Mornings With Baby Akilah


I’m so not a morning person, but I’m learning how to cope at least. There’s something beautiful about mornings, especially when routines and happy babies are involved. I’m starting to cherish mornings. They’re best spent relaxing and tending to home. I try my best not to dive into online tasks at the start of the day unless I absolutely must. I’ve found that working during the afternoon or evening works best, otherwise I’m no fun to be around.

I am usually awoken from my slumber at 7AM to the rapid kicking of tiny feet in my ribs. The tiniest Tatum, my silly girl, Akilah alerts me that she’s ready to party. We co-sleep in segments. She starts off in her co-sleeper at night and then I bring her in bed when she wakes up for her late night/early morning feeding. We start the morning by nursing, then it’s time for a diaper change or Pull-Up change… True story. She slept in one of Juicy’s Pull-Ups because she ran out of diapers. Hey, we get it how we live. #sometimesitbelikethat #parenthack


Next, I let her shake her shimmies on the dance floor and hang out with her toys and brothers. Her brothers were away at their Na Na’s house so today, she had their room all to herself. ♫ Babies just wanna have fun!



After playtime, I feed baby Akilah some of her food or bites from my plate. She’s been persnickety about baby food like her brothers. She prefers table food. I’m trying to get her interested in fruits, but she’d much rather have chicken and rice meals or whatever I’m having. She’s a savory girl.



If we’re bumming around the house, Akilah stays in her onesie or jammies. If we have an outing, then she gets dressed in a pretty outfit and I do her hair. I dressed her in the cutest little outfit by Child of Mine, today. The shirt is printed in lovebirds and the capri pants are pink gingham to match the little ruffle broach on the shirt. I paid $7.94 for the outfit and was tempted to put more in my cart but… self control. The sets are on sale for $6.50 on Walmart.com. I’m still resisting, but you are welcomed to buy. 🙂




I’m still loving the Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk line in Akilah’s hair. As an everyday moisturizer (every 2-3 days), I use the Original Leave-In. I do a little finger detangling and brushing, then I make her a little puff and add a coordinating bow. This is the easiest style since she’s super wiggly.


After pampering, she goes back to playing with her friends until naptime! Then, I attempt to get my life together. More on that later!

What are mornings like with your little ones?

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Sheena Tatum

Hey, I'm Sheena! I married my jr. high sweetheart and together, we raise three tiny humans in NW Indiana. I'm an introverted free-spirit and serial dreamer obsessed with all things tropical and carefree. I love inspiring others to live wholly and find beauty in the mundane. I don't always get it right, but I'll keep trying anyway. :) Email: [email protected]

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  • Max Brooks July 7, 2016 at 1:50 AM

    Your baby girl looks so happy! I use the hair milk with my daughter and it smells great and works well. Thanks for sharing this post!

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  • Saisha July 5, 2016 at 12:10 PM

    Your daughter is adorable and I’m so glad you get to spend this time with her every day! This is a great, cute and relaxed routine!

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  • Joyce Brewer July 5, 2016 at 12:01 PM

    I love your laid back approach to mornings with her. When our son was her age, I would feel like I had to squeeze everything into morning time before my husband left for work.

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  • Eva July 5, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    What a sweet routine! Mine isn’t nearly thay calm anymore with all of them being big now. I miss my tiny ones…

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