Establishing a Routine for a Reason


So my goal for the week is to establish some sort of bedtime routine. It’s not so much about bedtime or sleeping for me, it’s about a time of the day where I have the best chance of establishing something like a new normal.

I’m generally not a person that needs a schedule or thrives on patterns.  Even with my child I prize flexibility over predictability.

However, at this point of my life, when nothing seems right, nothing normal, I’ve agreed to try to find a pattern wherever I can. So I’m going to try a bedtime routine.

I know a routine will be good for Zoya. She has thrived in our flexible life and can be happy going to bed at 9 or midnight. But she won’t alway be able to sleep in as long as she wants to sleep and we need a way to eventually change her wildly unpredictable normal. She will be in daycare soon. Plus, I want a routine that she and I look forward to. Bath, shower, reading, nursing, Zoya sleep, Mama read, blog, write, sleep.

Mornings would be awesome. I’d love to start my day reading, writing, talking, thinking; becoming grounded in this new reality of life without my husband by my side. But I get up as late as possible and rush out the door, because I want every last hour of sleep. Maybe by embracing a bedtime, I’ll eventually be able to have my mornings, but this is the step I’m starting today.

I don’t know what it will look like. I expect it will mean screen time for Zoya while Mama showers. I’m still buckling her in that Bumpo though she actually unbuckled yesterday.


I think if we just generally lock ourselves in the bedroom at a certain time it will be a step in the right direction.  But it needs to be more than that. I need distraction free time. Not time with numbed senses playing games or looking at Facebook. There is a time for that but I’m looking for time where I’m very aware of reality, not when I’m shutting down or distracted.

So fingers crossed I won’t play that bubble popping game tonight and I will seek to see through eyes of faith at the reality of all that is in my life today.

About Camila

Based in Atlanta, but from the mountains of North Carolina. New widow of a man from Iran. Mother of one precious girl. Anti-human trafficking expert. Sister to 16 siblings (Yes, some of are adopted). Daughter of God.

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