BUFFALO, N.Y. — The arrival of little Luke Gullo at Mercy Hospital on Saturday came as a pleasant surprise to second-time mom Stephanie Gullo.
"He was actually due the 20th. He came a little early so he was my early Mother's Day present. It was a big surprise. We were expecting at least another week," said Gullo.
Stacy Conti said the third time's the charm with James Daniel.
“Absolutely thrilled. From the beginning, we'd said he'd come right around this time,” Conti said.
Both mothers were lucky to be at Mercy over Mother's Day weekend as hospital staffers honored moms with roses, cheesecake, and an afternoon reception on Sunday.
They weren't the only ones celebrating. Nurses and midwives in labor and delivery said Mother's Day is a special time for them, too.
"It's hard to be away from my children on Mother's Day but I love being here on Mother's Day. To be here at a time where there are new mothers all day long and we get to experience that with them, it's such a gift,” said midwife Sharon Nisengard.
Nisengard said Mercy engages mom and baby in what they call "skin to skin" contact immediately after birth as a way to connect the new duo even more.
"Instead of getting wrapped up in a blanket and going to a warmer, they actually put the baby right on the mom,” Nisengard said. “Keeps the heat a perfect temperature for the baby and promotes the bonding of the mom and baby right away."
Bonding was a top priority for Conti, who has to stay at Mercy for a little longer but will spend her time with her husband, daughters, and little James. Gullo, however, requested an early release to debut her Mother's Day present.
"We'll go meet the rest of the family today but we're just excited to go home and spend our time as a new family together,” said Gullo.