A/N: I got tired of studying and wanted to do something else. I would have felt too guilty actually going out and having fun when I knew I should be studying so I balanced it out and stayed home and not studied. I don't really think it's logical but it soothes the guilt of my mental laziness...lol.
He sat slouched on the sofa not really listening to the words that were spewing from the man's mouth on the television. The place just seemed so…different without them, unworthy of even being called home.
It had been four days since he had last seen her or the Hayden. He had called Lori's house that night but she had refused to talk to him. He had called the following day, and reluctantly she had taken the phone when Lori handed it to her. Unfortunately though, he didn't hear the words he wanted to hear from her. She had told him that she just needed a little time to sort out everything that was going on. He had told her that he hadn't slep with Melanie. He told her that he hadn't even touched her since that night that he dropped her off home. Her only response was "Why did you lie to me then?" He mentally kicked himself when he heard her fighting back tears on the other end of the phone.
He had again apologized and told her that he was sorry. He admitted that he should have told her that Melanie was still calling him, but he didn't want her to get upset like he knew she would. But that plan ended up backfiring on him. He knew that Melanie was a touchy subject for her because it signified a very trying time in their relationship and brought back unpleasant feelings. That was why he had tried to keep everything under wraps. He again apologized. He heard her sniff on the other end of the phone, before he heard a fussy cry in the background.
"I gotta go," she told him.
"Okay," he said reluctantly, not wanting to let her get off of the phone since she was actually talking to him, but he knew she had to go and tend to Hayden.
"I love you," he said genuinely. He only heard silence on the other end of the phone before he heard it being placed back in its cradle.
He had called back the following day, but Lori told him that she had taken Hayden to the park. He asked Lori if he could meet up with her instead. He thought maybe he could try to send a message through her. And Lori being the soft hearted person that she was couldn't help but to sympathize with him and agree to meet with him. He had told her everything, from beginning to end. All of the phone calls he could remember and every detail he could remember about them. Lori had told him that Lisa was more upset that he hid it from her, then lied about it, and that other people knew something about their relationship that she didn't. He had expressed his regrets about his decisions. Lori agreed to try to talk with Lisa, or at least tell her everything that he had just told her. He thanked her and went back to the lonely condo.
That was yesterday. Now he was sitting on the sofa twiddling his thumbs looking at the telephone. Trying to time the exact moment that she would be done with class and how long it would take her to go pick up Hayden, run a few errands, and make it back to Lori's. He wouldn't stop calling until he got her to agree to talk to him and to come back home.
She lay in bed next to Hayden, watching the little girl sleep on the body pillow. She had left school early, just because she wasn't feeling emotionally up to it. She had then gone to pick Hayden up, went back to Lori's, and cuddled the little girl until she fell asleep.
The baby let out a soft sigh in her sleep as if she was tired, causing her mother to smile. That smile became a little weaker as a few tears fell. She took her hand away from softly tracing the baby's features and wiped the tears away. She sniffed and fought against spiraling into an all out tear fest. She was a bag of mixed emotions and she hated feeling that way. She felt sad and angry. She also felt guilty for keeping Hayden away from her father. And it didn't help that after the little girl had realized she hadn't seen him in two days, she had started pointing to the front door saying "Da dee." She had been shocked and excited after realizing the little girl had actually said her first meaningful word other than "Bah" which signaled she wanted her bottle. But soon sadness sat in after realizing that the baby had almost been forced into speaking after she had been depriving her of actually seeing her father, which had not been her intention. She also didn't mean to keep him away from her, that wasn't her intention. But she needed some time apart from him and where she went, she was taking her kiddo. She grew angry with herself at the thought which only caused her to grow angrier with him for putting her in such a predicament. It also didn't help that Hayden had been cranky for the last few days, having been removed from her bed and usual surroundings.
She sniffed again and wiped her tears away with her forearm. She continued to watch the baby sleep. She looked like him. But she also looked like her a little, especially when she opened her eyes. On first glance she didn't look like either of them because she had so many features from them both that it made her look like her own little person. But if you looked for them, you could pull out little traces of features that belonged to each of her parents. She smiled again as the baby crinkled and wiggled her nose in her sleep, the dream fairies as her mom would say were probably messing with her. She continued stroking the little girl's hair until the phone that was lying on the pillow behind her started ringing. She grabbed it quickly and answered it, not wanting it to wake the sleeping child.
"Hello," she said softly.
The person on the other end answered as if surprised. "Lise?" he questioned.
She instantly picked up on his voice. She swallowed hard. "Yeah?"
"Hey," he forced out. "How are you?"
"I'm fine," she told him, trying not to sound so cold. Lori had told her about their talk and everything he had said. She believed him, and she wasn't sure why that was. But the fact still remained that he had lied to her and continued to talk to the woman he had almost cheated on her with behind her back and that hurt her. Be that as it may, she couldn't keep playing these games. She wasn't nineteen anymore and she wasn't back in college with her parents supporting her and her whole life ahead of hear to do as she pleased. Sure she had her whole life ahead of her still, but she had a baby to think about now. And she also had an on and off relationship with the father of that baby for the past five years of her life, a relationship which had been remotely stable for the past two years. They shared a home, they shared each others lives. But more than anything, she loved him, and she knew that he loved her even though he could be a complete idiot sometimes.
"I miss you," he told her. "I really want to see you. We need to talk about this." She was silent on the other end of the phone, still observing the sleeping baby. "Lise," he tried again after it took her too long to respond.
"Come over to Lori's tonight," she cut him off.
"O…okay," he said after a brief pause, obviously surprised by her words. "Wh..what time?"
"Around six or seven," she told him. She knew that Lori would probably be home by then, but she could use Lori's second bedroom they had been sleeping in for privacy. Seth was supposed to be coming over but she knew Lori wouldn't mind. Plus she wanted to give herself some time to compose herself and give Hayden a chance to wake up and get back into her playful mood because she knew he would want to see her.
"Okay, see you then," he told her.
" 'Kay," she responded.
"Bye," he said in a low tone.
"Bye," she responded before hanging up the phone.
"Oh, that must be him," Lori said making a goofy face at Lisa as she ran by her and towards the door.
Lisa couldn't help but to smile at her friend as she continued to feed the little girl sitting in the chair in front of her. It seemed that Lori was more excited about them talking than she was. She knew she wasn't trying to kick them out because Lori had already told her that she wanted her and Greg to work it out soon, but she would miss having her as a roommate and miss having Hayden around to play with.
"We'll get out of you guys' way," Seth said as he got up and grabbed Lori's bag off of the table.
"Seth," Lisa said feeling a little bad, "you guys don't have to go."
Seth smiled at her. "I know, but we just wanna give you guys some space. We understand what it's like to be at odds with the person you're in a relationship with, and you guys have been together longer than us," he said referring to his and Lori's recent argument.
"Well, thanks," she said as she repositioned Hayden in the chair so she wouldn't fall. "I guess we'll see you guys later."
"See you later short stuff," Seth said putting his hand on Hayden's head to get her attention.
She looked up with a face full of sweet potatoes and reached one of her hands up. He picked her up, "You know I'm going to miss you being around here every time I come over," he said as Hayden patted his cheek.
"I haven't agreed to go back over there yet," Lisa told him with a smile. She knew that was a lie, tonight would probably be the last night she spent at Lori's.
"Well until you do," he said, "Lori isn't gonna rest."
Lisa laughed, knowing he was telling the truth. He placed Hayden back in the chair, "See you later Lisa."
"Bye," she told him as she continued to try to get Hayden to eat the rest of the jar of sweet potatoes. She heard Greg and Seth greet each other before she heard the door close. She looked up and saw him just standing there looking at them.
"Hey," he said, not really knowing what else to say. She had agreed to talk to him, but he still didn't know just how pissed off she was with him.
"Hey," she said as she put the jar of food on the table, knowing that trying to feed the little girl now was a lost cause. She had already turned around to look at him when she first heard his voice and was now just staring at him.
"Hey Smurf," he said walking over to her after seeing Lisa wasn't going to try and feed her anymore.
He reached for the little girl and she immediately held her hands up to him. He scooped her up and kissed her on her cheek. "Eww," he told her causing her to giggle, "you have sweet potato kisses."
Lisa smiled at hearing the little girl's laughter. She walked over with a paper towel and quickly wiped Hayden's face, the little girl swatting her hand away. She proceeded to clean the mess at the table, noticing that they were both avoiding saying anything directly to each other.
"I missed you," he said pressing a kiss to the baby's temple. "Daddy missed you so much."
Lisa threw the paper towel in the trash can and went towards the bedroom trying to hold back tears after hearing his admission. She felt awful for keeping them apart. She hadn't meant to, but she silently vowed to herself to at least stay in the house with him the next time they got into an argument.
She grabbed the body pillow and sat it across her lap, trying to hold back her tears.
"Can I come in," he asked standing at the entrance of the door holding Hayden.
"Yeah," she said wiping at her eyes.
It looked like she was crying, but he couldn't really tell since she hadn't turned the light on. The only light in the room was coming through the window and the sun was about to set in the next few minutes.
He stayed silent as he walked over to the bed and sat down. Even Hayden was being quiet. She must have sensed the tension between them.
"Lise," he said adjusting Hayden in his arms as the little girl settled her head on his shoulder and looked at her mother, trying to figure out what was going on. "I really am sorry for not telling you what was going on. But I swear to you I never slept with her."
She just looked at him for a while before looking down at her fingernails.
"I'm not lying to you," he started again, "I was…
"I know," she said cutting him off. He was quiet as he stared at her, waiting for her to say something else, but she continued to play with her fingers for a few more seconds. It wasn't until Hayden let out a sigh that she spoke again.
"Why did you lie to me?" she asked him. That was the one thing she had wanted to know. She had done enough investigating, mainly through Donna, to know that he was telling the truth about not having slept with or met with Melanie outside of work. But it still bothered her that he had lied. It made her feel that he had an emotional connection with this woman and that he would lie to her in order to protect that.
He took a deep breath and blew it out. "Because I'm stupid," he said as he began rubbing Hayden's back. "I knew it would upset you if you knew she was still calling. I begged her to stop calling, but she wouldn't. I thought I could handle it, make her stop without having to drag you into this. And then when you found out and went crazy on me, I kinda just lost it and just wanted you to calm down enough to talk to me and not leave. But I guess that backfired."
"You didn' have to lie to me," she told him, finally looking up at him as the tears started to spill from her eyes. She still felt it was something there for him to even entertain the other woman.
"Lise," he said sitting Hayden down on the bed next to them, "I'm sorry." He pulled her closer to him and suprisingly she wrapped her arms around his neck. He smiled inwardly despite himself, realizing that his hope of having her and Hayden back home before the weekend wasn't a false hope. He could still kick himself though for making her cry.
He looked down at the baby, who sat staring at her mother before looking to him. He smiled to reassure her but she only turned back to her mother with the same unsure look on her face.
"Come here," he said taking one arm from around Lisa and scooping Hayden up.
She continued staring before pointing one of her little fingers at Lisa, "Ma mee?" she questioned looking at he father.
Lisa quickly pulled away from Greg and stared at the baby. She had been trying to get the little girl to say Mommy since she had heard her utter the word 'Da dee' a few days ago, but the baby had never complied.
"What'd you just say?" Lisa asked looking at Hayden as if expecting the girl to answer her.
Hayden realizing her mother didn't seem as sad anymore, just surprised, which she mistook for happiness, she looked at her father and laughed. "Ma mee," she repeated as if letting him know it was a false alarm and her mother was okay.
Greg only smiled at them as she took the little girl from his arm and kissed her on her cheek before proceeding to tell him how it was her first time saying it, as if a complete stranger couldn't tell from her reaction. He was happy now, because even though she was sad only moments ago, she was on cloud nine right now. Even Hayden's doubt had gone as the little girl giggled and squealed as her mother tickled her tummy and showered her with kisses.
Lisa glanced up and spotted the phone. She reached over and grabbed.
"Who are you calling?" Greg asked her, laughing at her.
"Jenn," she told him with a smile. "She's going to be so jealous."
"This bed is extremely fluffy," Greg said.
Lisa smiled up at him as she snuggled closer into him. The rest of the night had gone well. They had talked a little bit more about the whole Melanie situation and him lying to her before Seth and Lori came home. They had ordered pizza and watched a movie. They had decided to stay the night at Lori's though since it was late when they finished watching the movie and they didn't feel like packing up all of Hayden's things. They were currently lying in the bed in Lori's second bedroom that Lisa and Hayden had been staying in for the last few days. The bed was really fluffy. Lori had told her she slept in the bed when she was sad and upset because it was comfier than her other bed. It was probably due to the massive amounts of feather pillows, the down comforter, and the extra soft mattress.
"I'm sorry I punched you," she told him, "and kicked you," she continued, "and slapped you… and threw the phone at your head."
"Okay I get it," Greg said not wanting to relive that night.
Lisa smiled then remembered something. "Oh, how is your friend?" she asked him. "I should apologize to him."
"He's scarred," Greg said with a smile, "but he'll be okay. He just thinks that you belong in a mental institution."
She couldn't help but to laugh. "I'm sorry," she told him still laughing, "he's not going to want to be your friend anymore." She continued laughing, thinking about the impression that she must have left on the poor man.
"You're so goofy," he said smiling at her amusement at the whole situation."But I love you."
"Aww," she told him putting a hand on the side of his face, "you're such a suck up." She placed a kiss on his lips before pulling back and looking into his eyes.
She heard the sleeping baby sigh behind her and another smile came to her face as she turned her back to him and faced a sleeping Hayden.
"I still can't believe she said Mommy," she said rubbing the little girls back.
Greg scoffed. "I still can't believe you called your sister and taunted her, then proceeded to tell her her baby was stupid."
She started laughing again. "I was joking with her, she knows that," she said placing a kiss on Hayden's cheek. "I love Lani, even if I've never seen her." She paused for a moment before turning back over to him. "Oh, that reminds me," she said, "Jenn wants us to get together sometime soon to go shopping in New York."
"New York? Don't you go shopping enough here," he asked her.
"Greg," she said hitting him playfully in the chest and looking up at him expectantly.
"Okay," he gave, "what does this have to do with me?"
"Well I wanted to see what you thought about it before I told her yes," she admitted.
He smiled at her, "Well I really don't think I am in a position right now to say no, am I?"
"Nope," she smiled.
"When is this shopping trip supposed to take place?" he asked. He decided it wouldn't be too bad on them financially to let her have a free weekend to go shopping with her mother and sister. He would finish his residency June thirtieth and he'd be making a lot more money. He was still paying back loans, but they had been surviving on his previous salary, so they could definitely do a little extra with the extra money he would be earning.
"I have to call her back with a date," she said. "Probably the end of June, a few weeks before Hayden's birthday and right after I take this god awful exam."
"Oh you'll do fine," he told her as he wrapped his arm around her and pulled her closer to him. "And if all else fails just do like I did in med school. Cheat."
"That's awful," she told him laughing a little.
"No, the awful part is they let me back in for residency, Suckers," he said.
"I'm just happy that they decided to keep you after residency so we didn't have to relocate and I don't have to worry about transferring or about us being separated," she told him. This had been a huge worry of hers, but luckily everything had worked out. Not that they didn't think that the hospital would want to keep him, but there was always a slight chance of the unpredictable happening, and an even bigger chance of Greg screwing up and causing them to get rid of him.
"Yeah," he told her, "they know awesomeness when they see it."
"Yeah I guess you're right," she told him. "They knew if they got rid of you they would loose me."
He smiled down at her. "Oh, you're so full of yourself."
He kissed her and she pulled back and sighed, her hands still clinging to his shirt. Then all of a sudden it hit her again and she let go of him abruptly and turned away from him, pulling the sleeping baby closer to her. "My baby said Mommy," she said, and you could hear that she was grinning.
"Oh brother," Greg said, knowing that she wasn't going to let that go for the next few days, or until she got used to hearing the little girl say it.
Lisa awoke to the usual babbling and movement of a little person next to her in the bed. She didn't open her eyes though, knowing it would be all the baby needed to get into a playful mood where she wouldn't let her rest anymore. She felt the little girl crawling closer to her as she said 'Da dee'.
Greg had his arm wrapped around her and Hayden took it upon herself to reach over her mother and touch her father's face. Lisa still hadn't opened her eyes, but she knew the girl was disturbing Greg as he stirred a little and his grip tightened around her waist. "Da dee," the little girl said again trying to get him to open his eyes. She heard a smack, and held back her laughter, but Greg only groaned.
"Da, da," she heard Hayden saying in a lower voice. She felt the little girl's cheek brush up against hers and she got closer to Greg's face. "Da dee," she said again in a low tone.
"What?" she heard him say and couldn't help but to laugh out loud. He had teased her so much the night before about being excited, but she knew he was about to react the same way she had.
"Did she just say what I think she said?" he asked Lisa as she turned on her back and looked up at the smile on his face. Before she could say anything the little girl sat back on her hunches and threw her hands in the air.
"Da dee," she exclaimed in a high pitched tone.
"Lise she said Daddy," he said as he reached over her to get to the little girl.
"I heard her," she told him, not as excited as him because the little girl had been saying Daddy for a few days now. But she wouldn't let him know that she said Daddy before she said Mommy.
"I think someone just earned themselves a bowl of ice cream for breakfast," he said shifting to get up.
"Don't you dare," Lisa said as she wrapped her arm around him to keep him lying down.
"Why can't I give her ice cream?" he said almost pouting.
"You can give her ice cream later on today," she told him. "She'll get a stomach ache."
He frowned at her then turned to the baby. "Mommy's a party pooper," he told her.
The little girl only grinned and rubbed her hand against his scruffy cheek. "Ma mee," she repeated after him.
Lisa smiled. "We can go out to eat for lunch, and she can have ice cream then."
"Oh, so she can have ice cream for saying Mommy but not Daddy?" he said.
"I don't care what she says," she told him as she swung her legs over the side of the bed, "she cannot have ice cream at seven thirty in the morning."
She looked back at him and smiled when he poked his tongue out at her. "Come on baby," she said taking Hayden from him. "Let's go get you some real breakfast."
A/N: Okay there it is. I hope you enjoy, and don't forget to review.
I remember one question asking about their sex life. They still have a sex life, just not as active as it was in the beginning. They went from undergrad/med student to med student/resident/parents which means not only would they not have as much time for a sex life, but not as much time for a life of any kind outside of school/work and taking care of a baby. The smut will pick back up, I just wanted to give them time to get a little used to handling all of the responsibilities and for Hayden to not need as much around the clock tending too to make it a little more realistic. I know you are thinking well it is not realistic for her to be a resident with an infant and a toddler (which will eventually happen) but surprisingly it is very realistic. I have heard some stories and I was like WTF. I feel like I'm neglecting myself and I'm just in grad school. How the hell do you take care of extra people and still like, less known love the other person you're living with. But again I've heard some stories and I'm still trying to figure out how they did it. And I'm talking more than just two kids from the start to the end of residency and both parents were residents. At least House will have more control over his schedule in this story once Madison comes along and Cuddy will have a lot of time when she is first born too since she'll have her during her fourth year. And don't forget about Logan and his parents that will be coming into the picture around the time Cuddy starts residency. But the smut will pick back up, it has to, or else there would be no Madison...lol. The only question is, how will they screw up this time to get Cuddy pregnant again...stay tuned to find out.