Please Note: I am only able to do this routine because both my kiddos are sleeping through the night. Until very recently, DS was still waking up every 2-3 hours, and I could only manage an abbreviated version, often when DS had already woken up for the day. Also, some days I need to “sleep in”, but I will always get up before my kids wake up and, at a minimum, have breakfast and spend a few moments in prayer.
5 a.m.: Rise & Shine! Wash my face & brush my teeth. Put on lotion (I love Aveeno Positively Radiant).
5:10 a.m.: Pour the coffee! Drink a glass of water. Get my husband’s lunch together.
5:15 a.m.: Sit down with my husband, my coffee & my Jesus. Prayer time begins!
5:45 a.m.: My husband leaves for work—I continue my prayer time and usually pick up the devotional that my husband has been reading. (We love the In Conversation with God devotionals).
6:00 a.m.: Finish up prayer time & transition into writing time.
6:30 a.m.: Feed DS…and put him back to bed. DD sleeps in until 8 a.m., and I want DS (who is not a great sleeper) to be on the same schedule as her. When you have two under two, it’s so important to maximize your “me time” since you don’t get much of it!
6:45 a.m.: Resume writing.
7:30 a.m.: Eat breakfast, get dressed for the day and put on make-up. I’ve found that it’s critical for me to be up and running for the day when before the kids are up as I don’t have time to think about my needs after everyone is awake.
8:00 a.m.: Kids get up.
When you have two under two, taking care of yourself is vital. You need to get enough sleep, so adjust your wake up time accordingly. You also need to spend time with Jesus in order to survive the day, which is just as critical as making sure your body is fed and watered. Early on in DS’s life, I wasn’t doing these things and I felt out of control. Slowly, I started making space for this routine. I’d wake up 10, 15 then 20 minutes earlier…and now (only because he’s sleeping though the night) I am able to have this amazing morning time.
If you are still in the season of you’re getting no sleep: DO NOT DWELL ON YOUR LACK OF FREE TIME. I got hung up on this for a while, and it made me feel sad and resentful. Finally, I realized that those months were just a season in my life, that God’s Will for me in that time was to be totally self-giving to my babies, and that I would one day again have time to write and reflect.
And now, only a few months later, I have reached that day. You will too.