So here it is! I hope you'll all enjoy it! Sorry it's late, I had originally hoped to have this up last weekend but RL caught up with me and my daughter had a long weekend off school so I was busy with her. And thank you to all who voted for Love Life Family in the Emerging Swan Awards, helping it to win!
March 15th 2013
I couldn't wait to get home. I was stuck at the airport for my flight to PA which had been delayed for the past three hours. I could've flown there and back by now. I felt my phone buzz in my pocket.
Hey baby, I'm in bed now. I'll see you when you get in. I've missed you so much. Love you, B xx
I sent her a text back just as my flight was finally called to board. I had been in Seattle for the past week doing some work for my former company. It wasn't a long time but this was the third week in a row I had been there from Sunday night to Friday night. Weekends were always busy for us. Bella worked at her shop on Saturdays until four and then Sundays were spent spending time with the kids and our crazy family, going to Carson's soccer games and dinner at my parents. We hadn't had much time together, just the two of us, for a long time. Once I got settled into my seat I put on my iPod and leaned back against my seat. I thought about our crazy family and how much things had changed over the past year.
Alice and Jasper still hadn't gotten married. Alice planned a summer wedding for last year but when she realised Bella would either be pregnant or would just have given birth she decided to postpone it. Jasper has been on at her to rearrange it but for whatever reason she still hasn't organised anything. Jasper is pretty pissed off but she just keeps saying she's not sure what kind of wedding she wants. She's still trying to control everyone else's life but since Bella came around and started standing up to her everyone else is following suit, even my parents. She had calmed down a little but then Bella and I announced we were having a baby.
We waited longer than one usually would because Em and Rose were still so raw about not being able to have their own. Bella was fourteen weeks gone when I was spotted by Emmett leaving a baby store in PA after buying a stuffed elephant for my baby. I told him it was for a gift but I could tell he didn't believe me. That night Bella and I went over to tell them. The minute we sat down Emmett flared up.
"You couldn't wait? Let us get our heads around things? No, god forbid you two take anyone else into consideration! I can't believe my own brother could be so cruel and heartless! You know what, I'm out of here!" he stood to leave.
"Emmett Cullen sit your ass down and stop acting like an overgrown toddler throwing a tantrum!" Bella said firmly.
He sat down as Rose looked between the three of us in confusion.
"Does anyone want to fill me in?" she asked with a lifted eyebrow.
"They're pregnant okay? Couldn't wait for a few months, they just had to do it now!" Emmett rambled on.
He soon shut up when he saw the tears in Rosalie's eyes.
"Oh my god! I'm so happy for you two!" she squealed and flew towards Bella pulling her into her arms.
Bella hugged her back, equally as teary and then Rose cam and hugged me.
"So when are you due?" she asked.
"When are they due? Are you kidding me right now?" Emmett sulked form his chair facing Bella.
In that moment I could've killed my brother. Bella looked so hurt and I wanted to smack him for putting that look there. Rosalie beat me to it. She stood and stomped over to him before smacking him upside the head.
"Are you kidding me right now? Your brother and sister-in-law come over here to tell us about their baby and you make it all about you? Why don't you just sit there and keep your mouth closed Emmett. We'll talk about this later. I will not allow you to ruin this for them." she growled at him.
She sat back down and smiled at Bella and I.
"So, when is the baby due?" she asked again.
"May seventh. I'm just over fourteen weeks gone." Bella said smiling at me.
"Wow, you wouldn't even know. Everything's okay, right? I mean why haven't you guys said anything to anyone?" she asked.
And then the look of recognition came over her face.
"You were waiting because of us," she said with a nod, then she turned and shot Emmett a glare.
"We hadn't planned on it happening quite so soon, I was actually still taking my pill, but I must've missed one or something. We just thought telling everyone earlier would be like rubbing salt on the wound for you two. We were going to hold off as long as we could. I mean, I've started showing a little, but right now I just look like I ate too much." Bella kept rambling until Rosalie cut her off by holding up her hand.
"Bella, it's fine. This is happy news for the whole family. Yes, it's hard to hear that someone else is getting what we want but come on. We can't expect everyone else not to live their lives and do what they want to do just because we are in a unfortunate position. I really am so happy for you guys and I look forward to becoming an aunt again." she said with tears in her eyes.
After another few minutes talking we left to go and get Carson. We had left him with Charlie. We knew if he found out he'd tell everyone before we got a chance.
A few days later Emmett came around with a huge bouquet of flowers for Bella.
"I'm so sorry guys. I was just so shocked. I mean obviously I knew you two would have more kids at some point. I think it's just so soon after finding out we definitely wouldn't be following suit. I knew when I saw you in PA that whatever you bought was for you guys. Part of me was pissed because I thought you'd told everyone else except for us." he said looking at the floor.
"The plan all along was for us to tell you guys first. We had originally planned to tell you guys at the beginning of next week so that the news would have settled before we told everyone else at dinner next Sunday. We never planned for this so soon Emmett but we're so happy about it and we hope you can be too. You're going to be an uncle!" Bella fake squealed.
"I'm already an uncle. That boy in there might not have Cullen blood in his veins but he has the name and that's good enough for me." he said seriously.
Cue the waterworks from Bella.
We told the rest of the family over dinner that Sunday. To say they were excited would be the understatement of the century. Charlie was happy but quiet. My father and Jasper congratulated us warmly. My mom and Alice, well lets just say the towns dog population were probably the only ones who could hear them. After they finished screeching and screaming they got my mom's laptop and started looking at nurseries. That caused the next of Alice's tantrums.
"What do you mean I won't be planning the nursery? It's my right as this baby's aunt to be involved in the whole process! You can't take that away from me, you already cut me out of the wedding plans, and anyway I already have one of each mapped out in my head." she smiled smugly as if that was the end of the conversation.
Before Bella had a chance to open her mouth I was all over it.
"Excuse me a minute, as this baby's aunt you have whatever involvement Bella and I allow you to have. This is our child not a family project. Bella and I already have the nursery planned out so your ideas can be save for your own baby. And as for the wedding it was things like that little outburst that caused you not to be involved in the plans. You can't help but overstep at every turn." I said to her sternly.
"That's not fair Edward. I would let you help if it was my baby," she pouted.
The thing was she didn't seem to realise that now that she was no longer a little girl the pout was ineffective when it came to me.
"No you wouldn't. You didn't even let Bella or Rose put forward a suggestion for the colour scheme when you planned the wedding. You went off and did everything yourself and then bitched about having no help so don't even start. And while we're on the subject of the baby, before anyone asks, we've decided not to find out the sex until the baby is born."
"And how do you suggest you plan when you don't know what you're having? Don't be so ridiculous Edward." Alice rolled her eyes at me.
My mom stood behind her nodding in agreement.
"The colour scheme we have picked out will have an accent of colour added once the baby comes depending on the sex. We'll buy some neutral coloured sleep suits for when the baby is first born and then we'll buy accordingly. This is one of life's true surprises and I don't want to spoil it by finding out. I never found out when I had Carson and it wasn't a problem." Bella shrugged.
"So this is another of your ideas that Edward just goes along with to keep you happy?" Alice asked with narrowed eyes.
"No, Alice, it's not. I don't want to know until I hear the doctor say either it's a girl or it's a boy. Stop making everything about what you want. Just because what we want doesn't match up with your ideals doesn't mean there's anything wrong with them." I pointed out.
She huffed an flounced out of the room. My mom asked about the nursery we had in mind.
"We've decided to go with a sage green and white to start off with, with white furniture. We've seen a set we really like at a baby boutique in Seattle. Once the baby is here if it's a girl we'll add in some lavender accents and if it's a boy some light blue accents. We seen it online and both loved it as soon as we saw it." Bella gushed.
"Well if it's okay, your dad and I would like to pay for the furniture. A long time ago we opened an account to cover a gift for any grandchildren that come along." my mom smiled.
I looked at Bella to see what her thoughts on that were and saw her eyes filled with unshed tears.
"We can't let you do that Esme. The stuff we saw is really expensive. I mean it's almost eight hundred dollars for the crib," Bella started.
"For a crib? Is it made of solid gold?" Emmett burst out. We all laughed at him.
"No but this thing is solid and it goes from a crib to a toddler bed and then it has an extension to make it into a full bed. It'll last for years. The whole set is sort of shaker style so it won't date or be too young as the baby gets bigger. The dresser and armoire will last as long as the bed does." Bella explained.
"It's fine Bella, honestly it's be an honour to buy this for our second grandchild," my dad said with a wink and Bella shot him a grateful smile.
She loved the fact that my parents had welcomed Carson into the family as much as they had. You'd never know he wasn't really family by blood. Over dinner while Alice sulked Rose and Emmett said they wanted to buy the changing table and a little bouncy chair thing that Rose had read about. Charlie said he would buy the stroller and open an account for the baby the way he had for Carson. Jasper said him and Alice would buy something as well. He would let us know what once Alice came out of her mood. I honestly didn't know how he put up with her.
Alice eventually got over herself and suggested that she make some maternity wear for Bella and would pick up some of the other things we would need. She has a minor freak out when Bella decided instead of a full blown shower she'd rather just have a few close friends and family over for lunch but besides that she calmed a lot.
Emmett and Rosalie were run ragged right now. They had recently adopted a three year old boy, Evan, and his baby sister, Cara, who was six months old. Their mom had been diagnosed with breast cancer after she found out she was expecting Cara and refused treatment so that she could go through with her pregnancy but said she would start as soon as she was done. Unfortunately by the time the baby was born it was too late and she died when Cara was five months old.
Their grandmother was the only family they had left and she was unable to look after them. The woman was eighty three years old. Apparently Evan's father had fled when he found out Janice, their mom, was pregnant and signed away any parental rights to the baby. Cara was conceived after a one night stand. Janice didn't even get the guys name.
Emmett and Rosalie met Evan first of all. Then the social worker said something about splitting him and his sister up. The minute they heard that my brother said they would take both of them in. They maintain a relationship with the kids grandmother. They brought the kids home three weeks ago and have already drove up to Seattle to visit their grandmother. They've also called her once a week with an update on how they've been settling in. We haven't met the kids so far. Rose wanted to get them settled and used to living with them before the hoards descended. They were having everyone over for dinner on Sunday to celebrate the adoption and introduce them to everyone. Carson was chomping at the bit to meet his cousins. The novelty of his sibling had worn off already.
Charlie, now Charlie surprised us all. He not only announced at Christmas that he had a girlfriend, but that his girlfriend was none other than Sue Clearwater, Seth and Leah's mom, and he had proposed to her on Christmas eve. Bella's jaw about hit the table.
They were married last March at the same place as Bella and I. It was a lovely day. The only thing that marred it was that Leah wasn't too chuffed. She liked Charlie and wanted her mom to be happy but she said it just felt weird. Sue moved into Charlie's house and left her house for Seth and Leah to share. They had been married now for just over a year and were really happy together.
The only down side to the time they got married was that Bella scared the shit out of me, not intentionally of course. The day after the wedding her ankles, hands and face were pretty badly swollen. We thought it would die down if she rested, and it did a little but she was in pain and really uncomfortable so we went to her doctor who was concerned but sent her home saying she should rest as much as possible. When Luciana heard this she out Bella on maternity leave straight away. A few days later I got a call from Rose to say that Bella had passed out and she had called an ambulance to take her to hospital. I drove like a bat out of hell to get there.
By the time I arrived Bella was in surgery having an emergency c-section. She had pre-eclampsia. My baby girl was six weeks early and spent her first few weeks in hospital. She was tiny. She weighed four pounds exactly and was sixteen inches long. She was the most beautiful baby I had ever seen. She had Bella's dark hair and pouty pink lips but the rest was all me. She had my green eyes and my nose and when she got older developed my crooked grin.
Before I realised it we were coming in to the airport in PA. I drove home, dying to get in bed. I was so tired. I had a meeting with my old boss at eight this morning and had been on the go since. I pulled into our driveway just before one in the morning. Bella had left a light on for me. I went into the kitchen when I got inside and made a quick sandwich before shutting off the lights and locking up. Then I headed upstairs. I decided to check on the kids before I went to bed. I went to Carson's room first.
He was sprawled horizontally across his bed and the covers were hanging off the side. I righted him and them covered him up again. I grinned when I thought back to how he had been with the baby.
Once Bella was in recovery and I had saw the baby, I went out to the waiting room to fill in my mom and Rose who were waiting there with Carson. I went over to him first and told him he had a sister. He told me to take her back because he wanted a brother. It was three days before we convinced him we couldn't send her back. He was not amused.
Then Emmett told him it meant he wouldn't have to share any of his toys because she would need her own girl toys. After that he went happily to the gift shop with Em and Rose to buy her a balloon and a stuffed animal. She carried that monkey around with her everywhere now, wouldn't sleep without it.
Next I went to my princess's room. Her room was exactly the way Bella and I had done it before she was born but with a few touch ups. We had painted the room sage at the bottom of the wall and white on top. Once she was born I hired a guy to come in he drew murals on the wall of fairies and butterflies in the lavender shade we wanted. I went to the baby store in PA and picked up the white crib bedding with fairies and butterflies on it in the green and lavender. He also painted her name above her crib, Arianna Esme Cullen. I opened her door and there she was. She was on her front with her knees pulled up underneath her, her little butt in the air. I couldn't help but smile at her before placing a kiss on her head, stepping back when she shifted in case she woke.
I headed to our room to see my girl. I quietly undressed and crept into bed. I lay on my back and she rolled over snuggling into my side with a leg and arm thrown over me. I was just about to drift off when heard her murmur the sweetest sounding words,
"Welcome home baby."
I hope you all enjoyed. This chapter was just to fill you in on the happenings with the family. The story will pick up in the next chapter. Thanks for reading!
As always, characters not mine.