June is a big deal in our household. It’s the boys’ birthday month and that rare time of the year when the elusive British sun finally decides to pay us a visit. With flowers blossoming everywhere, and the longest day of the year stretching out into glorious sunshine, there is an added spring to everyone’s steps (unless you are trudging through muddy puddles because – British summer)!
June 2021 will go down in history as the month we got our first jab of Covid vaccine (pfizer in both our cases). For the first time since March 2020, our lives aligned closer to pre pandemic days. Zoo trips (with tickets bought in Nov 2020), birthday parties, park picnics, dining in at restaurants and Euro 2020! The social calendar of June 2021 was bursting at the seams as the desire to make up for lost time surged through our vaccinated veins. No one said it out loud but there was an underlying ‘what if’ at the back of everyone’s mind. Things were good now but what if they took a turn for the worse? Again? Certainly wouldn’t be the first time in this pandemic saga.
I have had a little break of three months from writing my monthly digests. And I have good excuses too. I got pregnant, caught covid during the sensitive first trimester and spent weeks recovering in bed lacking the will to do anything. I willingly took a step back from blogging to focus on a long drawn out recovery.
A rerun of Prison Break. I had forgotten how much I loved this show and the hard core crush teenage me harboured for Michael Scofield. The word I am looking for is obsessed. So much so that I cant stop, even as the seasons get progressively more stretched and trite.
After an extended reading slump, I have managed to slip back into reading mode. In the wake of the the social media outrage against Israel attacking Palestinian homes in Sheikh Jarrah and the atrocities that followed, I picked up Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa. Although it was a hard one to process, its the first of many books that I plan to read to gain more knowledge about Palestine’s history and struggle. Check out @beautiful.bibliophile’s insta guide for more books on Palestine.
Aryan’s progress has taken leaps and bounds over the last few months. He joined pre-school shortly after his 3rd birthday. He is finally weaned off bm and is also potty trained!
As he forms longer sentences and uses more words to express himself, I feel like I can better understand what goes on in his little brain. And I love it. At night, when we hug each other to sleep (my favourite thing to do every day), he tells me about his day and his friends.
We threw him a birthday party for the very first time and it was so much fun! I felt grateful for the opportunity to celebrate special occasions with our loved ones after more than a year of social distancing.
I recently got diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Which means I am having to monitor my carb and sugar intake by pricking myself 4 times a day. For someone whose favourite meal involves lots of rice followed by a sweet something, this lifestyle change has not been the easiest. However, I have thrown myself at making wholesome meals that are tasty and filling and wont wreak havoc on my blood sugars. I have been making this honey soy baked chicken on repeat and loading it up with lots of baked veggies + chickpeas.
As the Delta variant picks up across UK, Boris has pushed the date to lift all lockdown restrictions by 4 weeks to allow more people to get vaccinated. I am both hopeful and skeptic about 19th July, especially as a very vulnerable pregnant lady. Cant wait to be ‘double vaxxed’!