So this week has been a difficult one for us here in the UK, a big snow drift came in dubbed the “Beast from the East” and it’s safe to say I wasn’t the only one affected by it. Homes, roads, schools and businesses were either snowed in and made unsafe. Our road got snowed in towards the later dates of the snow but even before that, I wouldn’t travel unless absolutely necessary. Being stuck in the house is no fun time especially with an easily bored 5-month-old so here’s how I coped.
In the house:
Hot beverages and Snuggly Blankets
There’s nothing better when you’re trapped in on a cold day than a big fluffy blankey and a big mug of tea to keep you warm; and I think little man enjoyed the blanket too.
Stocked up on easy to make and grab foods
This week I’ve basically lived on noodles and toast. Not the healthiest options but quick to make so I wasn’t leaving baby alone for too long.
Netflix and Social Media
Pretty self explanatory I’ve practically exhausted my to-watch lit on Netflix now and social media stopped me feeling isolated and allowed me to check up on friends and family.
Plenty of toys and mummy/baby time for the little one
This was both the most fun and the most exhausting. My little man wanted constant attention this week anD we had to figure out new ways to keep him entertained. Our favourites: practicing to crawl and dancing along to Disney songs.
If we had to venture out:
Lots of layers – blankets, snowsuits and mittens for baby. Jumpers, hats and oversized coat for mummy
I love a good jumper the warmer/cozier the better. It came to my attention this week that my little one does not, but it was necessary. On the one occasion we decided to venture out I had to fight him into a snowsuit and mittens, as well as keep him covered when we went outside. 0/10 would not recommend lol
Plan your journey and don’t stay out longer than you have to
When I did go out I knew exactly where I needed to go and what I needed. Since it was snowing when we left I didn’t want to get caught up in it so explained to my other half to decide what he wanted before we left.
Fully charged phone for emergencies
There’s nothing worse than something going wrong and not being able to contact people. It really puts me in panic mode.
Fully stocked nappy bag with spare clothes, medicines and everything we might need if we got stuck somewhere overnight
Luckily we didn’t need it but it was for peace of mind more than anything.
All in all the last week wasn’t ideal but knowing I couldn’t go anywhere made me really focus on how best to keep my little one happy. In this one week we managed to learn to sit up unassisted, choose a toy to play with and are almost crawling. So I think it wasn’t too bad a week for us at least.
Were you affected by the “Beast from the East” if so how did you cope? If you weren’t what would you have done? Comment below.