I used to have all sorts of dreams of being the mom who woke up early and made homemade cinnamon rolls for her kids before sending them off to school.
That mom has been replaced with one who wakes up with just enough time to roll out of bed, get dressed, feed the baby, and do a gazillion other things at warp speed before loading four kiddos into the minivan (in addition to a few extra neighbor kids) about 30 minutes after wake up. I am in survival mode right now and am just trying to stay sane with our new baby and three other crazy people.
My oldest is awesome at helping his siblings get breakfast and I have become an expert at putting together outfits for kids at hyper speed while brushing my teeth and hair. My oldest can also make his own lunch and pack his bag and only forgets his homework every once in awhile.
I feel so accomplished on the days when I do wake up before my kids and I manage to squeeze in a workout... but those days don't happen that often right now.
The main reason I don't wake up early is because I am just too doggone tired!!
I feel like I haven't had a good night of sleep since our oldest was born over 8 years ago (probably because I haven't-HA!).
As an elementary school teacher I got some sort of crazy adrenaline rush when I was the first person to get to work in the morning. I don't feel the same way as a mom. Sometimes I wish I did... but I can't seem to get it back. I am perfectly fine as long as we pull into the parking lot at school in just enough time for the kids to get out and get to their classrooms while avoiding having to drag any of my littler ones out of the car to sign someone in as tardy.
I like to remind myself that there is a time and a season for things...
Right now I just need to cut myself some slack and not put myself down on a daily basis because I didn't wake up an hour or two before my kids to make super healthy lunches or breakfast from scratch. My workout clothes are just fine too.
My kids are happy, we are never late for school, and I've gotten much better at planning ahead the night before to help our mornings go smoothly... since we have such little time.
Do you wake up early? Before your kids? At the same time as your kids?
How do you stay organized and get kids to school/activities on time without waking up too early? Do you have any great tips you can share? We are always trying to get more organized.
We try and lay out clothes the night before and we also get bags all packed and ready the night before. We have simple breakfasts during the week that the kids can help make and we keep all of our stuff (especially all the baby stuff) in an easily accessible spot right by the door. We also start loading the car 10 minutes before we need to leave to be anywhere so that we are almost always leaving on time. Loading the car 10 minutes early leaves wiggle room for if someone forgets a coat or shoes or a lunch on the counter.
Alright, your turn... what works for you? Any tips for me? If you love waking up early... tell me why. I'd love to somehow get motivated to do it...
Someday I hope to regularly wake up before my kids and enjoy the early hours of the day before the chaos ensues!
I love the quote, "Don't let comparison steal your joy..." so I'm going to attempt to stop classifying myself as a bad mom as I look at all the other moms who look pulled together and so on top of things every morning when I am not.
For now I am just going to embrace the fire drill-like start to our day and have a good attitude about it... until I have the energy to change it!