As of today, all my children are in the double digits. Our youngest, Natalie is 10 today.
My water broke at 3 a.m. and after I finished convincing my husband that I had NOT peed the bed, we called Grandma to come watch Noah. We arrived at the hospital about 5:30 a.m. and Natalie was born just seven hours later.
Not to be outdone by her brother’s dramatic birth, Natalie gave us a few fits as well. I ended up on oxygen during the latter half of the delivery. The actual birth was pretty smooth but then after we had held her for a few minutes and the nurses had her again to scrub her down and do vitals my mom recognized that she was not breathing well. I couldn’t hear it, but my mom could tell that she was retracting when she breathed. She had just said “She doesn’t sound good” when the nurse mentioned something as well.
So true to my standard fashion, my child was whisked away to the nursery.
Thankfully it didn’t turn into anything too major though her oxygen levels were lower than they liked for about 18 hours.
She then developed jaundice and was a lovely orange color when they let us go home with follow up visits planned to our pediatrician. Her jaundice was bad enough that she spent the first week of her life with a “bili blanket” – basically a small ultraviolet light/pad that we stuck in the blanket she was swaddled in. She our own little glow worm.
Today she still glows, but all on her own. She has the brightest smile and a sunny disposition that lights up the room. She is a social butterfly and loves everyone. She is the peacemaker and the one who makes sure that everyone is included.
She has a huge heart and would give you her very last dollar.
She’s also quite the writer which you know makes this mom really proud. When she grows up she wants to be a vet AND a writer.
Happy Birthday Natalie!