What does a city look like during the corona outbreak? Photographer Annelien Nijland is documenting the daily reality of one-and-a-half metre life. Part 10: Seeing the new baby.

Photo by Annelien Nijland

She was born on Easter Sunday: Féline, Monique and Erwin’s first baby. She weighed in at 3.4 kilos and was 54 centimetres long. After a turbulent delivery, the proud parents finally got to hold their brand-new daughter.

Photo by Annelien Nijland

Unfortunately, the grandparents had to stay at arm’s length (literally). They weren’t allowed into the hospital, so the first glimpse of their granddaughter was on Facetime. And even when she got home, cuddling was sadly prohibited. Although they could go and see the new baby from a distance, it just wasn’t the same as actually getting their hands on her. No amount of low-alcohol champagne, special pink biscuits and festive ‘nappy cakes’ in cellophane made up for missing those first cuddles.

Photo by Annelien Nijland

Now for the million-dollar question: when can you safely hand your little bundle of joy to granny and gramps? After serious consultations and risk analyses, it was decided that a ‘lap swapping day’ would be organised shortly. Grandparents will have to hide their soppy smiles behind face masks, but that won’t spoil anyone’s fun. And Monique and Erwin are loving every single day. Erwin is at home anyway because of the corona pandemic, so the timing is perfect. You certainly won’t catch him complaining about obligatory paternity leave.