I’m always curious how other parents manage their days, so I thought I’d share how we typically start and finish our day.
Here is a typical, school day morning for us. With kids, you know “typical” can vary quite a bit!
Jada uses the bathroom first thing, and (magically) goes back into her room until we get her. We can hear her singing or “reading” to her Teddy.
Cole’s up shortly after that. They used to sleep in more, but the earlier sunrise means they are up. I think I need some black out shades, huh?
Before we head down for breakfast, I quickly change, wash my face, and brush my teeth-try to look somewhat presentable. Oh mom life…
If Spencer is home, he spearheads this, so I can take Cooper for a solo walk. Fruit, bacon, cereal, and yogurt are staples for these two.
7:30 Feed Cooper
Jada’s job is to feed Cooper and she is really proud of it!
7:45 Watch Show
This is Jada’s chance to chill before school. Favorites lately include Daniel the Tiger, Thomas the Train, and Paw Patrol. This is also when I clean up the kitchen, start a load of laundry, and play a lot of defense with Cole. I like returning to a clutter free house, so I try to do the little things almost immediately.
8:15 Get Dressed
I change Cole immediately when he wakes up, partly because footie pajamas are slippery on our floors. Jada likes to ease into the day, and waits to change into clothes until the last minute. I can’t blame her. I’d live in my pajamas too!
Jada and Cole play for a bit, and she uses the potty once before school. I should mention, that Jada is running a narrative the entire morning. Girl can talk! So many questions.
8:45 Walk to School
I look forward to walking Jada to school. She probably could forego the stroller, but it’s much faster (and safer) if I push the kids in the BOB duallie with one hand and hold Cooper’s leash with the other.
Jada loves going school and is pretty proficient finding her way to the classroom, so I rarely go inside with her anymore. She’s big on hugs and saying, “I love you,” so I make sure to do that before she goes inside. Then, we walk home, so I can get Cole down for a morning nap.
9:30 Cole’s Morning Nap
Honestly, he could probably drop this one, but I’m hanging onto until Jada’s school is over. I need my kid free time. Plus, this is my chance to work out.
For now, this is when I can get a 30 minute workout in. I could wake-up earlier, but when I’m solo parenting (which is often during baseball season) I need my sleep. It can be pretty broken up at night with two kids, especially when Cole is teething.
After the workout, I wrap up household chores, maybe check my email, but then I have to pick Jada up from school. So, that means waking Cole, changing his diaper, getting him something to eat…all the little things that add up to getting out of the door!
Now, what happens in between morning and night can vary depending on the day and activities, but generally Cole needs another nap and Jada might “rest” (this is what we are calling it now) too.
I like to error on the early side for the kids. Plus, everyone’s patience is wearing thin at this point in the day. Once they are finished, they play a bit, while I clean up (it’s never ending, am I right?).
6:00 Bath Time
We usually do baths every night as a way to wind down. When it’s just me doing the bedtime routine, I’m strategic about our night. I lay out pajamas, diaper cream, & lotion, turn on their lamps, get the bath started, then strip both kids in Jada’s room, so I can throw the dirty clothes in the hamper.
They bathe together and are pretty darn cute, but I’m usually pretty exhausted at this point (especially on day 4 of one of Spencer’s road trips), so I’m pretty efficient. Jada gets out first, then I grab Cole, and get them in their PJ’s in his room.
6:30-7 Cole’s Bedtime
If Spencer’s home, then he helps Jada and I take Cole. Man to man defense! But, often it’s just me, so I nurse Cole to sleep while Jada plays in her room. I know I need to break this habit considering he’s 16 months old, but for now, it works.
7-7:30 Jada to Sleep
She gets to pick out 4 books. That’s a lot right? But, she loves reading with us, so it’s hard to limit this! I feel like it’s such a great way to inspire a love for reading (I think this is how I started?). Then, we sing a song, I “sleep” next to her for a few minutes, and we talk about our favorite parts of the day.
I also have to “check on her,” saying good night one more time.
Once the kids are sleeping, I do a bit of work on my training programs, but more often, I’m so dang tired that I watch a little TV, then go to bed and read.
This period of motherhood seems physically draining, but I know each season has it’s challenges. One day, I will be able to do more of my online training, but for now I can’t turn my head or Cole will be into something. Plus, they are only little once, right? RIGHT? Send coffee.
Do you like routines? Any mom hacks you want to share?