News at Home: Happy Birthday?!
The 24th kicked off our birthday season and it’s such a bummer! Jesus, my stepson’s little brother, turned 14 on the 24th. They did something at his house but we couldn’t join in like normal. Today is my husband’s 46th birthday and as of 10 p.m. Saturday night, I still don’t know what I’m doing for him. I HAD a plan. I had a babysitter all lined up and we WERE going to a murder mystery dinner. He always says he thinks he could do great because of all the TV he watches, so I thought, let’s test that out. But obviously that’s not happening. I’m open to ideas folks, because Amazon isn’t delivering last minute gifts in 1 day anymore. And we’re not doing takeout/food delivery. He’s too scared – he doesn’t even like that I insist on talking a walk every day for sanity.
April 6th is both Franky’s (step-son) and Zach’s (brother-in-law) birthday. Franky is going to be 20 and we’re not going to be able to be with him. It blows. Later in April Franky’s other brother turns 25 and my niece turns 21. Big birthday’s all around. Seriously sucks. And we have our 15th Anniversary on April 24th. So yeah, this is a special time of year for our family and COVID-19 is definitely taking some of the shine off of it.
BUT I will stop complaining and say, this week was decent. Am I thrilled with this new way of life? No, obviously not. But I am learning that it is my new normal and I just need to accept it. We made some decisions and that has helped a lot. Kiko will keep working, I will NOT be going to stay with someone else and Dante will keep going to daycare as long as they remain open. I’m finding a new routine that allows me to take care of myself- I started doing my miracle morning again and to replace my commute – which was ME time – I’m taking Buffy for a walk at the start of the day (after dropping Dante off), lunch time, and end of the day (Before picking Dante up). I’ve basically reclaimed my me time and it’s making a big difference.
On Tuesday Dante got his 6 month shots. The doctor’s office was being super careful – they told me to call when I arrived but wait in the car. They called me when it was our turn and only then did we come into the office. I had a carseat cover over Dante so he wouldn’t pick up a lot of air and I wore a scarf around my face (because a Dr.’s office doesn’t seem like the smartest place to go right now). He did really well with his shots – of course he cried, but he calmed down super quick. They advised me to keep him home that day, since his immune system would be temporarily weaker. So Tuesday I didn’t get much work done – didn’t even try. I decided that I would just enjoy Dante and make up the time the other days. I can’t stress myself out anymore trying to do both.
Wednesday my job announced that they were extending work from home restrictions to April 30th… so yeah, this is not ending anytime soon. Not that I thought it was, but a girl can hope, right?
Thursday I found out that one of the Doctor’s I work for, who has been busy treating patients at one the city’s main hospitals, had been exposed to COVID-19. I knew it was a matter of time before someone I knew was exposed, considering that the people I work with are on the front lines daily. Thankfully, he is showing no signs, so it looks like he’s okay for now.
Friday Daycare notified parents that they can only take children of essential workers moving forward. It seems that since Kiko is an essential worker, that means they can still take Dante, even though I am working from home. So we’ll keep taking him, but it seems likely that we’re getting closer and closer to the point where Dante will be staying at home and I’ll have to find a way to take care of him and work. As of Friday – before the new restriction – his room had gone from 8 babies to 2. Who knows what Monday will bring.
Anyway, I sometimes wonder when we’ll wake up and find out that this has been just one great big nightmare. Who would have dreamed we’d live through the worst pandemic the world has seen in a century? Stay safe and stay home as much as possible. Let’s end this ASAP.
I’m so thankful that we started COYER back up! I’m reading slowly but enjoying my reading. This week, as part of my plans to reclaim my normal life, I’m taking lunch breaks again and will start blogging again. At least that’s the plan. If Dante ends up at home, everything will change.
Last Week on the Blog
- [28 Mar] #MyTBR #Review ~ House of Shadows (House of Shadows #1) by Darcy Coates
- [29 Mar] Sunday Post with Berls | Happy Birthday?!