Part Five in the “No Monsters” Universe <3
“Spence,” I groaned, clutching his hand tightly. He pushed a sweaty strand of hair off of my face.
“Right here,” he said. “Almost there, I promise.”
He turned out to be right. Less than fifteen minutes later, a loud cry filled the room. I fell back against the pillows, exhausted.
“Congratulations, you have a beautiful baby girl,” the nurse announced. I sobbed and let go of Spencer’s hand as the nurse laid the screaming baby on my chest. She was a mess, but I thought she was gorgeous. Spencer cut the cord with shaking hands, and then they took the baby to clean her up and take measurements. I got cleaned up a bit as well, and then they brought her back to me, with a small pink hat on her head and wrapped in a pink blanket. She was still crying, and I smiled down at her.
“Hi, beautiful girl,” I murmured, tracing my finger over her cheek. “Shh. You’re okay, baby. Mommy’s got you.” I rocked her back and forth and she quietened in my arms. I glanced over at Spencer, who watched us with tears streaming down his cheeks.
“Aww, Spence,” I breathed.
“She’s perfect,” he managed. I nodded.
“Yeah, she is,” I agreed. “We did it, Spence.”
“You did it,” he argued. “That was…incredible.”
“I couldn’t have done it without you,” I replied. “You want to hold her?”
He nodded, and I carefully handed our daughter over to him, watching as he held her close, gazing down at her.
“Hi,” he whispered. “Hi, little girl. I’m your Daddy.” He drew in a shaky breath.
“You’re beautiful,” he murmured. I swiped at a tear that was making its way down my cheek. He looked up at me.
“She’s…amazing,” he said, and I nodded.
“Yeah. I bet she’ll be a Daddy’s girl,” I replied. Spencer smiled, looking pleased at the thought.
“I love you,” he told me.
“I love you, too,” I replied, and glanced down at our daughter.
“Both of you,” I amended.
Spencer went out to the waiting room to get Aidan. I wasn’t ready for the team yet; I wanted to spend time with my little family first, and I wanted Aidan to meet his baby sister. I heard the door open and looked up to see Spencer carrying Aidan. I smiled at my son.
“Hi, Mommy,” he said.
“Hey, sweetheart,” I replied. Spencer set him down and Aidan carefully climbed onto the bed next to me. Spencer sat down at the foot of the bed.
“You want to meet your baby sister?” I asked. Aidan nodded eagerly, and I leaned forward so that he could see the baby. He stared at her with wide eyes.
“She’s tiny,” he marveled. I laughed.
“Yes, she is,” I agreed. “Just like you were when you were born.”
“Me?” he squeaked. “No, Mommy, I was not so little,” he argued. I smiled at him.
“Yes, you were,” I told him. “I’ll show you pictures when we go home in a couple of days.” He nodded, not taking his eyes eyes off of the baby. I shared a small smile with Spencer.
“So, Aidan,” I began, “do you want to help Daddy and I decide on a name for her?”
He looked at me, his green eyes wide, and nodded his head again.
“Well, we made a list of names, and we want your help to pick one of those, okay?” I said.
“Okay,” Aidan replied eagerly.
“Alright, so we picked three,” Spencer told him. “They each have two names, just like yours is Aidan Matthew,” he explained. “So you tell us which one you like best, okay?”
“We have Julia Reese, Ella Charlotte, and Olivia Eleanor,” Spencer listed. Aidan was quiet for a moment.
“I like all of them,” he sighed. I laughed.
“Well, do you have one you like best?” I asked.
“Hmm,” Aidan hummed. He seemed to be thinking very hard about it, and then he rose up on his knees to peer over my shoulder at the baby. He gazed down at her for a moment, and then looked back at us.
“I like the last one,” he said.
“Olivia Eleanor?” I asked, and he nodded. I smiled at Spencer.
“Looks like our little girl has a name,” I said.
“A beautiful name,” Spencer replied. I looked down at our new daughter.
“Hi, Olivia,” I whispered. “Olivia Eleanor Reid. Welcome to the world, sweet girl.”
“Mommy?” Aidan asked quietly. I looked over at him.
“Can I hold her?” he asked. I smiled.
“Sure,” I answered. “Here, sit up straight,” I instructed. I very carefully handed Olivia to Aidan, instructing him on how to hold her and support her head.
He carefully held her close, as gently as possible, and I smiled slightly. I glanced at Spencer to find that he was taking a picture of Aidan and Olivia. I knew these would be some very precious photos to keep.
Aidan leaned down close to Olivia, who was still sleeping.
“Hi, Olivia,” he said quietly. “I’m your big brother, Aidan, and you are very small and cute.”
I felt tears in my eyes and swiped at them with the back of my hand. Spencer smiled slightly and leaned down to kiss my head.
“We’re doing something so good,” he whispered to me. I nodded, unable to speak.
We were doing something good, something that made it all worthwhile.