narrated by: Nadia
Luca has thoroughly enjoyed raising Mavis, and teaching her things that Kai already knew when we started dating. Unfortunately, I don’t think Mavis got the memo, and she’s often rather distracted when he’s trying to impress onto her something great like a nursery rhyme.
Next fall she will be off to school, and he’s concerned that she will be on the low end of the curve. But that is more than a year away, and she has plenty of time to get studious even after she starts preschool.
I’m so happy that Lorelei and Marshal finally had a baby. Years ago, it was rough being around Marshal, as we had dated very briefly. But now it seems like I was a different person and I couldn’t be happier being with Luca now.
Penelope and Mavis really enjoy the backyard toddler slide. It is nice allowing them to play at the house, instead of always going to the park and being wary of cars.
Marshal kept Luca company while he prepared the grill-meats. His Mom has taken a turn for the worse, and there just isn’t bouncing back or the prospect of ‘Get Well Soon’ balloons in her future. She never made a good impression on me, she even caused strife at our wedding which is a big no-no. But it’s not like I wish her to be dead, it is a mixed up feeling, and she’s not even my Mom.
Luca prefers to ignore it all for the most part. But Lorelei has told me that he’s talked with Marshal about a few things, mostly complaints about his twin, Colin who has suddenly become their Mom’s caretaker.
The party ended up getting rained out, much to Mavis’ disappointment.
If Penelope hadn’t been hilariously chewing on the feet of the dolls, then Mavis might have fussed much longer. As it was, she was thoroughly delighted in the ways a ‘baby’ plays with toys.
Penelope isn’t exactly interesting to Kai, and while we spent the rest of the evening visiting with the Krouse family, he wound up in his bedroom. I think that Luca is hoping that Mavis takes after Kai, who is very studious, and eager to learn how everything works.
She just may, she does enjoy bedtime stories, but even if she has a similar taste for a hobby, she’s much more goofy than Kai is. Luca and Mavis have a special bond, she’s definitely her Daddy’s little princess, and I may feel a bit envious, if I didn’t have such a buddy with Kai.
After getting the kids into bed, Luca approached me about having another baby. Neither of us just wanted two, but with my new bookstore venture still being on the new end, it made me nervous financially. Plus having a three bedroom house meant that the kids would have to bunk up, depending on what the baby is, and Kai is nearing his teen years, though I’m still in denial.
Being that Kai is getting older though, I was inclined to be more impulsive this time. I don’t want Mavis to be nearing her teen years when we decide for a third child. I think Luca was surprised in my more emotional decision, but I think it’s the right one, and he is thrilled.
I don’t want to wait until Mavis is as old as Kai, I don’t know if I’d adjust well going back to diapers and bottles if I did. Right now, Mavis will be heading to preschool in fifteen months, depending how quickly we do get pregnant, we may have two young children at home during the day, but only for a short period. I’m tentatively excited to have a new baby, and get to see who they look like and what their personality will be.
Poor Mavis, has a difficult time being told no when it comes to playing on her slide. She’s obsessed with it, I’ll have to purchase an extra warm snowsuit for her this winter so she can continue to utilize it.
I’m the one that got the phone call from the hospital, Luca had gone to Chris’ house to change the oil in my car.
That began the three day hospital stay, where I barely saw Luca at all. It just wasn’t plausible for Mavis and Kai to spend so much time at the hospital.
If Luca was looking for remorse or closure with his Mom, she didn’t seem inclined to give any. She was mostly quiet, and unattached as she has been for as long as I’ve known her.
Caitlyn was able to delay her final exams for the term, and moved into the waiting room with Luca. Many times she brought Thomas with her, and I watched him the rest. She wanted him to know his Grandma, though I don’t know how much he will remember later.
She seemed to rally for a bit, and Dr. Morgan was wary of the hope she saw in their eyes.
She wanted to press that there was no going home for Meredith, unless she chose to die at home, which Colin would never allow to happen in his apartment. I didn’t fault Colin for that one ether.
They were at the end of the battle, and while she had briefly rallied, and there was no knowing exactly when she would pass, it was imminent.
Caitlyn took it the hardest, of all the kids; she’s yearned for her Mom the most. I’ve tried being there for her over the years, but I’m more like a sister than any kind of Mother. There just isn’t a replacement for an authentic Mom, and I hate that Caitlyn was given such a bad card when it came to this.
Luca spoke with her often, but he never told me exactly what he said with her. He just never left her room looking comforted or at peace, and it hurt me to see that. He’d always wanted to know why she would have children if she didn’t want them, or if she ever loved them at all, though I don’t know if ever asked directly.
Aidan was given military leave and flew in on a red-eye to say his goodbyes. He’s been stuck in the Southwest region, and has been denied relocation to the South Port military operation for the time being.
Luca did enjoy getting to spend sometime with his siblings, it’s been a long time since it was just them, though Colin was scarce when it came to the hospital, he’d come, but he slept in his own bed.
Colin would bring his girlfriend Zoey though, and on a particularly rough night, he didn’t bolt as soon as the bars opened. He mostly stood around awkwardly, while Caitlyn cried to Luca off and on. Ethan rarely left the hospital ether, though they hadn’t been married since Caitlyn and Aidan were in grade school. It helped all the kids to have their Dad there with them.
Dr. Morgan delivered the news herself once Meredith had passed. I’d happened to be at the hospital, having left my kids with Erin to watch for the evening, and had been entertaining Thomas to give Caitlyn space to grieve.
The immediate family went into Meredith’s hospital room to say their last goodbyes before they moved her to the morgue. I stayed behind to watch Thomas while Zoey prattled on about how great Meredith had been in the short time she’d gotten to know her. She’d been a sort of makeshift nurse in the beginning of the diagnosis, and her warm memories of Meredith weren’t exactly welcome.
The next morning, I told Kai over breakfast about his Grandma passing. He didn’t exactly know her well, and while he wasn’t down in spirit, he did feel terrible for Luca.
Luca barely came home the next day, Ethan had broken down in an unexpected way after Meredith’s passing, and had been admitted to keep an eye on his blood pressure. Thankfully it was just for half a day before he was released.
The funeral was scheduled a few days after, and I was looking forward to having Luca home again. It has been lonely taking care of the kids, and I had missed his voice in the house and tickling Mavis in the evening.
I hope that his mourning goes well, and he doesn’t shove the feelings down. I’m not as concerned about him as Colin, and all of us are worried for Caitlyn. At least she has summer break fast approaching and Aidan is home on temporary leave to keep her company too. I hate having her out at EU all by herself, and fall will come all too quickly I’m afraid.
Notes: I rolled the dice for which month Meredith would die in and it happened to be May. Ethan’s reaction was very unexpected to me, felt bad for the guy. But I’m glad that he’s worked on his relationships with his kids these past years, so that he won’t be like Meredith when his time comes. Caitlyn did not fare well after the death ether, but the rest seem to be doing okay. Meredith’s eldest, Cara did not attend anything, and she was not upset about the passing of her Mother, they did not have a friendly relationship to put it kindly.
Luca and Nadia want 6 kids, and that is not happening on my watch. But I’m inclined to let them have another. Though I love their house, and it will be quite cramped with more kids in it. I’m torn on what to do about their home, they just moved here rather recently, a few years back… seems to quick to move again.
I’m a bit sad that Mavis and Kai are approaching big birthdays soon, it will be weird having a teenager in this house. And I can’t wait to see what Mavis looks like as a teen. And when they do have another, I can’t wait to see what it looks like!
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