Our Month - January 2021


I knew as soon as I typed the words 'things can't get much worse' last month that I was instantly going to be in trouble. Because things well and truly got worse in January didn't they? After a fews days of enjoying the new year, we got the news that we were going to be entering another lockdown, and lockdown 3 has definitely been the hardest of them all so far.

All non-essential shops closed, leisure closed, no meeting anyone, and schools and clubs were closed again too. Thankfully childcare for the early years remained open this time, so Lilah was able to continue going to preschool for her two sessions a week. I was so pleased about this, as it means she still gets to see her little friends and get some quality attention from her wonderful key workers there. But this does also mean that Jack has worked throughout this time (he was at home throughout the whole of lockdown 1), so it's just been me trying to tackle everything on my own during the week.

Our Monday - Fridays now mostly look like this...

Wake up, breakfast and get dressed. Spending all morning struggling to get both Indie and Parker to complete their tasks on Microsoft Teams. Both of them have live chats on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the mornings too, so we need to somehow squeeze those in. Lilah is of course home those days too, so there's also the juggle of trying to keep her entertained, but also as quiet and least distracting as possible so the big two can do their work. I'll be VERY honest here and say she's mostly using technology to achieve this, and you know what, I'm not even sorry about it! We usually finish the work by lunch time so then spend the afternoon relaxing with TV, tablets or the Switch. I do try and fit in a daily walk most days, but I actually find it really hard to find the time every day, and we're all a little bored of our local walks anyway.

Weekends in January have then been spent trying to enjoy as much family time as possible. Of course we've been enjoying some wintery (and extremely muddy) walks, lots of hot chocolates and cakes, and Jack has been baking at least once a week too. Jack and I have sort of fallen into a routine of a Friday or Saturday 'date night' where we get a takeaway, watch a film and just switch off for the evening too. It's definitely one of my favourite things at the moment, especially when most days can feel the same right now.

Of course January wasn't all doom and gloom though, as our wonderful little Lilah bear turned 3 on the 14th! We celebrated with all the presents, balloons and yummy treats. As Jack was working in the morning we decided to send Lilah to preschool to see her friends, and then once they were both home we went for a muddy puddle walk and ate alllll the cake. It was such a shame that she couldn't see any family, but I think she enjoyed her mermaid birthday all the same, and she's played with her presents daily since!

There are also positive signs of things improving over the next fews months. Schools aren't set to be back until at least the 8th March, but millions have had the vaccine now and case numbers are dropping. I started the month in a really bad place mentally, but now January is over and there is some hope ahead I'm feeling slightly lighter. I just hope February is over quickly!

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