Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Our {Rushed} Bedtime Routine...

** This is a sponsored blog post. I received compensation from Gymboree. The opinions and text are all mine.**

Now that I'm coaching two teams, our time at home is even more precious. I usually get home from practice around 7:30 - still needing to eat dinner & take care of any household tasks that have come up. That doesn't even begin to mention grading & schoolwork...  

Despite all the chaos, Eric & I have decided that Ella's bedtime routine is going to remain a priority. This is our current routine: 

7:30 - Mommy walks in & scarfs down whatever Daddy has made for dinner, while Ella works hard to steal bites, even though she has already ate her own dinner. 

7:45 - Tub Time! 

Eric handles the tub. He's way better at washing her hair, so while he does that, I get everything laid out for after - towel, PJs, lotion, diaper, etc. It makes getting her out of the tub a lot easier if we can move fast afterwards. 

8:00 - Pajamas 
find Ella's PJs here

Currently, we're in love with these pajamas from the Eric Carle Collection from Gymboree! They're so much fun & bring back so many memories of my own childhood. Not to mention the fact that they're incredibly soft! As a teacher, I love anything that connects learning with everyday life & I will definitely be buying a pair for my niece & nephew... and maybe even another pair for Ella! 

8:15 - Story Time 

We read Ella two to three books before bed every night. Right now, she's obsessed with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, The Very Busy Spider, and Barnyard Dance. It's always changing though, we just went through a serious Brown Bear, Brown Bear phase just awhile ago. 

8:30 - Lights Out

with her Very Hungry Caterpillar neck pillow
Yes, I know some of you will think that 8:30 is way too late to put our daughter to bed. Sorry. I'm selfish & want to spend an hour at home with her. Deal with it. She gets 9 to 10 hours of sleep at night, plus a 2 to 3 hour nap during the day... she's doing just fine. 

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