Desiree Alton was up in the wee hours of the Jan. 1, but it wasn’t because she was still ringing in the New Year – or because she was cold. It was because she was hurting.
“I woke up around 4 a.m., hurting,” she said, adding that when her husband, Michael, got up, she filled him in on the “pain.” He started timing the pains, which at that point, ended up being around four minutes apart. “I didn’t know I was having contractions,” said Desiree, who was still several days away from her due date of Saturday, Jan. 6.
The two called the Family Birthing Center at Blount Memorial Hospital, and the staff said they’d check her if they wanted to go in. Desiree didn’t really want to go in, but Michael said they should probably go. Desiree said, “I thought I was going to be going back home.”
But, the couple’s daughter had other plans.
When they arrived at the Family Birthing Center, Desiree learned she was already dilated to 3 centimeters, so she was admitted, got her epidural and her water broke quickly for the delivery of the Alton’s first child.
“We had a baby within five hours,” Michael said. Obstetrician/gynecologist Dr. Julie Turner delivered the couple’s daughter, Charley Nicole Alton, at 5:06 p.m. on Jan. 1, 2018.
“It only took 8 pushes. There was no time to really tell people,” Desiree said. In fact, Desiree’s great-grandfather Ronnie Belcher was told to “kill some time” in his first phone call about the potential for his first great-grandchild’s birth. “The second call was to tell me she was here.”
The couple credits their registered nurse, Amanda, with the easy delivery. “She was amazing,” they said.
Desiree and Michael both said the emotions of holding their 7-pound, 0.7-ounce little girl were indescribable. “I can’t explain it,” Michael said. “It’s unreal,” Desiree added. “She’s like a doll. And when she cries, I just want to hold her.”
The couple will return to their Madisonville home on Wednesday, Jan. 3, and they’ll have some work to do, as the early arrival left them with a few more things to do in the nursery. They’ll also introduce Charley to Fonzie, her dog, who will most likely be “the protector.”
Baby Charley also will get to spend more time being “spoiled rotten” by her grandparents Ricky and Shelia Lynn and Terry and Stephanie Alton, along with her other set of great-grandparents Gordon (John) and Wanda Watkins.
However, great-grandfather Ronnie, and great-grandmother Wanda Belcher, are keeping a close eye on Charley because as Ronnie says, “You know I’m going to spoil her.”