New Year’s giftPublished 10:33pm Thursday, January 2, 2014
Born at 11:25 a.m. Wednesday, weighing 7 pounds 14 ounces and measuring 21 inches from head to toe, Mallori Alyce Simpson is probably Suffolk’s cutest citizen. She’s inarguably the first new one — at Sentara Obici Hospital, at least — of 2014.
“It’s a humbling experience,” said dad Marrico Simpson, 26, still a little shell-shocked Thursday afternoon as wife De’Ja Simpson, 24, cradled their firstborn.
Mom — “excited but a little overwhelmed” — said the delivery was “very scary.”
After her water broke at 7:15 a.m., she labored naturally until 11:15 a.m., when the baby’s heart rate began falling.
“That’s when I had to have an emergency (Cesarean) section,” De’Ja Simpson said. “Everything happened within 10 minutes or less. It was kind of like something you see on a movie … everyone was running around screaming … but they were able to work as a team to make sure both the baby and I were safe.”
Mom has worked at Obici as a nurse for about six months, making the experience even more special.
If that can be read as a coincidence, another is that the Simpson’s delivering obstetrician was Barbara Simpson — same name, no relation — and yet another, Marrico Simpson says, is that his daughter was born on New Year’s Day right at 40 weeks, without being induced.
“I made a joke that my baby made a ruckus because she wanted to be born first — there were other women laboring on the floor — so she cheated her way out with her little scare,” mom said.
After birth, Mallori Alyce was placed on oxygen and warmed artificially, “but they kept reassuring me,” mom said.
“I got to see her in person at about 7 or 8 p.m. I was nervous, even though I was getting frequent updates. That was a long time to wait to see her and hold her.”
During the long wait, she said, her husband video-called her from the nursery, revealing her daughter’s little face.
De’Ja Simpson said she wanted to name her daughter Madeleine, but her husband came up with Mallori Alyce and, supported by little one’s maternal grandmother and great-grandmother, stuck to his guns.
“I was outnumbered three-to-one,” mom said.
Marrico Simpson, who serves in the Navy while also owning Suffolk barber and beauty salon Cut N’ Shears, just doesn’t want to put his baby daughter down.
Neither does grandma Robin Davis — De’Ja Simpson’s mother — who traveled from Mississippi for the birth.
The happy young couple are looking forward to getting their precious little bundle of joy home, hopefully in the very near future.