Chapter 14: And Baby Makes Three

I'm lying in a hospital bed, fighting the urge to get up and run away. It seems that whenever I'm a patient, my anxiety takes over no matter how hard I try to fight it. I've been in labor for 3 hours. I can feel myself tensing up.

"Sara, it's okay," Gil says softly. "You're okay." He takes my hand and squeezes it tight. "and just think, soon we'll meet our little girl."

I smile and have just enough time to squeeze his hand before I feel a contraction. "Ouch!"

"It's okay," he tells me. "Just breathe."

After a few more hours, I'm holding a wriggling, crying 6 pound 9 ounce baby girl.
"Oh, Gil, look, she's beautiful isn't she?"

He smiles. "Yes, she certainly is."

"Shhh, don't cry," I coo to her. I hum a soft song to her. After awhile, she settles, and I hand her to Gil, who takes her gently, talking to her about how he's her daddy and how he'll never let anyone hurt her.

I reach up and tuck her blanket around her, and then we hear a knock.

"Mrs. Grissom," I signed with a smile. "How did you find us?"

"I called her before we left," Gil answers.

Mrs. Grissom steps in and smiles. "Oh, she's beautiful," she signs. "What will you name her?"

Gil hands her back to me and signs to his mother, "Mom, meet Chloe Paige Grissom."

She smiles, and I kiss Chloe's head as I hand her to her grandma.

"Welcome home, Chloe," I whisper.