It’s two in the morning when Lauren can’t ignore her contractions any longer. They get checked in quickly enough, then Isaac is holding her and massaging her back as the contractions come.
It’s just past four when Dr. Morgan says it’s time to push. Lauren had second doubts about this whole delivery bit, and Isaac was barely holding himself together.
The nurse kept saying one more push, and Lauren was gonna go primal on her if she said it one more time when Dr. Morgan announced a head full of hair.
Of course their baby would be hairy just like Isaac.
It was a healthy baby boy with his Daddy’s beautiful eyes.
Isaac was over the moon, he didn’t even mind when his son peed on him. He still felt stressed about his lack of a steady job, but little Cade made him feel a bit happier nonetheless.
His parents were going to throw them a baby shower, and Lauren couldn’t wait. With their lack of employment, baby Cade did not have much in the way of baby supplies.
They were feeling pretty happy to announce the arrival of their son, Cade Gavigan though, especially since he was the first grandson on both sides of their families.
Marta Steele finally got her real estate license; it came with a promotion to Listing Agent, which meant she still wasn’t earning commission. She was three months now, heading quickly into her second trimester, and she was beginning to fret she wouldn’t be commissioned by the time the baby arrived in October.
She’s exhausted all the time, and with her parents constant bickering she feels like she’s losing her mind. She can’t move out and leave them, but she doesn’t want to raise her baby with so much anger in the home. She never gave it much thought previously, and she isn’t sure where this maternal disdain is coming from.
She can barely think of solutions though. It feels like the baby is draining her constantly, even when she wakes up she’s sore and tired.
She heard the second trimester is the honeymoon phase, which doesn’t mean much to Marta in the literal sense, but she’d greatly relish more energy and less nausea.
It’s all been a whirlwind, the engagement, the surprise pregnancy. She’s known Elias since she was in grade school, so he isn’t a stranger, but it’s still all come about quickly. She feels overwhelmed and a bit like she’s been tugged along behind a boat. It seemed one second they were discussing living arrangements after their wedding, and suddenly, she was all moved in with Elias on his parents’ farm.
She still didn’t have her career figured out. She’d waited years to get on at the newspaper, then settled for politics, only to get immediately fired. Now she was back with Eva planning events, and wondering if this was the best she’d ever get. What was even worse was that she enjoyed the party planning, and Eva was a great boss, but it wasn’t her dream.
Elias was occupied with the crops, it’d been a good spring which has made him terribly busy. It was good news for their own prosperity, but Julia felt lonely in the big farmhouse without her best friend, Alice or Elias to keep her company.
On top of it, Nicole was very kind, but sometimes Julia found her overbearing. She talked about fashion much too frequently for Julia’s taste, and she was really pressed on deciding on which room was best for the nursery. Julia preferred the sewing room, it already had cute sheep on the walls. It seemed Nicole liked the idea, but she kept going back to Lily-Mae’s room.
She began to look forward to when Elias was finished for the day, they’d meet out by the barn and steal a few moments together. Her friends had warned her it’d be difficult living with his parents, but she really hadn’t thought it would be. She hoped once the baby arrived things would settle into a nice rhythm.
If anything, she didn’t love Elias any less, and that brought her comfort.
Scarlett celebrates her 21st birthday with her Dad as he celebrates his 41st birthday. She’s always relished the time with her Dad, and sharing a birthday has always felt extra special.
This year, they meet up near campus to fish. The lake is nothing more than a stocked-pond, but it’s close to her dorm and away from the city. Quint is still adjusting to living in South Port instead of the quiet streets of Millwood, so he’s enjoying the quiet of EU which is quaint and charming.
Just last April, him and Miriam got engaged while on their first family trip with all the kids. Now they were wed and expecting. Quint knew Scarlett felt out of the loop and the tribulations of sharing a house with step-siblings. She’d say she was glad to not be there, but those growing struggles were a badge the kids would wear into adulthood, and Scarlett didn’t have that bonding time.
When it started raining they moved into the gazebo and talked. He invited Scarlett to spend the summer with him or at least part of it. She wasn’t sure; it felt awkward and none of her parents lived in her childhood home anymore.
She promised to think it over, because she really didn’t know where she was going to stay. She only had one year left after May, and then she really needed to get things figured out. It felt like choosing sides to pick one parent over the other, but she had no interest in being carted back and forth in some shared-custody attempt.
Perhaps she’d find a roommate and avoid the parent drama.
*Delaney Schehl – 68
*Kenzie Goss – 68
Mary Gavigan – 64 (pnpc)
Trisha Lange – 63(pnpc)
Barbara Gray – 50 (pnpc)
Gideon Prince – 49
Quinten Siew – 41
Matthew Picasso – 40 (pnpc)
Henry Popper – 37 (pnpc)
Maeve Gavigan – 31 (pnpc)
Jaron Castellanetta – 30(pnpc)
Scarlett Siew – 21
Lily-Mae McCarthy – 19
Hatty Andersen – 9
Tim & Bekah Grimsley – 32
Enzo & Ginny Pacelli – 18 (pnpc)
Eva & Gideon Prince – 12
Miriam Siew-Dwyer – 5 months; due August
Erin Pacelli – 4 months; due September
Julia Millett – 3 months; due October
Marta Steele – 3 months; due October
Notes: I was SO happy Lauren had a boy! He is the first grandson for Delaney/Jared and Mary/Nathan (excluding Nolan, which they always do) so it’s a big deal! So far, I’d guess he looks like his Dad (lol), which would be cool, because Nolan is adorable! Now they need to get their job situation in order as Cade doesn’t have much of a nursery.
Julia and Nicole are friends, but Julia has zero interest in fashion, and it’s one of Nicole’s top subjects. I think they’ll be alright as time goes, but I can see Nicole overstepping boundaries too. She has the want for a baby, yet again! Which says to me she isn’t ready to be a Grandma again, she wants her own baby. Which she isn’t getting, they don’t even TFB. But it’s like her hearts desire.
Personally I love how Scarlett and her Dad are super close, and that they share a birthday is just extra sweet.
I tried allowing Paige to get pregnant, but she barely even tried so whatever. I’m trying to pop in each month for all these Moms who want babies to give them an honest go.
Thanks for reading!