Helping “tomorrow me” out
Don’t let this photo fool you. I’m not really a morning person.
My husband, however, wakes up every morning and practically beams with joy and enthusiasm about ::fill in the blank:: day. I mean, if he could play the trumpet I wouldn’t put it past him to keep it next to the bed and arise every morning and play a tune.
It’s actually a good thing he doesn’t know how to play the trumpet because that would ultimately be the catalyst for what ended his life.
I’ve learned to soften my attitude a bit over the years of being married to a happy morning person because it’s just much more pleasant to be happy versus feeling stabby about the day beginning.
ANYWAY, the let us get back to the point of this post.
My friend Allyson told me that her friend Michael told her once that she spends time the night before preparing for the next day in order to “help tomorrow me out”. In other words, she knows herself, and knows the things that would be easier to do the night before after the kids are asleep. So, she does those to help “tomorrow her” out.
And, like certain things in life, that phrase stuck with me. And I’ve really utilized it in motherhood and especially mother-of-two-hood.
The high points that I focus on in the evening to make the next day start off smoothly are the following:
1. Lay out my outfit for the next day. Any decision I can make the night before makes the following morning easier. So, I’ll get everything, from socks to jewelry, set aside and ready to throw on. Sometimes I even bring my shoes downstairs so I can just slide them on before leaving.
2. Make sure we have clean bottles AND milk for David. Justin is the typical bottle washer in the house and he’s pretty darn diligent about making sure the bottles are washed and drying at the end of the day.
3. Double check and restock (if necessary) the diaper bag. Getting two boys into the car is enough of a chore, so the last thing I want to do is gather up all the junk that needs to be toted along with us in the diaper bag.
4. Get a morning snack + juice cup ready for David. When it’s just me and the boys I nurse Luke either in his nursery or David’s room. I like to offer David a snack + juice as a distraction if he starts to get bored of the toys we have in there.
5. Make sure I have my oatmeal available to eat. My friend Joanna gave me a recipe for a delicious baked oatmeal that I started eating when I was nursing David and am eating now that I’m nursing Luke! Apparently oats are supposed to help milk production, so it’s the perfect breakfast that is not only delicious but effective!
I make one batch that usually lasts me about 5 days. All I do is add a splash of warm milk and throw it in the microwave for a minute.
Of course there are other typical chores that happen in the evening as well (picking up David’s toys, emptying the dishwasher, etc) but these 5 are the ones that really help “tomorrow me” out.
Do you have certain chores that you do every single night to prepare for the next day? I’d love to hear them in the comments!