My 2-year old is adorable. She's smart, she's funny and she's extremely forgiving.
But sometimes she has me wanting to pull my hair out by 10 A.M.
The most frazzled parts of my day are always the time period when I get showered, dressed and ready for the day, and the hour right before daddy comes home (the longest hour of the day).
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Here's how my morning routine typically goes:
First we shower. Yes…we shower. You wouldn't believe what my toddler can accomplish in the short 10 minutes that it takes me to shower. So we both shower. Then, I draw bath water and let her remain in the tub while I begin the countdown.
The countdown is what occurs when I make a mad dash to get dressed and start blow-drying my hair in hopes that she will stay in the tub (or not poop), until I get to that point. After I blow dry my hair, I finish getting ready. Seriously, this is not a long period of time. I have short hair and most days I only wear foundation and mascara. But for some reason my toddle is incapable of playing with toys during this 15 minutes. She must open drawers, spill things on the floor, throw my makeup in the toilet, or sit on her baby sister.
I know that she just wants my attention, and I'm sure there are many creative ways of solving the problem, but I don't know what they are and everything I tried failed (I even offered her own “fake makeup” kit)
I started finding that I was often flustered or frustrated before our day even began, and I knew I needed to do something different.
Wake Up & Be Awesome: A Better Mom
Let me start by saying I have never in my life been a morning person. It's just sinful and downright wrong to be awake before the sun. However, I was inspired by multiple people recently to arise before my children awake, so I decided to give it a try. I have begun waking up between 6 and 7 to enjoy the quietness in the home, and to pray and get ready for my day.
I feel transformed.
Granted, this doesn't happen every morning. I still have days of weakness, but I have been training my body to arise earlier and for the first time in my life I am enjoying the early morning hours! I've also found that I am not any more tired during the day than before, and if i am, I feel okay taking a nap because I have accomplished much more than usual.
The best part: My prayers are not interrupted by children's voices and I feel like I have a moment to just be me. Time to ask sincerely for help and guidance. Because to be honest, I have no clue what I'm doing the majority of the time. I don't know all the best ways to discipline my 2-year old (most days I wonder if she can even understand me yet), and my attempts to feed my family healthy meals sometimes resorts to a quick trip to the store for a rotissoire chicken that we all just dig into with a fork.
But I've noticed that when I start my day this way I am no longer alone. I feel motivated, inspired, and joyful. My eyes are opened to my blessings. I am more patient. I'm a better wife and I'm a better mom.
I love being dressed before my girls wake up. I feel ready to be there for them.
But mostly, when I start my day this way I feel like motherhood becomes a team effort: Me and God.
And I'm learning that there's no better team than that.
Here's a great article on 5 Things Super Successful People Do Before 8 AM
I created a couple quotes to motivate me to get up when I am tempted to sleep in. I ended up choosing the first one to frame and place on my nightstand. The inspiration came from here, and it felt fitting. I love quotes that are simple.