Like a whole bunch of people all over the world, I am trying to work from home while also trying to keep two small kids occupied without losing my mind. I thought it would be fun to share my experience in the hopes that it might provide a laugh to someone who needs one, or help someone feel less alone. I’m planning to post daily, but I didn’t think about it until now so this post will be a little longer as it covers the first three days.
Some background: I have two kids (Rose, almost 5; and Liam, 19 months). I have a full-time job as the creative manager at a marketing agency. I have a full work-from-home setup and typically WFH one day a week. I also have a very awesome and understanding boss. I know I am lucky to have these things and that many are not so lucky. My husband is still going into his office so we are not fully isolated, unfortunately.
Here’s how the first three days shook out.
Day 1: March 16
The kids’ daycare is still open but I chose to keep them home anyway. I felt like it was my social responsibility to try and limit contact with other people as much as possible. I agonized all weekend before finally deciding on Monday morning that I wouldn’t send them in.
The day went pretty well, overall. There was less TV time than I expected. I put a playpen fence up to make it easier to keep Liam in the same room as me while I work as he can’t yet be trusted by himself.
Of course, there were a couple of snags. Rose dropped a large wooden block on her foot and hurt her toes. There was blood. There were tears. An Elsa Band Aid was applied. She claimed that she could no longer walk so there was a lot of carrying her around. Once she calmed down, I put both kids in the double stroller and walked 2 miles.
Liam had a pretty loose poop and put his hand down his diaper before I realized. He then got poop all over himself and me. Good times!
Day 2: March 17
My day started out with a 1.5-hour meeting. Liam slept in, so he didn’t even get up until halfway through. Then he sat on my lap with a snack and was mostly good for the rest of the call. It was TV time for Rose.
We had some tears when Liam decided it was fun to throw his toy cars at Rose. She was yelling at him to stop, but it just spurred him on and he thought she was playing. I ended up having to separate them.
One thing I am thankful for so far is the jogging stroller. I got it for a steal ($75 for a double Bob which new would cost something wild like $750). It’s seen better days but it’s functional and I am so glad we have it. I put the kids in the stroller with a snack and we went for a run (well, mostly run… there was a lot of walking as well pushing 70+ pounds of kid). That was my saving grace.
Day 3: March 18
Started the day with a 2-hour meeting. Figured it would be terrible. Was mostly fine. Rose watched a movie while Liam played by himself and then ate snacks. Have I mentioned how much I love snacks? You can seriously keep this toddler occupied for like an hour with a handful of goldfish crackers in a spill-proof snack container.
I actually got a lot of work done. The downside of this was that Rose pretty much watched TV all day. But she did watch the Cincinnati Zoo’s educational video about hippos and she actually learned some stuff. It also helped that Liam’s nap was three hours today (though he likely only slept for half of that… I just don’t get him up unless he’s fussing).
It rained pretty much all day so there was no stroller walk or run for us. I got up and did a strength workout before the kiddos woke up, and I went for a 15-minute walk in the evening while the hubby gave the kiddos their bath.
Who’s ready for day 4?