“Skylar, don’t jump up and down on the sofa, Baby. You know better than that.” Sky had just recently discovered how to do it.
Her Gran asked her about Skylar.
“Yes, she usually listens, but today she’s being extremely active.”
Sharlee had been on her feet most of the day. That morning she’d taken Skylar with her to the farmer’s market to stock up on some fresh fruits, vegetables and other staples. That had tired Sharlee more than she’d expected, and now that they were home, Skylar was a bundle of energy and hard for Sharlee to keep up with. To make matters worse, Sharlee was beginning to feel unwell.
Usually, she could call her Gran Kay or her Mom to come and watch Skylar, but she’d insisted that her Gran Kay go out of the country with Matthew. Although Matthew was semi-retired from acting, he occasionally accepted movie roles that interested him, and he also had begun producing and directing. Now he was in Spain producing a movie. Sharlee knew that her grandmother loved Spain, and so she’d assured her that she and Skylar would be fine.
Fall was a prime production time for Alissa’s show, and so she too was busy. There was a virus going around in Skylar’s play group, and so Sharlee was keeping her home. Renee had finished her maternity leave and returned to work. If Sharlee hadn’t been so far along in her pregnancy, it would have been easier for her to keep up with Skylar, but she wasn’t able to move around as quickly.
Noah walked into the house through his workshop entrance which was off of the garage. He’d spent the morning at the dealership helping out the mechanics in the repair shop. That was his favorite thing to do at work. He overheard Sharlee’s conversation with her grandmother.
“Is it possible to have the t-e-r-r-i-b-l-e,” she spelt out the word so that Skylar wouldn’t know what she was talking about, “twos before you’re two? I mean she crawled early, walked early and started talking early.”
Her Gran had laughed and told her that it doesn’t work that way. The terrible twos were still to come!
“Okay, Gran, I’ll talk with you later.”
Her grandmother told her goodbye, and Sharlee disconnected the call.
Noah saw how pale she was, and she seemed tired. He’d intended to go back to the dealership after lunch but decided that he’d better stay home for the rest of the day.
“Just let me rest for a few minutes, and then I’ll fix lunch. I’m not feeling very well right now.”
“Sharlee, you should have called me. I would have come home.”
“I know you would Honey, and if I’d started feeling worse, I would have called you. It’s just one of those days. It’s not anything serious, but I’m glad you’re here.”
Skylar was hanging upside down off of the edge of the sofa.
“Babe, why don’t you go into the bedroom and lie down? We’ll let you know when lunch is ready.”
“That’s a good suggestion.”
“How about some soup too, Skylar?”
Noah laughed and heated up some soup on the stove.
Sharlee got up and took Sky’s hand and went out to the dining room.
When she was finished playing, Noah took her out front to ride on her tricycle. He knew she’d be tired out and ready for her nap when they went back inside the house. He looked around the yard. They still had more landscaping to do outside and interior decorating to do inside the house, but they had wanted to move in before the baby’s arrival.
Sky was extremely pleased to see that she could go faster than she had the last time she’d ridden her tricycle. Sharlee had returned to bed and relaxed reading a book. She was already starting to feel better.
The cat meowed and Skylar smiled happily. She hugged Zoe to her and then held her up to Sharlee.
Valerie spoke with Noah.
“I know I said that I’d come after the baby was born, but yesterday when I spoke with Sharlee, she sounded so tired that I thought it would be better to come now. I remember how difficult it was to be eight months along and have a toddler to look after. On the spur of the moment I thought I’d come and surprise her. I can stay with Leslie and just come over to help Sharlee while you’re at work if that’s better.”
Noah kissed her on the cheek.
A couple of weeks later, Sharlee had been sitting in the easy chair by the window reading. She hadn’t been able to sleep. The cramps had begun earlier, but she hadn’t been sure if it was labor. It was late, and she was tired now. So she stood up to return to bed and a hard pain hit her. She had no more doubt. Even though he didn’t expect any problems during Sharlee’s delivery this time, the doctor had told her to go to the hospital when her labor began so that they could monitor the labor.
Noah responded drowsily. He was surprised that he’d been sleeping so deeply. It was close to Sharlee’s due date and the baby could come at anytime.
Noah got up quickly and helped Sharlee put on her shoes. Her water broke. Sharlee quickly changed her clothing with Noah’s help.
Over the intercom, Noah called Valerie in the guest room. Noah had had a state of the art security system installed as the house was being built. It included surveillance cameras that he could activate and an intercom system. Valerie answered Noah quickly and told him not to worry about Skylar.
“I love you both. I’ll call Alissa and Dale to let them know that you’re on the way to the hospital.”
Noah helped Sharlee stand up and another pain came. Sharlee leaned against him until it passed. They made their way out to the car, and Noah grabbed the packed suitcase that Sharlee kept beside the door now that it was close to her due date.
Sharlee put her hand to the side of her head to calm herself and get her thoughts in a positive place for what was ahead. She’d been to natural childbirth classes, and this time, she felt calmer and more able to cope with the pain than she had during Skylar’s delivery. She’d been taught to think of the contractions as a natural “tightening” in her body’s attempt to deliver a healthy baby.
Noah leaned down and kissed Sharlee on the top of her head. He had attended the classes with her, and he had expected to be calmer too. However, it wasn’t working that way for him. He knew he’d feel anxious until after the birth when he knew that both Logan and Sharlee were doing well.
An orderly led the way to the birthing room assigned to Sharlee. A nurse’s aide came in and helped her dress in a hospital gown. Sharlee sat on the edge of the bed doing her breathing exercises and working through a sharp “tightening.”
Walking around the room also seemed to help make the pain bearable. Noah was right there with her helping her to remain calm, to concentrate on her breathing and wishing that he could do more to help her.
Sharlee’s labor passed more quickly than it had with Skylar. Noah felt extremely humbled and honored when the doctor had him cut the umbilical cord. This time there were no worries about the baby after it was born. The doctor said that he was a healthy pink and breathing strongly.
Soon they took Sharlee and Logan to a different room in the ward where she would remain for the rest of her stay in the hospital, and Noah stayed there with Sharlee and Logan. This hospital still placed emphasis on family bonding with the newborn.
Skylar looked surprised.
Sky smiled at him, and he seemed to drowsily smile back at her.
They stayed at the hospital for three days and then were released to go home.
He started crying and Noah picked him up. Skylar came over to them and wrinkled her nose.
Noah turned his head away from Skylar. He was shaking with laughter.
“Did we send her back?”
“Sky, there are times when you’ve not smelled like a rose either, and we never ever would send you back.”
“I gonna take good care a you, Logan. I glad you here too.”
Noah and Sharlee looked at each other with tender expressions and smiled happily.
Zoe is by CrazySimMary. The house in the pictures was the Mediterranean style house. I had to use the one that was the most finished so that I could take pictures. There will still be a poll to decide if they should live in the Mediterranean or the Modern house. I’m still decorating both of them, but I didn’t want to keep delaying this chapter. 🙂
The next storyline will be about Shawn. They’ve had another nice break from drama, but we know it couldn’t stay that way for long! 😉