A mother who named her baby after the lockdowns during the pandemic has insisted she has ‘no regrets’ and doesn’t care what anyone thinks.
Jodi Cross, 36, of Wixams, Bedfordshire, became pregnant with her first daughter Lockie, named after Covid lockdowns, during the second Coronavirus lockdown in 2021, after a year of trying to start a family.
Jodi and her husband, Rob, 26, chose their toddler’s unique name to remember the Coronavirus lockdown.
The mum-of-one said: ‘We’d been trying to conceive for a year and the lockdown meant I was on leave and Rob was working less.
Jodi Cross, 36, became pregnant with her first daughter Lockie, named after Covid lockdowns, during the second Coronavirus lockdown in 2021, after a year of trying to start a family
Lockie is named after the lockdowns that have saved thousands of lives, but many have been sentenced to a much more limited life
Jodi and Rob were in the same class at school, but lost touch until they met again on Tinder in November 2019.
They struck up a conversation and eventually met at a local pub to catch up.
The romance quickly blossomed between them and they began dating – until the coronavirus hit and the country ground to a halt in March 2020 when the UK nationwide lockdown began.
Jodi explained at the time that she and Rob were living separately at the time, so Rob, who has a child from a previous relationship, moved in with her.
Jodi said she and her husband Rob were able to get pregnant because he worked less and she got leave
They started trying for a baby, but had no luck for a year.
Hairdresser Jodi called the coronavirus lockdowns the reason they were finally able to get pregnant because they had more time to try for a baby due to their leave.
Jodi said: ‘I ended up taking over a small salon during the lockdown as I had been on leave for a long time.
“We had been trying for a year at this point and thought pregnancy wouldn’t happen, so we started focusing on work instead.”
Jodi (pictured with newborn Lockie) said her child was named after a ‘good time’ rather than a ‘bad’
It wasn’t until they started to assume it wouldn’t happen that they got a surprise.
She said, “I think we just relaxed a little bit because we had so much more time than we normally would, and then we found out I was pregnant.”
The couple were overjoyed — even surprised that their families secretly married when Jodi was seven months pregnant.
Jodi said the unusual choice of name meant a happy time for them, as she and Rob “had the best time” during the pandemic.
She said: ‘We know a lot of people didn’t like the lockdown, but for us it was a good time.
The family is happily together and the couple even secretly married when Jodi was seven months pregnant
“We actually had the best time in lockdown. As we were both home we had no worries and found it really relaxing.
“We named her after a good time, not a bad one.”
Their daughter Lockie was born on November 28, 2021. Jodi said lockdown was a “really good time” in their lives, despite the pandemic — and they named little Lockie after it.
The mother-of-one said that while it might surprise people, she has “no regrets” about their choice of name.
She said: ‘When she was born, the new strain of Covid came into being – Omicron – so we knew she would be a baby locked up.
“So we named her Lockie before lockdown – we really liked the name, and lockdown was a good time in our lives because it was so relaxing.
“People may not like the name, but I don’t care what they think.”
While some people may think she’s crazy for naming her daughter based on such a rough time, Jodi said she doesn’t care.
The mother of one said people might not like the name right now, but next year it could be the ‘most popular’ baby name
She said “Lockie” was based not only on lockdown, but also on various coincidences leading up to her birth, where the word kept appearing.
She said: ‘A girl came into the salon whose last name was Lockey at the time we were considering names and then we got married in Gretna Green in Scotland where there are many lakes.
“The main reason was certainly lockdown, but the name just felt right.”
No one has ever said anything bad about the name to Jodi, though she admitted it’s possible people have done this behind her back.
She said, “People may not like the name, but I don’t care what they think.
“You never know, maybe other people are hearing our story now — and next year it might just be the most popular baby name.”