This is a post for 31 Days about making it as a mom. Check out the intro post if this is your first time here!
Good morning! Today we're talking about the very beginning of our days as moms: waking up.
I am not an early morning person. (Nor am I a late-night person! Late-morning, maybe?) However, I've been waking up at 5 a.m. for almost three years now, and it's become an incredibly helpful habit for me. This is not to say that I enjoy 5 a.m. (because I don't), but it really does help my mom life.
I need quite a bit of time to wake up, take care of myself, and get my mind in order before I greet my crew of little people. Waking up well before my kids helps me to be ready to care for them without resenting them because I desperately need a shower.
On Mondays through Fridays, I wake up and exercise right away. If I don't exercise first thing in the morning, it won't get done because I will find 468 more enjoyable things to do during the day. After exercising, I take a shower, put on a little makeup, and throw my hair in a bun. At this point, I'm much more awake and can answer all the "mommy?" questions that are heading my way.
A lot of Christians find it essential to read the Bible and pray first thing in the morning. I think this is a wonderful habit, and it's one I've tried dozens of times. I just can't do it. I am much more likely to fall back asleep if I'm trying to read the Bible than if I'm needing to meet my exercise buddy on time (hi, Mom!). For me, my quiet time shifts depending on the day. Sometimes it's at naptime, sometimes it's when my kids watch a show, sometimes it's as the evening is winding down.
If reading the Bible works for you in the morning, do it! If exercising works, do that. If you want to shower or eat breakfast or read or work first thing in the morning, do that! And if you want to sleep until your kids wake you up, do that. Everyone tackles the morning differently. I've just found what works for me, and that's waking up early.
What does your morning routine look like? Have you found something that makes it easier? Comment below or on Facebook!