Okay, so I’m going to share something personal with you guys. For a while my mornings seemed pretty dull. And normally I’m a huge morning person so this really darkened my days for a bit. I couldn’t really pinpoint why I felt so ‘blah’ or why my anxiety started acting up. I started counting down the minutes until nap time, and then bed time. And although the days blurred together and time began feeling a little meaningless, I knew SOMETHING had to change. I want this time in my life to be meaningful and vibrant. Children don’t stay little forever and I didn’t want it to pass right by me.
I started noticing a little depression/anxiety soon after Jameson went from 2-3 naps a day to just 1. He is in a stage where he is extremely active and he’s pushing to see where boundaries lie. And it’s a beautiful thing, however it’s also extremely exhausting.
Before when he was napping a few times a day I was kept pretty busy, cherishing the time while he was awake. And when he would rest I did too, or I had time to meditate/read. However, when he made the switch to only one nap a day I found it difficult to keep him entertained all day long.
This is when I forced myself into a bit of a routine. And it’s been a game changer. Not only do I feel more sane, but it gives Jameson a little more structure and he seems a bit happier as well! We don’t ALWAYS stick to it either. Some days are still a struggle and some things don’t go as ‘planned’ but that’s okay. But for the most part, it has really brightened our days.
So this is what our mornings look like lately:
We usually wake up around 6, open the curtains, fill the room with light! I feel so much better when there is natural light pouring in. Then I nurse and change Jameson, we go brush our teeth, and head to the kitchen to cook breakfast
We eat breakfast together and I typically have the same thing he’s having. He tends to eat more of his food when I’m eating the same thing at the same time he is. So I’m sticking with it lol!
After breakfast, I’ll throw on some music, and watch Jameson play around the room while I get myself ready for the day. (I also gave up my daily coffee, which has been a tremendous help with my anxiety. I’ll do a post on how and why I did soon!)
After we both get ready, I love to take Jameson outside before it gets too warm. Getting outside is good for both of us and I find if we skip going outdoors for a day we are both a little more fussy lol. So it’s definitely a must! We like to switch it up too, some days it’s the park, others it’s a stroll in the neighborhood or we hit little hiking trails.
When we get back Jameson is pretty much covered in sand or dirt so I give him a short bath. I try to keep this one short because we also do a longer bath as part of his bedtime routine. I also sneak in a quick workout while I’m watching him play in the water.
So after his bath I give him a snack, and we read for a while (until I start seeing signs of sleepiness) and then nap time is around 11:30/12!
His nap times vary right now as well. Some days he will nap 2-3 hours and then sometimes he will only nap for 45 mins. Nothing is for certain at this age but putting in a little structure helps boost my mood/sanity and also lets Jameson know what’s coming next throughout the day.
So this is our morning life, if you guys are interested in an afternoon/bedtime post let me know! Also let me know in the comments what your mornings rituals are! I’m always open to new ideas!