‘Today my dad walked over 4 miles to my house so he could see baby Elliana through the window…again.’: New dad urges ‘stay home for the grandparents who want to hold their new grandchild more than anything’

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“This is not normal. This is not fun. This is actually the worst feeling ever – but I know this is temporary.

Today, my dad walked over 4 miles to our house so he could see Elliana through the window…again. This has become a regular thing.

Courtest of Joshua Gillett

It breaks my heart that my dad can’t hold my daughter. However, as you can clearly see on my dad’s face, he’s overflowing with joy just to see her. He only got to hold her twice before the coronavirus locked us down.

I hate that having a window between us is the only way she can see her grandpa – but again, I remember this is temporary.

Courtest of Joshua Gillett

While my wife was pregnant, I don’t think an hour went by where my dad didn’t brag about becoming a grandpa soon.

Now, his granddaughter is finally here and the only thing he can hold are the daily pictures we send him. However, he knows this is temporary.

Even if you aren’t worried about catching it yourself:

Stay home for the new dads and moms who can’t wait to have the world meet their new baby.

Stay home for the grandparents who want to hold their new grandchild more than anything.

Stay home for the pregnant mom and nervous dad who are about to welcome home their newest family member.

Stay home for the greatgrandparents who know time is a gift.

Stay home for all the businesses who anxiously wait to open back up.

Stay home for the teachers and kids who are eager to get back to school.

And especially, stay home for the doctors and nurses who are fighting this head on and would give anything to just stay home and hold their kids.

If this grandpa can resist coming inside and loving on his first grandchild, I know the rest of us can do this too.”

Courtest of Abbey Jeanne Photography

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