Chapter 33: Welcome Families
Wilson looked at the baby in Jessica's arms. It was their baby. He could not take his eyes off their daughter. "She's gorgeous." Wilson said.
"She's the best thing we have done yet." Jessica said. She was looking at the baby in amazement. The baby who had been asleep opened her eyes and looked at her parents. Her face lit up. It made Jessica's eyes glisten. "Did you have a nice nap honey? Daddy and I were just talking about how gorgeous you are."
Wilson smiled as the baby stretched and yawned. "She looks hungry." Wilson had to laugh as his daughter reached for Jessica's chest.
"Okay let's try this again." Jessica said as she tried to breastfeed her daughter. They had only started to breastfeeding yesterday. The baby was able to get a hold and began to drink.
"She seems to be having an easier time than before." Wilson said.
"We're both still getting used to it. Ouch!" Jessica winced.
"Are you okay?" Wilson asked concerned.
"Like I said, we're both getting used to it still. I'm fine." Wilson kissed Jessica's neck before resting his chin on her shoulder. "What are you thinking?"
"Just how lucky I am. I have the most beautiful wife and daughter anyone could ask for."
Jessica smiled and felt tears in her eyes. Her hormones were turned up on a high level. Wilson saw that he had triggered her hormones off again. He wrapped his arm around Jessica.
"Is that all you want to eat?" Jessica asked her daughter as she stopped drinking.
"She was probably just having a midnight snack according to her clock." Wilson said trying to reassure his wife that it was normal. "She'll be up in a few hours wanting to eat more."
Jessica didn't look fully convinced, but accepted it for the moment. "Do you want to hold her?"
"Sure. You look tired. You should try and sleep a little." Wilson said. Jessica didn't even try to argue. She was tired. Wilson took his daughter who was more than happy to be in her daddy's arms. "Hey baby girl. Let's go look out the window." Holding his daughter, Wilson walked over to the window. Jessica was lucky enough to have a room with a decent view of the sunset. The baby yawned and started to get ornery. "Shhh… What's wrong Annabelle?" Then Wilson realized what was wrong.
After changing Annabelle's diaper, she was a very happy, but a tired baby girl. Wilson gently rocked her until she fell asleep and put her in the bassinet. "Dream well sweetheart."
He pulled the blanket up around Annabelle and gave her a kiss goodnight. A tired dad laid down next to his wife and put an arm around her. Wilson fell asleep to the sound of his family sleeping.
"How's my favorite niece?" Chase asked as he stuck his head into the room. He had a few minutes to spare.
"She's not very happy at the moment." Jessica said as she held a crying baby Annabelle.
"That's not good." Chase said. "May I?"
"Sure." Jessica said she let Robert hold his niece.
Robert took his niece and gently rubbed her back as she rested on his chest. "Annabelle, what happened honey?" Slowly, but eventually, Annabelle started to calm down. "That's a good girl." Chase noticed the Band-Aid on Annabelle's arm. He looked at Jessica. "When did they get blood from her?"
"Just a little while ago. That's when she started crying."
Chase looked back at his niece. "Did the nurses scare you? They did not mean to hurt you."
Jessica smiled. Her brother was always good with kids, but Robert was adorable with babies. "Aren't you a good uncle?"
Chase looked at his sister. "She just likes me." His niece really did like him. "When are you going home?"
"Tomorrow. I can't wait to go home."
Chase smiled. "You never did like staying in hospitals."
Jessica shrugged her shoulders. "Hi Allison." Jessica said as Cameron came into the room.
"Hi." Cameron couldn't help but smile at how cute and comfortable her husband looked with a baby in his arms. She walked over to Chase and baby Annabelle.
"You remember Aunt Allison, don't you Annabelle?" Chase asked.
"Hi Annabelle." Cameron said. Annabelle smiled at Cameron.
"She likes you." Chase said.
Cameron smiled. Chase's pager went off and he sighed. "I have to go." He handed Annabelle back to Jessica and left for the ICU.
"Do you want to hold her?" Jessica asked.
"Uh, no. I'm afraid that I'll drop her." Cameron said. She had never been very good with little kids let alone babies.
"That's ridicules. Even House didn't drop her."
"You actually let House hold your child?" Cameron asked surprised.
"Surprisingly, he was actually good with Annabelle." Cameron sat down on the bed and Jessica put Annabelle in her arms. Cameron looked down at the baby in her arms. "See, I told you. You wouldn't drop her."
"I was probably just over exaggerating." Cameron said in somewhat of a daze. For the first time, Cameron was actually thinking about babies.
Chase and Cameron had been asleep for a few hours. Okay, that was a lie. Chase had fallen asleep. Cameron was staring at the ceiling wide-awake. She could not fall asleep. She looked at the clock. It was three in the morning.
Cameron turned over. "Rob." He remained asleep. She gently pushed his shoulder. "Rob." He mumbled something. "Rob, are you awake?"
"What?" He asked. He was trying to sleep and Allison was making that difficult.
"Do you want kids?"
"Sure." He more asleep than anything and Cameron knew that. He would agree with anything right now.
"I'm turning on the light."
"Please, don't do that." It was too late. Light hit Chase's eyes. "Damn." He sat up and rubbed his eyes. "Did you have to do that?" An annoyed Chase asked his wife.
"Yes. I'm sorry, I'll turn off the light in awhile."
"Why did you do that?"
"Because you weren't really listening to me."
Chase looked at the clock. "Allison! It's three in the bloody morning." He seriously wanted to bury his head in a pillow and go to sleep. However, that was not an option.
"Oh calm down. Don't be a big baby."
"So, what did you want to talk about?" Chase asked, getting right to the point.
"Why don't we talk about this in the morning." Cameron said. She was taking the easy way out now. "Night." She kissed Chase's cheek, turned out the light, and laid back down.
Chase turned the light back on. "Come on, you woke me up for a reason. What's on your mind?"
Cameron sat up. "Okay, so I have been thinking about stuff."
"What kind of stuff?"
"Babies. Kids. The other day, when you were holding Annabelle it just looked so natural."
"Okay." He was honestly lost, but that probably had something to do with being half asleep.
"So, what I am wondering is if you want to have kids?"
Chase's eyes softened. "With you? Of course I do."
"Okay." Cameron passionately kissed her husband and turned off the light. She was going to let him go back to sleep now. "Rob." She said after a few moments.
"I want kids now."
Chase blinked a few times. "Do you mean as in, right this second?"
"Yes. No. I don't know."
Chase turned over and looked at his wife. He ran a finger along her cheek. "Allison, do you want to have kids right now?" She nodded her head. "Why didn't you just say so?"
"I guess I was worried about what you might think."
"Honey, I'm here for you no matter what. You can tell me what ever you are thinking no matter what. Okay?"
Cameron cuddled closer. "Okay." She kissed Chase and ran her hand through his hair.
"So, about this whole baby talk... Do you want to do something about it right now?"
"Right now, it's the middle of the night."
"Yeah, but we are both awake."
"Why not." Cameron pulled Chase over to her and started to assault him with her lips. Within in a few minutes clothes were scattered across the room.
A few weeks later, back to her pre-pregnancy weight, Jessica opened the door of her house to a familiar person. "Hi House." She wasn't very surprised to see him there. She had invited him to the party. She was just glad that he had shown up.
"Hi. Here this is for the kid." He handed Jessica a something in a bag.
"Thank you. Why don't you come in?" She hadn't expected him to give them a gift.
"Sure." House came into the house and looked around. He had only been in the house a few times. "Who decorated?" He noted the streamers and balloons in the room.
"Not me. Allison and Lisa took over the decorations."
"Ah… It does have their flare."
"House, why don't you ever call anyone by their first names? Heck, you even call James, Wilson." It was just something random that had come into Jessica's mind.
"It's all part of my evil plan of world domination."
"Ah, well as long as it fits in with your evil-villain complex. If you want to try it, you can call me Jessica."
"Yeah, that's not going to happen. Who would I call kangaroo?"
"I don't know. Annabelle might like the nickname."
"Nope, that would be wrong. She is only half of a kangaroo."
"That works to." Jessica said. "I'm not going anywhere if you change your mind. Come on, let's get you a drink." Jessica led House into the backyard where the rest of the company was. They went to get a drink and House scattered to the wind. After getting a drink for her husband and herself, Jessica went over to Wilson.
"Hey honey." Wilson said as he wrapped an arm around Jessica. The other arm was occupied with Annabelle.
"Who was at the door?"
"House, who has disappeared somewhere. Here is your drink."
"How's she doing?" Jessica asked.
"Well, she didn't like being passed around to everyone. So right now, I'm being a safety net."
"Now I remember why I fell in love with you. You're just a sweet guy." Wilson smiled. Annabelle started to squirm. "Do you want me to take her?"
"Sure." He handed Annabelle over to Jessica. Annabelle instantly stopped squirming and yawned.
"It looks like she's ready for her nap. I'll be back." Wilson nodded and Jessica took Annabelle inside the house.
The house was a classic bungalow. It opened with a small living room and staircase leading to the second floor. On the other side of the staircase was a dining room that connected to the kitchen. Behind the living room was small den that was more of empty office space or an extra bedroom.
The second floor of the house had four bedrooms. The master bedroom had a walk-in closet that connected to a master bathroom. The bedroom also attached to the nursery. It was a big house, but not nearly big as the one Jessica and Robert had grown up in.
Jessica carried Annabelle into the nursery and gently rocked her in the rocking chair until she fell asleep. When Annabelle had been asleep for a few minutes Jessica put her in the crib. She was closing the door when she saw Robert coming up the stairs. "What are you doing up here stranger?"
"Nothing. I heard you were up here."
"Okay. What's with that smile?"
"What smile?" Chase asked.
"It is the same smile you had after you got your first kiss."
"No, it's not." Chase said, but his face supported everything Jessica said.
"Fine, you'll crack eventually. You always do."
Chase smiled. His sister was right. She was one of the few people he actually liked to tell good news first. "You look happy."
"I am. I really am."
"Your house is huge." Chase said changing the subject.
"I know. I never realized how big it was. It used to look so tiny. Come on, there's a bunch of people downstairs. Now, I know you love sneaking away and reading in a corner at parties, but that's not an option."
"Will you let that go already? It was a one-time thing and I wasn't completely anti-social. I did talk to a few people." Chase slightly muttered the last part.
"Yeah, sure. We'll just say you were shy."
"Remind me why I talk to you."
"You'd be miserable if you didn't talk to me. Plus, I'm actually one of the few people who you like being around and I can make you smile."
"That might have a point of truth to it."
"It has way too much truth to it." Jessica said jokingly. She just liked giving her brother a hard time. Jessica motioned her brother to follow her downstairs.
"You're just going to leave Annabelle alone?"
Jessica waved the baby monitor that she was holding. "I'll be able to hear her the moment she wakes up. I'm not a neglecting mom."
"Right, of course not. I don't know what was even crossing my mind." Chase said. His sister was a great mom. She had taken care enough of him to prove that, even if she wasn't supposed to act like his parent or vise versa.
"So, we have something to tell you." Chase said with Cameron beside him. They were leaving from the party.
"Why do I have a bad feeling about this?" Jessica asked.
"I am nice." There was a somewhat skeptical look from Robert. "Well, I am most of the time."
"There are actually two announcements." Cameron said as she looked at Chase.
"Now, I'm really nervous." Jessica said. "So, what's going on?"
Cameron gave Chase that look telling him his news then theirs. "I will no longer be working for House."
"What?" Foreman, Wilson, and Jessica asked.
"Don't worry I'll still be at the hospital just in a different department. I have been given the opportunity to be in charge of the ICU." Chase said. It was his dream job. He had wanted that job forever. He was an Intesevist he belonged there.
"That is great Rob." Jessica said.
"Yeah, but that's not the best news." He looked at Cameron.
"I'm pregnant." Cameron said.
Jessica let out a shriek of joy and gave both Robert and Allison a hug. "Congratulations! I'm so happy for the both of you."
"Thank you." Cameron said. She was glowing.
Jessica slapped her brother's shoulder. "What was that for?"
"For not saying anything."
"I'm good at keeping secrets. You should know that by now."
"Yeah. You're probably right."
"Congratulations." Foreman said, before giving Cameron a hug.
"Great like kangaroo having a Joey wasn't enough. Cameron, you had to let the wombat get you pregnant?" House asked.
"Whom else was I supposed to get me pregnant House? You?" Cameron asked.
House looked sickened at the thought. "You are so not my type. You are too young and a flame brain. Get over me already."
Chase smiled and put his arm around Cameron. "Believe me, she has."
"Finally. Thank God!"
"Okay, well Jessica we had a wonderful time. Thank you." Cameron said.
"Thank you and drop by any time." Jessica said.
"We will eventually." Thus, Cameron and Chase left and went home.
"Well, I should probably go to. A crying baby is just annoying. I don't care how cute the rug rat is, she will still be a crying baby." House said, even though Annabelle was smiling at him. She was one of the few babies he did not mind, but he was sure that would change as she started to speak and have teeth.
Jessica just shook her head. "You never know, Annabelle might grow on you."
"I doubt that. She's part kangaroo."
Jessica smiled. "Bye House."
House nodded. "Wilson." In a quieter voice he said, " Bye Jessica."
Jessica and Wilson were both surprised at House. "Bye Greg." Jessica said as she closed the door.
Jessica looked around her house. It was a mess. She looked at Wilson holding their daughter. "I can put Annabelle down and help you."
"I have a better idea." Jessica said and she led Wilson into the backyard. He smiled when he saw what she was thinking. Soon Jessica, Wilson, and Annabelle were swinging in the hammock enjoying life. They were one happy family. Life could not get any better.
A/N: Well, to everyone who has read this I thank you. I never expected this story to be as long or as popular as it turned out to be. Again, I thank you. I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did writing it.
I will not be writing any House stories for a while, but do not worry I have some stuff planned. I hope you keep an eye out for my other stuff and enjoy it.
Disclaimer: Nothing belongs to me, except for characters not belonging to the TV show. That means Jessica and Annabelle are mine.