Self-isolation with a baby. What a title for a blog post, and one which I had never thought I would be writing.
4 weeks ago, I was in Mallorca and excited to be writing things such as “flying with a baby” and “Mallorca, Spain: our first family holiday”.
So what have we been doing during our time in self-isolation?
Unless you have been living under a rock, you might have noticed that there is a shortage of food in shops currently.
There aren’t many issues with supply of food to supermarkets, just a number of people that have decided to buy more tha they need, and therefore creating panic amongst the general population, and in turn have made them want to stock up also.
It is utter madness.
Before doing our weekly food shop, I decided to have a good clean up of our fridge and freezer. I took stock of what we had and was amazed at the amount of meals we had in the freezer. I was also thanking my former self for bulk making meals whilst on early maternity leave.
It gave me hope that although we were ‘stuck’ inside for 14 days, we had enough food to keep us going, and didn’t need to rush out and buy lots.
In the end, we had a few friends and family members pick us up some fresh items such as fruit, veg, bread, milk and baby items.
Less waste and meal prep
Not going out has made us think about things that we really need. Often we would just pop into a supermarket and pick up things without thinking about what we had, which at times had led to waste.
So we started to meal prep a lot more, and this made it easier to reduce waste and only purchase what we needed. It was also helpful having a meal plan ahead of time, especially in our sleep deprived state with a baby. It was one less thing to have to think about.
Our little one has been slowly introduced to solids for the past month now. Initially it was pureed food and now she eats a little of what we have.
I used some of the time in self-isolation looking up recipes and trying out new tastes for her. The good thing about this was that we were able to spend as much time as we needed to with weaning. It is a long process eating one meal, and sometimes it requires two baths per day. So silver lining and all that.
I hope to write a post on our weaning journey at some stage.
Cooking & Baking
So far this post has been entirely food related, so I might as well continue. I love food, and so being at home has given me some time in which to experiment with cooking and baking and I have been able to cook from scratch.
Shamefully, I use a lot of jar sauces for my cooking as it has always seemed quick and easy, but I have recently made risotto and home made bolognese and they tasted incredible (if I do say so myself). They were also not too tricky or time consuming, so I hope to continue making things from scratch.
I have also baked lots. Mainly my all time favourite banana muffins, and flapjacks.
I will be the size of this house once all of this is over.
With the majority of all businesses closed, a lot has been moving online.
I was a little sad intiially to be missing out on our face to face classes such as Baby Sensory and Moo Music. However, these have now gone online via private facebook groups and live sessions on zoom chat, so we have not missed out.
In addition to that there have been a number of other things we have been getting involved in including daily P.E classes with Joe Wicks, story time with David Walliams, online pub quizzes, cooking classes with Jamie Oliver and live streams from zoos.
There is also a facebook group on tips and activites that you can do with your families and children. There is so much community spirit and creativity, and it makes me smile everytime I see a post.
Thanks to current technology, we can be even more connected than ever. I have spent a lot of time on video calls with family and friends. We have been able to share our lives, and support each other. So although we may be some distance away, I have felt somewhat closer at times, during our chats.
Gardening & DIY
We are quite fortunate to have a garden where we live, albiet a small one. During our period of self-isolation, we had a look at the current configuration of the garden and decided that we needed to make it a little more baby friendly.
Cue me looking on pintrest for baby friendly garden ideas.
In the end we have decided to put some decking tiles down from IKEA. These look like real wood but are more plastic in material and click together, so are easy to insall and remove, as well as maintain. We will also fix our fence, paint it grey as well as paint the garden wall a lighter colour so the space appears bigger.
Being in self-isolation has also given us opportunities to do all those odd DIY jobs around the house. Such as putting up picture frames, and rearranging rooms so there is more space.
I think most people in the country will have tider houses and neater gardens come the end of this.
When self-isolation ended
After our 14 day period at home, it was so nice to be able to get outside of our immediate home area. We haven’t gone far as per the UK government rules, but had daily walks nearby, observing social distancing rules. We have also decided for just my husband to go to the shops for food when needed.
It feels like such a strange time not seeing friends and family, and having to cross the street to avoid people. This time will soon pass however, and I reckon we will all emerge from it with a greater appreciation of the little things.
For now, stay home if you are able to do so, and stay safe.