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For the past (nearly) three months, my routine has been… welp… a total lack of routine. It seems like the second I started to get comfortable, and Grace and I had fallen into a pattern of sorts, things changed. She started eating more. Or less. She started sleeping more. Or less. Morning was the best time for us to get out for a walk or do a few errands. And then afternoon became a better time for that. Some days I’d be showered, dressed and out on the town (or more accurately, cruising around Southie with Grace in her stroller or baby carrier) by 8:30 AM. Other days, I’d be in pajamas until 8:30… PM.
The sole constant: We’ve been figuring it all out together. Me, Nick, and Grace (and Clark, but let’s be serious… he’s a go with the flow little guy). Becoming a parent has been challenging, exhausting, and at times, overwhelming. It’s also been the single most amazing experience, and I know I am better for it. The time we’ve had together these past few months, and all of those transitions from one non-routine to the next, have been so special, so sacred.
Tomorrow we make our next big transition, as I head back to work and Grace begins daycare. In a perfect world, we could do it all and have it all. We’d be together all day long, be attentive parents, and be productive while enjoying our fulfilling careers. We’d achieve the perfect balance. But the world isn’t perfect. (Duh, lady.) I know I am lucky to have both a beautiful family and a career that challenges and excites me. As anxious as I am about the changes to come, I know we made these choices for all the right reasons. We are so lucky to have options.
Um… this post was supposed to be about breakfast. Not feelings. (I’m sure I will have much more to say about being a workin’ mom once I have more than 15 seconds of experience as one.)
Back on task. Breakfast. Mornings.
While there are plenty of new challenges we’ll need to navigate in the coming days, weeks, and months, I am hoping that making a plan for how we start each day, and making an effort to streamline our mornings, will help. I’ve never been much of a breakfast eater, much to the chagrin of my parents, my husband, people that I flip off in traffic, my primary care physician… you get the point. Despite having good intentions, sitting down for a healthy meal at the start of the day always seemed to fall by the wayside when faced with a time crunch. I can skip breakfast, but I can’t (in good conscience) skip walking the dog. Or, like, bathing. Having someone else depending on me in such a real way has been the ultimate game changer. More than ever it’s clear: I need to take care of myself in order take care of other people.
BelVita and Dannon have partnered to get me (and my fellow Americans) to ditch the excuses and make time for a quick breakfast that boasts 12 grams of protein and nutritious, steady energy (…maybe we can have it all. Just kidding. Too soon. Pass the Kleenex.). I’ve been pairing Dannon Oikos 0% vanilla Greek yogurt with apple cinnamon Crunchy belVita Breakfast Biscuits, along with an apple, in the mornings. The combination is delicious and convenient and is sure to become part of my workday routine (bonus:
if when I forget a spoon for my yogurt, a biscuit is the perfect stand in).
Are you looking to streamline your mornings? Laura Stack, “The Productivity Pro”, offers the following tips for getting the most of your morning:
- Do as much as you can the night before. Leave as little preparation as possible until the last minute — you’ll thank yourself in the morning.
- Spend 20 minutes at the end of each day planning your to-do list. When you download the next day’s activities beforehand, you can devote your morning to enjoyment rather than stress.
- Be sure to start your morning with a delicious, balanced breakfast. Together, the nutritious steady energy of belVita and 12 grams of protein in Dannon Oikos Green nonfat yogurt along with a piece of fruit will help you get more out of your morning.
Welp, my breakfast is set for tomorrow… our bags are packed… I guess we’re ready?
Also On Tap for Today:
- To learn more about these products, please visit Dannon Oikos and belVita online
- Please send me good vibes… and/or put a spell on my tear ducts?
- Really interesting article for my running pals: The untold story of American teamwork and how Ryan Hall helped Meb Keflezighi win Boston
How do you streamline your morning? Favorite breakfast ideas for
busy folks excuse makers?