The alarm clock goes off at just the right volume.
You get up without hitting snooze seven times.
You walk downstairs to find the coffee pot already ready from your advanced preparation the night before.
You have just enough time to enjoy your coffee and favorite social media.
You make breakfast with ease and have it waiting as the kids wake up—happy and well-rested.
Everyone eats without smearing too much all over their bodies.
The kids allow you to dress them in the outfits you laid out the night before.
The kids cooperate as you change diapers, wipe their faces, put on their shoes, and comb their hair.
Your lunch is packed.
Your car has gas.
Your keys and purse are where you left them.
Your cell phone is charged.
The kids kiss you bye as if to say “Thank you, mommy, for going to work today so we can eat and wear cute clothes.”
You remember to kiss your husband bye and wish him a good day.
You hit every light just right, and arrive safely at work, ready to begin again another day.
Today was not one of those mornings.
Not even close.
If the above is the ideal, we created its antithesis this morning.
That is not to say that we haven’t had mornings where things run pretty smoothly. We are not really "schedule" people but we do like a solid routine.
But between vacations and sick babies, we have gotten out of our routine.
Drew slept with us last night because he wasn’t feeling well= we didn’t sleep well.
We didn’t sleep well= we hit snooze a few too many times.
And, on and on…
So, as I drove to work this morning, I started thinking about ways we could get back on our routine.
- We need a consistent wake-up time regardless of which one of us is taking them to daycare. Usually if I am heading in that direction for work, I take them, which means we leave earlier. Marty works from home so he can take them later.
- We need to plan ahead to decide who’s taking and who’s picking up so it’s not a last-minute
- I need to wake up 30 minutes earlier just for “me” time. (BTW, I am failing miserably with this month’s focus on solitude, but that’s a story for another post).
- We need to get back into the habit of putting things where they belong. A lost hairbrush, set of keys, cell phone/charger, water bottle can derail the morning.
- I need to teach Marty how to do Emily’s hair so the entire responsibility for her coiffure doesn’t fall on me.
- At night, we need to get back to our routine. A full’s night sleep makes us all better prepared to deal with the next morning.
As I am making my mental list, Marty calls.
My heart sinks a little. Marty never calls this time of morning. Something must be wrong (see how my mind works).
“Hey, I just dropped the babies off.”
“As I was getting ready to walk out of their classroom, I asked Emily, ‘How is your
shirt already dirty?’”
“That’s when I realized she was still in her pajama shirt. I never put on her shirt this morning.”
Definitely time for a morning re-boot.