Since the husband leaves for work very early, it’s up to me to get myself up, baby up, dogs wrangled, breakfast made, bottles made–the list goes on. Sometimes these mornings are miraculous and include sweet extra time with my baby. Most mornings are a whirlwind of cranky baby, cranky mommy and needy dogs. Ava usually wakes up around 6:30 am. If I’m smart, I get in the shower and get ready before she wakes up. Most often, she beats me to it. I get her up, diaper change, jumperoo outside the bathroom door while I shower, get ready, get outfit READY. Note: do not put on work clothes or jewelry until very last minute. It took 2 months of required last minute wardrobe changes due to baby drool, spit up and snot to figure this out. Put pajamas back on while continuing the morning.
At some point Baby is ready for her breakfast bottle. This could be the moment she wakes up or the moment we’re ready to walk out the door. Either way, it’s a quick meltdown and catches me by surprise. Kindly, Husband leaves me a pre-made bottle so I’m prepared on that end but if I try too early, it’s a lot of cooing, smiling, fussing and non-productive eating. This is where she sucks me back in to baby loving and I lose all track of time. Back to the nursery to get Baby dressed for the day. Luckily, she doesn’t care what the heck I put her in yet and neither does daycare. If I’m lucky, it’s a cute coordinated outfit but usually anything that still fits her!
We make it downstairs and most often I can get her in the highchair to eat puff (feed puffs to the dogs) for a few minutes while I make bottles, label bottles and pack for daycare while we talk about our day. Occasionally, Baby requires extra holding in the morning thus making every task a one handed feat.
Then, I make my quick breakfast, pack my lunch, brush my teeth, load up the car. Meanwhile, the dogs beg for attention, as they know the house will be quiet in a few minutes. There is a lot of dog jumping, chasing, wrestling and licking the baby. Dogs in their crates, one last diaper change, Baby in her coat and wrangled in her car seat which is slowly becoming more of a struggle. While everyone is contained, I finally get myself dressed. And we’re out the door at 7:20 am. Well, most mornings.
If I’m really good and really organized, there are books and snuggling and laughing and a few momma tears. The best scenario is when I can get this all done early enough and then she wakes up and has my undivided attention. It’s always my goal and no matter what your morning looks like, if it goes smoothly, it tends to make the rest of the day more pleasant. These pleasant mornings of baby love and major multi-tasking happen often enough that I feel like I’m doing ok. And that’s all we ask for…..that we’re doing our best and that has to be ok.
Laura Lualhati is a full time Public Relations professional and mother to Ava, 11 months. As a long time blog reader, Laura began her own blog writing as an outlet for what swirls around her own head. With an English and Graphic Design background, it’s a natural fit. Laura and her husband Reggie have overcome years of fertility issues and are now growing their family through IVF. Currently, they reside in the suburbs outside of Chicago, IL. You can keep up with the busy family at Sincerely, Laura blog or on twitter at @lauralualhati