narrated by: Lorelei
We came home with Penelope, and I was nervous as I had expected myself to be, but Marshal was just the same. In all likelihood, he would have been fine with parenting a newborn, if he hadn’t set the delivery room on fire. While he and my sister-in-law, Morgan panicked, I just had to laugh, internally and in-between shooting pains of labor. It was absurd, and only goofy, sweet-intentioned Marshal would do such a thing.
I am smitten with her in a way that I hadn’t expected. I’ve cared for my nieces and nephew and been a fantastically, super-fun aunt for most of my life, but Penelope is on a cloud, a million miles above the rest.
She’s full of flair, and likes to keep me on my toes. Whenever I think that I have a hang of this newborn gig, she wakes up screaming and can’t be calmed. There are only so many options to calm her, and sometimes she just isn’t happy.
Marshal has become obsessed with reading parenting books, I take care of Penelope in the night because I’m on maternity leave, and he has to be up early. But it doesn’t even matter, he stays up later than me reading those books.
Erin came over to pay a visit to Penelope. She put on a happy face, but I know that she’s wanting to settle down, and maybe have another baby. None of those are on the horizon, she dates Nico Pacelli on and off again. She doesn’t feel an intense craving to tie the knot, but she’s starting to feel like she doesn’t deserve that.
We took the kids down to the harbor to burn their energy, and let the outside noise drone out their voices.
We’ve been best friends since we were dormies together, and I hate to see her settle for someone she doesn’t really love. I try to encourage her that it’s just a hiccup in her road, and it will all work out in the end.
I can understand her not wanting to live with her sister for the rest of her life, and I can also see how Penelope can flame a baby fever, she is awfully adorable. But I hope she doesn’t rush into something she will later regret. She didn’t necessarily rush into things with Colin, but she forced her way in a situation that was pretty hopeless.
When I came back from getting a second cup of espresso, I found my seat taken by Micah who had talked her up at Nadia and Luca’s wedding.
Back at home, I gave Penelope her bath, hoping that it would exhaust her enough for a long nap. My brother, Zeke had invited us to his house, and she had already shown a distaste for napping at other people’s homes.
It almost feels like we have no kids at my brother’s, my Mom instantly swoops her up and begins stuffing her full of milk. Morgan was taking care of Thomas and everyone got to talk about how marvelous it was that the babies could grow up together.
Dad highly suggests that we should give her a little brother or sister to boss around, he likes to remind me that while I was an only child (at home) for many years, that I did relish Dean once he joined our family.
It is all good and true, but right now, another baby is the last thing on my mind. And if Thomas is the perfect playmate for Penelope for family gatherings, then I am cool with that. I didn’t even grow up with cousins, so she’s already got more than I did at this stage.
Keeping time for our relationship is top priority for both of us, then my owning The Red Mill, and Marshal with his gaming company, we have enough to focus on for the time being.
All in all, we are both happy with our daughter, and even Marshal isn’t talking about having another, thank goodness.
It would have to be a while for me to forget the horrendous morning sickness, painful delivery, not to mention the fire, which I know isn’t likely to occur again, but is good fun to toss out when Marshal is in a good-natured mood.
Notes: I bumped these guys up, I really wanted to play them with their newborn daughter. They are just a super sweet family. I can’t say if they will have another, Marshal would like that, and I could see Lorelei spacing them out quite a few years as her Mom had done, though Dean of course had not been a planned adoption. It would require an addition to the house though, and we all know that those take a long time to get done (if ever).