Once River started sleeping better, I went through a phase of going to bed at 10pm and getting up at 5am every morning to work, and try to get a jump start on the day. I’ve read countless times that this type of routine is “what every successful woman does”, but it was seriously not meshing with my family. My husband, Jason, gets home kind of late, and I was running off to bed just as he was unwinding and wanting to talk to me. You can imagine the stress this caused in our relationship! Since I was up earlier in the morning, I did all of the morning stuff for the kids in my pj’s (make the lunch, get them dressed, etc.) and my husband would take Mari to school. I’d then try to shower and get dressed, all the while River was destroying our room. My shower was always cut short as I’d have to hop out to keep her from spraying dry shampoo in her eye or licking an electrical outlet. To say I was frazzled by the time I left for work was an understatement. I’d been up for hours, but I wasn’t ready to go to till almost 9 as I always had to fix something River had destroyed, or change because she had gotten something smeared on me. Fun times.
We now have a much more workable routine which we came to accidentally because I had surgery on my hand. I was stuck with an arm cast for weeks and I couldn’t get the kids ready in the morning as I had been. My husband took over all my duties (sorry babe, have to keep the hand elevated!) and we realized how crazy the morning truly was. Thankfully, we came up with a new compromise situation the works for all of us (for the moment).
Here’s what we do:
Read more from the series ‘Real Talk Real Moms’ on morning routines here: The Effortless Chic, Fruetcake, A Daily Something, Design Addict Mom, Oh Lovely Day, The Life Styled, Ave Styles, Parker Etc., Sacramento Street.