I feel like I had more to blog about when life was crazy. I’m learning to occupy my time while at home with 20 more hours/week to spend with my boys. I’ve implemented a few things to keep my time occupied instead of letting anxiety take over and start spinning about the when and how of the coronavirus pandemic.
One thing we do every day is WALK. We miss my mom so much. Carver LOVES to see her and asks all day long if we can go to her house. Keep in mind, Carver and Gannon saw my mom 5-6 days a week for 6+ hours/day. This is really hard on all of us being apart. Especially hard on mom who is used to cooking for us all ? She keeps calling and saying “I made too many cinnamon rolls” or “I made too much banana bread!” Today it was “I made to much macaroni salad!” Anyway, back to today’s social distance walking…
There’s a BEAUTIFUL spot in Waucoma – down by the Little Turkey Campground. The campground was open and the new owner (was so so sweet) was picking up sticks. We stopped and chatted and introduced ourselves. She’s a nurse as well and they recently purchased the campground. She graciously gave us permission to head to the river landing any time we wanted. (I think Carver sweet talked her ?)
Isn’t it just beautiful? We also had to stop at the park. Carver loves watching Daniel Tiger on TV. He sings about manners and being polite and one thing he sings is “It’s almost time to stop, so find one more thing to do! That was fun but now it’s done!” We sing this all the time to let Carver feel like he has some control of his time and choices. His “one more thing to do” before we left the park was to head down the slide!
Gannon got to swing for a little bit too…
Turkey Valley is our closest school district and where I graduated from as well. The teachers got together and split up – several of them lined up behind each bus and followed along the bus route. All the students waited outside on their porch and waved as each parade went by! Even though Carver isn’t in school yet but LOVES waving at our bus driver and family friend of ours, Jerry, every single morning! Check out the video!
The boys played outside for almost 2 hours today. Gannon went up and down our front steps over and over again. He tried to follow and keep up with Carver but still isn’t walking. He just loved being outside.
Someone had asked about Gannon and why he is learning sign language. We do know that Gannon did have significant hearing loss. Because of COVID, our follow up hearing check was cancelled so we still aren’t sure how much Gannon can hear yet. We do know that Gannon doesn’t have any words. He will say “Ba” at 13 months old but that’s about it.
We’ve been implementing sign language for months now. We also taught Carver sign language when he was a baby – just for basic things like “more” and “please” and “milk.” Gannon is finally catching up and as of now he can communicate sign language better than his words.
We had our nightly HelloFresh meal (YUM!) and just hung out. Now I’m laying in bed next to Craig and watching the Tiger King on Netflix along with every other person in the entire world. WHAT A WEIRD SHOW!!!! I recommend watching it but I also recommend not watching it at the same time.
I’ll let you know if something more interesting happens tomorrow. Otherwise I’ll be hanging out with the boys! I can’t believe all I was missing out on by working so many hours. This is great, I’m adjusting to “mom at home” life quite well. That being said, I especially love nap time and when Craig comes home ?
How are you guys spending your time? Have you done anything fun? Have you accomplished anything?
We use a free app on our phones called “Baby Sign” for my grandchildren and the free portion covers quite of few basic language words. The graphics are cute so it’s something you might want to check into. I believe getting outdoors is essential to getting through this. I thought I was handling everything well until yesterday when I had a little crying fit over nothing. A late morning walk while praying a rosary helped calm my fears. I don’t know where the fear came from, just all of a sudden it hit me. I’m going to make myself get out every day to see bears and hearts in windows. Tiger King, oh my. I watched it. It was like a train wreck I couldn’t turn away from!
Ugh since I’m deemed vulnerable (suppressed immune system) my entire outdoors time is to put rubbish in my bin. Unfortunately I live in a flat with no private outdoor area so I’m facing 12 weeks of total lockdown. I really miss not being able to pop out for a walk.
Still if it helps flatten the curve here in the UK I guess I can do it.
One bonus is with less traffic noise I’m able to hear the birdsong much clearer.
Take care and stay safe
Not watching “Tiger King” here. Pretty much haven’t watched TV since the mid 70’s and can’t say I’ve ever missed it. Enjoy your time home with your boys, it will probably be what you remember most about this period of time. Silver lining.