First time mom-to-be

Dear Covid, I found out I was pregnant a few weeks after I got married on 19th Jan 2020. At that time, I didn’t think you’d become what you are today. My husband and I had plans of having our honeymoon before our big move to the states for his deployment. I sold my cake shop because of that and was well-prepared to leave Singapore with a little baby in tow. Little did we know. As happy as I am being a first time mom, you robbed me of ultrasound scans with my husband. Hospital visits are meant to be exciting & assuring for mummies but it has been scary with you around. You robbed me of parties to welcome my unborn child who is loved by many. Grocery visits are a chore now with the long queues and precautionary measures. You’ve also brought ‘rest’ during this time of pregnancy to a whole new level. Despite that, I can’t help but thank you. Thank you for all that wouldn’t have meaning if you weren’t here. I get to fully experience my baby’s milestones every second of the day - his little flutters to big kicks. The people who love me take time to send me little packages of love. Because of you, I’ve also gained a whole new perspective on operating a business from home. I also have developed a whole new level of respect for delivery guys who worked tirelessly despite the pandemic. Despite having little to no income, I now spend more wisely on things the baby truly needs. I’ve also found joy in working out in the comfort of my own home. Most importantly, because we aren’t able to travel to the states in the time being, you’ve allowed me to spend more time with family and friends. Time I wouldn’t have if you weren’t here. I hope I’ll never experience a pregnancy in such circumstances in my lifetime again but I’ll remember to tell my baby that he was lucky to have brought life in a time of uncertainty and death.