When Matilda was born, our area was under tier 4 restrictions. This meant that, because of the pandemic, we were not allowed any visitors to our home, and we weren’t allowed to meet with anyone outdoors either, outside of our support bubble.
While Jess was pregnant, our household formed a bubble with her parents, and the support is allowed to continue with a child under 1 year old, so we have kept the bubble going since. Of course, that’s not without sacrifice. In the run up to Matilda‘s birth, I barely got to see my family, and Jess‘s family had to isolate themselves from their other loved ones.
After the birth, my parents did meet Matilda a few times, but we had to ask them to wear a face mask and disposable apron to protect her. We felt awful doing it this way, we’d just brought this incredible human into the world and we wanted everyone to meet her and to give her a cuddle. Unfortunately, this just wasn’t possible.
The aunties and uncles came to see us from our window, to meet their new niece, but even that was difficult. With the cold, winter weather, we couldn’t keep the window open for too long without Matilda getting cold. But we all talked for a bit and longed for a time when we can all have a hug, especially Matilda.
So, in the first few weeks, people met Matilda for the first time in ways I’d never imagined for my first child, but that was the way it had to be.
Since then, we’ve tried to video call as many people as possible, as often as possible, so they don’t miss out on Matilda growing up. The last thing we want is for her to be much bigger and much more developed the next time anyone meets her. We’ve managed to bump into my parents, “Nanny and Gramps”, while out on one of our regular walks. We remained socially distanced but it was great to see them, and for them to see Matilda.
Christmas was nice. Thanks to our support bubble, we were able to spend it at Jess‘s parents’ house (Christmas blog to follow). But then came January, and with the announcement of a third full national lockdown, it was about to get harder.
It’s difficult, and we miss everyone dearly. We can’t wait for a bit of normality to return and for Matilda to properly meet and cuddle her grandparents, great-grandparents, aunties, uncles and some of our closest friends.