I am not a morning person. Never have been, never will be. But having two little ones will definitely force you to be one. (Kicking and screaming for most) Noa wakes up at about 6 every morning and Kyle isn't far behind her. As I am breastfeeding and co sleeping and sometimes feeding twice or three times during the night, my husband will get up with the kids and I can have an hour more sleep! Well that's the plan anyway...
Usually it was 8 am and i am was dragging myself up rushing around trying to get things done in a panic before we have to leave for school! Not a great start to the day for any of us a family. I decided to try make a few changes to benefit us all as a family. And start the day on a happier and much calmer tone. And hopefully carry it on throughout the day!
Get up 30 mins earlier!
So the first thing that was obvious to me was that I had to get up earlier. No matter what way Noa slept or how many times she nursed getting up earlier was the main change that had to be made. So alarm set and I am getting up regardless if everyone is still asleep. And regardless of how many times Noa nursed or what time I went to bed at!
Go to bed earlier!
Neil and I had definitely fallen into the same situation I'm sure all parent do, trying to squeeze every second out of the time from when the kids go to bed till it's time for us to go to bed. With the two kids asleep it's so hard to leave that beautifully quiet and peaceful place where you can watch TV or read a book without any interruptions. Or catch up with your husband without having to start the story 4 times because you can't remember what you are talking about!!!
Drink a glass of water!
Water and breastfeeding go hand in a hand so for that reason I drink more water now than I ever have in my life! But drinking one glass as soon as you wake up literally kick starts your day! So I try do this every morning!
I always shower at night time. Seems a bit pointless but I can never face washing my hair in the morning and rushing trying to dry it. But in the morning I always waiting until Noa was having a nap before showering. (Just not washing my hair) It is much more beneficial now to shower first thing and I am a happier (cleaner) mommy and I don't feel like I am chasing my tail all day.
Have breakfast, and have it together!
Sitting down together as a family at meal time is something my family always did when I was growing up and something that is really important to me now in my family. I always wait for my husband to be home before having dinner because I think it's really important to reconnect as a family after a long day. So why was I rushing around and just grabbing something while we all ate the most important meal of the day seperately? Breakfast is a great time to connect as a family and talk about the day ahead because half an hour later everybody is doing seperate things and apart again!
These few little changes have really made my life ironically easier. I am not chasing my tail all day I am ready to go and ready for the day ahead!! I am a happy mom and have a happier family for it!!
Thanks for reading!