Ok here we go!
I’m going to show you how our usual morning routine looks.
I first wrote about this topic 18 months ago. A LOT has changed. We’ve moved house, changed some of our food habits and had baby no #2. Read about it – HERE.
It’s always a work in progress but this is how it is 80% of the time in the average week.
It’s really my husband Leki that drives the mornings because I’m up a couple of times over the night depending on how our 8 month son Ky is sleeping. Our 3yo daughter Emelina sleeps like a champion 🙂
So I’ve invited my husband Leki to write this blog and how he manages it all until I can drag myself out of bed 😉
My mornings usually start around 4:30am to 6:30am depending on Ky’s sleep.
If Ky’s last feed was at 8pm then he usually needs a few short 5-10min nursing moments at 2am-3am. (Belinda does a great job as I’m knocked out cold).
So let’s say he’s up 5:30am.
I’d spend time with him in the morning as I usually get up at 4:30am. (I practice biphasic sleep which allows me to wake early)
So between 4:30am-7am I’ve got 2.5 hours to myself to read, study and think. Plus when my son wakes up I can spend some quality time together because my work hours are usually 9am until 8pm.
I really enjoy the mornings because that’s the only time during the week where we are all together. During the day I’m working and Belinda and kids have their own schedule to keep.
Some families sit down over dinner together.
Our family meal is in the morning.
I eat lunch and dinner at work and Belinda and our kids eat at home.
Because we bulk prep on Sunday’s we are pretty organised for the working week with the main meals.
My job is to ensure we have our quality morning routine which is preparing a hot breakfast at 7am.
It takes me 30-45mins to organise.
Here’s what’s on the menu:
- 3 x lightly pan fried eggs for Belinda and I plus Eme and Ky have 1 x lightly pan fried egg each cooking in coconut oil
- baby spinach
- grass fed butter
- Belinda’s breastmilk booster shake which Eme and Ky also have
- flax seeds
- MCT oil
- coconut water
- chia seeds
- ground cinnamon powder
- Belinda’s boobie cookies and fenugreek supplement
- Water and lemon water with apple cider vinegar
- Bulletproof coffee (blended together)
- MCT oil
- 1 tablespoon of ground coffee
- grass fed butter
I cook with Ky watching me in the pram and then Eme usually gets up at 7:30am because of the noise.
Ky is ready to have his morning feed from Belinda at 7:30am and when Eme rises I get her to wake up Mama for breakfast.
I then spend 15 mins getting ready for work and then we sit down for a good 20 mins together to eat a nice hot breakfast.
Eme says grace and then down the hatch 🙂
Eme and Ky have 1 x pan fried egg each (as described above) with a bit of the smoothie along with water.
Belinda has 3 x eggs with a glass of water, boobie smoothie, a fenugreek supplement and boobie cookies. (Remember Belinda has fasted from 4pm the day before so she’s hungry in the morning)
I make the 3 x eggs but I pack it to have with my lunch. I add the eggs together with my pre-prepped lunch around 1:30pm and I eat dinner at around 6pm. (I fast from 6pm to 1pm the next day) At breakfast I drink hot lemon water with apple cider vinegar then 15 mins later I enjoy my Bulletproof coffee.
I hope you’ve enjoyed a little insight into our usual morning routine.
It’s not really important what we do or what we eat in the morning.
The point of the post today is actively setting the time to be there for each other in the morning.
I think it’s important to spend as much family time together daily even if it’s only for a short time.
There will be a time that our kids will be ready to move out of our home and be independent young adults.
At that time Belinda and I will wish to be able to sit down over breakfast one more time together as a family. (Belinda wrote an awesome post about this earlier – read about it here)
We are all busy but we actively try and prioritise our mornings to spend quality time together and be happy.
To your happiness,