I have decided to write a weekly diary of our time through the Coronavirus pandemic. To keep for the future. It’s such an unprecedented time and full of so many mixed feelings and events we have never encountered before it is hard to process it all.
I haven’t really kept a day by day diary this week. This is the week when the children finally got back to school full time and Bo had his first full week at pre-school. I embraced this with excitement on Tuesday by meeting a friend for coffee, which was so nice to be able to do child free.
I also think this has been one of the toughest weeks for me psychologically. The bad news out there feels unrelenting with the daily case toll rising rapidly everyday. Combined with my two youngest children not sleeping – a combination of nightmares I feel so drained.
On Wednesday evening I had tea and drinks with my friends, always a highlight of the week. And Friday was fab as my Mum came to visit. At the moment my Mum and Dad cannot come over together due to the rule of 6. I didn’t tell the children she was coming as I was worried about restrictions changing or someone coming into self isolation and them ending up being disappointed. So I decided that a surprise was better. You should have seen Logan and Aria’s faces when they came home from school. They haven’t seen her for 6 weeks and it was lovely to see her. They did craft after school together. She’s hoping to visit again in a couple of weeks, providing restrictions don’t change. Let’s hope we can see her.
The increase in case numbers is alarming. On Saturday we saw 12.8k new cases and Sunday over 22k. Apparently this is due to 16k cases being under reported last week, but this is still a lot of cases and a big uptake in cases once more. It means are daily cases are once again hugely up on last week and it’s not good. Whenever new restrictions are announced I dread them. Wondering what more will change. I know it’s about stopping the spread and it’s all for the right reasons, but we have been living through this for 7 months now and it feels endless. The impact on further restrictions on families and poverty is also very concerning. With no furlough scheme now in place how are some places meant to survive with their places of work closed? I am so grateful for the work both my husband and I have right now.
On a more positive note I love Christmas. And I have decided to start planning earlier than normal in the case of restrictions. and that is cheering me up as I love buying gifts for people. Even if a few may just have to be delivered this year. I’ve warned the children that the elves are social distancing so they have to write their letters to Santa earlier. It’s also Logan’s birthday in a couple of weeks and I have found an awesome present for him as a surprise that I just know he’ll love.
Monday morning and I have woken up feeling a lot brighter than I have all week. I’ve put a nice top on and necklace and feel ready to face the world again. I know we have to make the best of how things are right now, so I will try to do that. Oh and I’m not even mentioning Trump as I’m not even sure I believe he has it.