The Early Bird Gets The Side Eye

Okay, confession time.  I am not an early riser and I have never claimed to be.  I enjoy sleep and I try to enjoy it as long as I can.  The problem is I have kids.  I mean the kids are great, but it’s the other stuff that comes along with having kids.  For instance, breakfast.  Why is this even a thing?  I don’t enjoy breakfast.  It’s my least favorite meal to eat and prepare.  Anyway, the kids have to eat right?   Then they have activities and for some reason, a lot of them are in the morning.  If you have littles.  I’m guessing that’s specific to moms who are still able to enjoy nap time.  Which I am, but I also homeschool so I am not on a school schedule and we don’t usually get up until 9:30, sometimes 10:00.  I know, I know…I’m blessed.

What about you, moms?  Which of you are early birds?  I’m giving y’all the side eye because even though I love you in spirit, my flesh is annoyed that you can even wake up that early and function.  Kidding!  I am curious though as to how some of you manage to wake up with the energy to even “mom” it.  I understand that proper sleep is something that is vital to waking up at a good time the next day, but what is the motivation behind it? (I say this while typing at 2:12 a.m.)  I want to know so that I can perhaps motivate myself to wake up a little earlier.  Do you feel like you get more done in the day?  It seems sometimes that when I wake up, my day just starts and ends with a blur.  This is the very reason, I plan on taking steps to at least wake up by 8.  Hey, that’s early for me.

I’ve been asking about the moms who wake up early, but how many moms actually prefer to sleep in?  If that’s you, you’re my new friend.   I’m asking this question also because there are times, I feel bad for sleeping in.  You know how it goes.  I listen to these moms run down their schedule and immediately feel inadequate.  There are some moms who are all bright eyed and bushy tailed at 6 in the morning.  They start their day with yoga or coffee or devotion.  They proceed to start their household chores before the kids wake up so they can be prepared for the day.  Now, I don’t write this to shame them or bash them.  I actually want to honor them for their hard work and dedication to the schedule they have laid out for their family.  This is something that I desire to do.  I guess that’s what it’s really about in the end.  Preparing a schedule that reflects our family lifestyle and allows time for us to do what needs to be done without missing the whole day.  I mean who wants to spend their entire day cleaning?  Although, sometimes you may need a full day to clean…*sigh* that’s me, again.

The conclusion that I’ve come up with is that it may be possible for me to do both.  I can wake up a little early, but not too early.  I can plan out my day.  I can accomplish all the goals that I have set and not feel like a horrible SAHM.  The key will be my level of commitment.  If that’s not there then it won’t work.  That much, I’m sure of.  So, for my late birds who may feel like they aren’t doing what they desire to schedule wise, I encourage you.  I encourage you to join me as I transform my way of thinking.  I encourage you to join me I as I pursue God’s will for my position in the household.  I encourage you to find what works for you and formulate a plan.  We can do this.  If you already have a plan and it’s proven to be successful, drop it below in the comments.  Let me know how you planned your daily activities.  Early birds, thanks for letting me pick on you.  I love you and I am in awe of you.  As moms, we need to support each other especially when we see other moms who need a little guidance.  That being said, help a sista out and let me know your routines as well.  I can modify the time 🙂