By Jason DeRusha

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As Minnesotans enter their ninth month of isolation and social distancing, the first babies of the COVID-19 era are being born.

One of these babies is Ivy Elisabeth Kennealy, who was born on Black Friday at United Hospital in St. Paul to Jocelyn and Brendan Kennealy.

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“A real doorbuster,” her mother joked, adding: “She’s been perfect, she’s been great.”

Her father told WCCO This Morning that the couple’s “quarantine project” has been solely focused on having a child safely during the global pandemic.

“We figured gestating would pass the time, so why not?” Jocelyn Kennealy said.

To other couples facing a similar situation, she offered this advice: “Hunker down. It’s a hard time to have a baby. It’s a hard time to have something so fun and exciting and not be able to share it in the way that you want to.”

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To learn more about Ivy Elisabeth’s birth, visit Brendan Kennealy’s Medium article.

Jason DeRusha