It seems like everyone you know decided they will get pregnant around the same time, and now you have to attend lots of baby showers. Maybe you’re not sure what to gift them, but you want to buy an item that they will actually use.
Here is a list of items I actually used and loved after my baby was born.
I absolutely love this item! My baby doesn’t like to be on his back for long, and noticed when I propped him up, he really enjoys sitting up like a big boy. I use this every day while I’m doing chores around the house.
I just love the baby jumpsuits! When buying clothes for newborns: 1. Do not buy a lot of newborn sizes (babies grow super fast) sizes 0-3months or 3-6 months are a good rule of thumb, 2. Be mindful of the current and future seasons. You don’t want to buy the baby a cute winter jacket you saw now, but they won’t be able to wear until the middle of summer.
This is the safest gift you could buy. Babies will always need diapers. The baby will probably outgrow the newborn sizes really soon, so try to buy sizes 1 and up. We were gifted various sizes of diapers, and that really helped us in the long run.
Next to diapers, this is the best gift ever! I cannot tell you how often we run through baby wipes. Even if you buy somethings else, just throw baby wipes in the gift bag along with it because they will need them.
I’ve decided to write out my morning routine for individuals or new mommies who are interested in developing or revising their own morning routines. As you are creating your own routine, make sure to list reasons why you incorporate certain activities. I’ve learned that if you don’t know your ‘why’ then it won’t stick.
I believe morning routines are an essential part of my personal growth because it is one of the only times of the day where I have a moment alone. My routine is pretty similar to the one I had before giving birth to my son, the only adjustment is that I have to be a little more flexible. For example, I used to wake up right around 5 o’clock, now I’m either up before or a little after because if the baby wakes up I have to stop and feed him. I’m breastfeeding, by the way.
For the first month or so I didn’t practice my routine because I was still adjusting to the new baby. Babies can throw everything off, but the routine is very helpful because I’m feeling like I have somewhat a sense of control over my life again.
Having a morning routine is also important because I like having structure in my life to balance not only ‘me time’, but to make sure I get everything I need to get done. So it gives me a sense of taking care of my responsibilities and my self-care needs.
I’m going to breakdown each activity I incorporated in my routine and the significance of each event.
Wake up around 5AM.
The reason I say around 5AM is because like I was saying before, the baby is unpredictable. If he wakes up before 5AM, I wake up to feed him. I have to fight the urge to go back to sleep because breastfeeding also makes you feel sleepy. Also, if he wakes up once I get started in the morning, I will stop whatever I’m doing to feed him.
Waking up at 5AM is NOT EASY! You need to have good reasons to get up that early. One reason is since my husband is still at home during that time to help me with the baby, I can have some time to myself. My mind is constantly on the baby and I’m thinking about what he needs and is he okay.
Prayer & Gratitude.
It’s something about the quiet and stillness of mornings that makes me feel more connected to God. I feel it is the perfect time for my daily devotion and inward reflection.
One of the first things I do in the mornings is say a prayer asking God to provide what I need and to help me be open to what He’s saying to me. I also take some time to reflect on what I am thankful for. (I try to write this down every morning because I hear it sticks better, but honestly, I don’t do it every morning.) I also read a daily devotional from my bible app on my phone. This allows me to reflect on his word and try to understand how it applies to my life.
I believe it’s important to start your day with some type of reflection or spiritual guidance so that sets the tone for your day. Change starts in our minds, so this is a way to train your mind to think about positive things. It’s like building a protective shield in your mind to combat the stressors and worries of the day. You cannot control everything, but you can choose how you think about it.
My goal is to drink 8 cups of water a day. I start drinking what’s equal to 2 cups of water in the morning. I set the water by my bed in the morning to make sure I get this done. I also drink another 2 cups after I workout in the mornings. So by the end afternoon, I’ve already had 4 cups of water!
Water is important to help us stay hydrated. There was a time when I used to wake up with back pains and I was always feeling fatigued. Drinking water helped stop the back pains I was feeling, which was caused by dehydration. Dehydration caused me to feel tired throughout the day. Also, drinking lots of water is important to do while you breastfeed. I have to be intentional about this because I will forget to drink it.
I used to hate working out. For the longest, I felt no desire to workout because I am naturally slim and it’s not like I’m trying to lose weight. I think most people are motivated to lose weight and I had to really think about what was going to drive me to incorporate some type of workout routine since I know, for a fact, this is important to stay healthy.
I chose to practice yoga because of it’s spiritual ties. Yoga is a form of meditation which allows me to destress and turn off my mind to just focus on the now. Be present. Also, overtime you become more flexible and toned. Even if you don’t practice yoga, any type of morning exercise helps keep you focused and productive. When I finish my routine, I feel energized and refreshed!
Right now I watch YouTube videos and practice a 30-day beginner challenges, but eventually I want to start attending regular yoga courses in the mornings.
Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day! My biggest motivation for being an early riser, is being able to take my time, and enjoy a delicious meal. I just love having some combination of eggs, toast, bacon, grits, sausages, pancakes, oatmeal, yogurt, fresh fruits, or enjoying a breakfast sandwich in the mornings for breakfast. You can definitely tell when I haven’t had breakfast yet.
Tidy Up the Kitchen.
When I finish breakfast, I like to clean up the kitchen right after. I will wipe down the table and counters, unload or load the dishwasher, and sweep the floor.
Listen to Podcast or Audiobook.
While I make breakfast or clean up, I like to listen to something positive whether that be a podcast from Optimal Living Daily, Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations, Joyce Meyers, or Joel Osteen. I also like to listen to The Casey Crew with DJ Envy and his wife, Gia Casey. I sometimes listen to some type of self improvement audiobook. I enjoy listening because they’re all positive, it challenges me to reflect and reevaluation my attitudes and behaviors, and motivates me to be the best version of myself.
Shower/ Brush My Teeth.
A morning shower makes me feel clean and refreshed. I also brush my teeth and practice flossing daily. I don’t always wear make-up, but I like to think I look nice with or without it.
Depending on the day of the week, I do some type of household chore. I might spend one morning washing and folding clothes, another washing the bed sheets, vacuuming or mopping floors, or cleaning the bathrooms. I like to space out the chores so I don’t get overwhelmed or feel out of control. Also, keeping a tidy home makes me feel good about my home and allows me to be productive with other projects because I’m not worrying about what needs to get done around the house. You can read more about my simple house cleaning routine here.
Get to the Business.
When I finish all of my morning activities, I like to fix me a cup of coffee that I make in my Keurig. I create a to-do list for the day and begin working on whatever project that needs attention. My goal everyday is to focus on completing at least 3 productive tasks.
I hope this helps inspire you to create a morning routine that fits you. Remember, it will not stick unless you understand your ‘why’.