Lifetime: How have you adjusted to living at home with your spouse for an extended period of time?
Jessica: It’s kind of different for us because we’re still newlyweds and adjusting to living with each other anyway. Austin: [There’s] a lot of adjustments. And also [Jessica] is still working extended hours...on the COVID unit. I have to find ways to support you throughout the day. Things I don’t always agree with supporting-wise, but I still do it. Like cleaning. Jessica: He is doing more of the household chores. Austin: That’s an adjustment I made—more cleaning. Jessica: I am learning that it’s OK to work at home in your pajamas. So if I come home and Austin happens to still be in his pajamas when I’ve been at work for 10, 12 hours, that’s OK too. Austin: I’m in pajamas, you’re in scrubs. Jessica: Which are practically pajamas. Austin: That you need to wash as soon as you get home.
Lifetime: What is your biggest pet peeve about your spouse while in quarantine?
Jessica: We kind of have the same pet peeve. Austin: I know my pet peeve. Jessica: Mine is Austin’s cleaning habits. I am somebody that really likes to have everything very clean and tidy. Austin: All the time. Jessica: The carpet vacuumed, and the laundry done and the dishes not sitting in the sink. Austin: But now, with [Jesica] being at work more, I am trying to take on more of these responsibilities… Trying... There’s been some good weeks. Jessica: There have been a lot of good days. And I will say that he does make the bed if I’m home. Austin: Even with all those silly pillows. Jessica: We have some decorative pillows. Austin: I’m trying to support you, make you feel at ease when you come home. Jessica: I definitely feel that and I definitely appreciate that. Austin: [She] gets a little bit anxious when it’s not. Jessica: That is true, I do get a little bit anxious if I come home and the house feels a little more untidy than I would like. Austin: Before it was a little bit more of a pet peeve. Now it’s just like, ‘OK, this is important. I’m going to do it.’ Jessica: I’ve got to do this to keep Jess sane. *laughs* Austin: Yes, that’s pretty much it.
Lifetime: How do you make time for yourself when isolated with your spouse?
Austin: How do you get away from me? Jessica: To get away and get some alone time from Austin, I enjoy going on long runs, especially with my sister. Austin: Some of those runs are pretty long. Jessica: I enjoy a Sunday run [where] I get to talk to my sister on the phone and we get to catch up on life. How does [Austin] get to spend some alone time from me? Besides the fact that I’m away from the apartment... Austin: [She] is away a lot. But if I do need to get away, I’ll go into the [home] office or something like that. Play some video games. I’m still working from home, [but] just to space out a little bit does help.
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