Reverse Chapter 6
“She’s going to be walking before you realize.” Dad comments, serving me a glass of water. “You’re going to be keeping your mother on her toes, Miss Addie.”
“Don’t say that.” I scowl and keep Adeline balanced on my lap. “I don’t want her to walk until she’s like 15 months old and her brother or sister is a little bit older.”
Dad chuckles and places a kiss on top of my head. “Oh love, babies are all so different.” He tickles Adeline’s chin and smiles proudly at her as she stands up on my lap. “She’s going to be just like you though. She’s reaching all her milestones at the same age as you, maybe a bit earlier.”
“The kids were early achievers.” I tell him. “Peeta tells me she’s keeping up with them all. Probably even ahead of all three. He’s chuffed.”
“She’s going to keep you on your toes, that’s for sure.” He smiles. “Just remember, we’re here for you love. You need an hour to yourself; we’ll drop everything to be there. If Addie is getting too much, we’ll take her for an hour to the park or for a drive. We’re your family and we’re here to help you, especially the closer you get to delivering our second grandbaby.”
"Thanks, Dad.” I wasn’t in the mood to argue, to tell him that I was more than capable of doing this. But I decided otherwise, I didn’t want him to throw it back at me down the track if I was having a meltdown and questioning every decision I had made.
“Now Addie, why don’t you come with Pop and we’ll go and see what everyone else is doing.”
She happily goes to her Pop and I’m thankful for the moment of peace.
Reverse chapter 6 is now up on AO3. Thanks to Camp NaNoWriMo for kicking my butt and getting me to write write and write.