Author’s Note: My readers are probably used to this by now but immediately before writing this chapter I downloaded Midnight Hollow. That being said I may have added a toy store to Starlight Shores. Mollie and Adam may have visited that store in hopes of it being a plot line but I may have been so excited about the new objects that there may only be one random photo from this adventure. It’s gonna be a little weird when we get there. Try to go with it. Thanks.
Yes, I am mother of the year. I couldn’t help it. I was nine months pregnant, caring for a toddler, and trying to parent two ridiculously rebellious teenage daughters. I was bound to fall asleep in the rocking chair while my toddler son is eating in the other room.
His screaming when he was finished eating jolted me awake. Well, he wasn’t dead yet so I wasn’t a total failure yet.
A new toy store had just opened downtown and I thought it would be fun to take Adam to get some new toys before the baby arrived. I packed him up after breakfast and off we went.
He loved the toys. They even had an area where the kids could try out the toys. There was also a sitting area for parents and I may or may not have fallen asleep again.
This was a huge mistake. When I woke up Adam was gone.
The clerk told me a woman named Victoria had taken him outside to the merry-go-round. I had never seen her before but the clerk said she knew Adam.
I tracked her down outside behind the building. She still had Adam with her.
“YOU! Give me my son!”
“NO! Wait! Let me explain!”
“I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT. YOU STAY AWAY FROM MY FAMILY!”
I toadified her. I wasn’t even sure I knew how to perform that spell correctly. I had never done it before. I couldn’t help it. I went into Mama Bear mode and reacted.
Adam seemed unconcerned. I bought him one of everything in the store and then we left the store immediately.
When we returned home I set Adam down in the play room. I found Garrett in the den reading the paper. I didn’t want to tell him about the incident at the toy store because I was the one who was sleeping on the job, literally. I didn’t want him to know I had almost failed as a mother twice in one day.
“Hey, you. I know I’m as big as a whale but do you think you could look past my house-like size and make some time for a frisky woman?”
“It’s cute that you think you have to ask.”
Before heading upstairs with Garrett I made sure to check on Adam. After the day we’d had I was worried he might have licked an outlet or something. He was fine. His real dilemma was trying to decide if he should play with his drum, car, train or one of his older toys. Rough life.
An hour later I came down to get Adam ready for bed.
“Oh, goodness. Mommy’s belly is getting too big for this! I hope you are ready to be a big brother soon. Mommy’s tummy hurts tonight.”
“Baby make mama hurt? Bad baby!”
“No, honey. The baby isn’t bad. It just really wants mommy to let it out so it can meet you!”
“I DA BROVER!”
“Yes, you are, sweetie.”
It was only about four hours later that I woke up and knew that it was go time.
“Garrett, we gotta go!”
Garrett was really helpful at this point. We had a plan but he seemed unable to follow it.
“WHAT DO I DO? Oh, my God. What do I do!?”
“Garrett! Tell the girls we are leaving and they are in charge of Adam.”
“Oh my God! I gotta wake the girls!”
I’m glad this is the last time we have to do this. He is so not helpful when it comes to this birth thing.
I did feel a bit sad that this is the last time I will feel the excitement of a tiny life growing inside my body. It is a pretty fantastic experience.
There wasn’t much time for thinking. This little nugget was on it’s way.
The next day we brought Lucille Kathleen Hanks home with us. She was a bit of a surprise since we both expected a boy but we love her nonetheless. She has quite the set of lungs on her. She’s the piece we didn’t know was missing. Now, we are complete.
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