Everyday Living April 8th, 2016

My Favorite Part Of The Day

Every morning I wake up to the beautiful sound of tiny shuffling feet and a delightful sound that says, "mommy can I snuggle?" My daughter, who is 4, climbs into bed and for 15 minutes we sleep cheek to cheek. This is my favorite part of the day.

Hi, my name is Nicole and I’m a proud mother of two special little girls. My oldest is 4 and she is smart, fearless, active, free-spirited and caring. But as all mothers know, there is the “other” side too, but we don’t have to talk about that. I also have a 15-month-old who is just starting to gain more and more of a personality separate from her older sister. She is more reserved and cautious about the world around her, but knows what she wants and will take it, if necessary.

My morning routine is to get up at 5:30 in hopes to work out and take a quick shower before my two balls of energy open their eyes. As soon as my oldest awakes, she runs into the baby’s room with a good morning song I made up when she was a baby. Don’t think I am too clever; it’s actually a version of a butter commercial that was stuck in my head one day, but shush … don’t tell her that.

It literally takes my oldest at LEAST 90 minutes to get through breakfast, long conversations about what she's wearing, and then brushing her teeth before I can get us out the door. Can you imagine the time I’ll have to get up once my youngest starts having an opinion about pants versus twirly skirts?

My oldest is thriving and struggling at the same time in her adventure of growing up to be a big girl. And you know, the struggle is real for mommy, too. Her independence shows in all the opportunities for her to make decisions throughout the day, from choosing her clothes to what she needs to do at school and at bedtime.

Now, we have our moments where getting dressed is peaceful and smooth. There are other times, however, where I've had to take a different approach. Here are my go-to two tips for creating an independent morning dresser:

1.) Pick out clothes the morning before. Have your child help you if they’re super picky.

2.) Select a couple of different options. What they picked that night may not suit the mood they are in when they wake up. Have options for them to choose, but stick to no more than two options. Too many will overwhelm them into another frenzy. Trust me … I know.

What’s your favorite part of the day?