Two Co Londonderry sisters who had not seen each other since before the lockdown had an emotional reunion yesterday when they each saw the other's new baby for the first time.
Despite living just a few streets apart in Ballykelly, Saoirse Costello (30), a special needs classroom assistant, and her sister, Niamh (26), a nurse, have relied on phone and video calls to stay in touch for the past 10 weeks.
During that time, Saoirse gave birth to a baby girl, Fiadh, on March 9 and Niamh delivered baby boy, Reuben, on April 5.
So when Stormont announced people from different households could meet outside again, it was just the news they had been waiting for. Fiadh was born on the very day Altnagelvin hospital introduced restrictions on visiting, which came a few days before Derry went into full lockdown.
It meant both Saoirse's family, as well as her husband Niall, missed out on meeting Fiadh, who is a sister to Sean.
Just over a month later, when Niamh and her partner, Peter, welcomed Reuben - a brother to Elsie - to the world, the Costello family once again were deprived of meeting the latest addition to their clan.
Taking advantage of the easing of the lockdown restrictions, the sisters met up in Saoirse's back garden for a much anticipated cup of coffee and a chat - and, of course, a proper look at the new arrivals.
Saoirse said: "It is so good to have Niamh here and to actually see my new nephew in front of me is amazing, but I want to hold him so much and that's hard.
"We chat every day, we have been sending each other videos and photographs, but nothing is a good as the real thing.
"Reuben looks so beautiful - all the pictures in the world don't do him justice. I cannot get over how much hair he has and I am looking over at him and wondering if I can see similarities between him and Fiadh, but really all I want to do is hold him and cuddle him and tell him I am his auntie Saoirse.
"It has been so difficult being shut away from Niamh, our parents, our other sister and brothers - but not being able to share the births of our new babies properly with each other has been especially tough.
"Before our babies were born, we talked about how good it was going to be to both be on maternity leave at the same time - how we could take our babies for walks to the park along with our other two children, go for coffee and call up to our parents' house - but none of that has been possible. "We have kept to the Government's guidelines because obviously we realise how important it is that everyone does everything they can to keep people safe and I am so, so happy that the lockdown has been lifted enough to allow us to meet up outside, even though we still have to keep to the rules on social distance.
"For the past 10 weeks, it has felt as though we live at opposite ends of the world, even though we are just around the corner from each other, but for now, we are enjoying this."
Niamh said: "It is incredible to see Fiadh, even if she is six feet away and I am so happy that Saoirse can see Reuben. This is a day we have both waited so long for. Fiadh is so long, her hair is so dark and she has the most beautiful big blue eyes, but I feel the same as Saoirse, I want to hold her. The timing of the births of Fiadh and Reuben could not have been worse because no one has been able to meet them properly.
"We still can't go to our parents' house because our mother works in a care home and that is the toughest thing for both of us.
"It is just natural that when you have a new baby, you want their granny and granda to see them, but our parents have only seen Fiadh and Reuben through the windows of our houses.
She added: "My mother and father just dote on their grandchildren, they love it when we all congregate there, so not being able to see and hold these two new arrivals I know is really difficult for both of them.
"All we can do is hope the situation with coronavirus doesn't get any worse, so we can all get together."