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Chapter 19 - Crazy Kids
Carlisle was with Bella, he had just given her something for the pain, and I stepped back into the room, hoping she would allow me back now that she wasn't hurting as badly. She looked exhausted, and I felt bad for doing this to her. I approached carefully, trying not to upset her. Her eyes found me, and they were full of tears.
"Don't leave," she whispered.
I hurried to her side, taking her hand and kissed it. "Never, love."
Her water broke, and she gripped my hand tighter.
"It's alright, love, you're doing great."
I kissed her forehead and wrapped my arm behind her, hoping the pressure would help.
"Let the painkillers work, love. Just try and relax and let your body take over."
I could hear Esme and Rosalie pacing in the hall. Jasper was holding Alice, who was cringing at each of Bella's screams. I could see her plan to dismember me for hurting her friend. Emmett was getting the last minute things Rose insisted we would need. I couldn't help but smile at her devotion.
Three hours later, Renesmee and Elizabeth Cullen made their appearance into the world a full ten minutes apart, and I was officially a father, something I had long thought would never happen. But here I was, holding my daughters in my arms, with my wife smiling up at me.
Three months ago, Alice and Jasper had surprised us by meeting us at the church in Vienna. She had a dress for Bella and a smile. She made her promise to let her do the reception. Of course, Bella agreed, and though her parents were not thrilled that she'd eloped to Vienna with me, they did not complain. She was mine, Bella was truly mine, and now we had our daughters, and we were a family.
"The cottage is ready when you are," Esme's voice broke into my bliss.
"Thank you, once Bella has rested up a little, we'll head out to it." I kissed her head, and she reached to take one of our daughters from me. I let her and watched as the baby snuggled into her chest.
"I think she's hungry," Esme said.
"Are you going to try to breast feed, dear?" she asked and Bella just nodded her head yes.
Esme kissed her head. "Okay, I'll let you be, so you can try it out. Don't get frustrated if it doesn't work right away, everything I read up on the subject says it can be quite a learning process for mother and baby."
I watched Esme leave and turned to see the baby latch on to Bella's breast. She gritted her teeth, and again I felt bad, it seemed like her pain was never going to end, but Nessie seemed to be taking to feeding rather quickly.
"Edward," Bella's voice was a little worried, "You, uh, need to take her off." She was cringing, and I was confused. "The baby, Renesmee is stronger than me; you need to take her off."
I nodded okay and gently reached down and pried the little monster off her breast. Bella quickly covered it, gasping in relief.
"Are you okay, love?"
She peeked under her hand. "Um, I don't think I can breast feed."
I looked down at Nessie and saw the blood dripping from her mouth. I couldn't believe I didn't smell it; there was just so much all over from the delivery. I quickly moved her hand and checked her breast, and she actually laughed.
"I guess she takes after her father."
I didn't think it was funny. I was worried about there being venom in her system, but there didn't seem to be any.
"She's just hungry, Edward, and I'm afraid it's for something I can't give her, at least not and stay alive." She gently swiped her finger across the baby's mouth and put the drop of blood in mine. "Best not to waste the good stuff," she said as I took it.
God, she was perfect.
"I'll send Rose out to get some blood for her. I'm sure she had Emmett pick up bottles for her."
Moments later, Rose and Esme were at the door. "Alice said she would need some help feeding the girls." She held up two clear glass bottles filled with blood and a pair of hopeful smiles. Bella just nodded, relieved. I could tell Rose was holding her breath.
"Why don't we have Rose and Esme take the girls out to the cottage, we can follow them once you're ready."
Bella gave a pouty smile. I knew she didn't want to give up her babies, but I think she was a little nervous to hold the little monsters when they were hungry, especially since Renesmee had already had taken a bite out of her.
Rose literally squealed at Bella's answer. She quickly took Renesmee from my arms, and Esme took Elizabeth. Rosalie offered Renesmee the bottle of blood, and she attacked it eagerly.
Bella smiled. "Yes, definitely takes after daddy." I couldn't help but kiss her.
The past three months had zipped by in a blur of diapers and bottles. I heard a squeal, as I drove up to the house and knew what the results were going to be before I ever took the box out of the bag.
"Alice!" I chided, "At least let me confirm it and tell Edward first, okay?"
She grinned and immediately settled down. I walked in to see Edward rocking Elizabeth in his arms. I dug out the rattles I had bought for the girls and handed one to Jake, who was gently rocking Renesmee. I went to the bathroom, wondering why I even bothered to take the test now, since Alice had already confirmed my suspicions.
I took the test and waited. I knew from the future knowledge I had that we would end up with four kids before I was twenty. I let out an exhausted sigh. I had seven vampires who didn't sleep to help me out, and Jake, who was ever present and attentive once he saw our little Renesmee and imprinted just like I knew he would. He spent most of his time waiting his turn with her. Edward was watchful during his visits, reading his thoughts closely. After a few months of this, you'd think Edward would let up, but I would suppose he had his fatherly duties to perform. However, nothing would deter Jake from being near his Renesmee.
I leaned over and looked at the test. My heart skipped a beat, and I suddenly felt warm inside. The boys were on their way. I heard a light knock on the door and turned to see Edward coming in. He was curious as to why I was smiling and then looked down at the test sitting on the counter and then back at me again. He did a double take, and then he finally spoke.
I didn't let him finish, I just nodded my head yes, and he took me up in his arms, covering me in kisses.
"I can't believe it," he said in between kisses. "Truly amazing, you're truly amazing."
Then I heard Jacob call from the living room. "Okay, if you guys are going to do that, I'm taking the girls, and we're going to go for a little walk."
I just burst out laughing. "No, Jake, we're not doing that." Then Edward kissed me again. "At least I don't think so."
Edward started laughing. "Shall we go tell the others?"
"Well, I suspect Alice knows."
"Of course, but we can still make an official announcement. We didn't get to do that last time."
I kissed him softly, as he hugged me. "No, we didn't."
He picked me up, and before I knew it, we were headed out the front door.
"Come on, Jacob," he called to him.
We burst in the back door laughing, Jacob following behind, confused.
"They're here!" Alice screamed jumping up and down.
Everyone quickly gathered in the living room.
"We have an announcement!" Edward said proudly.
Alice was practically vibrating in her seat. Rose quickly took Elizabeth from Jacob, pleased to have a baby in her arms, and Esme leaned into Carlisle. Emmett looked like he was about to pounce on Jasper, but Jasper just stepped to the side, and Emmett missed. Rose kicked him and told him to stop it.
"Well, Edward, what is it?"
"Bella's having a baby."
"I thought you guys already had the babies," Emmett said, and I burst out laughing.
"I'm going to have another."
"More BABIES!" Rose's excitement was sweet.
"Yes, I'm going to have another one or, um, two. Carlisle, you mind playing obstetrician again?"
"I'd be delighted. Bella, you think it's two again?" Carlisle asked, and I nodded.
Esme hurried over and hugged me, rubbing my tummy. "Oh, Bella, that's so wonderful," she said and kissed my cheek.
Alice screamed, "Shopping!"
"Really, Alice, we have plenty of time to get what we need for Anthony and Masen."
"Anthony and Masen?" Edward questioned, and I just nodded.
"You remember, don't you? We get all of them."
Edward's grin split his face. "Are we really going to do this, are we really going to have them?"
I felt giddy; his excitement was potent. I kissed him deeply, unable to resist him. "Yes, we're definitely going to have all of them."
It seemed Carlisle was remembering something. "Then are you really going to have two boys?" Carlisle asked.
Emmett seemed to perk up. "I could teach them to play ball."
"Yes, we'll have our family, all of them with time, and once they're here, you'll change me, no arguments," I poked Edward in the chest.
He took my hand and kissed it. "Whatever you want, love. Anything you want."
Carlisle took me to do an ultrasound in the basement and was excited to find I would be due in March. He gave a hard look at Edward. "You didn't give her much of a break, did you?"
I laughed, and Edward had a sheepish grin on his face.
"It's alright, Carlisle; I'd like to get them all here before I get too old. I knew what I was doing." At that, both of them looked at me with raised eyebrows. I heard Alice laugh from the doorway.
Anthony and Masen were born on March 12th and the labor went much quicker. Rose waited with bottles ready to take them. Jacob had the girls down in La Push for the day. I didn't want them to hear what I was going through. With their vampire hearing and memory, it was not something I wanted them to be afraid of, especially since Carlisle suspected they might one day be able to have families of her own.
Once Anthony was out, Masen was quick to follow and by far was the easiest delivery, since he decided he didn't want to come out the traditional way. He appeared in Edwards anxious arms, and he almost dropped him, not sure what was happening. I was a little sore, but I'd been numbed for the whole thing. Altogether, I felt great. My family was finally all here.
Masen, by far, was our most difficult child to keep track of, as he tended to disappear. I frequently had to catch him, as I was his most favorite person to escape to, although he did escape Alice and go to Esme once as well. Thank heavens for vampire reflexes. So far we'd been lucky, and he had not been dropped. Little sneak.
It was just the beginning of the trials that came with raising children who were incredibly gifted. Elizabeth had surprised us at a young age. Not only could she read minds, including mine, she could push her thoughts into others, so they would know what she was thinking. Carlisle suspected she was able to read and "speak" to my mind, because she was my daughter and shared my genetic material. I was not surprised when Edward started spending hours on end conversing with her silently. Elizabeth was definitely a daddy's girl. Anthony had taken to Emmett. He was the more athletic of my two boys, and I was thankful he was blessed with a shield to keep him safe. He learned quickly and could expand it like a ball, frequently coaxing his uncles into a game of catch, using him as the ball.
Renesmee was almost as difficult as Masen. She could time slip at a young age, fast forwarding to the parts of the day she wanted to be in, and skipping things like naps. It was Jacob who helped me get her to settle down. He adored her, and she adored him as well. If it was not for him, I would never know "when" my daughter was.
A/N: I know, four kids is a lot and may seem cheesy, but I have my reasons, so bear with me. Thanks for reading!