It was the weekend, and Caitlyn had gone back to South Port to spend the day with her sister-in-law, Nadia. The baby was just past the due date, and Caitlyn intended to spend as much time in town as her classes allowed. She didn’t have a vehicle, and relying on something chaotic like an upperclassman or a taxi to get her to the hospital was out of the question.
It hadn’t stopped her from having fears that her water would break in the middle of a lecture hall, but luck would have it that she was in South Port, and the the contractions had started slow and steady without a water mess. She’d watched an obnoxious pirate sing nursery rhymes to Mavis and Kai, and it felt like a glimpse into a future that was banging on the door.
Worrying had become a regular hobby for Caitlyn, and had only grown as her belly did. Many fears revolved around Lewis that she didn’t allow herself to dwell on, mostly she focused on the labor. How would she know she was in labor? What if she thought it were false labor and the baby just popped out? Timing contractions seemed like Advanced Algebra though everyone said it was simple, it didn’t make sense how the window could grow smaller, then suddenly pop back up, then go back to smaller. Did that automatically make it false? Would she be exception?
Thankfully, the labor started at Nadia’s house, she’d recently gone through it all rather recently, and had done it a grand total of two times, which was enough experience for Caitlyn. They’d counted the contractions together, called her brother, Luca to come home from work to watch the kids, and Nadia drove Caitlyn to the hospital.
She had called Lewis on the way, but his cell went straight to voice mail. This was becoming more common, and she was beginning to fear that he was hitting ignore manually when her name popped up. Luca took care of calling their Dad, and Aunt Kenzie, who had been a filler-Mom for Caitlyn through this pregnancy.
Nadia helped Caitlyn get checked in at South Metro, talking insurance, and filling out paperwork that Caitlyn had never realized she should have done in advance. Nurse Caroline wasn’t rude, but Caitlyn felt like a stupid young girl nonetheless.
Not for the first time did Caitlyn fear that she couldn’t pull this off, how could she take her baby home if she didn’t even know how to pre-register for its very birth? Nadia assured Caitlyn that she could survive it, that in the end it’d be Caitlyn and the baby, a strong team against the world. She reminded Caitlyn that she’d gotten pregnant with Kai when she was only twenty, and she wouldn’t change anything.
While Nadia got Caitlyn taken care of and settled in her delivery room, Kenzie made her personal mission to track down Lewis out at Eastborough. It was a ninety minute drive but she would make it in an hour. She felt resolved that her grandson would be at the birth of his first child. She didn’t find him at his dorm, but the campus and surrounding shops were small, and he was easy to track down when she started asking around.
She watched from the entrance for a few minutes to better arm herself with information. Zeke eating out with Rachael was instantly alarming to Kenzie. But she knew their history, having taken care of Lewis at the old duplex when Rachael was their neighbor, she’d also known her as a child. So she waited, she didn’t want to make snap judgements.
Rachael’s looks toward Lewis knotted up Kenzie’s stomach, as if she were looking at her own Tyler gazing lovingly at another woman. Lewis didn’t respond in the same manner, and Kenzie allowed the idea that it was just Rachael that had these feelings to enter her mind.
But when Lewis saw her approach, he was not happy, and he should have at least been politely surprised. It led her to believe that perhaps he was being sneaky with this lunch, and didn’t have the truest of intentions. Caitlyn had moved out of the dorm in December, giving him just over a month of time to build a life of secrets.
She railed into him, informing him of the baby that could possibly be on its very way into the world, and how no matter the gender, it needed its father there right from the start.
Lewis remained quiet, and Rachael stepped forward to protect him from his Grandma. She insisted that, ‘Of course he’d be involved’ as if she intended to be right at his side being apart of that father-child relationship.
Kenzie claimed that she didn’t want to know what he was planning with his ‘friend’ there, but that right now, he was coming with her, and he was doing it alone.
He was livid that his Grandma would dare to treat Rachael unkindly, and tried to say that he refused to join his Grandma. But there are certain things that grandsons do, even if they don’t want to, and she managed to pack him grudgingly up in her car, with Rachael waving and saying she’d be right behind them.
Caitlyn hadn’t delivered by the time they arrived, and Kenzie took her place in the waiting room next to her nephew and brother.
She assumed that Lewis had joined Caitlyn in the delivery room, she had no idea that he had taken the elevator back to the main floor to wait for Rachael to arrive, and that he intended to avoid the waiting room and delivery room at all costs until the baby had arrived.
Nadia stayed by Caitlyn’s side; together they called friends and family and Caitlyn informed EU that she was having a baby. The admissions office only cared if she was continuing her semester, and she was.
As the contractions quickened, Dr. Morgan insisted that Caitlyn get into the bed, but somehow that seemed like too big of a step. She kept fighting that there was more time. Nurse Caroline tried to encourage her that very soon she’d finally meet the baby, and asked about baby names, all the things that terrified Caitlyn.
Once Caitlyn could take no more and climbed onto the bed, it all went very quickly. She didn’t have time to worry about filling out the baby’s paperwork, or how to get them a social security number, she only focused on pushing, and getting the horrible pressure and pain to seize.
Expecting magazines promised magic, but Caitlyn only felt utterly overwhelmed and terrified the baby would never come, and equally that it would.
When they cheered that the baby had arrived, the relief from the lack of pain was instantaneous like she’d ran track and finished the marathon, but the fear only gurgled higher. Everything just came much more complicated. Nurse Caroline cleaned up the baby, and they handed Caitlyn her son.
He was tiny, and petite with Lewis’ brown eyes and her black hair, and he stole her breath right from her body. Tiny fingers with the very finest of fingerprints she’d ever laid her eyes on, he was marvelous, and she couldn’t look away.
The bells chimed in the hospital, alerting all that a baby had been born, and very shortly after, Lewis popped his head in. The moment was surreal to him, he could hardly grasp that it was real, that they’d made a baby on their senior class trip, in a sandy tent.
He showed him off to his Grandma, as if he’d been in the room the entire time. She was pleased to see him taking an interest with the baby, and even hear them discuss names for him like a team.
Rachael came in while Caitlyn was in the shower cleaning up, and when she came back into the room she felt sucker punch. The way Lewis gazed at Rachael, as she held her son, gave her a sinking feeling that nothing was going to be the way she wanted.
Caitlyn decided that she wasn’t quite sure she cared how much Lewis liked a particular name, feeling more like Rachael and Lewis planned to covet her son and pretend he was theirs. She decided to pick her favorite name, but one that Lewis hadn’t hated as she didn’t want to harm her son’s chance of having a Father, and so she named him Thomas.
Notes: Lewis and Rachael. You may or may not recall that Rachael had a huge crush on Lewis, but Caitlyn jumped all over Lewis, and so their relationship began. Rachael had been very upset by it all, but then started dating Elias. They seemed very happy together, which had surprised me, as I hadn’t ever planned any of these couples, and especially liked Elias with Rachael though longterm I didn’t think they wanted the same things.
Welp, Rachael and Lewis basically stopped caring about their significant others once they aged to YA. They’ve been very platonic though, *until* Caitlyn went into labor! They were kissing. So we might be seeing a fallout of Caitlyn’s best friend (and niece!) basically stealing her boyfriend, and the father of her son. Or not, perhaps it was just a one time kiss, and Lewis will snap into shape now that Thomas is here? Rachael is a nice sim, maxed out on that, so I don’t see her being horribly happy with being her aunt’s boyfriend thief.
Baby was named Thomas for the character on Downton Abbey, I know he’s not a great guy on there, but every time I started to really loathe him, they humanized him for me.
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