News at Home: COVID Quarantine Week 3
So I just had the hardest time figuring out exactly how long I’ve been in quarantine… anyone else losing their sense of time without those regular daily activities to ground them? So moving forward I’m going to use my Sunday Post to try and help me keep track of time. Kind of like a prisoner, I need a tally. LOL! They don’t call me a drama queen for nothing 😉
But in all seriousness, I just finished week 3 of quarantine and shit’s about to get even harder because Dante’s daycare is closed starting tomorrow. I had hoped they would make it at least one more week, bu here we are. I’m grateful to them for taking such good care of Dante as long as they could. What this means for my “new normal”:
- I will work mornings, Monday – Friday, 5am until Dante wakes up (6:30/7:30)
- I will join my daily staff meeting (likely with an awake Dante) at 9am.
- I will work when he naps… roughly 1-2 hours a day.
- I will work when Kiko gets home and showered, roughly 6pm – 9pm (with a break for story time because I’m not missing that part of our routine).
- I will make up the rest of my 40 hours on the weekend
- I will take care of Dante during the day and Kiko will take care of him from 6pm until 12am (dream feed).
I think we’re both about to go from tired to exhausted. BUT I’m going to focus on being thankful. At a time when many don’t know when they will have their last day of work (or already have had it), I have no reason to think I’ll lose my job… I mean I work for a hospital AND medical research university. Where else can you have job security during a pandemic? And my bosses replied to my email about my new work hours with statements like “family comes first”, “we will support and work with you during this challenging time” and “we have no doubt in your ability to make this work.” I’m very lucky. And while I know my daycare was doing all they could to keep Dante safe, who better than me and Kiko to protect him?And he’s getting so close to crawling… now I KNOW I will see it first. And I’m saving so much money (between daycare, gas, tolls, parking)! So LOTS to be thankful for (not to mention, so far we are all healthy).
In other excitement/stress – we will finish moving today. I can’t remember if I mentioned it, but we decided to move back to the third floor. My husband feels that it will be safer and I have to agree – first floor is too easy to break in and we’re already seeing an increase in crime in my area due to unemployment (not too mention there are daily long lines at gun stores.. TEXAS y’all). Secondly, it will give us a really nice balcony to spend time on, which we don’t have right now. We have a patio, but it’s not nice for spending time on. And with being trapped inside, that will be really nice to have.
But moving during a pandemic with a 6 month old… not easy. We’ve been doing tag team. I pack up all the boxes while Kiko takes care of Dante. Then he loads up the SUV, takes everything up to the new apartment, comes back and watches Dante while I unpack. I come back, load boxes… etc. Today some of the guys he works with are coming to move the big furniture (we’re paying them because they each have spouses that lost jobs – a way to help each other). So we’re making it work. Thankfully we’re moving basically across the parking lot and he works here so we’ve been able to do it gradual. He’ll move all our decor throughout the week next week and clean the old apartment up.
So yeah, life is staying interesting over here!! Stay Safe! (anyone else feel like Stay Safe is the new closing to all their emails/messages?)
We’ll see what happens with the blog this week. I may be blogging a bit while watching Dante – I can’t work while he’s awake, I can’t focus enough. but blogging doesn’t require full focus. So I hope it works. Fingers crossed.
Today starts the second read-a-thon for COYER Quarantine Edition… It’s about the see. Go to Facebook for details 🙂