Over the last month, it’s been something of an emotional roller-coaster. One day they were telling us the house would probably be okay…. and the next it was practically rubble. The lot just happened to be atop a plate crack, and there was suddenly a huge hill on our lot and a demolition tears getting rid of what was left of the place. I’m not going to lie – it was hard. It was really, really hard to watch them destroy the house – or what was left of it, anyway. I’d seen our future there. I had been ready to raise our kids here, and now it was gone. Lyric was kind enough to keep letting us live with her while we figured out our next step.
Turns out we didn’t have to wait long before someone made that decision for us. Not even two days after the demolition team was done, we got a call from the government saying they were compensating us for the damage and that they were sending someone down to help us build the new house. It was crazy. The man they sent was very nice and understanding and always looked for our input. It was the first time someone else had helped build the house… and I think it showed. This was his job, to build great houses for people. As good as I thought I was as creating house plans, he blew me away with his attention to detail and preciseness. By the week after he came, we had a house ready to be built, and we were pretty excited. It was better than we could’ve even imagined, and today we’d be able to move in. Evan was just meeting us one last time to go over a few things and that was it.
“Okay, so you’re happy with everything?”
“It’s amazing. You’re very talented.”
“Thank you, ma’am. My job is to make you the house of your dreams.”
“It’s everything I could’ve imagined – and more. We’re very excited to move in.”
“Well, that’s great. I’m very excited for you two to see it. It’s really the best part of my job, seeing my clients’ dream home come to life. I know you’ve seen it through the 3D imaging model, but it’s going to be so much more amazing when it’s really in front of you.”
“I’m sure it will be,” Dani said, smiling as she reached over and took my hand. Evan was such a nice guy and you could really tell how passionate he was about his work. He cared about all the details and he made sure we liked everything before he made it official. The first time I saw the place on the 3D screen, I’d gasped. It really was beautiful. Breathtaking, even. To know we were going to live there was amazing. It felt like home, and it hadn’t even been built yet. We were going to see it for the first time today, the day we were moving in, like in those tv shows.
“So, today’s the day, Lyric. Happy to have your place back?”
“I was glad to help out my best friend. Can I ask you a question?”
“Um, I know you might not be able to help, but how long do you think it takes to get pregnant…in the normal way? Before you should be worried?”
“Well, I spent plenty of time at the fertility clinic, and I know it’s one year of trying without success that is technical infertility. Why? Are you trying?”
Lyric nodded. “Yeah. My husband and I have been trying. Since a month before the wedding, actually. It’s been about six months and I haven’t been able to get pregnant.”
“Hey, I’m sorry. I know it’s hard. My advice… go to a fertility clinic and see what they say. It’ll at least help knowing what’s going on.”
“Yeah. Thanks. Get dressed in something nice and come down.”
I raised my eyebrows at her. That was a little weird, but… “Okay, sure.”
I ended up wearing a nice maternity sweater dress but as I walked down, I could barely see anything.
“Hey, why aren’t the lights – ”
“Surprise!” I heard a bunch of people yell, as the lights flickered on.
I smiled, looking around the room. It had been decorated in light pink and white, and here was a stack of gifts on the floor and table. “What’s this?”
“We wanted to throw you a surprise baby shower!”
I smiled, pulling them in for a big group hug. “Aww, guys. Thank you!”
“We were going to surprise Dani, too, but she caught us,” Zoe giggled.
“When did you even set it up?”
“Last night. While you were sleeping,” Lyric explained, smiling. “And there’s a bunch of other people coming, too. In fact…some of them should be arriving soon. I don’t know why nobody’s showed up yet.”
“Um, does this explain it?” Zoe asked, handing Lyric a card that I assumed was the invitation.
Lyric looked up sheepishly. “Yes… turns out we accidentally printed the wrong time. We put 3pm instead of 2.”
“I guess we have an hour to talk and stuff, then,” Raini said.
That hour to talk ended up working out fine. I was able to get a shower before meeting all these people and just got to relax a little. But having a baby shower… it made me think of my mom. I’ve lived without her for so long, but I can’t help but wonder what it would be like if she was here. This would be her first grandchild. Gosh, my life might have been so different if she was still alive, and my dad too. I don’t remember much about him, only that he made my mom happy. What would it have been like if he was there to raise us too? I can hardly imagine it… my whole life, I’ve never truly had a dad. And Dani – I wonder if she’s thinking about her parents now. I know this little girl wouldn’t have been their first grandchild – Dani said her sisters both had kids – but still. I wonder if they’re alive. I know our daughter will probably never meet them… but it’s hard not to think about it. She’ll have a whole family out there somewhere that she’ll never meet.
Lyric’s parents are so sweet. They’re like that typical old couple, playing chess together and laughing about old times. Would my parents have been like that?
“Ok, they should be coming around now, for real this time,” Lyric giggled.
“Oh…your sister, your work friends, Dani’s work friends…your aunt Kiara and her daughter Chloe. Did I miss anyone? Oh, and I invited your friends from the clinic after Dani said it’d be nice to have them here, but they couldn’t make it.”
“Yeah, Eva and Jayla are both still recovering from labor and Mariela felt to sick to come,” Dani explained.
“You guys are the best. Thank you for setting this up, it’s really sweet!”
“Come on, Adelaide! We couldn’t not host a baby shower for our pregnant friend. The only reason they didn’t give me one is because my family did mine,” Zoe said, giggling.
It didn’t take long before the doorbell was ringing and soon enough, the shower was in full swing. I couldn’t believe my friends had set this all up. Lexie brought an amazing cake that didn’t last very long, and everyone was having a great time. I’d never met Dani’s coworkers before, and it was great to meet them.
It turns out her coworker Melina has a three year old son and she, Zoe, and I traded stories about pregnancy, and they told some stories about what life was like after the baby was born.
“I know, right?” Melina exclaimed. “I’m riding the bus home since my car broke down, and morning sickness comes on full force. I’m not exaggerating – that sick feeling I’d been dealing with all day just multiplies by a hundred. I’m doing the best I can to not throw up, but I didn’t even manage to get a seat, and the next bump in the road just does it. I’m left throwing up all over myself and I’m sure it splatters onto the people next to me. Everyone moves away from me…. and that’s how I ended up telling a whole bus-load of people I was pregnant.”
Zoe and I exchange glances in horror. I’m sure if I had to ride the bus to work, that would’ve happened to me at some point.
Melina goes on, already cringing about what she was about to say. “Oh, and there was that time… I’m 39 weeks pregnant and it seems like I have to go to the bathroom every five minutes and I finally get so frustrated that I refuse to go. I’m tired and annoyed and feeling all out horrible and I just want to sleep. So I go and curl up in the bed and close my eyes. This works for like 10 minutes before I feel like I’m about to explode – but I’m angry and I just want to control something at this point so I don’t go… and I pee all over the bed, and all over myself. It’s the last straw and I literally break down while my husband has to convince me I’m going to be fine. Thank goodness I go into labor only a few days later…”
Zoe nods knowingly at Melina. I haven’t gotten to that point of my pregnancy, and I’m definitely not looking forward to it. Everyone says the second trimester is the easiest – morning sickness is fading and your bump is noticeable, but not big enough that you’re insanely uncomfortable like the end of the third trimester. Since I’m going into the third trimester next week, I can only hope I won’t get too uncomfortable.
“Yeah, totally understandable. With my second child – my son – it seemed like my bladder was already weak from my pregnancy with Aurelia…and I ended up wearing adult diapers at the end of the pregnancy,” Zoe said.
“Damn, diapers… that’s actually a really good idea,” Melina exclaimed, looking over to me. “Seriously, Adelaide, do whatever you have to do to be comfortable.”
I nodded. I understood exactly what they meant. Right now, I was probably in the most comfortable part of this pregnancy, besides sweating a bit more than I’d like. This sweater dress was getting pretty hot, but it wasn’t too bad.
The place was packed. Lyric’s parents don’t have a big house by any means and it was crazy that they let Lyric host the shower here. I made sure to thank her parents for being a part of this, her dad had baked a ton of treats and her mom has helped Lyric with a lot of the decorations.
We spent a lot of time just sitting around and talking – and a lot of people told stories from when they were little. So many of them talked about the trouble they got into as kids.
“Hey, Lyric, can we not open the presents during the shower? I just want to do it at home.”
“Yeah, that’s fine. Will you just open this one, though? It’s from Zoe, Raini and I. It’s something you might want to have before the baby’s born, but you don’t have to open it right now.”
“Sure, I’ll open it, I just didn’t want to be opening a bazillion gifts.”
Lyric brought Dani over and she put the gift in our hands. I opened the top and pulled out a little book that said For the big moments…and the little ones written in a gold scripted font.
“It starts with moments during the pregnancy like the first kick, the craziest thing you did during nesting, ect,” Lyric explained. “Zoe, Raini and I got it for you.”
I smiled, pulling them into a hug. “Thank you.”
I suddenly felt a small flutter in my belly and looked down with my eyes wide.
“What?” Zoe asked. I looked up at all of them, a huge smile spreading over my face.
“Guys, I think the baby kicked,” I gasped. “Dani, here, put your hands here, maybe she’ll do it again.” Dani turned to me in an instant with her eyes wide.
“Oh my gosh, I feel her. Oh my gosh.” Dani looked up at me in amazement.
“I know!” I squealed, and I could feel my eyes starting to well up. They’d said in first time pregnancies the first kick was typically sometime in the late second trimester, and I’d been waiting for it to happen.
“Maybe she wanted an audience to do it for,” Dani giggled, looking around. Everyone’s eyes were on us, and even though they couldn’t feel our little girl’s kicks, I knew they knew what a big moment this was. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
The baby shower ended up wrapping up right in time for our meeting with Evan to go over the final touches to the house.
“So, everything looks good? Here’s the 3D picture again if you want to make sure.”
We looked over the pictures again even though we were quite certain everything was perfect after working on it for so long.
“It’s great. Anything else?”
He shook his head. “No, I don’t think so. If everything’s perfect…then you can go see it now.”
I smiled, looking over to Dani as she squeezed my hand. “Really? That would be great. Thank you so much. You’ve done such a great job.”
“Thank you. Can I ask you something?”
He fiddled with his thumbs then shook his head. “Never mind. I already asked. Anyway, I’ll drive you two to your new home if you’d like.”
“We can drive ourselves,” Dani said.
“No – I know you can drive, I just thought I could take you so you could close your eyes and have it as a surprise! A new home is possibly one of the biggest moments, besides getting married and having kids, at least to me… but I’m a bit of a house nerd.”
“Actually, that sounds fun,” I said, nodding. He was so enthusiastic about his job, it was so hard to not be happy around him.
“Okay. Three, two, one… open!”
I gasped, grabbing Dani’s arm as I looked up to this amazing house – our new home. How something so amazing could even be built is beyond me.
“It’s incredible,” I whispered.
He beamed, practically jumping for joy. “That’s what I like to hear.”
“Again, thank you.”
He grinned. “I love doing this, it’s really no problem.”
Lexie came home not long after, and we went down to see her expression. We ended up just looking up at this – our new home. Where this little girl will grow up. I stared at the multiple flights of stairs, and while they looked beautiful, I was dreading having to walk up them again on my swollen pregnant feet. But I don’t have to worry about that yet… we’re just admiring this for now. Our future lies here. And it’s just getting started.