What it's Like Being Postpartum in a Pandemic
"...my husband and I have had so much quality time to bond with our son, go for family walks every day, and figure out who this beautiful little person is without any distractions."
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What’s the silver lining in all of this? First and foremost, my husband and I have a beautiful, healthy baby boy, we are safe at home, and we have everything we need. Because we’ve had no visitors and need to keep Christian away from people, including our parents, my husband and I have had so much quality time to bond with our son, go for family walks every day, and figure out who this beautiful little person is without any distractions. While figuring out how to take care of him without the help and experience of our mothers seemed daunting and impossible at first, it allowed us to become confident that we know our baby’s needs better than anyone else ever could. Our marriage is stronger than ever because we’ve had to lean on each other. We’ve learned that when one of us reaches a certain point of exhaustion, it’s time for the other to tap in. Relying on only each other has taught us to be more patient and nurturing toward each other, our son, and ourselves. Seeing our moms cry when they met their grandson through our kitchen window for the very first time taught us appreciation for our loved ones on a level we never experienced before. Missing our family and friends has taught us to never take them for granted again and to celebrate those relationships.
I never imagined I’d give birth during a global pandemic, that my mom wouldn’t be over every day during my maternity leave teaching me how to be a mom, that my son would know only his mom and dad, and that as a family we wouldn’t leave the safety of the blocks surrounding our house for the first few months of his life. Becoming Christian’s mom during this pandemic made me stronger than I ever thought I could be.
Now as the fog slowly lifts and the weather gets warmer, we sit in our yard with our loved ones at a safe distance and we are grateful for the chance to even do that. We look forward to the first time our parents can hold Christian and the huge party we will throw when all of this is over. Above all, we think about that silver lining because that’s all we can do—and we hope to never take the simple things in life for granted again.