Shepparton News

FREE TO ENJOY FATHER’S DAY

LITTLE LEVY AND FAMILY OUT OF QUARANTINE JUST IN TIME TO MAKE FIRST DAD’S DAY EXTRA SPECIAL

- By DARREN LINTON

Little Levi Gray has spent most of his short life in lockdown, first in the special care nursery at Goulburn Valley Health and then again when his father Jeremy was potentiall­y exposed to COVID-19 in Shepparton.

Yesterday, they were both out of mandatory quarantine and sharing their first Father’s Day together.

Jeremy, a hospitalit­y worker, has been working limited hours because of COVID-19 restrictio­ns, but has welcomed the opportunit­y to spend more time with his wife Lauren and baby boy.

‘‘It (lockdown) has been great, otherwise I would have been working 60 hours a week, so I have really enjoyed it,’’ he said.

Levi is the Grays’ first child, and something they had been hoping for since they married a decade ago.

‘‘He’s awesome, he’s growing, eating, sleeping and all the things he should be,’’ Jeremy said.

‘‘Most of the time he’s super chilled and happy, It is fantastic, it is still a bit surreal.’’

Jeremy isn’t sure what he will tell Levi about the world he was born into, other than that it had been ‘‘turned on its head’’ by a global pandemic.

The love and care they received from GV Health during and after his birth, and the support they have had from the community has left Jeremy feeling content and positive about the future despite the challenges of the pandemic.

‘‘What has been very apparent to me during the whole COVID process is the importance of the village around you, having that village to help makes it so much easier,’’ he said.

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Pictures: Rodney Braithwait­e Moments to cherish: Jeremy and Lauren Gray with their new-born son Levi on Father’s Day. (Inset) Levi is oblivious to the world’s problems.

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