Before kids I was always up before the sunset and would have my to-do list done by the afternoon, now I’m lucky if I get to shower! Fast forward a few years and my time is consumed by my 1 year old son and 1 month old daughter. Its no longer about me, or only my husband, and getting my daily routine completed on my own time. Now my days are compiled with diaper changes, feedings (pumping breast milk and bottle feeding it to my daughter), running after my toddler, and rocking a baby to sleep at all hours of the day and night. The daily routine I once had known has changed from an attitude of”on time” to “it’ll get done when it gets done”, but that’s okay! I love my crazy, chaotic lifestyle, even if that means a messy house and messy faces running around naked (true story on multiple occasions!).
I’ve attempted at having a daily routine go as scheduled while having two kids under the age of 2 within this past month, but that is not happening anytime soon in this household! I’ve realized after becoming a mother to two that there are days where nearly everything gets done in a timely manner with only a few things that got left undone, and then there are days where absolutely nothing gets done, and I’m lucky that I haven’t pulled out all of my hair with a fewer than less empty tear ducts following shortly behind.
But I have found out that if I wake up an hour before both kids are awake that I feel more refreshed and put together throughout the craziness of it all. That typically means getting out of bed at 5:30-6:00 AM, or sooner depending on the baby’s waking hour to eat/snuggle, but I’ve found that if I sleep in until 6:30-7:00 AM I fall behind on the morning routine and I lose my patience far too fast, and nothing gets done throughout the day.
I think I would rather lose an hour of sleep in the morning than have a household that doesn’t run somewhat smoothly. So on a typical day, my mommy routine looks as follows:
5:30 AM-wake up, watch news while pumping, drink coffee, let dogs out
6:00-baby wakes up: feed and change her
6:30/7:00- second cup of coffee (much needed!), toddler wakes up: feed and change him
7:30- smoothie time for mommy!, pump (again!)
9:00-snack time, pump (again!)
11:00-pump (again!), lunch
12/1:00 PM-nap time for toddler (very rarely will the baby be asleep at the same time!), pump (again!)
2:00-toddler wakes up, snack time
3:30/4:00-husband gets home, dinner, wash dishes
7:00- pump (again!), close up shop (close blinds/curtains, clean up kids toys), get both kids ready for bed
8:00-toddler in bed (yay!)
9:00-pump (again!), mommy bed time(double yay!-unless baby stays up longer)
11:00-wake up and pump (ugh!)–won’t do again until 3 AM (moms need their sleep too!)
I’ve also kept at a cleaning schedule to keep the semi-cleanliness look achievable::
Tuesday-sweep, wash clothes
Wednesday-vacuum, wash towels and sheets
Saturday-deep clean the house (vacuum, dust, sweep, mop, clean bathrooms)
So as you can see my day is filled up! Some days I’ll hand off both kids to my husband around 6PM and I’ll take an hour nap, while some days I’ll walk around like a zombie mom running on “E”.
Obviously I don’t want to seem like the “all-together, Pinterest perfect mother”, so I will admit 9 out of 10 times my day will not go according to schedule, in fact just last weekend the house did not get clean (gasp!), but I do try to the best of my ability to get it all done.
While this may all seem crazy to you with all the scheduling, it really works for my family. We even have Sunday “Family Day” where we do absolutely nothing, except lay around the house in our pj’s all day (unless we decide to go to the farmer’s market and the park). The only thing I do is menu plan our dinners for the week, which trust me helps us out tremendously throughout the week!
What do you do to help keep your family and household together?