Is today your kids’ first day back to school? If so, I’m sending you hugs and congratulations for making it through the summer with everyone in tact! I might have squealed the tires out the driveway on our first day back, but maybe you have more restraint. 😉 Our son went back early, so we’re already on Week 3 and Labor Day weekend is on the horizon.Since I’m all about routines to keep our mornings running on the smoother side, I’m sharing how our weekday mornings look around here now with a first grader and six month old! Gah! Can you believe Jordan is six months old already?! I swear sometimes I feel like I was just pregnant!
6:30 a.m. Jordan is my alarm clock and I hear her stirring by 6:30 a.m. every morning. I put my contacts in and hair up and go into her room where she’s already on her hands and knees peering through the slats in her crib waiting for me. I die over the giant baby grin I get when she sees me. The sweetest thing ever! We do a diaper change and then head downstairs.
My Top Tips for getting your kids to get themselves ready are:
1) Get them to sleep early so they aren’t so tired and grumpy in the morning (that’s big for us).
2) Use alarms and a written task list for what they need to do.
3) Pick a consequence that motivates them. Ours is no iPad after school if you’re not ready on time.
4) Let them be responsible and successful by not reminding them, hounding them, etc. That’s what the alarms and consequences are for.
It’s not 100% perfect over here and there have been sleepyhead grumblings, “I hate my alarm!” #totallyfeelyakid! buthe does get himself ready in the morning and I can focus on getting me and the baby ready.
After she eats, I put her in her exersaucer to play while I make my breakfast (now a protein pancake). Our exersaucer is actually James’ old one (glad we kept some things), but this jumperoo really looks fun and has great reviews. It keeps her occupied while I’m in the kitchen and because she moves around so much already, I know she’s safe and confined.
Then I’ll let Jordan play on the floor while I eat my pancake on the couch. She’s so fun to watch. Her baby pushups kill me!
6:45 a.m. James’ alarm goes off and he gets himself dressed, puts his pajamas away, makes his bed and brushes his teeth. He does a 6-year old version of make the bed, which is just pulling the covers up and making sure the pillows are at the headboard. He’s downstairs by 7:00 a.m.
7:00 a.m. I make James’ breakfast, and while he’s eating, I take Jordan upstairs so we can get ready. James is responsible for getting his snack, lunch and water bottle (already prepared earlier by my hubby or by me the night before) out of the fridge and into his backpack, clearing his breakfast dishes into the sink and getting on his shoes and socks. I need to start getting him to put the dishes directly into the dishwasher.
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If he’s all ready before 7:35, he can watch t.v. or play on his iPad before school. But there’s a strict no tv or iPad rule until then because he’ll get absorbed into it and lose track of time.
7:15 a.m. I get Jordan dressed, then bring her into my closet with me while I wash my face, brush my teeth, pull my hair back, and get my workout clothes on. If I’m feeling ambitious, I might put on a swipe of mascara.
Now that Jordan is six months old, I’m getting serious about getting back into shape, so I just started working out more and have a new meal plan. (If you want to hear more about this, let me know!) A couple days a week, I go workout right after dropping James at school (and the gym has a wonderful baby daycare so Jordan is taken care of while I’m exercising). I figured I might as well start taking advantage of that since making the time to workout during the day is so much harder. This is also a good time because we are leaving the gym right about the time for her first nap. The rest of the time, I usually workout after Jordan goes to sleep for the night, except once a week when I see my trainer mid-day.