Depending on the day of the week, things will look a little bit different in our house each morning. But no matter what day of the week it is, one thing is for certain…it’s typically pure CHAOS.
I swear, I could get up at 5:00am every single day, yet something would STILL happen to leave us scrambling last minute. Maybe it’s just me? Maybe it’s all Jay’s fault (it’s not…but I can still try to pass the blame, can’t I?)? Maybe it’s us still trying to figure out this whole ‘parents of two’ thing?
Regardless, trying to get everyone ready and out the door every day can sometimes be one of the most daunting times of the day. It can also be the most comical (usually in hindsight), so I try to remind myself that it won’t ALWAYS be this crazy.
Right? Promise? It won’t always be this crazy…?
First, depending on if I’m working from home or at the office will first dictate whether or not a shower is happening for me (work from home days are questionable on the shower front). On the “need to shower days,” those mornings tend to start a little earlier. And if I’m lucky, both boys are still sleeping.
These are usually days, however, where one or both of the boys ALSO decide to wake up earlier than their normal times. If it’s Lucas, we usually toss him in our bed and let him watch one of his shows (which used to work like a charm, but lately, that doesn’t cut it and he wants to be downstairs playing instead). If it’s Alex, I may or may not try to squeeze in a shower before nursing him and let Jay get him up.
Assuming that it’s a lucky day where both boys are still sleeping by the time I’m done showering and at least partially ready for the day, I’ll usually wake up Lucas first. If he’s not already awake on his own, he tends to get a little, err, shall we say…GRUMPY…when he first wakes up. Oh, how I love him.
Once he’s good to go, he’ll usually want to come with me to wake up Alex. It’s the sweetest thing, really. He loves his little brother (just as long as he isn’t touching, nearby, or attempting to reach for ANY of his toys). And this tends to be a nice, calm, sweet moment in our morning.
Next is getting Alex dressed and fed. This is a relatively easy part of the morning, since he can’t yet talk back to me and tell me “NO, MOMMY!” while running away as fast as he can.
Yes, I’m able to get in mini workouts even on the mornings when I’m not geared up in workout clothes!
Once Alex is dressed and fed, Jay is usually getting ready to leave to bring Alex to daycare and head to work himself, so it’s time for me to tackle Lucas. Not literally, of course. But if I’m lucky, I’m at least halfway through my first mug of coffee by this point for some stamina.
On the days he goes to preschool (also the days I work in the office), we have a little more time in the morning before we need to leave, so I’ll usually let him stay in his jammies while we go downstairs and begin the breakfast routine.
Lucas has a pretty simple list of what he will eat for any given meal. Up until recently, breakfast would typically be a rotation of something like cereal, yogurt, some fruits, or breakfast bars. And even then it’s usually a battle.
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He loves ‘em because they’re sweet, delicious, and packed with real cinnamon (and go perfectly dunked in his beloved syrup).
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One breakfast is finished, we usually have about 10 minutes left to get dressed, brush teeth, and run out the door…so that battle begins.
Then I usually spend at least a minute or two chasing speedracer throughout the house to try and get some shoes and a coat on him. But eventually, I always wind up victorious, I get our bags packed, and we’re out the door!
Whew! So much for mornings being the most relaxing part of the day, right?
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