Authors Note: I'm so very sorry that I left you hanging like I did. But, as I've said in my previous authors notes on my other stories, I started a new job a few months ago, and between work and sleep, I have had very little time to write. I hope you all enjoy this chapter, I'm very happy with the way it turned out.
Thanks: Thank you CrayonClown for reading this at 4am...I hope you got some sleep afterwards at least.
Song: Never Grow Up by Taylor Swift
Disclaimer: The only thing I own is the name of the baby and the CD that Never Grow Up is on.
It's a cold morning in February, and the maternity ward waiting room is filled with scientists, friends, family, two older brothers, an ex-girlfriend, three excited cousins, a sister-in-law, and a father. They had been there since the previous day when they received the call that Brennan had gone into labor. Each person in the waiting room made their way into Brennan's room to see her for a little bit, but only Booth and one other person were allowed to be in the room during delivery; Angela was Brennan's second choice.
Brennan knew that childbirth was going to be painful, but she still rejected the epidural, going into a tirade about how the woman's body was made to give birth and millions of women before her were not given the option of pain relief. Ten hours into labor, she was beginning to regret her decision but was told by her doctor that it was too late to do anything since she was already eight centimeters dilated.
Booth is holding her hand and wiping the sweat from her forehead. "You're doing so great, Temperance."
Breathing through the contraction she is in the middle of, she shakes her head, "I just want this baby out of me."
"I know, baby," he says, kissing her hand. "It won't be much longer now."
Brennan turns to Angela, "You never told me that it would hurt this bad."
"I'm sorry, sweetie," Angela says, trying to hold back her smile. "But once this baby is in your arms, all the pain you went through to bring him or her into this world is forgotten."
As the pain of another contraction hits, Brennan throws her head back and lets out a blood curdling scream. After the contraction passes, she rests her head on the pillow, "I feel pressure, Ang. I think I have to push."
Angela pushes the call button and a few seconds later a nurse walks in. "She says she's feeling pressure," Angela explains.
"Okay," the young nurse says, and puts on a pair of gloves, "let's see how far you are." The girl smiles, and nods, "I'll go get your doctor, you're ready to have your baby, Ms. Brennan."
"Thank God," she whispers. Turning to Booth she gives him a sleepy smile, "Are you ready to be a daddy?"
Leaning in, he gives her a soft kiss, "More than ready."
Looking up from her baby girl, Brennan smiles at Booth who's been sitting on the bed beside her since the little bundle of pink was handed to her mother. Booth leans in and kisses Brennan and then kisses his daughter. "I told you we would have a girl, Bones."
Brennan chuckles, "Yes, you did." Looking back down to the sleeping little girl, she whispers, "I love her so much already."
"Me too," Booths says, running a finger over his daughters cheek. "She's perfect."
Brennan nods in agreement, "Yes, she is. We still don't have a name for her."
"What names do you like, Bones?"
Gazing down at her daughter, she smiles, "Taylor Rose Booth."
"You're giving her my last name?" he asks in shock. Of course he wanted their child to have his last name, but he was expecting Bones to want to hyphenate Brennan-Booth.
"Yes," Brennan answers, smiling up at him. "I find that I would like to be married to you at some point in the future, and giving her your last name will save us from when we do get married had we given her my last name."
He leans in and kisses her, feeling like he's floating on air. "I love you, Temperance."
"I love you too, Seeley." She hands Taylor over to Booth and says, "Why don't you go introduce Taylor to our family?"
"Alright," he says, standing from the bed. "I'll be back in a few minutes. Who would you like to see first?"
"Parker," she answers, leaning back onto the bed.
Booth makes his way down the hallway to the room full of his family and friends. Angela, no doubt is being pumped for information, but was sworn by Booth and Brennan to secrecy; she was only allowed to tell everyone that Brennan and the baby were perfectly healthy. Booth walks into the waiting room, and all eyes are on him, or rather the bundle of pink in his arms.
Parker runs up to him and smiles, "I have a baby sister?"
"Yeah, bud," Booth says kneeling down so Parker can get a better look at his sister, "meet your sister, Taylor."
"She's perfect, Seeley," Cam says, hovering over Parker.
Booth nods, "Thanks, Camille, we think so too."
"Can I hold her, Dad?" Parker asks, gently holding one of Taylor's hands, and smiling as her little fingers grip his bigger one.
"I think Bones wants to see you hold her for the first time. We'll head back to the room in a few minutes once everyone sees her, okay?"
Parker nods, and Booth rises. Max walks up to Booth and puts his arm around his shoulders, getting a better look at his newest granddaughter. "She looks just like Tempe," he comments.
Booth nods, "She's beautiful."
Booth looks down at Parker before he opens the door to Brennan's room. "Listen, Parks, Bones is in a lot of pain, so don't jump on her. Be gentle with her, okay?"
"I promise, Dad," Parker says, then smiles, "Can I please go in now?"
Booth nods, "Yeah, go ahead."
Parker opens the door to Brennan's room, and the woman turns her head and smiles at the young boy. He smiles back, and rushes to her bed, and leans in softly for a hug. "What do you think about your sister, Parker?"
He smiles at Brennan, "She's pretty just like you. I think I'm going to like being a big brother."
"You'll be a wonderful big brother, Parker," Brennan says, and smiles as Booth places their daughter in her arms. Looking back to the younger Booth she asks, "Would you like to hold her?"
"Can I?" he asks, his eyes lighting up with excitement. "I promise I'll be very careful."
"I know you will," she agrees.
"Alright," Booth says, "Get up there with Bones, but be careful." Once Parker is in a comfortable position Brennan hands the baby girl over to her big brother. Placing her arm around Parker's shoulders, Brennan watches as he holds his sister for the first time. Booth takes this moment to grab his camera to snap a photo that will hold great memories to them all.
Parker looks up and smiles at Bones, "I think she likes me!"
Bones smiles and gives a small laugh, "She adores you, Parks."
He nods, and turns his attention back to his little sister, he leans in and softly kisses the little girls forehead. "I love you, Taylor."
Brennan looks up and meets Booth's eyes; they both smile at each other. No words have to be spoken; there is enough love in the room that its presence speaks volumes.
The first few days of Taylor being home were filled with visiting family members and friends. Angela was kind enough to bring the new family dinner from the diner and Wong-Fu's as they were adjusting to life with a newborn.
Jared and Padme came over for a few hours, as well as Russ, Amy and their girls. Parker helped Angela put the finishing touches on baby Taylor's room; although Angela knows that Taylor will be sleeping in Booth and Brennan's room for the first few months, she wanted to be as helpful as she could for her friends.
After their friends and family had gone home for the night, and Parker had gone to bed-he was too excited about the baby to go home with Rebecca, so she said she could stay with his Dad-Booth and Bones begin to get ready for bed.
Their new routine consists of Booth showering and putting on his pajamas while Brennan feeds Taylor. After Booth's ready for bed, he changes Taylor's diaper and gets her in her pink sleeper while Brennan goes through her nightly routine.
One thing that has made Booth happy beyond words is that Brennan agreed to let him do a nightly prayer with Taylor as well as christen her to his church. While she doesn't believe in a higher power, she knows how important Booth's faith is to him, and how he follows certain rules that make him the wonderful man and father that he is. If Taylor grows up to half as wonderful as her father because of church and believing that there is a God, then who is Brennan to deny her daughter the gift of faith?
Brennan walks out of the bathroom ready for bed at the end of Booth's prayer. She sits next to him on their bed and smiles at him before she kisses him softly.
Your little hand's wrapped around my finger
And it's so quiet in the world tonight
Your little eyelids flutter cause you're dreaming
So I tuck you in, turn on your favorite night light
To you everything's funny, you got nothing to regret
I'd give all I have, honey
If you could stay like that
Smiling down at her daughter, she puts her finger in one of Taylor's hands, "I can't get over how perfect she is."
"I know," he agrees, kissing the side of her head. "We did good."
She nods, "Yes, we did." She knows that it's pointless to tell him that they didn't have a say in her looks, that it was all the genetic coding from her and him. She leans down and kisses her daughter and Booth rises, placing Taylor in her bassinet on Brennan's side of the bed.
Oh darling, don't you ever grow up
Don't you ever grow up, just stay this little
Oh darling, don't you ever grow up
Don't you ever grow up, it could stay this simple
I won't let nobody hurt you, won't let no one break your heart
And no one will desert you
Just try to never grow up, never grow up
Brennan stands in front of Booth, smiling as his hands wrap around her waist. They both watch as their daughter's eyelids begin drooping, and she drifts off into a peaceful sleep. "I can watch her all night," Brennan whispers.
"Me too, babe," he says, kissing her shoulder. "I can't believe she's finally here. This perfect little person is ours to love for the rest of our lives."
Brennan nods, "I now know what you mean about a love that will last forever. I loved her before she was here; I loved her the moment I heard her cry after she was born. I love her more everyday she's with us." Turning in Booth's arms, she snakes her own around his neck, "I love you for giving her to me."
"Aw, Bones," he mutters, kissing her softly, "I love you too."