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American Idol alum Casey ‘Quigley’ Goode had a rocky start to motherhood as her newborn son was hospitalized following a positive coronavirus diagnosis.

But after two-weeks quarantined in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) together, the mother and son were able to return home on Oct. 7. 

With one week at home under their belts, the 32-year-old singer reflected on the hardest parts of seeing her son attached to ‘cords’ and their ’emotional’ homecoming in an interview with People.

Other side: Casey 'Quigley' Goode reflected on her son Max's battle with COVID-19 at just two-weeks old and their 'emotional' homecoming in an interview with People out Monday

Other side: Casey 'Quigley' Goode reflected on her son Max's battle with COVID-19 at just two-weeks old and their 'emotional' homecoming in an interview with People out Monday

Other side: Casey ‘Quigley’ Goode reflected on her son Max’s battle with COVID-19 at just two-weeks old and their ’emotional’ homecoming in an interview with People out Monday

Casey (who performs under the name Quigley) and her husband Alex Goode welcomed Max on Sept. 14, at the 37 week marker of her pregnancy. 

Their son spent his early days in the neonatal intensive care unit before going home and spiking a fever of 101 degrees. 

Doctors suggested she rush him to the emergency, where he tested positive for COVID-19, and Max and Casey were then sequestered into isolation for the newborn to undergo treatment. 

‘To just jump into an isolation room without having any preparation was terrifying,” Casey said. ‘But I was not, for the life of me, going to be separated from him for one moment.’ 

Though she never showed systems and wasn’t tested for the virus, if Casey left Max she would have been unable to return. 

Diagnosis: Her son Max was born on Sept. 14 and spiked a high fever after being home for a few days. The couple rushed him to the ER and he was placed into isolation for treatment

Diagnosis: Her son Max was born on Sept. 14 and spiked a high fever after being home for a few days. The couple rushed him to the ER and he was placed into isolation for treatment

Diagnosis: Her son Max was born on Sept. 14 and spiked a high fever after being home for a few days. The couple rushed him to the ER and he was placed into isolation for treatment

'The hardest part is just seeing your son ... with all of the cords. He was hooked up to oxygen,' the singer said. 'It was really hard to see how uncomfortable he probably was'

'The hardest part is just seeing your son ... with all of the cords. He was hooked up to oxygen,' the singer said. 'It was really hard to see how uncomfortable he probably was'

‘The hardest part is just seeing your son … with all of the cords. He was hooked up to oxygen,’ the singer said. ‘It was really hard to see how uncomfortable he probably was’ 

‘The hardest part is just seeing your son … with all of the cords. He was hooked up to oxygen,’ the singer said. ‘It was really hard to see how uncomfortable he probably was.’

Despite the hard circumstances the new mom worked to find a positive. Saying: ‘I’m a person who always looks for a silver lining and I just kept telling myself, “Okay, we’re in isolation, but this is a precious time for me and him to bond.”‘ 

The diagnosis came as ‘complete and utter shock,’ Casey said.  ‘But the craziest thing is… I felt this total calm, confident energy wave over my body that he would need that from me.’

Adding: ‘There was a part of me that was worried, but the overwhelming sense of me would not let myself go to a dark place.’ 

‘I just kept wanting to maintain my energy level to calm and secure, rather than panicked, because I knew that wouldn’t have made the situation any better,’ she said. 

Silver lining: Despite the hard circumstances the new mom worked to find a positive since it was just her and Max together. Saying: 'I¿m a person who always looks for a silver lining and I just kept telling myself, "Okay, we¿re in isolation, but this is a precious time for me and him to bond."'

Silver lining: Despite the hard circumstances the new mom worked to find a positive since it was just her and Max together. Saying: 'I¿m a person who always looks for a silver lining and I just kept telling myself, "Okay, we¿re in isolation, but this is a precious time for me and him to bond."'

Silver lining: Despite the hard circumstances the new mom worked to find a positive since it was just her and Max together. Saying: ‘I’m a person who always looks for a silver lining and I just kept telling myself, “Okay, we’re in isolation, but this is a precious time for me and him to bond.”‘

Due to regulations around the pandemic, Alex was unable to join his wife and son in the hospital.  

‘All I could do at that point was to be a rock for my wife,’ Alex said. ‘I knew she was doing her absolute damndest to be the rock that Max needed.’

For Casey, it was ‘hard’ to be away from her spouse, but she was focused on being Max’s only family and caregiver in the PICU. 

‘It was like I was either on baby duty or I was napping. I didn’t have time to talk to anyone,’ she recalled. ‘It was very lonely, but I had Max and I was still riding on such a high from getting to meet him and to be around him. I was just trying to focus on those moments. ‘ 

After treatment and a week of isolation, Casey and Max were sent home for two weeks of quarantine on Oct. 7.

'I felt so free,' Casey said of being home. 'I¿m pretty sure I went into my backyard and threw my hands to my sides and took a big, deep breath of air. You don¿t realize or appreciate how beautiful the sky is after not looking at it for a week'

'I felt so free,' Casey said of being home. 'I¿m pretty sure I went into my backyard and threw my hands to my sides and took a big, deep breath of air. You don¿t realize or appreciate how beautiful the sky is after not looking at it for a week'

‘I felt so free,’ Casey said of being home. ‘I’m pretty sure I went into my backyard and threw my hands to my sides and took a big, deep breath of air. You don’t realize or appreciate how beautiful the sky is after not looking at it for a week’ 

‘I felt so free,’ Casey said of being home. ‘I’m pretty sure I went into my backyard and threw my hands to my sides and took a big, deep breath of air. You don’t realize or appreciate how beautiful the sky is after not looking at it for a week.’ 

She added that she was ‘so relieved’ to have Max home once again. Saying it was ‘extremely emotional taking him home.’

‘One of the most bizarre days of my life,’ she said of the day. ‘I never would’ve anticipated anything like this happening to us. It was a wonderful moment because it was just a massive relief. It felt like we were finally on the other side of it.’ 

The family got through quarantine together, without Casey or Alex contracting the virus, and Max is now almost symptom free.  

‘There are a lot of horror stories from parents that caution you about how hard it is to have a newborn,’ she said. ‘But after going through what we went through in the last two weeks, damn, being home with a newborn is pretty easy! We’ve been enjoying it and trying to stay positive, seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.’ 

'We survived our first month as parents!' she wrote. 'It¿s been messy, it¿s been chaotic, it¿s been glorious, it¿s been tiring, it¿s been magical and it¿s been the most insanely UNIQUE experience of my life'

'We survived our first month as parents!' she wrote. 'It¿s been messy, it¿s been chaotic, it¿s been glorious, it¿s been tiring, it¿s been magical and it¿s been the most insanely UNIQUE experience of my life'

‘We survived our first month as parents!’ she wrote. ‘It’s been messy, it’s been chaotic, it’s been glorious, it’s been tiring, it’s been magical and it’s been the most insanely UNIQUE experience of my life’ 

Alex praised his wife saying ‘Casey’s spirit never dropped. I can’t imagine what she was going through in isolation, being there with him, but she was an absolute rock star. I couldn’t have been more proud of how she handled the situation and how much she must’ve helped Max.’ 

They recently celebrated Max turning one month old with Casey writing on social media in honor of the milestone.   

‘We survived our first month as parents!’ she wrote. ‘It’s been messy, it’s been chaotic, it’s been glorious, it’s been tiring, it’s been magical and it’s been the most insanely UNIQUE experience of my life.’ 

She continued: ‘Nothing I’ve ever experience is quite like it. It has felt like one giant never ending day. The moments of peace are utter bliss, and then there are hours of baby screams where you’ve tried everything and your back hurts and you’re hungry and you just wanna pee quick but u can’t.’ 

Source: DailyMail

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