Newborn boy makes mum’s day Lake Grace mum spends Mother’s Day apart in year of COVID-19

Great Southern Herald
Chiara Letter with eight week old Levi.
Camera IconChiara Letter with eight week old Levi. Credit: Picture: Kellie Balaam

Chiara Letter will experience her first Mother’s Day as a mother this Sunday — and like the first two months of her motherhood journey, it will come amid a global crisis.

Her son, Levi, was born on March 5, just days after WA’s first COVID-19 death.

Less than a week after his birth, the World Health Organisation declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic.

At the age of 27, Ms Letter will celebrate this Mother’s Day at home in Lake Grace with a new understanding of what it means to be a mum.

Also unlike any other year, she will not be able to see her own mother due to the State’s regional border closures.

Levi was born at King Edward Memorial Hospital in Perth, before the April 1 regional travel restrictions effectively cut him off from some members of his family.

Ms Letter said it had been a whirlwind start to parenthood for her and her partner, Justin, but she would not change a thing.

“It’s a rollercoaster of a ride,” she said.

“He has only met his grandparents and two of his aunties.

“Living in Lake Grace, we are in a different region to my mum in Albany. She’s an amazing woman who deserves to be showered with love, not just on Mother’s Day.

“It’s sad to think that our families and friends didn’t get to see him as a tiny newborn, but at the same time it’s been nice not having to share him.”

The new mum said having a child was truly a feeling like no other.

“People say there’s this love you can’t describe for your own child, and it’s so true,” she said.

“Within hours of meeting this tiny human being you would all of a sudden move mountains for them.

“There are days where it does seem like there’s no end to the pooey nappies and the milk bar is constantly open, but what else are we meant to do in isolation anyway?

“It’s all the little parts of bringing a baby into the world that make motherhood so special.

“Looking at your baby and going, ‘Wow, I grew that inside of me’.”

With COVID-19 travel restrictions still in place, Ms Letter said she and Levi would spend Sunday on the tractor with Justin seeding this year’s crop.

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