Team SN Shares Their Most Surprising Quarantine Lessons

There's no denying it–living in quarantine has its fair share of ups and downs.

It feels like we're thousands of months into our new socially distant reality, and our collective "new normal" has taken some getting used to. Like many others, Team SN has been working from home, which means we're spending more time than ever with our significant others and families–and that makes for some truly interesting moments. We asked expecting mama Dana and Nicole, the mom of a toddler, to share the highs and lows of their quarantine experience, from how it has impacted their relationships to how they've both embraced the art of downtime.

Dana on Embracing a Suddenly Clear Social Calendar

In September, my husband and I gave up our apartment in SoHo and moved to New Jersey. A year ago, I never would have imagined leaving NYC, but we have a baby on the way and, with the pandemic going on, we decided we wanted to be closer to family and have more space.

My husband works in sales, and pre-Covid he would travel most of the week. Now he’s working from home five days a week and it’s the most time we’ve ever spent together in 13 years. It’s actually been so nice and I think I’m going to have separation anxiety whenever he starts traveling again! We have an office in our new place, and he’s very generously given it to me for the time being, because it has a desk and a comfier chair and I’m pregnant. So I work from our office and he sits at our kitchen counter. We trade off every once in awhile if one of us has an important call.

The most surprising thing about my quarantine experience has been how much my morning routine has changed with working from home. I used to wake up at 6 a.m. so I’d have time to workout, shower, get ready, and commute to the office by 9. These days I’m rolling out of bed at 8 a.m. and it feels SO GOOD. My favorite part of quarantine is the lack of social obligations. As much as I really do miss seeing my friends, we used to go out 4-5 nights a week and it’s been so nice to just slow down and nest.

The hardest part has been not being able to celebrate milestones with people we love. We’ve missed out on celebrating so many birthdays, engagements, weddings. It’s sad to not be able to be there for the people you love. My husband and I have both learned to be a team more than ever! We made it through our first big move together, and all of the countless decisions leading up to it.

Nicole on the Joys of Slowing Down During Quarantine

I live in Long Island City with my husband, Ryan, and our 15-month-old baby, Blake. It's slightly less congested here than NYC and the neighborhood has a lot of open outdoor space, which has been nice during quarantine.

My husband is a surgeon and has been back at work since early April. For a few weeks, he was doing Telehealth visits. He needed to be in his own room to ensure patient privacy so I would arrange my meetings around his appointments. Since he returned to regular office hours, I work from our bedroom.

The most surprising thing about my quarantine experience has been how much we have enjoyed the downtime together. In my role, I travel a lot. Between my husband's long hours and my travel, we have always been extremely busy and on the go. I have been shocked by how okay I have been with slowing down and staying sedentary. And my favorite part of my quarantine experience has been getting to experience all of Blake's milestones!

The hardest part was once Ryan went back to work, I was flying solo with Blake during the day. I had to find the best way to balance working full time (as we got ready to launch SN!) and take care of Blake. I would work before she woke up, which actually worked out since I work with people in many different time zones, and prioritize important meetings for while she was napping. Fortunately, I was able to have a nanny start full time in June once things felt a little safer here in NYC. Just in time as Blake started walking and running all over!

During quarantine, I've learned that it's okay to slow down and to not take any experiences for granted. As for Ryan, it's reinforced how dedicated he is. Since the hospitals weren't able to see patients for non-Covid injuries, he was seeing ER injuries in his office. He never thought twice about going in, and has still been here to play with Blake and to help care for her too!