How Having a Newborn Keeps Me on Time

I have a very bad habit. I am habitually late. It’s not something I’m proud of, it’s just something that always happens despite my best efforts. No matter how hard I try, I am always late. I’m certain it’s because I always underestimate how long it takes to get ready and overestimate how quick it will take me.

It’s one thing to get out of the house on time, but it’s a whole other ball game when you add four kids to the mix. However, I’ve noticed something since I’ve begun more outings with all the girls together. I’ve found that I’m now on time, or at least “less late.”

How Having a Newborn Keeps Me On Time


I believe everything has finally fallen into place. I’ve officially “grown up.” Having a newborn at this stage of my life has made me realize that being late is not part of the organized and put together life I want for myself. I’m totally over being known as the one that’s always late. It’s not cute or commendable. Having Amani has really helped me get my act together.

I’m now a mother of four. I have eight years of experience under my belt. I feel like I finally know what it takes to get out the door with happy, cooperative kids. As the older ones dress themselves, I’m able to focus on getting myself and Amani ready. Newborns hardly “work” as we’d like. It’s bound to happen that Amani will need a diaper change just as we’re heading out the door. But I’ve now factored those extra ten minutes into my prep time.

Babies take extra time. I’ve finally adjusted my routine to accommodate that instead of expecting my baby to accommodate to our routine. I’m not sure why it took me so long to figure this out, but I suppose better late than never.

How do you get out of the house on time with your newborn?

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