E: Once Soph had the reassurance from the hospital in writing, we all sighed a huge breath of relief. My work is with expectant parents so I am fully exposed to the reality of what is happening in maternity care to protect parents, babies and hospital staff. Our situation is exceptional and although I did say to Soph that we’d need a plan B & C if they weren’t allowed to be there, it just wouldn’t have been morally right for them to not meet their son as soon as he is born. As long as they are not showing any symptoms on the day, we will be good to go.
S: The other thing we have had to try and get our heads around is that nobody will be able to meet him for a while. This has been especially hard for the grandparents to accept. There have been a lot of people waiting for this baby and nobody could predict a national pandemic would stop them meeting him! But again it’s out of our control and will be so special when it’s safe to do so. I can feel a million FaceTimes/House Party calls a day coming on!
E: One thing that is really important to me is that Mollie, Theo (&James!) get to see baby Smith on his way home. Psychologically, it will be an important part of the story for Mollie & Theo to see that he is no longer in my tummy, but physically going home with his mummy and daddy. We plan to do this by introducing them to him through the closed car window when S & J drop me home. Honestly, you couldn’t make up this story could you!
S: So how does it feel only being a few days away from meeting the baby we’ve been longing for for 6 years now? Honestly the answer is still a bit unclear! My brain has been so focused on ‘not catching corona’ that it still hasn’t fully accepted that this is happening. I have however been told that’s normal for all expectant mums and the excitement will kick in at some stage! My big focus is getting through to the morning of his birthday with no cough or temperature for any of us!!
E: I’m with Soph on the mind being slightly overtaken with thoughts of the virus impacting the day. However, I constantly remind myself of my own advice and tell myself that very soon they will have their long awaited baby boy and my job as their surrogate will be done 🖤