Addison: Meredith. I didn't expect to see you today.
Bailey: This stupid girl was in surgery. (She shakes her head. Meredith moves to a bed.) I swear, if you weren't delivering my boss' child!
Addison: So let's take a look. How long have you been having contractions?
Meredith: The last few days. I lost my mucus plug a few days ago.
Addison: How far apart are they?
Meredith: About twelve minutes.
Addison: (Checks Meredith's cervix.) You are dilated about four centimeters. We have a while to go here.
Meredith: Can you--
Addison: I was just getting ready to. (She smears jelly on Meredith's abdomen. She runs the doppler over her.) He looks good, Mer.
Meredith: (Sighs relief.) Thank God. Oh... (Miranda grabs her hand.)
Bailey: Just breathe, Meredith. Just breathe.
Meredith: (Starts to sweat.) Where is Derek?
Addison: He's still in surgery, Honey. He will be here in time. Everything looks good, I'm going to go check on a patient.
Meredith: (Her face grows concerned.) Uh...
Addison: You're okay, I promise.
Meredith: Okay. (Addison leaves. Dr. Bailey hold her hand while she breathes through several sets of contractions. Meredith starts to cry.)
Bailey: Meredith, you're okay.
Meredith: What if he's not okay? I can't lose him. I can't lose another baby.
Bailey: Oh, Meredith. Here, we'll do another ultrasound, okay?
Meredith: Okay. (Bailey does another ultrasound. Addison walks in, and nods, knowing that Bailey is just trying to comfort her.)
Addison: How is it going?
Addison: Let's check you again. You're still at four.
Meredith: My mom.
Bailey: I will tell her. (Cristina comes in.) Yang, you take over.
Cristina: I-uh-okay. Mer, Derek is closing the patient now.
Meredith: Good. Oh shit. (She starts breathing deeply.)
Cristina: Does it hurt?
Cristina: Yeah, that was pretty stupid to ask.
Meredith: I'm scared.
Cristina: I know you are.
Meredith: It needs to be okay. I haven't felt him move.
Cristina: He's okay. (She rubs her shoulder.) I am so glad this is you and not me. I could never throw my career away.
Meredith: I'm not throwing my career away! I am not. I'm having a baby. I'm just having a baby. Everything will stay the same.
Cristina: (Noticing Meredith's increased anxiety.) You're right, it will.
Meredith: Now you are patronizing me. Where's Derek?
Cristina: I will go see. (She leaves Meredith alone in the room. She gets down the the hall and meets Derek.)
Derek: Where is she?
Cristina: Down there. I can't deal with it.
Cristina: She's freaking out.
Derek: So you walk away from her? Who's with her?
Cristina: No one.
Derek: Damn-it Yang. (He jogs down the room, and seeing Meredith breathing through a contraction. He has the McDreamy scrub cap on that she got him for his birthday.) Mer.
Meredith: Oh, good. I was worried you weren't coming. You're wearing it!
Derek: (He sits down next to her and holds her hand.) I always show up. Always. Yeah, I've been saving it for a day like this. This way he will know who his daddy is. So how is our little guy?
Meredith: I don't know. Addison left, and I, I don't know. I'm freaking out here.
Derek: (He rubs her cheek.) I love you. It will be okay, I promise. (Addison walks in.)
Addison: How are you? Nice scrub cap!
Meredith: Good, I guess.
Addison: Last I checked, she was four centimeters. I think it's going to be a while. Mer, you need to rest.
Derek: You're doing good, Meredith. (He grabs water.) You need to drink. (She takes a drink.)
Meredith: Your Mom...
Derek: I called her. She's coming. (Ellis comes in.)
Ellis: Meredith Evelyn! What on earth were you thinking?
Ellis: (Walks over to her side and puts her hand on her shoulder.) How are you?
Meredith: I am preparing to give birth. I'm tired. I was already tired all day. I couldn't sleep last night. The contractions were--
Derek: Contractions? You were having contractions yesterday?
Meredith: For the last few days.
Derek: You couldn't tell me?
Meredith: I didn't want you to freak out.
Derek: These are the things you need to tell me!
Meredith: I'm sorry, Derek.
Addison: I'm going to check her--
Ellis: I'll leave. I will be back, honey. (She walks out.)
Addison: Mer, you're only at five.
Meredith: Three hours and I'm only at five centimeters.
Derek: It looks like our boy is shy. He's not ready to meet the world.
Meredith: Derek, I'm so tired.
Derek: Lay back and close your eyes. You need to rest
Several hours went by and Meredith was getting more and more antsy. Derek was there by her side, holding her hand. Izzie and George stopped by to check on her. The minute they heard her yelling at Derek, they wheeled around and left the area. Cristina was avoiding Meredith at all costs.
Burke: So Meredith is in labor, huh?
Cristina: Yeah, and she's being 'Super Bitch".
Burke: I'm sure she's in pain.
Cristina: Yeah, but-
Burke: You should be there with her.
Cristina: She has Shepherd, and her mom, and every other person in this hospital.
Burke: Yeah, but you are her person.
Cristina: Did you have to say that? (She rubs her face.) Okay, I'm going.
Derek walked with Meredith down the hallway. She was very uncomfortable. Addison said that it may help things. She was dilated to six centimeters, and getting closer.
Meredith: I don't like you very much right now.
Derek: I know you don't.
Meredith: Good! Ahh... Shit!
Derek: Breathe, just breathe.
Meredith: Do you think I don't know that by now! (Cristina walks up.)
Cristina: Why don't you get a drink, or go to the bathroom, Derek. I have her.
Derek: But- (He receives a sharp look from Cristina.) I'll be back, Mer.
Meredith: Thank you. He was driving me nuts. Always around, saying things, caring.
Cristina: I'm your person. I should be here.
Meredith: Let's go back to the room. My contractions are getting closer. (The pass by Ellis and Lynn, who are sitting in the hallway.)
Lynn: Are you okay, Dear?
Meredith: (Shakes her head.) No. I need this to stop.
Meredith: Unless you want me to hurt you, please don't talk. (Cristina shakes her head behind Meredith, telling them to leave her alone.)
Addison: Let's check you out here. Ah, you're at eight. You're eighty percent.
Meredith: (Another contraction comes along. She grabs Cristina's hand, almost breaking.) Where the fuck is Derek? Damn him! Ahh. I hate him!
Cristina: Breathe Meredith. You're everything is okay.
Meredith: No, everything is not okay. I am pushing a fucking beast through my vagina. CRAP!
Addison: I know you want to, but don't push. You're not dilated enough yet.
Meredith: Someone get Derek. NOW! (Cristina runs out of the room.)
Cristina: (To Ellis.) Where is Derek?
Ellis: He hasn't come back yet.
Cristina: Damn-it. I've got to go find him.
Ellis: I'll go sit with her.
Cristina: Good luck! (Cristina finds Derek sitting with Richard, Mark and Burke.) Oh hell no! No way.
Cristina: You left me in there with her.
Derek: I can't--
Cristina: Get your ass up, and get in there with your wife. This is your fault. NOW! Go! (Derek gets up and head to the room.)
Richard: How is she?
Cristina: Freaking crazy.
Mark: I can see her being like that. The girl had fire in her...
Cristina: She is yelling obscenities that I have never heard before.
Meredith: Where have you been?
Addison: Okay, you can start pushing. (She bears down and begins pushing.)
Meredith: Already? What do you mean, already? It's about DAMN time!
Derek: Push, Mer. You're doing good. (He wipes her forehead with a cold washcloth.)
Addison: Okay, relax.
Derek: Good job, honey.
Meredith: I'm sorry for yelling. Ahh, shit! (She closes her eyes and lays her head back.) Never again, Derek. NEVER!
Addison: Okay, Meredith, push.
Meredith: (She pushes.) I hate you Derek. You and your stupid boy PENIS!
Addison: Relax. Stop pushing.
Derek: (Starts to laugh.) Mer-
Meredith: You think that's funny? Fuck you, Derek. (She grabs the magazine by her bedside, and start beating him with it.)
Derek: Ouch. Mer, stop. Stop!
Meredith: I can't do this. (She lays her head back.) I can't. He's some kind of beast.
Addison: Meredith, you need to really push this time. (She bears down.) Push again. (Derek looks.) One more time.
Derek: Oh, Mer, he's almost here.
Addison: Okay, last push. Make this one count! Good job. (She lifts the baby.) Welcome to the world, baby Shepherd!
Derek: Meredith, he is beautiful.
Meredith: Why isn't he crying? Oh my God, he's not. Derek! Our baby. (Just then, he wails.) Oh...
Addison: Would you like to cut the cord, Dad?
Derek: Yes. (He does, and Addison places the baby in Meredith's arms.)
Meredith: Oh my God, he's perfect! (She starts to bawl.) Derek, he looks just like you.
Derek: He has your nose.
Meredith: Welcome to the world, Liam.
Derek: Liam Patrick. (Ellis and Lynn come in.)
Addison: Hello, there, Liam Patrick Shepherd.
Ellis: Meredith, he is beautiful. You did good.
Lynn: I'm so proud of you. (She looks at Liam.) Hello, baby.
Meredith rested for a while. After a few hours, the news had spread about baby Shepherd. People started coming by, checking him out. Derek sat by Meredith's side. She held Liam, stroking his head and staring at him. Derek just watched them. His perfect family. Izzie and George come in.
Izzie: Oh, Mer. He's perfect. Hey there baby.
Izzie: Okay. Hey there, Liam!
Izzie: Congratulations, Derek.
George: Yes, congrats.
Derek: Thank you.
Izzie: We're going to leave. You look tired.
Meredith: You don't have to.
Izzie: Don't worry, little guy, we'll be seeing a lot of you! Bye. (They walk out.)
Meredith: Would you like to hold your son?
Derek: Of course. (Tears run down his cheeks.)
Meredith: Are you okay?
Derek: I never thought this would happen. I would have never guessed two years ago that I would meet the love of my life, and we would have a perfect child. You are undoubtedly the best thing that has ever happened to me. I love you so much. I am so proud of you. Thank you, Meredith. Thank you for giving me this gift, our son.
Meredith: I'm sorry I yelled. I love you. And looking at him, and you, I want a whole flock of Shepherd's.
Meredith: Really. I was so worried. Worried he wouldn't make it. Worried that I wouldn't make it. Worried that you wouldn't be happy. Worried that I wouldn't be able to love him. Worried I wouldn't be able to work. But now, seeing him. I don't care. You and him, you're my life. You're my family. You're my everything. (Derek leans over an kisses her. Burke and Cristina come in.)
Preston: Congratulations, you two!
Derek: Thank you.
Preston: He's cute.
Meredith: Cristina, you're not saying anything.
Cristina: Oh, well, congratulations.
Meredith: Do you want to hold him?
Cristina: No, um--
Meredith: Hold him.
Cristina: Fine. (Derek hands her Liam.) Hi there, little boy. I'm you're Aunt Cristina. Yes, I am. I'm your mom's person. (She talks in baby talk. She looks up at a shocked Meredith, Derek and Preston.) What?
Meredith: You were talking baby talk!
Cristina: I was not! Here, take it! (She hands him off to Preston.)
Meredith: You know you love him. Go ahead, try to deny it!
Preston: If you are anything like your dad, we need to keep you away from the ladies! (They all laugh. They stay for a few minutes, and then hand him back to Meredith and leave. Richard comes in.)
Meredith: Did you come to see your grandson?
Richard: Grandson...I likethe sound of that. Oh, wow. He's good looking. Already at his young age.
Meredith: He's not even a day old yet! (Mark comes in.)
Mark: Hey there, Firecracker. I heard you were beating my best friend Derek.
Mark: I'm sure he deserved it. (He looks up at him.) It fits you, Derek, being a father.
Mark: Just wanted to see my nephew, I'll see you guys tomorrow.
Richard: I'll go too. Goodnight.
Derek watched as Meredith slept. She had done so much for him. She held their baby inside of her, suffering through back pain, feet pain, nausea, and everything else. He was so proud of her. He loved her more this moment then ever before.
A month had gone by. Baby Liam is doing great. Taking him home was a challenge. Derek had a hell of a time getting the car seat in. Finally it took Alex, of all people to get it in just right. Derek came to the conclusion that it was the Jeep's fault, and maybe they needed a mini van. Meredith made it clear that she was not driving a mini van. She wasn't a soccer mom that had gone soft. She is a hardcore surgeon! Derek just laughed. Derek drove so slowly and carefully with the baby in the car. Everything was a risk. Everything was a danger. He was so protective over him. He would wake up at night, just to go in the nursery and watch him sleep. They ended up moving up to the loft upstairs, so that they could be closer to him. Liam was a quiet baby, and let them sleep through the night. Meredith was happy to be home, but she missed the hospital. Derek missed his son whenever he was at work. He was so proud, all he ever talked about was his wife and son.
From underneath the trees, we watch the sky
Confusing stars for satellites
I never dreamed that you'd be mine
But here we are, we're here tonight
Derek arrived home at eight p.m.. He had an emergency surgery. He had been working less, so that he could spend time with them both. When he pulled up to the house, he saw Meredith sitting on the porch swing with their son in her arms. She was watching the setting sun over the water. He walked up, and sat next to her, wrapping his arm around her.
And in the air the fireflies
Our only light in paradise
We'll show the world they were wrong
And teach them all to sing along
Singing Amen I'm alive
Singing Amen I'm alive
Derek: Hello, my family.
Meredith: Hello, Daddy! Your son missed you today.
Derek: Not as much as I missed him. (He kisses her and then his son.)
Meredith: How was work?
Derek: Oh, I had a run-of-the-mill craniotomy. How about you?
Meredith: Oh, just some spit-up in the morning. Several diapers full of poo. Exciting...
Derek: You know you love it.
Meredith: I do. And I love you. (She leans in and kisses him.)
Derek: Not as much as I love you.
And as we lie beneath the stars
We realize how small we are
If they could love like you and me
Imagine what the world could be
If everyone cared and nobody cried
If everyone loved and nobody lied
If everyone shared and swallowed their pride
We'd see the day when nobody died
So there it is, in it's entirety. The song was 'If Everyone Cared' by Nickelback. When I heard it, I knew that it was the one for the end of the story. They went through a lot in their journey.
Everyone- THANK YOU so much for reading! I hope that it was up to your expectations. I really enjoyed writing it. Thank you to everyone who reviewed, especially the ones that reviewed regularly. It made a huge difference. There were times when I didn't feel like writing, but after reading the reviews, I was inspired. This story was originally a lot shorter, but I changed things according to what people wanted, so reviews do make a difference. I am happy with how it ended up, and I hope you are too!
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I will be posting my new fic, Never Leave Your Heart Alone soon. If you read it, that would be great.
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