I feel like every blogger I follow is constantly writing about their morning routine. I have too, in the past. And while I sometimes wish my mornings were still filled with sun salutations, oil pulling, and 10 minutes of meditation, they’re not. But in a way, they’re better because I appreciate the quiet and fill it with things that both make me feel centered and are productive.
I never set an alarm anymore. Turns out when you have a baby, you get one for free, ha! Despite that fact, I’ve been waking up consistently between 6:30-6:45am every morning. It’s been great because it gives me 45-60 minutes of morning time before Amalia gets up and mommy duty begins. That might not seem like a lot but for all my mamas out there, you know how luxurious even a few minutes can be.
Wake up: Whenever I wake up, I do the usual morning things like brush my teeth, wash my face, tone, moisturize, and put on deodorant. Most people I know like to lounge in PJs in the mornings, but I like to feel like I have a handle on the day early and part of that is getting dressed ASAP. Granted, I work from home so that usually consists of yoga pants and a sweater or slouchy tee… so basically PJs but slightly more chic. I also throw my hair up put on a little make up. It sounds crazy since I’m home most days, but it makes me more productive later on for some reason.
Caffeinate: I don’t drink coffee… I know, such a weirdo. It makes me jittery and anxious so I only have it on special occasions or if I’m insanely exhausted. I’ve always been a green tea kind of gal but lately I’ve been drinking black Earl Grey with just a dash of coconut milk creamer. It feels indulgent like a cup of coffee with cream and sugar, even though it’s not.
Read the news: Sitting down with the New York Times would be nice and all, but it’s not in the cards so I sit with my tea and read The Skimm every morning. At this point in time, that’s about all I can handle anyway without feeling depressed.
Puppy snuggles: I never want Boots to feel like he’s second fiddle to the baby, but let’s be honest, I definitely have less time for him than I used to and it breaks my heart. While I read the news and sip my tea, we snuggle on the one couch he’s allowed to sit on. It’s important for him to get some one on one time with me, so that’s where we squeeze it in every day.
Eat breakfast: Because this time is so limited, I try to make my breakfasts quick but healthy. My go-tos are instant oatmeal (unsweetened/unflavored) with a scoop of collagen peptides, chia seeds, a dash of maple syrup, a pinch of salt, and a spoonful of almond butter. It is so fast but so good. When it’s warmer out, I make a Daily Harvest smoothie and add protein and almond butter. (PS you can use code LEMONSTRIPES at Daily Harvest for 3 free smoothies!)
Wake the baby: If Amalia isn’t awake by 7:30 (She usually wakes up around 7:15), I wake her up for her first feed of the day. Before I go in, I make sure I’m calm and ready to make her my priority for the next hour or so until she goes back down for her first nap of the day. If I have a bunch of tasks that need to be done, I try to do them either before this, or wait until after she’s down so that I can give her my full attention.
Ok mamas, what do your morning routines look like? Do you also wake up before your babies to get some me time?
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Love posts like this! : ) I try to wake up before my 7-month-old, even if it’s just half an hour. It definitely helps to give me a start on the day – make the bed, get ready a bit, and have my coffee – and avoid that frazzled feeling of waking up alongside the baby crying! So worth the early wake up! My only problem is if she’s sleeping in, I don’t always have the discipline to wake her up on time 😉
Yes. I hate that frazzled feeling. Worth it to lose a little sleep for the calm mornings.
In the past few months I’ve started to wake up during the week before the kids. That means 5:15 and I swear by the Kiwake app as it is the ONLY thing that has consistently gotten me out of bed without snoozing! I love my bed and I love sleep, so this is an accomplishment.
My goal is to use that time to do a morning workout, but so far that hasn’t really happened. I’m on a 21 day mission though to turn it into a habit so hopefully that will kick in. By 6:30 the kids need to be up to get to daycare, so this gives me time to workout and get ready.
I need to look into this app! I struggle getting up every single morning. I’d like to get my workouts in early before work but it never happens and I do my workouts when I get home from work.
During the work week, I wake up 3 of those days around 5:30am. I get in a 45min workout, then make breakfast, coffee, and a bottle. I take a quick shower, throw on my robe and then go wake my 8 month old around 7:00am. I get her changed and ready for daycare, then my husband takes over feeding her while I finish getting ready for work. She is always so happy in the mornings after she has her bottle and is usually playing/giggling with the dog on our bed before she leaves for daycare 🙂
WOW… That is impressive! You are my new #morninggoals 🙂
I’m with on only being able to handle but so much news these days! I basically read The Skimm and then my husband and I have an unofficial comedy news only policy. We watch the Seth Meyers intro daily (everything pre-interviews) and Weekend Update on SNL. Both are available on Hulu and it’s nice to get the news with a heavy dose of comedy 🙂
What age were you able to start implementing your routine?
Probably around 3 months. I have been super lucky that Amalia has been a good sleeper for a long time though!