COVID19 life Parenting

Almost Normal

January 12, 2021

Just . . . woah.

The past few weeks now feel like a blur of COVID-19 tests, COVID-19 results, COVID-19 vaccinations, and finally (I think!) COVID-19 recovery. To say nothing of outside events.

This is nothing like the clean entry into a new year I had envisioned (and craved with every cell of my being!).

2021 now feels marred. But I am trying to move on from all of this and focus on . . . moving forward, back into my routines and a semblance of normalcy.

Some good things to report:

✅ I was cleared to receive my second dose of Pfizer vaccine, and did so on Saturday. The immune response that I had (and Josh had) was powerful, to say the least (think 102 fever, rigors, and flat-on-my-back fatigue rendering me completely dysfunctional for about 36 hours). Thankfully, I feel pretty much recovered from that, and I haven’t had any breathing issues since getting the vaccine (yay!), so just happy to be very very immune to this nasty virus now.

(Please note: I have many friends/colleagues who have received the second dose as well, and most did NOT experience such a dramatic reaction – I think having had COVID just before probably primed us in a way that is more than typical. ALSO, despite the rough weekend I would do it all over again. It wasn’t pleasant, but it was finite and fairly short-lived! That said, I do recommend getting doses #2 on a Friday or Saturday and staggering with your partner if you have kids, or planning a day off of work post-vax if possible.)

✅ We were incredibly lucky and all tested negative (requirement from school, I know it’s not CDC guidelines to retest!) — and so everyone is back in school. Happiness.

Annabel even got a new backpack for the occasion!
Her old one was >2 yrs old and disgusting.
I believe I owned the same one in hunter green in like 1992.

✅ Honestly, today is the first day in quite some time I have gotten up and felt largely normal so . . . I am savoring it. Hopefully I can make some headway on the somewhat frightening amount of work that has piled up. I have a number of projects for work that I want to move forward on in 2021 but I have to kind of catchup from under the load of ‘urgent’ before I can even start. Frustrating in a way but I also didn’t really expect to be able to dig myself out in one day.


  • Reply Gillian January 12, 2021 at 7:09 am

    So glad your kids tested negative and can go back to school! And glad everyone is feeling better!

    Our nursery school backtracked on their requirement to have a negative test before returning to school after some push back from parents and a conversation with our local health department. Not likely to be an issue for you all again but it is frustrating when people feel the need to go beyond the evidence based guidelines.

    Good luck with reentry!

  • Reply Sam January 12, 2021 at 7:40 am

    I’m glad you are all feeling better and you can start getting back into normal routines.

  • Reply allison January 12, 2021 at 8:38 am

    So glad you are feeling better and were able to get your second dose. My MIL is getting her first dose today so our family is starting to see the “light”! We’ve been unable to see grandparents for about a year so we are praying for more family time in 2021! I hope you make some headway on your urgent list.

  • Reply Angie January 12, 2021 at 9:12 am

    Yay for the turnaround. Hopefully you and your family will be healthier the rest of the year! My mom gets her 1/29 and my dad is first up with the county with the next round. I just want my 92 year old grandma to get hers and I’ll feel better about everything. Our county says we may not get it to June/July and I really hope that’s not the case. But we’ve done this well so far so hopefully we can hang on.

  • Reply Katie January 12, 2021 at 9:43 am

    Very, very glad you’re feeling better and the kids can get back to school! I’m sort of in a daze like how are we halfway through January and I’m still feeling in so much disarray. I think the nature paper that came out last week about immunity from natural infection touched on a stronger response to the vaccine in those who had had covid already. I’m still 100% in on getting a vaccine but that is good to know- if possible I’ll schedule a day off afterward.

  • Reply A January 12, 2021 at 10:50 am

    SO freaking glad for you all, and good to know about the 2nd dose of Pfizer-I only had a sore arm for the 1st one (the med school decided at the 11th hour that students are people too!), so scheduled my 2nd on a Saturday AM just in case. Anecdotally, a faculty mentor said he experienced the same thing from his 2nd dose, and he had also tested positive around the New Year, so I’m wondering if it is the lingering effects of the infection.

    Good luck!

  • Reply Kim N January 12, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    So glad you all are feeling better and getting back to “normal.” PS – my daughter had that exact backpack in that pattern in fifth grade. Fond memories!

  • Reply Kylie Miller January 12, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    So glad you have all tested negative and hopefully things can start getting back to normal for you all. Here is Australia we are very low on cases, we have been incredibly lucky! There are still some cases popping up but a lot are coming from international arrivals who are quarantining anyway… Love reading your blog and listening to both podcasts – have a great day.

  • Reply Lori C January 13, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    Yay for normalcy! And I also had that backpack in middle school, in hunter green, because we all did. Lol. I wasn’t cool enough to get a monogram like some of my friends did however….

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