I can’t believe that our family has been homebound for three weeks as we do our part to flatten the curve. The days are long and tiring, but I’m astounded that we have already been in this routine for so long. Each week seems to go a little more smoothly than the one before. This week we have been extra thankful for a bit of a warm-up in Michigan, with several days in the 50s. I’ve been trying to get the kids out of the house as often as possible so Rob can have a little peace and quiet while he works from home. Harvey and Dessa seem to have fallen even more in love with each other this past week, and it has melted my heart. Here’s a look back at our third week at home in social isolation.
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The bubbles are still going strong in our house. Dessa reaches for her bubbles several times a day, and Harvey lights up as soon as he sees them in her hand. These no-spill bubbles are our very favorite, and they have spared us from countless bubble puddles all over our home.
Last weekend, Dessa got to take her bike for a spin! A friend gifted us a pink Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Stroll ‘N Trike when Dessa was a baby and we used it a little bit last summer and just assumed that Dessa had outgrown it. We weren’t complaining because Dessa kept changing her mind about riding the bike and it was really annoying to keep putting her in and taking her out of it.
But a few weeks ago, I saw the trike in our shed and noticed that the tray to keep her stable on the tricycle seemed to be removable. I took some time to tinker with it and successfully removed the tray, the high seat back, and umbrella shade. Suddenly, that baby bike transformed into the perfect tricycle for our toddler! I ordered a helmet and safety pads from Amazon, left them in the box for about a week (because we aren’t taking any chances with COVID-19 in our house) and unveiled the bike and safety gear to Dessa on Sunday. She lit up and immediately wanted to go for a ride.
We strolled around the neighborhood and took Rob to see the inflatable Easter Bunny that Dessa and I had noticed on a walk earlier in the week. She was overjoyed when the owner of the house saw us admiring his wife’s decorations and invited Dessa to go stand on the lawn beside the bunny to take a picture.
We still have been taking several walks around the neighborhood in our stroller. Every time we go, we bring some snacks for Dessa and stop by to visit the ceramic animals on display that she absolutely loves. Harvey always passes out on the walk and sleeps most of the time.
When our family isn’t outdoors, we’ve also been trying to find creative ways to stay busy inside the house.
I put all the pieces to Dessa’s alphabet puzzle inside plastic Easter eggs and hid the eggs around the playroom. Dessa loved hunting for all the eggs to complete her puzzle.
Dessa and I worked on a paper plate flower project earlier this week. I cut all the pieces and she did the painting, but several days have gone by and it still needs to be assembled. I’m hoping to have a few minutes to finish it soon.
Dessa has also been helping me in the kitchen. This week she helped me bake banana bread and loved it when I let her help make her own peanut butter sandwich for lunch one day. After lunch, she peeled a mandarin and savored every bite for dessert. When she was done, I grabbed her new scissors and let Dessa practice her cutting skills on the peel – which kept her busy and gave me a few extra minutes of quiet around the house!
This morning Dessa helped me make pancakes for breakfast. I made a few Minnie Mouse pancakes for her and added strawberry slices for Minnie’s bow. She loved it!
Speaking of eating, Harvey has some news of his own. Usually, when our family sits down to eat, Harvey joins us at the table and studies our every move. The boy is fascinated every time we have a meal.
Today, Harvey finally got to have his first taste of solid food! I can’t say for sure that he enjoyed every bite of his rice cereal, but he did a great job of trying something new and we loved watching him eat for a change!
Harvey continues to be completely fascinated by Dessa and he has been so much more interactive in his play with her. Dessa has been “reading” stories to Harvey, giving him lots of snuggles and playing with him more than ever.
Dessa’s new favorite thing to do is climb up the stairs to the second floor, then slide down on her butt to play with Harvey in his walker. Harvey loves watching her and squeals with delight each time she heads down the steps.
I am always thankful when Dessa finds a new way to keep herself entertained, and this week she was all about the “fancy skirt” that I bought for her a few weeks ago. Dessa has spent an incredible amount of time twirling and somersaulting though the house in her fancy skirt and I think it’s just the cutest thing ever.
She even does it upstairs when she plays all by herself. Seriously, the cutest.
Rob had a little news of his own this week too: I gave Rob his first-ever haircut at home. We broadcast the haircut on Instagram Live for anyone who wanted to see a potential train wreck in the making.
Honestly, Rob’s haircut isn’t complete yet. We started out with a #4 trimmer just so I could practice a bit. Harvey started getting upset before I could switch to the #2 trimmer that Rob prefers. I’m hoping to give Rob a closer cut and cut the hair on top of his head with scissors in the next few days. I’ll let you know how it goes!
It’s not uncommon for Rob to take over with the kids when he is done working for the day so I can have a little time to myself and make dinner without any small children underfoot. It’s good for the kids to have some quiet time with Dad and is often a nice chance for Rob to reconnect after being locked away in our foyer for work all day.
I have always loved any opportunity to coordinate my outfit with what Dessa and Harvey are wearing, and today Rob had got to experience the thrill of twinning with a little one. It was a pure coincidence that Harvey wore a dark green shirt that matched Rob’s attire for the day, but they sure looked handsome together! I might have to arrange for them to coordinate more often.
Did I mention that Harvey is now 6 months old? Time keeps flying by, even while we live in a state of quarantine.
And there you have it! Another week of social isolation in the books. Dessa helped me take this photo with the camera and tripod last Sunday after her bike ride. It cracks me up to see how tough my silly little ballerina looks.
Stay calm and healthy everyone. Keep washing those hands and we will see you again very soon!
Sweet pics as always, cute to see Dessa and Harvey bonding! And Dessa seems to be developing a fun little personality! Random question, where did you buy your living room rug? I have a similar color scheme and still haven’t found one I love.
Stay safe and try not to go too stir crazy! The struggle is real! Lol
Maria Gavin says
Hi Megan! It’s completely heartwarming and adorable to see how much Harvey and Dessa love to play with each other. And she is absolutely developing a fun little personality. We purchased our rug from Wayfair and I love it! The colors fit our decor perfectly. Here’s a commission link to buy it from Wayfair. It’s 40% off right now! https://rstyle.me/+YSz_NCkDn49epj0pA55Ibw
The rug looks much less cream/ivory in person and is more of a light beige.
Tina Riley says
Love reading your posts and seeing the kids grow. I started following your blog when you were teaching. I teach Kindergarten too. Harvey is an adorable baby!
Maria Gavin says
Hi Tina, thank you so much for your sweet comment! I sincerely hope that you are well and taking time for yourself right now. I can’t imagine the struggle of the student transition to distance learning and I hope you know how much you are appreciated!