So, this is it; the final chapter.
It's extra long for your reading pleasure and, I hope, wraps everything up nicely. I may write a sequel some time down the line, who knows.
Stay tuned until the end, and tell what you think I should write next…
Saturday, April 4th
Almost 9 months pregnant. Jesus! Is this baby ever going to get born?
I was due any day now, and I was officially the size of a barge – and retained as much water.
Even though Edward showed me every day how beautiful I was to him – especially after that spectacular Valentine's Day present – it was still hard to look in a mirror.
I've been on my baby break for almost a month now in preparation for the birth, and it has been exceedingly boring. I've never been much for watching TV, so most of the time; I end up re-watching movies I've already seen about twenty times before. If it was possible, I was actually starting to dislike Donnie Darko (but, only after the fifth time watching it this week).
Every so often, however, I did manage to do a little bit of work from home – such as conducting interviews and writing columns – much to Edward's chagrin. He doesn't want me stressing about anything work related right now.
So, that just leaves me to stress about pregnancy stuff. I'm having a hard time even rolling my fat butt off the couch these days. Though, Edward is spending more time at home as the due date draws near. The doctor said April 9, but even I know these things are not set in stone.
This afternoon, Alice and I are deeply ensconced in a Doctor Who marathon, surrounded by a mountain of snacks.
"I can't believe I'm actually liking this show," Alice said.
"Yeah I know, the special effects are shit, but this is really compelling," I said, nearly mesmerized.
We were debating whose turn it was to get up and get more cookie dough from the fridge when Edward and Jasper came in with groceries.
"Oooo," Alice squealed, "d'ya get anything good?"
Jasper pulled out a package of Jammie Dodgers; this made mine and Alice's eyes light up.
"Oi, Bells, help me up."
I placed my left foot under Alice's backside and shoved forward as she attempted to stand, propelling her upward. "Thanks mate."
She waddled over to Jasper to get the biscuits, and I silently wondered if I looked like that when I walk – like a duck that's swallowed a watermelon. As I pondered, Edward sat behind me and started rubbing my shoulders.
"How's the mummy-to-be?"
"Fat...is it April 9th yet?"
He gave me a stern look, "You're not fat, and you must have patience, Love. The baby will come when he comes."
"He's being stubborn – he's too much like me," I whined. "I thought little boys were supposed to be like their fathers."
Edward threw his head back and laughed. "Not always; just look how much I'm like my mother."
I looked up at him, "God, you're right."
We both laughed until we heard a sharp squeal come from the kitchen – it was Alice.
"Al, are you OK?" I yelled from the couch as Edward got up to see what was wrong.
Suddenly Jasper was pulling Alice out of the kitchen with her left arm over his shoulder; her right arm was clutching her belly in pain.
"My water just broke!" She cried.
"Oh my god!" I screamed, trying desperately to push myself to my feet. "But, you're not due for another week!"
"Well," Alice said. "This baby's coming regardless."
Jasper was trying to calm her down. "Breathe, Love, breathe! The baby's not coming yet."
"Still! It hurts so bad!" She cried.
Edward came and pulled me up as Jasper got Alice down the stairs and into the car.
"Ah, I forgot her bag," Jasper said.
"Don't worry about it mate," Edward said. "You still have that key under the mat?"
"I'll get it and Bella and I will be at the hospital shortly."
With that, Jasper was off. I waited for Edward by the car as he got Alice's bag from their flat, and we were headed toward the hospital.
I was trying to calm down; I mean it's not even my baby being born – just my niece – but it was nerve wracking.
And what made it worse was the thought that if my sister's labor is freaking me out this much, how will I handle Bella's?
I tried to just push all thoughts aside as we got to the hospital, I helped Bella through the front doors and we made our way to the maternity ward. A woman was at Bella's side immediately.
"Oh, my dear. Did your water break? Are you in labor?"
She was attempting to pull a very confused Bella into a wheel chair before I stopped her.
"No, ma'am, we're not here for her," I said. "We're looking for my sister, Alice Hale; she came in not long ago. She's the one who's in labor right now."
"Oh I'm sorry," she said, releasing Bella.
She walked to the desk and lookup up something on the computer, "Alice Hale, room 402."
"Thanks," I said, taking Bella's hand as we walked to the room. Alice was standing up and pacing the room.
"Where's Jas?" Bella asked as she made her way over to walk by Alice's side.
"He went to get me some ice chips," she said. "He wouldn't let the nurses do it because he knows how I like them."
"So, what are you doing?" I asked watching her and Bella pace the short length of the room.
"This helps when the contractions hit. They're a little over 10 minutes apart now."
"That didn't take long," Bella said, sounding a little worried. "Doesn't it usually take longer than that?"
"I guess not," Alice said, wincing as another contraction hit.
Bella held onto her hand and rubbed her back until the pain went away. Once Alice returned to normal, Bella shook her hand out.
"Nice grip, Al," Bella joked.
"Thanks," Alice countered.
Jasper burst back into the room. "Darling, I've got the ice chips, and they're crushed the way you like them – oh, Ed, Bells, thank god you're here."
"Wouldn't miss it mate," I said. "Is there anything we can do?"
"Not right now," Alice said. "I'm just waiting until I get further along so they can give me the epidural."
Bella cringed at the word; I did a little bit, too. I didn't want to imagine someone sticking a needle under Bella's spine – I didn't want to see her in any kind of pain.
"What are you dilated to?" Bella asked.
"Only 3 centimeters, but; they haven't checked in a while."
Just then, a nurse came in.
"Alright, Mrs. Hale, you doing OK?"
"Do you need anything? Are the contractions still the same?"
"No and yes," Alice said, before another contraction rippled through her body.
"OK, make that no and no," Alice wheezed out through her pain.
"How long has it been since the last one?" The nurse looked to Jasper, who looked panicked.
"I...I...don't..." He stuttered.
"About 5 minutes," I piped up.
"Alright, let's see if we can get the doctor in to see if you're dilated more."
Jasper, the nurse and I helped Alice onto the bed as Bella stood nervously wringing her hands. I went over to calm her down.
"You alright, Love?"
"Yeah, I'm fine," she said unconvincingly. I reached out to stop her hands from moving and forced her to look into my eyes.
"This scares you a bit, doesn't it?"
"More than a bit," she admitted biting her lip. "This is terrifying."
"We should go to the waiting room," I said, turning to Jasper. "Bella doesn't feel well."
"Oh, Bella!" Alice said. "I'm sorry; really, this isn't as bad as it looks. Don't be frightened."
I pulled Bella through the door and down the hall where we ran into my parents.
"Did you see her? Is she OK? Oh, I can't believe my little Ali-Cat is having a baby!" Mum was in full-on babble mood.
"Yes, Mum, she's fine; she's lying down and the doctor's coming to see how far along she is."
"Good," Dad said. "Are you two going to wait out here?"
"Yeah, it was bothering Bella."
"Oh Bella dear," Mum said to Bella. "Are you OK? Don't let anything happening here scare you. Really, it hurts but the pain doesn't last that long. As soon as you have that little baby in your arms, you won't be able to remember anything but him."
Mum was tearing up before Dad dragged her off to see Alice; but, the talk seemed to make Bella feel better.
"Do you need some water or something?" I asked her.
"No, I'm fine. Let's just sit here."
We sat on a couch in the waiting room and held each other close. It seemed like an eternity had past – though it was probably only 20 minutes – when my dad came back out.
"Edward, Bella; Alice wants to see you."
We walked back in, and Alice was suddenly very serene. It had to be drugs.
"Bella! I'm sorry I scared you," Alice said.
"It's OK; I shouldn't have freaked out like that."
Bella approached the side of the bed and gave Alice a small hug. Alice was lying on her back with her knees up and her feet on the bed; suddenly, her left foot slipped off. Everyone in the room simply stared at her leg dangling from the bed.
"A-hem," Alice said. "Can I get a little help here?"
Jasper and Dad jumped up to get Alice's leg back to its original position. Apparently, the epidural had left Alice without much control over her lower body.
"What did the doctor say?" Bella asked.
"He said I'm about 8 centimeters and, at the rate I'm going, should be ready to go in the next hour or so."
Bella smiled and placed her hand on Alice's belly; Alice placed a hand on top of Bella's.
"Can you believe we get to be mommies together?" Alice asked.
"I can't think I've anybody I'd rather do that with," Bella responded.
Half-an-hour later, Alice and Jasper were in the delivery room, while Bella, Mum, Dad and I sat and waited.
Soon, Jasper – still in hospital scrubs – was in the waiting room in a daze.
"I can't believe it," he said. "I'm a dad."
We all stood and engulfed him in a family hug.
"What does she look like? Is she beautiful?" Mum was bawling.
"She's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen," Jasper said, still dazed.
"When will they bring her out?" I asked.
As if on cue, a nurse walked into the nursery with my niece: Olivia Alice Hale.
Jasper walked to the glass and pressed his forehead to it, just staring at his newborn daughter.
"So beautiful," he whispered.
I wrapped my arm around his neck and stood there with him – my brother.
Saturday, April 11th
It's past my due date, and yet, still no baby.
It's 5:30 a.m. and I can't sleep, so I'm up watching TV and eating half of a turkey sandwich. Hopefully, this eating at odd hours thing won't continue once I'm not pregnant anymore.
I can feel myself dozing off as the TV suddenly shuts off and I'm being lifted off of the couch.
"Wha...Edward? Is that you?"
"Yes Love, I'm taking you to bed."
I was trying to stop him from carrying me through my hazy, sleepy state.
"Edward, don't try to carry me...I'm too...heavy," I couldn't put up much of a fight.
He lifted me with surprising ease and took me back to our room. He place me in the bed and started kissing my neck softly. I leaned my head away to give him greater access to that spot he knows I love. He made his way there and I was putty in his hands.
"Bella, are you still sleepy?"
"No...keep doing that..."
He continued to suck at my neck while he gently massaged my belly; he moved his way up to my breasts, and it was almost too much for me to take.
"Edward..." I moaned, "Make love to me."
That was all he needed. He pulled my nightgown up over my head, and smiled at the fact that I had chosen not to wear panties to bed. He slipped himself out of his boxers as I moved myself up onto the pillows behind me. He got into his position in front of me and slowly entered, holding himself inside of me for a moment before he started moving.
I was already fairly worked up at this point, so I wasn't surprised to find my climax coming rather quickly. After I came, Edward found his release and collapsed on top of me. He placed sweet kisses all over my face and slowly pulled out of me.
Suddenly, I felt something strange from between my legs – more moisture than I was used to after sex. Edward seemed to notice it, too.
"Love, are you OK?"
Then, it hit both of us: my water broke.
"Edward, the baby's coming!"
Edward didn't hesitate as he jumped up and threw his clothes on. He helped me out of bed and got a dress for me to throw on as he grabbed my bag.
We were down the stairs and in the car in record time; Edward was speeding in and out of traffic, yelling and honking at any car that got in his way. My contractions weren't strong, yet, and they were about half-an-hour apart.
I sat calmly in the passenger's seat, smiling at how Edward was freaking out.
"Come on, you wankers! Get out of the way, my wife's having a baby."
There were a surprisingly large number of people on the roads for how early it was. We got to the hospital and Edward pulled up to the emergency entrance.
"Edward, just park; I don't need to go into emergency, I'm fine."
He looked like he was about to debate me, until I put on my stern, 'I'm-pregnant-don't-you-mess-with-me' face. He pulled out of emergency and parked in the car park.
Once I was in, a lady brought me a wheel chair while Edward checked me in; they got me to my room and I put on a hospital gown before I sat down in one of the room's chairs.
"Don't you want to lie down?" Edward asked.
"No, I'm fine," I said; another contraction hit just then. They were getting stronger, but were still twenty minutes apart.
Edward sat in the chair next to me and rubbed my belly while the pain subsided.
"That one looked like it hurt," he said, concerned.
"They're getting more intense; but still, I know that's nothing compared to what's coming in the next couple of hours."
I smiled up at him, but he still looked concerned. I tried changing the subject, "Did you call your parents?"
"No," he said, standing up to grab his phone.
He dialed their number and I could hear a gruff, rather grumpy Dad talking pretty loudly over the phone.
"Dad? It's Edward; we're at the hospital, Bella's gone into labor. Yeah, she's fine; the contractions are pretty far apart. Mm-Hmm...no, I don't need to talk to Mum. OK, I'll see you when you get here. Bye"
Edward flipped the phone shut, "They'll be here shortly."
"What about Jasper and Alice?"
"We can let them sleep, Love. It's early."
"No; Alice said to call when I'm in labor. She'll get mad if we don't tell her right away, you know her."
He couldn't seem to argue with that; he flipped the phone back open and dialed Alice's number. Just then, Dr. Singh walked in, "Bella, how are you feeling?"
"I'm fine, Dr. Singh. My contractions are still pretty far apart."
"How far, would you say?"
"Twenty minutes or so."
"Good, good; now, let's see how dilated you are."
I leaned back as Dr. Singh examined me; after a few minutes, he looked up over my legs. "You're about three centimeters; so, we're running along pretty well here. We'll be able to give you some pain medication once you're in active labor – or when you're about five or six centimeters. Do you need anything else, or do you have any other questions while I'm here?"
"I'm good," I said. "I'll just lie here and wait for the real pain to kick in."
Dr. Singh chuckled as he left.
Mum and Dad walked in about 5 minutes after the doctor left. "Bella! Dearest are you all right?"
"I'm fine, Mum," I said. "The doctor was just here and said I'm still a ways away from the delivery."
Mum came over and gave me a hug, followed by Dad.
"Alright then, Love. Let's sit down here and give Bella some space," Dad said, pulling Mum into the chairs against the wall.
Edward sat in the chair next to my bed and took my hand, "You're sure you're alright?"
He pulled my arm toward him and gave the top of my hand a nice, slow kiss before he leaned in to kiss my lips.
There was a knock at the door.
"Can we come in?" Alice asked as she peered around the door.
"Of course, Mama Al," I said.
Alice entered with Jasper close behind, carrying little Olivia in a car seat.
"Hi, Liv! How's my pretty little niece?" I said as Jasper brought the car seat towards me.
"She just had to be at the birth of her cousin," Jasper said.
"How far along are you?" Alice asked.
"So, we've got here before the real fun begins."
"I guess so."
Two hours later
"OWWW!!" I screamed. "Where's the nurse with the painkillers? This hurts so bad!"
"Shhhhh…just breathe, Love," Edward said, rubbing my back while I paced back and forth across the room. "She'll be here soon, but she has to back sure you're dilated enough before she gives it to you."
"AAAHHHHHHHHGGGGGG!!" Another contraction came; they were less than five minutes apart now.
The nurse walked in, "Now, what's all this yelling about?"
She and Edward helped me back onto the bed. "You'd think you were dying or something, the way you're carrying on. Now, let's have a look at you."
She bent her head to examine me, and then looked back up. "Alright, Mrs. Cullen, you are ready for the painkillers. Now, are you wanting an epidural?"
I was about to say no when another contraction ripped through me; an epidural couldn't be any worse than this.
"Yes!! Yes!! Please, give me and epidural! It feels like I'm going to split in two!!"
Edward gave me a shocked look while the nurse went to get what I needed.
"Love, are you sure? You said you didn't want that."
"I do now," I said, on the verge of tears. "This hurts like hell."
"OK, what ever you want, angel."
He kissed my head as the nurse and an anesthesiologist returned with a large needle attached to an IV.
"OK, Mrs. Cullen, we're going to sanitize you, than give you an anesthetic before we put the catheter in."
I sat up while the nurse wiped my lower back down with some yellow sanitizer; she then gave me a shot in my back, but, because of the pain of the contractions, I hardly noticed it. We waited a few moments before she asked, "Is your back numb?"
I hadn't felt anything in a while, so I said, "Yes."
I leaned forward into Edward, who was seated on the bed in front of me, as the anesthesiologist put the needle into my back. After he was done, Edward gently laid me back down as the meds started to kick in.
"How do you feel, Love?"
"Much better," I sighed.
Dr. Singh came back in, "Bella, how are we doing?"
"Good, Dr. Singh."
"They just gave you an epidural?"
"Alright then, let's check you out."
Dr. Singh examined me again.
"Eight centimeters, won't be long now."
The next 30 minutes were a blur as I became fully dilated and Rhys dropped into position for delivery.
The next thing I knew, Edward was looking at me with a mask on, telling me to push.
"Come on, Love, breathe. That's it; give it one more big push."
Suddenly, all the pressure was gone; I looked down as Dr. Singh placed something in my lap: a small, naked, crying baby – my little boy.
"Mr. Cullen, would you like to cut the umbilical cord?"
Edward nodded and walked over so the doctor could show him where to cut. I just sat there and stared at Rhys; he was so beautiful.
The nurse picked him up so they could clean him. She gave him back to me wrapped in a blanket while Edward sat up on the bed next to me.
Neither of us could find any words – we were just in awe of this tiny human, this miracle that we had created together.
Saturday, April 18th
Everyone was over at mine and Bella's flat to see the new bundles of joy.
Rose was busy cooing over Rhys and Olivia as Emmett, Jasper and I sat on our balcony drinking a few beers.
"So, how are you two liking the whole fatherhood thing?" Emmett asked.
Jasper and I smiled at each other.
"Em, this is the greatest felling in the world," I said. "You really need to settle down and try it sometime."
Jasper laughed and took a swig, "Yeah, Em, this is what life's really all about."
"Well," Emmett said. "I may be experiencing it soon."
We looked at Emmett like he had grown another head.
"You don't mean…" Jasper started.
"Yup," Emmett said. "I've asked Rose to marry me – she said yes."
Just then, we heard squeals of joy from inside.
"Guess Rose just told the girls," Jasper laughed.
We walked inside to see a very excited trio of women chatting at a mile a minute.
"Oh, Jas, did you hear?" Alice asked.
"Em just told us."
"Now," Rose said. "We want to get married this summer; sometime in mid-August."
"So, in nice, mild weather," Jasper joked.
"We're having it indoors," Emmett countered.
I grabbed another beer and sat next to Bella, giving Rhys a kiss on the forehead.
"How's our boy?"
"He's good," Bella said. "It's almost feeding time, though."
"So," Rose piped up, interrupting our reverie. "I've already picked out my bridesmaids dresses; you two are going to love them."
"Guess this means we'll have to start shedding these baby pounds, huh Bells?" Alice asked.
"Oh god here we go," Bella replied, "Bridesmaids once again."
That's it…for now….maybe more in the future…
Until then, I have a couple ideas that I'd like feedback on, you know, if you've got the time:
Bella as an au pair for an Englishman named Carlisle Cullen; he takes her to Ireland to look after his two children, and there she meets his nephew, Edward.
Similar to the Twilight stories: Edward is still a vampire, but Bella isn't quite human. She has superhuman abilities and a twin brother whose own powers enhance hers. Sounds hokey, but trust me, it will be good.