It’s another ROUTINE post!
Last month, I started a new series where I share one of our “routines”. I kicked it off with…
…my MORNING ROUTINE.
In that post, I took you from 4:40 AM to about 11:30 AM on a typical weekday. You can read all about that HERE.
Today, I’m going to share our BEDTIME ROUTINE because…we’re gotten it down so well that’s it’s pretty much ruined us. Ha!
Let’s start with the kids’…
…we are a very active bunch. At night, if we don’t have some sort of practice, we’re typically outside playing. On this particular night, we had gone to the neighborhood park to play. When we were done, it was time to come home and get ready for bed.
The three big kids go upstairs and bathe themselves and get their pjs on. Madeley still takes a bath down in our bathroom every night. She ALWAYS lays out her pajamas before she gets in tub. Ha!
Andrew typically has always bathed the kiddos before bed. He’s down to his last one. 🙁
Depending on what time it is, we like to watch one show before bed. Andrew and I really like it when it’s a show the whole family can enjoy (like The Voice or America’s Got Talent). Madeley really wanted to scoot close to me taking this pic…I kept saying “I don’t see your face!” and she kept laughing.
Nighttime cuddles with Frenchie Macaroon!
The kiddos sleep two and two. On this night, Kensington, Ashby and Frenchie all slept on the bottom bunk while…
Madeley and Smith slept in his room.
The goal is that everyone is in bed by 8:30 on school nights. They all have their favorite pillows and blankets, plus now, we’re using diffusers in each room along with sound machines (more about that below!).
Here we are “asleep” in our own bed. Hahaha! This makes me laugh! Andrew and I now have like a 21 step process before we go to bed and because of that, we’re sleeping like we’ve never slept before BUT that sure does make it hard for us when we travel. #becausennowwearespoiled
Two years ago, Andrew and I needed a new mattress, so we bought one…and hated it. Sigh. They wouldn’t let us return it for 30 days, and by the time that was up, I was sleeping on the couch over sleeping on that darn mattress. So, after that, we had to pick yet another one and we (begrudgingly) went to…
Friends, I don’t know why, but we thought Sleep Number beds were dumb.
And we WERE SO FREAKING WRONG.
We immediately fell in love with our new bed (I blogged the details HERE), and that was the start of our high maintenance bedtime routine. Sigh. Again.
After I talked about the bed and how much better we were sleeping, you guys started making other recommendations and now, we have like a 20 minute routine. Just Kidding. Sort of. Not really.
Here’s what we do each night…
…we start those DIFFUSERS! We became “oily” people this year and honest to goodness, are sleeping LIKE ROCKS. We love these diffusers the most for many reasons (they’re small, they put out oils all night long intermittently, you can use the light and change it to like 20 colors or keep the light off, and so on). We started with one, but now, we each have one next to our sides of the bed. We add a little lavender and a little thieves into each one. We’re sleeping so well with our diffusers that we…
…even took one on vacation with us. #sigh (You can read my whole “oil” post HERE.)
So, step 1: we love our bed.
Step 2: we love our diffusers.
…we like a really cold room with a lot of blankets. Anyone else? We keep it at like 67 and then sleep under FIVE blankets along with our MY PILLOWS. Have you tried a My Pillow?! I was suuuuuuuper skeptical when they arrived because they’re lumpy. Lumpy? Yes, lumpy, but amazing!!! I really can’t even describe them because they’re the oddest things, but I sleep so well when I have them, and then, when I travel and have to sleep on a normal pillow (otherwise known as one that isn’t lumpy), I’m always so sad.
I took this pic the next morning after Andrew had already gotten up, but look! Two things, one, the diffuser is still going all of those hours later and two, the iPhone stand there (I talked about those last week) typically holds his phone that plays our…sound machine. Hahaha! We’re so weird. Who else spent years listening to baby monitors that carried the sound machine noise into your room, and then, when you didn’t need the baby monitor any longer you realized you were so used to sleeping with a sound machine (on accident mind you) that you started listening to one in your room too? Anyone else? We use a basic white noise app for our sound.
Great bed, diffusers, lots of blankets, cold temps, a lumpy pillow and ambient noise all make us happy sleepers…but before we go to sleep…
…our routine always consists of a little funny TV (I like to watch/listen to something lighthearted before bed) and a good book 🙂 .
That’s a little look at our bedtime routines! Tell me one thing you have to do before bed! I posted this on Instagram the other day, but I CANNOT sleep unless I shave my legs. It doesn’t matter what time it is, if I’m not feeling well or whatever, I MUST shave my legs before climbing into bed. I am so weird. You guys tell me what you do to get ready for bed. I would love to hear!!