Noel Taylor Smith
born December 20, 2010
6 lbs. 14 oz 20 1/2"
It was a Sunday night, an hour or so after we all got home from Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Our teens were singing for a Christmas program there and just after they arrived that afternoon, they realized that they had forgotten their music! Ben called wondering if I could think of anyone who could make the trip and bring it to them. No one wants to do that drive, so I decided that the kids and I would go. It was great to see the teens minister and I felt good...for a ticking time bomb! Needless to say, we were very thankful that I made it home and got the kids into bed before my water BROKE...again. It was 10:30 and I was having NO contractions, but what do you do? At 10:30, we can get someone to come over, but if we wait for contractions to kick in, we may end up in big trouble in the middle of the night, so we called Nicole to the rescue! With the other 3 it just took a few hours for the fun to start, so off we went!
Nicole snapped a quick preggo picture before we left since I didn't have one yet!
Feeling good with time to spare so, we stopped to shop... at the only store open at 11:30!
then a stop for a smoothie
all tucked in and waiting for something to happen...
...8 1/2 hours later
This was going to be my first labor without an IV!! I have always been Beta Strep POSITIVE and had to have anti-biotics via IV. Side Note: The IV is the most terrible thing they do to a woman in travail!! I hate it with all my being!! Well, my idea of a IV-less labor went out the window when they hooked up the pitocin to kick start some contractions.
(Do you see that honkin' needle and the bulging vein that stung and pinched... I could go on and on! It hurt for a week!!)
...5 hours later
This was taken that evening when Ben brought the kids up to meet their new sister! They were so excited!
(still hooked up to that dumb IV and thus still no shower...ewww)
4 kids!? When did this happen?
Grandpa and Grandma Smith arrived the next day for Christmas!
Sooo wonderful to have 2 of me after having a baby!
Luke's turn for a snuggle!
I could not believe how fast her cord dried up and fell off!
she fits in the sink!!!
Noel loves to be swaddled and no blanket swaddles like those hospital blankets! My mother-in-law was drying the dishes and had this great idea to use these muslin like dish cloths that my grandmother had made me! I happened to have 3 that I had never used before, so now we swaddle her in dish cloths!! They work like a charm!
Snuggles with big brother Ethan
Kate jumps in to steal a kiss!