This post about morning routines on Huffington Post via Becoming Minimalist really inspired me. When I think of the unpredictability of my mornings, however, I think my pre-bedtime routine is what really needs some fine tuning.
My current pre-bedtime hours:
6:30pm – get home from work, have some kind of dinner* with my hubs and Layla
*I used to cook a little, or at least do meal prep (have chopped vegetables and greens in a salad ready to go with a roto chicken and some dressing) but I have failed in recent days It doesn’t help that even when I’m cooking my near-daily scrambled eggs, the burners and/or the frying pans now smoke. We’ve cleaned the burners and I’ve turned down the heat and yet, I have to turn on the fan to make 3-minute eggs. I’m at a loss. And don’t even get me started on the oven! Ah, the joy of renting!
Layla usually has a bottle and some sort of baby-friendly finger food like avocado, sweet potato, banana, organic unsweetened peanut butter, etc. How much makes it into her mouth? Who can say?
We usually have some sort of take-out or delivery. I dream of cooking or having meals prepped again. I’d love to try any of the boxed make-it-yourself dinner options like Plated or Hello Fresh or whatever is popular now. It just hasn’t happened yet.
If one of us is performing that night, doing an open mic or a show, we make adjustments as needed.
8/8:15pm – 8:30pm – Layla’s bedtime routine: brush teeth, books, final diaper/kiss bed. Ideally, I’ve laid out an outfit for her the following day.
8:30pm – so begins what I call “the push to a 10:00pm bedtime for the adults.”
Bare minimum: I clean Layla’s bottles and do a quick tidying up of whatever needs tidying, get ready for bed, 10 minutes of Instagram.
Our home is not spotless but most of the time, it’s okay. I’d say it’s generally 15 minutes away from being ready for a visit from my dad, 30-45 minutes away from a visit from my mother-in-law. You get it.
10:00pm – Lights out, God willing.
Nice to do: Bare minimum + lay out outfits for Layla and me, including foundation garments, accessories, contact lenses and have makeup prepped in order of application on my bathroom counter.
What happened this Monday, holy crap: Bare minimum + laid out all of my gym necessities and my outfit for the day. This preparation allowed me to get to the gym at 5:00am, do the Legs workout on the Sweat with Kayla app and be home and showered by 6:15am, at which point Layla woke up. I was also able to make a full breakfast, put make-up on and still get Layla to daycare around 8:00am. I am still blown away that I was able to accomplish all of this and I hope to do it again! Can you imagine if I did this routine daily? Me neither!
It was a rough week, all things considered. I started vomiting upon arriving home Monday night. I could only stomach (ha!) two hours of work on Tuesday before coming home to sleep all day. Because of the vomiting, my pill-taking was off and I now have brutal cramps with an early period and just finished a burger and cheese fries. A combination of bad days and hormones have had me tearing up in the ladies room at work.
I hope to repeat Monday morning tomorrow but Layla fell asleep at 7:00pm so we may all have a very early morning indeed.