast and elevensies!! I love my morning time!

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  8. susie

    04/21/2015

    Yea! Now enjoy it till the new baby comes and tweaks it again!

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  9. Melanie Gibbons

    04/21/2015

    I’m right there with you! I have always been an early riser, even in high school and college. It’s a challenge for me right now with a little one (2 months) and your post gives me hope that one day I can get my routine back! My mom was the same – she started getting up even earlier when we were little so she could start the day with some peace. The day always flowed easier for her (and us, I’m sure), and I bet I’ll be the same! My routine will have to be different since I’ll have to work, but morning routine will definitely be part of our lives!

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes, don’t expect anything miraculous with a 2 month old… and congrats, by the way! But eventually, it will come back (and then you’ll lose it again if you have another kid) and then it will come back again 🙂

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  10. Tara

    04/21/2015

    Wow. How I wish I would have been born with the morning person gene! I’ve struggled for as long as I can remember (even as a child) with facing the morning and it’s been a struggle to get up and going most days. I didn’t understand why until after my first child and a huge anxiety/depression episode. I’d been struggling with cyclical depression most of my life along with adrenal fatigue, hormonal imbalances and long term anemia.

    I spent so many years feeling like a lazy loser and wondering why getting up in the morning and getting things done just seemed literally impossible. I’m really thankful that, with the help of my nutritionist, naturopath, and acupuncturists, I’ve finally been able wake up more naturally and with a bit more gusto (a bit). And I can even wake up without an alarm before 9 am most days. This is a miracle and probably the direct result of lessening insomnia. Either way, I’ll take it.

    Facing my day at home with 2 kids and homeschooling, I’ve learned that if I can’t wake up early, I can still get a little time in for me. My hubby (who is more of a morning person) mercifully wakes up before or with the kids and makes a simple breakfast for them and eats with them. Then they get to watch a learning show or two. I wake up by 8am and have set up my devotional books, Bible and prayer journal in a cupboard by the toilet. Nobody bothers me in the restroom anymore, so that’s where I spend my time with the Lord and get centered for the day. I’ve also found a workout video that I love and helps me feel great. It’s 20 minutes long and oftentimes I’ll get up from the restroom and do my workout in my room before I ever appear outside my bedroom or eat anything. Those two things being done helps me feel so much better.

    Just like waking up early works for you, I’ve finally found a way to work around not being a morning person. To all the other moms out there who don’t do early mornings, it’s not hopeless. You have to get creative, but you can figure out ways to make space for yourself in the morning.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks for sharing what works for you Tara — I’m sure there are many people out there in your boat (who hate mornings) so hopefully this will help them!!

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  11. Debbie

    04/21/2015

    Thank you for sharing about your “normal” day. I have to applaud stay-at-home moms because it does take discipline to wake up at a certain time or things in the home front falls apart. I’m not a morning person, but my husband is. If I didn’t have to go to work, I’d probably not wake up or sleep at a decent hour. My husband is out the door by 4:45 am. My morning routine is to wake up at 5:25 am and make the bed, put on work out clothes, get 30 minutes in of exercise, make breakfast, pack my lunch, clean up the kitchen, and shower and get dolled up to get to work. I used to wash my hair every other day but discovered it’s better to only wash it 2x a week. This cut down my dolling up significantly since I have long hair, and I eventually got used to not always having “good smelling” hair. If I give in to staying in bed a little longer, I would promise myself I’d exercise after work but end up being too tired to do it once I get home. It really makes me feel better about myself and how my day is starting if I follow this routine. Once in a while I can even squeeze in some cleaning of the bathroom, laundry, etc. before I head out the door. My only wish is I could also have some quiet time/devotional of 10 min before I even jump into my routine. Because I’m not a morning person there’s just no way my body would want me to get up earlier than I already am.

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  12. Liane

    04/21/2015

    My mornings are nearly identical… Except no kids any more.
    Husband up at 5 leaves at 5:30. I get up at 6 and have to have that first coffee, then shower. And I do the same beauty routine. Only I have collar length hair so it takes an hr. to dry if I do it wet right from shower. But I put on my moisturizer and clothes and then head to kitchen for a quick small breakfast. Since we eat zero grains and no dairy it does require cooking or reheating. But I’m not really hungry. So eat little amts. Then start the daily laundry since having a front loader means for long loads of up to 2 hrs for heavy dirty stuff. Then make the beds, unload dishes, tidy bath rooms, and then finally dry my hair. Ever since I can remember I have had this rule to dress and makeup before anything else. So I put on some BB Cream which is also sun screen (I love Boscia) and some illuminator (like blush only a gel). Mine is made by NARS. Mascara and colored lip gloss. I like to use up all the free samples from Sephora so brands change. Walk the dog next and then I’m ready for the day by 8. I may have a small protein snack before errands especially if I may miss lunch. Can’t walk to errands here, so I load up the car with my shopping bags or my dry cleaning or stuff to take to the thrift stor and I’m off. After lunch is my free time but husband is home at 3:30 so the next few hrs are not quiet, as he is usually hammering or sawing or using the compressor so,that time is for folding laundry. Even tho I no longer have kids in the house I find if I stay in my pjs too long nothing happens.

    Yesterday I have to make an emergency dog food run and while doing thT saw three women all without youngsters in tow and not with each other either dressed in flannel lounge pants and bedroom slippers buying a handful of groceries (all highly processed and expensive) in the quick check. I have always treated the quick check as the aisle for when you discover you need Advil right now and there is none, or for some obscure ingredient that escaped attention on the weekly grocery list. These women seem to have this routine, and we have ours. I don’t know what leads to,thT sort of terminal disorganization but I am glad I never got that bad. I only left my house I. Pjs once about 40 years Go. I had to drive my husband to the train and believe it or not thT day was the only time I have in my entire life of having a car since 1967 that I ran out of gas. I learned well. Rabat same week a fellow la lechwe leafue member handed me a little book called Sidetracked Home Executives which is the only book I value as much as my Bible since they both changed my life.

    Thanks for sharing your morning. I remember pregnant days and baby days and no sleep nights – I don’t think we ever forget those. I did it all over with my first grandchild when my daughter and her baby girl moved back home for a while. It’s harder when you are older.

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    Liane Reply:

    My post was a random mess of iPad spell checker and general typos and yes I can spell, Bo I do apologize for the awfulness of my post which I would have edited if I could have.

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    Cathy Reply:

    I have the Side Tracked Home Executives book and love it . Do you still use the card system?

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    Andrea Reply:

    Hey Cathy, I’ve never heard of that book — sounds interesting though. Also, what do you mean by the “card system”?? Maybe I’m totally missing something here, but I’m not sure what you’re referring to…

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    Cathy Reply:

    Sidetracked Home Executives is by Pam Young and Peggy Jones. Flylady based her system on this book. The authors recommend using 3 x 5 index cards to manage home tasks. I have had the book for 7 years and reread it every year because the authors are so funny. I plan on implementing a version of their system this summer for my 12 and 7 year olds to follow. I was also excited to see someone mention this book. Congrats on your pregnancy and I love seeing pictures of Nora and Simon on your blog.

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    Liane Reply:

    Hi Cathy and Andrea,
    Hope this helps. I still have my first edition SHE book! I had to buy a new one since it was falling apart. I started on the 3x5s in 1979 a full ten years before Flylady blew onto the scene. I do not care for her or her methods. Too scattershot for me.

    For those who are totally unfamiliar, the SHE system was a method of writing every task onto a colored 3×5 card, one task per card, and then those were organized into work periods, depending on whether or not you worked outside the home. The basic system asked you to create a weekly plan. I still keep to the same weekly plan that I started in 1979. What changed was that I focus on a certain area of my home each morning instead of spending 2 partial days (called moderate cleaning days and heavy cleaning days).

    After several years passed, the authors decided that you could group tasks on a card if they were done on the same frequency and in the same room. So as an example clean the bathtub and clean the toilet could be grouped. I implemented this and was immediately able to hand off a stack of cards to my adult daughter who did the chores on the card and refiled it in the recipe file box the cards lived in.

    Another idea that SHE authors Pam and Peggy came up with was the idea of zones, based on Peggy’s husbands observation of how their garden sprinkler timer worked. For this to work you assign a group of rooms to a week of the month, which in reality ignores the fact that some weeks are only a day long. So I never adopted that way of dividing into zones. I merely set monthly tasks that repeat to repeat every four weeks. Ditto for semi annual tasks and seasonal related tasks. I set those up using my google calendar.

    For the weekly tasks, I use an app called home routines on my ipad. I set up 6 zones that change daily and divided my house accordingly so that the work I do is consistent across those rooms. Example – bedrooms on Mondays. Bathrooms on Tuesdays. I work an hr total each day. The weekly stuff adds about 20 min to my 10 daily routine more or less. I also have seasonal and semi annual things I do on Saturdays when I have DH for the heavy lifting.

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    ShellyL Reply:

    I’m familiar with the Sidetracked Home Executive book and its principles. Very good book, although I am still working on putting all the tips into play. I’m excited to see someone mention it.

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  13. Avia

    04/21/2015

    I find that and hour of extra sleep doesn’t do me near as much good as an hour of getting ready/getting stuff done/quiet time. My youngest is 4 months old so she is still up early with my sometimes but I know the day will come when I can have that consistent time again. Glorious!!

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  14. Melissa D.

    04/21/2015

    Through the years, and three kids, I have trained myself to be a morning person. I think as mom’s we tend to give so much of ourselves to our families and I do so happily. It took me a while though to figure out that I needed to make time for me and the things that make me happy as a person, not a mom! I get up at 5am each day so I can workout, pray, shower and be ready to get everyone up and ready for school. Years ago, the thought of 5am would have made me cringe. Now, it’s simply what I do. And, I agree, the day runs smoother when I stick with the routine!

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    Melissa D. Reply:

    I forgot that I wanted to ask you… Out of curiosity, if you needed a specified workout time when do you think you’d fit it in with a shower after?

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    Andrea Reply:

    honestly, I feel like i’m not the person to ask for that because I’ve never been the type to regularly workout at a specified time (or ever for that matter!) If I did workout, it would most definitely be at night since I take my shower before I go to bed every night (it helps me sleep better). So, I guess yes… if I did workout, I’d want to take a shower afterward — but I also probably wouldn’t do this in the morning.

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  15. Rachel

    04/21/2015

    I’m always the first one up in my house! During the weekday, I have to get up first because it takes me the longest to get ready and on the weekends, I naturally rise several hours before the rest of the family.

    I use that time on the weekends to relax and rejuvenate (coffee, workout class, watch Netflix, etc.) so I can take on the week ahead and recover from the previous week. I also don’t want to make any noise by doing chores and wake anyone up. My husband and daughter are not morning people at all, so I like to leave them undisturbed as long as possible in the mornings.

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  16. Crystal H

    04/21/2015

    Andrea….I have to ask what you use the Vaseline for? Lips? Sorry I am just a curious person 🙂

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes, sorry — I thought that was obvious but maybe I should have clarified. I use Vaseline in place of chapstick or lip gloss — I have for YEARS!

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    Crysal H Reply:

    Thanks for the reply! I assumed but I never know what new tips/tricks you might have for us! Are you still using the oil cleansing method on your face as well?

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    Andrea Reply:

    Yes, definitely still using the oil cleansing method EVERY night! It’s amazing and I’ve “recruited” so many family members to also use it. It’s been just over 4 years now and I don’t think I’ll be changing my face “washing” method any time soon!

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    Stefanie P Reply:

    I am curious too!

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  17. Kelly

    04/21/2015

    I’ve always been a morning person, but unfortunately so are both my boys! My husband, a teacher, also gets up at 5:30, and I usually drag myself out of bed at 6:00. When we just had one son and I was still teaching, I would get up at 4:45 or 5:00 in order to be at work by 6:30. Once I started staying home- with two boys- I was surprised that I had such a hard time waking up! I can attest to the fact that being home with your own children is more draining than teaching 26 very needy first graders all day! = )

    My current goal is to be dressed with hair done (ponytail usually) and teeth brushed by 6:15, when my 5 year old knows he can come in to our room. We then go get the little one (2.5) out of his crib. I realize I will have to tweak things soon once he realizes he can climb out! = ) I know if I could get up earlier, have my coffee and unload the dishwasher in peace, it would be nice, but for now I aim to get dressed and brush my teeth in peace! Even that makes a huge difference in the day!

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    Evie Reply:

    For years our coffee maker lived in my bathroom. Smartest thing I ever did! Think about it… 😉

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    Andrea Reply:

    smart!

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    Kelly Reply:

    I have contemplated making a little mini- kitchen upstairs with the coffee maker and mini fridge for my half and half… = )

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    Andrea Reply:

    I used to keep all Simon’s bottles and formula in the bathroom right by his bedroom when he was waking up often at night. It worked really well 🙂

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes, my kids are often up earlier than I’d like — but they are also finally going to bed earlier as well — so I have more free time at night which is GLORIOUS!

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  18. Leanne

    04/21/2015

    I am a morning person– I would much rather forgo sleep than feel rushed…. I intentionally wake up before my boys to drink coffee, read my bible, start laundry, and make a to do list! the day goes so much better that way!
    I’m not necessarily “social” in the morning… the boys now know not to talk to me until I’ve drank at least one cup of that glorious brown liquid!
    I found morning time even more essential when I had 3!!
    loved this post!

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  19. lydia @ frugaldebtfreelife

    04/21/2015

    There is a quote from “The Office” for every occasion! Love it.

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    Andrea Reply:

    agreed!

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  20. Stephanie

    04/21/2015

    Ah yes the get up before kids do. This is part of my life for probably a total of 6 months throughout the whole year. The other 6 they wake up at the same time…..I have given up getting much done before they are awake because by 6 they are in their light sleep and will wake up if I start the shower, or a load of laundry, or it seems almost anything.
    The only thing that keeps me sane is to know what we are having for breakfast already or else I will be such a crab. Sometimes I wish my crabbiness would keep them from getting up….but it doesn’t. Haha

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes, I can’t start any laundry or clean out the dishwasher before Nora wakes up otherwise I’ll wake her up. That’s why I just get ready and do computer work — both of which are essentially quiet. Once she’s up, I can make a little more noise without disturbing Simon.

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  21. Erin S.

    04/21/2015

    I haven’t been a morning person but about 4 months ago I realized that if I got up before the girls to shower and get dressed our days are infinitely better. So while I don’t really want to be awake by 6 on my days off, the payoff is huge.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Crazy enough, but I actually get up LATER now than I did before kids. I’m also more tired I guess, from chasing them around and being pregnant. But I find that as long as I give myself a little window of “alone time” before they get up, I’ll be SOOOO much happier. So yes, I totally agree with you… even when I’m too tired, the payoff of waking up earlier is huge!

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  22. Paulette

    04/21/2015

    I’m with you, Andrea! With 4 daughters and working outside the home, I functioned better if I could start my day before the girls. I was mentally ready for the barrage that came once their feet hit the floor and much more cheerful with them. The entire day and mood of our home was better if I started before everyone else. Thank you for the post!

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    Jennie Reply:

    Paulette, that’s amazing! I am pregnant with our third and I work outside the home as well. I get nervous about being able to manage three kids and work outside the home. I don’t hear about it very often, normally there is a stay at home mom with 3+ children. It’s refreshing to see that I won’t be alone 🙂

    Have a great day!

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