Having a newborn in the house means we are a little extra groggy in the mornings, so we implemented some things that help our mornings run a little more smoothly, especially on school days.
And after being asked quite often how life with three is going, I thought I would share what it is we do that has made our lives easier.
The night before is when I do the most prep work. I start by running the dishwasher right after dinner so that I can empty it later that night. I am not a fan of dishes piling up in the sink, so I like to have it emptied so the kids can put their breakfast dishes in the washer after they eat in the morning. Does that always happen? No. But we are working on it.
I prepare the kids’ breakfast at night, too, so that it’s ready to go in the morning. Sometimes this means something as simple as putting cereal in their bowls and setting it on the table along with spoons and napkins and filling a little container (I got the cutest little juice pitcher from Homegoods) with milk that they can pour into their bowls in the morning, or making pancake batter and putting it in the fridge for the morning and setting out the syrup and utensils.
I also set out my breakfast, which is the exact same every morning. I read a long time ago that old-fashioned oats increases one’s milk supply, so while nursing all three of my babes, that is all I ate. So I put my oatmeal in a bowl, set out my toppings and all I need to do in the morning is add some water, microwave and I am set.
I also make the kids’ lunches at night so that when we get home from half-day Kindergarten and preschool, it is ready to go in case the baby needs to eat right away and my hands are tied. This can mean making simple sandwiches, or putting cheese inside tortillas and setting out the pan for quesadillas, or pre-wrapping pigs in a blanket. Whatever it may be is accompanied by some sides and dips if needed and is wrapped up with Press N Seal and ready to go in the fridge.
Gwyn picks out her outfit for the next day and sets it out, and I pick out Calvin’s and bring it upstairs and set it out, too.
That about covers it for the night before.
In the morning, the kids are not allowed to get out of bed until their OK! to Wake alarm goes off.
I captured a little video of our daughter (who was 3 at the time) showing how she first learned to use it.
We have one in both kids’ rooms now so we are reassured the mornings won’t start until at least 7:00. SO worth it. It also has a nap time option, too.
Once the alarms go off (which is essentially a light that glows), Gwyn gets herself dressed and makes her bed. Usually she is greeted by Cal who comes to her room upstairs and hangs with her until she is done. OR, Cal sees his light first and goes and wakes his sister up. Not ideal, but we can’t win them all.
Then, they come downstairs and go eat breakfast. Usually, The Hubby is up by now and can assist if needed. He usually helps Cal get dressed, brushes their teeth and does Gwyn’s hair. It’s not always a neatly kept “do,” but I am not about to start complaining.
Then, he takes the older kids to school, and by now I am usually awake after being up with the baby and I start to straighten up the house after the morning; wiping up breakfast messes, putting any extra dishes away and just tidying up.
So, that is what we do! It’s a little more work in the evening when I could be resting, but to me is SO worth it so that the mornings run smoothly.
My husband’s teaching schedule is changing this semester, so we may have to adjust some things, but for the first couple of months when our babe was waking up frequently throughout the night, this has been a game changer.
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