Without question the most difficult thing for me to do everyday is shower and get dressed. It stresses me out, and my whole day revolves around when I can complete this task. There are many terrific mothers who shower in the evening, who can leave the house without showering, or have no problem showering during naptime in the middle of the afternoon. Although I've experimented with all of these options, none of them are for me.
I'm your typical Type-A morning person who, before children, was a slave to my alarm clock and morning routine. However, after two years of motherhood I've far from mastered my former morning organization. This is due largely to the fact that I've been tired, and it takes an incredible amount of discipline to wake up before your child wakes up. Also, it seems that every couple months the Lukester will decide on a new time waking time varying from 5am to 8am.
Slowly but surely I've started to take charge. I write "take charge" because with a boy nearing two years old, the idea of me being in charge is something I must remind myself of daily, or...hourly. So, as awful or rational as it sounds, I've decided that Luke is old enough to stay in his crib until 7am, regardless of what time he actually wakes up. This has allowed me to wake up at 6am, shower, dress, make coffee, and get started on the steel-cut oats, which take about 45-min to cook. It's amazing how something so small can make such an improvement in our day.
Reading the previous paragraph may sound a little selfish, and in some ways it might be. This situation is primarily for my benefit. However, I think that my waking up earlier than the rest of the family in order to organize and help our lives function a little easier might counteract my not being available to Luke at his every beck-and-call. I don't have it all figured out, and as my blog-heading states, I have no idea what I'm doing. But, we're happy, and that's what matters right now.
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