Hey all! Thanks for sticking around :) Since I'm not really writing along any sort of real storyline anymore, this post takes a jump about two years into the future. Enjoy!
"I have good news!" Brody said cheerfully when I answered his call.
"You're bringing me back some real cheese curds?" I asked. Brody was currently in Milwaukee, working on a new contract. I missed Wisconsin cheese curds.
Brody laughed. "I can do that too, so I guess I have double good news. Everything is going really well, so I'll be back tomorrow instead of Saturday."
"That is good news!" I agreed. "Though I can't promise the house will be clean. I've been exhausted this week."
"I don't care even a little about the state of the house, I'm just looking forward to seeing you," he said. "My flight gets in at 7:05, maybe we can get dinner together on the way home?"
"That sounds great!"
We talked for a few more minutes and then we hung up so we could both get to bed. The next day, when school was done at 2:50, signaling the end of my work day, I calculated that if I went straight home, I could nap for an hour and a half before I had to shower and get ready to go pick up Brody. I had no idea why I was so tired this week.
I let Eddie out, then brought him upstairs with me. We fell asleep with ease and I grumbled when my alarm went off. I hauled myself out of bed and into the shower, then re-straightened my hair and put on some light makeup. It was an unseasonably warm February day, so I pulled on a navy polka dot dress, a gray cardigan, and tights. It had been awhile since I'd gotten dressed up just for the hell of it, and I had a lot more energy after my nap.
I got to the airport at 6:50 and parked in the cell phone lot, waiting to hear from Brody. I was glad he never checked bags for these short trips, because I was eager to see him. He'd only been gone for 3 days, but we'd both had a busy week before that and hadn't gotten to spend much time together then either. Brody's work schedule was so much more reasonable now, but we both got swamped from time to time.
I got a text from him at 7:11 saying that he was getting off the plane, so I drove over to arrivals to find him. I only had to wait a few minutes before I spotted him. "Hi!" I exclaimed, jumping out of the car and throwing my arms around him. "I missed you."
"Well, hello!" he said with a laugh, hugging me with the arm that wasn't holding his carry-on. "I missed you too, Liv." He kissed the top of my head, then my forehead, then my lips when I tilted my head up.
I dragged myself away so we could get in the car and get out of the airport. My stomach was rumbling and I needed some dinner soon. "How was your flight?" I asked Brody as I pulled away from the curb.
"It was alright," he replied, rubbing the spot between his eyebrows tiredly. "There was a screaming baby right behind me. I felt terrible for his parents, but also for my ears."
I snorted. "That does make for a rather miserable flight," I agreed. "I promise I won't do any screaming tonight."
Brody opened his mouth, closed it, opened it, and closed it again, shaking his head and laughing. "Not going to touch that one," he said.
My face turned red as I laughed with him. "I mean, I guess that would be up to you."
Brody snorted and reached across the center console for my hand. "I know I was only gone a few days, but I really missed you."
"I missed you too," I told him, glancing at him and smiling. We figured out where to go for dinner and I navigated there easily, finally able to get around this city without an issue. It taken long enough.
We got lucky and didn't even have to wait for a table. It was nice to eat and relax with Brody after a busy week. I yawned several times over dessert, prompting Brody to offer to drive home. "Long day?" he asked.
"I've just been so tired this week," I said, shaking my head.
I closed my eyes and the next thing I knew, Brody was gently shaking me awake. "We're home," he told me softly.
"Mmm, I knew that," I mumbled sleepily. "I wasn't sleeping."
Brody laughed as he pulled his carry-on out of the back. "Okay," he replied. "Then we'd better get you to bed so you can sleep."
Eddie jumped around like a crazy dog when Brody and I came inside. "Hey bud!" Brody said, crouch down to rub his ears. Eddie licked Brody's face and wiggled excitedly. "I missed you too, were you a good boy for Liv?" Eddie wiggled harder and let out a sharp bark, clearly indicating he was the best boy. "I'll let him out, go get ready for bed," Brody said to me.
"No, you just got home, and I know you want to shower. I can let him out," I protested.
In the end, Brody won, and I trudged upstairs to wash off my makeup and brush my teeth while Brody went out on the deck with Eddie. By the time I was done, Brody was in the bedroom, throwing some things from his suitcase into the laundry basket. He kissed me on his way past me into the bathroom. "I'm just going to take a quick shower, okay?" I nodded and climbed into bed.
I made myself stay awake while I waited for Brody to get out of the shower. When he got into bed I rolled to face him and my lips found his in the dark. "Hi," I said between kisses.
"I didn't think you would have any energy," he replied with a chuckle, moving his lips to my neck. "Not that I'm complaining."
"Shut up and kiss me, or you'll miss your chance," I warned him. He laughed and kissed me hard, rolling over until he was on top of me, between my legs. I had just enough energy for one round of sex, and then I happily fell asleep in Brody's arms.
I didn't even wake up when Brody got up in the morning. When I did wake up, I rolled over, confused by the emptiness of the bed next to me. I squinted at the clock, surprised to see it was 9:30. Brody had probably been up for hours.
"Good morning, beautiful," he greeted me with a smile when I made my way downstairs.
"Morning," I grumbled.
"Want some breakfast? Eggs, maybe?"
My stomach turned at the thought of eggs and I shook my head. "Just coffee," I said, frowning and sitting down at the table. Eddie trotted over to me and laid his head in my lap. I rubbed it briefly. When I stopped, he nudged me and whined softly. "Down," I commanded him. He laid down, but he looked at me reproachfully and whined again.
Brody looked at me with concern. "Are you feeling alright?"
"Yeah, my stomach is just a little upset," I said, rubbing my forehead.
Brody frowned. "Well, drinking just coffee on an empty stomach isn't going to help," he pointed out. "Toast?"
"Sure," I agreed. I yawned. I was so tired. Brody, saint that he was, made me some toast and coffee and brought both to me.
When I gagged a little on my first bite of toast, Brody said, "Do you think maybe you should take a test?"
"I'm not pregnant," I replied, choking down another bite of toast. My stomach roiled angrily and I set the uneaten toast down on the plate Brody had provided. "I don't feel pregnant."
"Sweetheart, you don't know what 'pregnant' feels like," Brody pointed out gently.
He had a point. I didn't. Despite us spending the last 8 months trying to get pregnant, I still had no idea what being pregnant felt like. I'd thought I was pregnant. Several times, in fact. Each time, I convinced myself that this was it, that I was absolutely, positively, without a shadow of a doubt pregnant. And each time, I filled the bathroom garbage with First Response pregnancy tests with just one line. Well, after the third time that happened, I'd switched to cheaper tests.
"Maybe if I still feel like this tomorrow," I said, finally. I had felt a little sick the last couple mornings too.
Brody kissed the top of my head as I attempted another bite of toast, then said, "Sounds like a plan. I'm going to get a little bit of work done, and then I'm all yours after lunch, okay?"
"Okay," I agreed, smiling at him.
I had been planning on going to the gym and then the grocery store this morning, but I was so tired and nauseated that I decided to just go back to bed for a little while. The toast had settled my stomach a bit and I fell back to sleep fairly easily. When I woke up, I felt much better.
Feeling more curious than anything, I decided to listen to Brody's suggestion and pulled a pregnancy test out of a drawer in the bathroom. I left the test on the counter to process while I jumped in the shower. I rushed through my shower, realizing I needed to know what the test said right now.
Still dripping water, with a towel hastily wrapped around me, I took a deep breath and looked at the test. "Oh my god," I whispered. Then, "Brody!" Not sure if he'd heard me all the way down in his office, I stuck my head out of the bathroom, into our room, and yelled again. "BRODY!"
Turned out it wasn't necessary, and he appeared breathlessly in our room not 3 seconds later. "Are you okay?" he asked me, looking alarmed. "Liv? What's wrong?"
Finding myself suddenly unable to speak, I waved him into the bathroom and motioned at the counter. Brody looked at the pregnancy test, then at me, and then at the test again. Then he put one hand on either side of my face. "Two lines means...you're pregnant?"
I nodded as much as I could with Brody's hands on my face. "I'm pregnant," I confirmed, a lump rising in my throat.
"You're pregnant," Brody repeated.
We stared at each other for several more seconds before Brody's face split into a huge grin and he wrapped his arms around me. By the time he let go, I was crying, and his eyes weren't exactly dry either. He backed out of the bathroom, tugging me with him. Brody sat down on the edge of the bed and pulled me down onto his lap. Wrapping one arm around me, he touched my stomach lightly with the fingers of his other hand. "Do you think..." he started, looking up at me. "I mean, are they ever wrong? The tests?"
I shrugged. "Sometimes? Maybe? I guess I don't really know. I could take another one."
"Not right now," he said quickly. He spread his hand flat across my stomach and stared at it in wonder. "It doesn't look like you're pregnant."
I laughed. "Well, I'm sure that will change," I told him, leaning against him and resting my cheek against the top of his head.
Brody shifted me off his lap and stood, pulling me against him. "I love you so much, Liv," he said. Then he crouched in front of me until he was eye level with my stomach and said, "And I love you."
I bit my lip and looked down at him, suddenly overwhelmed with emotion. "I love you, too," I said softly, pulling him to his feet before I lost it completely. Just then, Eddie wandered in, happily panting away. He bounded over and nudged both of our legs before laying down and rolling onto his side, looking up at us. I laughed. "I love you, too, Eddie," I said, bending to rub his belly.
Brody shook his head. "You sure know how to steal a lady's thunder, Ed," he said, sitting on the floor and rubbing behind Eddie's ear. Eddie whined and shoved his head against Brody's hand, leaning into it. I joined them on the floor, snuggling against Brody's side as Eddie stretched himself across our laps. "We're going to have a baby," Brody said softly, kissing the top of my head.
"Yeah," I agreed. "We are."