Monday, November 9, 2015

Bedtime Routine

As I get ready for bed tonight, I was thinking about our schedule. Do you plan ahead for the morning? I try to make sure that the boys have clothes ready to wear to school. I look at the weather to see if they need the heavier coat. Sometimes I even check the school lunch menu and ask the boys for their choice. I cover them up and pull the door closed.

I double check the lock on the front door. Turn off all the lights. Grab myself something to drink (soda or water) and head to my room. I tuck the boys in again. Double check that the alarm clock is set for the morning. 6:45, 7:00, 7:15, 8:05. I yell/whisper/threaten for them to shut up. I go back to my room and take my pills. (I'm crazy, remember?) I usually check social media and then read on my kindle or watch netflix. Once I am sure the boys have fallen asleep, I cover them up again. Then it is time for me to sleep. OK, I check social media one more time. Triple check the alarms (4 each morning) and turn off the light.

Even though I take a sleeping pill, it can take me hours to fall asleep. If I can tell that I am going to toss and turn for a while, I give up. I grab the Kindle and watch a TV show or play a game. It helps slow down and distract my brain. I recently got one of those trendy adult coloring books. I let my OCD take over and color paisley mandalas.

At some point, usually between 2 and 4 am, I finally fall asleep. If you were paying attention you would remember that the first alarm goes off at 6:45 am. That usually gets snoozed. Twice! Once I am semi concious I grab that smartphone and check my social media. I finally get out of bed when I really have to pee. I don't try to be quiet and I turn on all the lights.

The boys pull the blankets over their heads. If I don't procrastinate too much I can go in their room, sit on the bed, and talk to them about the day ahead. More often than not I am telling them to "GET OUT OF BED AND GET DRESSED!"

The last alarm goes off and they know that means to grab backpacks and head to the door. I didn't forget breakfast, we just usually are in too much of a rush. I either microwave something or hand them a pop tart. The school is about 4 moles from home. It would be a much quicker drive if we didn't have to pass two highschools to get there :) If I had enough sleep and I was able to make myself presentable; I go to class with them to volunteer.

This is a pretty good representation of what goes on every night. Of course there is the late night for a CoCo Pretties order or a sponsored post due the next morning. I usually don't mind though because it brings mich needed income.

What is your routine? Anything you wish you could change? Comment here.

I will read it tomorrow or at 3 am if I can't  sleep.