As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized a few things. One thing that immediately comes to mind is the balance you must quickly find, or else you’ll go crazy. Unfortunately, I learned the hard way and went crazy first. Don’t worry though, I have since found a few ways to save my sanity. My biggest and most important piece of advice is pretty simple, but really brutal for some (like myself) and it’s simply to get up early.
Did she really just say that? Yes I did.
I am not a morning person by any means, never have been and probably never will be because I really love my sleep (who doesn’t?). My thought process has always been as long as Olivia is still asleep, I should be too. Right?
Ever since Dominic and I have started the Whole30 (which I cannot wait to write about!), I’ve been making his lunches (and sometimes his dinners too). Instead of making his meals at night (or more so putting them together because he usually takes leftovers for lunch), I wait until the morning to put it all together and honestly, I’ve really grown to enjoy our routine. We wake up between 7:30 and 8am and while Dominic gets ready for work, I make his meal(s) and drink the coffee/tea that he so lovingly makes us every morning. It’s a team effort, and I love that we get about an hour to ourselves to talk, smooch, and clean up the morning’s dishes before Olivia wakes up, ready to take on the day.
At first, it was rough. Like I said, I love sleep. But waiting until the morning to pack Dominic’s food, and knowing that I had to do it or he probably wouldn’t eat, made it a lot easier for me to get up. Although I will also admit that since the Whole30, I have had a really big improvement in my energy levels, and what I mean by that is when I wake up now, I usually don’t feel tired or that awful need to go back to bed.
I really like waking up early because I get that extra one on one time with my husband but I also love it because it gives me that hour to really wake up before Olivia does. As much as I love my daughter, she is just a tad bit enthusiastic in the morning (polar opposite of myself) and most mornings she’s in our bed, nose to nose, saying “ARE YOU UP, MAMA? MAMA? WAKE UP, MAMA! I’M HUNGRY MAMA! MAMA? OH MAAAAMA?” She’s really cute, I swear, but all of that first thing in the morning? Not so cute. Now, by the time she comes downstairs, I have already enjoyed a little peace and quiet, I am already very awake, done with my coffee/tea, and have her breakfast ready to go. Sometimes, I even have a little time to check my email/catch up on some of my favorite blogs/do a little blogging myself. It’s made my entire morning so much more relaxed and by the time she’s done with her breakfast, I am just as ready to take on the day (most days anyway ;)
I’ve noticed that ever since we’ve started this little routine, my days have gone a lot smoother. I’m a lot more patient, no where near as groggy, I feel a lot more motivated to get things done around the house and I get that one on one time with my handsome husband which seems a little hard to come by these days and is definitely reason enough to get up a little earlier ;) I really think the extra hour I give myself almost every morning (if Dominic doesn’t work until the afternoon, we all sleep in) is exactly what I needed, especially during the last four months of the year when our lives are the busiest, to save my sanity.
I hope this little piece of advice helps you maybe save yours too!