I think (maybe?) that I mentioned a week or so ago (or longer? or never?) that our morning routine was proceeding a bit more smoothly than it had been (knocks on all the wooden surfaces). I don’t think it was one thing that did the trick but rather a combination of actions. First of all, we distilled the morning routine into 3 steps for Daniel, steps that were easy for us to rattle off when we were tired in the morning. Secondly, we introduced a reward in the form of a glow-in-the-dark starfish that he is able to stick on his door to make whatever constellations he desires.
Cuddling. Isn’t cuddling awesome? I noticed’t a big change in the morning drama when Daniel had time to cuddle in Mommy and Daddy’s bed. That time has now become a requirement of our morning routine, and it’s usually one of the best moments of my day.
Daniel wakes between 6 and 6:20. I usually go to him around 6:30 and cuddle him for a minute before I pick him up and carry him to our room. I place him on the bed and he curls up with the starfish he brought. He then turns to me and asks, “Mommy, can you cuddle me for a minute?” I happily oblige, showering him with kisses and cuddles. After too short of a time, it’s time for me to get up and continue what I need to do while Daniel snuggles daddy.
I love those few minutes. Daniel is so energetic that it can be hard to get a good cuddle or hug out of him, so it’s nice to have the ability to get snuggles. He demands them and forces you to comply, and I am happy to oblige.
He’s a sweet boy.