Holding My Coffee In Both Hands

I tend to be a morning person. I love waking early, having alone time when the house is quiet and still. Ever since becoming a SAHM, I find myself looking forward to going to bed, just so I can wake up early. It's weird, I know.

But like most pregnant ladies in the first trimester, I found myself sleeping in as late as I could until Eli woke up, and even then leaving him in his crib for as long as he was happy until I drug myself out of bed. Now that I'm 17 weeks, for the most part, I'm out of those terribly sleepy days, and while a nap is always welcome, it's no longer required to make it through the day. I find myself waking early once again, waking one, two, even three hours before Eli does. (Lest you think I'm getting up too crazy early, he's been waking around 8 or 9 a.m. for the past two weeks. Also, please don't hate me, as I've often been told, I'm sure I will repay this blessing tenfold with the baby in my belly and you can laugh at me then.)

I get up, shower - well, let's be honest, I shower every three days so I normally sock bun it up - get dressed and head straight to the coffee maker. I find my happy spot on the couch, (True confessions: I have to rotate the cushions quite frequently so it's not too obvious where this happy spot is.) put my feet on the coffee table and settle in. I hold my coffee with both hands, slowly waking up, praying, thinking and being.

Is is just me, or does anyone else find that they are much more patient and productive during the day when they've had a bit of time to themselves?  I never realized how much I needed this time until I lost it in that first trimester. I find that because I've had some time alone, I'm more ready to invest and be intentional with Eli throughout the day. I've had time to organize to do list, spend time in this little corner of the internet, and have a quiet time with the Lord while slowly enjoying a cup or two of coffee. I've found I'm so much more patient with little hiccups and setbacks, and I'm not nearly as distracted when Eli wakes and is ready to go.

Two hands on a coffee mug is a small thing, but I'm amazed at what a big difference it makes.

*I actually wrote these thoughts a few days after this post about balancing productivity and laziness - and how "me-time" each day isn't a right, and I realize it may sound like I'm talking out of both sides of my mouth. So I just want to say, while I find it easier to be more intentional and industrious when I have this time, it doesn't give me an excuse to not be patient and productive when I don't get it. It just happens to make choosing my attitude during the day easier. Kapeesh?


  1. I agree! I feel much more prepared for my day when I have had a few moments to myself in the morning. I am also blessed with a child who will sleep until 7:30 or 8:00 (or even 9:00 on the weekends!) which allows me time to wake up, shower, get dressed and eat breakfast before I have to wake her up and get her ready for drop-off at pre-school by 8:30. On the weekends, my husband and I will wake up early together and have some time together as well (we've even been known to watch movies together then). Our second baby is due in September, so I anticipate these may be my last weeks of mornings to myself for a while.

  2. Great post Laura!
    While I'm a natural night owl, I've been shifting my sleep habits over the past few months so I can spend more waking hours with my partner, (he leaves the house around 5a.m. necessitating a before 9 bedtime).
    At first it was rough, but now that I'm adjusted...adjusting, I see spending that little bit of extra time eating breakfast together is having such a positive impact on our relationship. While I don't have a kiddo of my own, I work from home and the added benefit of the few extra hours I've gained of 'me time' between breakfast and work have definitely resulted in a much calmer, more present and positive me throughout my day into my evening.
    Thanks for helping me acknowledge this added benefit of early rising! :)


  3. Sounds like the PERFECT way to spend your mornings! Alice sleeps consistently until 7am, so not too bad...but 8 or 9?! That's awesome and amazing!

  4. Good thoughts here, Laura! Also, did you cut your hair? I realize its been like a month since I saw you so I thought I would ask :)

  5. Ha! Nope, in the pic, my hair is actually in a pretty high ponytail and just flopping over my shoulder. It's longer than ever! :)

  6. It's the best, isn't it? 7 is still really great!

  7. Glad to hear your getting more time to yourself in the mornings, it does make such a difference! No matter who you are I think everyone can benefit! During different seasons, Mike has early morning hours too, so I always try to adjust to his schedule as much as possible, but I admit, it's hard to go to bed at 9 p.m. and get up at 4:30 a.m. just to see each other - but it's always so worth it!

  8. I'm so glad you're able to get some time in before your little girl wakes up too! I LOVE watching movies first thing in the morning too - or sometimes if we don't get early enough, we'll do it during naptime. It feels so wrong, but it's so refreshing!