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Benjamin’s Birth Story

Sweet Heather was working with the Midwives at the University of Utah Hospital and was hoping to have a natural delivery. Her due date is actually today the 23rd and her birth story did not go any way she had hoped it would. She was told at her 37 week appointment that she was going to be induced for pre-eclampsia. We texted back and forth through out the night once she was admitted and assured me that I wasn’t missing anything and that things were progressing very slowly. I slept though the night and waited for additional updates. Around 8:00AM I said to my husband, ” I think I might run to the hospital and get a few waiting shots even though nothing is happening.” Not two seconds later a text message comes through that says, ” Hey Lizzy, this is Heather’s husband. She has been taken into an emergency c-section and will have the baby within the hour.” I was heartbroken for Heather and her birth plan! I jumped into the car and headed straight to the hospital. Her delivery did not go as she wanted but her sweet baby boy was healthy and strong. He came out screaming and weighing 7 pounds a whopping 3 weeks early! I can’t image what he would have weighed if he made it to 40 weeks! It was a delight working with Heather and her new little family. I am so honored to be a part of this very special day for them. ben1ben2ben3ben4ben5ben6ben7ben8ben9ben10ben11ben12ben13ben14

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 One of the nurses in the c-section snapped these images. Benjamin’s umbilical cord was tied in a big knot! It’s no wonder this little boy made such a fuss making his debut into this world!

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My William is 2!

I can not believe I have a two year old! It feels like yesterday that I brought him home wide-eyed and completely clueless as to what I was doing with this tiny human in my arms! Nothing brings me more joy than seeing him grow and learn! His nick-names are Wil, Willum, and Will-man. A few of his favorite things right now are “Choc-milk” (really anything chocolate)   and screaming “Yeahhhhhhhhh” when he is excited about something. When asked a question his response is almost always “YA! OK!” (in a very short staccato voice)  His favorite color is blue. (Every color is blue to him, we are working on it.) He loves blueberries and calls them “straw blue” because he really likes strawberries as well. He loves hot dogs, mac and cheese, and chicken nuggets. To say he loves his Pa is a major understatement. My he and my dad are truly best friends! If Pa is in the room, that is who Wil wants. He loves watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Doc McStuffins, Sherrif Callie’s Wild West, and recently Handy Manny. He is still very attached to his “blank” (blanket) and “b” (binki) (We are working on those as well 😉 He sings two lines to Frozen’s Let it go. “Let go, Let go, can’t hold back more”  is a rough translation. He is so very helpful with his little cousin Ethan “baby E” who is about 18 months younger than him. I can not wait to see how he interacts with his little brother! He will be such a wonderful little helper! William loves to cozy on the couch and watch a show and he gets scared of the “hoo bird” (which is actually a dove that sounds like an owl in our backyard) I don’t know why he is scared of it though. He is LOVING having his oweies kissed better. (I hope he doesn’t grow out of that one for a long time!) I can’t wait to see the little boy he turns in to!

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Smith Kids Spring 2014

It has been far too long since I got to take pictures of these kiddos! I will always have a special place in my heart for this family! I have loved every minute of watching them grow up!!! Can’t wait to meet their newest brother this summer!