I named my baby after Covid lockdown and dont care what anyone thinks

A mum gave her baby a name inspired by coronavirus pandemic – and has "no regrets".

Jodi Cross had been trying to fall pregnant with her husband Rob for a year.

And as life slowed down for the furloughed hairdresser during the pandemic, she had more time to focus on planning for a baby.

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The couple, from Wixams, Bedfordshire, were delighted to find out they were expecting their first daughter during the second lockdown.

She they decided to call her baby Lockie – short for lockdown.

Jodi, 36, said: "We had been trying for a year to get pregnant and lockdown meant I was furloughed and Rob was working less.

"I think we just relaxed a bit because we had so much more time than we normally would, and then we found out I was pregnant.

"When she was born there was the new strain of Covid coming about – Omicron – so we knew she'd be a lockdown baby.

"So we named her Lockie for lockdown – we really liked the name, and lockdown was a good time in our lives because it was so relaxing."

If it wasn't for the pandemic, the pair may not have fallen pregnant so quickly.

Rob, 36, moved in with Jodi as the nationwide lockdown began in March 2020.

Jodi recalled: "I ended up taking over a little salon during lockdown because I had been on furlough a long time.

"By this point we had been trying for a year and thought pregnancy wasn't going to happen so started to focus on work instead.

"A week later I found out I was pregnant."

The couple were overjoyed – and got hitched in secret when Jodi was seven months pregnant.

Their baby was born last November and they decided to celebrate her conception by calling her Lockie.

Jodi said: "We know lots of people didn't enjoy lockdown but for us, it was a good time. We actually had the best time in lockdown.

"With both of us being home, we had no worries and found it really relaxing.

"We named her after a good time, not a bad one."

While some may judge Jodi for giving her daughter a Covid-themed name, she doesn't care.

The mum-of-one said: "There was a girl who came into the salon whose surname was Lockey at the time we were considering names – and then we got married in Gretna Green in Scotland, where there are lots of locks.

"The primary reason was definitely lockdown, but the name just felt right…

"People might not like the name, but I don't care what they think.

"You never know, other people might hear our story now – and next year it might be the most popular baby name."


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