Kelly Bonacci said she believes that her daughter, Randi Teamann, now truly understands what a mother’s love is.
Teamann will celebrate her first Mother’s Day as a mother on Saturday with her family. She gave birth to her first child, Charli Kate, on Wednesday at Texoma Medical Center in Denison.
“On Sunday, it is going to be all about her — hands down,” Bonacci said. “I am so proud of my daughter. She did so good.”
From one mother to another, Bonacci’s advice for Teamann is to hug and kiss her daughter all the time.
“Do not put her down because as soon as you do she will be 32 years old having her own baby,” Bonacci said. “In the blink of an eye, she’ll be grown.”
Bonacci said that seeing her daughter give birth was a hard experience to watch.
“I have given birth twice, but watching my baby do this was completely different,” she said. “It was hard. I was crying even before she started pushing. She was sick the whole time and I just couldn’t wait.”
Teamann said that this week was rough for her.
“Today I’m feeling pretty good,” she said on Thursday afternoon. “I feel like a new person.”
For nine months, Teamann had heartburn and morning sickness.
“There are not words to describe what Mother’s Day means to me this year,” she said. “It is awesome. It is the best gift.”
Charli Kate has her mother’s nose, mouth and chin.
“My first thought after she was born was, ‘Holy crap, I just did that,’ Teamann said. ‘I did not know if I was going to do it or not. So I was totally relieved that I did it.”
One of the best parts of the morning after giving birth for Teamann was waking up without heartburn and without nausea.
“That was the first time in nine months,” she said. “It is still pretty surreal though. I am still in shock that I have a baby. I can sleep on my stomach. You do not think about those things until you cannot do it anymore.”
Teamann looks forward to watching her daughter grow.
“I am still in awe of her,” she said. “I told the nurses that I was going to take a little nap. They came back in a little while later and were like, ‘Randi you are not sleeping.’ I was just staring at her, watching her sleep. “
For the next 12 weeks, Teamann will stay at home with her daughter. Then she will go back to work as a labor and delivery nurse at Texoma Medical Center.
“I kept saying all day long that this is just weird,” she said. “I am on the wrong side of the bed here. I think this will just improve my nursing because I have been through it. I can relate to the good, the bad and the ugly.”
That is not the only thing that Teamann will be able to relate to. Bonacci said Teamann will now know what her mother went through when she was raising her.
“When they are dealing with the terrible twos or a teenager and slamming their doors, it was all worth it,” Bonacci said. “She will see what I was going through. She’ll get it. You worry about them all the time. It doesn’t matter if they are little or grown. You worry about your kids. Realization — real life — is the best lesson of all.”
For other new mothers, Teamann advises women to cherish all the moments leading up to motherhood.
“Soak it all up, even the bad parts,” she said. “There is nothing like this.”