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Our Morning Routine


I wrote a post about my morning routine about two years ago. Recently, I looked back at it and just laughed…while that post was 100% honest, that was also the high point of morning routines in my life thus far, and I’m not sure it will ever be quite that impressive again! A lot has changed since we moved into our house, had a baby, changed jobs, etc., so I figured that post was desperately in need of a little update. So, here you go!

Between 5-5:30ish: Charlie wakes up in his nursery and yells until one of us goes to get him, which we do reluctantly…but then he’s always so cute when we go in there :)
5:30: I read my Blessed Is She devotional while nursing and then put Charlie between Dave and me in our bed and try (unsuccessfully) to get him to sleep for a few more minutes.
6:00: We give up trying to get Charlie to go back to sleep and snuggle for a little bit before getting up.
6:30: Charlie and I play on the living room floor while Dave makes coffee and reads the Magnificat while waiting for it to be ready.
7:00: I put Charlie in his high chair and join Dave at the table for coffee and breakfast. My go-tos are oatmeal (with almond milk, almond butter, sliced banana, and pecans–so good!), Ezekiel bread toast with peanut butter, or a green smoothie.
7:15: I get Charlie’s first solid food of the day ready and feed it to him–usually applesauce, half a mashed banana, or pureed pear.
7:40: Dave plays with Charlie while I change out of pajamas and pop outside to water the plants. This is a new development since we made over our front steps :)
7:45: Charlie and I play in the living room while Dave gets ready and starts his work day. He usually works from home in the mornings to wait out traffic, which is so nice!
8:30: Charlie goes down for his morning nap. (Side note: some of you may remember Charlie was a TERRIBLE napper for the first few months–I am beyond grateful that he has figured it out and we have much more of a routine now!!) As soon as he falls asleep, I crack open my Bible and Write the Word journal for my quiet time. This timing has worked out beautifully for me, and I’m pretty proud of how well I’ve been sticking to it. For the rest of his nap, I do some blogging or writing, respond to emails, and maybe tackle a few chores.
9:30: Charlie wakes up and I feed him.
9:45: I put Charlie on the floor of our bedroom so I can keep an eye on him while I get ready for the day.

Needless to say, I am looking forward to the day when Charlie sleeps in a little longer, but just like anything that’s on the tough side about parenting, I am trying really hard not to get frustrated or wish this stage away. After all, there is something sweet about seeing the sun rise every morning while holding my baby boy…and there’s always (multiple cups of) coffee ;)

What’s your morning routine like these days? Has it changed much recently?






  1. Catherine says:

    This is such a sweet family routine! I know it must be hard getting up so early, but you get so much family time in! It’s good to get a peek into what life might be like for us soon! :)
    Classic Catherine

    • Lisa says:

      That is exactly the perspective I try to keep–at least we get extra time together every day! :)

  2. Bethany says:

    My routine looks like yours, ha! It’s encouraging to see another mom with a similar schedule. :)

  3. mary says:

    Gigi and Jimp get up by 6 most days too. :-P I love how you read your devotional first thing. Something I need to work on!

    • Lisa says:

      The only problem is that the whole thing gets thrown off on days when I wake up before the BIS email arrives, haha :)

  4. Dana says:

    Now that it’s sweet summertime, my morning routine lasts until about 2 pm :)
    Charlie, please learn to sleep as well as Aunt Dana. Gotta get 10-12 hours!

    • Lisa says:

      Well, he goes to bed at 7:30, so I guess technically he is following in your footsteps :P

  5. Love that Charlie is still in those jammies :)

    • Lisa says:

      Oh girl, we are hanging onto them until he busts out of the seams! Which will be any day, haha :)

  6. Patricia says:

    This post was so helpful for me! My son is 4 months old and we are still really struggling with naps and developing any sort of routine. When did Charlie start napping more consistently?


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