It’s been a little while since I’ve posted. I’ll admit, life has gotten pretty crazy around here! The schedule with Luke, our six-month-old has taken an unpredictable turn in the p.m. hours. (As in, wayyyy too little sleep.). Some people do better than others on little sleep. (Read: I don’t function so well on little sleep!) But, I digress… after a tough spell in the sleep department, we seem to be getting back on track in the Schirmer household. And with sleep, comes the much better version of me.
One of the best parts of being “un-sleep deprived” is that I can actually operate on the great schedule I’ve set for myself. This includes an easy-to-follow morning routine. This week, Luke has been calling me in at 5:30 to nurse. After which, I take 10 minutes to meditate and plan my day. Waking up earlier and following my routine has allowed for calmer mornings. Mornings where my daughter is awakened in plenty of time to float through her morning like four-year-olds do, getting things done with loose structure and a pleasant tone, and we still manage to leave the house on time for preschool (7:30 arrival time.)
We’ve had time to sit and enjoy breakfast together and talk about life. Four-year-olds are really insightful, and genuinely funny. It’s in those quiet, calm moments that Erik & I get to know her for the beautiful person she’s becoming. We talk about life, dreams and plans for the day, instead of running around and directing commands at her to rush rush rush and get out the door. (Don’t get me wrong, we’ve had our fair share of mornings like that too!)
But, see, the thing is…the tone of our morning often times sets the tone for our entire day. On our drive to school during one of our great mornings this week, Emerson was happy too. At a stop light, I looked back and saw a giant, peaceful smile from ear to ear on her face. Pure contentment. “Joy is in the journey”, I thought to myself. Morning time is not just a time to power through to get the day started…its the most important time to get the tone of happiness, joy and calm.
Making the choice to hit the snooze button to gain ten minutes of extra sleep may feel good in the moment, but ultimately, I’m forfeiting that precious time to make memories and connect with my husband and kids before we’re all swept into the craziness of the day. It’s one of the few times in the day where we *usually* have complete control to make of it what we want it to be. I plan to choose wisely, for me and my family.
I plan to keep up this morning routine—until the next infant sleep regression hits, and then pick it up again after that. Because life is too precious, and too short, to hit snooze on these priceless mornings together.
I’d love to hear what you do to make the most of your morning time as well!
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