NUDGE, NUDGE, WINK, WINK: QUARANTINE BABIES SET TO BE BORN SOON

Did it or didn’t it? At the start of the pandemic back in March, there were lots of smirks and tongue-in-cheek comments about how the quarantine would produce the next baby boom in the U.S. However, think tanks said the coronavirus would produce the exact opposite — a decline in birth as families worried about the economy and struggled to homeschool the children they already had it.

In the Keys, we do things a bit differently. Throw a baby rattle in Marathon and you’re going to hit a pregnant lady. Or, at least, it seems like that. Plus, it’s too much fun to dream up names for this baby boom — “coronials” or, when they hit puberty, “quaranteens.”

It’s an odd time to be pregnant, for sure. Jeanine D’Amico said she’s gone so long without seeing people that the next time she meets them she will be a mother.

“All of the sudden I am going to be holding a baby and some of them didn’t even know I was pregnant,” said D’Amico.

The Keys Weekly caught up with these five to take a picture of the burgeoning bumps and ask some questions.

Devon Beckett
When are you due? April 25, 2021
What are you craving? Fruit, like watermelon
Was the baby planned, semi-planned or unplanned? Planned
Are you having a boy or a girl? Boy
Is this your first child? Second child

Elba Ornelas
When are you due? Jan. 13, 2021
What are you craving? Birthday Cake ice cream from Sweet Savannah’s
Was the baby planned, semi-planned or unplanned? Semi-planned
Are you having a boy or a girl? Girl
Is this your first child? Yes

Jeanine D’Amico
When are you due? Dec. 26, 2020 (which is also my birthday)
What are you craving? Talenti ice cream
Was the baby planned, semi-planned or unplanned? Planned
Are you having a boy or a girl? Boy
Is this your first child? Yes, my firstborn

Kristin Carlson
When are you due? Jan. 20, 2021
What are you craving? Lattes or anything with caffeine
Was the baby planned, semi-planned or unplanned? Semi-planned
Are you having a boy or a girl? A girl
Is this your first child? This is my second baby

Stephanie Zajac
When are you due? Dec. 8, 2020
What are you craving? Chocolate. Anything chocolate.
Was the baby planned, semi-planned or unplanned? Planned
Are you having a boy or a girl? Boy
Is this your first child? It’s my first baby

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