Mazzy, who is two (soon to be three!), comes into our bed at around 6 AM, sleeps with us until 7 AM (we milk that as long as possible), and then asks to go into the living room.
On the way, I make a pit-stop in her room to change her diaper before we go into the kitchen to prepare what she calls, “nice and warmy milky.” Mazzy likes to sit on the counter as I heat the milk in the microwave and pour it in her favorite cup.
Then we all sit on the couch to watch an episode of Blue’s Clues or Sesame Street or Dora the Explorer before having breakfast. Choices usually involve waffles, cereal, yogurt, or eggs to which Mazzy almost always chooses, “bread with butter”. My husband makes our daily blueberry smoothies, which Mazzy always asks for in her Winnie the Pooh cup, and then we all drink them together.
Our nanny arrives at 8 AM which is my cue to get in the shower, get ready and go to work. Although somewhere in there, Mazzy likes for me to pick out her clothes with her.
Since my husband and I are both working parents, the morning has become a very important part of the quality time we get to spend with our daughter.
Of course, all that is about to change when I have baby #2— due tomorrow!!!
I try to remember what mornings felt like when Mazzy was an infant. Obviously, they followed sleepless nights and involved lots of breastfeeding, diaper changing and deciphering various coos and cries.
What they didn’t involve was a walking, talking, demanding toddler.
I hope that once the baby arrives, we will soon be able to adjust, uphold some of Mazzy’s current morning rituals and create new ones that involve the baby.
In an ideal world, Mazzy will start helping out with her soon-to-be little sister— entertaining her and being my little assistant during tasks like diaper changes and baths. I will also be home for a few months after the baby is born, so perhaps, mornings will seem a little less rushed. And since Mazzy goes to preschool at 9am, I am looking forward to some alone time with the baby.
I’m sure our mornings will change many times until we settle into a more permanent routine but they will continue to be the time of day when our whole family is always together, before work, before school, before our nanny arrives.
Mornings with the family will be a constant I can count on, for many years to come.
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