I delivered my baby boy on February 27th, 2020 and literally 2 weeks later the world changed. We were officially in a pandemic. When I first heard those words I honestly didn’t know what to think. However, the severity of it soon started to kick in once places of business started to close. On top of that we all were recommended to social distance. Having a newborn and being stuck in the house is one thing, but now I couldn’t be around other family members and friends outside of my house. I especially missed the presence of my mother being around. She was very involved when my daughter was a newborn and I was hoping it would be the same for my son. But, with the ongoing pandemic it wasn’t the same. I was blessed to have the help of my husband. He took a couple of months off from work and that was a huge help. Without him it would be much more challenging to manage a newborn and four year old by myself.
Nearly all of my maternity leave was spent in the pandemic. That’s definitely not how I imagined it to be. However, I will say some good came from it. I spent quality time with my family nearly every day of the week. Normally I and my husband are always busy, but the pandemic slowed us down. I’m also grateful that during the height of the pandemic I wasn’t on the frontline. It would have been very stressful being pregnant and working with COVID patients. Not only would I be putting myself at risk for exposure, but also my child. So, God definitely knew what he was doing by not having me there during the end of my pregnancy.
I’m now at the end of my maternity leave and will be returning to the ER in just a few days. Of course I still have many concerns, but I will do everything I can necessary to remain safe. As said before I’m so thankful to every single person that has been on the frontlines. Whether you work at a grocery store or in a hospital you’re making a difference. As we move further into the summer let’s all continue to do our part by continuing to social distance, washing our hands, and wearing a mask when appropriate. I pray you all be safe. And just a reminder that were all in this together! Better days are yet to come.
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