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Morning Routines

What have you found that has worked for you and your LO (or little ones) for getting ready for work in the morning? 

It seems like our mornings are always so crazy between DH and I both trying to get ready for work and it seems like almost everyday lately LO wakes up early and in a mood of just wanting to be held...and screaming blood murder non-stop if you don't hold him.  I was almost in tears this morning before I even got out the door.  I feel like I'm almost always running late and frazzled.  There just seems like there has to be a better way or something that I am missing.   I've tried getting up earlier to get myself ready before LO wakes up, but this just seems to be an exercise in futility because the earlier I get up, the earlier LO wakes up.   

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2011: FSH 13.3 & E 99; AMH 0.54 2nd FSH 6.2 E 40's AFC: 8
BFP from Clomid/IUI ~ Pre-e and IUGR during pregnancy ~ DS born 9/4/12
Feb./March 2013: AMH less than 0.16 (undectable) and AFC = 4;
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Re: Morning Routines

  • If you can do it the night before, do it the night before. Pack lunches, shower, put out clothes including accessories.
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    If you can do it the night before, do it the night before. Pack lunches, shower, put out clothes including accessories.

    This.  And I do get up earlier to take care of myself and then I can focus on LO.  I don't go into his room until I'm ready for him to be up. 

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  • This worked with both of my kids.  I would get up around 6, when they were little I nursed put back down and nursed again before I left at 745. Once they were older got ready and nursed right before I left.  Nine times out of ten they woud go back to bed until the sitter got there at 830. If not they usually just played or my husband got up with them. On weekends neither one gets up until between 8 and 9. I think this is because i got them in the routine of nit getting up early. This might sound harsh, assuming he is older looks like he is almost a year, but don't hold him he will eventually be okay. When Ds wants out of the  crib I just set him up with some toys in the bathroom while I get ready and he is okay as long as he sees me. Worse case Have your nanny arrive earlier so you have 30 minutes to focus in getting out the door.  I thought I saw posts from you in reards to a nanny that is why I suggested the nanny. 
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  • I agree with PP.  I try to get as much ready the night before as possible.  Clothes (for me and DD1 when she's in school), lunches, bags all packed.  I don't eat breakfast at home, so that gets prepped and packed the night before as well.  Bottles are prepped for the morning - filled with water and waiting for formula in DD2's room.  I even started to shower the night before, just in case the morning was awful and I couldn't get in even for a quick 5 min shower.

    DH leaves for work between 5:45 and 6am every day, so I'm on my own in the morning.   I'm still trying to figure out time to work out, and some mornings (like today) definitely don't run smoothly, but I feel like we're getting there...

  • Thanks for the suggestions.  Unfortunately, I am doing everything I can the night before (including showering) and it doesn't seem like I can get up before him...I think part of the problem is that by the time we are approaching 6ish in the morning, he is sleeping pretty lightly and any little sound wakes him up.  We live in an older home so any sort of movement makes noise - creeks in the floor, etc.  If you turn on a water faucet or flush a toilet, it creates sounds in the pipes.  If you walk down the stairs, they creek.  And if I don't wake up before the alarm (which, fortunately, I usually do) that will most definitely wake him up...I think I could get up at 5 am and he would still wake up with me or shortly after me.  And I can never get him back to sleep after he is awake in the morning no matter how hard I try. Even when I get up 2+ hours before I have to leave in the morning, it still does not equate to me getting out the door any sooner because that is just extra time I am having to entertain him.  The only thing I can think to do is just to let him sit there and scream.  Even when I set him in the bathroom with me with toys, if I'm not holding him or playing with him, he screams.  For whatever reason, he is really needy/cranky in the mornings.

    IF DX: DOR & Fragile X pre-mutation carrier
    2011: FSH 13.3 & E 99; AMH 0.54 2nd FSH 6.2 E 40's AFC: 8
    BFP from Clomid/IUI ~ Pre-e and IUGR during pregnancy ~ DS born 9/4/12
    Feb./March 2013: AMH less than 0.16 (undectable) and AFC = 4;
    BFP from supps ~ DS#2 due May 2014

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  • can you get a sound machine? can you wear him until the last possible moment? how old is he?

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  • Do you have one of those homedics sound spas? I would crank up the white hoise and turn on the overhead projector when he wakes up too early.
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    can you get a sound machine? can you wear him until the last possible moment? how old is he?

    We have a sound machine and also run a fan. 

    He has never liked being worn.  I was able to wear him only a little bit when he was a newborn.  Since then, he will have none of it. He hates it.  He squirms and throws a fit.   

    He is 10 months old.

    IF DX: DOR & Fragile X pre-mutation carrier
    2011: FSH 13.3 & E 99; AMH 0.54 2nd FSH 6.2 E 40's AFC: 8
    BFP from Clomid/IUI ~ Pre-e and IUGR during pregnancy ~ DS born 9/4/12
    Feb./March 2013: AMH less than 0.16 (undectable) and AFC = 4;
    BFP from supps ~ DS#2 due May 2014

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    Thanks for the suggestions.  Unfortunately, I am doing everything I can the night before (including showering) and it doesn't seem like I can get up before him...I think part of the problem is that by the time we are approaching 6ish in the morning, he is sleeping pretty lightly and any little sound wakes him up.  We live in an older home so any sort of movement makes noise - creeks in the floor, etc.  If you turn on a water faucet or flush a toilet, it creates sounds in the pipes.  If you walk down the stairs, they creek.  And if I don't wake up before the alarm (which, fortunately, I usually do) that will most definitely wake him up...I think I could get up at 5 am and he would still wake up with me or shortly after me.  And I can never get him back to sleep after he is awake in the morning no matter how hard I try. Even when I get up 2+ hours before I have to leave in the morning, it still does not equate to me getting out the door any sooner because that is just extra time I am having to entertain him.  The only thing I can think to do is just to let him sit there and scream.  Even when I set him in the bathroom with me with toys, if I'm not holding him or playing with him, he screams.  For whatever reason, he is really needy/cranky in the mornings.

    DD has always been an extremely light sleeper (and I am not in the least surprised beacuse I am also), but getting ready in the morning is just another reason we continue to use white noise in her room. We run a turbo fan the entire night and for naps. It si the only way anything can continue happening while she sleeps.

    DD is often cranky in the mornings...again she inheirited her parents genes because neither her father, or I are morning people. Yet she is stubborn too and once up will not go right back down...I generally distract her with food. She will generally gladly calm down and snack on some cherrios while I do last minute "get out the door" tasks.  

  • I have to take my shower in the evenings. I don't like it at all but it's the only thing that works. I can get dressed and do my makeup in 15 minutes. If I curl my hair it adds another 10. I usually do that every other day. I get myself completely ready before I dress DS.

    We are also on our own in the mornings because DH leaves for work by 6. DS has a white noise machine in his room which really helps us not wake him when we are up and moving about. DH leaves coffee made and I have that with a Luna bar and piece of fruit in the car. DS eats at his DCP but I offer him a piece of fruit before we get in the car.

    It will get easier. Your LO is almost old enough to be sufficiently distracted by a cartoon while you get things together. I frequently park DS in his anywhere chair with a sippy cup and Peppa Pig on the TV while I get my lunch together and put our stuff in the car.

    On really bad days I have strapped him into his carseat with the car running and a Fresh Beat Band CD playing while I went back in the house to get our stuff (like 5 steps away and only to pick up our stuff and come right back out, obviously). I figure that way at least he is safe in his carseat, even if he's crying. I can see the car from the kitchen window and don't have to worry about him hanging off of me or dashing toward the street while my hands are full.

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  • I get up at 6, nurse LO put her back to sleep she never really wakes. Then get myself ready then get DS up at 7 and out the door at 7:30. Have you tried nursing or breakfast in the morning? If waking up earlier results in her crying then I would just get up at the later time. Take a week and try all different thing to stop the screaming like solid foods, tv, bouncy, swing, putting to bed earlier, bath. Hopefully one of them will work. I guess you could wear baby, but that's hard for showering and dressing.
  • Can you and DH take turns getting ready and watching the kid?  Can you nurse then let DH watch him while you shower?  Then you take to daycare while DH showers?
  • skyejoskyejo
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    DD2 is 10 months old and same thing.  She's 100% in the separation anxiety/hold me 24.7 phase. This morning I was able to keep her entertained with a bowl of Chex cereal.  Maybe try a snack if you haven't already. 

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    I'm lucky in that DH and I get ready and leave for work at the same time, so he is a huge help!  We set our alarms for about an hour before DS usually gets up.  So if we don't snooze too many times, we have plenty of time to get ready.  DH takes all of 5 minutes to get dressed and ready so he grabs DS, gives him a bottle, gets him dressed and plops him on the bathroom floor with me.  DS has a few toys in the bathroom that he plays with while I finish getting ready.  If he's really fussy (like today!), I'll grab him something to snack on to keep him busy.

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    You haven't mentioned what DH does to help in the morning. Can you guys take turns or bring something into your room/bathroom that DS can play with while you get ready? Seems like he's still young enough that you can contain him while you do some of your morning duties right?

    DH works from home (thank goodness) because he hangs out with DS while I get ready for work so I never have a problem but there are occasional mornings where DH has to be out of the house early so I juggle DS while I get ready. This morning for example, I put DS in his crib with a couple toys and a sippy of milk while I blow dried my hair then brought him into my room and closed the door so I could do my make up while he ran around playing. I did have to get up early to make sure I at least took a shower before DS got up but sounds like your older house makes it impossible to do that. Bummer.

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  • I get everything ready the night before.  I shower and blow-dry my hair before bed.  I have a very easy hairstyle that I usually just have to brush in the a.m.

    I wake up 15-20 minutes before kids to get dressed, put on makeup, and start getting out the breakfast stuff.

    In theory, DS gets up at 6:00.  Over the summer, he is usually up by 5:30.  

    Breakfast is at about 6.  Takes about 20 minutes 'cause DS is the world's slowest eater.

    6:20-6:40 get the kids dressed, teeth brushed, morning medicine, sunscreen

    6:45 out the door

    ETA: just saw your reply.  I would leave him in the crib for the 15 minutes it takes to get ready.  I don't go in to get DD until 6 even if she is awake. She was mad at first but after a week or so she started sleeping later. 


    DS born 8/8/09 and DD born 6/12/12.
  • Can you not get him out of his crib right away when he wakes up?

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