The Covid-Diaries #1

Being Mum.

I mean, it’s been a while since I sat down and wrote anything other than an Instagram caption and what better time to start back than now when I have all of this free time?

Well, I’m not sure I’d call it free time. Having a child hanging from your every limb and leaving a trail of destruction through the whole house like a tornado whilst you desperately try and tidy up after them doesn’t exactly leave me with much time to have a cuppa. However, I must flip the coin and be grateful for the 1 on 1 time I’m able to spend with my little fella. When will I ever get this opportunity again?. Watching him eat crayons, attempt to pull the dogs' hair out and run aimlessly from one end of the house to another.

I’ve got to be grateful for our wonderful home that’s keeping us safe in this chaotic world and most of all, our health. Throughout what the pandemic so far, in-between feeling like I’m not stimulating my child or giving him what his nursery can, I’ve had a deep sense of gratitude and a calmness that I’m just doing what I can and when I can whilst trying to avoid cabin fever as much as I’m trying to avoid COVID-19. We’re a few weeks in and we’ve done a lot and I’m scratching my head unsure of what else we can get stuck into. Messy play, tick. Colouring, tick. Arts and crafts, tick. Water play, tick. Adventures in the garden, tick. Let him scroll through TikTok and watch lots and lots of CBeebies, double tick. I’m desperately clinging onto “every parent is in the same boat” and taking this as comfort that in fact, I’m not alone and out there somewhere, there is another mum or dad at 10 am asking if it’s too early for a glass of wine, just like me.


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