It's around 11:00 AM in the morning on a Tuesday and Avery has dropped by to visit with Cyann. Brooklyn was just put down for a nap in her crib.
Avery: Yes. We're debating if we want to have her go more often once the baby comes. I'm sure I can handle them both, but it may be good to still have her go a little more often so I can get some rest at first.
Cyann: Have you decided if you're going to continue to work or not?
Avery: I like having the money, but if I continue to work, the extra day care cost won't be worth spending. Besides, I think I'd like to be home with both for a while. I didn't work for at least six months when Avi arrived, but then I didn't want to lose too much work time. You know, for my resume's sake. But I'm okay with letting that go this time.
Cyann: That's cool. I love being home with the kids. Of course, sometimes I want to get out of the house. Speaking of which, does that mean you aren't still considering a larger place right now?
Cyann: That will be so much fun!
Avery: I know. I think about it and get excited, but it will be another year or two. We have time. Besides, I spent time getting the current apartment, small as it is, the way I like it. Not to mention having more space to clean is going to be an adjustment.
Cyann: It is, but you get into a routine.
Avery: I can hardly wait for the space to do what you do. Almost every time I come here, you change the arrangement of the living room.
Avery: I'm sure I'd love that. Right now the only decorating I can focus on will be adding a crib and maybe a small dresser to Avi's room.
Cyann: Well, I'm up for shopping when you start getting things for the baby.
Avery: Okay. I'll be sure to let you know.
Cyann: So what else is going on with you? How are your parents?
Avery: They're well. Mom's still trying to figure out how to get to Parker. I told her I'm done with helping. I'm not trying to distance my brother by helping her.
Cyann: I get that. No need for you to jeopardize your relationship with him.
Avery: Speaking of which. I am trying to figure out if he has found someone. I know he's dating and I'm hopeful...
Just then the door bell rings. They both turn their heads.
Cyann: It sure sounds like it. I wonder who. I'm not expecting anyone.
Avery: Well, it's a surprise.
Cyann: I hope that didn't wake Brooklyn. Let me see who it is. I'll be right back.
Cyann heads to the door and answers it. It's Ember just dropping by for a little while before going on with the rest of her day. Cyann tells her Avery is visiting and asks her to have a seat while she checks to be sure Brooklyn is still sleeping.
Avery: Hi, Ember. It's good to see you. How are you?
Ember: I'm good. Just out and about working. But I have some time, so I thought I'd drop by. How are things with the baby?
Avery: Good. Just waiting out the time. I have an appointment for the ultrasound soon.
Ember: Awww!! Are you going to find out what you're having?
Avery: I don't think so. Are you staying for a while? Have a seat and we'll chat.
Ember sits down.
Ember (chuckling): I'm sure Avi sure does. How is Avi feeling about the baby?
Avery: She doesn't know yet. She thinks I'm just getting fat and eating a lot. We're taking her to the ultrasound appointment so it's easier to explain to her about the baby. That way she can see the baby. We're hoping that works.
Ember: That sounds like a good idea. That should help to make it real. I know it did for me with Erwyn.
Avery: Ha! Me too with Avi! I knew there was a baby in there, but there was nothing like seeing her.
Ember: Good. I'm sorry I almost woke her up.
Cyann: It's okay. I'm glad you stopped by. So, Avery was just catching me up on her family. What were you saying you were hopeful about?
Avery: Oh! Yes, about Parker. I think he's seeing someone and I was just hoping to find out who. I hope she's making him happy. I just want to know.
Cyann: Oh! Well, I'm sure he'll tell you when he's ready.
Avery: Yes. Well, anyway, enough about that.
Cyann: Good. Then we'll know how to set up the baby shower.
Avery: Baby shower? No, you don't have to do that. Thank you so much for the offer.
Cyann: You're welcome, but it's not an offer. It's a plan. There's going to be a shower.
Avery: You really don't have to. I don't want anyone to feel obligated...
Cyann (interrupting): It's not about obligation. I am throwing you a shower and that's that. Are you going to find out what you're having?
Avery (sighing): I don't think so. I want to be surprised and Craig is okay either way.
Ember: Well, I like the idea of a surprise. Good for you.
Avery: That's so nice of you. But you don't have to.
Cyann: I know. We can do this the easy way or the hard way. You can get to have some input on how your shower goes and who's invited or I can just go with my own theme. You know I can talk Craig into bringing you somewhere and you'll always be wondering if I'm surprising you. This way, you don't have to go through all of that. I throw a great party, but I think you'd love to have to some input. Easy, hard, your choice.
Avery (hesitating and thinking): Well...
Cyann: Come on. You know you'll enjoy it and you know it will be fun. Come on. Say yes.
Ember: I'm not trying to get in the middle of this, but I know I want to give you something for the baby. Shower or no shower, people will give you gifts for the baby. Plus it will save you money.
Avery (after pausing): Okay! You're right. It will be fun. Why not? I'm in.
Cyann: Yes! I'll work out a preliminary plan and look for options. We'll discuss again later.
Well, it looks like Cyann gets to plan another party soon.
Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye