narrated by: Chris
Things have been going extremely well for us, even Emma has higher spirits, which I never thought I’d witness. Once we decided to save for my own mechanic shop, and a house for us, she seemed renewed for life.
We didn’t plan for Chaz, but it’s all gone so well with him. We aren’t traditional parents, but we don’t want to raise a boring, regular kid ether. He’s got smarts, and attitude, but still kind to strangers. And while strangers aren’t always nice towards us, we aren’t too concerned about that.
Our only issue with Chaz, is that he hates school and homework. He’s skating through school right now with a D- and the teacher keeps threatening to alert DHS about our parenting skills. It’d be laughable if she weren’t serious. I’m sure if a well-to-do citizen had a failing kid that they wouldn’t resort to threats, but I’m used to the judgement, and Emma just expects it.
We only ever planned to have Chaz, but Emma started feeling under the weather, and it got us both wondering if it could be.
She had her sister, Grace come over, bringing a pregnancy test with her. I knew Grace would be thrilled for Emma to have another one, if anything it is another playmate for her kids at family gatherings. Chaz and Tillie are already thick as thieves together. Though I’m not sure it’s a good thing, they both seem to have a spirit for trouble.
It was positive but I didn’t get to find out until later. She did tell me that Grace started cleaning the apartment for her, and made her relax on the sofa.
I didn’t find out until that night after working at my very own mechanic shop. She was throwing up when I came in, and she blamed it on my “spawn.”
I didn’t even know she could test already, so I was floored, as much as I was thrilled. Chaz is such a cool kid, I don’t see how another one wouldn’t be, especially with us as their parents.
It was probably the grossest and sweetest kiss we shared, and we’ve had gross ones with all the drinking we used to do back at our old apartment. It was our drunk phase that got us engaged to begin with, so I never shy from disgusting moments, they seem to be the best ones for me.
Chaz was thrilled to hear he would be a big brother.
And Emma’s Mom, Nicole wasn’t as thrilled as she was instructive. She started nagging, as Emma put it, about what she could and couldn’t do, and places she shouldn’t go any longer.
I felt bad, because I’d made Emma call her. I thought Nicole would appreciate it, but they have such a rough relationship, always taking hurt when none was intended.
Unfortunately having a baby meant we needed to push our house buying experience up by two years. We could have saved much more if we’d been able to wait, but our apartment is barely large enough for the three of us. It was very bittersweet leaving the apartment behind.
And house hunting wasn’t the most thrilling experience I’ve been through, but we finally found the one, and it’s right next to my shop, so commute is easy.
It has three bedrooms, and we were started talking about the new baby and it’s bedroom. It has horrible wallpaper in it, and wood floors that need finished. I’m handy with a car, not so much with repairs, but I’ll get there. Problem is we can’t agree on anything. We have a boy name and that is it.
All of her ideas for paint colors and wallpaper replacements are ugly too, I just want to wait until the baby is born and decorate then. There isn’t anything wrong having a baby in our bedroom for a few months. But she’s certain we will not have the time to refinish floors and tear down wallpaper with a newborn, and that we need to do gender neutral.
Even Chaz warmed up to the new house, and was happy to be the tour guide. George is most excited that we are going camping this fall, though Emma is deadset we skip it, because she is pregnant and it’s too harsh to camp in her condition. I know that if we don’t go, that we never will, not with a baby due in June.
We ordered pizza to celebrate our new home, and because we had zero groceries. I threw everything out in the move, figuring we’d hit the grocery store, but there just wasn’t time.
I’ve been a Dad for seven years now, and it wasn’t until we were eating in our kitchen that I really felt like an adult. I’d been dreaming of my own business for years, to the point that Emma lost faith in my dream, and it just seemed impossible. Now I sit with everything I ever wanted.
Even Emma doesn’t care that I cook fried chicken in the house anymore, and she’s pregnant, which was when it really became a problem to begin with. I do try to cook it when she’s working at the salon though, during my lunch break.
Emma is still a horrible cook, I thought she made chocolate pancakes for breakfast, turned out they were just horribly burnt. My Mom was never an accomplished cook, so I’m used to the charred aftertaste.
When we were expecting Chaz, I rebuilt a car but in the end had to sell it. Our last apartment didn’t have a parking lot, and street parking was just too pricey. So I sold the car, but now we have a garage and driveway, and I picked up a new fixer upper.
We’ve come such a long way since then, we used to fight constantly, and Emma was half-dead most of the time. I’m glad that we worked through it, even if we didn’t realize we were at the time.
Luca comes to help me with the car rebuild, usually bringing his girlfriend Nadia and her son Kai.
The boys are good friends, and the only time we have to reprimand them, is when they are running around the car and the tools. My childhood was filled with running, and my Dad working on his car, it feels good to offer these memories to my own son.
We don’t see Colin as much since he broke up with Erin, nor do we see Erin, so Emma has become closer with Nadia. We all have a good time together, don’t live too far apart, just a few blocks. Nadia is in a nicer neighborhood, a bit farther from the tracks, but we have more space.
We also found out that Nadia is pregnant too, also due in June. Both girls are pretty excited about having their babies at the same time, Nadia is already joking that if they are opposite sex they might get married. Emma wasn’t really thrilled with that idea, even though she likes being married to me, she isn’t gushy about that stuff.
At the end of the month, it was time for our camping trip. Late September is a great time to get out there, it’s not very hot, and therefore less miserable to be without air conditioning. Emma thought anytime outdoors was equal to torture, but she came along anyways.
Swimming at sunset was amazing, even Emma enjoyed herself with that. Such pretty colors watching the sunset across the ocean.
The favorite part for me and Chaz was the marshmallows, but Emma wouldn’t touch them, morning sickness is strong with this baby, much stronger than with Chaz.
We sat on the beach, watching the ferry work it’s way back and forth from the island to the main land of South Port, and thought it might be nice to live out here, in the quiet. Well, I thought it, Emma was resigned that it was an enjoyable time, but she was looking forward to a real toilet to puke in instead of a portapotty, and a bed with a mattress not air to sleep on.
I think I could have convinced to go camping again sometime soon, that is, if it hadn’t thunderstormed when we went to bed. We woke to the entire tent shaking, Emma feeling nauseous from the movement, and Chaz really having to pee.
Of course I took the kid to the bathroom, which wasn’t close to our tent, but Emma was still disturbed by how wet we were when we got back inside, not to mention the giant sandy, wet mess we had to clean up when heading back home the next day. I’d like to keep camping, but I think next time I’ll set Emma up a slumber party with her sister or Nadia, and just take the boys out for the weekend.
Notes: I absolutely love that photo of Chaz having to pee, in a thunderstorm! I have been there buddy! But I just drive my car to the bathroom in those cases. Chris got the ROS to go camping, and he really had a good time with it. I can see him, Chaz, Luca, and Kai making a trip of it sometime!
And now for the pregnancies! Emma and Chris tried for a baby! I could not believe it! Then Nadia and Luca got pregnant in Chris’ new car. They are on birth control, but it doesn’t seem to work in the car, so they are having a baby also in June. I’m very excited about some more babies, I have no one else pregnant at the moment, and birthday posts have been too small!
I put their house tour up on tumblr.
Thanks for reading!