Before Honey Nut was born, I used to really worry about how I would do the school run with a newborn. I’d worry about how I would get Tyler ready so early in the morning, look after a new baby and get them into the car on time. I would worry if I would be up all night with the baby, would I sleep through the alarm?
Well I’ve now been doing it for half a term and it’s been alright. It does help that we can walk to school, so I don’t have to worry about getting them in and out of the car and early morning traffic, finding parking etc. Honey Nut was 2 months old when Tyler started in September and she was sleeping through the night, but lately she’s been having nightfeeds again. Luckily as I’m breastfeeding her, I feed her in a zombie-like state and we both go straight back to sleep, so it’s not so bad waking up in the morning.
So here is what I have been doing:
6.30am : Alarm goes off
6.45am: Make Tyler’s sandwiches and cut fruit up
7am: Feed Honey Nut and change nappy
7.15am: Tyler wakes and goes to loo
7.30am: Tyler has breakfast in bed (usually Rice Krispie Multigrain)
7.45am: Feed Honey Nut again
8.00am: Get Tyler dressed
8.10am: Get Honey Nut in the buggy, put Tyler’s lunchbag in and get his coat and shoes on
8.15am: Set off on our walk to school
8.45am: Get to school
That’s roughly the times, it was really good in the early days, but as the term got on, things did take a bit longer and we’d get to school just in time at 8.55am. To save time I keep Honey Nut in her sleepsuit. After we get back from dropping Tyler off, then I will have a shower and get Honey Nut dressed for the day.
The hardest part is usually the 8.10am bit, and getting Tyler’s shoes and coat on. Usually Honey Nut is screaming in the buggy and Tyler is running away from me as he doesn’t want to put his jacket on or something, and my head feels like it’s going to explode! Once in a rush, we forgot to put Tyler’s shoes on and we were downstairs out of the lift and he goes “My shoes!”
When we are outside, Honey Nut is calm as she loves the outdoors and Tyler is happy walking. He walks really slow, which is why it takes half-an-hour rather than 15 minutes, but on the other hand it does make the walk more relaxing that we can take our time.
In the afternoon, I walk to the school with Honey Nut in the buggy and we all get the bus back which Tyler loves. It also means he’s less tired as he doesn’t walk back. I’m still trying to figure out a good after-school routine, as I just don’t think I’ve got that right yet.
The other thing now is that since the clocks have turned back, they are getting up earlier, like 5.45am! So there’s a bit more time to get ready, but hopefully they’ll start waking up a bit later as time goes on.
What’s your morning school-run routine like?