morning routine

February 11, 2015
I’ve written about my morning routine in the past, but it has been a while.  Clearly, things have changed since the days of:

a) pre-kids (comparatively luxurious unless I was on a hard rotation during residency!)

b) pumping and/or not sleeping through the night (SO HAPPY those days are behind me)

It has taken quite some time, but I feel like I’ve fallen into a good rhythm.  I am always interested in the logistics of others — in part because it amazes me how often we don’t share the mundane little details which end up shaping every day.

So, here are mine.  In fact, this is going to be series — I’ll follow it with a work routine / evening routine / weekend routine post in the future.

5 am alarm goes off (note: I go to sleep between 9 and 10 so this is not as hardcore as it sounds.)

I admittedly spend the next 5-10 minutes scrolling through something on my phone to wake up.  I actually wonder if the blue light in my face helps with this (makes sense, right — kind of the opposite of those orange goggles 🙂 ).

5:10 am go downstairs, make coffee, often eat something small pre-run (example: 1/2 banana or 1/2 apple with almond butter).  Check out feedly and allow caffeine to kick in.
5:35 am  Go for run outside (I almost never use the treadmill these days unless it’s pouring rain).  Alternatively, start home barre3 workout (aiming for 4 runs / 2 barre sessions weekly these days).  Today I did 4mi around the neighborhood, 2 a little faster, 1 warmup/1 cool down.
6:15 am curfew.  Meaning – I need to be at home by this point to be fair to Josh.  It’s a mutually agreed-upon time that seems to work for both of us.  Usually I shower at this point/get ready.  A&C wake up any time between 6 and 7.

6:35 am I aim to be downstairs on “kid-duty” so that Josh can get ready.  I make breakfast (usually eggs are the centerpiece) while C watches in his chair most days (while eating banana most of the time).  

6:50 am We all eat together (though often A and C started eating while I was cooking, or sometimes on rare occasions A is still asleep!).  I give C his medicine, try to clean up, and pack up lunch for work.

7:35 am Our nanny arrives; we talk about A&C and do any strategic planning about vacations/school activities/etc

7:45 am I leave for work, heading west and then up I-95 about 20 miles total.  I usually listen to podcasts but sometimes — like today — just blast radio (Sirius XMU #35!)

8:20 am Arrive at work.  Say hi to everyone and speak with our manager.  Check email and respond to things; RSVP to a birthday party for Annabel

8:35 am 1st patient has checked in – time to work!
I am pretty happy with this routine — I have enough time to work out, get to spend time (that actually does feel relatively ‘quality’) with A&C at breakfast, and I can relax a little bit on the commute up to work.

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