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Sheltering in place is so fun! We’re not bored at all! (not)
Here’s what happened these past two weeks:
Well, online school has officially begun. It started last Monday, so that puts us just over a week in. Brooke is THRIVING! She loves starting her work right after breakfast and working until it is done, usually around 12:30 or 1. Sometimes she will be on a zoom call with her teacher, sometimes her whole class or even on Facetime with friends, working on group projects. She is a rockstar.
On the other hand, me having to oversee and teach Blake has been a struggle for me. Mainly because I can’t just sit down and work with him. I have Eddie to entertain and Porter to feed, or put down for a nap or hold. Both Eddie and Porter are huge distractions for Blake so trying to get him to focus on work is…difficult. I hate giving Eddie his iPad all morning just so we can make it work, but that is what I’ve had to do in order to help Blake. He loves all the books he can read online. He is such a bookwork! He retains just about every interesting fact there is, as long as its something he’s interested in (dinosaurs, animals, insect) He also can fly through science, math and spelling. It’s really just the writing that he abhors. And as luck would have it, they are supposed to be focusing on a writing project for a good chunk of their time. I don’t know how to teach him how or why this is important. So that’s been a real TREAT to deal with.
Meanwhile, I made an appointment for Porter to see a Gastroenterologist because the Pediatrician was worried he wasn’t absorbing food properly. He had a lackluster weight gain at our last appointment so she wanted us to see a specialist. Last week I got an email notification letting us know the appointment was going to be virtual. I was skeptical about the whole thing (mainly because it was going to be a pricey little video call) but the gastroenterologist was really sweet and had a million questions and even though she was only seeing Porter over a video, she was thorough. She was confident he is completely fine and gave me some ideas on how he could pick up weight quickly.
Porter has been very very hesitant to take a bottle and I thought he would NEVER take one because of how quick he was to spit it out. We tried three different kinds with no success. Call it luck or a newfound determination to make him gain weight, I got him to take a bottle. Not just take a bottle begrudgingly, but take a bottle happily! What was my trick? A little sprinkle of cinnamon in the formula and a few drops of maple syrup on the bottle nipple! That rascal knew exactly how to take a bottle, he just hated what he was drinking. After he took a few bottles consistently, I’ve never been so relieved. It was a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. One less thing to worry about for sure!
My marathon training has taken a real hit with this stay inside forevermore business. Yes we can go outside here and there, but with the number of sick people here in New York, we feel it is safest to stay inside. So, no outdoor running for me. Luckily we have a treadmill, so I can sort of stay on track though I’ve had terrible back pain recently. I can run about three miles before the pain kicks in, so I’ve just been running three. (Only 23 more to train for.) I’m actually really scared I won’t be able to do it/I will do it and mess up my back. November is a long ways away and a lot can happen between now and then buuuuuut for now I’m really nervous.
Gordon is working hard at work. What else is new. He has some long shifts that pull him away from the family all day but thankfully he has a few days off later in the week, so that will be so nice to see him again, especially for the kids. I’m the boring “do your school work” parent. He’s the fun “lets wrestle!” parent. Whatever. It is what it is.
We are so grateful to have a car! Namely because groceries have been so scarce here! The Trader Joes and Whole Foods have been closed for cleaning for several days (sick employees) and I know its been hard on lots of people, not just us. So we have been driving out of the city to get groceries and bringing them back with us. It’s not perfect but the grocery stores in Jersey and Westchester are so much bigger, therefore better stocked. Still not brave enough to go to Costco, but thinking about it! (PS-I used to order my groceries online and have them delivered but lately, all their delivery time slots have been booked out until at least mid April. So that’s not an option anymore.)
What has helped:
I know I must sound like a debbie downer, but staying inside not feeling like anything is getting accomplished is SO.HARD. So here is a list of a few things we have gotten that has helped our little family.
PUZZLES. Ok, these are basically sold out most places. Buuuut, I found this beauty in stock and its taken us DAYS to just put together the edges. I also ordered this puzzle of the 50 states for the kids (but really I got it for me so this Canadian girl can learn US geography.)
BOOKS. This one gives me LIFE. It’s the perfect coffee table book to thumb through for a laugh. Also, I found this cool book called ‘NYC Then and Now” and its all about the architecture of the city 100 years ago vs. today. Really interesting, especially for people familiar with the old NYC. Of course I find myself re-reading this one. I just love this book, 3rd time around.
RETAIL THERAPY. Nothing like a pandemic to really put you in the mood. This sweater (so cute!). I used to have a shirt like this YEARS ago and was so happy to find one similar that is just as comfy. Got this for running and turns out its the softest thing ever. I wear it around the house now. Also these workout capris (except I’m short and they read as pants) because why not?
What has helped you guys through this craziness? Would love to get your thoughts.
Here’s what is coming up this next week:
A whole lot of nothing? Me trying to work (ha!), kids continuing school, us all staying inside 24/7. Really thankful we got a larger apartment last year when I was pregnant.
I think that’s it! Stay healthy, dear readers! We love you!