Routines are nice but they shouldn't dominate our life. I've also been trying to cut out the words, "hurry up". Melody is the slowest walker there, the slowest at anything. Walking to the car she has to stop and watch the bug, and stare at her funny reflection on the car, or stop and smell the flowers. She just likes to notice things, I love that about her. She always reminds me to look for the beauty in things. So instead of going right by all of those things we just leave the house earlier, to give my little noticer time to notice.
I've also been working on being more "hands free", concentrating on what's important and putting everything else on the back burner. This means during Melody and I time no electronics and chores wait. My attention is solely on her. And she is wonderful, I get to pay more attention to the stories she comes up with and her little imaginative mind.
I'm still working on it, but it's a start on me being a new and improved mom for my little girl,