We may as well title it, WCW - "Woman Crush Wednesday", because this lady is an inspiration, admired by all of those lucky to know her.
Meet Jaymie January (yes, that is her real name)…today’s Covid in California feature.
And this is Olivia Joy...born August 8th, 2020, just a few months into quarantine.
See below for my interview with this incredible mom, who altered many of her pregnancy plans during this global pandemic:
RR: How has Covid-19 impacted you personally?
JJ: “When the pandemic started in March of 2020, I was going into my 5th month of pregnancy. I was told this time in my life was supposed to be blissful, where family and friends could come together to celebrate new life and a new addition to the family. I tried to be optimistic and was hoping the pandemic was going to surpass in a month or so, but as time went on my outlook turned into worry and anxiety.”
“The worry was for my unborn child…how will this affect her? If I get sick, will I go into preterm labor? If I test positive for the virus during labor, will they separate me from my child until I get better or, will I even survive?....the list went on and on…I constantly thought of questions to ask myself everyday.”
“Unfortunately, things started to change for me immediately. Doctors appointments for checkups and ultrasounds were limited to patients only. Meaning, I could no longer go with my spouse. This continued throughout the rest of my whole pregnancy. My family and friends stayed away from me in fear that they could be carriers of coronavirus and pass it to me. I stayed home 24-7 and rarely ever went outside, unless I had an appointment to go to. "
“Working from home became limited due to the nature of my business (Cannabis Law). I felt like I was in this pregnancy journey all alone. Needless to say, life became pretty lonely.”
“After a few months passed, I was going into my 8th month of pregnancy. The last time I had seen my parents I was barely 4 months pregnant. When I saw them next I had a belly! They decided to take a drive to see me and stayed in the driveway to wave and have a brief conversation. I'd never been so happy to see my family. I remember all of us crying, wishing we could hug each other, but with all the uncertainty of the virus it just wasn't possible.”
“Before we knew it, I was going into my 9th month of pregnancy. My nesting stage soon arrived and I was very anxious and excited to meet our little girl!”
For those of you wondering what the nesting stage of pregnancy is…it’s “The overwhelming desire to get your home ready for your new baby.” It’s the strong urge to clean and organize, which essentially occurs weeks before labor is about to begin.
“Laboring in the hospital during a pandemic was an experience like no other. I wasn't able to have family in the delivery room (only my spouse), and no family members were allowed in the waiting room for the arrival of our baby girl. We weren't allowed to leave the delivery room during our ENTIRE STAY.”
Talk about feeling alone and secluded…
“The hospital had a separate entrance for us. Meanwhile, Covid screening tests were done while in labor, and my doula, who coached me through my pregnancy, was not allowed to be by my side during this very crucial moment of our lives.”
For those of you not familiar with a doula, “the doula is a professional trained in childbirth who provides emotional, physical, and educational support to a mother who is expecting, is experiencing labor, or has recently given birth. Their purpose is to help women have a safe, memorable, and empowering birthing experience.”
Despite all of these changes and letdowns, Jaymie remained positive during her final moments of pregnancy. “This was not what I envisioned for my birth plan, but despite all of this I was still so happy and excited! It didn't bother me that we had to take all the precautions because I knew I was going to meet the best thing that ever happened to me!”
“In all, this experience humbled me, made me stronger, and showed me that I can get through anything with the right attitude and strong will. I knew I had to stay mentally and physically strong for my child, and in return we were blessed with a healthy and beautiful, bright smiled little girl.”
RR: Did you or anyone you know get Covid-19?
JJ: “Yes unfortunately my grandmother got Covid-19. She passed away on Christmas Morning, which was devastating. I also had a few friends and a friend’s father pass away from the virus. “
RR: What specifically changed your personal / professional life during this time? I.E. what daily routine did you have to adjust?
JJ: “I work in cannabis & ABC law. We help clients open retail, manufacturing and distribution businesses for cannabis and alcohol. Business slowed because it a lot of our projects needed to go through the court systems for new business applications and building permits etc…"
RR: Is there a story behind your mask?
JJ: “Nothing out of the ordinary, Just a career driven girl, with all the blessings I could ask for and a beautiful new family.”
RR: What do you miss most about life before Covid-19?
JJ: “I miss concerts! I missed traveling. I missed spending time with family and friends the most.”
RR: What has Covid-19 made you grateful for?
RR: What has been the biggest challenge for you during this time?
JJ: “Going through a life changing moment and not being able to share with family and friends.”
RR: What are you most excited for when things return to “normal”?
JJ: “Giving someone a hug without living in fear of giving the virus to someone I love.
Going to dinner and sitting in a restaurant. Im tired of cooking!!!”
Moral of the story: Have a good attitude. Adapt to changes. Be a good role model for your children.
Jaymie — thank you for being an inspiration to your cute, baby girl, as well as all of those lucky to receive your positive energy.
And Happy (belated) 1st Birthday, Olivia! You bring so much joy to this world! Pun intended.