“The greater the storm the bigger the rainbow”
Pause, Hold it right there. This is a long post so you may want to go grab a cuppa, wine, gin, whatever you need. Oh and don’t forget the snacks… Lockdown life is all about the snacks!
When I first got the idea to write a Lockdown blog I had no clue about what to actually write about I just knew I wanted to write one and have something to look back on. So, I spoke to a few family members and friends about what they thought and they came up with some brilliant ideas. I have tried my best to write about them all but I have had loads to cover.
This blog post is mainly one to look back on in a few years time as this is one of the most craziest things I have experienced. The world is currently going through a pandemic due to the Coronavirus (Covid 19) spreading like wildfire and killing millions across the world. The virus started in China, not sure what from but I have heard a lot of reasons, one being because they were eating live bats? Who cares anyway. The coronavirus symptoms are
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
Although some people have had different symptoms as well these are the main ones that are the reason why people have been getting tested for the Coronavirus. I know a few people who are classed as high risk and have been told they have to stay home for the minimum of 12 weeks.
During lockdown, you are only allowed to go to the shops for essentials, on a daily walk for exercise. We have been super lucky to have the NHS, they have saved us massively. On a Thursday everyone claps at 8pm to thank all the NHS staff and all key workers. We have also been making Rainbow pictures to put in our windows.
The lockdown happened in the UK on the 23rd March 2020 and we are still unsure of when the lockdown will be lifted.
How has it affected Lennon?
Lennon has coped so well throughout the whole situation when I am thinking about it now, of course its been a huge change for him which has made his behaviour and routine change drastically too. Since Lennon hasn’t been able to go to nursery, see any of our friends and family he has become SOOOOO naughty. He has the attitude of a 12 year old and he is only 2, I am now petrified for the teen years. I wont go too much into his behaviour because I don’t want to dig him out too much but people who are close to me understand as I am constantly moaning about him. Which is partly because I am feeling the pressure and stress too. Lennon’s routine changed loads when lockdown first happened, which I think made the behaviour worse so I have been very strict in getting a routine back again. The NHS clap on a Thursday petrified the poor boy, which made him going to bed very tricky for a week or so, we have that sorted again now and he goes to sleep pretty well after we read him a book. Lennon has found not visiting family and friends the hardest though, we have been to visit some people via the window. When it comes to leaving he just breaks down into tears and screams the whole way home because he is so confused on why he cant go into the house like normal. Really heart breaking to see and hear. I do believe Lennon has loved having Myself and My Mum home with him a lot more but I feel I will struggle to settle him back into nursery after all this is over.
Activities that we have done:
We have been doing a lot of recycling, we have made so many things from cardboard boxes (Mine and Matts deliveries). I have managed to make him a car, painted it and everything, some binoculars, lots of rainbow pictures for family and friends. Matt brought Lennon a paddling pool so that’s been a great help, well the garden in general. I don’t think I would have coped as well without garden space and the nice weather. We have done lots of baking, messy play in tuff trays and general activities like puzzles, reading etc. Lennon is obsessed with books at the moment which I love, his favourite is still Stick Man but I love reading any Julia Donaldson books to him. Matt not so much HAHA. I have really tried to continue doing activities I think he would be doing at nursery too, so we have been still practising our shapes, colours and numbers. He has started to get really good at his shapes but colours, he just loves pink and yellow and doesn’t give a shit about the rest. CARS… his most favourite thing right now, my Dad got him a hot wheels track for Easter instead of chocolate and he is obsessed. We have done lots of activities based around cars too, made a track, car painting, cars in the paddling pool.
How has it affected Me?
This subject is the one I have found the hardest to write actually, I keep going to write it and then deleting it. I’m surprisingly good considering we have a very sociable life, constantly out the house and having days out with friends and family. So this is a huge change for us. I have obviously been busy a lot of the time with Lennon which has helped me loads but also caused me added stress. My main focus is to try and get little jobs done in the day (housework), attempt to get dressed (or into a fresh set of pjs) and go for a walk or at least the garden. I have always been a great lover of nap times but I literally cant last without one these days. I’m gonna struggle going back to work. I do really miss work actually, maybe not the work. But my key children and work family. I need routine back in my life asap. I have had a few family/friends with symptoms of the virus or have actually been tested positive which brings it closer to home. It made me super anxious, was constantly messaging and hoping they would recover, which they all did thankfully. I do envy all those people who don’t have children and can just lay in bed and binge watch Disney + / Netflix, they don’t realise how much easier they have it. Anyways… Lets try and stay positive Jade. So, as you all will be aware now I have a new partner. He has moved in with us throughout lockdown, he was basically living here before but its more real now. We are getting on amazing and he has honestly been my rock. Some may say its too soon and they we have rushed things but.. Fuck em. I don’t care about anyone elses opinions apart from ours. We have got closer and closer during this time and lets be honest, if we can make it through a pandemic together then we can make it through anything. One huge positive with living with a new partner is that he has made me less stressed, and eat. So I have finally put on weight, woohoo. Go me!
Living with a new partner:
Matthew has been a life saver, he has helped us all in so many ways. Mainly me by helping with Lennon. He can sense when I am getting stressed and will just take Lennon away and entertain him. He has been working still so we have still been getting our own space in the day, we have been making use of our time together at night and we make sure we do extra fun things at the weekend. Like date night, quiz nights, go for a walk as the 3 of us etc. Matt has been a trooper in the garden too, My Mum has had him cutting the grass, jet washing patios and cutting huge hedges. I love how thoughtful he is and does things for me to make life better. Even the simple things like running me a bath. He has ordered me a few surprises to keep me occupied in the day too. We have both noticed how much better things are when we have been together and look forward to our future together, we have lots planned but of course nothing can happen until this is all over.
I’m not the best person to be giving advice because I tend to give advice but don’t tend to take my own advice. Just one of my bad habits but… My advice throughout this whole situation is take each day as it comes and try not to stress. Make the most of this horrible situation by making memories with the loved ones you are with. Even if its just you alone with your baby, treasure it as hard as it may be. Don’t be too hard on yourself, it doesn’t matter If you don’t get dressed every day, it doesn’t matter if you haven’t been on a walk every day. Do what is best for you and your family. Stay in contact with friends and family, facetime as much as you can. Plan, plan things for you to do when this is all over, its made me look forward to the future even if we don’t know when we can do any of it. If you need to take a minute out and just sit in silence do it, do whatever will make you feel better at that time. Cry if you need to, but remember you have people around you who care and would probably also love a chat. Talk to them. Don’t stay hidden and quiet. Just remember everyone is smashing this lockdown life and the future is bright.
Memories we have made:
We have all made some incredible memories during this awful time actually, Ive tried my best to take lots of photos and videos to look back on in a few years too. Our favourite thing is probably the daily walks, getting dressed and actually leaving the house is the best feeling. Not so much when its pissing down so we tend to stay at home then. We have loved the garden, playing football is one thing Myself and Matt have been practising on (Keepy ups). We have had water fights, BBQ’s, general gardening and sunbathing. Virtual quiz’s are the next best thing too, we have had our fair share now, with a mixture of people. We even did one for Lily’s birthday which is funny because she always tells me I have the worst birthday date (1st December) and then hers gets completely fucked over because of this HAHAHA KARMA. We have now found an amazing place for picnics too, we seem to think not many people know where it is but who knows after this everyone might be there. It has the most adorable little river too, Lennon and Matt loved it when the weather was hot. Lennon has been practising to ride his bike, he is still a bit small for it but practise makes perfect and all. Matt brought us a hand casting mould set which we did, wasn’t the easiest of things to do and didn’t come out as well as Matt hoped, but its perfect in my eyes. I am happy with the things we have managed to do during lockdown and hope we continue to make amazing memories together.
(Top uk songs at the moment)
The Weekend – Blinding lights
Drake – Tootsie slide
SAINt JHN, Imanbek – Roses (remix)
KSI, Swarmz, Tion Wayne – Houdini
Lil Mosey – Blueberry Faygo
Powfu, beabadoobee – Death bed (Coffee for your head) <— My fave at the moment.
-Boris Johnson and his wife had a baby boy.
-Trump is still a dickhead.
-Captain Tom Moore raised over £32,000,000. and celebrated his 100th Birthday.
-The duchess (Meghan Markle) is suing for breach of privacy and copyright infringement after articles reproduced parts of a letter she sent Thomas Markle.
-A couple whose wedding was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic have invited friends and family to watch them tie the knot on Nintendo’s Animal Crossing.
(Famous people who have passed due to the virus)
Eddie Large, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Adam Schlesinger, Joe Diffie.
(Famous people who beat the virus)
Dynamo, Pink, Linda Lusardi, John Taylor, David Byran, Boris Johnson, Matt Hancock, Prince Charles, Daniel Dae Kim, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Idris Elba.
What about him? He has spoken to Lennon twice during Lockdown. I have nothing else to say. I was always told if I have nothing nice to say then to not talk at all.
In the future I hope to actually go on all the holidays we booked this year, all the events we had planned and make a lot more time for friends and family again. I have missed them all so much. I was asked to write a target so that when I look back on this blog I can see if I have achieved it. So, in 5 years time I would like to look back on this and see that I have furfilled 5 things.
1.Still be happy & healthy
2.Pass my bloody driving test & get a car
3.Move out from my Mums house and have my own place (Super excited to decorate)
4.Have another baby…
5.For my blog to still be going strong
Thank you so much for reading, im sorry if I bored you as this was a long one. I have some more Lockdown blog ideas which I may end up writing about. If you have any ideas of what I should write about next please tell me. Now go treat yourself to another drink & snack as you deserve it after reading my ramble.
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P.S. Stay Home, Stay Safe.