The Morning Routine of 1 Regular Mom….with 3 boys

I wrote this blog a while ago – when I had two kids aged 3 & 5. Fast forward to now and I have a 4 & 6 year old as well as a 5 month old. Needless to say I thought that this post deserved a revamp to accurately reflect the change from two to three kids.

Here we go….

The other morning while trying to simultaneously – do the dishes, get the cat away from the pile of unfolded laundry and check the morning news – this article popped up as “recommended for me”

The Morning Routines of 12 Women Leaders

As I was in the midst of my morning routine I thought it would be interesting to compare. If like me, you do not have the time to read the whole article – let me give you the highlight reel.

Highlights:

#1 – 4:45 Wake up and have a bowl of quinoa cereal. I do an hour or so of 3rd or 4th series Ashtanga yoga.

#2 – 7:15-7:45 Make breakfast for family. When producing or directing, I rarely made it home in time to cook dinner so I shifted the focus to breakfast. I make buttermilk pancakes, eggs in a frame, and for over a decade, we have Crepes Thursday. I make the batter the night before (so the flour absorbs the liquid) and then customize for each family member with fresh-toasted pecans, nutella, marshmallows, and bananas.

#3 – 5:44 My internal clock, without fail, always wakes me 60 seconds before iPhone alarm goes off.

#4 – 6:30 Breakfast with husband

Now to be fair there were a few – ask kids to get shoes on…..ask kids to get shoes on again pieces in here but overall there was a lot of breathing, working out, reading several newspapers and making complicated breakfasts. I began to temporarily think that I was the odd woman out here. Was I just not able to pull it together? Was I a bad mom for not having Crepes Thursday?  (I have now realized crepes will only enter my house in approximately 15 years – when I can have nice things again.)

So after I dropped my 4 & 6 year old of at school that morning I asked another mom – “when was the last time you made a crepe” and she responded – “I never have…but I think next time I order delivery I will ask them to add one to the order.” I felt better.

I got a babysitter to come for 2 hours that morning so I could attempt to get some work done. But instead of writing my online course I went back to Google to look up more “morning routines” and it was more of the same. It still made me feel like shit. So I thought – I will add my morning routine to the list to balance things out. When I make it to being on of the Top 12 women leaders – this is the story I will share.

Allison Venditti Career Coach & Founder of Moms at Work

5:45 – Can’t tell if that is my 5 month old or my 4 year old. Doesn’t matter. Have started saying – sleep is for the weak to make myself feel better….in reality I have decided sleep is for those aged 15 to 25 and 65 – 85 and I think they are so lucky. Maybe if I lay down next to them and pretend they are sleeping they will go back to sleep too. It has never worked – but I am gonna try anyway.

6:00 – Tried to lay there with my 5 month old – he just keeps shriek laughing and pulling my hair. Telling myself that these are the moments I will cherish 20 years from now. I think I am a liar.

6:05 – Forced to get up. My 6 year old is on the toilet and I heard him tell his brother to pee in the bath if he can’t hold it.

6:10 – 6:40 – Navigate 5 bodies in one bathroom as showers, teeth brushing, shaving and yelling all take place at the same time. I asking my husband to hold the baby. How on earth do I end up back holding the baby every 2 minutes. (Note to self – ask husband to teach me this slight of hand)

6:40 – Everybody seems to be dressed and alive. I send everyone downstairs and I put the baby on the bath mat and attempt to shower. I am interrupted 3 times. 1) Mom where is the yogurt 2) Mom – he keeps touching my arm 3) Honey – where is the yogurt. Have decided that I need to get a new lock on the bathroom door.

6:45 – 6:46 – Get dressed, brush hair. Get baby dressed. Smile as this must be a sport somewhere….dressing in under 2 minutes.

6:50 – Make breakfast (since no one has found the yogurt). Your choices are fruit, cereal or yogurt or any combination of the three because Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday I like to offer a comfortable variety – I now call Continental Breakfast in order to compete with that woman’s Crepe Thursday

7:15 – Take 4 year old back up stairs – he has somehow managed to dump milk all over himself.

7:25 – Kids take 15 minutes to read books, play a quiet game or wrestle and break furniture. This is time I now have to spend changing my shirt. I thought I could get away with the yogurt stain but realized I have apple sauce all over my pants.

7:30 – 8:15 (This is like a black hole of time – in between diaper changing, yelling to find lunch bags and searching for shoes I am actually unsure of how it becomes 8:15 – EVERY DAMN DAY!)

8:15 – Feed the baby. Turns out that the baby needs to go for a nap at THE EXACT TIME that we need to leave for school. So guess what – next 10 minutes is spent feeding the baby.

8:30 – Baby is fed. Got the kids to put their coats on by asking less than 25 times and with both school bags in hand I am feeling victorious. We are on time!

8:35 – Burst back through the front door. We got the stroller down the stairs and marched across the street when I realized I forgot both a lunch and permission form. Found both. But now we are required to jog to get to school on time.

8:35 – Feel like I won the lottery when our neighbor asks if she can walk my kids to school as I look like I need the help. YES! Thank you! MY NEIGHBOR IS AWESOME! (Not so sure about the “look like you could use the help comment” – but at this point I don’t care!)

8:45 – Taking the baby for a short walk so that he can have a nap and may sleep for a little so I can get some work done.

9:00 – Back home and ready to get to work. Open my computer and start boiling the kettle….ready to get some work done.

9:04 – Baby wakes up. I tried…..I really did.

Now I just have to sit and wait for Forbes to call. I am ready for my morning interview. I got this! xoxo

Allison Venditti is a Career Coach and the Founder of Moms at Work. She is now a mom to 3 little boys, winter biker and Star Wars superfan. She was voted top 50 Changemakers by the Globe and Mail and regularly consults and coaches both individuals and companies.

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Allison Venditti

Career Coach, HR Expert, salary negotiation whisperer, pay transparency and equity advocate. Founder of Moms at Work, Canada's largest organization committed to helping women earn more money, land better jobs and build community. Allison was named The Globe and Mail Report on Business Top 50 Changemakers 2022, is a regular speaker and media expert with over 100 interviews in 2021.

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