1. Have a Caffeinated Beverage
I recommend starting your morning with a delicious cup of coffee. Let’s be real. It’s hard enough to get up in the morning as it is. Adding a little one to the equation just makes you want to stay in bed even more. A cup of coffee gives you the punch you need to roll out of bed, get your little one ready, and conquer the day. If you are a nursing mommy like me, you may want to skip this step or enjoy a cup of decaf coffee like I do.
2. Get Your Workout On
I know many of you are probably thinking “Workout? Yah right.” Even a small workout can help to keep you healthy and provide the extra energy needed to make it through the day. Just 15 minutes a day is enough to get you feeling great and energized.
*Blog post of my workout routine coming soon*
3. Set a Routine
Having a routine is crucial. It allows you to know exactly what is happening and when. If you know baby naps at 10 am and 2pm, you can either plan to sleep along with baby during those times or plan to get other household things done like laundry or other chores. My daughter currently has really bad eczema so we have a routine for getting her all lotioned up, taking baths, eating, and napping. Everything is done on schedule to make sure we meet all of her needs and that I get a little time for myself.
4. Take Time For Yourself
Just because you are a mommy does not mean that you need to neglect yourself. Taking time for yourself is extremely important, I can not stress this enough. Give baby a “Daddy Day/Date” and go to the gym, get your nails done, or do some other activity that you love.
5. Put Baby to Bed
Part of our current routine is putting our 6 month old to bed by 8pm. I know this may seem early but it’s the perfect time for us. This allows me to have a little time with my husband ( we have to take care of our marriages too). It also allows me to catch up on a program that I love, do my 15 minutes of yoga, and tonight that time will include …sigh.. cleaning my bathroom.
My little one currently sleeps through the night and wakes up between 4am and 5am to eat, which is why I need my caffeine to keep me going.
6. Enlist Help From Family and Friends
Remember when you were in your third trimester and you had to enlist the help of family and friends? Well… it is perfectly okay to ask for help again. If you have older children, give them practical chores that they can do to help around the house. If your hubby is like mine and thinks he is the world’s greatest cook, let him cook once in awhile. I know that he may only make a frozen meal but, hey, it still gives you a break. You should also consider finding family and friends that you trust to babysit every now and then. While I love having my daughter around every moment of the day, I still need time alone with my hubby to have adult talk and keep the marriage exciting. Just because baby is here does not mean we should give up date night! If you don’t keep it up now, it will be hard to start later.
Also, do not forget your girl time. You need that. Whether you are bringing your little one along or enlisting the help of a friend to babysit, make sure you get that time with others. Trust me; for your sanity, get your girl time in.
7. Plan Ahead
Planning ahead is key to keeping your life balanced. How far in advance you want to plan is up to you, but I recommend planning ahead for at least a week. Every weekend I plan out all of our meals and the events for the week. I also go grocery shopping on the weekend to ensure that we have everything we need for that week. This eliminates last minute runs to the grocery store and helps to keep us on schedule. If you have a busy routine like mine and like to keep things organized, it may be helpful to write things out in a notebook or on a white board.
Do you have any tips for balancing life with your little one? If so, please post them below, we would love to hear them.