Ah, the warm welcome of the baby crying before the sun is up. That can really get your day off to a great start, right? So much for “get up a little earlier than your kids so you can have a few minutes to yourself”.
We’ve been dealing with C and his erratic sleep patterns even at ten months. Ever since we transitioned him to his crib, it’s like he’s forgotten how to sleep in long stretches, which makes for one cranky momma. And with the lack of sleep I’m currently experiencing, there’s no way I’d want to get up any earlier than I already do.
However, I’ve found that if I do a few things as soon as we get downstairs in the morning, my day perks up a little. I feel like I can breathe a little easier and enjoy the day more.
1. Make yourself a cup of coffee or tea, and sit down to drink it. Sometimes I do this on the living room floor while P eats breakfast and watches a show and C sits in his seat; sometimes I do this at the kitchen table if P is eating something messy like yogurt.
2. Have a quiet time. This may be reading your bible, a devotional, or simply journaling. Truth be told, I tend to do this during nap time. However, my ultimate goal is to be able to do this before the kids get up while I drink my coffee…but that can’t happen until C figures out how to sleep again…
3. Unload the dishwasher. There’s something about having an empty sink that makes me feel like my whole house is clean.
4. Throw in your designated load of laundry for the day.
5. Pull out anything for dinner that needs to be defrosted. Bonus points if you get it in the crockpot so that dinner is ready at dinnertime! (Though make sure you unplug it afterwards – RIP Jack Pearson)
There are some days where we mosey around the downstairs, and all that gets done from the list is me drinking a cup of coffee. And that’s ok. We mommas need some down time every once in a while.
What do you do to start your day? Let me know in the comments!