When Noah came through the door, he was upset because Sharlee had once again forgotten to rearm the alarm after she entered the house. This was the third time in two weeks that she’d forgotten. It wasn’t that they lived in a dangerous neighborhood, but he didn’t feel that it was safe to leave it off when she and Sky were alone in the house. He went toward the nursery and heard her talking with Sky. His eyes widened in pleased surprised when he saw her.
Sky kissed Sharlee on the cheek. She was an affectionate, happy baby.
“I love you, baby girl. Daddy should be home soon, and I need to finish getting dressed.”
Sky giggled and repeated, “Da!”
Sharlee told him, “She’s saying, “Dad!”
Her first word! She’d been talking baby talk for a good while, and Noah and Sharlee always pretended to understand her.
She told Noah, “Don’t let it go to your head.”
She was just as thrilled as he was that Skylar had spoken her first word!
Then she looked down at herself.
“Darn, I meant to be finished dressing before you came home.”
“You don’t need to do anything else. You’re sexy enough just like that. The barefoot look really does something for you!”
Noah took off his jacket and got comfortable. Then he put Sky on the floor and played with her. She was already sitting up and soon she would be crawling. She had learned to roll herself over and had started trying to scoot her body along.
After he gave her a bath, Noah fed Sky her bottle. During the day, Sharlee still breastfed her, but they’d begun giving her a bottle at bedtime and adding a little cereal to it. Now she usually slept through the night. Noah looked down into Sky’s big beautiful eyes and sang softly to her.
He smiled thinking of himself singing! Sky seemed to find his singing soothing and so he did it for her. Surprisingly Dale had suggested it to him after watching Noah trying to get Sky to go to sleep. He’d told Noah that it didn’t matter whether Noah could carry a tune or not. It was the soft, loving voice that comforted a baby and relaxed them for sleep.
Sharlee heard him. “Is she asleep?”
“Yes. Do you need some help?”
Noah took the candles from her and put them on the table. He wrapped his arms around her, and kissed her softly at first and then with increasing intensity. Sharlee returned his kiss, pressing her lips against his, showing him just how much she loved him and wanted him, how much her body craved his.
He never tired of seeing that warm glow in her eyes. He remembered the amazement and the happiness he’d felt when he realized that that look was only for him. She saw the real him, and he knew that she loved him for who and what he was.
Sharlee looked into his eyes. The way that he looked at her always made her feel like he cherished her and loved her completely. He no longer had that sad, lost look that she’d see in his eyes when they were younger before their relationship had become close. Now he was happy and confident. She’d do everything that she could to keep him this way.
He kissed her with soft, loving, gentle kisses at first. Then as their hearts began to race again, their kisses became more heated, showing their hunger for each other. They quickly shed their clothing.
Sharlee touched him, slowly moving her fingers across the parts of his body that she knew drove him wild, and seeing his reaction made her own body even more excited for what was to come. Then they heard a sound on the baby monitor.
They heard it again, unmistakable this time. “Da, Da!!!” There was a whimper at the end.
Sharlee said. “I’ll go.”
“No. I’ll go check on her.”
Sharlee heard Noah talking with Sky. She smiled. Then she heard when Noah was trying to put Sky back into her crib, and she laughed when she heard Sky fussing. She got up and put on a robe. Noah came back into their bedroom carrying Sky.
He had a quizzical expression on his face. He thought to himself, “It really is true that your life changes after you have a baby.” He hugged Sky close and his line of thought continued, “But she’s totally worth it!”
“I told her that Daddy was going to play with Mommy after she went to sleep. She wants to play too!”
They decided to go ahead and eat dinner. Noah held Sky in his lap as they ate. Then after a while she wanted Sharlee to hold her. By the time dinner was over, Sky was so sleepy that she couldn’t hold her head up. Noah took her into the nursery.
When he returned, Sharlee was putting their dishes into the dishwasher, and he sat down on the couch watching television. Sharlee finished up the dishes, and then went over to him. She loved the way his muscles rippled with his every move. Her pulse started racing. She straddled her body across his and said as she kissed him, “I thought we had a play date tonight.”
Noah had his term finals coming up, and Sharlee had already taken hers. She’d cut her classes down to two that she could take online. When Sky was older, she intended to concentrate more on her own schooling to finish the courses that she needed in order to get her degree. She didn’t want to lose any time with Sky during her baby years. She felt like for her now, this was the right decision, and she was fortunate to have Noah’s support. He wanted her to reach her goals just like she was helping him reach his.
When Noah came through the door he was excited. He lifted Sharlee up and spun her around. Sky was in her swing, and she laughed. Noah put Sharlee down and quickly kissed Sky.
“Yeah, I think I did, but that’s not the best part! The wife of one of my instructors is going in for surgery on Wednesday. Which is when we’re supposed to take our final for his course. His was the last one I had to take before winter break. The rest were scheduled for today.”
He paused and grinned at her.
“Well what happened!”
“He gave us the choice of taking our exam for his class today or waiting till Wednesday and a sub would administer it. We took it today! So that means that I am through with classes until next semester! So we can fly up to the lodge for the Harley shoot sooner.”
They were scheduled to have a shoot with Harley at a lodge in the mountains later in the week. Sharlee was quiet for a few moments. Then she wrapped her arms around Noah’s neck.
“Noah, why don’t we drive up instead of flying? We can take our time, and stop whenever we feel like it. Gene isn’t expecting us until Friday, and we can leave tomorrow! We’ll get to see the beautiful countryside. I remember when my family went on vacation at the lodge, I looked down through the plane windows and wished that I could see a closer view. It’s early in the season, and so we don’t have to worry about the weather! We can stop at a nice bed and breakfast for the night! Then go on to the lodge the next day. It’s our first trip as a family with Sky, and I want it to be a wonderful memory.”
Sharlee was right. The views of the countryside were stunning. She’d brought fruit and homemade cookies, not wanting them to snack on junk food. She tried to eat healthy since she was breastfeeding Sky.
By the evening, they had decided to stop at a nice bed and breakfast that Sharlee had heard about. For some reason, they were unable to enter the address into their GPS. Their phone GPS couldn’t locate it either. So Sharlee called the Inn and asked for directions. Just as the clerk was telling her the directions, Sky started fussing and Sharlee got distracted. She thought she’d written the directions correctly though. It had started to snow. It began as just a few flakes and then the visibility quickly went down. Noah was driving very slowly.
“Babe, you did say turn right didn’t you?”
They should have seen it by now. They’d been driving down the road for at least a couple of miles, and there was nothing!
Sharlee doubled checked what she had written down. “Yes. That’s what I have.” She had already tried to call the Inn back but they had lost the signal on their cells.
Noah continued to inch along cautiously. He was used to driving in the snow because it snowed often in Bridgeport. However, this seemed like a blizzard and these were winding mountain roads with very low visibility. The sun had already set. Despite his caution, the tires of the SUV began to spin, and they lost traction as the car seemed to leave the road! Suddenly they were stuck in a huge snowbank!
Noah quickly checked Sky. She was okay.
“I’m alright! Are you okay?”
“Yeah. You stay inside with Sky. I’m going to check the damage.”
Noah dug away the snow and checked the front end. The frame of one tire was completely bent in. They weren’t going anywhere in this SUV. So much for 4-wheel drive! The snow was now so heavy that he couldn’t even see the road anymore.
“Have you heard from Sharlee?”