The older I have gotten the more I realize that I thrive from having a schedule. Are you the same way? I love knowing what I am going to do today and what time I am going to do things at. Maybe that’s just a result of being married to Taylor (he’s routine driven too). At the beginning of the year I purchased a monthly/weekly/daily planner and it has changed. my. life. Usually I sit down at the beginning of the week on Sunday and plan out my days for that week. I plan my walks, my play dates, my chores, even my meals. This is what my daily routine looks like.
The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is make my bed. When I have a nicely made bed I feel less tempted to fall back into bed and sleep in, so I end up being more productive in the morning hours. It takes only thirty seconds out of my morning and then I don’t have to think about it for the rest of the day. Recently I’ve been waking up around the same time Taylor heads off for work so I can see him off for the day. When he leaves, that’s when I get dressed and put myself together for the day. I feed the cats, drink a glass of water, and open up the blinds to let in the morning sun and let the light wake me up. I don’t drink coffee in the morning so I get my energy from the natural light and also my breakfast. A typical breakfast would be a few scrambled eggs, a slice or two of bacon, and occasionally spinach and tomatoes and half of an avocado. I spend maybe half an hour reading my bible and praying before my son wakes up. I even have a morning routine to get him up too!
When my son wakes up, I sing a song as I walk in his room and open his blinds. I give him a minute to wake up from there and then I get him dressed. He really likes to stand at the window and watch the cars go by or the squirrels and birds play in the grass (the cats do too). I set him down in the living room to play while I make him breakfast. We typically eat at the table together so I’ll make him the same foods as me. After breakfast, we play some more. On Monday or Tuesday morning is when I get some grocery shopping for the week out of the way. Wednesday morning is spent at the library for toddler story time, often followed by lunch with Taylor downtown.
After lunch, nap time will be from 1 pm to 3 pm. While Calvin is sleeping, I usually take this time to get chores done, maybe relax a little bit too. Some days of the week I will prepare my blog post during this time! It’s wonderful to reliably have two hours of my day uninterrupted! When nap time is over, we spend a few minutes together quietly waking up before having a snack and getting back into play time. Now that the weather is warming up, we’ll spend the afternoons in the backyard. I’ll be doing some form of yard work (usually raking or sweeping off the patio) while my toddler practices walking. He also loves to play around with pine cones and sticks and rocks. The backyard is a great place for him to discover new things! Taylor will come home from work at five, and we spend a few minutes talking about our days. I’ll start making dinner not too long after that.
Winding down time for my son starts about an hour before bed time if we can. We give him a nice warm glass of milk to get him relaxed and comfortable, and play quietly and gently. Some nights are bath nights, and he loves baths! Taylor does a better job at bath duty, so I resort to putting him to bed. He’ll be snuggling with his blanket while I read him two bedtime stories. By the time I close the books, he is ready for bed and usually falls asleep within ten minutes of his head hitting the pillow! Taylor and I will spend the rest of the evening together before bed. I will clean up the kitchen which involves finishing up dishes and running the dishwasher, wiping off the counter tops and dining table, cleaning the sink, and doing some light sweeping. I’ll gather all of the toys left around the living room and put them away, close the blinds when it gets dark, and finally settle in for the night.
I’m still adapting my schedule and doing some adjustments here and there, but I like that I have a rough guideline for my day. This allows me to be free of worrying about the day-to-day activities and focus more on being present with my son while we do our routine together. I’ve found that it’s been very beneficial! I still have a lot of open time that is available to have friends over, or go shopping, or get out and do something social. Something else that I’ve learned about myself is that I am energized by being around people. Having lots of extra time is great for some people, but I am personally happiest when I am immersed with others. Days that have been jam packed with activities being around people have been the days I thrive the most. I’m still trying to get to a balance, but so far I’m pretty happy with my daily routine.