Hello there my dears!
I am extremely sad to say that this is the final chapter of The Pregnancy Chronicles. This has been quite the journey! And I am so very blessed that you all decided join me on it and experience it. Your thoughts and comments are greatly and truly appreciated. I hope you guys enjoy this final chapter!
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[Arrival Part II]
September 19th, 2014 (40 weeks)
Rick was in a full out panic mode, running around the loft like a maniac as he tried to get everything packed.
"Keys...where are the keys?" He questioned, patting his pant pockets, but not feeling anything. Where were those darn things? Sprinting to his office, he pilfered through his desk, pushing piles of papers off and pulling contents out of the drawers.
They weren't there.
Quickly going into his bedroom, Rick started to tear the room apart in search of the car keys. He yanked the pillows and comforter off, searching through the bed sheets. Still nothing. He swiped a hand over his face, trying to think of where he last had them.
It took only a second before he was running to the living room, and ultimately, to the coffee table. Bingo. How he hadn't see the blasted thing before he'll never know. Must be all of the adrenaline pumping in his veins.
"Got the keys!" He yelled out, pocketing them before heading for the door where his wife stood waiting, a look of both relief and pain crossing her features.
"Great! Let's get this show on the road!" Kate huffed, both hands resting on her large belly.
Rick doubled checked he had everything, grabbing the suitcase before meeting her at the door. The panic and worry that had resided on his face was now gone, and replaced with happiness and love the minute he looked at Kate.
Bringing one of her small hands in his large one, Rick pressed a kiss to it. "We're having a baby," he smiled softly. He couldn't believe that they were about to become parents.
She smiled right back, leaning up to kiss his lips. "We're having a baby," she echoed, her voice no louder than a whisper.
Kissing her again, Rick led the way and shut the door behind him. As he joined Kate on the elevator he couldn't help but stare at her.
God, she was beautiful.
He amazed at how calm and relaxed she was being considering the circumstances.
"How are you feeling? You in any pain?" He suddenly asked, running a hand up and down her back. His fingers would sometimes hit her soaked hair, which was soft but a bit cold to the touch.
"I feel fine," she shrugged; surprised that she wasn't in pain at all. When she had false labor pains a few weeks back they hurt like crazy, but not right now. She was relieved. "I can do this."
"I can't do this!" Kate hollered, tears streaming down her cheeks. She had a sheen of sweat covering her skin, the hospital gown sticking to her body. Why'd it have to hurt? This was like nothing she has ever experienced before.
"You can do this," Rick reassured, kissing the crown of her head. "You can do this, Kate."
She glared at him, the want to slap him growing with each passing second. "Oh, what do you know?!" Kate yelled, pain etching her features. "You don't have to push something the size of a watermelon out of a hole the size of a quarter!"
"Deep breaths, Kate," Rick coached. "Push, you can do it."
She loved Rick, she did, but at the moment she really just wanted him to shut up. God, this was all his fault!
"You're going to have to push even harder, Kate," Dr. Collins, instructed, trying to sound encouraging. "Come on. Push!"
Shaking her head, Kate weakly cried, "I- I can't...I can't..."
Rick gripped her shoulders, running a hand up and down her back. His voice was low and full of reassurance. "You can. Push. Push!"
Taking a deep breath, she nodded and pushed with all her might.
The little bundle in her arms was so tiny. So very tiny. Weighing in at five pounds and seven ounces. Healthy as can be; ten toes and ten fingers.
Kate smiled softly down at the baby, exhaustion washing over her. Then it hit her. She was a mom. And the little one in her arms was her son.
Braden Alexander Castle. Born September nineteenth, two thousand fourteen at four thirty-two.
And the amount of love bursting out of her as she stared down at Braden was indescribable. How could she love someone she just met?
It was just the two of them in the room. Rick had left a few moments ago to escort Martha out, she had to go to her acting school; there was an emergency with one of the classes going on. So with Rick and Martha gone that left Kate alone with her son.
"Hi, Braden," she cooed. He slowly opened his eyes to reveal a familiar mix of color, brown with a hint of green. He looked so much like Rick, but those eyes- they were Kate's. "I love you. I love you so much, sweetheart." Braden let out a little sigh, making Kate grin even more. He was perfect.
"Hey, Mommy." Looking up she saw Rick standing at the door, but he wasn't alone. "Look who's here." He took a step aside, revealing the guest.
"Alexis. Hi," Kate smiled at the young redhead, the girl walking over to the hospital bed. She had a stuffed bear with her, a red bow wrapped around his neck.
Sitting down on the bed, Alexis smiled down at her new half brother. "Oh my gosh...he's so cute! Which name did you guys decide on?"
"Braden Alexander," Kate replied, pressing her lips to the boy's forehead. His small hand had a vice grip on Kate's index finger, not wanting to let go or lose that connection.
Rick remained at the door, smiling as he watched his family. Wow. He now had a daughter and a son. It still hasn't registered in his mind yet...And as he stood at the doorway, Rick couldn't help but keep the smile on his lips. He was beyond happy and nothing, nothing, could make this moment better. It was perfect.
"Would you like me to take a picture of you all?" Dr. Collins asked as she stood by Rick in the doorway, nodding toward his family.
He hadn't noticed her before, how long had she been standing there?
Rick turned in her direction, "Yeah, that'd be great. Thank you." Quickly handing her his phone and pulling the camera app up, he walked over to his family, carefully joining Kate on the bed. "Picture time," he grinned, his arm encircling Kate's shoulders.
Kate groaned at that. "I look terrible..." she whined, "I'm all sweaty."
"You do not," Rick countered, kissing her temple. "You look gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous."
Dr. Collins smiled at the family. "Ready?" Nodding heads were her reply. "Okay, one...two...three." Once she was done taking the photo, she bid congratulations and let the family have their privacy.
Rick remained at Kate's side. "We can put this picture in his baby book." He gave her his phone, allowing her to see the picture that Dr. Collins had taken of all of them.
Smiling down at the photo, Kate gave a small sniffle as a single tear slid down her cheek. In this photo was her family, and it made her heart beat faster as that thought began to register in her mind. She had a family.
Turning her gaze up to Rick, she found him giving a little wave at Braden who just yawned in response, earning light chuckles from the three adults. They remained like that for God knows how long; content with the silence that was enveloping them. Alexis then held Braden, trying to lull the little guy into sleep by walking around the small hospital room. She cooed at him, chatting softly with him.
Kate sighed into her husband's side, her cheek resting on his shoulder. "I'm exhausted..." she huffed, closing her eyes.
He laughed. "Oh, I bet you are...you did incredible, Kate. I am so proud of you." His arms wrapped around her even tighter, not wanting to let her go. "I love you so much."
She pressed a kiss to his chest, directly above his heart. "Love you, too."
Rick leaned his head down to capture her lips, tasting her. "I called the boys, Lanie, and your dad by the way. Lanie and the boys will be here later, but your dad should be here soon," he whispered, pecking her lips again.
She pulled back and smiled, "Thank you." Such a thoughtful man.
And just like clockwork a knock was heard on the door. It opened to reveal Jim Beckett.
"Right on time," he chuckled, standing up to greet the older gentleman and shaking his hand. "Jim, glad you could make it."
Jim returned the handshake, clapping Rick gently on the shoulder. "I wouldn't miss this for the world. Where's Martha?" He suddenly asked, not seeing the older redhead anywhere.
Rick sighed, glancing back at Kate. "She was here earlier, but something came up with her theatre class, so she had to head over there for a few hours."
"Oh, well that's too bad. I was really hoping to chat with her, it's been a few weeks since I last saw her."
Rick smiled before he waved a hand towards his wife. Jim smiled back, taking the invitation as he slowly walked over to his daughter, nearly bursting to tears at the sight of her. She reminded him so much of Johanna when Kate was born. She looked stunning.
"Hi, Dad," Kate greeted, hugging her father tightly.
"Hi, Katie," Jim whispered, pressing a kiss to her forehead. "You look so beautiful."
She crinkled her nose. "Both of you have said that," she pointed at Rick and then her dad. "What is it that makes," she indicated to herself, "this, beautiful?"
That made the two men laugh. "Well, maybe it's because it's you," Rick answered, moving to the other side of the bed and getting back on. He kissed her cheek, his hand grasping onto hers, their fingers tangling.
Jim nodded his head in agreement. "Your mother would be so proud of you, Katie. I know I am."
Kate felt the tears welling in her eyes. "Dad-" She couldn't find the words, she was just too overwhelmed with all of the emotions she was feeling.
Jim gave her a reassuring smile. "Now, where is my grandson? I want to meet the little fella."
That's when Alexis joined the conversation; she'd been quiet the entire time not wanting to interrupt. "Hey, Jim."
"Alexis, sweetheart," he greeted, giving her a hug but being careful of the little guy in her arms. That's when he looked down at Braden, a huge grin on his lips. "Hi, buddy."
Alexis' voice was soft, "Brae, meet your grandpa." She delicately gave her half brother over to Jim, but not before kissing his little cheek. She stayed by Jim's side, staring down at the small blue bundle.
Rick and Kate smiled as they watched Jim talk to Braden, the act sweet and just downright cute.
This was their family now. And it couldn't have been more perfect.
And there you have it!
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