I have committed to get up out of bed before my kids are up for the month of January and I have to admit that this terrifies me. I am not a morning person and do not enjoy the whole “rise and shine” thing. I wait until the last minute and usually it’s a kid at my bedside that wakes me up, and then I’m mad at them for waking me up. There are a couple of reasons why I think I need to start getting up and moving before the kids are up.
#1 For the love when I worked at the station I was up at 4:45 every day, so I think I can handle 5:30 or 6AM. I actually told one of my girlfriends while I was working that if I ever stopped working, I could never use the excuse that I don’t like mornings when talking about getting up and spending time with God. I can do it. I know it’s possible. I did it for 5 months.
#2 It just doesn’t seem right for my kids to wake me up. I’m usually very cranky in the mornings when they wake me up and that just isn’t fair for that to be my first interaction with them. It’s not fair for me to be mad at them for waking me up, when I’m the mom and should be up! Also, I flashed one of my boys the other morning while they were waking me up. It wasn’t pretty and I’m pretty certain I ruined him for life. No 7 year old needs to be around when their mommy has a … what shall I call it … a …. wardrobe malfunction!
#3 I have noticed that Amos does so much better in the mornings when we are not rushed and we have time to talk and hug and not run around like chickens with our heads cut off. (Which by the way, I love that statement and it makes me chuckle each time I use it!) I admit I’m very guilty of waking up about 5 minutes after I needed to be up and then just turning on the boys light and telling them to get up, get dressed, come eat breakfast and then I’m off to the kitchen to put lunches together, (I know I should do the night before, but I’m working on one thing at a time here people) make breakfast and try to get out the door at a decent time so the kids aren’t late to school. Not that the Ivey kids are ever late to school … yeah right.
The mornings before school have become miserable. I’m mad because no one is getting dressed as fast as I think they should. I’m frustrated because a kid woke me up and I’m so dang selfish when I’m sleepy. We are running around crazy. I finally get the boys to school and I then sigh because I’m so glad they are gone because mornings are so crazy. Do you see how ugly that makes my heart? Selfish people.
I’ve noticed that I set the tone in the mornings. When momma ain’t happy ain’t nobody happy. (Another saying that makes me smile.) I started thinking last month about this selfish heart and how I’m making my kids suffer because I can’t get my lazy butt out of bed and ready to greet them in the mornings.
This is why for January I’m gonna try my hardest to be the mom that is happy in the morning. To accomplish this I must get up before them and ready my heart and soul for my kids and for the day ahead. I would like to be dressed and presentable, even if this is workout clothes for heading to the gym after school drop off. I would like to have breakfast and lunches somewhat planned and thought out the night before. I would also liked to have spent some time in the Word, even if it’s just a verse or two. Something to set my heart and mind on things above.
I need to let you know that this will be hard for me. Very hard. I know there are many of you moms out there that have this down and this is your “normal” and you might even be giggling about how far behind I am in this discipline. If you have this down, will you let me know what strategies work for you. How do you keep it up? Any of you want to join me in this challenge this month? Let’s do it together! I have one more day of Christmas vacation and then the real world starts Thursday!
***UPDATE … if any of you want to do this in an organized fashion, you should consider signing up with INSPIRED TO ACTION’s challenge. I signed up and am looking forward to the accountability and words of encouragement from Kat. We’re all in this together! Today (1/3) is the last day to sign up!