Sometimes you wake up and the day just seems to be all wrong…

When you walk out and see this in your living room, because … well… excuses…

(I didn’t hire SpiderMan to take this picture! I used my handy clip-on fisheye lens on my iPhone! I LOVE it.)

And then your toddler looks like this during breakfast. Because she’s a toddler and sometimes life is hard.

And you get spit-up on for the 6th time and it’s not even 10am. Because the baby just wants to nurse, but his tummy is already full and can’t hold any more.

So sometimes you just need to reboot the day. Start over. Give up on the plans you had made, and start fresh.

We started our reboot with a nice cozy tandem nursing session. (Anneliese is holding Joseph’s hand here while they nurse together.)

Afterward, I ran a nice warm bubble bath for Anneliese and put her in her bathing suit (she says, “SUIT!!!”) to play for a while.

Joey got a nice bath too, and chilled out in a nest of towels while I jammied his sister and read her a couple of stories, then put her down for a nap.

Then it was Joey’s turn. Fresh diaper and jammies, and a little bit of nursing (not enough to make his tummy over-full), and he’s napping now.

reboot copy

I’ve had the chance to work on the mess a little bit, do some laundry, wash some dishes… and all three of us are feeling much better.

Something to remember. You DON’T have to wait until tomorrow to start fresh!

When your day starts out full of grumpiness and mess, what do YOU do to reboot your day?

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  1. Getting fresh air or exercising is always a good idea.

    So is eating a good meal or having some coffee/tea with a healthy dessert.

    Listening to music or some motivational speech is a good option, too.

  2. Hello! I’ve been following your blog for over a year, but I don’t know that I’ve ever commented. I love reading it though. Just reading this post made me feel refreshed! I’ve never thought to do a midday bath, but I will definitely keep this in mind for a day when we need a reboot!

  3. My seven year old goes to her room to re-boot. She’s always done this, even when she was a toddler. Now she does it on her own without anyone telling her. She’ll say “I need a little break” and go. She comes out totally refreshed. For the 19 month old, all she needs to re-boot is a good nursing session!

  4. Your baby is seriously cute. Annelise is too, but she’s old enough to be toddler-pretty, which she totally is. A lot of babies honestly just look like Winston Churchill after a long bath, but Joey is legitimately adorable.

  5. We take naps to “re-boot.” It always does the trick! Bubble baths are definitely toddler-pleasers also. 🙂

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