Early Riser

Step One:

Have a baby.

Just kidding. But also serious.

Now to the real advice:

I used to be an early riser and then I met my husband. The man is a champion sleeper. When we were first married he would sleep until noon or later on Saturday’s. He worked hard throughout the week so it didn’t really bother me. Slowly overtime I started being more like him. Especially in the winter. One of life’s greatest pleasures is being cuddled up in bed when it’s blistering cold out. If you’re a momma you also know how having a child can change that kind of life in the blink of an eye. I knew bubba would be awake throughout the night at first and wake up early until we got into a routine. However, when you’re used to sleeping for 12 hours on the weekends it comes as a shock.

We are now on a schedule and as I type this it is 8:10am on a Saturday and bubs is still sleeping. *Mind you, J is still sleeping too. I have learned that if I get up before everyone else, or at least bubs, then I am a much happier mom. It also means that I do have to go to bed earlier.

If you are wanting to start getting up earlier, for whatever reason, try to find your rhythm. When you feel tired in the evenings go to bed. Don’t push for that one last show or scroll through social media. We’re all guilty of it. All of that will still be there tomorrow. Just go to bed.

I try to get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. Then, when my alarm goes off in the morning I’m more ready to get up. I’m also one of those hit the snooze button maybe once, but not too many times kind of people. Once you hit it five times or more you’ve been up anyway for 30 minutes or longer and it’s such a waste.

My routine looks something like this:

  • Wash face, put on serums, and brush teeth.
  • Bring all my work to the living room and get my breakfast smoothie. (Check out our favorite smoothies under the recipes tab!)
  • Do my devotional and spend a few minutes with God. When I do this first thing in the morning it helps me to get my mind in the right place. I desperately need this time with God.
  • Get started on work. I tutor one evening a week and work for a medical office from home. I work on these things and the blog!

You’ll notice that in there I didn’t get my makeup on or get dressed. Honestly, I tried these things. I had heard so many mom’s say that getting their makeup on and getting dressed first thing helped them out. Here’s why I don’t do this anymore…

It’s not me.

I don’t wear enough makeup to make it take longer than 5 minutes to get it on. My closet is so refined at this point that I usually don’t take longer than 5 minutes to get dressed. Bubba likes to play in my closet while I do these things and it doesn’t bother me at all. I have found that checking things off my to-do list first thing is more important to me than getting ready immediately.

You have to find what you like and what makes you feel you. I tried to be different than who I am for a bit, but it just didn’t fit.

Ask yourself a few questions, “What is a realistic time for me to wake up?” “What do I want to accomplish and how long will it take me?” “What would make me get out of bed in the morning?” “What motivates me?” Is it your clothing, makeup, and hair? Is it a daily devo and to-do list? Is it working out? Is it watching your favorite show all alone? Is it reading this blog, finding encouragement and enjoying a hot cup of coffee or tea? (Kidding, kind of).

Find that reason and go for it. I love getting time alone in the mornings. It starts my day out the right way and gets me ready to be a patient, loving, and kind mom. I hope that one day it will also show my son that I have initiative, I have drive, and I have things that I love to do too.

Also, if you are in the trenches of night feedings and early wakings. It will be over before you know it. You don’t see it now, but it will be over and you will oddly miss it and love that it’s over simultaneously. I do remember those early days though of having an infant. I remember showering and getting makeup on and feeling like I had conquered the world that day. And momma, you have conquered the world today if you’ve done even just one thing you wanted to do.

*J has started getting up at 5 in the morning to go to the gym. That takes dedication and hard work. I’m so impressed by him!

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