Life as a mum can be incredibly busy and sometimes it is difficult to keep all the plates spinning. That said, I try to follow a general routine to keep things running as smoothly as possible day to day. I get asked regularly how I manage to ‘do it all’ and so I thought I would share my routine with you all. It’ll help dispel any unrealistic perception people have of my mediocre juggling skills, but I hope it also helps other people who perhaps struggle getting a routine established.
7:30 – Mr. C is a bit of an early bird an is the one that actually gets up with the boys and gets them breakfast. He then brings me a cup of tea in bed (I know he’s a keeper right?) and gets ready for work. I then get to cuddle up and watch Paw Patrol with the boys while I drink it.
8:00 – I get the boys dressed, brush their teeth, pack Bear’s bag and make his lunch for preschool. The boys then help me make the bed before Mr. C takes Bear to preschool on the way to work.
8:50 – After waving everyone off for the day, I start my morning workout. I tend to alternate between a HIIT cardio and strength and always try to fit in a 10 – 20 minute ab workout afterwards. Monkey usually keeps himself amused with some independent play, but on the days where he doesn’t feel like doing that I just change my workout to include him.
9:30 – After all the exercise it’s time for a refuel breakfast and Monkey’s snack. For snacks I always give half a cup of warmed milk and usually rotate between some toddler snacks, raisins, a handful or washed berries or half a banana. While we are eating, I make sure I label the food we are eating or I try and teach Monkey what different parts of his body are (nose, mouth, hands, feet, etc.)
10:00 – After snacks I grab a quick shower and get dressed while Monkey plays in the playroom. We then usually spend an hour or so playing together, but if we have a playdate I always arrange them for this time. Any later than this runs into lunch and Monkey is always tired after that, so afternoon playdates are a rarity.
11:45 – Lunchtime! I find lunchtime is the perfect way to get in some extra portions of fruit and always make a point of having a ‘buffet lunch’.
12:15 – After lunch Monkey plays in the garden while I clear the table. I always have to poke my head out the door to make sure he isn’t trying to eat any mud pies.
12:30 – Once everything is cleared away we tend to take walk or a trip somewhere. It’s nice to get some fresh air, so always try to go somewhere outdoors. On a rainy day, we drive into the village to get a coffee or find a soft play.
1:30 – Monkey usually falls asleep on the way home from our outing, meaning when I get home I have enough time to tidy up the toys and hoover.
1:50 – I try to set up an activity of some sort each day. We tend to work around a theme, recently we had a holiday to Rome, so our latest activities have been ‘Roman’ themed.
3:00 – Monkey usually starts to stir around the preschool pick up time, which is perfect timing really.
3:30 – After the preschool run, the boys sit down for quick snack and some juice before we start playing with the activity we’ve set up.
5:00 – Mr. C usually gets home about this time, but if not and he is working late I’ll either set up a mini activity in the kitchen while I’m cooking or put cartoons on.
5:30 – We all sit down at the table for family dinner.
6:00 – After dinner we try and go for a family walk somewhere before our bedtime routine starts. It’s nice to take a stroll in the evening and definitely helps everyone to wind down before the bedtime routine.