This week has really put a lot of things into perspective for me. You want my honest thoughts on the COVID-19, self isolating, and quarantine? On one hand I think it’s absolutely terrible, and on the other hand I am a strong believer in Christ, and I think we all needed this break. The timing for me literally couldn’t have been any worse though. I am having a baby in 3 WEEKS! 3 WEEKS YOU GUYS. I went to the doctor today and we are 1 cm dilated, and 50-60% effaced. Any self dilating tips would be nice! Help ya girl out. I’m so ready for him to come, so I can really hide away in my house! But it was bad timing being off of work so much and missing these last couple paychecks, especially when doc bills and hospital bills are fixing to hit, along with other bills! Also being so susceptible, like even going to the grocery store is a scary thought.
During the isolation, I have done so many things to take care of myself. In reality, looking back, when work was going full time and being 8 months pregnant then, right before quarantine and COVID-19, I was constantly going. Waking up super late, feeling like crap, not eating breakfast, working through exhaustion, stress at work, and then coming home and cleaning, keeping up with laundry, going to bed semi late, and then getting up and doing it all over again. I guess some good things came out of the COVID-19 outbreak.
I have now taken up a morning routine. I get up usually with my husband, he gets up about 4:30 am every morning to get ready for work. I normally don’t have to be up till 6:15 for work, but since we are shut down I am only working 2 hours a day. So I am making my own schedule at the moment until the shut down lifts on April 13th. Then I’m going on maternity leave April 14th! So I am so glad, that I have started early on developing this morning routine. I usually get up with him, not actually get up, but I lay there and talk to him while he gets ready and then I normally do my morning twitter check! I know they say it isn’t normally the best to check your phone when you first wake up, but I am not reading the news or scrolling my timeline! I am taking my blog links and planting them and interacting with other bloggers and writers. Once I finish doing this, that sets the first traffic platform for my blog for the day! I normally will take about an 2 hour nap after that, and get up about 7:30-8. I will make myself something to eat. I mean, I NEVER give myself the time of day to eat in the morning. So I have been scarfing down a jelly blueberry whole wheat biscuit in the morning with chocolate milk. Delicious! Another thing I am doing in the morning is getting fully dressed. This really sets the tone for the day, comfy and cute, decent clothes! I take my meds, give my hair a brush and fluff, and put on a little makeup (mascara, eye liner, a little foundation, and blush), and BAM! Morning routine is done!
Usually after my morning routine, I will try to open up my stats for the morning, maybe start on a blog post, and check my notifications on social media. By then, it’s normally 9:30 or so. The past few days I have been making homemade lunches, and taking them to my husband and spending his lunch break with him, so after watching a little tv, or doing the stuff above, I’ll make his lunch, straighten the house up, move some laundry around, and head out about 10:45. After eating lunch with him, I have been going into work for about 2 hours, and then heading home.
Once I get home, I normally finish up some laundry, might take a nap. Depends on how I’m feeling. Then my real work starts on my blog, and I starting typing up some new ones, and uploading media, editing my pictures, working on my to do list for the next day, and working on promoting. I then normally get up and make dinner, and by then my hubby is home and we spend time together! I have also had time to take longer baths, do my skin care routine, and get into bed at a decent time! How has self quarantine helped you? It’s helped me get a sense of time, and I feel a whole lot better like I have a clearer head, and know what I need to get done. I have even decorated for Easter, and have been keeping my house pretty clean for when the baby comes, and been cooking a lot more! I really hope I can keep a similar routine once the baby comes. We will see! Enjoy some photos so far from our 8 day self isolation!