Mrs. Miriam Dwyer has been trying to do her job well teaching the younger primary students, and is making her rounds on the final day of school when her water breaks.
It’s not until evening that the twins make their arrival, and Miriam and Marcus welcome their twins.
Asher and Shira Dwyer. They’ll have to make the nursery a nice gender neutral one since they have one of each, and aren’t sure what they’ll do about bedrooms once they are older. Currently they live and take care of Miriam’s elder mother, Angela in a tiny three bedroom house.
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He has been preparing the dinners for the past few weeks, and doing all he can while still working his long hours at the firehouse.
There is no clear sign with her water breaking to let Grace know she needs to head into the hospital. Benjamin decides it’s time when Grace is contracting to the point that he can’t finish a sentence of encouragement.
It’s the middle of the night, and they don’t want to disturb family and friends so they don’t call anyone. They walk the halls, and pause between contractions, and look at the other newborns in the nursery. They are in awe and a little disbelief that soon their own little one will be taking up a place in there.
Grace begin pushing around 5am, and it’s still continuing as the sun begins to rise an hour later.
At half past 6, they welcome their first child, a little girl.
They had a boy name decided on for years, and for some reason they just believed they would have a son first just for this simple fact.
Two days in the hospital, and they try different names out on their daughter, but none seem perfect enough for their princess.
They leave the hospital with their daughter, without a name. They are required to return the paperwork on her official name in seven days after her birth, and in the mean time they have her down as “Baby Andersen.”
Family and friends call with their suggestions, many encourage them to name their daughter after them, Mandy, Nicole or maybe a variant, Nicoline. Benjamin may be picky, but even if he wasn’t, he wouldn’t name his daughter after his mother-in-law.
On their second morning home, Grace goes to pick up their daughter from her crib, when a name comes to her mind. She used to like the name, but had forgotten completely about it.
She lays her down on their bed, and she suggests the name to Benjamin. He let’s it roll of his tongue a few times, concerned a little that it may be kind of sing-songy. But when they say the name to her, she lets out a little gurgle, and they know that this is her name.
After many days of struggle, they call their family and friends to introduce their daughter, Ainsley Andersen.
(I know, I know, babies look the same, but I can.not help it! I have to take pictures, I’m neurotic, it’s okay.)
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Caroline Welsh requested first shift for the duration of this pregnancy and with her seniority she was given just that. Ideally, she hoped to have family dinners, and spend more time with Alex and Reed.
It turned out that only Alex could be home in the evenings, being only four he didn’t really have any choice how he spent his time. He wasn’t exactly thrilled to have to share his toys with a baby, but Caroline assured him it’d be at least a year before he had to really worry about that, and even then it wouldn’t be his video games anyway.
With some horror and bewilderment, he’d sometimes touch his Mom’s stomach to try and feel the baby kick. All his Mom’s friends made such a big deal about feeling it, that he wanted to see what the big deal was. But when the baby did finally kick his hand, his Mom wasn’t paying any attention, just staring off at the floor boards with an empty half-smile.
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It’s hard though when she has to work at the country restaurant down the road, and her only choice for her work outfit is hair net or pony tail.
She serves each customer while holding onto her new dream… getting her own apartment, and getting the heck out of Millwood.
My back up girl name for Grace was Chloe! But Carla just named a pnpc with that name, plus I have a lot of C names (I never knew I liked that letter all that much.) So I forced myself to move on, and it took more than a day, but I’m quite happy with the choice. She has her Grandpa George’s eye color, and I absolutely adore her!
Paloma aged up and immediately rolled the want to move out. I locked it, and aim to fulfill that for her when I can. She’s working at where Tim celebrated his fortieth birthday. It’s a country cafe with an outdoor roller rink. Big point, she can walk to work, and works morning crowd so she’s home when Linny gets off the bus. Isn’t she cute though!?!? She looks much like her Dad except for her mouth, totally from her Mom and Grandma Abby.
I’ve always thought of Miriam and her family to be of a Jewish heritage, and I wanted them to use that name style. I really like the name Shoshanna and Shira, but they had a boy and a girl, so I went with Asher.
And pic spam! My grammar school kept crashing, I really, really wanted Miriam to teach whilst pregnant with twins, but alas, it didn’t work. Here’s their spring school portrait, Alex, Lily-Mae, and Ella start school in the fall, as such aren’t pictured. Student Enrollment List, also thought Lewis and gang were moving on, not quite though.
And little Ainsley’s nursery. Their home is a colonial style with wood, and a sort of old world charm, and I wanted that for the nursery. They ran out of money, so it’s not 100% complete, which is normal for a baby that is only a few days old.
Thanks for reading!