Getting back into the swing of a routine after the holidays

I was initially going to write this post last week but couldn’t find the time to get around to it. Little did I know that we would still be in exactly the same position a whole week on.

We can’t be the only ones that are struggling right? Struggling to get back into the swing of things after the Christmas holidays? I mean, it feels like they were so long ago but in reality we are only two weeks into the new term. But surely, after two weeks, we should have pulled it all together and be back into the routine we were pre-Christmas?

The one where we used to leave the house at 8.20, take a nice stroll to school, and Zach would have a play with his mates in the playground before going into class. OK, some days were pushing the 8.30 mark and we had to run, but it was mostly only once or twice a week!

Quite simply, it’s all got t**s up!

We are constantly rushing out of the door in the morning. Like, it’s 8.30 – the absolute latest we should be leaving, and we are only just brushing Zach’s teeth and bundling us all into our coats. And then Zach is having to ride on the front of the pushchair (which he really shouldn’t do because he is so heavy!), whilst I am running to school and entering the fat burn zone on my FitBit (there has to be some benefit to the chaos!).

Then there is the other half. Most days he is getting the 8.45 train rather than the 8.25, meaning that most days he is getting home at 7pm rather than 6.30. We want him home at 6.30 but on the day he did go and catch the 8.25, we were running to school yet again because apparently 15 minutes isn’t long enough to dry my hair, brush Zach’s teeth and get them in their coats and out of the house!

I just don’t know what has gone wrong!

Ok, that might be a little lie. I know a little of what has gone wrong.

I don’t like to blame them but heck, it’s totally the boys!

Oscar is sleeping terribly at the moment. Just a few nights ago, I saw pretty much every hour on the clock whilst I was feeding him back to sleep. He has been waking up so much at night that we are absolutely exhausted and the very last thing we want to do is get out of bed in the mornings!

The other half used to set an alarm for 6.30 but when you have been awake a lot of the night, that time is not welcome and so he has been setting it a bit later, because if the boys decide to sleep in then hell, we are totally taking those extra few minutes in bed!

Then there is Zach. He usually sleeps pretty well but even he has been waking up in the night on occasion. On Wednesday night they totally tag teamed us as well and when Zach woke up at whatever time it was (I think it was 1.30am) he wanted me. So I snuck out from beside a sleeping Oscar and went and crept into bed with Zach. I discovered the reason he wanted me was because he had had a bad dream in which we had gone to the duck park, he had sunk in the water and I had left him! I was horrified to have done that in his dream and he obviously needed reassuring that it hadn’t happened in real life and that I was quite simply just in bed! BUT, suddenly I heard Oscar wimpering and boom, he needed feeding back to sleep, so I swapped with the other half and at some point, finally got back to sleep!

You can see why getting up in the morning is so hard right?!

And of course, because he is extra tired from the wakenings in the night, Oscar has been then sleeping in! On Wednesday morning, he woke up at 8.10! We didn’t even have time to give him a proper breakfast and the poor thing had to glug down a fruit pouch before we bunged him in the pushchair and left the house. He then later had to sit with me in Costa whilst I had mine before playgroup!

The Christmas holidays here were also really long. Zach was off for just one day short of three weeks. 3 weeks is a long time and so it was so easy to fall out of the routine we had gotten into, instead, swapping it for lazy mornings. So it has been a bit of a shock to the system since he went back.


I am fed up now of every morning being a chaotic scene of leaving the house. We do need to get our s**t together so that there is no risk of Zach being late (he hasn’t actually been late once yet since starting school – even on the days when Oscar has decided to do a giant poo at 8.25am!).

We need to start setting the alarm earlier despite the risk of a bad night.

We need to have some kind of order in the morning so that we know what time each of us needs to be in and out of the shower so there is no delay in us being ready (I would sacrifice hair washing but I just can’t!).

We need Oscar to just blimmin sleep!

Next week, things are going to change. We are going to be back to us being in the playground a few minutes before the doors open (not too long before though, because it’s blooming cold to be standing around!). The other half is going to be catching the 8.25 train every day. And I am going to remember that it’s actually 2.55pm that I need to leave the house to pick Zach up rather than 3pm.

We can do this!

Alarm clock and mug with text, getting back into the swing of a routine after the holidays



  1. January 19, 2018 / 10:29 am

    We are always running late for school atm. The weather don’t help either! Dragging a buggy in snow is not fun

  2. January 19, 2018 / 12:59 pm

    I still don’t know what day it is! It doesn’t help being on maternity leave either!

  3. January 19, 2018 / 2:35 pm

    I really struggled to get back to ‘normal’ after the Christmas hols. It didn’t help that I decided to go sugar free for January so I had an awful headache for the first 8 days, I think now that we are at the end of week three I just feel ok! until half term!

  4. January 23, 2018 / 4:32 pm

    We have really struggled getting back in the swing of things and our Christmas holiday was really short! Before we know it we will be heading towards half term and I wouldn’t have done anything I wanted to do!

  5. January 25, 2018 / 3:25 pm

    Oh it’s hard getting back into a routine isn’t it! I’m sure you’ll get there, just in time for the next holiday most likely xx

  6. countryheartdeb
    February 5, 2018 / 9:28 pm

    It’s so hard getting back into a routine but so worth it lol

    • February 10, 2018 / 9:46 pm

      Definitely – although it’s half term now and we still failed to get to school without running. I will do better next term!

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