We’re gradually adjusting into the old routine again and getting used to Sophie being at school during the day. She’s enjoying being back with her friends and although the house still feels very quiet during the day, it has been nice to have some one-to-one time with Thomas too.
Some of the changes with school have taken a little getting used to. Having to drop off and pick up outside the gate. Taking Sophie to school in her PE clothes or Muddy Puddles kit on days when she has those. Wearing face masks on the school run. I miss the chats with other parents at the classroom door. It all feels very detached at the moment, and while I know that the changes are there to keep people safe, it doesn’t make them any easier to adjust to.
Ballet and tap classes have started back in the studio after being online or outside over the last few months. It’s a small ballet school so there’s only a few children in each class and it sounds like they’re doing their best with distancing.
With the rise in Covid-19 cases, the restrictions have been adjusted again. Going back to only being able to interact in groups of six isn’t really a change for us as we’ve haven’t been meeting up with many people anyway, but I still feel unsettled by the tightening of restrictions. It was hard feeling isolated in spring but I think it will be harder over the coming months especially with winter blues to take into account.
It’s been quite an up and down week on the whole. This time of year is always a tough one as Jessica’s birthday falls at the start of the school year. Last Sunday would have been her 9th birthday. I made her a Hey Duggee cake and we had a little birthday picnic next to her forever bed. It’s becoming a tradition to mark Jessica’s birthday this way now. A special time to focus on Jessica and all our beautiful memories; space to allow for both sadness and smiles.
Things that have made me smile this week
- Collecting conkers with Sophie.
- Meeting up with a friend for the first time since lockdown. We enjoyed our socially-distanced walk and Thomas had fun exploring.
- Being sent a box of yummy cupcakes from a friend to mark Jessica’s birthday.
- Sophie’s delight at being given a big bag of Rainbow Magic fairy books after a friend’s daughter had a clear-out.
- Sitting in the garden watching Thomas play.