The anticipation around this baby’s arrival was not lost on Kenzie. Becoming a Great-Grandma to Thomas had not been full of such excitement. There had been some, but not as much as the little guy had deserved, mostly due to her grandson Lewis not participating fully.
Lorelei didn’t feel comfortable having them in the room during the actual delivery, it was awkward enough for her to have her sister-in-law Morgan also be her doctor. She was told that by the end of it, she would no longer feel self-conscience, she wasn’t entirely sure that applied to relatives being in that private space.
The laboring started out with jokes, and stories of when Lorelei was born and her toddler years. Most Marshal had already heard, but he smiled along with them, and was attentive to his wife when she needed him. He didn’t feel like an egotistical guy, but he thought he filled the role of husband nicely, and anticipated fatherhood without too many doubts. He felt much better prepared and more confident in Lorelei’s abilities, than she felt about it all.
Morgan had warned that first deliveries could take an entire day, and had urged her inlaws to pace themselves with their visit. But they were disinclined to listen, and ended up heading to the main floor hospital cafeteria for dinner.
Marshal didn’t have the option for pacing himself, nor did he want to leave his wife upstairs, laboring alone so that he could get a meal. He thought he was being a good husband by making some instant noodles in the microwave, after all why did the hospital offer such meals in the room if not for the husbands to use?
He didn’t neglect it, he was positive he punched in the correct time per manufacturer’s instruction. But irregardless of his certainty, it didn’t change the fact that the microwave caught on fire.
This was the first time there had been a fire at the hospital, there wasn’t exactly a plan of action for what to do when a woman was in labor and the only delivery suite had combusted into flames.
Even Firefighter Benjamin was overwhelmed by the cries of Lorelei and the fire. He needed the people out of the room, but Morgan didn’t have a place set up for them.
Nurse Caroline carted Lorelei to the main floor with the help of Hadley, while Morgan and Marshal took the next elevator down. Both quite upset by the turn of events, the fire still destroying the delivery suite, and neither where they needed to be.
By the time Marshal rejoined Lorelei, Caroline had said it was time to push. He had barely caught his breath, when he was trying to help Lorelei with hers. He was pretty certain she would never be persuaded for a second baby at this point, with the morning sickness, exhaustion, and now dramatic delivery.
If she could, she’d probably shout that she had changed her mind entirely about becoming a mother. But that time was long past, and Marshal could barely hold himself together as he caught sight of their baby.
Morgan announced that they were proud parents to a girl. A baby girl! Marshal was certain that he would have been happy with any baby, but she melted his heart more than he had thought possible.
Perhaps their daughter just had a desire for flair and great entrances.
All the recent drama and the past nine months of torture in the words of Lorelei, all disappeared as they marveled at their little creation, sweet baby girl Penelope Krouse.
Notes: This was not planned. Marshal really did get hungry waiting, and autonomously began cooking some insta-noodles… and caught it on fire. Good grief! So she delivered in the regular hospital area, just curtains, no doors for privacy. Benjamin’s face when Lorelei is in labor… I love it! I love this game.
Penelope has her Dad’s eyes, and black hair from Grandma Kenzie with an inbetween skintone. With her Dad’s eyes, she will end up being taller than her Mom.
And it wasn’t a boy, which I really wanted to carry on their family name. But I adore Penelope just the same. 🙂
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