News at Home: COVID Quarantine Weeks 15-17
Sorry for disappearing! Life has been busy… .a quick recap of the highlights:
When I last checked in, Dante was going to be having surgery. Everything went wonderfully. He never even got Hangry! I woke him up at 3:30 a.m. that morning to give him the last bottle he was allowed to have. He drank it and went right back to sleep. He woke up at 6:45 a.m. and since he was allowed water and juice until 7 a.m. I gave him a water with apple juice bottle. He looked at me like, “mom, this isn’t normal…” but drank it down. And I guess that, combined with it being an unusual morning filled with unknown places was enough to keep him happy. The nurses even commented on how well he did. He played and giggled and they carried him away for surgery with a grin on his face. And the facility was fantastic, nurses checked in with us multiple times to let us know how things were going (it was a children’s surgery center, so they are used to taking care of nervous parents) and before we know it I was holding him as he woke up. When he woke up, he was upset – but a bottle solved that. Then he slept on the way home, and another hour after. Woke up and was ready to play. 2 days later he was off all pain meds (he did Motrin and Tylenol only) and it’s like nothing ever happened.
That week I took off Monday – Wednesday from work to take care of him and then Kiko took off Thursday and Friday. We had planned to return him to daycare 6/29, but on Wednesday we were notified that daycare wasn’t going to be open. On one hand, this was stressful because we couldn’t imagine successfully working without childcare. On the other, I didn’t feel good about taking him to daycare right now, with how bad COVID is in Dallas. We looked into hiring someone to come to the house, but when Monday came around we hadn’t found anyone. So Sunday night we setup the living room, using a tall basket and the baby prison(I shared pictures a few weeks ago) to bisect the living room into 2 halves – the baby-safe side and the not-baby-safe side. We have the door to the baby prison open so Dante can go in and out of it as he likes but he’s trapped on the baby safe side, where I am also working. This way I can watch him and he can play and explore.
Turns out, this works. The one problem I had was him trying to mess with my computer, so I bought a tall stand that I can use at the couch. Now I can work, but he can’t reach the computer. My job isn’t too demanding, so I’m able to work and take breaks when he gets fussy to play with him, feed him, or put him down for a nap. When I HAVE to be on the phone, I close him in the baby prison and step out of the room. He doesn’t love it, but it’s not usually for long. And if I know ahead of time that I’m going to be in a meeting, I tell Kiko so he can try to come play. It’s not ideal, but Dante is safe and happy most the time. Daycare is reopening tomorrow, but we’ve decided to keep him home because even with me having to leave him on his own sometimes (baby monitor on him btw), I think he’s safer than daycare.
Hopefully we can maintain this until I go back to the office – which, as they announced this week, will not be until AT LEAST labor day, possibly later. I’m also mentally starting to prepare for his first birthday to be at home with no party, because I don’t think 9/18 has any hope of being safe to party. On the plus, he’s only going to be 1, so he won’t know what he’s missing. And we’ll still celebrate in some way.
And the last big thing – we’ve been trying to buy a truck since MARCH. Obviously it’s been a bit complicated due to COVID and at one point we thought we’d just wait. But Kiko really needs it for his work. Well, yesterday (Saturday) he finally bought one. I am so glad to be done. Monday we have an appointment with CarMax to sell his SUV and then it’s 100% over! Besides the car shopping we’ve been 100% quarantining still – things are not good in Dallas – and we will continue to do so for the foreseeable future (despite pressure from family). Stay Safe!
My reading mojo has been broken and I haven’t read for at least a solid week. The week prior, everything I picked up I DNF. I did binge watch Dexter though -all 8 seasons in 2 weeks! And the police detective environment of the show got me craving some Eve Dallas. So I’m rereading Naked In Death and we’ll see how I feel after that.
As for blogging, that’s been even more broken than the reading. But I will try to find my way back – if nothing else, with Sunday updates to check in. Life has just been crazy – it’s working, but work with a 9 month old is not easy. And when that’s done, I’m just tired and want to go to sleep, not read, not blog. But hopefully I”ll get used to it and start finding blog time again.