The solution to our problem Part 2
I started this 6 months ago, so I’m ignoring most of season 13 and just continuing the story I started.
This chapter is after this: https://omeliashipper.tumblr.com/post/153186227891/the-solution-to-our-problem-part-1 and before: https://omeliashipper.tumblr.com/post/154106278856/double-date
sure it was Tuesday and not Thursday?” Amelia asked as she paced up and
down the living room. Owen was sitting on the couch trying to hear what the
commentator on ESPN was saying. “Yes, Dana said that she would be dropping
by on Tuesday at 3 pm” he answered patiently “Are you sure she said 3
pm?” Amelia asked nervously. Owen sighed and responded “Yes, I’m
sure. Do you want to see the email again?” Amelia stopped pacing abruptly
and reached for the remote to turn the TV off. Owen changed his position on the
sofa so he could turn back to look at her. “I was watching that, you
know?” He told her.
we’re going to fail this” Amelia exclaimed with wide eyes “Dana will
walk through the house and see 100 ways the baby could kill itself in this
dangerous house because we didn’t babyproof it!” Amelia started pacing
again, faster this time and Owen couldn’t contain his chuckle. “I DON’T
SEE HOW YOU CAN BE LAUGHING RIGHT NOW!” Amelia was raising her voice now.
“This woman is going to decide if we are fit to be parents and you are
sitting there, watching some bald man talk about sports while I’m losing my
mind! How are you so calm? We haven’t even started moving things out of the
study to make room for a child! What if she asks us where the nursery is going
to be? We don’t have a freaking nursery!” Owen was openly laughing now as
he walked toward her. He took her hands and said “Babe, we’re going to be
great parents. Everyone will see that. Dana will see we have a great home and
that we love each other and that we will love the child they give us.
Everything will be fine. We’ll show her our home and explain we will turn the
study into the nursery. I think that she will understand that since we recently
decided to adopt, we still don’t have the room ready.” Amelia considered
Owen’s words and tried to make an effort to calm down. Amelia’s breathing was
just going back to normal when the doorbell rang. Her eyes widened as she
exclaimed “That’s her!”
Dana was a kind woman in her late 50’s with a lot of experience in the system. She was sweet and had a soothing voice. It was clear that she cared deeply for the children and wanted them to have good homes. She reassured Amelia when it became obvious that she was speaking very fast because of her nerves. Owen did most of the talking during the tour of their home because Amelia was worried that between her nerves and her natural inability to filter herself, she might ruin their chances of getting a child. When they made their way to the study, Amelia explained “This will be the child’s room! I know it doesn’t look anything like it yet but it will soon!” Owen chuckled and continued “Yes, we will move everything to storage and buy the appropriate furniture and decorate it for them” Dana looked at the space and asked “Are you open to adopt sibling groups?” Owen and Amelia looked at each other “Yes, we also have the guest room that can be turned into a room for them” Owen responded as Amelia nodded. As they made their way to the living room, Amelia commented “I know nothing has been babyproofed but it is on our to-do list”. Dana chuckled “I’m glad to see your dedication, Dr. Shepherd, but I wasn’t expecting your house to be babyproofed yet”
After the tour, they sat in the living room and answered questions about their work and family life. Owen took Amelia’s hand and squeezed it reassuringly, which made her smile even though the amount of notes Dana was taking made her nervous.
“Thank you for the tour. You have a lovely home. Now I must ask you a series of questions to make sure you are applying to adopt for the right reasons and make sure the child would be going to a stable home environment. Why did you decide to apply for adoption?” Dana inquired. Owen looked at Amelia as she answered “We both have wanted to form a family for years, both separately and as a couple. After I lost a son shortly after his birth, I realized I cannot do that again, but we have so much love to give and have always wanted to be parents, so when presented with the choice between surrogacy and adoption, we both felt in our hearts that adoption was the best option for us” Dana wrote down some of her answer on her clipboard and asked “Do you feel like one of you feels more strongly about adopting?” Owen and Amelia held hands and answered “No” at the same time. “Very well. Who suggested adoption first?” Dana asked. Owen sat up straighter and responded “I did. I had considered adopting a boy a few years ago. His parents were patients at the hospital when I was chief of surgery. We bonded and after his mother passed away and it seemed like his father wasn’t going to make it, I thought about it, but his father recovered and they were transferred to another hospital”
Dana finished writing down his answer and questioned “I see, now I will ask you about your families, starting with you, Dr. Hunt” Owen cleared his throat before responding “My mother, Evelyn Hunt, is retired army nurse who lives 5 miles away from the hospital we work at and where the daycare is, so in case the children need to someone to pick them up and we’re both in surgeries,” Amelia nodded along as Owen spoke “she’s close by and can help. My father, was also part of the army but passed away when I was 10.” Dana continued taking notes “ A military family, I see” Owen puffed up his chest in pride “Yes, ma'am. I had a sister, Megan, but she went M.I.A. a little over 9 years ago.” Owen said looking at his hands. “M.I.A.? She’s no longer part of your life?” Dana asked. Amelia took Owen’s hand and squeezed it for support as she answered “She went missing in action while on her way to provide medical service in combat” Dana put down her pen and looked at Owen “I’m sorry. People misuse MIA all the time, I did not realize you really meant it” Owen lifted his hand to stop her and said “Don’t worry, I understand”
“And there’s also John Finch. He’s Evelyn’s boyfriend. He lives with her, He can also help.” Owen turned to look at Amelia, surprised she had mentioned John. Amelia extended her arm toward Dana and continues “Dana needs to know about John in case the children have a sleep over at your mom’s or have to spend the day there and he’s around.” Dana looked up from her clipboard at Owen “She’s right, Dr. Hunt. If Mr. Finch is going to be part of the children’s life, it is important I know about him, and since he lives with your mother and she is part of your support system, I think it’s safe to assume he will” Owen sat back in the sofa and continued “John served in the Navy, but now he’s a firefighter, so sometimes he also has weird hours like we do, so it is a possibility that he might be the one to pick up the children if need arises” “Uh-huh” Dana finished writing and looked at Amelia “Can I ask about your family now, Dr. Shepherd?” Amelia swallowed hard and rubbed her hands up and down her thighs in nervous energy “My family” she chuckled “Well, I’m the youngest of 5 siblings. My mother, my 3 sisters and their families live back east. I have 11 nieces and 6 nephews. My father passed away when I was 5. My mother a former Navy nurse raised us on her own. My brother passed away almost 2 years ago as a result of a car accident but we’re close to Meredith, who was his wife and their son and daughters as well as her sister, Margaret Pierce. They could also be part of our support system, in case they are needed. We have a village really!” Dana chuckled as she took notes of Amelia’s answer.
She looked up from her notes and said “Now I must ask you about childhoods” Amelia looked at Owen in slight panic. Owen took Amelia’s hand and nodded reassuringly at her. Amelia took a deep breath and looked at Dana. “My father was working the cash register at the convenience store when it was robbed. They took the money and wanted his watch, which had been a gift from my mom, too. He refused and they shot him. My brother and I were in the back of the store. I was five.” Amelia paused and looked at her hands which she was now clasping and unclasping on her lap. “It’s safe to say that affected me and I had a bit of a wild childhood. I’m sure that at some point you will have to ask about substance abuse, so I might a well let you know now. I became addicted to alcohol and oxycodone, but I am sober now and I attend meetings regularly.” Amelia turned to look ruefully at Owen, convinced she had just ruined their shot at adoption. Dana looked at her and said “Addictions is something we definitely bear in mind when considering a couple to become parents, but whether or not it will become a deal breaker, comes to the biological parents. They make the final decision.”
Owen and Amelia continued answering questions about their past and families until Dana announced that she had the information she required to build them a file. After walking Dana to the door and thanking her for her visit, they collapsed on the couch in relief. “I think that went well” Owen said. Amelia just looked at him warily in response “I think we answered like 100 questions” she said. “Now we wait” Owen said as he reached to take Amelia into his arms “This isn’t our only option, Amelia. If they decide to pass us up, we can always try surrogacy. We’ll find a way.”