We are going to enter Week 6 of lockdown. I started working last month, after a year of maternity leave. And just a week later lockdown was declared and we all had to turn our homes into offices. Working from home with a one-year-old is as tough as it can get. If you have been wondering where I had disappeared, let’s just say in a pile of household chores.
Is it even a Zoom call if there’s not one child screaming their lungs out in the background? In my case, it’s mostly mine, crying because I didn’t let him eat wet wipes. Also, what is this strange fascination with tissue paper? I have learned to keep my hands super clean and devoid of moisturizer. Not just due to Covid-19, but because you never know when you have to pry open your baby’s mouth to pull out things they stealthily put inside. Seriously, how fast can they get?
The other day I accidentally left a bowl of Ragi porridge on the floor as I had to attend an official call. I came back to find my baby with a Ragi facial and sticky porridge all over his clothes and carpet. I don’t know about you, but I am definitely not acing this lockdown thingy.
Who here has managed to peacefully go to the toilet without their baby banging on the door, crying and waiting for you to come out? EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Is there like a secret that I haven’t figured out yet?
I mostly try to feed my baby before I start working in my baby-room-turned-into-office, and yet, there’s not a single item that has not been chewed around my desk. Even dumbells have not been spared. He switches between our office rooms, transporting pillows, blankets, and an assortment of random lids of kitchen containers and wooden ladles.
He recently received his one-year immunization and since then it has been extremely tough. The last few days have been a struggle as he got a high fever and couldn’t sleep well. I have been running on 3 – 4 hours of sleep and a ridiculous amount of tea. Frankly, I am surprised that I don’t doze off on the keyboard.
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Work from Home also looks like this.😊 The coffee breaks have been replaced by breaks to pacify the baby and feed him. I am lucky I have support at home, yet it is hard to ignore my 11 months old knocking at the door, seeking my attention. As we settle into Week 2 of #workfromhome, pair programming is becoming easier and comfortable, even with a baby playing around. 😊 . How are you settling in? . . . #lifeinthetimesofcorona #developerlife #devlife #programmers #engineerlife #devgirls #techgirls #futureisfemale #stemgirls #stem #codingdays #codergirl #softwareengineer #softwaredeveloper #developer #corporate #workplace #worklife #techy #officelife #instacode #programmerrepublic #peoplewithlaptops #workingfromhome #momlifebelike #pandemic #javadeveloper #futureisfemale #newmom
Also, I do pair programming at times, which is great as I get to talk to another person. But not so great when my baby wakes from his sleep and does not find me around. Even though there are other family members, he still hasn’t got used to my absence. I am glad I have very understanding colleagues.
If there’s one thing that’s keeping me sane, it is working out and practicing yoga. The baby joins in sometimes.
I was taking a video of handstands when little one walked by. He obviously doesn’t care that his mom his hanging upside down. 😛
Evenings are busy as I try to cook dinner and give my in-laws some rest. Since they are used to proper Indian meals, we prepare the big 4 – Rice, Roti, Sabji and Dal, plus Baby’s dinner. Between exercising, preparing dinner, and spending some time with baby after work – I practically get 5 minutes before I hit the bed.
I had aimed to complete a programming course this month, but don’t see it happening anytime soon.
So tell me, how are you coping up with quarantine life and working from home? Share your stories too.
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