The hospital had scheduled Paloma’s induction for five am, which meant that they had to rise well before the sun. The trees were beginning to blossom and bud, and it felt right with Paloma to be entering the season of rebirth with the delivery of her twins.
Her family knew of the induction, and actually beat her to the hospital. Her sister, Linnea had come in the night before from EU, and despite Paloma insisting that she’d call as soon as the babies arrived, they came to wait.
They were both a jumble of nerves as they checked in to the hospital. They wouldn’t be leaving for a few days and there would be twins to bring home. All the planning for the bakery was about to be implemented, and neither felt horribly comfortable with Adam quitting Hazel’s Diner.
Their first instruction was to walk about the nursery suite, which they found to be quite an easy task. Adam gave the babies words of encouragement.
As the labor progressed and the medicine increased, Paloma struggled to even stand. Adam rubbed her back as their labor classes had instructed, although he couldn’t tell if it was helping in the least.
Dr. Morgan came to check progress regularly. It seemed that she always said that she hadn’t progressed enough, but when she finally said it was near time to push, Paloma had second thoughts about the ordeal. Two deliveries? What madness decided that she should have twins for her first baby!
There wasn’t much time to consider these thoughts as the contractions seemed to uptick based on Dr. Morgan’s assessment. It no longer felt like she would be able to push, but that she absolutely couldn’t stop if she tried.
Adam felt anxious watching Paloma struggle through the pushing, and while he wished that he could do something to help, he was really grateful that he wasn’t the one giving birth.
Dr. Morgan announced the crowning of the first head, she insisted that one more large push would bring the first baby into the world.
Paloma gave it all her might as Adam watched in wonder as a brown head of hair came into view.
A baby girl was delivered, brown hair and green eyes like her Daddy.
While they checked over their daughter, Paloma began to push for the next baby.
A baby boy, with a shock of black hair and more green eyes. Paloma was a bit surprised that none of their babies had gotten her eye color.
The twins were brought over to the heated bassinet to be checked over by Caroline and Morgan. They were both given a thumbs up for good health and strength. Paloma was not surprised on the last part, they’d been turning her organs into mush with all their kicking and boxing they’d done the past few months.
Adam tentatively held his son for the first time, feeling overwhelmed with emotion.
One of the residents kindly went downstairs to share the news with the family.
They were over the moon at the next generation being born in the family.
A little bit later, the family was allowed upstairs to meet the newest addition to the family. Eva went first with holding her granddaughter.
While Aunt Linnea doted on her nephew.
Even Dahlia was thrilled at being an Aunt at ten years old! She was pretty sure that this broke a record or something!
Gideon joked about all the diapers they’d be using, and that if they needed anything at all, to just ask.
They stayed at the hospital for two days before being released. It took them a day to settle on the names.
With great excitement they took a family photo and announced the arrival of their twins, Odessa and Hugo Brindley.
Notes: I am super happy with the boy/girl twins. I’ve had these names planned for years, Odessa from a children’s book I read with my kids, and Hugo, just cause I love it for them. I had wanted boy/boy, just because I haven’t had it forever, and they do live in a two bedroom house. This means that they’ll eventually have to move or add an addition.
When I peeked at them growing up, they each took after a different parent. I was not displeased with their genetics! Paloma’s IFS is 4, while Adam’s is 2. I could see them compromise with 3, but they have that other baby, the bakery to tend to as well, and the twins might be enough.
Thanks for reading! I hope everyone is having a good summer/winter!