I have found that in order to keep my sanity as a SAHM of two under two, I need routines (see my morning routine). Routines help me to ensure that I’m getting enough sleep, that I’m taking care of myself mentally and physically, that I’m being present with my husband and loving him well, and that I am devoting time to building my relationship with Jesus.
I wasn’t always like this!!! Before kids I was pretty disorganized and had poor time management skills. But, as they say, a baby (or two) changes everything. Now I find comfort in routine and structure, and honestly, having a daily plan is refreshing to me.
Here is my evening routine as a SAHM of two under two:
6:30-7pm: Kids in bed. They are ALWAYS in bed by 7pm (I can only think of one time in the memorable past that DD wasn’t in bed by 7pm; she was sick and it took until 7:15 to calm her down).
10 minutes post kids in bed: Sit on the couch, catch up on emails & social media and drink a tall glass of water. The pre-bed evenings with two under two are pretty hectic (especially since my husband is still at work most nights). A glass of water is very refreshing, and as a breastfeeding mom it’s important to stay well hydrated.
Post-water break: Finish picking up the house; wash up any dirty dishes and run the dishwasher; and get organized for the next day (restock the diaper bag, lay out tomorrow’s clothes, etc.). I find it’s really important to my mental well-being and outlook to have an organized house. Clutter causes me stress, and waking up to a messy house in the morning does not make for a good start to the day. I also do what I can to eliminate frantic running around in the morning.
7:30-8pm: Dinner & date time with my husband (if he’s home from work). If he’s not home from work I’ll use this time to take an extra long shower and then read.
8pm: Quick shower and get ready for bed. Once I’m all ready for bed, I usually sit on the couch for five minutes with my husband and sip on a mug of Sleepytime Tea. This really helps me calm down and relax. I have also been taking Melatonin lately to help me get back into a regular sleep cycle after 7+ months of night waking’s and weird bedtimes (Note: Consult your doctor before adding any dietary suppliants. I am not a doctor and am only sharing what has been helpful to me).
8:15-8:30pm: Dream feed for DS.
8:30-9pm: Lights out.
What does your evening routine look like? Is there anything special you do to wind down?