The new routine and project walk

I mentioned in an earlier post that my 15 month old daughter, Little Chop, had dropped her afternoon nap, making the mornings long and the days even longer. To smooth the transition and bring some order into the chaos, we started the new week with a new morning routine.

Wake, breakfast, shower, walk, nap.

Lucky for me, the new routine perfectly complements my current agenda – Project Walk!

At four months pregnant, it’s time for me to begin a gentle, but regular, exercise routine. I love my food and am prone to being a bit of a couch potato, which saw me gain about 22kg during my last pregnancy – gulp. I was Australia’s equivalent to Jessica Simpson!

Me, 35 wks pregnant, with hubby on Christmas day drinking a mocktail!

Me, 35 wks pregnant, with hubby on Christmas day drinking a mocktail!

Ok, not quite, but I did gain a lot of weight and was at risk of developing gestational diabetes – not good for mum or baby. Although I managed to lose all the baby weight, mainly thanks to breastfeeding, I don’t want to put that much strain on my body again.

So, I’ve decided to walk in the morning as often as Melbourne’s temperamental weather will allow – if its not raining, I’m walking!

Little Chop is responding well to the new routine too. The walk tires her out and by the time we’re home she’s asleep in the pram. I park the pram in a dark room and head to the kitchen for a cup of tea, a clack on the computer and a bit of a clean up.

So far so good!

Losing the routine without losing your marbles

My sweet little cherub in her first week of life - sigh...

My sweet little cherub in her first week of life – sigh…

As my 15 month old daughter transitions from two naps to one, I find myself struggling to abandon the daily routine that has maintained my sanity for the past five months.

There was comfort in knowing that a well deserved break was not far away – a cup of tea, an episode of Sex and the City, a load of washing, a moment of peace and quiet, a shower!

Mornings, once short, quiet and predictable, are now long, loud and haphazard. So, despite my reluctance, the routine must change.

But how do I let go without losing my marbles?

Here’s my action plan:

1. Begin each day with purpose. This could be as simple as picking up something from the supermarket or as special as a trip to the zoo. The point is to have something to do each day.

2. Have regular weekly activities. Kindergym, swimming lessons, playdates and other set activities will break the monotony and make the week go faster.

3. Have something to look forward to. It doesn’t have to be extravagant. A cupcake or trashy magazine for nap time, a drop in from a friend, a haircut or eyelash tint on the weekend.

4. Take time off. Ask hubby to play ‘mum’ for half an hour in the evenings or enlist a willing relative to babysit for a couple of hours once every week or two.

Wish me luck.

What’s your action plan?