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Archana Natarajan

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Archana Natarajan

Drama Others


Day 2 of Lockdown #COVID - 19

Day 2 of Lockdown #COVID - 19

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26th March 2020

Diary of a new mother 


My entire series of these 21 days will be based on my experience of being in this lockdown and staying home as a first time mother of a 5 month old baby, Anvay. 


Dear Diary,


Since, we could easily cross Day 1, I am here to talk about a little dull day which made me a little pensive. Since I realized that the lockdown would continue and the pandemic was not an easy one to tackle because the positive cases were on the rise and also the death toll was increasing not only in India but also in the other parts of the world. I did not have the heart to join back work after my maternity leave, which would end on the 22nd of April 2020. Since there were almost 27 days left for me, I had to plan in advance as to how I would manage feeding the baby on time and also going to work. That aspect is something I would have to work out with my guide/boss regarding flexibility guidelines for a lactating mother. I realized that it was almost 5months since I opened my office laptop, which needed some formatting and also a keyboard change.


Post delivery I just forgot about it and completely dedicated my time on Anvay. Now, that my joining date was coming closer, I had to take it out and put it for charge because it wouldn’t stay for long without a charge. Yd kept telling me to utilize maternity leave as an opportunity to get it checked and formatted so that my laptop could be good to use for my thesis writing and my research work but I never took him seriously. I was in my own sweet mommy world and I kept pushing it until the last month when the lockdown was announced. My laptop was really not in a great state and I was scared that I had neglected it and anything could happen to it. I had taken back-up etc, but it was clearly not enough, I had to do another round of checking if every document had been uploaded to the cloud safely. I somehow did not have the energy to get it formatted. If only I could take a magic-wand and get the errors rectified so that I would never have to part with it even for a day, Uggghhhh!! I had been careless and now I would have to make do with the little opportunity I had in hand when I wouldn’t need my laptop for at least a few days. I am sure Yd is going to give an evil laugh when he reads this saying, ‘ I told you so!’ I did not even realize how my day passed and my thoughts kept coming back to my unattended laptop.


Anvay was super active and super busy today just squealing and rolling around on the bed. His squeals of laughter and shrieks can be heard even by our neighbours now as there is pin drop silence on our ever busy 17th main road. We called it a day with Anvay falling asleep after almost an hour of babbling to both of us. If only we could understand what he wanted to convey to us at times. 


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