The hardest thing about committing to a schedule is not knowing when my kids are going to wake up. For the last two years I’ve felt like I’m almost always playing catch up on sleep and while I’d LOVE to wake up five minutes before my kids each morning, I don’t know when that will be (and I’m hesitant to set an alarm and miss out on another 45 minutes of sleep if they happen to sleep in).
But, the thing that has made the BIGGEST difference in my days as a stay at home mom, is waking up before my children. Even if it’s just a couple of minutes, time to think about my own needs before theirs and focus a bit on things outside of diaper changes and what’s for breakfast keeps me grounded.
I’ve found it is best for my morning routine to be short. And it is important for me to be flexible. When I wake up before the babies I may have 50 minutes or I may have 5. And as long as I only ever plan on having 5, it is enough.
The short morning routine also means that when I don’t get up before the kids, its something I might be able to slip in while they entertain each other (I snuck off for 300 seconds this morning while Adelaide watched Lincoln play with trucks and I came back so much more energized).