As a new normal is created and people continue to navigate the uncharted territory that is 2020, singer Ciara has attempted to get through the year by searching for the “silver lining.”
Welcoming her third child during a pandemic, “it’s a blessing to know that we were able to have a healthy baby and a safe delivery,” Ciara told USA TODAY.
The singer, 34, and her husband, 31-year-old Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, welcomed their son Win in July. “I’ll never forget these times of going to my hospital visits and not being able to have my husband by my side for my ultrasound. Or when we were in the hospital delivering our baby, it was a whole different hospital than what I’ve seen in my previous deliveries,” she said.
It's the couple's second child together; their first child, daughter Sienna, was born in 2017. Ciara also has a son, six-year-old Future Zahir, from her previous relationship with rapper Future.
Ciara says that she doesn’t focus on the negatives. For example, she misses cheering on the Seahawks from CenturyLink Field, but has enjoyed watching the games at home with their newborn.
“I'm like, ‘No stadium? Alright, that’s not stopping the show!’” she says of her new game-day experience. “I’ve had to get up and rock my baby when we’re down to the wire and we get through those moments.”
The Seahawks’ undefeated start to the season has made many in the Northwest happy. And now Ciara hopes to have a similar effect on the globe by lending her platform to “World Smile Day Live.” The virtual event, which benefits the non-profit Smile Train, aims to raise funds and awareness for children born with a cleft lip or palate. According to the organization, more than 37,000 cleft surgeries have been put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“There are starting to become more opportunities for people on the ground to take care of these children,” she noted regarding the surgeries. “To know that (the healthcare) is a possibility gets me excited to be a part of the event.”
Ciara will host Friday’s live stream, which will also feature appearances from Gabrielle Union, Kevin Smith and Christie Brinkley. The event is the latest "virtual" fundraising broadcast to take place this year, yet another nod to the new normal created.
“We’re figuring it out in our own unique way, because the world is still moving,” Ciara said of the various ways in which content has been created since COVID-19 grounded normal life to a halt in mid-March. For her, that meant filming a music video in her backyard for the song “Rooted.” Ciara worked on it just days before she delivered her baby.
“It’s made for special memories and again, the great thing is that we’re figuring it out.”
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Ciara talks giving birth to son Win during the COVID-19 pandemic