I know for many moms, coffee is an essential morning ritual. But I am not a habitual coffee drinker. My husband is. I’m not even an occasional coffee drinker. (It makes me jittery!) Instead, I rely on a few things to make our mornings bearable and even enjoyable, and that starts with being well rested and well fed for the entire family.
To make our mornings GOOD mornings, we do quite a bit of prep the evening before.
- Leftover dinner gets divi’ed up as tomorrow’s lunch.
- Frozen breastmilk is pulled out to thaw in the fridge overnight.
- Avocado, banana, butternut squash or whatever soft finger foods we have are cut and put into single serving containers.
- Bottle and pump parts are washed and dried.
- Cloth diapers are stuffed, folded and placed in a clean wet bag.
- Extra clothes, blankets, show-and-tell items and anything else needed for school go in the school bag.
This pretty much covers everything that needs to be packed, so we have all our stuff ready to be thrown into the appropriate bag. We do almost all of this as part of the dinner routine, so that we can go straight to bath and bed time.
Chores aside, I am a real stickler about sleep. I used to get 8 hours of solid, uninterrupted sleep a night. Even in college when friends were partying or hanging out well past midnight, I was in my pjs ready for bed. I might have been a square, but I got my precious sleep. Since joining motherhood, I have felt perpetually sleep deprived. I *try* to go to bed by 10 pm to give myself a fighting chance at a full night of sleep. We’re starting to turn a corner though. (I hope.)
The kids are down by 8. If the older one isn’t dragging his feet eating dinner, we can get them down by 7:30. The peace and quiet of sleeping babes is the best part of a crazy day.
A lot of this feels like work. And it is! But it all pays off in the morning. Whether the kids are up at 6, 6:30 or 7 am (anything before that, and we send them to fuss in the privacy of their rooms until at least 6), we aren’t completely rushed to eat a healthy breakfast, get dressed, get packed and out the door in a timely manner. We can focus on eating and dressing only.
Breakfast for us has to be quick. I’m convinced that we keep yogurt companies in business, but they are so convenient and the kids devour it. My family loves probiotics! Whole milk yogurt for the baby. Activia or Stoneyfield yogurt pouches for the big kid. I was recently turned on to Greek Gods honey vanilla yogurt (YUM). We usually eat some fresh fruit, some oatmeal or some eggs depending on how hungry everyone is.
By the weekend, when we’re hoping the kids will sleep in until at least 7:30 am, my fantastic husband makes pancakes from scratch and spoils us with bacon and eggs. Watching my cherub kiddos stuff their little faces brings me such joy.
Oh, and Happy Birthday to my awesome husband! I really won the jackpot by marrying a man that feeds me!!