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Peek inside Jenna Bush Hager's morning routine balancing work, being a mom and Kenny Rogers

Aug. 14, 2014 at 6:41 AM ET

As a TODAY correspondent, no two mornings are the same for Jenna Bush Hager. Here, she shares her morning routine from a recent shoot in Nashville, where she interviewed country music legend Kenny Rogers (and brought baby daughter Mila along for the ride).

Jenna Bush Hager gives TODAY.com a peek into her life on the road.
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Jenna Bush Hager gives TODAY.com a peek into her life on the road.

I've been traveling like crazy, so for this shoot in Nashville, I wanted to bring Mila along. This was a first for me, and balancing shooting a story and being a mom was a bit of a challenge — but a VERY fun challenge.

Jenna Bush Hager shares her morning routine
Jenna Bush Hager

6:30 a.m.: I'm an early riser even when I am on the road. It is in my genes — and, after almost five years at the TODAY show, I'm trained to get up early! If I am at home, I like to take a morning workout class. This morning in Nashville, I wake up to go over questions for Kenny and mainly for coffee, which I dream about before Mila wakes up. I still use a paper day planner. I know. I know.

Jenna Bush Hager shares her morning routine
Jenna Bush Hager

I unpack the night before so I can easily — and quickly — dress the next morning. Even on mornings when I'm on TODAY, I lay out my clothes in advance, a time-saving trick I learned from my mom in seventh grade. Again, there seems to be a major nerd theme here. Note: the diapers. Mila and I share a bag now when we travel together.

Jenna Bush Hager shares her morning routine
Jenna Bush Hager

7:15 a.m.: I get Mila up. She is a great sleeper; again, it is in her DNA. We snuggle and I give her her morning milk. My husband and I love this time more than anything. It is precious. We often FaceTime my parents so they can have a morning chat with Mila.

Jenna Bush Hager shares her morning routine
Jenna Bush Hager

7:45 a.m.: I dress Mila and then we both engage in a favorite activity: BREAKFAST! And more coffee for me. Mila and I both love oatmeal.

Jenna Bush Hager shares her morning routine.
Jenna Bush Hager

8:00 a.m.: I throw on makeup and do my hair. I've never been one to overdo the makeup and now with Mila in my life I have no time to. Notice the sippy cup! Priorities.

Jenna Bush Hager shares her morning routine
Jenna Bush Hager

9:00 a.m.: The interview with Kenny at the Country Music Hall of Fame begins. I adore classic country: Kenny, Dolly, Willie and Loretta. That is one reason I brought Mila with me; it's never too early to teach our babies the classics.

VIDEO: Kenny Rogers tours his exhibit with Jenna Bush Hager

Jenna Bush Hager shares her morning routine.
Jenna Bush Hager

10:30 a.m.: "After singing Island in the Stream" with Kenny, Mila and I take a turn! She sure loves music. The shoot is done and Mila and I rush to the airport to get home for the weekend. Like all moms, I'm exhausted and it is only 10:30 a.m.! 

Check out more morning routines here, from TODAY's Willie Geist to bestselling author Jennifer Weiner.

Related: Take a tour of the Bush family ranch, the home Jenna Bush Hager will 'eternally cherish'

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