When Walmart asked me to share my morning routine, I wasn’t sure how to approach it at first. Because routines are — well — routine. Boring. Rote. By definition. But life is never really boring, is it? And those routines are the things we remember when the years have passed us by. I can still remember the sweet smell of the bathroom when I took morning showers after my mom as a little girl and how stressful it was in high school whenever we broke routine and I had to ride the city bus to school.
In hopes that my kids will remember our morning routines fondly, here’s a play-by-play of just what we do when we wake up, and the products that help us do it. A “Morning in the Life”, if you will.
6:40 a.m. | Baby Juliza is awake. I am thankful for the video baby monitor gifted to us by my friend Linsey, because I can see that she’s chatting to herself contentedly in her crib and there’s no need to rush.
6:43 a.m. | Ja’Naya wakes me up. You read that right. For the past few years, my oldest daughter has set her alarm, and she gets herself out of bed and starts to get ready. She usually comes to get me after she gets out of the bathroom, if I’m not already awake. When she walks out, I lay in bed for a few minutes checking my email and scrolling through Facebook.
6:47 a.m. | I go to Juliza’s room to find she and Ja’Naya playing. That’s what big sisters are for, right? Early morning play dates. Right?
6:49 a.m. | This is usually when I’d feed the baby, but she woke up at 2:30 a.m. for a rare middle-of-the-night feeding, so she’s not hungry yet. I change her diaper instead, and head downstairs with both girls to make breakfast.
6:55 a.m. | I set Juliza up in the living room with her sister so I can cook. Some mornings, Ja’Naya actually makes breakfast for herself if I’m still with the baby. What can I say? The child is very independent.
6:58 a.m. | I stop to clean the kitchen. Cleaning isn’t my favorite task, but see…there’s this thing. I can’t bring myself to cook if the kitchen isn’t clean. So I’ll always stop to wipe things off, load the dishwasher, etc. before I start to cook. I can’t help myself. This is why we like to keep Clorox wipes on hand, though. For quick cleanups like this one. I prefer Seventh Generation wipes, or even Clorox Greenworks, but those can be hard to find.
7:08 a.m. | Back to breakfast. I’m making scrambled eggs for the whole family.
7:15 a.m. | The eggs are done, so I put a waffle in the toaster for Ja’Naya. I keep saying that I’ll make them from scratch one day, but that day isn’t today. When we do buy pre-made, we love Vans frozen waffles, and blueberry is her favorite.
7:17 a.m. | Ja’Naya comes into the kitchen to prepare her water bottle and snack for school. We keep relatively healthy ready-to-go snacks on hand, like Quaker chewy granola bars and Mott’s chewy fruit & vegetable snacks.
7:20 a.m. | Ja’Naya sits down to eat, and I remember to give her a Disney gummy vitamin. She’d been taking them religiously last school year, but when we ran out, I kept forgetting to pick up a new bottle. I didn’t forget this time, and the bottle was just $3.
7:22 a.m. | Juliza and I head upstairs to wake up Daddy. Even his sleepy face is handsome. I know it will be a while before either of us gets to eat, but at least the eggs are made. We can add toast and fruit when we’re ready.
7:27 a.m. | Remember how I said Juliza wasn’t hungry when we first woke up? Well, that’s changed, so we head into her room to nurse. This quiet corner is our favorite spot.
7:39 a.m. | Juliza is “done”. Alas this is a trick she’s played many times before. She’s just distracted and looking around every time someone walks by the door. She keeps coming back back for more.
7:43 a.m. | She’s actually done this time. Just in time too, because it’s about time for Ja’Naya to head out to the very nearby bus stop, so we go downstairs to see her out.
7:52 a.m. | The bus arrives.
7:53 a.m. | The bus leaves. I never realized until now that there’s literally a one-minute window for the kids in our neighborhood to catch the bus.
7:56 a.m. | Juliza, Daddy and I sit in bed for a bit — until she spits up. Now, I have to change the sheets. I put her on the floor with her toys.
8:10 a.m. | Since she’s playing happily and Daddy is with her, I go run a load of laundry and do some quick decluttering in the living room and our bedroom.
8:45 a.m. | I take a break to check email from my phone.
8:52 a.m. | Time to change JuJu out of her pajamas, because she spit up again.
9:00 a.m. | We head downstairs to find Daddy sweeping the kitchen, so we play for a bit while we wait for him. Because neither Daddy nor I have eaten breakfast yet.
9:11 a.m. | Juliza is starting to get fussy and I know that means it’s almost nap time.
9:27 a.m. | Hubby and I finally get to eat breakfast. He was sweet enough to add some turkey sausage to my plate because he knows they’re my favorite. He may or may not also have added some grapes, and I may or may not have eaten them before I remembered to take this photo. We eat in the living room while I bounce Juliza on my shoulder since she’s sleepy and cranky. Of course, she forgot she was sleepy as soon as she spotted my plate. So I shared a few tiny pieces of egg with her. The girl likes to eat.
9:40 a.m. | I hand a still-sleepy Juliza to my hubby so I can put our breakfast plates in the dishwasher and run a load.
9:45 a.m. | She falls asleep on his shoulder, and he goes upstairs to put her in her crib.
9:47 a.m. | Finally, hubby and I sit at our respective computers. Time to officially start our work day.
As I documented this, I realized how fortunate we are. The combination of two parents who work from home + one school-aged child really make our mornings a lot less stressful than they could be. Remind me of that in a few months when the baby is a lot more active and I have to feed her more than just breast milk.
So, what are mornings like at your house?
Disclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Affiliate links have been used.