Sharing and Caring Week: Morning Routines

This was such a horrifying and popular topic last year when we did it that I thought I'd bring it back for this year.

The idea is that we all share our morning routines, from the time we wake up until the time everyone's situated (either at school, work, has the day started at home, etc.). I loved reading the variety in people's situations, and it also helps make me realize that my own commute isn't so bad.

I'll start:

Alarm goes off at 6:30. I wrestle with the idea of getting out of bed to exercise and usually bail on that. 20 minutes of semi-conscious daydreaming later I hop into the shower. While I'm in the shower, one or both boys come in to the bathroom and flush the toilet, scalding me.

I get out of the shower and make sure the kids are awake and getting dressed in the clothes I've laid out on their desk chairs the night before. Check work BlackBerry and answer any early emails from CEO or boss. Feed ingrate cats.

I turn on some music to get us pumped up (the '80s channel on cable is a big hit). They've told me the night before what they'd like for breakfast, so I start that process. Pull my 7-year-old's lunch out of the refrigerator and put it in his backpack. Add anything else to his backpack. Double-check lunchbox and snacks for 4-year-old.

Check their getting-dressed progress and help/harrass as necessary. Get them started eating. Check clock and inevitably discover it's 5 minutes later than it should be. Get dressed, put on minimal makeup, brush hair. Text friends who've texted me since the night before. Update Facebook status. Make sure all keys, electronic devices, shoes, and foods are in my bag.

Dump breakfast dishes into sink, prod shoe-putting-on, turn off music, grab bags and leave the house by 7:50 with both boys. Go into subway and wait seemingly interminable amount of time for train to leave. Occupy kids with scintiallting conversation so they don't start punching each other on the long ride downtown. Get off at 8:35ish and walk 5 blocks to 7-year-old's school. Drop him off, then yank 4-year-old 5 blocks back to the subway to ride cross-town. Get off subway and walk 4 blocks, drop 4-year-old off at school at 9 am. Walk 6 blocks to subway and get on. Ride one stop, switch trains, ride one long stop, get off, and walk 4 blocks to work.

(This week I'll also add that during that whole time I'm thinking about finding new permanent babysitter and how to work all the drop-offs and pick-ups for the week. Especially since I'll be out of town Thursday night and Friday morning on a business trip. Yeah.)

What's yours?

116 thoughts on “Sharing and Caring Week: Morning Routines”

  1. I get up at about 620 and hop in the shower. If Little Man is already up then its clean butt and bottle THEN shower. Usually I get lucky and shower first. Sometimes the husband is home and he will sort of help. Usually he is more of a hindrance than a help. I get hair dried, makeuped and double check diaper bag. I shoot for getting out of the house by 8 to be at work by 9. Its sad because I live less than 20miles from my job.

  2. Husband’s work out alarm goes off at 5:30. I prod and kick him to wake up. I get to lie there until 6 on M/W/F later on Tu/Th. M/W/F I get up and get dressed. (I take my shower the night before those days) Clothes/Hair/makeup. Pour baby’s milk and juice into respective sippy cups and wake her around 6:30. If he’s available, husband helps keep her occupied while I throw together breakfast and snacks for baby and I. We change her diaper and get her dressed while she finishes milk. Pack her lovie and blankie and refill milk cup to pack in bag. Kiss husband good-bye at (hopefully)6:50 and head to work with baby. She eats breakfast there between 7:30 and 8. I save mine most days until my break at her 10am nap time.Tu/Th are a little easier. Husband’s alarm still goes off at 5:30, but I usually have time to fall back to sleep for a bit before baby wakes around 7-ish. Feed her milk and change her diaper, throw on “work out” clothes and load her up in the car w/ mobile breakfast (cheerios, grapes, etc.) water (for me) and juice (for her). We go to the park to meet another friend and baby at 8 and walk the park trails until about 9:30. Come home, take shower while baby “reads” in bathroom w/ me and she goes down for her 10:00 nap.
    Not as bad as most, I’d imagine.

  3. I’ve only got one kidlet to get ready for daycare, so I have nothing like Moxie’s morning going on at our house.Hubby gets up around 5ish and deals with our own ingrate cats, trash, dishes and usually makes coffee (thank God!). Gets me up around 6 so I can shower, grab coffee and something to eat. E usually wakes up before hubby leaves, so they get a little time together in the morning.
    Kiss daddy bye-bye.
    Make breakfast for E.
    Watch/listen to the news while he’s eating.
    Pack my lunch (or something close to it).
    Get me dressed.
    Get E dressed.
    Watch E attempt to grab cats’ tails.
    Brush teeth. (going much easier these days)
    Try to remember if there’s something important I’m forgetting.
    Drive 4 miles out of my way to daycare (in-home setting, which seems to be working out pretty well), then drive 25-30 minutes to work.
    Much less interesting than it sounds, believe me.

  4. My alarm goes off at 7. Usually my husband has been up and showered and dressed. My kids – for some unknown reason – are often already up by then, too, but if they’re not, I poke them with a sharp stick until they roll down the stairs. I get dressed in workout clothes so going to the Y is easier. If I put on a sports bra immediately upon waking, I get my workout in. I shower later in the day while my youngest naps.They get dressed (school uniforms make this easy!) and I get them breakfast and do their hair/put on their shoes while they’re eating. My husband is in and out of the kitchen – emptying the dishwasher, letting the dog out, getting himself ready for work, and helping out.
    At 7:25 my kids get a 5 minute warning. They’re in the car by 7:30 and my husband drops them off at school by 8 and continues on to work. I wait for my youngest to wake up and enjoy a second cup of coffee.
    We have a few off days. For example, I worked last night and didn’t get home till 8 am, so he did all the morning stuff himself. Usually, though, it’s all condensed into a 30 minute time frame. If I have to be somewhere where a sports bra is NOT acceptable attire, I get up earlier so I’m ready before I need to start getting my kids ready.

  5. Up at 6:30.Shower, dress.
    Coffee.
    Load preschool bags with lunches that were packed the night before or write up lunch menu for nanny.
    Put previous night’s dishes away/start a load of laundry/guzzle coffee/quickly check e-mail/etc.
    Get already-awake kids out of bed at 7:00.
    Help kids (twins, age 3) get dressed, or let them keep PJs on if it’s a nanny day.
    Breakfast (usually cereal or smoothies)
    Kids look at books while I wash up dishes/dry hair/brush teeth.
    Out the door with kids on preschool days or without on nanny days around 8:00.
    At work by 8:20 on nanny days, and 8:30-ish on preschool days.
    Efficient, boring.

  6. Depends if my husband is home or traveling…If he’s traveling, I shower at night, usually around 11:30 or 12. Alarm goes off at 7am, and I get up, brush teeth, get dressed, put in contacts, put on makeup and attempt to style hair, usually fruitlessly, resulting in hair clipped in a crooked barrette. With any luck, the almost two year old is still asleep in my bed (there’s about a 0% chance that she’s asleep in her bed).
    At 7:20 or so, I get my 5 year old up to get ready for school. We pick her clothes the night before, so she has to go to the bathroom, brush her teeth and get dressed. I make her bed quickly and get the kettle turned on while she’s in the bathroom, and then when she’s dressed, we head downstairs. I make instant oatmeal for her almost every weekday (and tea for me) and then I do her hair (an ordeal of complaining) while we wait for it to be ready. With any luck, she sits down to eat at about 7:55.
    The little one is usually up by this point, and grumpy, because she needs more sleep. I make oatmeal for her too. The five year old hopefully finishes eating by 8:10 (she’s a master of delays when it comes to eating) and gets her shoes, sweatshirt and backpack on.
    At 8:15, we walk out the door and down the street to the bus stop, where the bus comes around 8:20.
    As the bus pulls away, my younger daughter waves and is dramatically sad about her sister’s departure. We go back to the house, change her diaper, get her dressed (she usually goes to the bus stop in pajamas) and watch Sesame Street with her laying on top of me – did I mention that she’s tired? I check my email/Facebook/news on my phone while she watches Elmo.
    After Sesame Street, she rouses to play and I try to do the dishes or whatever. We pick up my older daughter at 11:45 most days and head home for lunch after some playground time.
    If my husband is home, it’s all the same, except I get to shower after the bus leaves, which is divine, because I get to sleep more and I love to sleep.

  7. Depends if my husband is home or traveling…If he’s traveling, I shower at night, usually around 11:30 or 12. Alarm goes off at 7am, and I get up, brush teeth, get dressed, put in contacts, put on makeup and attempt to style hair, usually fruitlessly, resulting in hair clipped in a crooked barrette. With any luck, the almost two year old is still asleep in my bed (there’s about a 0% chance that she’s asleep in her bed).
    At 7:20 or so, I get my 5 year old up to get ready for school. We pick her clothes the night before, so she has to go to the bathroom, brush her teeth and get dressed. I make her bed quickly and get the kettle turned on while she’s in the bathroom, and then when she’s dressed, we head downstairs. I make instant oatmeal for her almost every weekday (and tea for me) and then I do her hair (an ordeal of complaining) while we wait for it to be ready. With any luck, she sits down to eat at about 7:55.
    The little one is usually up by this point, and grumpy, because she needs more sleep. I make oatmeal for her too. The five year old hopefully finishes eating by 8:10 (she’s a master of delays when it comes to eating) and gets her shoes, sweatshirt and backpack on.
    At 8:15, we walk out the door and down the street to the bus stop, where the bus comes around 8:20.
    As the bus pulls away, my younger daughter waves and is dramatically sad about her sister’s departure. We go back to the house, change her diaper, get her dressed (she usually goes to the bus stop in pajamas) and watch Sesame Street with her laying on top of me – did I mention that she’s tired? I check my email/Facebook/news on my phone while she watches Elmo.
    After Sesame Street, she rouses to play and I try to do the dishes or whatever. We pick up my older daughter at 11:45 most days and head home for lunch after some playground time.
    If my husband is home, it’s all the same, except I get to shower after the bus leaves, which is divine, because I get to sleep more and I love to sleep.

  8. I have only one child (2.5 years old) and work from home so the days includings mornings & evenings are pretty pleasant. The alarm goes off at 7am, my husband showers, I shower, we make coffee & breakfast, son usually wakes up around 8am, husband dresses son and plays for 10 minutes then leaves for the office, son & I eat breakfast together & play until 8:45, we walk the dog on the way to the daycare, I return home with dog and am at the computer ready to work by 9:15. I feel very lucky, no stress whatsoever and yet, I think daily that perhaps we should have a second little one, which would throw the peace and tranquility all the hell.

  9. I have only one child (2.5 years old) and work from home so the days includings mornings & evenings are pretty pleasant. The alarm goes off at 7am, my husband showers, I shower, we make coffee & breakfast, son usually wakes up around 8am, husband dresses son and plays for 10 minutes then leaves for the office, son & I eat breakfast together & play until 8:45, we walk the dog on the way to the daycare, I return home with dog and am at the computer ready to work by 9:15. I feel very lucky, no stress whatsoever and yet, I think daily that perhaps we should have a second little one, which would throw the peace and tranquility all the hell.

  10. Depends on whether I’m working the day shift which starts at 7. On those mornings, sleep fitfully and wake up several times between 5AM and 6AM, worried that the alarm clock will wake the baby and hoping to turn it off the instant I hear it which ultimately means turning in off at 5:45. Sneak out of bed, avoid creaky floor boards, close door behind me without allowing the handle to make any noise whatsoever. Tip toe to hallway where clothes are laid out the night before after a pre-bedtime shower. Hope bedhead is not too bad and if it is, comb some water through it and add barrette. Brush teeth. Realize I forgot to lay out socks so sneak back into bedroom to closet, walking in zigzag pattern to avoid aforementioned creaky floorboards. Sneak downstairs where I’ve forgotten to set the coffeepot for the auto-on feature, but have managed to at least load up so I just have to hit the on button. Load up breastpump bag with the ice pack, assemble the pump parts which have been drying from the washing the night before. Put on socks. By this time at least one cup of coffee is ready so pour into travel mug, add milk, jump into the car after mentally repeating “don’t forget f*ing pump” to myself. Out the door by 6:15, at work at 6:40. Pump from 6:40 to 6:50. Get ridiculously overpriced but not instant so very yummy oatmeal in hospital cafeteria. Arrive to relieve the overnight staff at 7 AM.All this goes to shit if the baby wakes up. Damn those floorboards.

  11. We have just one 11-month-old girl in our lives right now. She’s still nursing and her “room” has no door and is right next to the front door (we live in a 1 bedroom condo) so there’s definitely no leaving for hubby before she’s awake, and if we try to get ready before she’s up it tends to wake her up and make for an unhappy girl, so we’ve settled into something like this:Sometime between 6 and 7am (it’s been on the later side lately and sometimes even after 7) we all wake up (luckily hubby’s work schedule is flexible and I stay at home). I nurse and change baby while hubby showers, then he dresses and plays with her and gets ready while I shower and get ready. Once I’m ready to take baby back he heads out the door (eats bfast at work). Baby and I scrounge up a light bfast at home or head 2 blocks away to the local bakery so we’re eating about an hour after we woke up. Then we walk around the neighborhood p-patch and/or the waterfront until it’s about time for nap #1, when we head back to the condo for a little bit more playtime to get the energy out and that’s pretty much it.

  12. We have just one 11-month-old girl in our lives right now. She’s still nursing and her “room” has no door and is right next to the front door (we live in a 1 bedroom condo) so there’s definitely no leaving for hubby before she’s awake, and if we try to get ready before she’s up it tends to wake her up and make for an unhappy girl, so we’ve settled into something like this:Sometime between 6 and 7am (it’s been on the later side lately and sometimes even after 7) we all wake up (luckily hubby’s work schedule is flexible and I stay at home). I nurse and change baby while hubby showers, then he dresses and plays with her and gets ready while I shower and get ready. Once I’m ready to take baby back he heads out the door (eats bfast at work). Baby and I scrounge up a light bfast at home or head 2 blocks away to the local bakery so we’re eating about an hour after we woke up. Then we walk around the neighborhood p-patch and/or the waterfront until it’s about time for nap #1, when we head back to the condo for a little bit more playtime to get the energy out and that’s pretty much it.

  13. I love these posts. They are my favorite.My morning routine is ridiculously easy.
    6:25 Alarm goes off. Decide if I want to snooze or have time to blow dry hair – snoozing usually wins.
    6:45 In shower.
    7:00 Nanny (who is also my sister – bliss, bliss) arrives. Makes us both tea and breakfast
    7:10 I arrive in the kitchen, to my breakfast and tea. Eat it, we chat about what she plans to do with my son that day.
    7:25 I head out the door – usually arrive at work around 7:40.
    My routine rocks. I am so lucky to have my sister be my full-time nanny. The only downside is that I don’t see my son in the mornings, cuz he usually sleeps until 7:30 – but it does avoid all the seperation drama.

  14. I love these posts. They are my favorite.My morning routine is ridiculously easy.
    6:25 Alarm goes off. Decide if I want to snooze or have time to blow dry hair – snoozing usually wins.
    6:45 In shower.
    7:00 Nanny (who is also my sister – bliss, bliss) arrives. Makes us both tea and breakfast
    7:10 I arrive in the kitchen, to my breakfast and tea. Eat it, we chat about what she plans to do with my son that day.
    7:25 I head out the door – usually arrive at work around 7:40.
    My routine rocks. I am so lucky to have my sister be my full-time nanny. The only downside is that I don’t see my son in the mornings, cuz he usually sleeps until 7:30 – but it does avoid all the seperation drama.

  15. First alarm goes off at 6 – I listen for the high schooler, if he’s quiet, I prompt him that he has about 20 minutes to get ready for the bus (I want to be the alarm clock of last resort for him.) I go back to bed, but keep an ear on the baby monitor (you can hear the whole house through that thing) to hear if either of the girls are waking up or if it sounds like the first one is not moving quickly enough (or at all). Reprompt if necessary. Around 6:40 I hop in the shower to get mostly ready before waking the girls. DH starts to get ready.The second alarm goes off at 7 to remind me to start the girls. They need to get dressed and pottied – both can have breakfast at school, but usually need something to tide them over, one prefers to pack a lunch. We’re all hopefully buckled and wheels up at about 7:30.
    Drop the little one off at daycare (7:45), then the older one at elementary school (8:05), then it’s off to work for me (8:45).

  16. 7 am: Wake up, wake up husband, son. (Infant daughter already awake and cooing at me from our bed) If I’m lucky, I get a shower while DH watches baby. Dress me, dress DD, find clothes for DS.7:30 7:45 am: Prod DS again to please wake up and join the living. Head downstairs with DD. Set out breakfast for DS, put on music or PBS for him to watch. Take out lunches if I’ve been productive the night before, scramble to make them now if I haven’t.
    8 am: Nurse DD one last time. DH loads all 5 bags (!) into car. God help us if we’ve forgotten any of them (computer, pump bag, kids’ bags, etc.).
    8:10 am: Drive DD to daycare. DH and DS walk to his preschool.
    8:20 am: Drop off DD, head back to DS’ preschool for hugs/kisses so he doesn’t freak out.
    8:30 am: Start official commute with DH.
    9:00 am: Drop off DH at his job.
    9:45 am: Arrive at my job.
    All of this regularly goes to hell in a handbasket if my DS wakes up in a foul mood, DD won’t let me put her down anywhere, there’s traffic (hello, DC area, there’s traffic nearly every day), or any kind of weather other than blazingly sunny. Any precipitation and traffic stops.
    My commute is hell and the worst part of my life by far right now. We’re trying to remedy that.

  17. Moxie,I loved this topic last year. So glad you brought it back! We have two versions of our routine — the version that is supposed to happen, and the version that actually happens.
    Here is what should happen:
    – At 6:15 our alarm goes off. DH hits snooze twice.
    – At 6:30 we drag ourselves out of bed and shower. If the kids are still asleep, we shower together, which allows us to plan the day ahead.
    – At 6:40, five year old E-man’s CD-player starts up with some morning music, usually Jack Johnson or Lisa Loeb. Nothing too jarring. He listens to a couple of songs, then gets up and starts putting on the clothes we’ve decided on ahead of time (usually Sunday night).
    – At 6:50, DH heads down to start breakfast (cereal and fruit and OJ). I help E-man brush his teeth and comb his hair. Then I wake up Bug (who is 3), get her dressed in clothes I’ve picked out ahead of time, brush her teeth, and do her hair.
    – By 7:10, everyone is downstairs eating breakfast. I make a travel mug of coffee, stuff E-man’s lunch into his backpack, pack up my car.
    – At 7:30, we put on jackets and shoes and head to the cars. DH helps me buckle the kids in. Then we get into our respective cars and pull out of the driveway. The kids love it if we can “follow Daddy” until he turns onto the highway to head 45 minutes south to work. We continue on the 20+ minute drive to Bug’s all-day preschool in the next town over.
    – At 7:55, I say good-bye to Bug. She LOVES her school, so drop-off is easy.
    – By 8, we are on the way back to our town to drop E-man off at Kindergarten.
    – At 8:20 (give or take, depending on traffic), we arrive at the elementary school. Drop-off is NOT EASY, but has been getting better. We walk to the playground, and he holds my hand until the bell rings. I chat a little with the other K parents who are dropping off their kids. I give him a hug, he lines up a little reluctantly, and he marches in to school. I say goodbye to the other parents and head to the car to drive home (I work from home — yay!). Sometimes I stop at the bakery for coffee on the way.
    What usually happens instead:
    – The night before, DH has set the alarm for a little bit later. I can’t see the clock from my side of the bed. So while I *think* it is not yet 6:30 when he’s hitting snooze, it is actually later. The E-man is up when we get up, so we shower separately, which takes more time. So we are double-late. DH showers first while I stuff the kids into their clothes.
    – I forget to have the kids brush their teeth and send them down to eat breakfast. It is after 7 already. I jump into the shower and try to hurry, but the shower is so nice!
    – By 7:25, I run downstairs as the kids are finishing up breakfast. I quickly do hair while they are still sitting. I pretend not to remember that we didn’t brush their teeth. At least we always brush at night!
    – DH has to fight with the kids to get their shoes and jackets on while I pack up. We buckle them into the car, and everyone is grumpy.
    – I leave first and speed to preschool drop-off. The kids complain because we can’t “follow daddy.” I drown it out with NPR on the radio. Preschool drop-off is smooth, so I speed to K drop-off. I park the car, and we run to the playground just as the bell is ringing. E-man lines up and marches in to school.
    – I leave the school and definitely stop at the bakery.

  18. Moxie,I loved this topic last year. So glad you brought it back! We have two versions of our routine — the version that is supposed to happen, and the version that actually happens.
    Here is what should happen:
    – At 6:15 our alarm goes off. DH hits snooze twice.
    – At 6:30 we drag ourselves out of bed and shower. If the kids are still asleep, we shower together, which allows us to plan the day ahead.
    – At 6:40, five year old E-man’s CD-player starts up with some morning music, usually Jack Johnson or Lisa Loeb. Nothing too jarring. He listens to a couple of songs, then gets up and starts putting on the clothes we’ve decided on ahead of time (usually Sunday night).
    – At 6:50, DH heads down to start breakfast (cereal and fruit and OJ). I help E-man brush his teeth and comb his hair. Then I wake up Bug (who is 3), get her dressed in clothes I’ve picked out ahead of time, brush her teeth, and do her hair.
    – By 7:10, everyone is downstairs eating breakfast. I make a travel mug of coffee, stuff E-man’s lunch into his backpack, pack up my car.
    – At 7:30, we put on jackets and shoes and head to the cars. DH helps me buckle the kids in. Then we get into our respective cars and pull out of the driveway. The kids love it if we can “follow Daddy” until he turns onto the highway to head 45 minutes south to work. We continue on the 20+ minute drive to Bug’s all-day preschool in the next town over.
    – At 7:55, I say good-bye to Bug. She LOVES her school, so drop-off is easy.
    – By 8, we are on the way back to our town to drop E-man off at Kindergarten.
    – At 8:20 (give or take, depending on traffic), we arrive at the elementary school. Drop-off is NOT EASY, but has been getting better. We walk to the playground, and he holds my hand until the bell rings. I chat a little with the other K parents who are dropping off their kids. I give him a hug, he lines up a little reluctantly, and he marches in to school. I say goodbye to the other parents and head to the car to drive home (I work from home — yay!). Sometimes I stop at the bakery for coffee on the way.
    What usually happens instead:
    – The night before, DH has set the alarm for a little bit later. I can’t see the clock from my side of the bed. So while I *think* it is not yet 6:30 when he’s hitting snooze, it is actually later. The E-man is up when we get up, so we shower separately, which takes more time. So we are double-late. DH showers first while I stuff the kids into their clothes.
    – I forget to have the kids brush their teeth and send them down to eat breakfast. It is after 7 already. I jump into the shower and try to hurry, but the shower is so nice!
    – By 7:25, I run downstairs as the kids are finishing up breakfast. I quickly do hair while they are still sitting. I pretend not to remember that we didn’t brush their teeth. At least we always brush at night!
    – DH has to fight with the kids to get their shoes and jackets on while I pack up. We buckle them into the car, and everyone is grumpy.
    – I leave first and speed to preschool drop-off. The kids complain because we can’t “follow daddy.” I drown it out with NPR on the radio. Preschool drop-off is smooth, so I speed to K drop-off. I park the car, and we run to the playground just as the bell is ringing. E-man lines up and marches in to school.
    – I leave the school and definitely stop at the bakery.

  19. Sounds like we win the early bird award so far (at least for my dd, a 2 yo):Usually she wakes up between 5:45 and 6:15. Cheerfully. For the day. If that’s before 6, we all snuggle in bed till 6.
    At 6, I start poking my husband to get up. He gets up, showers, and usually I give my daughter a cup of milk and read her a book.
    6:20ish, I shower, husband and daughter “shave” together in the bathroom.
    By 6:45 or so, I’m dressed, husband is dressed. Then one of us goes downstairs to start breakfast, the other gets our daughter dressed.
    7:00 is breakfast, tea, paper, etc.
    by 7:15 my husband needs to leave the house; on nice days, he takes his motor scooter to the train. On rainy days, we have to drive him.
    So on nice days, my daughter and I finish breakfast, pack up the bags, and leave the house by 7:55 or so to get to her home-care by 8ish. (Lucky me, I know!) This gives me time to make the bed, empty the dishwasher, and often start dinner for that night.
    On rainy days, we drive my husband to the train, and then look for random errands to do until dropoff at her home-care: dry cleaner, bagel shop, watch choo-choo trains leave.
    I then leave her home care by 8:10 and get to work by 8:45 or so.
    Not too bad, but it’s definitely better on sunny days when my daughter sleeps till 6:15.

  20. Mine is easy too. Lucky to have a helpful husband (when he’s awake, that is).6:30 alarm, snooze button. shower and dress
    7:00 get 3 year old out of bed, get both us breakfast (cereal or smoothies)
    7:15 start yelling repeatedly up the stairs to husband that is it time to wake up and I am not his mother, he has an alarm, I shouldn’t be responsible for dragging him out of bed…
    7:30ish husband out of bed, showers. Goodbye kisses and I’m out the door to be at work for 8am.
    Husband takes care of getting 3 year old dressed and to daycare for the day. I do the pick up. LOVE this arrangement! He seems to have no trouble with the drop off, where on the occasional morning I do it, daycare staff need to pry her off of me kicking and screaming. Not my favourite way to start the day.

  21. 530- wake up, sneak out of bed so as to not wake 3 yo who has summoned me to his bed during the night. Wash face, do quick makeup and hair, dress in clothes left out the night before. (I bathe the night before b/c there is no way i’ll get a shower in the AM).6- Go downstairs, make and pack lunch for 3yo at daycare. Pack something resembling lunch for me. Feed cat.
    625- Try to wake 3yo with limited success.
    630- Say goodbye to hubby, continue waking up 3yo, find cat to shoot him up with his twice-daily insulin.
    645-Bargain w/3yo to get dressed, go potty, drink juice, etc.
    705- Shut off Discovery Kids and get 3yo out the door with his lunch and my lunch.
    715- Drive through someplace for coffee, milk and food(usually treats from St*rbucks)
    730- Arrive at daycare.
    745-8 – Leave daycare.
    815-830- Arrive at work. Eat yogurt. Drink coffee. Wish for nap.
    All this will only get more fun at the end of the year when we add a newborn to the mix.

  22. Alarm goes off at 5:30. Workout (DVD or go for a walk) for 30 – 35 minutes. Shower then wake up husband so he will hopefully shower while I’m getting dressed/hair/make up. I fix breakfast (cereal or toast) and set out lunches if I’ve remembered to make them the night before. Husband gets 2 year old up and dressed. They both feed the cat. We all sit down at the table for breakfast. One of us cleans up from breakfast and fixes coffee to go while the other puts shoes and sunscreen on the boy. We gather stuff and walk out the door together at 7:15 or 7:20.

  23. Alarm goes off at 5:30. Workout (DVD or go for a walk) for 30 – 35 minutes. Shower then wake up husband so he will hopefully shower while I’m getting dressed/hair/make up. I fix breakfast (cereal or toast) and set out lunches if I’ve remembered to make them the night before. Husband gets 2 year old up and dressed. They both feed the cat. We all sit down at the table for breakfast. One of us cleans up from breakfast and fixes coffee to go while the other puts shoes and sunscreen on the boy. We gather stuff and walk out the door together at 7:15 or 7:20.

  24. Don’t shoot me. Just think of this as “what I have to look forward to.” I just became an “empty nester” a couple weeks ago.Days vary – I have different shifts – but today, I got up to the alarm at 4:45, dressed, teeth, rolled up my swimsuit into my towel, made and ate a breakfast of oatmeal and coffee, went to pool. Swam 1/2 mile. Drove to work.

  25. Don’t shoot me. Just think of this as “what I have to look forward to.” I just became an “empty nester” a couple weeks ago.Days vary – I have different shifts – but today, I got up to the alarm at 4:45, dressed, teeth, rolled up my swimsuit into my towel, made and ate a breakfast of oatmeal and coffee, went to pool. Swam 1/2 mile. Drove to work.

  26. Oh fun! And this is new for us with the new school.6:35: alarm first goes off
    7:03: I actually get up & hit the shower
    7:25: still in bathrobe, go make Mouse’s lunch (cheese sandwich, fruit & veggies, trail mix today)
    7:40: check email & net stuff
    7:50: in theory, get a quick 15 of yoga in, unless there was a fire in my inbox
    8:05: wake Mr. C and Mouse
    -hang out with and if needed, help Mouse while she gets dressed in clothes picked out last night; Mr. C makes breakfast
    8:30: get self dressed, try to remember earrings and mascara
    8:40: breakfast (PB&J toast & perfect tea)
    9:00: herd Mouse to the bathroom for potty & toothbrushing
    9:10: catch bus with Mouse across the street from our house
    9:20: get off bus, walk 1.5 blocks to Mouse’s school
    9:25: kiss goodbye, walk 4 blocks to subway to go to work
    9:35: catch train
    9:45: come out of subway, walk 3 blocks to work
    by 10: all set

  27. SAHM of 2.5 and 1 y/o:Husband is up, showered, dressed, fed & off to work by 5:30am. I don’t usually even realize he has left.
    Both kids are awake by 7:30. We change a diaper and get them dressed.
    Downstairs by 8 for breakfast.
    Back upstairs around 8:30/8:45 for me to dress & do hair & makeup (I shower at night).
    We are ready to leave the house by 9, but don’t necessarily have to do so every day.

  28. Family: myself and hubby, 4.5 y.o. son, 2.5 y.o. daughter.If it’s M/W/F get up at 6.35 and go for a 30-40 minute run in the Italian countryside not far from our house. If it’s T/TH I get to sleep in till 7.30.
    Wake kids at 7.30. They usually take 5 minutes or so to get themsleves out of bed. While I’m waiting for the water to boil ( which I use in the kids’ wheatbix), kids go to the loo and are given a bidet ( older one manages to wash himself without any help)and 4 times out of 5 are dressed by the time they start breakfast.( again 4.5 y.o does this himslef).
    Breakfast is completed by 8.00. Not their favourite meal of the day, especially DD’s, so it does take a good 20/25 minutes even to eat a small bowl of wheatbix and yogurt.
    Around 8.00, jump in the shower while kids play/talk to their father round the kitchen table. Try to tidy up/make bed’s/ unpack dishwasher etc. while I have the kids distracted with play/their father.
    8.30, time to take son to kinder. Often get a lift with hubby, while daughter goes downstairs to her grandmother, or if hubby is off early/away on busines, we walk to kinder (approx. 1 km away). This week MIL away on holiday so the 4 of us jump into dad’s car, or I put my daughter in the stroller and we walk.
    8.35-9.00 drop son off and kinder and chat to the mothers or one of his teachers. Then walk back home.
    9.00-9.15 onwards. Arrive home and depending on what day it is do some chores, run some errands or hang out with the 2 year old.
    Of course this is my typical morning routine on the days I don’t work ( which I haven’t done regularly since May). ON the days I do work, I’m out of the house before the kids wake up around 7.25.

  29. My alarm goes off at 5:15. I make my coffee and get ready for the day in a silent house. I usually have prepped every single possible thing the night before, including lunches. Leave for work at 6:15.Eldest’s alarm goes off at 6:50. DH and Younger get up around then, too. They must get dressed (with his help) and cleaned up before breakfast or there is too much dawdling. They’re allowd to watch morning tv (the PBS stuff) after they’re dressed. All three walk to Eldest’s bus stop, down the block. School bus comes at 8:05. After Eldest gets on the bus, Younger and DH walk back to the house, grab what he needs for his day, and then he drives Younger to daycare.
    Why are these so fascinating? It’s just so interesting, how other people’s lives take shape. It’s like peeking through your windows, somehow.

  30. Ugh! We had our morning routine down but now there is a newborn in the mix. I am really dreading going back to work in 3 weeks, especially the adjustment of getting into a new routine. Especially since I’m breastfeeding.Our household currently consists of my 10 yr old stepson, 3 yr old son and nearly 8 week old baby boy.
    I’ll need to be out the door by 7 am with the two younger ones. My husband leaves a little later and drops my stepson off at his school. I have a 15ish minute drive to daycare to drop off the little ones then I’ll catch the light rail train at a stop a couple blocks away to get to work by around 8ish.
    The good news is that we have switched daycare centers so now I don’t have to pack my 3 yr old lunch. The bad news is that the baby is now sleeping for a nearly 5 hour stretch at night. How is that bad news? Well he wakes up around 4 am to nurse for a short time (I think he just needs a snack) and then again at around 6ish for a much longer nursing session. And frankly, I have loads of supply in the morning after him sleeping during the night so I usually have to pump as well as nurse him.
    I think I have going to have to do more stuff the night before. My husband will get both the older boys breakfast but I really don’t want to do a morning bottle when the baby is going to be having bottles all day at work. Any other great ideas? Or tips for making the transition back to work with a nursing newborn a little easier?
    Breastfeeding didn’t work for my older son; I pumped exclusively for several months but this seems harder somehow.
    Thankfully, I only have to do this 4 days a week as I negotiated a 32 hour work week once I return from maternity leave.

  31. Ugh! We had our morning routine down but now there is a newborn in the mix. I am really dreading going back to work in 3 weeks, especially the adjustment of getting into a new routine. Especially since I’m breastfeeding.Our household currently consists of my 10 yr old stepson, 3 yr old son and nearly 8 week old baby boy.
    I’ll need to be out the door by 7 am with the two younger ones. My husband leaves a little later and drops my stepson off at his school. I have a 15ish minute drive to daycare to drop off the little ones then I’ll catch the light rail train at a stop a couple blocks away to get to work by around 8ish.
    The good news is that we have switched daycare centers so now I don’t have to pack my 3 yr old lunch. The bad news is that the baby is now sleeping for a nearly 5 hour stretch at night. How is that bad news? Well he wakes up around 4 am to nurse for a short time (I think he just needs a snack) and then again at around 6ish for a much longer nursing session. And frankly, I have loads of supply in the morning after him sleeping during the night so I usually have to pump as well as nurse him.
    I think I have going to have to do more stuff the night before. My husband will get both the older boys breakfast but I really don’t want to do a morning bottle when the baby is going to be having bottles all day at work. Any other great ideas? Or tips for making the transition back to work with a nursing newborn a little easier?
    Breastfeeding didn’t work for my older son; I pumped exclusively for several months but this seems harder somehow.
    Thankfully, I only have to do this 4 days a week as I negotiated a 32 hour work week once I return from maternity leave.

  32. oh, I forgot to mention, no need to prepare anything for son’s lunch as Italian kindergartens ( well, school from K through to university) provide a 3 course meal everyday. Think Jamie Oliver’s Italy.

  33. oh, I forgot to mention, no need to prepare anything for son’s lunch as Italian kindergartens ( well, school from K through to university) provide a 3 course meal everyday. Think Jamie Oliver’s Italy.

  34. I almost hesitate to write this…– DH wakes up between 7:30 (if he takes the bus) & 8 (if he drives)
    — I wake up when DH does.
    — DH pours himself some coffee and leaves.
    — I surf the internet/fold clothes/clean up some other messy part of the house.
    — If DD, 2.5, isn’t awake yet, I wake her at 9 am. She often doesn’t want to get right up, she wants to “snuggle with mama” for a bit. Bliss.
    — DD and I have breakfast around 9:30.
    I love my life and thank God every day.

  35. I almost hesitate to write this…– DH wakes up between 7:30 (if he takes the bus) & 8 (if he drives)
    — I wake up when DH does.
    — DH pours himself some coffee and leaves.
    — I surf the internet/fold clothes/clean up some other messy part of the house.
    — If DD, 2.5, isn’t awake yet, I wake her at 9 am. She often doesn’t want to get right up, she wants to “snuggle with mama” for a bit. Bliss.
    — DD and I have breakfast around 9:30.
    I love my life and thank God every day.

  36. My husband and I are not morning people, so our morning routine is all about napping in shifts. My 23-month-old wakes up at about 6:30, except when she wakes up at 6. But she is not allowed to get up at 6, so on early rising days, her daddy goes into her room every ten minutes to settle her, give her a glass of water, tuck her back in, and hope for the best until 6:30. (She recently went through a phase for about two weeks of waking up between 7:30 and 8:15, which was amazing, but then it stopped.)At 6:30, her daddy brings her from crib to bed and deposits her with me for about half an hour of nursing. At 7, she is done with me and goes to wake her daddy, who has been snoozing, while I escape to the back room futon for one last half hour nap myself. Toddler and daddy play, read books, and sometimes get first breakfast (day care will provide a second) and a clean diaper while I snooze until 7:30. Then I get up and shower and put on make-up and dress, and am usually ready to take over toddler care by about five minutes to 8, while Daddy heads off for his last half-hour nap.
    Toddler and I read books and I change her diaper (if not done already) and dress her and maybe feed her (if not done already). Daddy gets up at about 8:25 and showers and dresses. By about 8:40 or so he takes the toddler baton back and I quickly dry my hair and put on earrings and find shoes and find toddler shoes. Daddy and toddler leave sometime between 8:45 and 8:55 for the mile walk to day care, except on days when we trade drop-off and pick up, when I do it. (The subway is right outside the day care; door-to-door from home to work with day care drop-off is probably about 50 minutes.) When he does it, I leave at about the same time, walk a mile in the other direction to a different subway, and shoot under the East River one stop, and get to work by about 9:30.
    All the napping trade-offs may seem ridiculous, but we are both so grateful for them, and it really feels quite luxurious….

  37. My husband and I are not morning people, so our morning routine is all about napping in shifts. My 23-month-old wakes up at about 6:30, except when she wakes up at 6. But she is not allowed to get up at 6, so on early rising days, her daddy goes into her room every ten minutes to settle her, give her a glass of water, tuck her back in, and hope for the best until 6:30. (She recently went through a phase for about two weeks of waking up between 7:30 and 8:15, which was amazing, but then it stopped.)At 6:30, her daddy brings her from crib to bed and deposits her with me for about half an hour of nursing. At 7, she is done with me and goes to wake her daddy, who has been snoozing, while I escape to the back room futon for one last half hour nap myself. Toddler and daddy play, read books, and sometimes get first breakfast (day care will provide a second) and a clean diaper while I snooze until 7:30. Then I get up and shower and put on make-up and dress, and am usually ready to take over toddler care by about five minutes to 8, while Daddy heads off for his last half-hour nap.
    Toddler and I read books and I change her diaper (if not done already) and dress her and maybe feed her (if not done already). Daddy gets up at about 8:25 and showers and dresses. By about 8:40 or so he takes the toddler baton back and I quickly dry my hair and put on earrings and find shoes and find toddler shoes. Daddy and toddler leave sometime between 8:45 and 8:55 for the mile walk to day care, except on days when we trade drop-off and pick up, when I do it. (The subway is right outside the day care; door-to-door from home to work with day care drop-off is probably about 50 minutes.) When he does it, I leave at about the same time, walk a mile in the other direction to a different subway, and shoot under the East River one stop, and get to work by about 9:30.
    All the napping trade-offs may seem ridiculous, but we are both so grateful for them, and it really feels quite luxurious….

  38. What a fun topic. Here is what happens at my house:The PLAN:
    alarm at 5:30
    get – up, exercise 30 minutes
    6:10 ish, shower, dress… for work
    6:50 ish, eat breakfast, pack all bags (work bag, pump, diaper bag, lunch, bottles…)
    7:00 ish, load car then try to quietly move sleeping baby from crib to carseat for the commute
    7:15 ish, on the way to daycare
    7:45 ish, arrive at daycare, sleeping baby wakes up and I nurse before leaving for work
    8:00 ish, should be arriving at work
    What really happens:
    4:30, baby wakes up for unexpected nursing session (4-month growth spurt, I hope!)
    5:00, debat if it’s worth going back to bed for 30 minutes — go back to bed!
    5:30, alarm – hit snoose
    5:39, alarm – hit snooze (at this point, if my husband is home — he’s an airline pilot and gone a lot — he contemplates divorce as the snooze button is his sworn enemy!)
    5:45, finally get up to exercise
    6:30 ish, pump because realize baby who ate at 4:30 am is not going to wake up for that wonderful morning nursing session with Mama at daycare…)
    6:40, hop in shower, dress…
    7:10, pack car with all the aforementioned bags, pack breakfast to eat at office since no time now
    7:15 ish, move sleeping baby to carseat
    7:20 ish, hit the road
    7:55, arrive at daycare, do hurried dropoff, kiss sleeping baby (secretely hope that he’ll wake up for that short nursing session — he does not!)
    8:00, leave for office
    8:05, arrive at work (which funny enough is much more timely than my usual 8:15 – 8:30 late arrivals, pre baby…)

  39. What a fun topic. Here is what happens at my house:The PLAN:
    alarm at 5:30
    get – up, exercise 30 minutes
    6:10 ish, shower, dress… for work
    6:50 ish, eat breakfast, pack all bags (work bag, pump, diaper bag, lunch, bottles…)
    7:00 ish, load car then try to quietly move sleeping baby from crib to carseat for the commute
    7:15 ish, on the way to daycare
    7:45 ish, arrive at daycare, sleeping baby wakes up and I nurse before leaving for work
    8:00 ish, should be arriving at work
    What really happens:
    4:30, baby wakes up for unexpected nursing session (4-month growth spurt, I hope!)
    5:00, debat if it’s worth going back to bed for 30 minutes — go back to bed!
    5:30, alarm – hit snoose
    5:39, alarm – hit snooze (at this point, if my husband is home — he’s an airline pilot and gone a lot — he contemplates divorce as the snooze button is his sworn enemy!)
    5:45, finally get up to exercise
    6:30 ish, pump because realize baby who ate at 4:30 am is not going to wake up for that wonderful morning nursing session with Mama at daycare…)
    6:40, hop in shower, dress…
    7:10, pack car with all the aforementioned bags, pack breakfast to eat at office since no time now
    7:15 ish, move sleeping baby to carseat
    7:20 ish, hit the road
    7:55, arrive at daycare, do hurried dropoff, kiss sleeping baby (secretely hope that he’ll wake up for that short nursing session — he does not!)
    8:00, leave for office
    8:05, arrive at work (which funny enough is much more timely than my usual 8:15 – 8:30 late arrivals, pre baby…)

  40. Our routine is so much better now than it was a year ago! Nobody kicks and screams any more. Personnel: husband, daughter 6 and son 3.I wake up 6:30-6:45, dress if I am first. Get husband awake by 6:45. Often son is awake and hollering MOOOOOMMY! and wants a snuggle. Make coffee and make lunches for me and daughter.
    TV on to Martha Speaks or Curious George at 7. Wake daughter, who dresses herself (score!) and goes to watch TV. Take kids breakfast on a tray. Husband emerges and eats his breakfast while nagging kids to eat. I dress if I didn’t beat my son up, hang out in the internet if I did. Bring clothes for son and husband dresses him.
    7:30 TV off, shoes on, all of us out to car. Leave in car about 7:38. Why it takes 2 children 8 minutes to put on shoes I don’t know. Drop daughter at school at 7:42, me at work at 7:48, husband drops son at daycare and is at work by 8:15. I love our small city of short commutes.

  41. Our routine is so much better now than it was a year ago! Nobody kicks and screams any more. Personnel: husband, daughter 6 and son 3.I wake up 6:30-6:45, dress if I am first. Get husband awake by 6:45. Often son is awake and hollering MOOOOOMMY! and wants a snuggle. Make coffee and make lunches for me and daughter.
    TV on to Martha Speaks or Curious George at 7. Wake daughter, who dresses herself (score!) and goes to watch TV. Take kids breakfast on a tray. Husband emerges and eats his breakfast while nagging kids to eat. I dress if I didn’t beat my son up, hang out in the internet if I did. Bring clothes for son and husband dresses him.
    7:30 TV off, shoes on, all of us out to car. Leave in car about 7:38. Why it takes 2 children 8 minutes to put on shoes I don’t know. Drop daughter at school at 7:42, me at work at 7:48, husband drops son at daycare and is at work by 8:15. I love our small city of short commutes.

  42. 1 child. Rural GA.6:00 wake up/shower/get ready
    6:15 hubby get up/shower
    6:30 eat breakfast/check email
    6:35 hubby gets baby up/changes clothes
    6:45 leave with baby
    7:05 drop baby off at daycare (based at a high school, 3 meals per day, all I provide are diapers, wipes, and a sippy, $75 a week)
    7:15 get to school to start my day
    not too bad….

  43. 1 child. Rural GA.6:00 wake up/shower/get ready
    6:15 hubby get up/shower
    6:30 eat breakfast/check email
    6:35 hubby gets baby up/changes clothes
    6:45 leave with baby
    7:05 drop baby off at daycare (based at a high school, 3 meals per day, all I provide are diapers, wipes, and a sippy, $75 a week)
    7:15 get to school to start my day
    not too bad….

  44. @paola – “Run through the Italian countryside.” My word, woman. You’ve said many times about the limitations of living in Italy, but that? Right there? And the 3-course Italian meals at daycare? Must make a lot of the hassle worthwhile. Lawsie mercy. I am more than a little jealous!Also, I forgot to include that we watch some stories from the Scholastic Video Collection (totally worth the $$ if you haven’t already bought it) while I get ready after b-fast.

  45. @paola – “Run through the Italian countryside.” My word, woman. You’ve said many times about the limitations of living in Italy, but that? Right there? And the 3-course Italian meals at daycare? Must make a lot of the hassle worthwhile. Lawsie mercy. I am more than a little jealous!Also, I forgot to include that we watch some stories from the Scholastic Video Collection (totally worth the $$ if you haven’t already bought it) while I get ready after b-fast.

  46. 6:00 alarm goes off. Start snoozing. Can hear son (age 2) singing to himself in his crib. This week it’s “mewwily wike a dweam.”6:30 actually get up. Husband gets son up and dressed, makes tea and starts breakfast (and looks at headlines) while I shower and dress.
    6:50 wake daughter (age 4) with limited success. Carry her in to the breakfast table. Eat: overnight oatmeal and fruit for me, cereal for daughter, toast and banana for son and husband.
    7:20 start making lunches while daughter dresses and husband does… whatever he does in the bathroom and in front of the computer. Negotiate toys, socks, shoes, clothes that are too high to reach, arguments.
    7:40 last-minute flurry of bedding, extra diapers, gym clothes, homework, show-and-share, or whatever else needs to go to school and/or work in the morning.
    7:45 (ish) kiss Daddy goodbye. Pile into the car and drive to daycare.
    Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

  47. 6:00 alarm goes off. Start snoozing. Can hear son (age 2) singing to himself in his crib. This week it’s “mewwily wike a dweam.”6:30 actually get up. Husband gets son up and dressed, makes tea and starts breakfast (and looks at headlines) while I shower and dress.
    6:50 wake daughter (age 4) with limited success. Carry her in to the breakfast table. Eat: overnight oatmeal and fruit for me, cereal for daughter, toast and banana for son and husband.
    7:20 start making lunches while daughter dresses and husband does… whatever he does in the bathroom and in front of the computer. Negotiate toys, socks, shoes, clothes that are too high to reach, arguments.
    7:40 last-minute flurry of bedding, extra diapers, gym clothes, homework, show-and-share, or whatever else needs to go to school and/or work in the morning.
    7:45 (ish) kiss Daddy goodbye. Pile into the car and drive to daycare.
    Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

  48. I just have to ask–why oh why are all the moms doing the work and dads–maybe–“helping”?? Doesn’t this drive you bananas? I guess I’m “lucky” to have a husband who acknowledges that our daughter is as much his as mine and splits the work 50-50. Sorry about the obnoxious quotes, but I am just so mad at men who want congratulations for playing with the baby for 10 minutes while you shower. I mean, really. And no offense to the dads who read this who do their share without extra pats on the back (more than any of us deserve I mean). I know you’re out there.Our routine:
    We both work at home, so don’t have to get up particularly early. Unfortunately, A doesn’t care and wakes us up every morning calling Dada? Dada! Da! DA! mama? at about 6:30. I haven’t used an alarm in almost 2 years.
    We alternate mornings on duty, so whoever is on duty stumbles out of bed, lets our 21 month old early bird out of her room, and gets dressed and tooth-brushed while she kisses the one who’s going back to sleep.
    Parent and child go downstairs, eat breakfast, play a little, and about 8 or so come back up to get her clothes and get dressed for daycare. The other parent usually shows up downstairs around now. Then the long walk (15 mins adult speed, more like 40 if she insists on walking) to daycare, drop her off, and walk home. Sometimes I go to the gym on my way back.
    Lucky, I know, not just because I’ve got a great husband but because I work at home and have a great daycare walking distance from here!

  49. I just have to ask–why oh why are all the moms doing the work and dads–maybe–“helping”?? Doesn’t this drive you bananas? I guess I’m “lucky” to have a husband who acknowledges that our daughter is as much his as mine and splits the work 50-50. Sorry about the obnoxious quotes, but I am just so mad at men who want congratulations for playing with the baby for 10 minutes while you shower. I mean, really. And no offense to the dads who read this who do their share without extra pats on the back (more than any of us deserve I mean). I know you’re out there.Our routine:
    We both work at home, so don’t have to get up particularly early. Unfortunately, A doesn’t care and wakes us up every morning calling Dada? Dada! Da! DA! mama? at about 6:30. I haven’t used an alarm in almost 2 years.
    We alternate mornings on duty, so whoever is on duty stumbles out of bed, lets our 21 month old early bird out of her room, and gets dressed and tooth-brushed while she kisses the one who’s going back to sleep.
    Parent and child go downstairs, eat breakfast, play a little, and about 8 or so come back up to get her clothes and get dressed for daycare. The other parent usually shows up downstairs around now. Then the long walk (15 mins adult speed, more like 40 if she insists on walking) to daycare, drop her off, and walk home. Sometimes I go to the gym on my way back.
    Lucky, I know, not just because I’ve got a great husband but because I work at home and have a great daycare walking distance from here!

  50. I LOVE this. I love hearing these small details about people’s lives and I also like getting some tips inadvertently from everyone’s schedules. Here’s mine (Both husband and I work out of home, twin boys, 3.5 years old):7:00: wake to little padded feet of R running to our room. It’s UNCANNY how he wakes up at EXACTLY this time every single morning. No need for an alarm clock and I definitey prefer his warm nose in my face to the alarm buzz. Snuggle for 10 min.
    7:10: shower, dress; other boy either wakes up during my shower or sometime right after. The boys play trains while husband does yoga.
    7:30: Dress boys, plead with them to come downstairs and eat all the while brush teeth (mine) and put on mascara, blow-dry hair (now that it’s getting cold out). Husband is in and out of this process, helping sometimes to dress them (eeh gad, the colour combos he chooses), putting out breakfast, etc.
    8:00: Breakfast (and it takes FOREVER). I gulp coffee, eat the boys’ leftover breakfast cereal or toast and fruit. I TRY to sit for 10 min to chat or read a book and even have my own breakfast while they eat, but more often I’m making snacks, packing water bottles, charging up my cell phone and generally panicking to get out the door.
    8:30: Walk the boys to preschool while they chatter non-stop and I grin like a crazy-lady because I’m SO HAPPY to have my two big boys’ hands in each of mine. BY FAR my favourite new thing in my days now (they just started preschool last week).
    8:50: drop off at preschool. Walk to subway.
    9:30: at work.
    My goal is to wake up at 6:30 and work out and those of you who do that have just re-inspired me to work on that this week…

  51. I LOVE this. I love hearing these small details about people’s lives and I also like getting some tips inadvertently from everyone’s schedules. Here’s mine (Both husband and I work out of home, twin boys, 3.5 years old):7:00: wake to little padded feet of R running to our room. It’s UNCANNY how he wakes up at EXACTLY this time every single morning. No need for an alarm clock and I definitey prefer his warm nose in my face to the alarm buzz. Snuggle for 10 min.
    7:10: shower, dress; other boy either wakes up during my shower or sometime right after. The boys play trains while husband does yoga.
    7:30: Dress boys, plead with them to come downstairs and eat all the while brush teeth (mine) and put on mascara, blow-dry hair (now that it’s getting cold out). Husband is in and out of this process, helping sometimes to dress them (eeh gad, the colour combos he chooses), putting out breakfast, etc.
    8:00: Breakfast (and it takes FOREVER). I gulp coffee, eat the boys’ leftover breakfast cereal or toast and fruit. I TRY to sit for 10 min to chat or read a book and even have my own breakfast while they eat, but more often I’m making snacks, packing water bottles, charging up my cell phone and generally panicking to get out the door.
    8:30: Walk the boys to preschool while they chatter non-stop and I grin like a crazy-lady because I’m SO HAPPY to have my two big boys’ hands in each of mine. BY FAR my favourite new thing in my days now (they just started preschool last week).
    8:50: drop off at preschool. Walk to subway.
    9:30: at work.
    My goal is to wake up at 6:30 and work out and those of you who do that have just re-inspired me to work on that this week…

  52. @ Sarah — between 9:30 & 10. DH often doesn’t get home until 7, so if we had a “normal” schedule, they would never get to see each other! We eat dinner together, they play together, then do bath/story/bedtime. (DH & I are both nigh owls too — usually go to bed between 12-1.)

  53. All these folks who use alarm clocks! I haven’t needed one since the boy was born.Ca. 5:20 AM-6 AM: Boy (22 mos.) wakes up. Chorus of Mommy-mommy-mommy!
    Fetch boy out of bed and into my bed. Wrestle/doze with him (I wish it were a pleasant cuddle time, but he’s a grump when he wakes up) until 6 AM sharp. Then I warm a sippy cup of milk for him. Hang out on the bed with husband and boy; listen to a bit of news.
    6:30 AM – 7 AM: Husband reads books and plays trains with boy while I get dressed, brush teeth, put on makeup, set out boy’s breakfast, and assemble the daycare lunch (prepped night before).
    7 AM – 7:30 AM: Feed the boy breakfast; drink coffee prepped by husband.
    7:30 AM – 7:45 AM; Plop boy in front of Elmo so I can change his diaper, dress him, brush his teeth, and give him his daily asthma inhaler. Husband gets ready for work at lightning speed and departs (long commute).
    7:45 AM: Load up stroller for 30-minute walk to daycare.
    8:15 AM: Drop off boy, and walk 5 minutes to on-campus office.

  54. 6:00 – Husband is out the door before I know what planet i live on6:30 – wake up
    6:35 – 15 month old DS is awake
    6:40 – 7:00 – try to keep DS in the bathroom while I shower and get ready. This involves a lot of singing and games. I really need to get a door for the bathroom.
    7:00 – 7:15 – chase down DS to get him changed and dressed. It’s a battle every day.
    7:15 – prepare breakfast for DS
    7:45 – with any luck, DS is finished with breakfast
    7:50 – on the way to daycare
    8:15 – drop off DS at daycare and head home for work
    8:30 – back at home, make some coffee and start the workday.
    Not a bad routine, but it still baffles me that it takes me a full 2 hours before I’m actually working.

  55. SAHM trying to figure out WAHM or possibly WOHM by the time LO is 1. I’m in Canada, so a year’s mat leave is standard. LO is 9.5 mos.5:45 to 7:15 – LO wakes up to nurse, timing varies depending on number of night wakings. Just made it through that crazy sleep regression thing.
    6:00 – DH’s alarm goes off, probably wakes baby in other room. He tries to anticipate the alarm and shut it off before it goes (thinks he has Jedi skills).
    6:15 – DH out of bed, sometimes brings baby to me for nursing, removes all clothes from room and does not return.
    6:45 – DH out the door as quietly as possible.
    7 – LO and I join the living. Change diaper, brush my teeth and wash my face, head downstairs for coffee and play time.
    8 – Brekkie for us both.
    8:30 – Mom checks email and LO crawls all over everything and tries to take cell phone, mouse, keyboard, grabs cat’s tail OR we pack him into the Baby Bjorn and head outside for a 30 min. neighbourhood stroll.
    Sometime between 9 and 9:30 he starts the morning nap. That’s when I research daycare opportunities and try to get my head wrapped around the concept of work. I’d like to just stay home with him until he’s 18 mos. or so. Not sure what I’m gonna do.

  56. Mine is Super Easy. WAH-homeschooling mom of 5 yr old dd.8-8:30 DD wakes up. She plays in her room while I shower and get dressed.
    We go downstairs for breakfast.
    Daddy also works at home and is a night owl, so he is still asleep.
    9-ish breakfast
    9:30-ish play w toys
    10am homeschool work
    I do my work in the afternoon while dd plays w toys then plays Jump Start World on the computer then, GASP, she watches 1 hour of TV
    Of course, on the days when we have plans (playdates, concerts, theater) it’s much more rushed in the morning. And on Sundays, we are running like crazy people to get out the door to church.

  57. @ Julie – I’m also in Canada and took 18 months off when my son was born. I believe Canadian parental leave policy is 12 months paid (EI) and another 6 months your employer must hold your position (or an equivalent) but no government payments. So, 18 months total leave entitlement, but not all of it paid. you’ll have to research this to be sure, but it applied in my case. 18 months was perfect for me! I was not ready to leave him at 12 months, but very ready at 18 months. good luck!

  58. @Heather – thanks! My husband and I are not night owls at all, so our son goes to bed by 7 (maybe 8pm in the summer) so we can spend a few hours together before heading to bed ourselves. Just curious as you said your dd wasn’t up until 9am! That would be heavenly for us on the weekends :))

  59. Ok, I’ll play. One child, 20 months.5:30: Alarm goes off. Possibly we’re all somewhat awake already, since L tends to wake up to nurse around 5 these days (we cosleep during the latter part of the night). If L hasn’t nursed around 5 and is awake, we nurse a bit; otherwise I get up and hit the shower. If L keeps sleeping, daddy gets to snooze a bit; otherwise he changes her diaper, gets her dressed, and gets breakfast started for her and the cats.
    6:00: I’m out of the shower and dressed and have taken a first peek at the day’s to-do list. It’s dad’s turn for a shower, while I have breakfast and supervise L’s continuing meander through her breakfast.
    6:30: Dad is dressed and eating breakfast. I get my lunch and bag ready while also reading about 1 gazillion books to L — voracious, she is! Usually there’s another nursing session too, though it’s mostly for comfort since I’m about to go away for the day.
    7:00: I leave to catch the early bus with a higher adult-to-teenager ratio — and therefore blessed calm! Daddy takes over the book-reading while trying to make his own lunch and such.
    7:30: Grandma arrives to pick up L for the day. (Yes, we are extremely spoiled.) Dad catches the later-but-rowdier bus. I get off my bus about a mile and a half from work so that I get in a walk before getting to work around 8.
    Actually this is only the routine for the two days I work out of the house — the day I work at home and the days I don’t work don’t in theory start until 6 (I wish L knew that!). But still, we try to be ready to go out for the day by about 8, since otherwise L and I start butting heads like mad.

  60. Me: NOT a morning person, DD#1: definitely a morning person, DD#2: early to bed AND late to rise (beginning to think she might have sleep apnea, she is always so tired….) DS: sort of in between. DH not home from work until 9:00 am.6:15 am Get up. New resolution to get up early and cook children a hot breakfast and not be in a hurry. TOTAL torture, but discovered recently, not really more torturous than 7:00 am, and has benefit of not being in a hurry.
    Say good morning to DD#1 who has been up for 30 minutes, reading. Before she could read, morning definitely tougher!
    Start kettle, read newspaper website, check ask moxie hopefully (tell self, Moxie lives in NY, she could have already posted – it is already 9:15 there!)
    Drink tea, make children’s lunches, wondering a) why I didn’t I do this last night and b) what the heck am I going to feed these children?!?
    7:00 Wake remaining children, cajole DD#2 out of bed and feed everyone.
    7:20 Cajole older children into dressing and find clothes for DS in enormous pile of clean laundry. Decide girls underwear is fine for a 3yo boy b/c unable to find boys underwear. Dress DS.
    7:30 Argue for 5,347th time with DD#1 over need to wear non-flip-flop shoes to school.
    7:40 hair and teeth. Ask children to pack backpacks. Load DS into mei tai. Yes, he does weigh 40 lbs, thanks for asking.
    7:45 leave for 20 minute walk to school. Say good bye. Walk 20 minutes home.
    8:00 Gather DS’s things as well as my things.
    8:10 Put DS into car and drive to pre-school. He just started, so have to peel his crying body off me and hand to teachers.
    8:20 Leave preschool, crying myself after he can no longer see me. Off to work.
    9:05 DH calls to ask about morning.

  61. our house is: me, husband, 18mo son.husband is up and off to work by 6am.
    son wakes up anywhere between 5:30 and 6 which is WAY too early for me, so i try to nurse him back to sleep…a trick that used to work like magic but he is now outgrowing…so we’re working on sleeping later in the mornings or playing quietly on the floor or reading books so mama can sleep a little more. really though this doesn’t work that great. the day tends to go better when i just accept that is when i have to wake up instead of start out grumpy that i couldn’t fall back asleep…
    anyway, from there it is play a bit, have breakfast, get son dressed, then me take a shower last to maximize the chances that my clothes will actually be clean/presentable when we leave the house at 7:50.
    i find it *VERY* challenging to be at all functional in the mornings (ie actually TALK to son over breakfast or in the car). the thought of music or tv or email in the morning that other people mention just makes me cringe.
    in theory 6-7:50 is a fairly long stretch, so you would think maybe exercise would fit in there…i am curious how other moms manage that with toddlers literally underfoot? maybe i am kidding myself that i could actually fit that in though…most mornings i am astonished that we are rushing even with nearly 2 hrs to get 1.5 people ready.
    on the bright side, my commute is easy. 15 minutes in traffic and my son’s daycare is in the building next to mine at school so once he is dropped off at 8am i am in my office by 8:30.

  62. our house is: me, husband, 18mo son.husband is up and off to work by 6am.
    son wakes up anywhere between 5:30 and 6 which is WAY too early for me, so i try to nurse him back to sleep…a trick that used to work like magic but he is now outgrowing…so we’re working on sleeping later in the mornings or playing quietly on the floor or reading books so mama can sleep a little more. really though this doesn’t work that great. the day tends to go better when i just accept that is when i have to wake up instead of start out grumpy that i couldn’t fall back asleep…
    anyway, from there it is play a bit, have breakfast, get son dressed, then me take a shower last to maximize the chances that my clothes will actually be clean/presentable when we leave the house at 7:50.
    i find it *VERY* challenging to be at all functional in the mornings (ie actually TALK to son over breakfast or in the car). the thought of music or tv or email in the morning that other people mention just makes me cringe.
    in theory 6-7:50 is a fairly long stretch, so you would think maybe exercise would fit in there…i am curious how other moms manage that with toddlers literally underfoot? maybe i am kidding myself that i could actually fit that in though…most mornings i am astonished that we are rushing even with nearly 2 hrs to get 1.5 people ready.
    on the bright side, my commute is easy. 15 minutes in traffic and my son’s daycare is in the building next to mine at school so once he is dropped off at 8am i am in my office by 8:30.

  63. Wow, I realize that I have it quite easy…My 8 month old baby girl wakes us up at either 6:30/7:00. My Husband usually feeds her, changes her and rockers her back to sleep so I have an “extra” half hour of laying in bed. By 9:00 I’ve got our girl in her highchair in the kitchen to watch me make her daddy’s lunch while she’s eating her breakfast. 9:30, my Husband is out the door and I try to talk my girl into letting me take a shower, which never really seems to work. I’m a housewife so I spend the rest of the day cleaning the house, entertaining our daughter, changing diapers, giving her bottles, watching as she feeds herself (ok, it’s time spent bent down picking food out of the carpet since by now her highchair is in the dinning room), struggle with her as she fusses herself to sleep all the while I wonder: did I brush my teeth today??

  64. Wow, I realize that I have it quite easy…My 8 month old baby girl wakes us up at either 6:30/7:00. My Husband usually feeds her, changes her and rockers her back to sleep so I have an “extra” half hour of laying in bed. By 9:00 I’ve got our girl in her highchair in the kitchen to watch me make her daddy’s lunch while she’s eating her breakfast. 9:30, my Husband is out the door and I try to talk my girl into letting me take a shower, which never really seems to work. I’m a housewife so I spend the rest of the day cleaning the house, entertaining our daughter, changing diapers, giving her bottles, watching as she feeds herself (ok, it’s time spent bent down picking food out of the carpet since by now her highchair is in the dinning room), struggle with her as she fusses herself to sleep all the while I wonder: did I brush my teeth today??

  65. Married mom of 3 (5,3,8mths):5.30 DH alarm
    6.30 my alarm, DH leaves for work, everyone else up for breakfast
    7.00 Mr 5 & I get dressed, Ms 3 on potty in her room
    7.15 wake & nurse baby, Mr 5 does teeth & packs school bag (lunch is made night before)
    7.30 solids for baby, chores then playtime for Mr 5
    7.45 dress Ms 3
    8.00 everybody in car for school
    8.20ish arrive at school, do puzzles/books with Mr 5
    8.50ish depart school
    9.15ish home again unless it’s market day
    I had to sacrifice my morning shower when baby started solids because of the time. It was a REALLY hard change! But I’m very glad that my kids are super cooperative in the mornings – we have never been late for school. I’m also very glad that baby is now happy to stay awake for 2hrs+ in the morning and doesn’t scream for a nap before we get home again 🙂

  66. Married, 1 dog, 1 7 month old son.A typical morning for us starts with Oscar waking around 7am. I then get up, get my contacts in and use the bathroom, go get him and sing the good morning song from Singin in the Rain. He kicks and smiles, I turn from an ogre into a real girl. Then he nurses and I change his diaper. Then I drop him off in our bed with daddy while I go check email and start coffee. By then daddy is up and putting O in his highchair for cereal/fruit. We eat, have coffee and then take the dog for a walk around the neighborhood. Come home and dad gets in the shower while I watch O roll around (and crawl!) on the floor with the Today show on in the background. By 9am, daddy is out the door and Oscar is going down for his first (of 2) nap of the day. I refill my coffee and come read ask moxie!

  67. DH’s alarm goes off at 5:05, mine goes off at 5:40. I get out of bed when he comes in after his shower (usually 5:40-5:50ish), shower, dress & a little makeup — then head in to wake the ladies (26 month old twins) by 6:10.10-15 minutes to wake them up, play a bit before they are ready to get out of their cribs, change diapers, get them dressed & read a few pages of a story. Downstairs for breakfast by 6:25.
    (insert various amounts of time of whining & clinging for at least 1 girl before they both are ready to sit in their booster seats and eat breakfast)
    6:45 – everyone done with breakfast, hands & faces washed, shoes & socks put on, coats donned
    6:50 – load girls into DH’s car, deliver kisses & tickles, send them off to daycare, DH to work
    7:00 – after last trip to bathroom, grab packed lunch & get in car to commute 38 miles (~45-55min) to work. Typically at my desk by 7:55-8am.
    NOTES: after several months of stressing over fixing girls lunches for daycare, we now spend $25/week so they can both have hot lunch there. MUCH EASIER! Our lunches are typically leftovers, tuna (DH) or frozen TJ’s burrito (me) plus some fruit/veggies.
    We all arrive back home at about 5:40pm for dinner (usually cooked the night before & warmed), then playtime before bath and lights out for the ladies by 7:40 or so. DH and I then take turns taking a walk, in between kitchen cleanup, laundry, goofoff TV/internet time, then bedtime for us around 10, read til 11.
    Rinse, lather & repeat.

  68. DH’s alarm goes off at 5:05, mine goes off at 5:40. I get out of bed when he comes in after his shower (usually 5:40-5:50ish), shower, dress & a little makeup — then head in to wake the ladies (26 month old twins) by 6:10.10-15 minutes to wake them up, play a bit before they are ready to get out of their cribs, change diapers, get them dressed & read a few pages of a story. Downstairs for breakfast by 6:25.
    (insert various amounts of time of whining & clinging for at least 1 girl before they both are ready to sit in their booster seats and eat breakfast)
    6:45 – everyone done with breakfast, hands & faces washed, shoes & socks put on, coats donned
    6:50 – load girls into DH’s car, deliver kisses & tickles, send them off to daycare, DH to work
    7:00 – after last trip to bathroom, grab packed lunch & get in car to commute 38 miles (~45-55min) to work. Typically at my desk by 7:55-8am.
    NOTES: after several months of stressing over fixing girls lunches for daycare, we now spend $25/week so they can both have hot lunch there. MUCH EASIER! Our lunches are typically leftovers, tuna (DH) or frozen TJ’s burrito (me) plus some fruit/veggies.
    We all arrive back home at about 5:40pm for dinner (usually cooked the night before & warmed), then playtime before bath and lights out for the ladies by 7:40 or so. DH and I then take turns taking a walk, in between kitchen cleanup, laundry, goofoff TV/internet time, then bedtime for us around 10, read til 11.
    Rinse, lather & repeat.

  69. Married mom of 3 (1, 3, 5) + dog in Northern California.6:30 or so — wake up, start up computer, shower
    DH takes dog for walk
    7:00 — Phone alarm goes off, Poke 5yo. If it’s a work day, check email.
    7:15 — Poke 5yo, 3yo. Threaten to choose clothes and dress them (“No, no, no! I’ll do it!).
    Set table with bowls, water, milk, fruit. Make lunch/snack for kids. Wake and dress 1yo.
    7:20 — DH hops in shower
    Kids (dressed!) stumble out of room & pick dry cereals.
    7:30 — DH pours cereal, I pour myself cereal.
    7:40 — 5yo brushes teeth, puts on shoes, grabs lunch/water/hat/mailbag for school.
    7:45 — DH and 5yo walk ~1 mile to school. DH bikes or drives (drove car over during dog walk) to work (not to be seen again until 7pm).
    8:15 — shoes, sunscreen, load bags for 3yo (preschool), 1yo (“playdate”/babysitter)
    8:30 — buckle seatbelts, lock house, feed dog (“be a good boy, we’ll be back soon”)
    8:35 — drive away, drop 1yo at sitter
    8:45 — arrive at co-op preschool for workday w/3yo
    Variations on other days — each is just slightly different (“work” work day, preschool not workday, the day I watch another kid, etc.)

  70. Married mom of 3 (1, 3, 5) + dog in Northern California.6:30 or so — wake up, start up computer, shower
    DH takes dog for walk
    7:00 — Phone alarm goes off, Poke 5yo. If it’s a work day, check email.
    7:15 — Poke 5yo, 3yo. Threaten to choose clothes and dress them (“No, no, no! I’ll do it!).
    Set table with bowls, water, milk, fruit. Make lunch/snack for kids. Wake and dress 1yo.
    7:20 — DH hops in shower
    Kids (dressed!) stumble out of room & pick dry cereals.
    7:30 — DH pours cereal, I pour myself cereal.
    7:40 — 5yo brushes teeth, puts on shoes, grabs lunch/water/hat/mailbag for school.
    7:45 — DH and 5yo walk ~1 mile to school. DH bikes or drives (drove car over during dog walk) to work (not to be seen again until 7pm).
    8:15 — shoes, sunscreen, load bags for 3yo (preschool), 1yo (“playdate”/babysitter)
    8:30 — buckle seatbelts, lock house, feed dog (“be a good boy, we’ll be back soon”)
    8:35 — drive away, drop 1yo at sitter
    8:45 — arrive at co-op preschool for workday w/3yo
    Variations on other days — each is just slightly different (“work” work day, preschool not workday, the day I watch another kid, etc.)

  71. Our house: 2 parents, 2 dogs, 1 three-year-old girl.Before 6 am: Husband is up and off to work; picks his clothes out the night before and usually wakes before his HORRID alarm goes off.
    Sometime between 6:15 and 7:00: I wake up and try to convince myself to get out of bed and do some yoga. Instead, I doze. OR I get up and wrangle the dogs and potentially even shower while the girl continues sleeping. OR she’ll wake up first and come padding into our room to wake me.
    Before we head downstairs, we grab the clothes we picked out the night before; my goal is to avoid coming back upstairs again before we leave for daycare. She sits on the couch and wakes up while eating, in this order, a vitamin, a banana and “somefing else” aka a bowl of dry Cheerios and raisins. I turn on a DVR’d episode of “Ni Hao, Kai Lan” for her while I finish dog-wrangling, shower and get dressed. If all is going well and I was up before she was, I will eat my breakfast – typically yogurt and granola – on the couch while checking email/news etc. Otherwise I try to drink some water before we head outside.
    At this point it’s 7:30-7:45; we leash the dog, then I get the day’s conveyance out of the garage (stroller, wagon, very occasionally the tricycle) and we walk to the next street over for daycare. After dropoff, and depending on the time and my workload/hunger level, I walk the dog for 10-40 minutes… the longer walks involve a trek on the beach, which is SUCH an awesome way to start the day.
    Then back home sometime between 8:15-8:45, breakfast if I haven’t eaten yet (sometimes from the awesome bakery between daycare and the house – SO dangerous), small pot o’ decaf and working by 9.
    It’s a pretty great routine… which is potentially about to change, as I am feeling pretty strongly that we need to move our girl out of the daycare she’s been in since she was 8 months. There are no other options within walking distance, so the entire shape of our mornings may look entirely different in a month.

  72. Our house: 2 parents, 2 dogs, 1 three-year-old girl.Before 6 am: Husband is up and off to work; picks his clothes out the night before and usually wakes before his HORRID alarm goes off.
    Sometime between 6:15 and 7:00: I wake up and try to convince myself to get out of bed and do some yoga. Instead, I doze. OR I get up and wrangle the dogs and potentially even shower while the girl continues sleeping. OR she’ll wake up first and come padding into our room to wake me.
    Before we head downstairs, we grab the clothes we picked out the night before; my goal is to avoid coming back upstairs again before we leave for daycare. She sits on the couch and wakes up while eating, in this order, a vitamin, a banana and “somefing else” aka a bowl of dry Cheerios and raisins. I turn on a DVR’d episode of “Ni Hao, Kai Lan” for her while I finish dog-wrangling, shower and get dressed. If all is going well and I was up before she was, I will eat my breakfast – typically yogurt and granola – on the couch while checking email/news etc. Otherwise I try to drink some water before we head outside.
    At this point it’s 7:30-7:45; we leash the dog, then I get the day’s conveyance out of the garage (stroller, wagon, very occasionally the tricycle) and we walk to the next street over for daycare. After dropoff, and depending on the time and my workload/hunger level, I walk the dog for 10-40 minutes… the longer walks involve a trek on the beach, which is SUCH an awesome way to start the day.
    Then back home sometime between 8:15-8:45, breakfast if I haven’t eaten yet (sometimes from the awesome bakery between daycare and the house – SO dangerous), small pot o’ decaf and working by 9.
    It’s a pretty great routine… which is potentially about to change, as I am feeling pretty strongly that we need to move our girl out of the daycare she’s been in since she was 8 months. There are no other options within walking distance, so the entire shape of our mornings may look entirely different in a month.

  73. Wake up before 6AM to the screams of a 21 month old EVERY morning of her life. Get her and her cup for a snuggle on the couch in the hopes that she will calm down and not wake up brother 9 months. Sometime before 7AM hubby and brother wake up because of all the screaming/crying. Get the kids dressed while hubby gets dressed. Still listening to screaming and trying not to feel guilty for not giving attention to the happy-go-lucky 9 month old. Hubby load the car with bottles/breakfast/lunch (packed the night before) in the car and they are out the door by 7AM on their way to daycare/work. I then have 20-25min to get showered/dressed/breakfast/start a load of laundry/throw dinner into the crockpot and out the door. Work at 8:00- first cup of coffee 8:02

  74. Wake up at 6:45-7ish, usually when one of my children comes into our bed. If I haven’t showered the night before, get up and get in shower. Hopefully D has cleared out of the bathroom already. Leave any awake children in my bed with cats and PBS.7:00-7:40ish, shower, dress, tidy the bathroom ala flylady if I am feeling motivated. Get children to dress by threatening to turn off PBS if they do not cooperate.
    7:40ish-8:15ish, go downstairs, get kids something to eat, get lunches and snacks that have hopefully been made the night before ready, feed cats, start some laundry if I am doing well, check emails on blackberry, do my daughter’s hair, check backpacks, etc.
    8:15-8:22ish–where this time goes every day is a mystery to me.
    8:22–realize we need to leave for the bus RIGHT NOW! Panic and rush kids out the door and down to the corner.
    8:25–M’s bus pulls up 5 mins early–we have just made it.
    8:30-8:45–Kill time talking to neighbors, playing with B, checking email etc. until we can leave for preschool carline.
    8:45-8;50–Drive to preschool. Drop off at carline
    8:55–back home, make tea and get breakfast for myself and head to basement to work in my office.

  75. Mum of 1 4 year old, 2 WOHPs.6 am alarm – get up, shower, etc.
    6:20 ish my son wakes up. Get back in bed with him and read a book, cuddle.
    6:30 he and I have breakfast &/or load the crockpot together
    7 am I hand the entire morning routine over to my DH and leave for work.
    I’m amazed at all the email checking; and I thought I was compulsive. 🙂

  76. Are Moxie and I the *only* single parents posting here? (Or am I too bleary-eyed to read properly…?).It’s me and my daughter who is almost 6. Mostly SAHM/WAHM, but recently I started working part-time. We’re homeschooling but she goes to a morning program 3 days a week and she says she HATES hs’ing so it’s all feeling shaky these days. Anyway:
    On morning-program days the plan is:
    Alarm at 6:45; I get up, make tea, unload dishwasher, wake up a little, hopefully get dressed.
    7:15-ish: Wake up P, snuggle for a few, get her dressed before she even gets out of bed so she doesn’t know what hit her (thanks Moxie for that great tip to avoiding the “get dressed!” nagging marathons!).
    7:25: Make a quick breakfast, pack her lunch while she eats, and do her hair.
    7:45: P does morning jobs (feed cats, put away silverware from dishwasher), I make bed, gather belongings that we need to take with us,
    8:00: We do a ‘morning circle’ that involves lighting a candle, a couple of verses/songs/blessings
    8:15: Start putting on shoes, finding last-minute belongings, etc.,
    8:30: Out the door.
    Now, the reality is such that I have no idea where all that time goes! I think I get up later, she gets up before I’m ready, everything takes longer, and I get sucked into email – though I try not to do computering in the morning.
    I’m so impressed by all you morning workout-doers, and all you early risers. I feel bad about not being able to rouse myself at 6:45 (but I’m an insomniac and frequently don’t go to bed til 1).

  77. Our routine for 2 WOH adults and three girls in school, ages 5, 10, and 12.7am – alarm goes off; husband gets up and yells upstairs to girls “Are you getting up?” I try to doze a few minutes longer.
    7:15 – yell upstairs to the girls again, and bug them until we can hear they actually _are_ moving around up there…
    7:30 – by now I’m dressed (usually shower the night before or have a 5 minute shower); Hubby in shower still. Girls are trickling downstairs and begin to get themselves breakfast (they are well-trained because their mother is lazy; also I am a midwife so they can’t be used to breakfast service as I am sometimes away at a birth). I make the first of three espressos.
    7:45 – hustle girls to finish breakfast and get their shoes on for school. Lunches are already made as I make them the night before. Try to throw a lunch together for myself if I didn’t make it the night before too. Husband making/eating his own breakfast.
    8:00 – girls get their coats on
    8:10 – girls head to Daddy’s car and buckle up; they are all at the same public school for one! glorious! year! so VERY much enjoying having to drive all three to only one place, AND the school is a 3-minute drive from the house. Kiss hubby goodbye– he takes the kids to school.
    8:12 – I enjoy the peace and quiet, drink a double espresso, load the dishwasher, and figure out what we are having for dinner/throw something in the crockpot. If I have clinic, I head to the office at 9am, so I get a breather until then. If I’m the on-call midwife, I wait for my wretched pager to beep (or I’m not at home already).

  78. Parameters: one child, 17 months, full-time job that I have to “be” at two days a week. This routine is for days I don’t have to go to the office.Wake up when the baby does. This can be anytime from 5:37 (bitter, bitter) to 8 (yay!!!). Brush teeth because I decided months ago that if he smells my morning breath he might not like me anymore.
    Go get baby. Change diaper, take baby to the bathroom to brush his teeth with his Elmo toothbrush. He likes to take it out and say, “Hi, Emmo.”
    Take baby downstairs for breakfast. He gets some combination of dairy/cereal/fruit. It might be yogurt and toast and melon, or cream cheese on toast and blueberries, or oatmeal with yogurt and berries in winter. Plus milk. I get a cup of tea and a piece of toast, plus I set up the coffee for the husband, who still slumbers.
    Once that’s done, we go back upstairs and get dressed. I dress while the boy pulls out my socks, puts my shirts on his head, unpacks the dirty laundry, and otherwise gets into things.
    Then I take him in his room and get him an outfit. He always says, “SHIRT!” but he doesn’t really pronounce “R” very well.
    Once his shoes are on, it’s time to say goodbye to the Dad, then go to daycare. We drive ten minutes across town, and I always look at the neighborhood of tiny, adorable bungalows and wish I hadn’t bought a soul-less house in a soul-less neighborhood only because it had the best kitchen.
    In the car we stick out our tongues and say, “nnnn!”
    At daycare, I hand him over and listen to whatever today’s news is. Then I go back home to write for 7 hours before coming back to get him.
    On school days, my husband does all this. I hear it’s about the same except with more toast and less kissing.

  79. Parameters: one child, 17 months, full-time job that I have to “be” at two days a week. This routine is for days I don’t have to go to the office.Wake up when the baby does. This can be anytime from 5:37 (bitter, bitter) to 8 (yay!!!). Brush teeth because I decided months ago that if he smells my morning breath he might not like me anymore.
    Go get baby. Change diaper, take baby to the bathroom to brush his teeth with his Elmo toothbrush. He likes to take it out and say, “Hi, Emmo.”
    Take baby downstairs for breakfast. He gets some combination of dairy/cereal/fruit. It might be yogurt and toast and melon, or cream cheese on toast and blueberries, or oatmeal with yogurt and berries in winter. Plus milk. I get a cup of tea and a piece of toast, plus I set up the coffee for the husband, who still slumbers.
    Once that’s done, we go back upstairs and get dressed. I dress while the boy pulls out my socks, puts my shirts on his head, unpacks the dirty laundry, and otherwise gets into things.
    Then I take him in his room and get him an outfit. He always says, “SHIRT!” but he doesn’t really pronounce “R” very well.
    Once his shoes are on, it’s time to say goodbye to the Dad, then go to daycare. We drive ten minutes across town, and I always look at the neighborhood of tiny, adorable bungalows and wish I hadn’t bought a soul-less house in a soul-less neighborhood only because it had the best kitchen.
    In the car we stick out our tongues and say, “nnnn!”
    At daycare, I hand him over and listen to whatever today’s news is. Then I go back home to write for 7 hours before coming back to get him.
    On school days, my husband does all this. I hear it’s about the same except with more toast and less kissing.

  80. Both hubby and I work out of the home full time 8:00-5:00, have one 2 year old and am currently pregnant.6:15 alarm goes off, I get in shower.
    6:30 I’m out, hubby gets in while I do make-up, hair, get dressed.
    7:00 hubby is ready and goes downstairs to pack Munchkin’s breakfast and our lunches. I wake up Munchkin, get her dressed, face washed, hair brushed. She fights me the whole time.
    7:15 get in car, drive to daycare.
    7:30 drop off at daycare, set her up with her breakfast, kiss goodbye. Drive downtown to work.
    8:00 at work till 5:00.
    Once no. 2 comes I have no idea how much earlier I’ll have to get up but I’m guessing 15 minutes to half an hour. Working full time sucks.

  81. Both hubby and I work out of the home full time 8:00-5:00, have one 2 year old and am currently pregnant.6:15 alarm goes off, I get in shower.
    6:30 I’m out, hubby gets in while I do make-up, hair, get dressed.
    7:00 hubby is ready and goes downstairs to pack Munchkin’s breakfast and our lunches. I wake up Munchkin, get her dressed, face washed, hair brushed. She fights me the whole time.
    7:15 get in car, drive to daycare.
    7:30 drop off at daycare, set her up with her breakfast, kiss goodbye. Drive downtown to work.
    8:00 at work till 5:00.
    Once no. 2 comes I have no idea how much earlier I’ll have to get up but I’m guessing 15 minutes to half an hour. Working full time sucks.

  82. Okay.-Woken by husband at about 7 am (I usually find myself in bed with the 2.5 year old).
    -try to convince kids to get up
    -end up in my bed with both kids
    -start harrassing kids to get up and get dressed.
    -find caffeine
    -more harrassment
    -get cereal for little one and convince big one she needs to eat something before school
    -pack lunch for school
    -start laundry
    -find myself depressed/anxious/intrigued by Morning Edition on NPR
    -feed dog
    -harrass kids to get them to get shoes on, brush teeth, go to the bathroom
    -get myself dressed, maybe remember deodorant or to brush my own teeth
    -fight with 2.5 year old
    -get everyone out the door
    -walk .5 miles to elementary school
    -chat with friends and neighbors
    -hugs and kisses to big kid
    -walk home with little one and get ready for the rest of the day…it is now 8:56 am.

  83. I enjoy reading these, as well!We live in Seattle. I have a 5 yo who just started kindergarten and goes 4 days/week and a 3 yo who is in preschool 2 1/2 days/week.
    My alarm goes off at 7:45. I wake up my daughters at 8:00. Breakfast, little tv, get dressed, get everything in to the backpacks (depending on who is going to be at school that day) and out the door by 8:45. Drive roughly 45 blocks south to school to get there by 9:00.
    Easy peasy.

  84. We work opposite schedules, so mornings are not that complicated. M-F, I’m up around 6:30 and out of the house usually before anyone else wakes up. S-S, he’s up at 6 and out of the house before anyone wakes up. The boys get to wake up and get around on their schedule which is nice. While I’m probably jumping the gun on tomorrow’s discussion, our “evenings” are much more hectic since I have to get out of work on time M-W so he can hand off the kiddos and go to work. I would just kill for a regular day with the entire family instead of just a few hours here and there. We’ve been doing this for a little over three years and it’s getting old.

  85. @MrsHaleyYeah, I know I give Italy a bad rap sometimes, but the Italian countryside and the 3 course meal at kinder really make up for Berlusconi!

  86. 3 yo 4 yo 1 SAHM 1 WOHDKids wake us up between 6:45 and 7:00, though occassionally DH is already up working.
    Kids get dressed. DH and I make our bed. DH showers (how can anyone take that long to shower?). I get dressed. Straighten kids beds.
    Every one heads downstairs. I turn on coffee maker if I’ve already set everything up the night before. I make breakfast while kids play. If I’ve been organized lunches are made. If not, I’m wondering how DH can still be getting dressed, because he needs to be downstairs helping.
    Lunches go into backpacks near door. Ideally I get kids back upstairs to brush teeth. Kids play until time to go at about 8:30. If DH has no meetings he takes DD or DS to school. If not, I drive the 2 blocks to DDs school, drop her off and then drive DS to school. If traffic isn’t bad it takes 20 minutes, but its not unusual to take 30.

  87. 2 adults, one 2 year old, one almost 9 year old.My morning starts when the 2 year old wakes up. Today it was at 5:11. It is usually closer to 5:30, never past 6 unless he was awake for a lengthy period during the night, then it might be 6:30 or 7.
    Now that he’s in his big boy bed, when he wakes up he just walks out of his room into mine and we get up – no fuss, no screaming mommy – just pitter patter of little feet. HEAVEN.
    He gets milk. We snuggle on the couch and watch Sesame Street. We get up to get more milk. We snuggle back down on the couch. At some point the older one will wake up and get on couch, too. Depending on T’s mood he will either start playing with his brother and I can get up and start getting ready or he’ll fuss and not want anyone else to touch him or talk to him except me and that makes for a slower start to our day.
    Breakfast – older eats at school. He gets himself dressed, teeth brushed, school bag ready, etc. He and my partner are out the door by 7:30.
    T and I play a bit if he’s not feeling friendly with anyone else or he helps me pack his lunch. The timeline is so sketchy because other than milk and snuggling on the couch our mornings are never the same. At some point I get in the shower and get dressed. Could be anywhere from 6:30 to 7:00. Could be that I got in the shower and T was playing happily and didn’t care/notice. Could be he’s in a lump on the bathroom floor crying while I shower. His breakfast is either a cereal bar or oatmeal or yogurt. I finsih getting dressed while he eats breakfast. He hates getting dressed so that’s always fun. He often ends up wearing at least half of his nighttime outfit to school because it’s just easier than dealing with the screaming. Today he had a nuclear meltdown over having his diaper changed but was as happy as could be to put on his shorts and shoes and socks. There’s no telling really. We aim to be out of the house around 7:45 and it usually works. Things speed up when there is no one else around for some reason. He’s at daycare by 8 and I’m at work by 8:15 unless I stop for coffee.

  88. Things shift around a bit if the baby wakes up early.7:00 alarm goes off.
    Shuffle off to the bathroom. Get the older kids up and make the eldest go to the bathroom right away. Kay out clothing and underwear for the older kids to get dressed in. Put out bowls and cereal (usually honey nut cheerios but sometimes I make oatmeal). Get the middle child eating. Loudly encourage the eldest to hurry up and go to the bathroom. Make bottle for the baby, get him up and change him. Again loudly encourage eldest to go potty and remember to put on his underwear before leaving the room.
    Hopefully while I am feeding the baby the older kids are eating and not goofing off (like this morning). After I am done feeding the baby on a good day the older kids will be done eating and slooowly getting dressed while I eat my own breakfast.
    I get dressed all the while loudly encouraging my kids to hurry up and get dressed. Once they and I are dressed I put on my eldest’s AFO and hand splint along with his shoes. The middle child will sometimes put on his own shoes and socks. Brush teeth in a rush.
    8:00 Knock on the door, it is the neighbor kids that we take to school. All pile in the cars and I buckle car seats and booster seats. 5 min to school and then a block away we all pile out. The neighbor kids rush off while I get my kids squared away for the walk to school.
    Leave middle child with his pre school teachers who are waiting outside for him. Wait outside with eldest until the whistle to lie up blows. I walk him into the building when it is his turn to do. Get an update from his teacher and make the hand off.
    Walk back to car, buckle baby in and head home. Sigh of relief.

  89. Data Points:Suburban New England
    Two WOH parents (we both work in the next town)
    One almost 4-yr-old son in full-time daycare
    My alarm goes off at 6:10 or 6:20, depending on whether it is a hair wash day or not. The cat has been walking on us and meowing since 5:30 at least though.
    I get up before anyone else and shower/get dressed. Feed the cats if no one already did it at 5:30am. Almost 4-yr-old son gets up during or right after my shower and we watch Curious George together. If he is up earlier, he watches Sesame Street while I finish getting ready until CG starts.
    After CG, we make breakfast. I usually make the boy an egg and sometimes a smoothie and I have a bowl of cereal. We sit together and eat breakfast.
    Meanwhile, husband stumbles out of bed and showers. Husband gets boy dressed and teeth brushed while I finish getting ready (makeup, jewelry, etc.).
    I grab my lunch that I made the night before and any random attachment boy needs to bring to school (his daycare provides a full lunch, which is great).
    We all leave the house at the same time (around 8:10ish), and get in separate cars. I drive boy 2 miles to daycare, then 5 miles to work. Get to work by 9:00 usually.
    Our routines are working pretty well, even though they sometimes vary. However I feel that things are just perfectly balanced right now and could very easily crumble to the ground if a monkey wrench was thrown at us. There are rumors that everyone in my company will have to move to a new office in the city, which would change my 1/2 hour daily commute (total) to at least 3 hours daily. This keeps me up at night.

  90. Working mom with 4 kids – ages newborn to 7. My morning routine is just mine, because I try to leave before my kids get up, both so I miss rush hour traffic and so I can get home earlier in the evenings. I get up around 6, get myself ready and try to be out the door by 6:30 and at work by 7. I eat breakfast at work.My husband is a SAHD and he gets the kids up at 7:30, they eat, wash up, brush teeth and get dressed. They leave at 8:15 to walk the oldest two to the bus stop. Twice a week, he then comes home and takes the 3 year old to preschool.
    All this being said, we have thrown a newborn into the mix and I will be adding a morning nursing into my schedule when I go back to work in a few weeks, as well as the time it takes to pack up the pump. I hate the pump!!! So right now, with both my husband and I at home, we’re taking turns with the morning routine depending on who is less tired 🙂

  91. Our house – 9 month old, DH, 28 week pregant with twins me, and 2 boxers dogs (I’m doing this a day late – the dogs only really come into play in the morning… damn dogs).DH wakes up at 4:45. Showers, feeds and lets out dogs. Dogs stampede up and down stairs. If it’s a good day, doesn’t wake up baby. Always wakes up me. DH makes bottles for daycare and leaves house by 5:30.
    6 – 6:45: DS starts babbling in crib. I lay there and pray he falls alseep again. Never does. I get him up (he is always so happy to see me which makes it all worth it.) and we change diaper, get dressed for the day, and then go into my room, where I get ready for day while he uses the TV remote to entertain himself. Sometimes I get the watch the news… but he is usually crawling around and switching to random channels which is pretty funny.
    7:15 – 7:45: Bottle downstairs, play for DS, dogs go play outside and bark at the kids walking by (yep everyone in the neighborhood loves us), I make myself breakfast and coffee and assemble daycare food (which I’ve usually dealt with the night before).
    8 AM – leaving the house with DS to drop off at daycare. This is a desperate rush, because leaving at 8:04 gets me behind a school bus that stops 15 times on ONE STREET. Trust me, I’ve counted.

  92. note to self: gain more structure in morning routine.Thanks for asking this one again Moxie, I’ve been waiting for it.
    My morning routine involves being exhausted and trying to get 2 kids organized and fed while one only wants to watch cartoons and the other follows me around the house wailing. So far its not really good. It would be better if our evenings were smoother. And if I weren’t up until 1am every night trying to get ready for new classes the next day. Somehow that late night makes getting up at 6:30 with the almost 5year old just that much harder.

  93. 4 year old boy, husband and I work at same place. New routine since son started pre-kindergarden 3 weeks ago.7ham: radio starts, we listen to the news until 7h15. Son is in living room next to our bedroom, playing since 6h30-6h45. We ask him 5 times to go pee when he wakes up.
    7h15: we all have breakfast that we all rpepare together, I have coffee.
    7h45 (!) : breakfast is done. In a different order everyday:
    – we both shower one after the other and get dressed + teeth brushing (well that’s the plan)
    -the one not in the shower
    1) helps son get dressed and get is asthma medicine, telling him everyday that if he does it right away, he will have time to play, “because mommy is never ready on time”
    2) packs up lunch prepared night before for everybody.
    8h00:Husband and son are ready. Somehow I am not and I don’t even curl my hair or wear make up. We start telling son to put on his shoes while I run around in underwear. I get ready BEFORE son gets shoes on.
    8h20: all in the car, drop son at pre-kindergarden around 8h25. He shoos us away as he likes it very much.
    8h35-8h40: Husband and I arrive in parking lot, we work in same building. Husband walks with me to my office so he can come in and kiss. Eternally grateful that we got these two jobs at the same place and that pre-k is 5 minutes away.

  94. Us: both parents WOH, one 20-month old.Mornings are easy(ish) for me because I leave before anyone is awake so I only have to deal with getting myself organized.
    If it has been a bad night, monkey has woken up in the night and I bring him to bed with us so he’ll sleep – in which case he usually half-wakes up again around 4-ish and nurses. Then my alarm wakes me up at 5:45 am (or 6:00 am if I’ve felt indulgent the night before when setting it…) and I start my morning routine.
    If it has been a good night, monkey wakes up around 5:15 am in his crib, calling me. I bring him to bed with us and nurse him, he falls back asleep after that and sleeps in bed with dad until somewhere between 6:30 or 7:30 (apparently – I’m gone by then). Then I start my morning routine, earlier than I would have if I waited for the alarm (no point going back to sleep at 5:30 to wake up groggy 15 min later).
    As for the routine:
    – Wash face (showered night before), minimal makeup, hair into ponytail unless it looks salvagable from falling asleep with it wet, in which case I’ll attempt to style it (this almost never happens).
    – get dressed (clothes laid out, right down to accessories and shoes, the night before)
    – grab lunch out of fridge, throw it into purse, grab huge bag of work I’ve lugged home the night before (decent odds that it has sat by the front door untouched), and make my way to the car. All of this is accomplished in a half-asleep zombie state. I am usually out the door within 20-25 min of wake-up.
    – 20 minutes later I am at the office (having made a 5 minute stop to get a latte on the way, and when I am feeling especially sorry for myself for how tired I am, a muffin too)
    – eat breakfast at desk (fruit, muffin, cereal that I keep stashed at the office, etc)
    Amazing husband deals with the mornings – gets monkey clothed, fed, and to daycare before arriving at work between 8:30 and 9:00. We do it this way so that I can leave work “early” (4 to 4:30 – and yes, that’s considered “early” even when arriving at work at 6:30 am!) to pick monkey up from daycare and hang out with him, so as to keep his daycare day as short as possible with our demanding jobs (we aim for no more than 8 hours a day in daycare – usually workable)
    Now that I have typed this out it all seems impossibly exhausting and not at all workable as a long term plan. My career is likely going to have to give a little sooner or later, especially once we decide to have a second. But it’s what we’ve got for now and we’re working it the best we can.

  95. Two kids, me on leave (for only a couple of weeks more–gulp), dad on partial parental leave (which means he works 40h instead of 60):5:30am-6:30am: 2-mo old is restless; not fully asleep, not very hungry, not easily soothed back to deep sleep.
    6:30am/7am: dad takes 2-mo old and brings her downstairs so I can sleep another 1/2h.
    7:30am: if 2.5 year-old is not already up, I go into his room and open blackout shades and engage in conversation about firetrucks or trains. I lube him up with Aquafor (he has eczema), change diaper, wrestle him into day clothes, take him downstairs.
    8am: I make toast for myself and the boy. Mmm, sunbutter (boy is allergic to nuts) and strawberry jam… Dad showers, checks email, reads NYT headlines online, dresses. I make sure boy gets vitD, but usually I forget to make him brush teeth. We read, I may nurse, I drink coffee DH made.
    8:50am: DH puts socks, shoes, perhaps sweater on boy and crams him into the car, along with a laundered crib sheet and nap blanket I have packed the evening before, if it’s Monday. I wave goodbye and blow kisses as the car leaves.
    9:10am: I eat whatever 2.5yo hasn’t eaten, and drink the rest of my cold coffee while pumping.
    10am-12:30pm: I change the baby’s diaper, change her into day clothes, Aquaphor her face (she too has a bit of eczema), change myself into day clothes, nurse baby repeatedly, and clean up breakfast dishes. If baby naps in my arms, I check email, read AskMoxie and Hands Full of Rocks. If she sleeps in her crib or in the swing, I can squeeze in a very short exercise video.

  96. It kind of varies at the moment as the schedule is a bit thrown off by the recent arrival of our daughter.If I am awake around 6 or so with my daughter, I will likely stay awake. My nearly three year old son will likely get up between 6-7. He will play, maybe do a game on my laptop while I am nursing/changing his sister. If I am asleep with the baby, then my husband will usually get up between 6:30-7am. He will get breakfast going for him and our son. (tea for my husband, milk for our son and marmite/jam on toast all around. Plus fruit.)
    I get up, my husband brings me tea, I scarf down something to keep me going for while. Feed the pet rabbit and maybe take care of the dishes. My husband will get ready for work around 8:30. (though on Mondays he has to be downstairs at work for the weekly teleconference/meeting by 7:45am) And he will go off to work downstairs by 9. Sometimes 10. (nice thing about working from home -there is that flexibility) I will wrangle a toddler into getting dressed, attempt to get him to finish his toast or banana, tidy up any new messes. (or ignore them. I am good at that) and we might settle down to a little Curious George or Maisy for an episode or two. (which allows me time to get dressed or begin some prep for that night’s dinner.)
    Then we might go for a walk, play out in the garden or go on an adventure. (the library, children’s museum, the bakery)

  97. The cast: WOH mom, currently-unemployed dad, 21-month-old son. Just getting out the door in the morning was so hard when our son was an infant, but things are a lot better now.6:30 to 7:30 – Son wakes up and starts crying somewhere in this time range. I don’t need an alarm clock with him around. Go to his room and nurse him. Sometimes he is then up for the day. Lately he’s been falling back asleep so I recline the chair and we snooze for an hour or so.
    8:00ish – Breakfast: Eggo waffles, oatmeal, or frosted mini-wheats. (I fish some out of my bowl and put them on a plate for him.) My husband wakes up sometime during this and if he’s lucky, has time to take a shower before I take off. If there’s yet more time, I take one of my patented 5-minute showers after him. Usually I shower at night though. (And no, I don’t get a shower every day.)
    9:00 – 3 days a week, I take our son to daycare. The other 2 days, he stays with my husband and I head directly to work.
    10:00 – Arrive at work if traffic isn’t too bad.

  98. Baby gets up at somepoint between 6 and 6:30. Daddy’s alarm goes off at 6:30. Older kid wakes up between 6:15 and 6:45. I let the baby roll around while making sure he doesn’t fall off the bed, but I am not 100% awake. The older kid does potty alone and then sits in his room reading.Daddy comes back at 6:45, gets dressed, takes baby out of the room at 7 with older kid. I go back to sleep till 7:30.
    Daddy gives both kids cereal or oatmeal for breakfast. I get baby undressed and dressed, and then put him down for a nap at 7:40. Daddy gets older kid dressed and out of the door by 7:50.
    He comes back to help clean up before leaving again.
    Nanny arrives at 8:20. I leave afterwards for a 40 minute commute

  99. WOH parents, twin boys 2.55:45-6:00 boy A wakes up screaming, comes to our bed for squirming, cuddles, while we are always hopeful he will miraculously fall back asleep
    by 6:30 boy B is also awake and in bed with us
    6:45 boys finally convince us to ‘get out bed’
    then I take them to go potty, get dressed, feed cats, put on laundry while DH makes breakfast. We all eat breakfast together, then I shower, DH showers, we clean up, and I try to leave the house by 8, at work 8:05 (bike commute). DH stays with them until nanny arrives at 9.

  100. I am not a morning person and don’t have work or daycare or school to worry about right now, so I let my son (2 3/4) wake me most mornings. This means the time we start the day varies, anywhere between 7:30am and 9:30am.But our routine generally goes like this:
    * son has a quick play with his toys while I prepare his breakfast
    * set son up with breakfast and grab a quick shower
    * drink coffee and sit with son while he finishes his breakfast
    * when he’s done, I help him get washed up, changed & dressed
    And that’s basically it! Then if we’re going somewhere, we go. If not, I’ll put on a load of laundry and start the housework.

  101. Our morning routine:6:30am Wake up to L’s babbling or cries from his crib. Go get him, BF, change diaper & then bring him back to our bed to play until 6:50 or 7:00, unless I’m not as exhausted as usual, then we get up at 6:30
    7:00am DH feeds the cat, then walks the dog with L in the carrier on his back. Getting L out of the house this early usually starts the day off on the right foot.
    7:00am While DH & DS & dog are out, I prepare DS’ lunch & bottles (argh..he’s still not always eating the daycare food…which we are paying for), get his breakfast ready – usually cheerios & vanilla yogurt (though we’re trying other things now), and eat breakfast myself. Sometimes I’ll sweep if the floor is especially disgusting, or I’ll throw a load of diapers in the wash, or do the dishes etc. On a rare occasion I have time to take a shower before they get back.
    7:45 DH, DS & dog are back home. DH feeds the dog & makes his coffee. DS eats BF while listening to kids radio (surprisingly good!) or watching Treehouse (young kids TV here) more often than I’d like – usually distracts him enough so he doesn’t dump his food on the ground. Though we try to stick mostly to the action/real kid shows (Four Squares, This is Daniel Cook, Roll Play) and watch less cartoons. I despise Max & Ruby, so if it comes on, I put it back to radio even if he’s dumping his food. I put the extra clothes in his bag for DC. DH prepares & puts his (cloth) diapers in.
    8:10am I change DS’ diaper & dress him for the day, then Salinex his nose and BF him one last time. Shoes & jacket on.
    8:30am DH departs with DS for daycare & takes dog along for the ride. I hop in the shower, prepare my iced coffee (way better & less expensive than St*rbucks!) to go, prepare my lunch (leftovers) if I’m bringing it that day, add 2 new bottles & caps to my pumping backpack & off to work I go. If I’m lucky, I arrive around 9:15. On a slow or disorganized day, I get there at 10:00. Luckily I have a very flexible boss.

  102. Wow, loved all the posts!Our house consists of: Husband, me, 15 yr. old, 8 yr. old, 2 yr. old, 1 yr. old, and 2 month old. Yes, all mine and been pregnant for the last three years!!
    6am – me and hubby up for coffee
    6:30am – 15 yr old up for school
    7:00am – 8 yr old up for school
    me & hubby – still drinking coffee, monitoring the boys getting ready for school
    7:30am – 1 yr old waking up
    7:45am – 2 yr old hears 1 yr old so 2 yr old waking up, get them up change diapers and dress
    8:00am – Hubby drive boys to school I feed the toddlers
    8:30am – 2 month old waking after her 3am feeding, hubby back now watching toddlers while i change, dress, feed 2 month old.
    9:00am – I make the short jaunt to work in the office downstairs and in my pajamas 🙂 Hubby watches all three babies
    10:00am – Spend time with all three babies, hubby works, runs errands, etc.
    11:00am – All three babies down for nap, me and hubby work.
    Well, that’s our mornings, pretty smooth, it’s the late afternoons/evenings that are hectic after school sports, homework, family dinners, etc! I love it all!!

  103. I’m scared that putting this in writing will doom us to a major schedule upheaval, but here goes -2 WOHM parents, one lovely 18 mo girl.
    545 AM – dog starts being insistent for attention, DH gets up, feeds the two of them, heads out for a walkie
    630 – girlie wakes up, usually chanting whatever her “new” word is. Haul her downstairs, give her some milk, make our breakfast.
    645 – the boys are back, DH plays with girlie for a little bit while I clean up breakfast/chug coffee. DH does a quick change and is OTD by 7.
    7 – girlie and I head upstairs to get “dwessed”. always takes way longer than you would think – shorts and tshirt for her, pants and tshirt and sandals for me. I sometimes brush my hair, but save makeup for the car.
    730ish – freak out b/c I’m running late. plop her in front of Sesame Street (note to self, need to renew PBS membership and thank Jesus for Elmo). Chug more coffee, throw random food items in my bag for lunch, realize her diapers are still wet in the washer, start those in the dryer, start throwing bags in car, corral dog in from back yard.
    8 AM – fold up the diapers, try to sneak out the door without the dog following us. if we don’t make it, spend a few minutes chasing him around the garage and in and out of my car. sweaty and breathless, I then wrestle the girlie into her car seat (at this point it’s over 80 in the garage). Race to daycare.
    815ish arrive at daycare. Brief chat, then I’m on my way for my 30 min commute. Try to remember to put mascara on both eyes today.

  104. San Francisco, WOHM, work from cafe Dad, 6yo girl, 3yo girl, cat.7am Dad gets up and makes cereal and tea and toast. Girls get in bed with mum and snuggle.
    7.15am Dad brings school uniforms. Mum wrangles girls into uniforms while Dad showers.
    7.30am Girls eat breakfast and watch one episode of Phineas & Ferb on TiVo while Mum showers and Dad dresses.
    7.45am A temporal anomaly takes place, and in spite of us all having got up in plenty of time…
    8am …there is a mad scramble for the bus.
    Dad drops 6yo at school by 8.25am, then he and 3yo walk four blocks to her preschool and are there by 8.45am. Friday is street cleaning day, so I drive them.

  105. Here goes:married, SAHM to 5 boys (10,8,6,4,2) one dog
    5:30-DH gets up takes dog for a run
    6:00-Dh showers, I get up and shower after DH and get ready. Boys 4 and 2 are up and usually singing their song du jour.
    6:30-Dh wakes boys 10, 8 ,6. Boys make beds, get dressed and straighten room. I start lunches and make sure everyone is moving.
    6:45- DH and all boys eat. I make sure backpacks are loaded, papers signed
    7:00-Dh leaves for work. Boys brush teeth, unload dishwasher, feed dog, take out garbage. I get boys 4 and 2 dressed.
    7:20- Load everybody in car
    7:25-drop boys 10,8,6 off at school
    7:30- come home, I eat breakfast and we start on our day.

  106. Married mom of 1 DD (3 yo); I am WOHM and DH works from home.@ Heather: DD and I are the night owls {she goes to bed at 9:30p}; DH is the morning person. But like “Jessica” said DH doesn’t help unless asked – parenting is a “learned” behavior for men; it is instinct for me. He DOES do all/most of the housework, all of the yardwork and most of cooking so I don’t complain.
    7a – DH is up (no alarm); makes coffee (I don’t drink it … yet); starts his work in home office.
    7:30a – alarm goes off; I snooze until 8:15a.
    8:15a – wake DD, dress her, set her at little table w/banana or oatmeal. She likes to watch Sesame Street on TV while I get ready (I shower the night before). Check work email on BB.
    8:20a – I brush my teeth/hair/get dresssed, don’t wear makeup most days.
    8:35a – brush/fix DD hair (she brushes her teeth during her bath the night before)
    8:40a – DD and I leave for daycare (drive 7 miles).
    9:15a – I am heading to work (drive 8 more miles).
    I envy those that can walk to daycare/work. And the “Italian countryside” & beach sound heavenly.
    Fun post!

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