Day 3: 10 Tips for Waking Up Early

Nope.

It didn’t happen.

Weird thing about this blog post series devoted to waking up at 5am, you actually have to do it…at least once!

Scratch the whole 5am thing! I can’t do it when I have a two-year-old kicking me in the face in the middle of night and a six month old crying next to me. And on top of that the toddler has developed a cough. Poor thing.

But I will say this, my new goal is to just wake up before the little ones wake up, which is what I’ve been doing. And I have to say, I’m pretty proud of myself. I woke up early and got things done. I think 5am was a little too hardcore for me. I’ll get there eventually, but for now it’ll probably be 5:30-6:00.

10 Tips to waking up early

So even though I failed at waking up at 5am, I still want to give you all some tips, for those of you who want to become early birds. I’ve been researching how to wake up early for a few years now, because I desperately wanted to be that type of person.

I’ve learned a lot from all the videos I’ve watched and all the articles I’ve read. Here are the ones that stood out.

1. Super obvious: go to bed early! If you don’t go to bed early, it’ll be that much harder waking in the morning.

2. No caffeine too close to bedtime.

3. Also, don’t drink too much before bed! You’ll be going to the bathroom every few hours!

4. No electronics in the bedroom. I know this is a hard one! I definitely didn’t do this. That means no phone and no tv. 😬

5. If you do keep your phone in the room, put it across the room, so it’ll make you get up to turn it off the alarm.

6. Read a book. Ok this is something I use to do instead of watching tv. Even though everyone in our family was in the bed, I had a little book light and it was nice and quiet. It made me sleepy too!

7. Have a bedtime routine. Try to figure a routine that works best for you: shower, bath, clean, dim the lights. Use it as a reminder for your body that it’s time to start winding down.

8. Set a tall glass of water next to you the night before, so when your alarm goes off, chug it! It’ll wake you up a bit and it’s always good to hydrate when you first get up.

9. Like I said in a previous post, find something to look forward to in the morning, so it can motivate you to get out of bed. Mine is a shower to myself!

10. This kind of goes along with what I said about going to bed early. Google “sleep calculator ” and you can type in what time you want to wake up and it’ll give you times you should go to bed. Because if you wake up in the middle of a R.E.M cycle, it’s like you woke up from a deep sleep, which makes you feel tired all day, and we don’t want that!

Well there you go. I hope my tips will help you, if you ever decide you want to become a morning person.

Good luck.

New post tomorrow. 🤟

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Day 2 of Waking Up at 5AM

Ok.

I’m going to be completely honest.

I totally failed at waking up at 5:00am.

BUUUT, before you judge, hear my explanation!

Because we had family over for my mom’s birthday, my two-year-old did not take a nap. 😬 SO he fell asleep at 4:30pm, woke up at 7-something, fell back asleep, and THEEEEN woke up at 2:22am! He fell back asleep like fifteen minutes later, so no worries.

But because I woke up so close to 5am, I couldn’t get up when my alarm went off. I don’t even remember hearing my alarm. I actually didn’t get up until after 6am. But I still managed to shower, drink my tall glass of water, and have my personal time with the Lord. The main goal here (for me) is to get up before my kids so I can get things done, and by golly, I accomplished that today!

Besides motivation, which I talked about in yesterday’s post, another tip for waking up early is trying to figure out what you want to get done in that extra time.

So you finally had the motivation to get up early, whatever that motivation may be. You had your coffee or shower, but after that, what’s next? Surely you didn’t wake up at the butt crack of dawn to just binge watch The Office on Netflix. (Currently watching for the seventh time 😏)

When you wake up early, you have to find your “reason”. Make sure it’s something productive, something that can better yourself, or even something that can bring you a step closer at achieving your dreams!

I love the saying (don’t really know it word for word but…) The successful CEO and the average Joe are both given the same amount of time during the day, it’s what you do with that time that makes a difference. (Or something like that 🤷🏻‍♀️)

Something that helps me, is to write down a list of things I want to get done the night before. (You know, a to-do list 🙄) Hope this tip helped!

Side note: Every time I start typing these posts I never know where they’re going to go. I just say whatever pops up in my brain. But that’s all for today, I suppose.

It’s 12:22pm and I’m feeling pretty good.

Day 3 is tomorrow.

Day 1 of Waking Up at 5AM

*beep beep beep

5AM

When I heard that alarm, I definitely didn’t want to get up, BUT that was probably because I couldn’t fall asleep until after midnight.

My son felt warm (I can always tell because his feet get hot). So I sat him up and took his temperature and it was 99ish. I also woke up at 2:22am, because my son was rolling around more than usual, which made me more worried.

Anyways, I got up around 5:30am, which I’m still proud of! Baby steps!

I’m sure some of you are like, “I wake up earlier than that!”

Well you know what, hush, you!

I’m a stay-at-home mom who is trying to be a better mom/homemaker. So get off my back!

MOTIVATION

One thing that got me out of bed, was knowing I had the opportunity to take a hot shower…alone.

It.

Was.

Awesome.

I did not want to get out.

That being said, find something to look forward to, to get your butt out of bed. For the average joe, it’s usually a cup of joe. (See what I did there..shut up, I’m hilarious)

Figure out what you can do for yourself as soon as you get up, so you’re more motivated to get up.

Routine accomplished:

I got up at 5:30am. ✅ish

I took a shower. ✅

I drank a tall glass of lemon water. ✅ish

(We had no lemons)

I plopped down on my couch, turned the fireplace on, cuddled with a blanket and heard…nothing. The beautiful sound of silence. Then I started to pray.

But in the middle of my conversation with our creator, I heard tiny footsteps running across the floor. (Around 6am)

I could’ve been discouraged, but decided to continue my prayer with my son hearing.

He still felt a little warm, but no temperature on forehead or under the arm. Started googling…we’ll see how it goes.

It’s 7:00am.

I’m feeling tired.

8:48am: feeling better.

Noah’s temperature is normal. Let’s hope it stays that way!

Also random info, but today’s my mom’s birthday! My parents, sister, and adorable nephew are coming over to celebrate. I marinated beef using a Filipino recipe. (My mom is Filipino)

Hope my mom approves!

Day 2 is tomorrow!

Here’s to actually waking up at 5:00am…

The 5AM Experiment

Ever since I was in elementary school, I remember hearing that loud, obnoxious alarm clock every morning, and I would always think, “I can’t wait until I don’t have to wake up early anymore.”

Psssshhh. Little did I know I would always have to wake up early to go to work…

But now as a stay-at-home mom and with two little kiddies that actually like to sleep in, it’s easy to not even set an alarm.

For a couple of years now, I’ve been wanting to wake up early before my kids and start my day off enjoying the quiet and getting things done. Every time I tried to wake up at 6:00am, my little Noah always followed me out, which kind of defeats the purpose. So maybe 5:00am will work…

I’m going to do a little experiment. (Hence the title.)

I am going to wake up at 5:00am every morning for a week.

I’m going to document and give some tips along the way.

But here is the routine I want to try to commit to:

1. Wake up

2. Shower

3. Drink a tall glass of lemon water

4. Prayer and devotional

5. Stretch

6. Workout (or some form of it )

Then after that I’ll probably wake the little minions up, that is, if the two-year-old hasn’t woken up by then. Fingers crossed!

See you in the morning 😬 🤟

Alone With Two

I am currently sitting on the couch with both babies asleep.

The two-year-old is next to me and the newborn is in the swing in front of me.

I have chips and guacamole on my lap. (Since guacamole has been my main source of food.)

And The Office is on the tv.

My husband has been away for military purposes. He’s been gone for two weeks, with one week left. So having both of them alone has definitely been testing my patience, but it hasn’t been that bad.

(Mostly.)

There have been moments of Noah watching tv and Lili being content in her swing and all will be peaceful. Then there are those OTHER moments; the moments you expect to have when you have a two-year-old and a newborn….

EXAMPLES:

Showering: There are only two ways I can take a shower. 1. Noah has to be taking a nap and Lili is in a bouncer in the bathroom with me. 2. Noah is taking a shower with me while Lili is in a bouncer in the bathroom.

Eating is either done at the table with Lili in a bouncer next to me and Noah in his booster seat. OR eating on the couch in front of the tv (while Noah gets food on the already food-stained couch. Also, he’s usually jumping on the couch with food in his mouth.)

Sleep isn’t too bad. Although Lili wakes up 1-3 the new a night, I don’t feel tired throughout the day. Noah sleeps with me; it’s nice to have his company. It’s like having a sleepover every night!

Car: The three of us sat in stopped traffic the other day. Not fun. Lili was screaming hard and it broke my heart! Every chance I got, I got out of the car to try to calm her down. Noah was asleep, but he woke up crying. It didn’t last too long.

Meals: Breakfast is usually eggs or some sugary cereal. Lunch and dinner: drive-thrus and freezer dinners.

I’ll be holding Liliosa and Noah will think it’s the perfect opportunity to practice his somersaults on MY LAP. So there have been a few accidents, which is, of course, expected.

Needless to say, I will be very happy when my husband gets back. We will be eating homecooked meals, and the household will be in (somewhat) harmony.

Even though, I am basically complaining throughout this whole post, which isn’t what I intended, I LOVE having two kids. Noah is obsessed with his new baby sister and so am I! She’s so cute!! I wouldn’t trade this life for anything. I love being a mom and wife. I feel like this is the life God has called me to have, and I am incredibly blessed.

So all the crumbs, the spit-up, the sticky tables, dirty diapers, the mommy breakdowns, the times when you only have time to be a mom and have no time for yourself, it’s all worth it and I would do it over and over and over again. All of it. Because being a mom is the absolute best. And the love I have for these two babies is so strong, even I can’t comprehend it.

Here’s to the next 6 days.

The Day Before We Meet Baby Girl

So many emotions I’m feeling.

Excitement.

Happiness.

Sad that it’s my last day to spend alone time with my almost two year old.

But I am mostly just so excited to meet and hold my baby girl. I’m wondering what she’s going to look like! I hope she has dark hair like me.

Right now, I’m watching Noah play while I fold the rest of the laundry, so we don’t have to worry about it when we come home. I’ve been watching labor and delivery videos on YouTube all morning, just getting more excited!

I am so jealous of those women that get to experience going into labor naturally. I really didn’t want to be induced, but that’s what God has planned for me. I didn’t get to with my first one, which I think I’ve mentioned that in my last post. I’m a firm believer that my body was created to naturally push the baby out. Definitely not against the mamas out there who get epidurals! Each situation is different, so you never know what you have to do to get through it. I had a natural birth with my first and it was an amazing experience. I’m hoping I get the same with this baby.

All that’s left to do is vacuum and pack the last minute things. I want to just deep clean every inch of this house, so everything is perfect for baby girl.

But for now, more laundry!

Here’s to no sleep tonight!

Waiting and Trusting

Swollen feet.

Back aches.

No energy.

I’ll be 40 weeks pregnant this week, and let me tell you, as beautiful as pregnancy is and as blessed I am for being pregnant…I am just done.

I had to be induced with my first baby at 37 weeks, so I didn’t experience the last 3 weeks. My first pregnancy was definitely cake compared to this one. (Mmm cake)

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with looking up ways to get induced naturally. Walking, eating spicy food, squats, labor-inducing cookies? Yeah, that’s actually a thing. I almost went to the store as soon as I read about it and baked those that day.

Then, one morning I had a devotion about “being still” and patient. Coincidence? I think not! I’m probably the most impatient person ever. Also, I’m a worrier. Great combo, I know. I really don’t want to get induced. I want to experience going into labor naturally, since I didn’t get to the first time. So, of course, I’m worried I’m not going to go into labor.

I recently had something pop up on my Facebook timeline that I shared 5 years ago, and it read,”God is never in a hurry, but God is never late.”

I think God’s trying to tell me something. (For the second time)

Instead of worrying and trying to be in control, I need to let go and let God do his job. I think we all get like that at times. We forget who’s in charge.

And the most amazing is about to happen! I should just relax and just be excited about bringing life into this world! I cannot wait to meet my baby girl and hold her in my arms.

But for now, here’s to faith and trust.