Life in Lockdown: A Little Update #2
It boggles the mind somewhat that my first life in lockdown post was back in April. I shared the pressures we felt, the frustration and the worry, and the bright moments. Who would have thought that eight months later we would be in a pretty similar position again?
I wanted to jot down some of the things we have been up to in those months, if only so that in a few years time I can look back and remember just what it was like, truly; life in lockdown.
If anything the busyness of life has just continued to increase for us. We didn’t manage to get our lounge finished but we did manage to gain ourselves a new member of the family in the form of Loki. Loki is a Cypriot rescue pup and although he has brought an untold amount of chaos into our home, he has also been a wonderful distraction and a fantastic addition. Thus far he has eaten my Joules slippers, two coats, an untold amount of socks, a ninja head and a creepy plastic baby that no-one could identify as theirs and we don’t know where it came from! But despite that, it is always a delight to come home to his waggy tail and daft puppy dog ways and know that Pepper also has a new companion.
We celebrated all four of our birthday’s in lockdown and I feel we made the most of a poor situation. We all chose a theme for our day and we decorated the house and went with it as much as we could; James had a BBQ, Eli was a gamer, Meg was all about the narwhals and I had an Italian-inspired karaoke day. It’s certainly a year we won’t forget!
Summer was a bit strange in that the kids were away from us more than they were with us. I mentioned back in April that I felt this great sense of loss over the fact that we hadn’t been able to spend solid time together as a family unit and that was really brought home in the summer holidays. James and I pretty much spent the whole time working flat out to try and scrape back the hours we had lost during the first lockdown and we did very little together as a family; the kids themselves had a great time with both sets of grandparents on various adventures including camping at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park and swimming a giant paddling pool.
Meg started secondary school which was a big and strange leap for us all. She has settled in surprisingly well (with just a few minor hiccups over time management); it’s sad that they weren’t ever really able to be prepared for the transition, and I’m surprised at the lack of support they have been given. It’s very much a ‘dropped in the deep end’ scenario and it has certainly taken us all time to adjust. I feel Meg would have benefitted from taster days and just conversations with her teachers over what it would be like, and how to get ready. One day of school a week for her final 5 months of primary school (without her class teacher) probably didn’t cut it. But we had her first parents evening recently and all things considered, she is doing well. I didn’t even cry on her first day which I had fully expected to!
And another huge deal for me in September was that I finally got to meet my nephew. He was born in April and not only did I have to cancel my sister’s baby shower right before his arrival, I actually wasn’t able to get down and meet him until September. It was both a sad moment and a joyous one but I got to spend four amazing days with my sister, her husband and my nephew, Harry, as well as seeing my parents. We hadn’t spent any time together as a family since January so it was much needed.
Overall we have simply kept on keeping on, as ‘they’ say, and I’m glad that over October half term I was able to take some time off and spend it with the kids. I planned a full week of activities with a good mixture of outdoor trips and days spent chilling at home and it seems that we got the timing just right as the UK’s second lockdown was announced just as our half term week finished. I’ll be sharing some review posts of the places we went, and what we got up to, so do keep your eyes peeled for those.
And now we move ever closer to Christmas. We tend to spend Christmas Day just the four of us so there won’t be anything much different going on this year. I don’t like the thought that I will have to choose between seeing my side of the family or seeing James’ but I think that is what it will come down to, in order to minimise family mixing. I know Christmas in 2020 is going to be such a strange year for so many of us, and my heart goes out to all those people who won’t be able to see loved ones due to the need to shield older or more vulnerable folk. I hope that we can all continue to look forward and hopefully begin to see an end to this year of the changed plans, missed celebrations, lockdowns, distance, missed family and friends and so much more. And also appreciate that although we are all in the same storm, we are all in very different boats and we need to try and have compassion for those around us. However tricky that may prove.
Sending much love to everyone. Hope you are all staying safe and taking care x