Morning Routines

Creating a Morning Routine

I recently discovered this website and it’s something my nerdy self can get behind. I don’t think I’m unusual–but maybe I am!–in my love of seeing behind the curtain into the lives of others. These little stories of other people’s morning routines fascinate me. They’ve catalogued over 200 morning routines and divided them into categories. Naturally I’m drawn to other parents, and this is one of my favorites.

In the spirit of inspiration and allowing you into my life a bit, here’s my morning routine:

Since my daughter was born in March 2016, I only use an alarm clock when I have to go to work. Her start to the day is much earlier than I would program my alarm, ┬ábut I’d rather wake to her any day! These days she’s typically awake between 5:30 and 6:30am; if it’s on the earlier side of that, we usually let her play/fuss in her crib a bit, til we’re closer to the 6:30 mark.

My husband or I scoop her out of her crib and she comes to our bed to nurse. This is hands down my favorite part of the day. We’re both a little warm and drowsy, and the way our bodies curl together as she nurses is the best. I always thought I’d be quite done with nursing at one year, but now that we’re actually getting close to this milestone I can’t imagine not starting my day this way.

After nursing, we open the blinds, change the diaper, I slip into my robe and slippers, and we head downstairs. Daughter starts to play with toys in the family room, while I put on the kettle to make French press coffee. If husband is home he will fry us some eggs and we’ll chat a bit, or I’ll eat a banana and almond butter while checking e-mails. French press coffee with a little bit of cream helps motivate me to start the day.

After unloading the dishwasher and starting a load of laundry, I’ll join my daughter to play and read books for a bit. Around 8/8:30 we head upstairs. Somedays we take a shower together, and other days I wait til her morning nap to shower (depends on how much I need/want to shave my legs). We get dressed, tidy up, and say prayers together. Then it’s down for her morning nap and I start working on the day!

How long has this been the routine?

Every since my daughter was born we’ve started the day pretty much the same way. The timing is all that’s adjusted. And I don’t use a robe or slippers during the summer.

This is also different if I have to leave for work, which is only about once a week. Then, I set my alarm for the last possible minute, throw on my makeup and clothes and rush out the door as soon as the babysitter arrives.

What time do I go to bed at night?

I’m definitely an 8-9 hour a night kind of girl. Surprisingly this did not go over very well with a newborn. Even though my daughter is mostly a great sleeper, she still has random nights where she’ll wake. Because I want all the sleep, I tend to go to bed really early, just in case I’m up in the night.┬áTypically in bed between 9 and 10 pm, and reading on my kindle til sleep.

Any bedtime routines?

I keep a glass of water on my bedside table and often I’ll take a sip or two throughout the night if I wake up thirsty. In the morning I finish the whole glass before heading downstairs. I try really hard to drink 8 glasses of water a day, but only achieve this about twice a month. Getting at least one glass in at the start of the day helps me feel so much better.

What would I like to change about my routine?

I’d love to get up a bit before my daughter wakes up and take time to pray and journal by myself. I’d also like to be more intentional about doing stretches in the morning.

I actually kind of love my morning routine, even if it starts earlier than I’d like! What’s your morning routine?