Ask the Mamas: Morning Routine
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Mama Say What?! Reader Kara R. asks, “What does your morning routine look like?”
On a school day: Alarm goes off at 7:30 A.M. I hit snooze and nurse my infant back to sleep if he’s awake. Alarm goes off again, I get up and wake up my preschooler. My husband gets up, gets showered and dressed while I get our preschooler dressed and get him downstairs to eat some yogurt (he doesn’t do mornings well, so this can often take up to forty minutes). Husband takes our preschooler to school just before 8:30 A.M. while I eat breakfast and check emails before my infant wakes up. I love the long morning nap my youngest been taking lately. If he doesn’t nap, then the morning is still the same just with him in my arms or in a baby carrier. This month my preschooler starts kindergarten, so our routine will be five days a week instead of just three. When my husband is traveling for work, I do it all and we try to walk my oldest to school since it’s just half a mile away. ~Alex T.
I’m at home full time and my son hasn’t started school yet, so we are as laid back as possible. Most days, I wake up before my son but after my husband has left for work. So I enjoy a cup of tea by myself, usually outside. When my son comes downstairs he chooses something to watch on TV while I make his breakfast smoothie, something for me to eat, and then I go get myself ready for the day. And then when we’re ready and bored, we head out to whatever we have planned for that day. I’m in no rush for him to start school and give us a reason to rush in the mornings! ~Laura K.
My morning starts at 5:45. My husband is usually gone already so I get up, shower and start getting myself ready. My daughter usually wakes up by 6:30 and watches TV for a bit before I get her dressed for the day. We are downstairs by 7 a.m. and I get breakfast ready for us. We eat, then she has a bit of time to play while I make my lunch. We pack up and are out the door by 7:40 to get her to day care and me to work for 8:30. ~Kathy S.
During the school year, my day begins at 4:30 a.m. if I’m working out. If not, I’m up at 5:15 to shower. My husband gets up around 5:30 to shower as well and we both are getting dressed and ready until about 6:15. I make my breakfast and my husband wakes my older son up to get ready for school. He gets him dressed and gets his breakfast ready and then leaves for work. My 16 month old wakes up anytime between 5:45 and 6:45 and I change him, get him dressed and get him milk or a small snack (he eats breakfast at daycare). The boys and I leave the house by 7:15 a.m. to drive to our daycare providers house. I get my older son on the bus there at 7:45 and then I head out to work. Whew! ~Mary Ellen M.
Hubs is up and getting ready for work by 6:30, so that’s when I wake up too. However, most mornings I stay in bed till our 19 month old wakes up (between 7:00 and 7:45). Once she is awake it’s GO TIME TILL NAP TIME. The first thing she says when she sees me is “food!!!!!”, so I make a quick pre-breakfast of Greek yogurt (full-fat, otherwise she’s hungry again in 20 minutes) that she feeds herself while I make something more substantial for myself (and her to steal, of course). By time breakfast is over it’s about 8:30 and we get dressed for the day and head to a local park if it’s nice out. Otherwise we play and read inside till it’s time for her morning nap. ~Michelle W.
Our morning routine is a bit off at the moment. We have the “non-routine routine” going. My seven week old usually wakes up around 4:00 a.m. (sometimes 5:00) and after nursing stays up for a good hour+. My husband is up by 5:00 and my three year old is up by 6:00. If I get Emilia (seven weeks) back to sleep before Annabelle (three years) wakes up then we end up hanging out in my room until about 7:30. Annabelle has her iPad (the horror!!!!) and books and snacks up here. Generally she ends up waking up her little sister because she gets loud or keeps touching her. So, then we will go downstairs and have breakfast after I nurse and change Emilia. We play everyday by ear, but we usually will go outside to the garden to pick veggies a little after breakfast. ~Jessica S.