When I was pregnant with George I had so much self doubt. Would I cope with three? What if I can’t do it? And all everyone said is routine, routine, routine.
I’d never really been good with routine, I am a bit of a push over when it comes to the kids 🙈.
Once George was here I realised I have to start putting my foot down and start with some sort of routine otherwise the kids were going to run circles around me 😂.
When Aaron returned to work after paternity, I had the school run to do as well as get all three kids ready. It felt quite daunting at first, but we soon got into our own little routine and this is what worked for us. 🙌
In the mornings, our routine just sort of clicked into place. I’ll wake up at 6.30 and get George’s bottle ready and a nice cuppa tea for myself. 😊 7am I wake the kids up and get Harriet and Elsie their breakfast, and I give George his bottle and nappy change. 7.30am the girls brush their teeth and get dressed, I do their hair and we have to leave by 8.20am ready to get Harriet to school and now Elsie to nursery.
Once I’ve dropped the girls off I come home and get any cleaning done, wash load on and start prepping dinner. Then it’s time to get Elsie from nursery. When we get back I do lunch, normally just a sandwich or something easy. Now George has started weaning he has lunch too. Then we chill for the rest of the afternoon until it’s time to get Harriet.
The evening routine is the one I find the hardest. None of my children have been good sleepers and none of them ever seen to want to go to bed😩
We all have dinner at around 4.30/5pm. At 6/6.30 it’s time for a bath, the first night I’ll do the girls, the next night it’s George’s turn. (We do that throughout the week).
George is quite good when it comes to bedtime, I take him up around 7 and he has a bottle and is asleep by 7.30. The girls on the other hand are a complete different story. They get their PJ’s on ready for bed around 8 but can sometimes still be awake at gone 10.
George sleeps from 7.30 til 3, has a bottle and goes back off until 6.30. Elsie can sometimes be awake 3-5 times a night or sleep through.
I don’t act like I’m a perfect mum, I’m far from it. Some days the routine goes completely out the window and I just wing it 🙈 Some days I just generally can’t be bothered. Especially when George and Elsie have had me awake all night.
I wish I had always had a strict routine with them all, but I haven’t, and I’ve learnt from that. Routine is definitely key when it comes to children.
What’s your routine with your children?