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Susan Peterson visits her son, Kaleb Peterson, and his newborn son, Layton, through a window at Emanuel Medical Center on Monday (Photo contributed).

Hughson resident Susan Peterson was so excited that her newest grandbaby would be born near her home so she could be there at his birth — then the coronavirus hit. Peterson said she was very disappointed that when Layton Joshua-Donald Peterson was born at Emanuel Medical Center on Monday morning, she wasn’t able to snuggle her youngest grandson. She was, however, extremely grateful that a nurse arranged for a socially distant visit in a room with an accessible window.

“It was just a maddening day, but I’m thankful for the little glimmer of hope,” said Peterson about the chance to see her grandson through the window.

The nurse snapped a photo of the visit with dad Kaleb Peterson holding Layton and Susan looking through window.

“It wasn’t what I anticipated, but it’s the closest I could get,” the proud grandma said. “It shows what our time in pandemic is like.”