[Except Emily, who laughs in the face of routine!] – Authors note!
So how do you get an over excited 4 year old, a baby who hates mornings and an over tired mummy out of the house by 8am?
Here’s what we do.
First mummy has a crib sheet the night before…
This is so when Miss Emily has been up 10 times the night before and the brain has left the building, stuff still happens!
The alarm goes off at 6.45am. eek! Mummy and Miss Emily resolutely ignore it, Mr happy happy joy joy bounces up the stairs and wakes us all up. we then follow the magnets on Oscar’s board…
Remember these? they’re from the Visual timetable but we didn’t need them after it went weekly, until Early Mornings reared it’s ugly head! (Note we’ve been getting into routine while Daddy is away at the Hovercraft World Championships, We’ll find him a job when he gets home, so don’t worry, He’s not being allowed to sleep!) We move up each magnet as the task is completed. Actually this is week 3 and we basically ignore this list already. We only needed it to get us going to begin with…
If you want our magnets the download is here.
Turns out the main impediment to getting out before 8am was this:
She doesn’t *look* like she could derail a whole raft of carefully orchestrated plans, does she? Soooo angelic! She wouldn’t scream her way through a bottle (well ,through the first 30ml of a bottle for 45mins) in defiance of being woken early, would she? Well yes actually, she would! The answer turns out to be baby breakfast! Hide the milk in a bowl of baby breakfast. Spoon it in while she giggles and Jobs’ a good ‘un! Awesome!
Right on to getting out the door! First make tea in a thermo mug (yes and one for you Bethan!) then load baby into buggy and herd people out the door. (Yes it’s still called herding with only one 4 year old. Ever tried herding cats?)
On the way out the door check the list blue tacked at the appropriate height…
If you have followed the steps in the right order you will hopefully achieve this:
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