For most new moms, waking up at all hours of the night is a tough adjustment. For NBC 5 meteorologist and traffic reporter Samantha Davies, that’s just an average workday. In January, the Plano resident gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Anna-Sophia. We caught up with Samantha to hear about her biggest assignment yet: motherhood.
Did you always want to be a mom?
My husband and I both always wanted to be parents. When the time was right, we were lucky enough to get pregnant naturally and when we wanted.
Any pregnancy woes?
My pregnancy was easy. I was so thankful for that. With my hours working early, I was so afraid of morning sickness. But I didn’t really have any. My first trimester was during all that flooding in May, and I was working long hours. I was so exhausted during that. At about 32 weeks, my endurance started to go down, so I stopped pushing myself and started slowing down. I never got to that uncomfortable point. I loved being pregnant when I got that perfectly round belly.
What was your experience like working through your pregnancy?
It was good. Anything I needed, work was really supportive. I wake up so early that not having caffeine was tough. I cut it out completely and that was definitely the hardest part. That and getting enough sleep in the beginning.
Did your delivery go according to plan?
It was not as bad as I expected. They induced labor the day before my due date. I was in labor for 10 hours. I was sitting in the hospital all day trying to figure out what to do. I watched a lot of TV, and my husband brought me a lot of magazines. After I started pushing, it was all a blur. There’s an old wives’ tale that if you have heartburn, your baby will have a lot of hair. That was true for me!
The hardest part was recovery. Getting off pain meds and getting moving again. Everyone says hormones are crazy during pregnancy, but for me they were crazy after. On top of that, learning how to breast-feed was tough. It took her a couple weeks to get the hang of it.
Tell me about seeing Anna-Sophia for the first time.
When she first came out, I remember the doctor saying that she has a full head of dark brown hair. I didn’t see her for about 10 to15 minutes because they cleaned her up, so my husband saw her first. [Chokes up] He said she was the most beautiful thing he had ever seen. Seeing his reaction was so sweet. I’m sorry I’m tearing up. These hormones! Then they put her on my chest. She had this sweet little whimper. I don’t know what I pictured, but I didn’t expect her to have so much hair.
Expectations aside, how’s motherhood?
I didn’t realize how much you could love your daughter or how much your parents love you. Nothing else matters like it used to because she’s the center of our world.
Now that Anna-Sophia has joined the family, how has your marriage evolved?
She has brought us a lot closer. We were always a team, but now even more so. We work together really well. I look at my husband with our daughter and it makes me love him even more. Seeing him like this adds a whole new element to our relationship.
When did it really hit you that you’re a mom?
After we left the hospital and walked into the front door of our house. Knowing that no one was there to help us and that it was just the three of us made it real.
Any thoughts on work/life balance?
Hopefully, life will still be easy [when I go back to work]. My hours give me a lot of flexibility. I’m away at night but home most of the day. My schedule should be great for motherhood as long as I can squeeze in a nap. I usually get to work around 2:30am and I’m home by 10am. My husband goes into work around 8am. So we have child care for a couple hours in the morning, then I’ll be home with her all day.
Is one the magic number?
We would like more children. We love her so much, so we definitely want her to have a brother or a sister.