WHEELING - Amanda Inman is spending today, Mother's Day, getting to know her brand new baby girl - Vanessa.
Inman, a Weirton resident, gave birth to her second child at 1:26 p.m. Thursday at Wheeling Hospital. She also has a 2-year-old son, Alec, with husband Matt Inman.
Vanessa weighed in at 6.15 pounds and 19.5 inches long - the same measurements for Alec when he was born. Vanessa and Alec were delivered by Dr. Chandra Swamy, who also delivered Inman and her twin sister, Melissa, 31 years ago.
Photo by Shelley Hanson
Weirton residents Amanda and Matt Inman enjoy their new baby girl, Vanessa, at Wheeling Hospital on Friday.
Inman said her sister is due to have a baby in June.
"She delivered my son and my daughter, and she actually will deliver my sister's baby as well," Inman said of Swamy. "We were the first set of twins she ever delivered. It's pretty cool to me that she delivered me and my children."
When Inman delivered Alec, her labor lasted 18 hours. Labor for Vanessa was much shorter, at 4.5 hours.
Inman said having her daughter so close to the Mother's Day holiday makes her birth even more special.
"I get to share her birthday close to Mother's Day. And my husband now will remember her birthday and Mother's Day," Inman quipped.
Swaddled in a pink blanket and wearing a shiny pink bow on her head, Vanessa slept peacefully in her mother's arms at the hospital.
"She's in sales and she's very good at it, but there's been several times when people have said to her that this is what she was born to do," Matt Inman said of his wife as she held their daughter. "She's told me that this is the most gratifying thing she's ever done."
Inman said after becoming a mom it made her think differently about her own parents.
"It makes you look at it in a different way. I have a great relationship with my mom, but I have a different respect for her - especially being a twin. Not raising one at a time but two - I don't know how she did it."
For new mothers and mothers to be, Inman advises them to cherish the time they spend with their little ones.
"Enjoy it because it goes fast," she said. "I enjoy everything about it - taking care of them," she said.
Matt Inman said he was amazed by how his wife had the energy to play with their son while she was pregnant - even at the nine months mark.
"It's amazing. I think it boils down to that's what you love to do. For me, I have to find another level of energy, I have to amp myself and it just comes naturally to her," he said. "I think she helps me more than I help her."
Inman believes the hardest part of being a mother is finding the right balance between work and motherhood.
"Most moms have to work and I think it's a challenge to work a full-time job and take care of a child," she said.
When Inman was a child, like most girls she enjoyed playing with baby dolls and Barbies.
"When I got older, I knew that I wanted to have at least two" children, Inman said.
Matt Inman said he knew early on that his wife would be a good mom.
"I think I knew from the moment I met her. You could see her with other people's children," he said. "She's a kind person, a selfless person. If those aren't the two most important qualities for a mom, I don't know what are."
Inman said her son appears to be adjusting quickly to having a sibling. When he went home after his first visit with her, he wanted to come back to the hospital to see her again.
"He actually warmed up to her yesterday. He was a little standoffish at first, but he seems to be excited about his baby sissy," she said.
On Friday, Vanessa was among 19 other babies in the hospital's nursery that day.
Happy Mother's Day.