Elliot and Olivia sat in the living room of their new apartment anxiously. Tonight their son, Benson, would come home.
They had bought the large apartment on 5th avenue a week and a half ago, realizing that Elliot's apartment did not have enough space for everyone. This apartment had six bedrooms, one for Olivia and Elliot, one for Benson, one for Sophia, one for Ella, one for Dickie, and one for Kathleen and Lizzie. It had a large kitchen, a dining room, a living room, a playroom for the kids, and enough bathrooms for everyone.
They had just finished decorating Benson's new bedroom the day before, and would be leaving very soon to go pick Benson up. The room was painted a pale yellow, and had a Winnie-the-Pooh theme to it.
Olivia looked at the clock. "It's seven," she said to Elliot.
He took her hands and helped her off of the couch. "You ready to go?" He asked.
Olivia nodded. "I've been ready," she said as she smiled.
Elliot wrapped his arms around her. "I know, we all have. But at least he's healthy now," Elliot said as they walked out of the door.
The drive to the hospital was nerve-racking for the both of them, and they were silent most of the way.
Elliot helped Olivia out of the car, and they walked inside the hospital hand in hand. They walked up to the neo-natal ward, and went into see Benson. The nurse brought him out to see them, and Olivia kissed his tiny forward. "Hi baby," she cooed. "You ready to go home?"
Benson gurgled happily and waved his fist in the air. Olivia and Elliot laughed.
"Let's get you dressed first, and then we can leave," Olivia said. She carefully dressed him in a navy blue and white stripped sleeper, and lay him gently in the baby carrier.
Elliot took Olivia's arm as he carried their son out of the hospital. The nurses and doctors clapped as they left, and gave them flowers and balloons. Olivia blushed as she thanked all of them. Elliot placed Benson in the back seat of the car, and Olivia sat back there as well.
She put her finger in Benson's tiny hand, and stroked his head gently as he drifted off to sleep.
She smiled to herself as they drove home. "He's sleeping," Olivia said quietly, as she noticed Elliot's numerous glances at them in the backseat.
Elliot smiled. "You look so happy," he said proudly.
Olivia nodded. "I am very happy, and so are you. We all are!" She exclaimed happily. She stroked Benson's tiny fist and wiped a tear from the corner of her eye. "I'm just glad that we're all going to be together now."
Elliot gave her a gentle smile as he pulled into their parking space and helped her out of the car. "I know…as am I," he said as he kissed her forehead and took her hand as he carried Benson and they all took the elevator up to their apartment.
Olivia unlocked the door and laughed at all of the anxious children waiting for them inside. She put a finger up to her mouth and motioned toward the baby carrier. "He's sleeping," she whispered.
Elliot came in behind her, and placed the carrier on the floor. "Welcome home baby Benson," the children said in unison, but very quietly.
Elliot smiled as he wrapped his arms around Olivia and she leaned against his chest holding their new son. Benson opened his sleepy eyes and blinked at his new surroundings. The children crowded around; it was the Stabler childrens' first time seeing Benson in person. "Benson, I'd like you to meet your family; Maureen, Kathleen, Sophia, Dickie, Lizzie, and Ella," Elliot said, smiling proudly at his family. "Everyone, this is your new brother, Benson Tyler Stabler."
"Baby Benson!" Ella shouted, jumping up and down.
Everyone smiled at her. "Ella, remember what Mommy told you? No shouting around baby Benson, okay?" Maureen reminded her new sister as she picked her up.
Ella nodded. "Sorry," she whispered loudly.
Elliot smiled. "It's okay honey. We're going to put this little one to sleep now," he told everyone as he and Olivia headed into baby Benson's room.
They shut the door quietly behind them, and lay Benson in the crib. Olivia covered him with a very light blanket, and they both kissed him gently. "Night baby," Olivia crooned softly as she turned on the baby monitor and left the room with Elliot.
When they returned to the living room, the children had retreated to their rooms to finish their homework before bedtime.
Elliot and Olivia's hands were clasped together, and Elliot led her to their bedroom on the other side of the apartment. Olivia smiled as she lay her head on Elliot's shoulder. She sat down on the bed, and turned on the baby monitor. She sat there for a second, and listened to Benson's quiet breathing. A tear ran down her cheek, and Elliot's lips captured it. He sat next to her, and look deep into her eyes. "No tears," he ordered gently.
Olivia nodded. "I'm just glad he's alright."
Elliot smiled. "I know, me too," he said as he lay a hand on her cheek, a gesture of infinite tenderness.
Olivia lay down gently on the bed, and drew Elliot down beside her. "I went to the doctor today," she said quietly, watching Elliot.
"What did the doctor say? Is everything okay?" He asked, a hand on her shoulder.
Olivia smiled and nodded. "He said I was perfect. I've already lost all of the baby weight, and he gave me the all clear to start going back to my normal activities," she told him.
Elliot was silent as he moved his body closer to Olivia. "Does that mean I can kiss you?" He teased.
Olivia smiled as his body covered hers. "That means you can do whatever you please," she said seductively as she kissed him with pent up passion.2 Hours Later
Olivia rolled over in bed and lay her hand on Elliot's cheek, stroking it softly. "Thank you," she whispered as she kissed him softly.
"For what?" Elliot asked as he wrapped his arms around Olivia's waist, and pulled her close to him.
"I've waited to long to be with you again. Thank you for making it special, for making it just a amazing as I remembered it," she explained
Elliot smiled in understanding. "You'll never have to wait for anything ever again," he told her lovingly.
Olivia nodded. "I know…but you know what?"
"What?" Elliot replied, as he propped his head up as he stroked Olivia's silky hair.
"In the end, I don't think I would change a single thing that happened. I know it wasn't easy, but look at what we've gained; 3 more children, we understand each other. I think our relationship is deeper, and I think we've become better, more loving people. In the end, it all turned out pretty good, didn't it?" Olivia asked.
Elliot smiled happily. "It turned out perfectly," he told Olivia. "In the end, it all turned out perfectly," he said as they closed their eyes, cuddled close to each other with legs and hands entwined, and fell asleep.
In the end, love prevailed.
Thank all of you who read and reviewed this story. You've all been a great help, and it's been a great ride. I'm really pleased with the way this story ended. Please keep reading for "Turn up the Faders," my un-finished SVU story, and look for more SVU stories coming soon. I'd love for some ideas for new stories. Also, I'm not finished with my Strong Medicine/SVU crossover story "Mixed Emotions," under the Strong Medicine TV Show category. Special thanks to April, Christina, Sarah, Bre, and Brittany. Thanks again to everyone!