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I’m NOT a morning person. I mean, I could lie and pretend I am, but I’ve just never been one of those “spring-out-of-bed-super-perky-and-ready-to-go-for-the-day” kind of people.
I hit the snooze button about a thousand different times before ever actually getting out of bed, and now that I have a four month old baby girl, things are no different.
But if there’s one thing I’ve discovered lately, it’s that having a set routine in the AM helps me feel like my life is in some kind of order, so today I figured I’d share it with you.
Here’s what my morning routine as a stay at home mom looks like.
Morning cuddles with baby in bed
When my alarm clock used to wake me up in the morning, like I mentioned before, I’d hit the snooze button and wait for the absolute last second to really get out of bed. Now that Riley’s my alarm clock, I tend to do the same. She wakes up around 8-9am and we spend a good 30 minutes to an hour just cuddling and hanging out until she finally starts getting fussy because unlike her momma, once she’s awake, she’s ready to go.
All the baby things
So once this mini tyrant has decided that it’s time for us to get out of bed, I immediately change her diaper, give her her reflux meds, and then set her up for her first feed of the day. Right now I’m still nursing so I find a comfy spot on my bed, in her nursery, or on the couch and she has her first feed of the day while I make a quick to-do list on my phone with the day’s priorities.
Feed our cat
Then there’s our other child – our cat, Graham. At the moment, he has one of our guest rooms entirely to himself, so technically we’re the kind of people who have a cat room in their house. We have to lock him in his room overnight because otherwise he’d be at our door at 4am meowing because he misses us. So darn needy that cat. Anyway, after I’ve done all the things I need to do with Riley, we go let Graham out of his room and we feed him. Then he cuddles with us for a bit while I turn on the morning news and it’s kind of the best.
Then there’s one of my favorite parts of my morning – coffee time. Given that this exhausted momma over here isn’t getting any sleep, coffee is a MUST these days!
You know, it’s funny – I was never absolutely obsessed with coffee until I became a mom. Now I can’t function properly without it. These days I’m drinking Folgers 1850™ coffee and it’s the perfect way to start off my morning so that I’m able to tackle the rest of my day with my little one!
Whether you’re an old-fashioned ground coffee person or just love your K-Cups, 1850™ brand coffee comes in four signature blends that deliver bold but smooth flavors.
I’m personally a fan of the 1850™ Pioneer Blend Medium Roast Coffee. The beans are fire-roasted to help bring out a rich taste and aroma without tasting bitter because IDK about you, but I don’t like a bitter taste to my coffee.
Anyway, the hubby and I are starting a new super-strict diet soon and I can’t tell you how happy I am that coffee made it onto the list of approved drinks. I legit wake up thinking about coffee in the morning and without it, I’d be a hot mess all day long.
Breakfast for momma
After I pour myself a cup of coffee, I then put Riley in her bouncer and I start making my breakfast.
My staples include a couple fried eggs with toast and a few tomato slices or, if I’m in a rush, a non-dairy yogurt with my fave dark chocolate granola and some fruit. Nothing too fancy, but enough to keep me full until lunchtime.
Answer e-mails in bed
After breakfast, we typically head back into the bedroom and I spend about an hour answering e-mails in bed. As a freelance copywriter and full-time blogger, I feel super fortunate that I’m able to get some work done while my little one plays right next to me. At this point I’m at least on my second cup of coffee, so I’m able to power through some of the important work I need to do for the day. Although I’m not a morning person and do my best work at night, I find that if I can tackle at least one high-priority task before noon, I’m so much more productive and less stressed throughout the day.
Put baby down for first nap of the day
Around 10-11am, Riley’s ready for her first nap of the day, so I put her down and pray that she stays for a bit! And by a bit, I mean her usual 30 minutes. She hardly ever naps for more than 30 minutes at a time during the day, hence my perpetual state of exhaustion. Tiny humans are a lot of work!
Get dressed and ready for the day
If I have errands to run or if I have a photoshoot planned, I typically use Riley’s first nap time to get dressed and ready. While she sleeps I set up the baby monitor in my bathroom and then I jump in the shower, do my hair (99% of the time a dry shampoo situation), put on some makeup, and throw on some clothes. If I’m just hanging around at home that day, I do still try to at least put on some clothes because as comfy as it is to be in a robe all day, there’s something about being in a robe that just makes me want to relax and do nothing.
Tidy up around the house
If I’m lucky enough to finish getting ready before Riley’s awake, I use those last few minutes to tidy up around the house. I pick up all the scattered toys that are on the floor and put them back in her nursery and I try to at least declutter our kitchen counter as much as possible. For reasons I’ll never understand, I don’t think that counter stays nice and cleared off for more than 5 minutes at a time.
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So that’s it! That’s my morning routine as a stay at home mom! Some days are a bit more chaotic than others, but for those really tough mornings, my coffee definitely helps me stay sane.
And if you guys want to try out the 1850™ Brand coffee I’m drinking, head on over to Publix and pick up your favorite roast. It’s a new premium coffee from the makers of Folgers and I’ll definitely be buying it again 🙂
Learn more about 1850™ brand coffee here.