Since my last beautiful baby was born, I have struggled with mornings. I like to get up before the kids, but it has been SO hard lately.
I am still up with Little Miss quite a few times throughout the night. So I sleep whenever I can. The problem is, when I stay in bed until everyone else wakes up, I feel extremely frazzled. Loud voices and hungry children are a shock to the system! A little quiet time before they rise is so. much. better.
Kat at Inspired to Action has written a free e-book called Maximize Your Mornings. It is great. Not only does she encourage you to get up early and tell you why it is good to do so, she actually includes practical tips for getting out of bed! I highly recommend this book!
Michelle from So, I Married a Mennonite is hosting a book study of Maximize Your Mornings. Anyone who wants to join in can do so. I love working on tough stuff along with others, so I am there. I’d love it if you would join me.
Here are a few details from my current morning situation:
My biggest obstacles
The baby is sleeping our bedroom.
I have thought and thought about putting her in with one of the other kids, but it just doesn’t seem feasible right now. She seems to hear everything, so slipping out of the room without waking her is difficult. I got her up this morning and did my quiet time with her sitting by me. It worked out just fine today, but I would like a little alone time some days. If anyone has had experience sharing a room with a baby, I’d love to hear your tips!
After a while she was getting a little noisy, and because I didn’t want the others to wake up, we sat outside on the back steps for prayer time. It was so nice to get fresh air first thing! It was also special for me to be out there with her alone. We don’t get to do that too often and she is growing up so fast! I love that girl.
Exercising without waking up the other kids!
I like to do exercise videos. The problem is that the kids are still sleeping and their rooms are very close to the T.V. I am considering just going ahead and telling them to stay in their rooms until I’m finished. Perhaps I should find a walking buddy and go out of the house. Hmm.
Getting to bed before tomorrow begins!
When all is quiet, I want to stay up and do things: cook, clean, blog, watch a movie, talk to my husband, read…. There is not much for this but to just be disciplined and go to bed. I’d like to shoot for 10:30pm.
Michelle asked us what time we are setting our alarm for this week. And I am having a hard time deciding! I don’t want to wake the baby. I think I’ll get up with her at 7am and have the others come for breakfast at 8am.
I’d like to gradually get up earlier until I’m getting up at 5:30 or 6 am. I’m not sure if that is possible to do in this house without waking up everyone else. We will see how things go.