A fun look into the lives and lifestyles of some of our favorite mamas.
This month I sat down with the lovely Natalie Davenport, mama to Anderson, to find out how her life has changed since becoming a mama this year and to hear how she plans on celebrating the holiday season with her sweet baby boy.
Q & A
by Catherine Hill
D - Ok, you have one of the funniest labor & delivery stories ever. Will you please indulge our readers and tell us about the day Anderson was born?
N - On Sunday, May 29th Nathan, my husband, was at a PGA Tournament at the Colonial Country Club and I was out shopping for baby stuff at the Gap.
I decided to visit my parents after shopping. They live an hour away (a lot farther than my doctor said I should travel) but I was sure I was fine because the baby wasn’t due for three more weeks. I was having a great time until I started having pains. I told my family I just needed to lay down and not to worry because I thought they were probably just Braxton-Hicks contractions. Next thing I knew my contractions were five minutes apart and at that point everything my doctor previously told me had gone out the window. I thought we could drive to the hospital, but my family knew better and they called 911 instead.
As soon as the operator heard about how close my contractions were, she started giving my stepmom instructions on how to deliver the baby. The woman on the line said we needed clean blankets, towels, a clothespin, and a phone to use as a timer. She then told my stepmom I had to take off all my clothes and I stopped her and said there was no way that was happening in this house full of all my family, so we told the operator to get the ambulance there ASAP!
The ambulance arrived moments later and as I was being wheeled out my stepmom took a photo to send to Nathan because he didn’t believe I had gone into labor. In the ambulance, the EMT told us that he would drive us to Athens because Kauffman Hospital (the closest to the house) didn’t have a labor and delivery unit. I just kept thinking no way was this happening, especially after planning to deliver at Medical City, So I asked the driver “What do I need to do to get to Medical City?” He said we could make it there if I kept my breathing under control, but we would have to turn around if the baby started coming.
I made it to Medical City around 4p.m. my husband, Nathan, met me there and as we were getting settled into our room I realized that he had invited about nine of our friends to join us in the delivery room. At that point I wanted to tell him you don't call people to come up to the hospital until after the baby is born but I was a little preoccupied. My doctors decided to perform a C-section after I had been in labor for 28 hours. Then at 7:15pm on Memorial Day, Anderson was born.
D - Any advice for expecting mamas?
N - First and foremost, try to enjoy every moment you have with your little one. It’s easy to get frustrated when things don’t go according to plan, but these moments often turn out to be the most memorable ones! Building on that, make sure to take lots of photos. They grow so much every day and you don’t want to miss or forget anything! Lastly, don’t doubt your maternal instincts. I can’t even count the number of times they’ve proven right.
D - How has your work life changed since having Anderson?
N - My husband and I both worked full-time at our family business before Anderson was born. I originally planned on staying home, but I found that I missed having adult interaction quite a bit. Nowadays, I come into the office a few times a week with Anderson—he’s already helping out!
D - How does it make you feel to know that when you buy Dondolo clothing you are providing jobs for single mothers in Colombia and giving warm clothes to children in need?
N - As a mother, it warms my heart to know that I am helping other mothers by purchasing these adorable hand-stitched outfits. I have always been passionate about giving back especially when it caters to families. So, helping to create jobs for moms while providing clothing for children who need it makes me feel like I’m doing my part.
D - What are some of your favorite things to do with Anderson right now in the middle of the holiday season?
N - We love to go to the Gaylord to see the Ice sculpture show every year. We also enjoy the vintage carriage rides around Highland Park and this year I can’t wait to see what Anderson thinks about the horses and all the beautiful lights. There is just something so special about seeing Christmas through a child’s eyes.
D - What is your favorite Dondolo outfit and why?
N - I am absolutely in love with all their clothes, but my favorite outfit is the sailboat bubble. It quickly became a staple piece in Anderson’s wardrobe because it is easy to just throw on and he is so cute and comfortable in it.
D - Name one thing you have gained since becoming a mama?
N - The most significant thing I’ve gained is a better understanding of unconditional love. It’s one thing to tell a parent or sibling that you love them, but knowing, without doubt, that the love for your child will transcend every circumstance is a completely different feeling.
D - What is one thing you hope to teach Anderson?
N - It’s so easy for people these days to be unmindful of how their words and actions impact others and so I hope to teach Anderson to be kind and considerate to everyone.