Okay, so literally no one knew what to expect. Well except for China and Italy who were experiencing this weeks and weeks ahead of us who we could have been learning from and avoid their mistakes. But hey…That’s not what this post is about.
It is true that as an individual, I didn’t know what it would be like to be confined to my home. It’s true that I do still have some choice in the matter. I can leave my home but I’m choosing to be as socially responsible as possible and do so as little as I can. I’ve also worked from home before, for quite some time in fact, but previously I didn’t have a child at home the entire time that actually requires quite a lot of attention. Turns out that even TV and tablets get boring.
That said, I’m still figuring things out. It hasn’t been all bad though. Today I’m focusing on what’s working for us. The good parts. The good parts of social distance and ways that we’re coping on a day to day basis.
1// Cosmic Kids Yoga. A friend posted her three year old doing this and I figured I’d give it a try. The kids loved it and begged to do it again the next day. She does themed yoga that is very age appropriate for kids probably 3-10ish. It’s all modified for kids and the themes are adorable. It is also just about the right length.
2// Crafts…Guys. I love crafts, but they are very hard to do during the day while I’m trying to work. So my mom got me a bunch of construction paper, glue, pipe cleaners etc. and the kids are having a great time doing lightly structured art projects.
3// Family time…We’ve had a lot of quality time together. The other day Clara just jumped into the bed next to Corey with a book and they just sat and read the lion king at some random point in the day. It was adorable and probably wouldn’t have happened otherwise.
4// Baby number 2. I had my Fetal Wellbeing Scan last week. It showed that he is definitely still a he, he is perfectly proportionate and there are no obvious abnormalities. He’s adorable and we can’t wait to meet him.
5// Virtual Gatherings. We do it for work, but now we’re also doing it for interaction. The other day the kids hopped on Zoom at the end of the night after the earthquake and they loved seeing their cousins on the computer screen and chatting about their days.
There’s a lot more too…like the fact that I have the ability to work from home and wonderful, understanding co-workers than can deal with the TV in the background. I feel incredibly blessed as a lot of people don’t have that luxury and are losing their jobs at this time. It’s also very encouraging to see so many companies offering their normally paid services for free and Disney releasing the new Pixar movie, Onward, early on Disney+ (can’t wait to have a movie night and watch with Clara!)
In all this dark and scary. There is light…The best part might be that we have the best excuse in the world to stay home. And please if you can...just stay home.
This is weird. We’re still figuring things out. I hope that by the time we get really used to it, it’s all over. I hope we can also learn from it and really hold onto these things that are bringing us joy right now.