Chapter 68: Overheard

It felt like I was asleep mere minutes, but when I opened my eyes and glanced at Taylor’s alarm clock.

I’d been asleep for over an hour. I sighed. I was wide awake now.
I struggled to get out of bed on my own, having not been able to find Taylor. He wasn’t in the room. I quickly hurried into the bathroom, being pregnant was hard work. Just running to the bathroom every five minutes was a work out.

I washed my hands and attempted to fix my hair. It was beyond help.

I moved down the hall in my nightgown and slowly moved down the stairs. I could hear Taylor and my grandmother talking downstairs.

I knew they were talking about me, I could hear my name in the conversation. I stopped and leaned against the wall. I could hear Taylor and my grandma talking in the kitchen. The delicious scent of coffee wafted up the stairs.

Taylor sighed. “I’m just really worried about Emma right now. I don’t like seeing her like this, she’s so uncomfortable. This is just too much like the last time” Taylor mused.

“Taylor, I’m sure she’s going to be fine.” Grandma assured.

“I just hate seeing her like this. And I know the doctors said she was going to be fine and everything but I just I’m really worried about this. I want to be there for her, but I think when she goes into labor and everything It’s going to terrify me. I’m going to be so worried that something could happen to her or the babies I’m already worrying about it.” He sighed. “And after you told me about her mom miscarrying twins and all those complications…”

“Taylor, maybe you should talk to Emma about this. Let her know that you’re worried.” Grandma insisted.

“I’ve seen people giving birth on TV and in movies and I know it’s hard and it’s painful. I just don’t know if I’m going to be able to stand seeing Emma in that much pain. I feel responsible for her being so uncomfortable and everything right now. And I am aware of how ridiculous that sounds.”

Taylor sighed. “I don’t want to freak her out I’m probably making a big deal out of this but I mean, what if something happens? Things go wrong all the time, and I I know I can’t live without her. I know how much she wants these babies and I want to have kids too but I can’t live without Emma. If it came down to it, I would choose Emma. I would do anything I could to make sure Emma is going to be okay.”

“You need to tell her that.” Grandma insisted.

“She won’t hear it, she’d insist I try to save the babies first, but Emma means everything to me. I can’t live without her.”

I moved down the stairs, and the second my weight shifted onto the stair below me, it creaked loudly.

“Shit.” I muttered under my breath. There was no turning back now. I descended the remaining stairs and walked into the kitchen.

All conversation had stopped. Taylor was sitting at the kitchen table, and Grandma was in the kitchen.

“Hi, what are you guys talking about?” I asked. I couldn’t tell them I’d just overheard most of their conversation.

“We were discussing what we’re going to have for dinner.” Grandma said innocently.

Taylor leapt out of his chair and offered it to me. I sat immediately, moving my hands over my stomach.

Grandma came over and lightly hugged me. “How are you feeling, honey?”

“I feel okay.” I said. “Still tired, my back is killing me.”

Taylor frowned. “Can I get you anything? Are you hungry or thirsty or anything?” He offered.

“Umm water, I guess.” I answered.

“Okay.” Taylor reached a glass down from the cupboard and ran the tap for a few seconds.

“Did you get all of your running around done?” I asked grandma. She lightly rubbed my stomach.

“I did. I did some shopping, picked up a few groceries and I picked up a few of the baby things on your list. Would you like to see them?”

I smiled and nodded. “Yes, please. I’d love to Can we go into the living room? This chair is really uncomfortable.”

“Sure, honey.” Grandma helped me to my feet and I plopped down in the arm chair.

Taylor brought me the glass of water. “Here, sweetie.”
I accepted the glass of water. “Thank you.”

He plopped down on the arm of the chair, sliding his arm around the back of the chair.

I smiled up at him, but he could hardly look at me. He watched my grandmother bring over several huge bags of baby items.

“Okay, this thing.” She held up an odd shaped pillow. “I explained to the woman at the baby store that you were having twins and she said that if you were breastfeeding, this thing was a life saver. She said you but it around you like this” She demonstrated. “And that way if you needed to you could feed both babies at once.”

“Oh, that’s great!” I mused, picking up the pillow. “That’ll be so handy!” I ran my fingers along the blush white fabric.

Taylor chuckled. “It matches the nursery and everything.”

Grandma grinned. “And I picked up a few safety items, some more receiving blankets, bibs, diapers, wipes, nail clippers and little scissors, oh, and some cute little onesies. And since we don’t know what you’re having yet, I got yellow and blue and white with little bears and lions on them” She held up the items as she pulled them out of the bag. “Oh, some cute little hats baby powder, soaps and shampoos

“This is great, grandma. Thank you so much! What would I ever do without you?” I asked, reaching for her. She laughed softly and hugged me.

“I also picked up a new nightgown and house coat for you, honey. And a little bag. I thought you should have nice new things to take with you to the hospital, when you go in to have the babies.”

“That’s a great idea.” Taylor nodded.

“And I think maybe we should pack all of that stuff tomorrow, because you never know, the babies could come at any time. It might be better to have it packed early just in case.”

I nodded. “Good idea, grandma.”

“Good. Where would you like this stuff?” Grandma asked.

Before I could answer, Taylor stood up from the arm of the chair. “I’ll take it upstairs to the nursery.”

“Thank you.” I smiled.

“No problem.” He replied.

Grandma sat down on the sofa across from me.

“How are you really holding up?” She asked when Taylor was out of the room.

I sighed. “I can’t wait until this is over. I’m so uncomfortable, my back is killing me, I can’t sleep, I have to pee every two minutes, and I miss being able to see my feet!”

Grandma smiled slightly. “I know you’re miserable now but after the babies were born, you’re going to miss this peace and quiet.”

I sighed. “I know, everyone keeps saying that. I like being pregnant, I know it’s a magical experience and I’m giving life and all that but I just want it to be over with already! And being on bed rest completely sucks. I can’t stand for even five minutes! I just want to go out and do normal things, and get ready for the babies and I’m stuck here!” I groaned.

“Emma, it’s all going to be worth it in the end.” Grandma lightly pat my hand.

I sighed. “Everyone keeps telling me that, and they’d better be right.”

Grandma laughed softly. “It will be worth it, I know it will.”

I sighed. “I’m hungry again.”

“Let me get you something. A sandwich? I’m going to make dinner soon but if you want something to hold you over

I chewed my lip. “Do we have any cheese?”

“Do you want a few pieces of cheese? Sure, I can do that.” Grandma smiled.

I sighed, and lightly rubbed my stomach, shifting uncomfortably.

Taylor jogged down the stairs noisily, crossing the kitchen.

“Here. Em. I brought you a pillow. We can maybe put it behind you and it might make your back feel a little better.”

“Oh, thank you!” I breathed. I struggled to sit forward and he wedged the pillow between my back and the chair.

“Better?” He asked, helping me sit back.

“Ugh. Much better! Thank you!” I breathed.

He grabbed a cushion from the sofa and placed it on the coffee table. “Here, put your feet up.” He instructed, helping me lift my feet.

I sighed comfortably.

“Better?” He asked, lightly rubbing my stomach.

I nodded. “Yes, thank you.”

Grandma brought me a plate of cheese and crackers in from the kitchen.

“Oh, thank you.” I balanced the plate on my stomach and nibbled on a piece of cheese. “You know, I think I could get used to this.” I mused.

Taylor grinned. “You know, I was thinking maybe I could run to the store tonight, and rent a movie for us to watch.”

“Ooh, I would really like some movie popcorn right now. You know the extra rich stuff with extra butter” I mused.

“Okay, so I’ll stop at the movie store, then the theatre and pick you up some popcorn.” Taylor

“Oh! And some skittles!” I said quickly. “Maybe reeses pieces?”

“Okay, I’ll just get one of everything” Taylor mused.

I smiled. “I knew I married you for a reason.”

Taylor chuckled.

“Okay, guys. Now that that’s settled” Grandma mused, “What am I making for dinner?”

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