Lockdown #3 Diary – Week Eight!

Lockdown #3 Diary – Week Eight!

Well! A week beginning with not only some positivity but sensibility from the Conservative government which I feel is a juxtaposition but very welcome. Boris Johnson has laid out an exit to lockdown strategy which makes sense and seems like a slowly, slowly approach as opposed to the ridiculous measures put in place in the past which have done nothing to help in the long run (eat out to help out just being one example)! So we go back to school on the 8th of March and it is so welcome, my children as I’m am sure they all do, need this welcome return to normality and with predictions that the virus spreading will be negligible from younger children it makes perfect sense to send them back. It also makes perfect sense to keep them as the only thing that returns to normal just to begin with so that we can see the effect on the numbers by looking at one element only. Before we have returned to everything all at once and the numbers have soared with there being a big question mark over the impact school is having on it but with pubs restaurants and other things all open too it’s been a bit like trying to see what you’re allergic to without cutting everything but one food group out and then slowly adding others in. So we have a plan to inject new things every 5 weeks and everything to come next it contingent on the before having worked. IF everything works then by June 21st we could be back to normal. I’m sure it will take a bit longer but knowing there is a plan is so uplifting and my mood, along with the rest of the nation it seems, has been lifted greatly. Lockdown fatigue was setting in on us all and this is the welcome news we have all been waiting for. I gave my reaction in the paper to Boris’s announcement and also to the schools returning alongside my regular column which this week talked about how my demographic and age group of middle agers, married with children have had lockdown the easiest but we have all suffered. It has been dreadful, but spring is springing and there is sunshine poking through! Bring it on!

This week we have been having more fun, enjoying each other and when we went past Raffie’s nursery on the way to the skate park he was so upset wanting to go in we decided he could go back ahead of the 8th. It makes sense now and he has loved it!

Posie has continued to be dinky and gorgeous!
And to feed. A LOT!
Florence and I did Joe Wicks twice this week while Posie and Raffie watched and intermittently joined in. As you can see, Raffie was happier about being a spectator than Posie!
There is a lot of baby holding, passing and feeding as well as a toddler change in this particular day’s work out but at least we are doing it!
There’s a lot of feeding while doing everything. You forget how much newborns need butt my sling has been meaning I’ve been able to do it on the move!
I’ve even cooked food that isn’t Hello Fresh!
We’ve spent time outside in the sunshine especially at the skate park which the big kids and Raffie really love!
Raffie goes over everything on his scooter!
Florence is a master on her skateboard and just looks super cool!
And Jimmy is exactly the same!
Posie sleeps in the pram or sling while we are out!
My column in the EDP this week!
Raffie went back to nursery on Wednesday afternoon and absolutely loved it. I wanted him to start with his half day as he’s not been for 8 weeks and before that only did two afternoons a week. He was not in the slightest bit unsure and couldn’t wait to get in which is testament to his wonderful nursery, they are just amazing and welcomed him with the warmest “we’ve missed you!” as he camped at the bit to get in there with barely even a look back at us to say goodbye! My brave boy!
And Posie wore the cardigan I knitted for her when I was pregnant almost certain in my head she was going to be a girl but not daring to voice it because how could I have known?! I did though, I knew my Posie was coming!
Somehow Thursday came around very fast and Raffie wanted to paint while the big kids and Daddy schooled. Oh it’s only mess! (I may have changed?!)
Posie made a noise which sounded like an added in sound effect – was ALL her promise!
This baby only sleeps for pictures, ha ha!
We tried our hand at a TikTok sensation. We failed!
Raffie played mainly with trains and cars!
Jimmy loves holding her!
She’s getting more interested in us now!
We did some photo recreations! Florence and Posie!
Jimmy and Posie!
Raffie and Posie!
Sleeping like a baby again!
Her fave day time activity!
I’d say she’s less keen on sleep at night!
The sun came out again on Sunday and we played in Gram’s garden!
She has the most fun garden toys!
Which makes it more fun than the park!
The perfect place to enjoy some sunshine!
And have lunch outside for the first time this year – in February, who’d have thought it?!
Posie llooked like she loved it too!
As we played pass the baby!
Soaking up the sun with Gram!
My girls and me!