It's a challenge learning how to be a parent to a newborn - one made even harder when you throw a major health crisis into the mix.
Port Macquarie resident Emma Dykes and husband Aaron Pisani welcomed their son Ryder into the world on May 8, a time when the COVID-19 restrictions were stringent.
Emma said Ryder is a wonderful baby but he hasn't been celebrated in the usual way that a newborn would, due to additional health risk posed by COVID-19.
The couple have been cautious during the pandemic to ensure Ryder's wellbeing.
Due to the uncertainty around how the pandemic would unfold in NSW, Emma's mum made the decision to leave work about a month before Ryder was due to be born.
As Emma underwent a cesarean section, she said having her mum close by has assisted in her recovery.
The couple have had close family visit but they had to wear a mask, have washed hands and hold Ryder with a clean towel.
Emma said it was necessary to take these precautions in a time where social distancing has become the norm.
Now that restrictions are beginning to ease in NSW, Emma, Aaron and Ryder are planning to visit Aaron's family on the south coast.
However, given Victoria is now recording additional COVID-19 cases and the borders are still open, Emma is unsure if whether their trip will still go ahead.
In positive news, Emma was able to meet up with other new mums at a mother's group which convened last week.
The mothers met in a park and practiced social distancing. Emma said it was great to be able to connect with others.
Emma said the biggest struggle is not being able to share Ryder's milestones with others.
She said during his first weeks in the world, Ryder's features and behaviour have changed a lot.
The family experienced a positive situation when they recently visited a butcher and the faces of the staff lit up when they saw Ryder.
"The moment highlighted what we feel we're missing out on," Emma said.
The couple have praised the staff at Port Macquarie Base Hospital for being supportive with mental health issues.
Emma said during Ryder's first weeks she experienced anxiety but was able to access support immediately.
The family have had doctor appointments over the phone and in person when required.
COVID-19 restrictions at Port Macquarie Base Hospital are being upheld.
One visitor per patient is allowed at a time.
All members of the public undergo a temperature check at the hospital entrance before they can enter.