Don’t judge me. I let my kids watch YouTube. I know, I know. I’m a terrible parent, but hear me out. Do you remember my daily routine as a full-time working mom? It was bananas (b-a-n-a-n-a-s). Well, now that I’ve left the corporate world for awhile, life is still bananas but in a different way. I pretty much have to re-create new routines for almost everything, including a new morning routine. I feel like I’m re-learning and trying to figure out life. I’m grateful for YouTube to
entrance entertain my children while I do super fancy things like wash my face and brush my teeth. Today I’m sharing what my new routine as an at-home mom looks like lately.
Before I get started there are a couple things you should know. First, I sleep
past until the very last minute 100% of the time. Like every. single. day. At just over a month in, I haven’t quite figured out how to balance blogging, keeping my children alive, and managing household duties yet. Plus, my sleep patterns are still out of whack from working full-time and blogging; I rarely slept more than 4-5 hours per night. So, I often still go to bed at 3:00am or later (or is it considered earlier at that point?). That said, I am not a morning person. Not even close. Something else you should know is that my kids aren’t morning people either. They must get that from their mama. The three of us need to address the day on our own terms; don’t you dare engage us until we’re ready. Knowing that, I don’t bother waking my girls up unless we have to be somewhere; I let them wake on their own. The advantage to that is I get to sleep as late as they’ll let me. When they’re ready, they make their way into my room to pry get me out of bed kicking and screaming.
• 7:15-7:30: My girls wake up and play in their rooms solo. Sometimes the little one comes to get me and I send her back to bed. Mama ain’t ready to get up yet.
• 7:45: Clear all the notifications off my phone (I hate those red dots) and block the 40-50 creepy men who followed me on Instagram overnight.
• 8:00: Change E’s diaper and get her dressed for the day. Sometimes she demands to keep her pj’s on and who am I to argue with a girl who just wants to be comfortable?
• 8:10: Strap E to her booster seat at the kitchen table so she can’t
run amok escape. Help A into her chair and start to serve them both breakfast. “Honey Bee Cereal” (as they call it) is usually what they request.
• 8:15: Get my husband’s laptop out and put on a toddler songs video. “Baby Shark” is the current fave.
• 8:16: Go upstairs to pick out clothes for my 4 year old to wear to school. Bring them and her toothbrush downstairs.
• 8:20: Go to my bathroom and start to get myself dressed and
ready for the day somewhat presentable. Call out to the girls and/or poke my head out every couple minutes to make sure no one is choking. The 4 year old always lets her cereal get soggy and the 2 year old doesn’t actually eat anything anyway so I don’t worry too much.
• 8:30: Shout out to A to finish eating and start getting dressed (whilst still watching YouTube, of course).
• 8:45: Ask her why she still isn’t dressed.
• 8:50: Help her brush her teeth and put her hair in a ponytail in my bathroom.
• 9:00: Get E down from her chair. Put all the dishes in the sink and pop some blueberry waffles in the toaster for the road (for me).
• 9:05: Start to load the kids in the car. Tell A to stop crying about [insert ridiculous reason du jour].
• 9:10: Pull out of the driveway.
• 9:15: Arrive at A’s school. Unload E with me
so no one calls the police on me for leaving her in the car for 1 minute.
• 9:16: Walk A to her classroom with E. Hugs and goodbyes.
• 9:22: Arrive home. Give E a snack since she probably didn’t eat breakfast. Start working on blog emails and miscellaneous work. E plays on her own during this time. Thank goodness for independent play.
• 10:00: If it’s Monday, we head to the grocery store. If not, we go to the playground or somewhere fun.
• 11:30: If it’s Monday, E’s speech therapist arrives. If it’s not, we’re probably out running errands or doing something fun.
The afternoon consists of lunch, E’s nap, a shower for me, blogging and housework, picking up A from school, and making dinner.
My routine isn’t perfect – it needs some fine-tuning for sure – but it works for us (for now). I’m confident that if I can figure out how to fit everything into my days, I’ll be able to get to bed at a decent hour at night.
Everyone’s mornings are different and I know I’m not the only mom with a hectic one. What’s your morning routine like? What’s your take on screen time? Tell me below!