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“Is he a COVID baby?”  The waitress requested my husband and I this query about our sixteen-month-old son, as he gleefully devoured up a plate of French fries.  We weren’t fairly certain what she meant.

We laughed and smiled and she or he moved on. At least, I believe we laughed and smiled.  At that second, my thoughts was a multitude. With that query, this harmless waitress had unwittingly opened a Pandora’s field of emotion —  trauma, worry, heartache and, in the end, power — that I’d solely simply managed to shut a short while in the past, as issues received again (we thought) to regular.

The new specter of the Delta variant had introduced this all effervescent again up and this poor waitress wrenched it to the floor. 

Vanessa Santos pictured on trip along with her son in Michigan,
(Vanessa Santos)

Yes, my son is a COVID child. He was born in the spring of 2020, throughout the peak pandemic pandemonium. And I’m a COVID mom. There are hundreds of us, possibly thousands and thousands.  We’ve been by means of the wringer, and we’re prepared for no matter comes subsequent.


In my case, which means one other child. Our second little boy is due in December.  As I settle into my second COVID being pregnant — an odd, surreal expertise that I’m certain will solely appear extra surreal in years to come back — I’ve realized that I’ve gained a deeper appreciation for the superior energy of motherhood than I ever thought doable.

The Santos family pregnancy announcement from spring 2021

The Santos household being pregnant announcement from spring 2021

My child bathe was scheduled for March 21, 2020, two days after Gov. Larry Hogan shut down the state of Maryland, the place we live. That threw a wrench into our plans, however that was comprehensible. The world was altering. 

Then our physician knowledgeable us that, as a consequence of COVID restrictions, solely the affected person could be allowed to enter their workplace for appointments — no person else.  I used to be making extra physician visits than normal, as a result of early in my being pregnant that they had detected a hormonal concern that required weekly sonograms to verify on our child.  I used to be already scared that at every successive go to I’d get some life-altering news, and now I used to be being informed I couldn’t have my husband beside me if that occurred. 


The news was full of tales of girls in numerous cities having to provide start alone, or being quarantined individually from their very own infants. Our personal hospital cancelled their birthing lessons. 

Our child was due in May, and for a number of weeks I lived with the terrifying thought of having to undergo the medical elements of my first being pregnant and childbirth alone.

 As I settle into my second COVID being pregnant, I’ve realized that I’ve gained a deeper appreciation for the superior energy of motherhood than I ever thought doable.

My husband is a scientist at the National Institutes of Health and was assigned to the Operation Warp Speed Task Force. His calming presence, information, and steerage stored me sane. But whether or not your associate is a scientist or a welder or an insurance coverage agent, you need them by your aspect as you carry your little one into this world.

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But an executive order was issued making use of to each private and non-private hospitals to permit at the least one individual in the supply room with the lady giving start. My husband was there after I gave start to our lovely wholesome child son on May 1, 2020. 


We couldn’t have any guests in the hospital, and we got here house to an odd airtight world, with associates providing to drive by our home and wave by means of the home windows. I politely declined — it simply appeared too bizarre. After just a few weeks of being house alone, we began permitting guests in the event that they quarantined for the really useful interval of two weeks — however there was nonetheless rigidity in the air.  Could we belief them on their phrase alone?

The unusual summer time and darkish winter of 2021 introduced adjustments to everybody’s lives, and we had been no exception. 

As somebody who’s about to develop into a COVID mom for the second time, I couldn’t be extra proud to be in the firm of so many sturdy, brave girls round the world. 

We won’t let this illness stamp out that the majority treasured of human endeavors — the continuation of life.