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Our Morning Routine

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A group of people walking in the rain holding an umbrella

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Today, I thought it would be fun to share our morning routine! It’s a little crazy, but somehow we always make it out the door. Mondays and Thursdays are my busiest days of the week. Instead of getting two kids up, ready and out the door, I’ve got three! Two is pretty rough to begin with, but three is a mad dash. Eddie has preschool on those days, so as soon as I drop Brooke and Blake off at school, I have to drop Eddie off at school too, several blocks away. This means that I need to be ready to leave at 8:15 with three backpacks, three lunches and three children in relatively clean clothes. It is the absolute definition of madness, especially for a girl who likes to sleep in. And by sleep in, I mean don’t wake me up before 6:45 k thanks bye. Oh the life of a mother.

Our two older children have “check off lists” that they are responsible for every morning that we refer to. They are basic to-do lists with tasks that they have to finish before they can watch tv. The basic check off list is:

  • eat breakfast
  • get dressed
  • make bed
  • brush teeth
  • brush hair
  • shoes and coat on
  • backpack packed

Nothing groundbreaking, but having this written on wipe boards in their bedroom to refer to is so so helpful! We first introduced this idea when Brooke was 5 and Blake was 1. It just sort of stuck, so we’ve kept it all these years. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

It is my job to wake up (ha!) or get woken up on time, pack lunches for kids, get Eddie dressed and ready, get myself dressed and ready, make sure the older two are dressed and ready and then get out the door. Much easier said than done. Nearly every morning my husband makes the kids breakfast (bless) so I can sleep in until 7 or so. Then he leaves for work and I take over. 80% of the time, I don’t remember to eat breakfast. Not a good thing considering breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Aaaaand I go to the gym most mornings as soon as I drop Eddie off. Let me tell you, you don’t get a very good workout in when you have zero fuel to burn.

So, after dealing with this breakfast limbo since September, I’ve come up with a decent solution. Not perfect, but it works for me!

A little boy sitting at a table with a plate of food
Sweet Blake working on his “homework”.

Brooke and Eddie being silly at the table

While I am making my kids’ lunches, I will warm up a chocolate protein drink with a drop of peppermint extract. Protein hot chocolate! I pour it into a pot, set it on ‘warm’ (the setting lower than low) and let it go 10 or 15 minutes.

If only I had a microwave….*sigh*.

Once the lunches are packed, I throw my Peppermint Protein Hot Chocolate into a Dixie® To Go cup and place it by the backpacks by the front door. That way, I can’t forget it while we’re walking out the door. While it’s not a full on sit-down breakfast, it certainly is enough to give me the calories I need to make it through the first 2 1/2 hours of the day.

I love the convenience that a Dixie® To Go cup brings because I can carry it along with me where ever I go, drinking my new concoction, have it stay warm the whole way, drop all my kids off at school, throw the cup into a recycling bin when I’m done and then head over to the gym. I’ve mentioned this before on my instatories, but in order for us Mom’s to stay sane and appear like we have it all together, you take any help where you can get it. For me, that means lining all my pans with parchment paper, only buying dishwasher safe fill in the blank here, paper plates and Dixie® To Go cups.

Pouring hot chocolate

Lauren putting together snacks for the day
Always packing lunches. Can you see the peanut butter toast I made myself? But you guessed it: forgot to eat it.
A spread of snacks and lunch for the kids
*actual photo taken on my tiny counter one morning as we were getting ready.

Hot cocoa on the counter with food around it

I think every Mom is busy and on the go no matter how old her kids are, but I’d say this statement is especially true for city Mom’s who push one+ kid in a stroller and walk nearly everywhere. That’s just the nature of city living.  I feel like New York City recharges me and at times, pushes me along to keep me going.

It took me a while to get used to this new way of life (and to build up my endurance to be able to walk 5+ miles every day.) But now that we are here, I can’t imagine owning a mini van or going to the grocery store for more than an hour or not sending my laundry out. We have adapted and so have our children. I’ve also found my shortcuts to ensure I’m staying on top of the important things in my life and not forgetting about myself in the process.

A group of people walking in the rain holding an umbrella
Getting Eddie to hold the umbrella to where its actually covering us is no small feat.
A group of people walking in the rain holding an umbrella
Forever playing musical chairs with those umbrellas.

A group of people walking down the street

A woman walking down a street holding an umbrella

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Is your morning routine as bananas as mine? Does your husband also make you eggs and bacon that you forget to eat too? Do you have any tips or tricks that help keep you sane as a parent?

I’d love to hear it all!

Have a great day, friends!

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11 Responses
  1. AGR

    I drink a full twelve-ounce glass of water, spiked with lemon. The rule is that I can’t have tea until I drink up the water, and since I really want tea, I do it. Then I have tea, well-steeped Assam with whole milk.

  2. Cassandra Harris

    These are wonderful suggestions! I have a 7Year Old Son and I save time in the mornings if His School Clothes are already played out, and His backpack is at the front door.( so We don’t have to search for it in the mornings when rushing out)

  3. Lily

    Suggestion – make lunches the night before, right after dinner. While you are cleaning up dishes the kids can make their sandwich, put their goldfish in baggies, etc. Also some people make sandwiches ahead of time and freeze them to just pop in lunchboxes and they thaw by the time the kids eat.

    Curious question – who takes the photos of you walking with the kids and umbrellas? It does not sound like you’d have time to stop and set up a tripod! LOL

  4. Jill

    My two boys and I (they are 5 and 7) have to be out of the house by 7:15 each day to get to their school, where I also work as a teacher. I’ve found the best way to ensure we make it out (mostly) on time is to make lunches the night before. It makes the dinner/homework time a little more hectic, but it’s worth it for less stress in the morning!

  5. Stacy

    My oldest started kindergarten this year, so it’s been an adjustment for sure! We have to leave at 6:50 to drop her off in the car line as school starts at 7:30! So early!!!! My hubby takes her and then drops our youngest off at preschool. I have found packing lunches and backpacks the night before and laying out their clothes helps tremendously. I also prep fruits and veggies on the weekend to make packing lunch easier. I’m hoping all this helps when I have twins in May and life gets even crazier! Thanks for sharing your life with us!