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SWFL family has baby, deals with pandemic restrictions

Bringing a baby into the world during a the coronavirus pandemic is enough to stress out any new parent. But a Southwest Florida couple is finding a way to cope despite the stresses of COVID-19 looming over the country.

It’s their first child, and Trey and Kristen Williams wanted to share the birth of their baby girl with those closest to them.

“There was nothing better than knowing we were bringing her into this world,” Kristen said. “But, at the same time, we were just heartbroken.”

Due to coronavirus guidelines, not all of their loved ones could be in the room when Oaklyn Grace was born Sunday. Many hospitals are restricting visitors for the health of their patients.

“You want everybody to see her, and you know it’s hard for everybody to have to stay home,” Kristen said. “So family is a big part, finding new ways. Every day family has met her through our sliding glass door.”

Friends and family also showed their love through a parade of cars, driving past the Williams’ home to show their love and a message to the new family of three.

“We’re not alone, but, given the circumstances, her health and safety are the top priority,” Kristen said.

And of course …

“Bonding with her as much as possible right now,” said. “We know this won’t last forever.”

The Williams say they’re getting started on Oaklyn Grace’s baby book. It will be full of stories.

The Williams say what’s helped them as new parents during this difficult time are FaceTime and phone calls. This has helped give family and friends far away the opportunity to see the baby or let the baby hear their voices.

Reporter:Anika Henanger
Writer:Jack Lowenstein
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