For almost a year I have been getting too little sleep. Because my wife is not a morning person it is my role to wake up when little Gallant does. This is usually between 5:50 am and 6:45 am.
When he was very little I would put him in the ergo, make tea, and go for a walk. Some mornings I would hold him while I showered.
Colder mornings of Winter happened to correspond to Gallant being old
enough to entertain himself with toys (and heavy enough that holding him in the shower was no longer a trivial matter). So the routine changed. I put him in his baby corral for
twenty minutes while I make tea, eat a banana or some other quick food,
and take a shower. That was my time to myself each day this past Winter. Then, after twenty
minutes, Gallant needs attention. So I play with him
downstairs quietly, including letting him climb on me while I do my back extensions and planks, stretching, and morning praying.
Between 7:30 am and 8:00 am Smiley wakes up. If it is a Tuesday or Thursday I depart for LCC at 7:45 am, waking up my wife if she is still sleeping.
If it is a Monday/Wednesday/Friday I
bring Gallant upstairs and try to keep the boys quiet while making us
breakfast. My wife wakes up between 8:00 am and 8:30 am. I get Smiley to preschool at 9:00 am. I either drop my wife off at her work on the same trip, or return home to get her and take her to work.
If possible I try to go to bed at 9:00 pm, shortly after Smiley is in bed. But this seldom happens. Until fairly recently Gallant would wake up once or twice (usually twice) between his bedtime at 7:00 pm and midnight, wanting to drink. While my wife nursed him, I made a bottle (her milk supply is low at the end of the day). Then I waited a few minutes while she fed him the bottle before helping move him back to his crib.
Happily, more sleep will happen soon. Gallant has been walking for about a week. This tires him out enough that he is no longer waking between his bedtime and midnight. Yay!