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I swear I've never been this hungry in my entire life. I wanted to eat everything, especially now that the doctor said I shouldn't. That I was now, in fact, diabetic. Not so bad that I had to take insulin or pills, but it could be controlled by diet. I kind of wish I could take the medicine so I could cheat a little bit more often, but I know for my own sake that I shouldn't. It's healthier.
At least they doctor's said it'll most likely go away once I have the baby.
My stomach growled loudly as I tried to roll over but couldn't, my nearly nine month along belly in the way. I groaned and rolled to the other side and experienced the same problem. I probed the side of the bed that should have been my husband's but it was empty.
That didn't surprise me though. Edward had always been a morning person. I had become less and less so since I got pregnant.
I rolled flat onto my back and looked up at the ceiling. When I pulled the earplugs out of my ears the noises of Tokyo flooded in. It was just too loud all the time to sleep without them. It kind of reminded me of New York city. I think I liked New York better though. At least I spoke the language there.
Don't get me wrong, I loved Japan. I mean, not like Edward loves it but he speaks Japanese beautifully. There were enough people that speak nearly perfect English but I still feel really awkward.
Honestly, the best part of Tokyo is the food. I am kind of in love with the traditional Japanese breakfast, even though I really shouldn't have been eating it for several reasons.
It was a raw egg served mixed into steam riced with broiled fish and seaweed for wrapping the rice up in. It was delicious. Edward wasn't very keen on the idea of me eating raw egg, worried that it would make me sick. It was actually how we found out I was pregnant. We had only been living out here for a couple of months and I was eating it almost every day. Then I started vomiting. Of course it was only two days of that before Edward whisked me off worriedly to the doctor.
Edward nearly fainted with joy. I, on the other hand, just upchucked all over the doctor. Poor man.
I sat up a little more in my bed and roughly rubbed my hand over my eyes as I glanced over at the clock. It was almost ten. No wonder I was hungry. It had been over twelve hours since I had eaten. I hardly went three nowadays where I didn't eat.
"Good morning, love," Edward beamed at me as he came through the door with a tray full of goodies. The breakfast I was just drooling over with a pot of tea and some pickled plums. Though my blood testing supplies were on there as well. I had to take my blood sugar before I ate breakfast.
"You didn't have to do that," I smiled at him brightly as I sat up more. First I popped my vitamin in my mouth and took a sip of tea before I picked up my already prepared finger poker thingy. Edward took my finger and wiped it down with a swab and took the lance from my hand.
"It's your birthday, Bella. Your thirtieth birthday. Of course I do," I hissed as he popped the side of my right middle finger. He milked it for blood before bringing the test strip up to it. "Sorry," he mumbled.
"How does it look?" I asked when the machine beeped. I had already wiped off my finger on my napkin and started stirring my egg into the rice.
"Ninety five. Not bad considering you ate ice cream last night."
I frowned at his disapproving face, "it was either ice cream or I killed someone."
Edward ignored me as he wrote down my blood sugar into the little notebook that we kept and poured me another cup of tea. "So, I have to go in for a little while-" he began but I interrupted him with a whine.
"Why?" I asked.
"There was an issued that I have to deal with. I'll only be a few hours. Besides, you won't need me. I've got you a couple of birthday presents." He didn't wait for me to respond. "Come on in!"
"Hey baby!" My best friend squealed when she hopped inside of the room. I nearly upturned my breakfast tray. She ran over to me and wrapped her arms around my neck.
Alice and Jasper were now living in Chicago. Jasper had been promoted to the main offices and was now working a pretty decent little position that made tons of money. Alice had her own little clothing shop that seem to run on word of mouth. Mainly Carmen's. Her youngest, a cute little boy, was always draped in Alice's latest fashions.
I missed her. I hadn't seen her in months, besides on Skype. We were planning a visit around Christmas time but it was so far away. I was already counting down the days to a Cullen-Mason Christmas with our little bundle of joy.
Of course I started to cry as soon as I saw her. I cried at the drop of a hat. We wrapped our arms around each other and hugged for a long while, until my urge to eat became too strong.
"When did you come in?" I asked her, shoving a big bite into my mouth.
"Last night," she grinned at me. "Jasper's here too but he's got to do some work though. You know how it is. Are you ready for my gift?"
"Aren't you gift enough?" I asked, biting my bottom lip as I took the envelope from her fingers. I opened it up and instantly beamed. "Wow, all out spa treatments. This is one of the nicest places in town. That's so awesome! Thank you!"
"You are very welcome but you're going to have to hurry!"
"My second present," Edward interrupted us with a smile. "I have a reservation at that place you love so much. You know, with the sushi you could eat gobs of."
"Oh, god! Yummy! Yay!" I giggled stupidly practically shoveling the food in now. "What time?" I mumbled through a bite of food.
"Six. And you have a full day of treatments," Edward leaned over and kissed the top of my head, careful not to sully his tie since he was already dressed for work. "I love you and I'll be home around five."
"Okay. I love you too," I smiled. He grinned happily and wiped a bit of egg away from my lips. Alice just giggled at us.
The spa was divine and just what I needed, though I couldn't enjoy the massage in the same way Alice could. She just smiled as I complained about how you don't realize how much you miss laying on your stomach until you can't anymore. I know she understands from all the surgeries she had when she was a teenager. She also listened to me complain about how much I missed our friends and family and how it had been months since I had seen them.
"Can I make a confession?" Alice said as we were getting our nails done. Our hair was wet, just washed and deep condition with towels wrapped around our heads,and our faces green. We looked like aliens.
"Sure," I said, glancing over in her direction. It was so nice to be around my best friend. I had missed her so much. Skype makes up for nothing.
"We're not just here for work and your birthday," she said, keeping her eyes closed tightly.
"Oh?" I mumbled in curiosity. What other reasons could they be here? Though I suppose I could have just been flattering myself. Tokyo was pretty awesome. Who wouldn't want a free vacation? I know I certainly wouldn't turn it down.
"The adoption went through..." She trailed in, letting the words sink.
Alice had gotten baby fever around her twenty ninth birthday and had started to go through their options. There were so many of them. She didn't want a surrogate just to bring another baby in this world when there were so many of them that needed love. Finally Jasper and Alice had decided on adopting a child from China. They had already been waiting for months and I know the dragging was starting to get to my poor little friend.
"That's amazing!" I squealed. "When? When do you get to pick the baby up? Is it a girl or boy?"
Alice was practically beaming, her outside truly reflecting the inside. "It's a girl, she's about a month old. We get to pick her up next Friday. We're going to fly from here and pick her up before we go home."
"Oh, Alice!" I wailed, once again starting to cry at the drop of a hat but so was Alice, leaving trails running down the green masks as we got out of our chairs and hugged each other tightly. I had to admit our attendants didn't look too pleased but they didn't say anything. They were paid enough to know to keep their months shut no matter what. Even if we did look like idiots to them.
Alice's gift to me besides herself and the spa was a handmade maternity dress from her shop. It was baby blue and went all the way to the floor, the extra long sleeves the same color but sheer. There were crystals right between the my breasts where the fabric gathered right above my baby bump. There were even comfortable flats to match. I adored it. I put on my earrings that Edward got me for the previous Christmas, a tradition in his mind to buy me jewelry for Christmas along with my beautiful antique wedding ring that had been his mother's. But I didn't need much else. The dress was pretty enough on it's own.
Edward had to finish up more work than he had expected at the office so he said that he and Jasper would meet Alice and myself at the restaurant. Angela, who came with us from the U.S, already picking up their outfits for the night. I wasn't exactly pleased but I had Alice to keep me happy.
I took my blood sugar in the car, careful not to get blood on my dress, before going inside. I had to admit that I was going to splurge since it was my birthday but I still wanted to keep track of my numbers. I didn't want to be fussed at by either my doctors or Edward.
Edward was just in the lobby with Jasper, both looking very handsome in their tuxes. It was going to be a nice evening though I wasn't sure what Edward had planned after this. I could feel all my frustration at him earlier melting away. I instantly went to my beautiful husband and kissed him soundly on the mouth.
"Hi there, birthday girl. Don't you look amazing," he commented as he smiled down at me.
"Thanks to Alice and the spa. Thank you for that," I hummed at him, laying my head on his chest for just a moment before my stomach growled. "Come on, I'm starved."
"Of course," Edward nodded his head towards the hostess. She smiled and waved her hand in the direction of the dinning room.
The only open table in the small restaurant was in the very middle which I found a little odd. What was even stranger was how very quiet everyone else seem to be and not a one of them had any food, just wine and other drinks. It wasn't that early in the dinner service. They should have had food. Was something wrong in the kitchen?
And then I really began to look around. I looked at every face in the room and began to cry hard, big fat happy tears rolling down my cheeks and messing up my makeup.
"Oh, don't cry Aunt Bella!" The seven year old Tanya cried as she ran over to me but she was already crying as well, her arms wrapping around my too wide belly. Carmen with her baby boy on her hip were soon to follow with the toddling Irina and Kate who was in Seth's arms. Esme, Sue, and Renee, all my mothers were already starting to cry as the came over to hug me as well.
"Oh great, it's a crying fest," I heard my father say and I laughed and sniffled as I wiped my eyes with the back of my hand.
"I know, right?" I laughed as I gulped in for air. I hugged him tightly and then Carlisle and Eleazar as they came over to me. Then Phil, my step father.
My entire family was there. Every person I cared about was in this room with me and I couldn't have been happier.
"I'm sorry I was late this afternoon, Charlie, Sue, and Seth's plane was a couple hours late," I heard Edward whisper in my ear from behind me. I turned around quickly and threw my arms around his neck and kissed him as hard and as long as I dared. My feet dangled in the air as he held me up as he spun me once. The only thing that stop him was the baby kicking hard, so hard that he could feel it against his stomach.
"I think he's happy," I said when he put me down, my hand resting on the top of my stomach.
"Yes, she is," Edward smirked. He wanted a girl. I wanted a boy. Honestly, it didn't matter. I was just happy to be having Edward's baby. The decided to be just surprised.
"Alright, are we going to eat or what?" Charlie asked loudly, making me laugh again.
"Yes, please! I'm so hungry!" I complained as I found a chair.
"From what I can tell, you're always hungry," Alice teased, patting my hand. I smiled at her, just nodding my head.
"Maybe you're eating for more than just two," Renee commented.
"I think we'd know about that," I rolled my eyes but Esme was already off and running with that idea.
"Oh, wouldn't that be great? Twins! I'd love more grand babies," she smiled.
"Well, you have two more coming. Don't you think that should be enough to hold you over?" Emmett asked as he patted Rose's slight tummy. She was only four months along. She handled pregnancy beautifully. Far better than I ever could.
"Never enough!" Esme smiled almost wickedly. "Come on, lets feed the poor pregnant girls before they starve! We have all week to talk."
A whole week with my entire family. What an unexpected and happy surprise. But, when it came to Edward and our relationship, I was getting pleasantly use to them.
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