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Pandemic-fatigue | Weekly Snapshot

It got busy this week! Lots going on at home, work, and otherwise as well.  Life My daughter's school decided to close on Friday, along with several other schools in the area, with some being closed from Thursday. Not enough staff. The school had been on a mask mandate since the beginning of the pandemic, dropping it only for one week when the pandemic had appeared to have stabilized last year. And yet, they dropped the mandate completely at the beginning of this year, when cases were exponentially rising, only to bring it back again starting next week. I've gone from being very annoyed to angry to feeling fatigue in these first two weeks already. I won't lie - we all mask around here and try to avoid going where we don't have a need to be in, and still, we are not taking anything close to the extreme precaution we all took at the beginning of the pandemic. I cannot and don't want to keep my kids home - I have at least that much faith in the schools' precautions

Six months! | Five on Friday

  1. #Snomaggeddon! We were snowed in last weekend. I was working from home on Friday - well, working as well as I could with a feisty six month old who didn't nap as much or as long as her mom would like her to. But snow days have their own charm too even if all I like to do is stare at the snow. For all that long weekend fun, I came down with something on Sunday that shut me down for two days. So I was out on Monday as well trying to recuperate.

  2. Shreya turned six months last week! I had been waiting for this milestone from the day she was born. I knew she was going to be more interactive by then (she did start being more feisty at the four month point itself actually). Besides, the six month point was when I wanted to start her on solids (which is going shakily, btw). Now that six months is here, I do feel emotional knowing that another few months and she is going to be one year old!

  3. Two weeks back, our baby's nanny quit, with no notice and after taking an advance pay. After much hunting, we found and hired a new nanny this past week. She is amazing! She brings her one-year old along too and takes wonderful care of both of them. With the previous nanny, I had to give her multiple instructions and suggestions frequently. I haven't once had to tell the new lady anything, other than to point her to the resources. This has been wonderful - I have finally been able to head to work without worrying about Shreya. As hard and trying as it was when the previous sitter quit, I am glad now that she did or we may not have found this amazing person. Which means, I need to resist from getting super-anxious when the crap hits the fan and try to be more willing to accept that the change might be a good thing. (The problem is, sometimes it can be bad too.)

  4. I'm reading. Barely though. Just making it through. Still, I like to say that I am reading every day, even if just a few pages. Right now, I am racing through Sylvain Neuvel's Sleeping Giants. It's a fun book and a quick one too - both of which I sorely need right now. I did finish Girl Waits With Gun last week and loved it! But Train to Pakistan is not moving much, if only because I can barely find the time to hold a paperback and read it.

  5. This week, you guys! It has been intense! I've had to work extra every day and once home mostly watch Shreya then head to sleep. I was beat. I could certainly use this weekend to recover, unless I end up bringing some of my work home, which I hope not. I have also not been on top of myself for weeks now, which is definitely a sign of doing too much, so I need to try and cut down some - I just don't know where to start yet.