Archive for June 8th, 2013

It is not the Taylor way to wait. Our family celebrates birthdays early. We can’t wait until Christmas to open presents. Even Bart proposed to me earlier than he had originally planned; once he got my engagement ring, it drove him crazy until he hopped a last-minute flight across the country to pop the question. Therefore, it came as no surprise to anyone in our family that Bart’s sister, Jennifer, went into labor yesterday, three weeks before her due date.

Jennifer and her husband live in Raleigh and are now a convenient four-hour drive away from us. Since we learned of her pregnancy last fall, we appreciated that we would be able to drive down for the birth, originally anticipated for the first of July. While we knew it could theoretically happen at any time once June rolled around, it hasn’t yet crossed our minds that we should be leaving our weekend plans open and flexible, you know, just in case.

We had already been out for dinner Friday evening and had purchased our movie tickets for Star Trek seconds before Bart’s mom called to inform us that Jennifer’s water had broken. We spent the twenty minutes before the movie started rearranging our (thankfully sparse) weekend plans and deciding when we should leave. Since no one can predict how long labor will last, we ultimately decided to finish our date and just get up super early Saturday morning and make it there by 9 am or so.

We got word that little Taylor M. was born while we were on our way early Saturday morning. She is small, but very healthy and very cute! We made it into town a few hours later, only beating Bart’s parents, who had made the trip from Arkansas overnight, by half an hour.

You may recall our friends Laura and Sujit who also live in Raleigh. They were so kind as to let us drop Murphy off at their house before we headed to the hospital. He had a fun day playing with his doggie friend, Trina, and was much better off than being alone for the weekend. Laura and Sujit also let us stay at their place so we didn’t add to the chaos at my sister- and brother-in-law’s house.

Needless to say, nobody got a lot of sleep Friday night except for Bart and me. After we visited a bit Saturday afternoon, we went back to Jennifer’s house to unwind a bit. I actually went grocery shipping and made dinner for us all and also put together a baby swing that was still in a box (not surprisingly, since they thought they still had three weeks to work on that!). But by the end of the day, I was pretty exhausted, too.

All in all, we are having a nice visit with our family and are enjoying doting over our new niece. We’re very thankful that she and mom are healthy and that we were able to be here for it, something we could only have done after we moved to the east coast. Hopefully we can all get some sleep tonight and be ready for more family time tomorrow!

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