Isaac (31 years), Lauren (28 years), Cade (2 weeks)
narrated by: Isaac
Cade came home from the hospital, feisty and pink, his little fists banging angrily at the air as we drove him home. However, once he got home, he seemed much happier. I could see Lauren tense on the drive, thinking we were in for a rough ride. She doesn’t realize how ‘in’ I am for this parenthood gig.
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.
Meg Schehl (31 years), Jaron Castellanetta (29 years), Rosemary 4 months
I couldn’t believe Rosemary was four months old already; it seemed to have flown past though neither of us could remember what we did before we had her. She was very sweet and rarely fussy, which made adapting to parenthood relatively easy.
After feeding her, she’d happily play on the ground while I got myself ready for the day. My twin brother, Peter had struggled when his daughter, Irina was born. She cried constantly, always needed held, and even now, she wants all the attention. I’d never tell my brother, but his wife, Elise has always been a handful herself, it makes sense their daughter would pick up that personality. We were college roommates, so I know from experience, but my brother has never dated a chill girl in his life, he definitely has a type.
Corbin Gray is turning fifty this month, and he wants nothing more than to stay home. He’s been working a big personal-injury lawsuit, and he wants to unwind with his family, especially his granddaughter, Quinn.
He isn’t sure how much longer Quinn will be staying with them, as his daughter Riley has started being secretive again just like she was as a teenager. He doesn’t want to tell her that she’s an adult, free to live on her own, because he’s afraid she will do exactly that. But he is annoyed by her behavior nonetheless.
Colleen McCarthy celebrates her first birthday with her maternal grandparents and Aunt Paige. It isn’t that Oliver’s family isn’t excited for Colleen’s birthday, as much as she is the only grandchild and niece for the Lange family, and they are that much more excited.
Trisha took vacation time from the law office so she could bake and shop for the special event. It’s Brooklyn’s birthday as well, so she doesn’t feel like it’s over celebrating. In her opinion, October is the best month for celebrations and baking without all the pressure of the holidays.
Chaz Holmes celebrates his fifteenth birthday with his secret girlfriend, Cicely. She arrives ahead of him, faster on her skates than his walking.
Next month is their one year anniversary, and they’ve never been on an actual date.
She had many regrets in her life, they piled in abundance like forgotten gumballs in an antique shop. It wasn’t new to have one now, but it was a different type. When it came to her childhood and Mom, there were many things she’d have done differently. The consequences had been heavy, but this wasn’t one of those great regrets. This was simpler, but still deep.
When he’d asked her out, she’d said no. It had seemed wise at the time; she hadn’t wanted to jeopardize the band. But on the eve of her final high school days, and no longer a band-mate, it felt like she had sacrificed too much.