Two months old.
For two months we waited patiently for the COVID-19 restrictions to be lifted in Melbourne to do Liam’s newborn photography session.
Coronavirus meant a COVID-19 pregnancy for many. It put a stop to many of both the normal maternity milestones and highlights of a ‘usual’ pregnancy – hospital and doctor appointments were attended alone, baby showers cancelled or moved online, no much needed massages or acupuncture to offer relief as Mum-to-be body’s changed as they grew their baby, baby-moons were a no go, there were no cinema dates, maternity photography sessions were unable to go ahead, nursery shopping moved online, ‘just the two of dates’ at favourite restaurants were not an option, in-studio pregnancy pilates or yoga classes went online….and the list goes on and on.
Then after navigating your way through your coronavirus pregnancy you had to endure a COVID-19 birth with only one support person present, siblings, and grandparents unable to meet your newborn in hospital. Grandparents, aunties and uncles, besties and friends unable to visit you in person in hospital nor at home.
My heart goes out to all those who went through this, motherhood and fatherhood is not meant to be so isolating, as Melbourne reopens I hope you and your newest family members slowly get the celebrations and snuggles you all deserve.
As you introduce your baby to everyone over the coming days and weeks spare a thought for those still separated by border closures.
My heart goes out to Liam’s Canadian Grandparents patiently waiting for the borders to open so they can snuggle their newest Grandson.
When they do, those snuggles will be the very best kind of snuggles.
Yesterday I got to meet Liam Andrews.
The wait so worth it!