USC Upstate Employee Delivers First Baby of the New Year at Spartanburg Regional

January 5, 2012 at 12:55 pm

By Jenny Arnold

Published: Monday, January 2, 2012 at 8:26 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 2, 2012 at 8:26 p.m.

It was a low-key New Year’s Eve for David and Gwyn Spearman of Roebuck.

“We watched the ball drop and within 10 minutes, we were in bed,” said David Spearman, 30.

Friends had been at their home shooting fireworks earlier, hoping to inspire little Ellie Jones Spearman to enter the world. Gwyn Spearman’s due date was Jan. 5, but David Spearman guessed that his wife would go into labor with their little one about three hours after midnight on New Year’s Day.

“David called this,” Gwyn Spearman, 29, said, sitting in her hospital room at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center on Monday and wrapped in a plush pink bathrobe.

At 3:30 a.m. Sunday, Gwyn Spearman awoke to find that her water had broken. Within about 15 minutes, she and her husband were on the road to SRMC.

Although Ellie is the couple’s first child, and David Spearman was a self-proclaimed “basket case” on the way to the hospital, the couple confessed that they considered making a quick stop at a popular Church Street business on the way to SRMC.

“The ‘hot and now’ sign was on at Krispy Kreme,” David Spearman said. “We should have stopped.”

The Spearmans got to SRMC at 3:54 a.m. Another couple, the woman in labor, came in right after them. The competition to have the first baby of 2012 was on.

“I said, ‘How far along are they? We’ve got to do this,’ ” David Spearman said.

Ellie Jones Spearman is a little winner — it must be genetic, her parents say.

“She’s competitive, just like us,” Gwyn Spearman said.

Labor progressed quickly, but Ellie was being a little difficult. Gwyn Spearman underwent an emergency cesarean section, and Ellie made her debut at 12:07 p.m. New Year’s Day.

Doctors told the Spearmans to expect a 7- or 8-pound little girl, but Ellie is a little smaller, at 5 pounds, 3 ounces. She’s 19 inches long and spent her first night in the neonatal intensive care unit because of feeding difficulties.

David Spearman couldn’t help but brag.

“She’s just the prettiest little thing,” he said. “She’s rosy-cheeked and looking good.”

Gwyn Spearman is sore but was feeling better Monday morning, she said. Mom and baby are expected to be just fine and plan to go home in three days.

The couple eventually got their hot, glazed doughnuts. They also received a gift basket from SRMC that included formula, a hat for Ellie and a baby book.

“This will be a cool entry in her baby book,” Gwyn Spearman said. “We rang in the new year right.”

Early Monday afternoon, proud grandparents John and Cathy Jones, Gwyn’s parents, of Hickory, N.C., came to see their first grandchild. David’s parents, Richard and Nan Spearman, live in Beaufort and were on their way. Nan Spearman was on her way back from California for their birth of David’s sister’s child on Dec. 30.

It was all smiles for the Joneses, who described the feeling of being first-time grandparents as overwhelming.

“We’ve been waiting for her,” Cathy Jones said. “We’re elated that she’s finally here and that’s she’s healthy and strong. We’re looking forward to spoiling her.”