In May 2013, while Paul was deployed and before Ellerie was born, I wrote a post just like this one. Today in partnership with Olly Vitamins, I am sharing again all the things (some exactly the same and some so very different) that I hope I remember about my current mornings decades from now.
I want to remember six out of seven days a week waking up to Ellerie calling out "hiiii" on repeat from her crib. It's a sort of new thing and sure beats crying. It's how I know she's really ready to get up. My toddler alarm clock goes off (usually) between 5:50 and 6:15 AM and we're off and running. Both of us, generally, in a good mood.
I want to remember eggs for breakfast. I have eaten everything when it comes to breakfast and right now, scrambled eggs with salt & pepper, cheddar cheese and a bit of sour cream is what's keeping me full in the mornings. I scramble up three in a pan and give Ellerie a 1/3 of the portion. She eats them with fruit or leftover pancakes. I eat mine with a wheat tortilla.
I want to remember drinking a big glass of water and taking my vitamins first thing after eating. I've noticed if I don't drink that first glass of water, it's 2pm before I remember to hydrate. Right now I'm taking two Prenatal gummies, 1 Vitamin-C gummy and swallowing an Omega-3 fish oil capsule - all from Olly. It's a sweet and well-rounded mix I've been using for a little over a month. I'm feeling energetic (yay!) and my hair, skin and nails feel strong and healthy. I'm a fan of the natural flavor of the gummies and really love the fact that that omega-3 gives no fishy aftertaste.
I want to remember black coffee. I've been drinking my coffee black since just before Ellerie arrived. Some mornings, Paul makes it before he heads to work. Some mornings, when he's sleeping in after a late shift or still at the hospital from an overnight, I make it. We've got it down to a science, complete with measuring scale. It's worth it though. Coffee at our house is almost always better than coffee at a coffee shop (although we still make the trek to one of our favorite places at least one weekend morning).
I want to remember reading a book on the couch while I wake up a bit more and Ellerie watches Daniel Tiger and eats her breakfast, sometimes with a side of chocolate and regular whole milk mix. It's amazing what she's picked up from that show and we both sing the little jingles all. day. long.
I want to remember heading out to check on the garden. Ellerie in her yellow rainboots and me in my robe. I point out the red or yellow (sungold) tomatoes and Ellerie hops into the garden bed to pick them. Sometimes she gets a little over-zealous and we end up with stems and green tomatoes. But they all ripen eventually.
I want to remember not checking my email for hours each morning. It's a habit I never thought I would want or need but it's been a game changer setting in my daily pace and helps keep stress up about my upcoming work (or mama) day at bay. Boundaries (finding them, building them, learning them and expanding them) has been the goal since 2013 when Ellerie was born. I get better. I stumble. I work harder. I play harder. It's a process. But not checking email until I've had my coffee and have time to sit down at my computer is a habit I hope to keep.
I want to remember my white robe that has turned a decent shade of "coffee-stain" after two years of daily use.
I want to remember that right now, in this season, things feel easy. On the whole, my mornings are peaceful and simple. I do remember that I felt the same way in May 2013 and then I remember that it seemed to take a very long time for any part of life to feel easy, peaceful or simple in the weeks and months after I became a mama. I want to remember that life is going to change so much in the next year but that sooner or later we will be back here again. I'll find my footing again. Overtime, I'll build the routine and rhythm that works for us again.
I want to remember that life is a work in progress. Every morning we get to try again.
As mentioned this post is in collaboration with Olly Vitamins, a brand I use daily, enjoy and plan to continue supporting. Olly is currently running an online sweepstakes and the grand prize is a Day Spa package for a lucky winner & a friend, a 6 months supply of Olly Vitamins, and a personal wellness consultation with Olly's resident nutritionist. 100 runner ups will receive an Olly product of their choosing. You can enter here.