One week into our coronavirus quarantine, I’m not even sure what day it is!  Between conference calls, screaming kids and my increasing anxiety about all of this uncertainty, it hasn’t been easy. My heart goes out to you because I can only imagine you’re all feeling the same way. In addition to today’s outfit post, I’m sharing an update today about of how it’s been going on our end. I hope these photos take your mind off of all the crazy–even if just for a few minutes!

Quarantine Update

Last night, March 19th, the state of California was put on an official lockdown for the first time. That means we can now only leave our houses for essentials like groceries and we need to stay inside at all other times.

Needless to say, the covid-19 virus has truly shaken us all to our core. All we can do now is stay home so that we don’t continue to infect one another as quickly. Hopefully we can flatten the curve!

The Covid Affect

My heart breaks for people who are already sick with Covid-19 or who have family members who are.  This virus seems so scary because we don’t have enough tests to go around and we can’t treat it.

I also can’t stop thinking about small business owners who have taken such a catastrophic hit from this.  What a travesty that so many are in the midst of laying people or and/or are having to close their doors.

And then there are all of the parents who have had to become home school teachers overnight for their kids.  Many of them are working full-time jobs at home on top of this! I see you, parents!

Kids are going stir-crazy too…and are missing their friends and routine like crazy. I can see this in Naiya. We’ve been jumping on zoom calls for her school so that she can still interact with her classmates and friends but it’s not the same.

This all has to get better soon, right?Los Angeles mom blogger, RELish By Arielle styles a metallic holiday skirt

The Positives

In order to get through this in one piece on my end, I’m trying my best to stay positive.

I’m focusing on the fact that without my almost three hour work commute each day, I’m able to actually see my family and get a lot more done! I’ve been able to cook a homemade meal for them every night and actually sit down to eat with them. This is a really big deal in our house and it means the world to me.

After Naiya goes to bed each night, I’ve also had a chance to go through a bunch of older blog posts I’ve prepped but never had a chance to post over the past few months.

Likewise, I’m excited to take this time to share some unpublished photos with you. Today’s post features what was supposed to be my first outfit and family post out on the town after baby but life got in the way. I can’t believe how much Sadie and Naiya have grown since this shoot! I was still in a lot of pain post-labor and I still had some swelling all over from labor but I’m so happy we have these memories together!  

How Are You Feeling?

How are you and your family doing throughout all of this uncertainty and chaos? How long do you think it’s going to last? Has your business been affected! Tell me all the things in the comment section below. We’re all in this together!

Photography: Azusa Takano

  1. I live in the Chicago area we are going on soft lock down starting tomorrow. My family been in the house since 12th except my husband who is still working. I went out for the 1st time yesterday morning to get grocery. I was worried and thinking is this even worth it. Can I get sick or my family just to stock my house up on more food? All these thoughts.. not to mention I’m 23 weeks pregnant with my 4th child. Then becoming a teacher overnight and dealing with everyone emotions at different times. Everyone one of us had a breakdown. But at the end, it’s all worth it for my family to be healthy and safe. After the craziness all day but we all continue to say I love you no matter what. Hope you and your family keep safe and healthy. Please keep posting your blogs!!

    1. This is the sweetest comment! I so appreciate you reading and sharing your story here and encouraging me to keep posting. Wow–being pregnant during this time is so incredibly hard. I bet you’re feeling so excited and nervous at the same time and it’s so tough that you have to think about corona on top of everything! Yes–becoming a teacher overnight is also so tough! Hang in there–it sounds like you’re doing great!

  2. We are doing well since I normally stay home with the kids, mine have the Same age difference as yours. I am hoping people will be buying more cloth diapers (through my Etsy shop) since they’re my own design and pretty innovative… but my husband’s construction business has been largely impacted so I am working on keeping things positive in our home for all of us while he processes through that. Today I am sewing up face masks for friends and family – I hope they won’t need to use them because that means they’ll have enough PPD on hand at work, but in case they do, might as well have it be more effective than a bandana.

    1. Oh I love that! You’re amazing, Mama! It must feel so good to be doing something to help. I know so many people feel helpless and scared. Sorry to hear about your husband. How old are your kids?

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