How COVID-19 Impacts Our Growing Family

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Like every family in the world, COVID-19 has impacted ours in a somewhat significant manner.

First, the biggest impact to us is on my pregnancy. I am now on third trimester and due date is on the 2nd week of May. With the way things are going, we expect that I will give birth while the province-wide state of emergency is still on-going. The most concerning thing for my husband is how to support me during delivery while on this crisis, especially with the current hospital protocols developing dynamically.

The second most-concerning issue on our mind is how we can safely leave our 2-year-old daughter while I deliver my second baby. Luckily, our family is all healthy, but in the worst-case scenario, we don’t have any other person that we can rely on to take care of our oldest daughter.

The one silver-lining that we have is that the studies are showing that COVID-19 does not have the same impact on pregnant women and children compared to the other severe cases. But this is not a reason for us to celebrate, especially with the medical community’s current limited knowledge on this problem, who knows what they’ll discover in the coming months.

Another major impact of COVID-19 crisis on our family is that we had to cancel my mom’s travel from the Philippines to Canada. She was initially scheduled to fly to Toronto this April, but her flight got canceled due to the travel restrictions imposed by both countries. Despite the downside of not being able to be with her as I approach my delivery date, we still consider this as a stroke of luck because it would be more difficult for her to be stranded in Canada.

Despite the issues above, I still consider our family to be very lucky as my husband’s job allows him to continue to work from home, and I am still able to continue with my freelance writing. We are also fortunate that our daughter is only 2 years old, it is so refreshing to see her being unaware that the world has come to a halt. She is blissfully ignorant of what’s happening, and this makes it easier for us to handle this situation.

Lastly, the unavoidable delays that occurred with the Garrison Point build – the condominium project from Habitat for Humanity GTA – was an advantage to us because it allowed us to stay with my in-laws while we weather the COVID-19 storm.

Despite what’s happening in the world, our family is safe, healthy, and managing to continue with our daily life. We are weathering the storm as best as we can, and we have no complaints. The best we can do is take it one day at a time and follow the guidelines and advise by the government and public health authorities.

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