narrated by Benjamin Andersen
We bought our first home, and that was my requirement before we started our family. I didn’t expect Grace to get pregnant on the first try, but should have known that fertility runs in her family after Nicole had Lily-Mae at thirty-nine.
I tend to keep my opinion to myself when it comes to Grace and her family. When Grace opened Salon Sisters and went into business with Emma, I didn’t think it was the wisest choice, but I knew Grace could handle it. With the budding business, she still babysat Lily-Mae for free. Nicole whined enough about her own obligations to Zoe-Gen, that Grace felt guilty and accepted.
I work long hours at the firehouse, and if Grace is happy, then I don’t have any reason to complain. At least until now.
She insists that she is perfectly capable, but we both know that the boys are rowdy. Given that it’s unseasonably cold, they aren’t outside enough to wear them down.
Add to it, that Murphy has bitten Zilla three times now, and we are both concerned that he will bite the new baby.
Grace can’t discuss the idea of not having Murphy around, she’s working hard to train him that biting is not allowed, but he’s always been snappy. She makes Zilla feed him treats in hopes that it encourages him to behave, but we both know that the new baby won’t be able to force feed Murphy treats.
On my days off, she tries to have Nicole take her own kids, so we can spend time together. She’s usually too exhausted to do more than have dinner with me by the time evening rolls around.
She’s moved our dinner time to five o’clock, and she’s asleep on the sofa before six. She always promises she’s going to stay up and watch a movie with me, but she never makes it.
When the baby does arrive this summer, I hope that Nicole will take responsibility for her own kids. I don’t want to get in an argument with Grace over it, but I don’t want her continuing at this pace with our own son or daughter in the home.
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This past fall, Grammar school teacher Miriam Dennis married Metro Hospital’s own, Dr. Marcus Dwyer in her mother’s backyard. Both in their thirties, they didn’t want to wait to begin their family.
Friend of the couple, Dr. Russo-Traver gets the privilege of informing the couple that they are expecting, and it’s twins.
Suffice to say, Miriam was a little surprised, she didn’t expect to be completing her family in the first attempt.
She is also due in summer.
This is two of my pregnant girls, I have others, but they are on hold. I didn’t have Miriam TFB, she and another couple did it autonomously at the wedding, but the other couple will be due in fall I believe. I keep changing my mind, and really it doesn’t matter.
I’m looking forward to spring birthdays, Lily-Mae and Ella Carver will age to child. No matter how many kids Nicole/Finn have, they all look really similar, and Lily-Mae looks a lot like Grace/Emma… so I imagine she won’t be too thrilling. But I’m excited for Ella!
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