Awww, this made me so happy to read. I had my first baby in October of last year, and to be honest, it was really hard. Everything was brand-new and I was stuck with no help from friends or family and a tough recovery. Even now, though my son is six months old and our daily schedule is much easier, I still feel lonely and isolated being home with him while my husband works 12-hour shifts.
But on the positive side, I'm not distracted by other things I might have been doing were we not in a pandemic; I've learned his cues and his likes and dislikes so thoroughly, and he's completely obsessed with both me and his father (maybe because he only ever sees us?? lol). There is so much good with the bad, and this piece reminded me to look harder for it. Thank you for writing this.