Chapter 9: On the Way Home

On the way home, we stopped at the pharmacy to pick up the items on the list the doctor had given me.

We walked out of the drugstore and I immediately noticed the huge bookstore across the street.

I had been unusually quiet since we’d left the hospital, and I was sure Taylor understood that I was still trying to process the fact that not only was I pregnant, in a few short months, we we’re going to have two babies when neither of us expected to have one.

His hand was still in mine and I gently tugged on it. “Tay? Can we make one more stop before we go home?”

He held the passenger side door open for me and smiled. “Bookstore?”

I nodded. “How did you know?”

He shrugged, “Lucky guess.” He smiled and closed my door.

I waited until he climbed into the driver’s seat before I resumed the conversation.

“I just want to grab a couple of things. I won’t be long.” I said as I fastened my seatbelt.

“Don’t worry, sweetie. Take as long as you need, okay?”

I nodded.

He turned the heat on full blast, but I still shivered as we crossed the street. He found a parking space near the door and we walked in together.

He held the door open for me, and immediately, the smell of coffee from the small shop in the corner hit me. I drew in a deep breath. “Oh, wow. That smells good.” I mused.

“Yeah, it does. I think I’m going to grab a coffee, okay?” He asked, gently rubbing my lower back.

“Can you get me one too?” I asked.

He smiled faintly. “Uhh… sweetie… you can’t drink coffee when you’re pregnant.”

I frowned. “What?”

“Em, the caffeine could quicken the babies’ heart rate.” He explained.

I pouted. “What about decaf? Or tea?”

“Still not a good idea.”

“This sucks!” I exclaimed. “How do you know all this?”

“I have five younger siblings.” He answered. “My mother was pregnant a lot when I was growing up.”

I sighed. “Damn it. I hate giving up coffee.”

“I could get you a hot chocolate or something.” He suggested.

“Thank you… that would be great.” I breathed.

He smiled. “Why don’t you get your books and I’ll find you?”

“Okay, thank you.”

He smiled and gently kissed me.

I left him and wandered the aisles. I found a basket and eventually found the aisle labeled “Pregnancy and child birth.”

I began filling the basket with all the books I could get my hands on.

Taylor arrived with a grin. “I thought I’d find you here.”

I smiled, “Thank you.” I accepted the cup he held out for me, taking a small sip.

“I got hot chocolate too. I don’t think it’s fair that I get coffee if you cant have any. I’ll give up coffee while you’re pregnant.”

I smiled. “Thank you. That’s so sweet…”

He grinned. “Those your books?” He picked up the basket. “Are there any books left on the shelf?”

I sighed. “Don’t make fun of me. I’m ridiculously unprepared for this. I need to learn as much as I can while I can.”

“Okay.” He answered.

“I’m pretty much done… can you reach that book from the top shelf? Please?”

“Sure.” He reached over my head. “This one?”

“The next one…” I pointed.

“Okay.” He reached it down and placed it on my huge pile of books.

“I’m ready to go now.” I smiled, holding my cup in both hands.

“Great.” He hooked the basket over his arm and balanced his drink in one hand, his other arm moved around me. As we approached the register, he laid a kiss in my hair. I smiled up at him.

“How are you feeling, sweetie?” He asked, lowering his voice to speak to me softly.

I drew in a deep breath and considered this. “Terrified.”

He smiled faintly.

“What?” I asked.

“Well, I meant physically, but that was a good answer. What are you so afraid of?” His hand remained on my lower back gently.

“I just… I’m so unprepared for this. I’ve never even been around kids… except for your family and I mean… you’re so good with all this stuff… and I… I’ve never even changed a diaper before!”

He smiled. “Well, you’ll get plenty of practice when you’re up to your elbows in dirty diapers.”

I sighed. “I’m not going to do very well at this.”

“Well, maybe we could borrow Zoe for an evening, and babysit her. It could be like practice for you.”

I nodded. “Okay.”

“And I think maybe we should tell your grandmother and my parents tomorrow. They’re going to be thrilled.” He grinned.

I nodded. “Okay, I can handle that.”

It was our turn at the cash register, and I sipped my hot chocolate distractedly. Telling our families made me even more worried. I still wasn’t used to this news, it hadn’t fully sunk in and I had to tell other people.

Taylor removed his wallet and surrendered his credit card before I could even get my wallet out of my purse.

“Tay!” I hissed. “I was going to-“

“No, no. I’ve got it.” He smiled, lifting the bags of books from the counter.

“I can carry one-“ I offered as we walked from the store.

“I’ve got it.” He replied, “Come on, it’s late. And you haven’t eaten anything yet. You should have dinner or something… and you’re probably exhausted, its been a strange day for you. I’m tired, and I haven’t been through half of what you have today.”

I nodded, a small smile playing on my lips. “You’re going to fuss over me for the next five months, aren’t you?”

“Six.” He answered.

“What?” I frowned.

“Well, you’re actually pregnant for forty weeks, right? So that’s actually ten months.”

I sighed. “It’s so not fair that you know this.” I lifted the lid on the trunk so he could slip the bags in to the car.

When his hands were free, he slipped his arms around me and gently kissed me.”Well, I have never been happier. I love you more than anything, and this is so amazing for the both of us. We’re going to bring two little people into the world.”

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