Nurse reveals joy at holding her son, two, again after 11 weeks apart
Nurse who tearfully reunited with her son, two, after 11 'agonising' weeks apart says she's shocked at how much he's grown - and admits her parents are lost without their little housemateCharlotte Col
Nurse who tearfully reunited with her son, two, after 11 'agonising' weeks apart says she's shocked at how much he's grown - and admits her parents are lost without their little housemate
- Charlotte Cole, 30, of Kirham, Lancashire, took 'agonising' decision to leave son at her parents' home after confirmed coronavirus case at one of her workplaces
- Mrs Cole, who oversees seven care homes, and her data analyst husband Daniel, also 30, are key workers - and George, two, stayed with his grandparents
- They were reunited this week, with Charlotte saying it was like 'Christmas and birthdays' all at once to have the family back together again
- However, she admitted her mum, Bridget, was lost without George in the house
A mother who was separated from her two-year-old son for nearly three months during lockdown says finally getting him back in her arms was like a 'birthday and Christmas' rolled into one.
Care quality nurse Charlotte Cole, 30, of Kirham, Lancashire, appeared with her husband Daniel, also 30, and son George on Good Morning Britain to talk about the family's sweet reunion after 11 weeks apart.
On April 1st, Charlotte and Daniel made the difficult decision to take George to her parents' home until lockdown eased after a confirmed coronavirus case at one of the seven care homes that she oversees.
This week, the couple embraced George again - and told GMB hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid that they couldn't believe how much 'taller and heavier' their son now was.
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Care quality nurse Charlotte Cole, 30, of Kirham, Lancashire and her husband Daniel, also 30, reunited with their two-year-old son George this week. Speaking about the moment they held him in their arms once more, Charlotte told GMB: it was like a birthday and Christmas rolled into one
On April 1st, Charlotte and Daniel made the difficult decision to take George to her parents' home until lockdown eased after a confirmed coronavirus case at one of her workplaces. Pictured: the family reuniting
Charlotte told GMB hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid that they couldn't believe how much 'taller and heavier' their son now was
George has spent the last three months living around the corner with his grandparents, Bridget and Robert Younger, 55 and 65 respectively.
Discussing having their son back home after such a long time apart, Charlotte said: 'It was dreadful. Getting to hug him again was like Christmas and birthdays all came at once.'
While Charlotte and Daniel made alternate daily trips to visit George, FaceTimed regularly and went together at weekends , they could only see their son through a window.
Getting to physically hold her son made Charlotte realise just how much he's changed in the short period they've been apart.
She revealed: 'He's come back and he's saying different sounds, he's taller and he's really heavy - I don't know what mum and dad have been feeding him!'
Charlotte admitted that her mother was bereft without her grandson saying: 'She text me an hour after he'd left saying "I don't know what to do with myself anymore".
During lockdown, the couple shared heartbreaking photographs of their meetings with George but Charlotte said she didn't think her son had been affected long-term by the separation.
'He kind of just accepted it - he's at that young age where he didn't understand what was going on.'
She added that it had been the family's 'new normal during those 11 weeks.'
Charlotte Cole, of Kirkham, Lancashire, puts her hand on the window in front of her two-year-old son George as she visits him
The parents said it had been hard for Charlotte's mother to give George back, saying: 'She text me an hour after he'd left saying "I don't know what to do with myself anymore"'.
The length of the lockdown shocked the couple, they said, as they'd assumed it would be weeks rather than months without George
A playful George climbs off the sofa mid interview with the Good Morning Britain hosts
Mrs Cole and her husband Daniel say hello to their son George through the window of his grandparents' home in Kirham
The Coles say hello to their two-year-old son George, next to his grandparents Bridget and Robert Younger at their home
Mr and Mrs Cole make alternate daily trips to visit George, FaceTime regularly and are able to go together on a weekend
Speaking about when they chose to move him, Mrs Cole said: 'It was an extremely difficult decision to make. No mum would want to be put in that situation - we agonised and tried to put it off for as long as we could.
'Sadly the decision was made for us when I found out that some of the residents and colleagues at the homes were experiencing symptoms of the virus.'
The length of the lockdown shocked the couple and meant they missed George even more than they thought they would.
Speaking while apart from her son last month, Mrs Cole said: 'We anticipated it for a few weeks when the lockdown was first announced but then it was extended twice.'
She added: 'I'm very fortunate my parents don't live too far away especially when you hear about the stories of parents struggling to arrange childcare.
'If my parents weren't here then George would have to be at home which would make me worry more than I normally do. Mum and dad are incredibly supportive. I cannot thank them enough.'
Mrs Cole said it was an 'extremely difficult decision' to move George to live with his grandparents during the lockdown
George waves to his parents through a window at the house while they visit him during the coronavirus lockdown period