Thursday, January 11, 2018

Morning Routine, Baby Pictures, and a Snow Day!

That face <3
I had some people curious as to how I established a daily morning routine for myself everyday, so I wanted to put up a quick blog post about it, and I hope some of you may find it helpful.  As a mom with a little munchkin, finding the time to you get yourself together in the morning and get done the things you need to accomplish before your baby gets up can be challenging.  Honestly, a morning routine can be challenging at any stage of life - whether single, married, a mom, or wherever you are in your life.  But I know that I found it even more difficult with the ever changing needs of a baby. 

Back in the summer right after we bought our house and moved in, Joanna went through a major sleep regression.  I mean MAJOR!  She went from sleeping through the night, to being up every 20 minutes allllll niiiiight looooong.  And to make matters worse, she would only nap for 20 minutes at a time during the day when she had been napping for 1.5-2 hours at each naptime.  Insert a very tired mama.  Lol!  I was surviving on coffee, coffee, and more coffee.  And I was wondering if there was going to be any light at the end of this "sleep for only 20 minutes" tunnel.  I was over a friends' house one day (Hi, Jenna!) and she was telling me how she had her toddler on a schedule and how it was so nice to have the same set routine every day, always knowing when he would get up and when he would take a nap and stuff like that.  So I shared with her how I was struggling with getting Joanna to sleep more than 20 minutes at a time, when she had been sleeping through the night just a few weeks prior.  My morning Bible time was becoming non existent because she wasn't sleeping long enough for me to get anything done, and she was usually getting up when I did between 5:30-6.  I would try to do my devotions while she was playing on the floor, but that usually didn't work out too well.  And forget exercising.  That was practically impossible with only 20 minute naps.  Jenna encouraged me to put her on a schedule and helped me through some tips on how to adjust her to being on a schedule.  I got home that evening and immediately sat down and wrote out a schedule to start the next day.  And it changed my life!

Fascinated with the diffuser lol
The first thing I did was to decide how much time  I actually needed in the mornings.  I knew that I wanted to run, shower and put myself together, and have my Bible time before Joanna got up.  So I gave myself 30 minutes for each of those three things.  Which meant I had to get up 1.5 hours before I got her up in order to get it done.  So I set her get up time as 7:30, and my get up time as 6.  And no matter what, she was not getting up before 7:30, even if she was awake when I got up at 6 because I needed that time to start my day off on the right track.  That meant that there was some crying during that 1.5 hour time slot for a few days (I know it's hard, mamas, but it's ok to let them cry!  They will be fine!), but in less than a week of being on a schedule, she trained herself to go back to sleep after she woke up when she realized I wasn't coming to get her.  After a few more days she started just sleeping clear through until 7:30 without even waking up before then.  Oh yeah, and naptime?  Her 2-hour naps returned, and now she takes two of them every day!  It's amazing!  And she is even sleeping till 8:00 most mornings now.  I'm starting to back up my get up time another half hour to 5:30 since I am running longer and following it up with extra workouts, which helps me feel not quite so rushed.  And it has been amazing.  She still has a few days where she wakes up before I'm ready to get her up, but instead of sitting down there and screaming, she now talks and babbles away until I come and get her.  It is so sweet to listen to!

So, mama's that are struggling to get their day off on the right foot, I would encourage you to put your kiddos on a schedule.  It doesn't even have to be a full day schedule.  I honestly don't follow a set schedule throughout the day now.  I just make sure to get her up at the same time each day, and then I put her down for naps when I notice she is tired, because each day can be different with that.  But at least set a routine wake up time for your little ones, and then decide what you need to do before they get up and how much time you need to do it.  That will determine when you need to get yourself out of bed :)  There will still be some days where you need the extra rest and so the schedule goes by the wayside, but that's ok.  Use it as a guide.  Don't live in bondage to it.  But it should at least help you to have a more productive morning, start your day on the right foot, and be a happier, more prepared mama with happier, more contented children.  Knowing that I can get those three things done before Joanna gets up has helped me be able to focus on her so much better and just enjoy the rest of the day with her so much more!  I'm thankful!  I hope these little tidbits help <3



On a different note, the temperatures on Monday were in the 30's (say what?!?!?!) and we were finally able to take Joanna out in the snow for the first time since it was so warm and such a beautiful day!  My parents bought us the sweetest little sled for her and we enjoyed a nice family walk.  Joanna giggled and smiled the entire time <3 I would say she is a fan of the sled and the snow!  But then she is also my little outdoor bug, who could stay outside forever and never come in.  She gets that from her mama, who loves being outside and is way too excited to have a garden this year so that she can spend the majority of her days outdoors working in it :)  But anyways,  I'm now typing this while listening to the blizzard conditions outside...so I'll post some sweet baby pictures from Monday and pretend it's still that nice out while I go make myself a cup of tea :)  Lol!





Happy Thursday, friends!!  I hope to be posting more soon :)

Love,
Heather

1 comment:

  1. Sleep routines can be so hard! Oliver did something similar...and no naps. Ouch! Thankful he’s over that now. Way to go you! Priorities are so important -I am learning that more and more every day.

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