Evelyn had been home from the hospital for two weeks and she still hadn't quite gotten used to being a mother.
The girls had been wonderful and had helped her as much as they could during their off hours. She was anxious about Rafe and had no idea when he was going to return home. She had sent a second telegram a week after the baby had been born to tell him they were both doing well and had come through the experience just fine.
She had no idea if he'd received her message until she'd gotten a cable from Rafe to tell her that he was on his way back and she couldn't wait for him to come home so he could meet his son.
Evelyn McCawley got her wish on a late Saturday morning nearly two weeks after the baby had arrived. She'd asked Sandra to meet her husband at the airfield with the realization that she would get to see Danny as well. They were both still so secretive about their relationship but Danny and Sandra were doing what was best for them. While the other pilots and nurses pressed for answers, Evelyn and Rafe understood what it meant to not feel as though they had to share with their friends what had started between them. Evelyn had confided in Barbara and that was only because she'd guessed at what had begun to develop between her and Rafe.
So it was with some nervousness that she got a report from Barbara that Sandra had just pulled into the drive with the two pilots and Rafe was on his way in, in a hurry. The baby seemed to sense his mother's excitement and started to wave his arms around and gurgle. She smiled at him and began to rock
Rafe found her in the rocking chair as she hummed to the small baby that she held in her arms. He leaned against the doorjamb and watched his wife and his new child. She was more beautiful than ever and had a glow about her that had not been there before she'd had the baby.
She seemed to sense that he was there because she suddenly looked up and she smiled as he stood there.
"Hi honey." He smiled and pushed himself off the doorjamb and stepped into the room. "How you feelin'?"
"Much better now that you're home. Would you like to meet your son?" Her smile got wider.
She nodded. "Come here so you can hold him."
"I don't know about that Evelyn. He's so small."
Her laugh was gentle. "He's two weeks old Rafe, of course he's small."
He hesitated for a moment before he stepped over to the chair and Evelyn handed the baby to him, all the while instructing him how to hold him.
"I really don't know about this honey."
"You're doing fine Rafe, you just have to relax." She told him and tried not to laugh.
He grinned at her and settled the baby into the crook of his arm. The baby reached up with a small hand and his father's grin got wider. "Hey there son, I'm your daddy." He looked at Evelyn for a moment before he looked back at his son. "What are we goin' to name you?"
"I thought naming him after his father would be nice." Evelyn commented.
"Well, we have some time to decide that. Evelyn, if it's all right with you I would like Danny to be his godfather."
"I think that's a very nice idea Rafe. Why don't you go get him so he can meet his new godson?"
He nodded before he handed the baby back to Evelyn and walked out to the living room.
It was later in the evening and the friends of Rafe and Evelyn McCawley had left them alone with their new son. Rafe was on the sofa with the baby in the crook of his arm as he gave him his bottle. He'd insisted that Evelyn get some rest because she looked absolutely exhausted. She didn't protest, much, because once Rafe had to fly out again, she'd be on her own.
He sat there and watched the baby as he took the bottle and he smiled. Evelyn had said that their son looked like him and Rafe could see that he did, a little. His hair was the same sandy color as his, but he thought the eyes that looked back at him were Evelyn's.
Evelyn.The love of his life and the mother of his two week old baby that he held. He marveled at how things had changed so much for him in the last two years. Before he met Evelyn, his focus had been flying and he had itched to get into the fight over in England. He remembered when he told Danny that he'd been a combat fighter and he didn't want to be a flight instructor which is where he might very well have ended up if the Japs hadn't surprised them nine months earlier.
But it hadn't been all bad because he and Evelyn had finally been together the way they should have been that night in New York. He'd also asked her to marry him and she'd accepted. The baby had been an unexpected surprise, but not unwanted.
Evelyn's voice got him to look up toward the hallway and he smiled. "I thought you were sleepin'."
She smiled back. "I'm tired of sleeping by myself so I thought I'd come out here and sit with my two boys." And she sat down next to Rafe and curled up next to him.
He kissed her cheek. "I've missed you too honey and I'm sorry I couldn't be here for you."
She laid her head on his shoulder. "Don't be sorry Rafe, you have a job to do and I've always known that. The important thing is that you're here now and I'm so happy to have you home. And now that you are, we have to decide what we're going to name him."
"Well, we could name him for your daddy or mine." Rafe suggested.
"Or we could name him for his daddy." She added.
He nodded. "That we could."
She laughed softly as she sat up. "Rafe McCawley, you aren't being very helpful."
"Evelyn McCawley, I did give you a suggestion. You just didn't like it." He countered.
"I never said I didn't like it, I just think a first born son should be named for his father."
Rafe nodded and was quiet. He watched his son as he finished his bottle and fell asleep in his arms. He put the bottle on the coffee table and lifted the baby to his shoulder and started to rub his back. When he glanced at Evelyn the look on her face was one of amazement and he grinned at her. "Don't look so surprised. When Mama found out we were havin' a baby, she told me I needed to do this after he'd been fed."
"Evelyn, how would you feel about namin' him after Danny? After all, we did ask him to be his godfather." He suggested.
She put her head back on his shoulder and sighed. "You really don't want to name him after you?"
He shook his head. "If you don't mind."
"Well then, how about Daniel Rafe McCawley?" She asked him.
"Daniel Rafe McCawley." He repeated and smiled. "I like it."
At that moment they both heard a hiccup from the baby and they looked at each other and laughed quietly. "I think he likes it too Rafe." Evelyn said.
"It's a nice name Evelyn. I'm glad you thought of it." And he kissed her cheek before he stood up. "I'm goin' to put him down."
Evelyn stood up and followed him back to the bedroom and he put the baby down in the bassinet. He stood and watched the baby sleep as Evelyn came up behind him and put her arms around him. He felt her cheek against his back and lifted her left hand and kissed it. "I love you Rafe." He heard from behind him and turned around and put his arms around his wife.
"I love you too and I am so damn lucky to have you and our son." He told her before he pulled her to him and kissed her.
"We're lucky to have you too." And she kissed him back. When she let him go, she smiled at him. "Now that Danny's been fed, how about you?"
"I was wonderin' when you'd remember that you had a husband to feed." He teased her.
She took his hand and led him out of the bedroom. "Let's go Captain."
"Home cookin'. It's what I've been dreamin' of." He grinned.
She stopped and looked at him. "That's all?"
"Well, you and home cookin'." He admitted.
"You've got your priorities straight Captain McCawley, I'll give you that." She laughed.
"You take care of my heart and my stomach Evelyn, I can't ask for more than that." And he walked her out of the bedroom and down the hall to the kitchen.
It was nice to be home.