I was so excited towards the end of my pregnancy becoming a first time mum I had made plans to join a mother’s group, attend rhyme time at the library, go to bring your baby sessions at the cinema and just generally embrace motherhood. I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and the first 2 weeks were intense and overwhelming in our baby bubble. But that was just the start… my husband went to the shops and we realised panic buying had started no toilet paper, newborn nappies, maternity pads everything was sold out. My in laws were due to fly out from the UK to give me a hand when my husband went back to work. They unfortunately couldn’t fly out due to lockdown so have only met their grandchild via FaceTime and who knows when they’ll be able to come. With all this happening I became scared to leave the house and when restrictions finally started to lift I had been in the house for 2 months with a baby with no visitors. Mother’s groups and rhyme time were canceled drs appointments were done on the telephone my plan for motherhood had been crushed. Fortunately once restrictions started lifting I pushed myself to get out contact friends for a socially distance coffee and slowly started to get used to leaving the house with a baby. Last week mother’s group started and I’m really excited to meet other mums and discuss our experiences. I’ve extended my maternity leave by a few months so I can do the activities I planned and also I’m really enjoyed being a mum. Being in the baby lockdown bubble had some positives too. It gave me time to work out a routine and bond with my baby. I hope other mums who had lockdown babies are getting out and about a little now and adapting there plans for motherhood.

Posted anonymously, 8th August 2020

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