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Dad-To-Be Pulls Out All The Stops To Cheer Up His Wife In The Hospital

Husbands everywhere take note! When he couldn't be with his pregnant wife who was in the hospital, he brought the romance to her.

Being pregnant any time has its ups and downs, but expecting a baby during Covid-19 comes with a whole new set of challenges.

Bob Conlin and Shona Moeller know this well. Shona is 29 weeks pregnant, and due to some health issues, she has been staying at a hospital in the couple's hometown of Chicago as she waits for their first child to be born.

"On March 23rd, Shona's water broke at 5 months into her pregnancy," Bob told Bored Panda. "She had what's called a preterm premature rupture of membranes, or PPROM."

The couple was told that the baby (who they plan to name Forest) had less than a 1% chance of surviving, but after a few weeks of Shona being on bed rest, the doctors considered the baby viable and admitted her to the hospital.

Bob Conlin and Shona Moeller are expecting their first child together. Bob Conlin/Facebook

Because of the coronavirus, hospitals are not allowing outside visitors, which has made the situation even more stressful for the couple. But, despite the restrictions, Bob has come up with a solution to be with his wife and son-to-be as much as possible.

"We were both just sobbing and I was thinking, how could Shona possibly be going through this without me by her side?" Bob said. "It was really sad and scary, but we just focused on the baby and tried to make the best of the situation."

The expectant father started bringing food from the couple's favorite restaurant and setting up a table decorated with candles and flowers on the grounds of the hospital, about 40 feet below his wife's window. Then, the couple chats via FaceTime as they enjoy their meal together.

The couple communicates using Zoom and FaceTime when they meet for their social distance "date nights." Bob Conlin/Facebook

Bob also brings signs to the date nights to hold up for his wife that read, "You are beautiful," and "I love you."

"In this time where I'm by myself, every gesture feels so monumental and lovely and sweet," Shona said of the first date night with her husband. "It felt like he had traveled the world to come see me because it meant so much."

Bob and Shona make signs to show each other during their social distance "date nights." Bob Conlin/Facebook

The couple, who both have careers as relationship coaches, has been updating their Facebook pages as Shona's due date approaches, and they've started a GoFundMe page to offset the costs of their hospital bills.

"The outpouring of love and support from our family, community, and clients has helped a lot," Bob said. "Sharing our story, our love and hope have given us that love and hope right back."

Bob and Shona are extremely grateful for the nurses and other staff members that have been caring for her and Forest. Bob Conlin/Facebook

When Forest does arrive, Bob will be allowed in the delivery room with his wife, a moment he says will make all of their struggles worthwhile.

"My unborn son is a better coach than I am," Bob wrote in a recent Facebook post. "And he hasn't even set foot on planet earth yet."

After some serious complications during Shona's pregnancy , the couple is anxiously awaiting the arrival of their son, Forest. Bob Conlin/Facebook

How can you start something good?

You can be a part of this amazing couple's story by contributing to their GoFundMe page. You can also check out the couple's podcast, Why Your Relationships Suck?, about creating strong relationships with courage and heart.

Why not take a page from Bob's devotion to his wife, and do something special for someone you care about who may be struggling because of the pandemic. Cook a favorite meal, bake their favorite cookies, even something as simple as a card that says I love you and I care can make a big difference!

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