Pregnant in the Pandemic

Was a very unexpected but pleasant surprise! 💖 This is for you our dear baby #2.

At the beginning of 2020, I remember praying in our bible study group that we wanted to get pregnant again. Back in Feb 2020 the pandemic was not so serious so hoping to expand our family was but natural – Grey was turning 2. Considering it takes us a while, it may take us some time again. That was how it operated in our limited minds. But God does not work that way.

March lockdown happened. With months in… and hope of getting the normal life back couldn’t even be seen anymore, it seemed that it would just be us three. Adding another to our family seemed too ambitious and too impractical with the economy slipping. That’s how I rationalized back then.

In the 2nd half of 2020, with the stress of a problematic tenant and so much uncertainties, Jason got shingles, his immune system crashed.

Eventually he got healed and by God’s grace the tenant situation got resolved. In the midst of pivoting and reviving the business, with Jason busier than ever at home packing for the online store, running back home to and from the store, doing quick errands outside and all, a month after and 3 missed days, we received the best news in these dark times. 2 Straight lines.

I cried! How unexpected, how surreal. After 4 years, several operations and alternative treatments to have Grey, what a miracle to be blessed by another one so naturally… so spontaneously despite this pandemic.

Really God’s plan is different from ours, His thoughts and ways so much higher so much wiser, so perfect!

To be honest our dear baby #2… I was flooded with feelings of fear and joy when we learned we were having you. But at the end of the day we surrender to God’s will and remember His goodness, grace and sustenance ever since! How He was so much present then and so much present now.

Though there were some bouts of hesitation and feelings of inadequacy, in God we are confident.

Being pregnant in the pandemic… Is it so different? Is it so difficult during these times?

Yes it is different, 24 weeks in I had only 2 tele-consults with my OB and I haven’t even had physical check ups yet at the clinic. OB gave the option for tele-consult until 7 months in. But strictly by 7 months, I had to go to the clinic to monitor the baby.

I had my Congenital Anomaly Scan on week 24 the earliest (when it used to be week 20).

First ultrasound was scheduled on week 7 and wasn’t that needed weekly except that I had Sub chorionic Hemorrhage again (bleeding) so I had to have ultrasound on weeks 8 and 9. I am very grateful for my ob during these times, my ate’s friend. She was always available despite the busy-ness of medical life.

Mask and Face Shield were basic and essential whenever I went in for ultrasound in a nearby clinic. Before, I remember going to St. Luke’s qc for the scan but now the nearer, the less exposure to a hospital, the better!

In some ways, everything was more efficient. People moved faster in clinics, it was more sanitized. It was all getting down to business. Companions were not allowed in clinics here so it was just pregnant women and you felt relatively safe.

Was it more difficult? Not really!

Riskier? Maybe. But when you’re staying home most of the time what are the chances of contracting the virus? I really don’t know. But I don’t dwell on the virus, its potency or the death it brings, but I focus on God’s sovereignty.

Baby #2 you are part of God’s plan and another answered prayer to us. You are surely a gift of God in these uncertain times. Wanted even before the pandemic, and loved even before we get to hold you. We are excited to meet you when you come out in May! And Greyson who’s been asking for a playmate is so happy to know we’re having you:)