Sunday, February 18, 2018

Hospital Visits

Avery had delivered Cristian in the wee hours of the morning.  Craig stayed with her until late morning and then went home to get a little rest in the bed and a shower before returning to spend more time with her and their newborn.  Of course he sent out a group text to his brother-in-law, father-in-law, Ember, Cyann, Grayson, his family members, and some of his co-workers.  He sent out a separate message to Cora, just so Parker wouldn't be upset about his mother having his number.

But first, earlier, after leaving Avery and Craig to welcome their new child, Parker took Ember home, where she kept Aviana for the evening.  Ember called Cyann in the middle of the night to let her know about Avery being in labor and that she would bring Aviana over the next day.

Avery's cell phone rings.  It startles her out of her sleep.  She picks it up to see who's calling.

Grayson (mumbling):  Who is it?
Cyann:  Mmmm...It's Ember.  It has to be important. 
Grayson: Uh huh.

Cyann:  Hello?  What's wrong?
Ember:  Hi.  Everything is fine.  Avery is in labor.  She's in the hospital.
Cyann (in her groggy state, she hears hospital, not much else):  You're in the hospital?
Ember:  No.  Avery is in the hospital.  She's having the baby.
Cyann:  Wait.  The baby is coming?
Ember:  Yes.

Grayson:  They're having the baby?
Cyann (to Grayson):  Yes.  (to Ember) I need to get Aviana.  They didn't call me.  Where is she?
Ember:  She's with me.  Parker and I were together when Avery called.  So we took her to the hospital together.
Cyann:  Okay.  I'm on my way to get her.
Ember:  Girl, don't be silly.  It's late and she's already sleep.  She can stay with us until a decent time in the morning.
Cyann:  Oh.  Okay.  That's good.  I can get her later then.  

Ember:  Well, I'm tired, so I'm going to bed.  I'll have to get back up in no time to get Erwyn off to school.  We can talk later.
Cyann:  Are you going to the hospital?
Ember: Yes, after the baby arrives and we can visit. I want to see the baby.  

Later the afternoon after Avery delivered, she started having visitors.  The first two to arrive are Parker and Ian.

Ian (with a big smile):  He's the most handsome grandson ever.  You did well.  How'd you decide to name him Cristian?  
Avery:  Well, Avi's name starts with A V like my name does, so Cristian starts with C R like Craig's name.  We had a girl's name picked out starting with C R too. 
Ian: That's nice.  So what happens when you have a third child?
Avery:  Ummm...I think we're okay with two right now.  I'm not sure a third is in the picture.
Ian (laughing):  I'm trying to get all the grandchildren I can.  You can't fault me for trying.
Avery:  Parker can contribute too.

Ian holds Cristian for a while as they all chat.

Parker:  Okay.  It's time to share.  I'd like to hold him too.
Ian:  I guess you're right.  I'll share for a few minutes.  You'll get to see him more often than I do.  You live here.
Avery:  There's plenty of time for both of you to see him.  
Ian:  Well, I guess I'll have to increase my travel.

Parker gets to hold his nephew.

Parker:  He's so tiny.  It's amazing to have such tiny people around.  Hi, Cristian.  I'm you're Uncle Parker.  I love you.
Avery:  He's going to love you too, just like Avi.  
Ian:  When is Avi going to see her new brother?
Avery:  Ember and Cyann are coming to visit me.  When Ember called, she told me that they will come at the same time and Ember will bring Avi so Cyann can take her home with her.  I'm so excited for her to see him.  We've been preparing her for, well, I can definitely say 'his' now, so his arrival.

Parker and Ian visit for a while longer, then decide they will leave and get something to eat.  Avery rests for a while until Cristian is hungry and then she starts feeding him.  While she's feeding him, there's a knock at the door and Avery yells out to come in.

Cyann:  Hey!  Congratulations!  
Avery:  Hi.  Thank you for coming.
Cyann:  You know wild horses couldn't keep me away.
Avery:  You're by yourself? I know Brenna's at school, but where's Brooklyn?
Avery:  I thought I'd have to bring her, but I called Eliana and since babysitting is her only job, she was available.  So she's at the house sitting for a little while.  Thank heavens too, but I want to hold the baby and I don't know how she would have acted.
Avery:  Oh!  Well, I can understand that.

Cyann:  Hello there, Little Guy.  What did you name him?
Avery:  We named him Cristian.
Cyann:  Well, Cristian, you certainly are cute, aren't you?  I'll bet Craig is beside himself with having a boy, isn't he?
Avery:  I think he would be just as happy with a girl, but you know how it is for men to have their sons.  He's probably out right now buying a baby football to start him early.
Cyann:  I believe that.  Well, let me cool my heels while he eats.

Cyann sits down and talks to Avery while she nurses.  A few minutes go by and then there is a knock at the door.

Cyann:  More visitors have arrived.
Avery:  I knew it would be a busy day.  (yelling to the door) Come in!

Ember walks in with Aviana.

Ember:  Hi!
Aviana (as she runs toward Avery):  Mommy!  
Avery (happy to see her daughter):  Hi, Sweetheart!  I missed you.  Come give me a kiss.

Seeing that Avery is nursing and will not be able to bend down to kiss Aviana, Ember walks over to pick Aviana up and give her mother a kiss.

Aviana:  Is dat da baby?
Avery:  Yes, this is the baby I've had in my stomach.  He's your little brother, Cristian.  Say hi to him.
Aviana:  My bwotha, Cwistian?
Avery: Yes.  He's going to be so happy he has you as his big sister.  We have to take good care of him and be very gentle with him, right?
Avian:  Wight!  He doesn' wook wike a skewaton anymore dough.
Avery (laughing):  No, he looks like a little person now, just like you once did.

Ember holds Avery up a little longer so she can look at her brother a little longer, then she sits down.  Aviana, however, wants to examine the hospital room, so she starts walking around.

Avery:  Thank you for bringing her and both of you for being so helpful in taking care of her.  We truly appreciate having such good friends.  I don't know what we'd do without you.
Ember:  It's not a problem.  I'm happy to help.
Cyann:  Anytime.  So who has been here so far?  I'm assuming Craig had to go home for a little while?
Avery:  Yes, Craig went home to shower and change and Parker and my father were here.  I'm sure my father will be back.  He'll be disappointed he didn't stay long enough to see Aviana, but I know he'll be back soon to visit again.
Ember:  So it has to be said, the elephant in the room.
Avery:  An elephant in the room?
Ember:  Yes.  You are brave enough to actually wear that gown my aunt gave you at the shower.  Of all the things she can give someone at a baby shower, she gives you an animal print gown.
Avery (laughing):  Well, she gave very strict instruction that I was to wear it in the hospital instead of some boring and not sexy gown.  I am not interested in getting fussed at should she find out I did otherwise.  You are my witnesses.
Cyann (laughing hard): Oh, yes.  We certainly are.  You also have our sympathy for your compliance.

The ladies continue to chat as Aviana wanders around and asks questions occasionally about how long her mother will stay in the hospital, why the room looks like it does and where her father is.

Avery:  Well, that took a while.  I guess he has to get used to eating.  But it's time to burp.
Cyann:  Ooo, ooo, ooo!  Can I do it?  I need to get my hands on him.  Sorry Ember, but I was next in line.
Avery:  Sure.  I can get my hands on Aviana then.  Thanks.
Ember:  I'll pick her up for you.  You know you shouldn't be lifting anything heavier than the baby.
Avery:  Yes, Nurse Ember.

Ember puts Aviana on Avery's lap and then sits down so they can talk some more.  Then the phone rings.  Ember picks it up.

Ember:  Hello?...Yes, it is her room...Oh!  Hi, how are you?  This is Ember...I'm fine.  Thank you. I'll give her the phone...Really?..Well, I think that could be okay...I, uh, yes, that's kind of you...Sure...okay.  I'll give Avery the phone now.

Ember seems taken off guard and puzzled as she hands the phone to Avery.

Avery:  Is everything okay?
Ember:  Yes, it's your mother.

Ember gives the phone to Avery and sits back down in the chair.

Cyann: What was that about?
Ember:  Cora wanted to know if I could meet for her dinner the next time she visits.  She said she could see that Parker and I are seeing each other and she wants to talk.  
Cyann:  When did she...?  At the shower.
Ember:  I really hadn't thought anything of it, but you're right.  I'm sure she saw me and Parker together.  Not that we're hiding anything, but with them not speaking, I guess she didn't know.
Cyann: But why does she want to have dinner with you, when he's clearly not sharing his personal life with her?
Ember:  I'm not really sure, but if I have to guess.
Cyann:  You do have to guess.
Ember:  I think it's to figure out how she can get Parker to speak to her.  I don't want to be in the middle of this.  I'm team Parker, so I'm not going to do something to upset him.  He's in my life, not her.

They can hear Avery saying goodbye, so they stop talking.

Avery:  My mother just tried to quiz me about your relationship with Parker.  I had to re-direct her to other things, like Cristian's arrival.
Ember:  I'm sorry about that.
Avery: You haven't done anything wrong. Why are you apologizing?  I'm just done with her trying to put me in the middle of their rift.  I tried to smooth things over, but right now is not the time for her to put me on the spot.
Cyann:  Well, you just tell her that and keep your focus where it should be, on your family.
Avery:  I know.  So, what has happened since I've been in here.
Cyann:  You sound like you've been locked up in prison for a year.  It's the hospital and it's only been a day.

They continue to talk a little longer until, they are ready to leave.  Just as they are saying goodbye, Craig comes into the room.

Craig:  Hello, Ladies.  (to Aviana) Hey, Sweetheart! 
Aviana:  Hi, Daddy!

Craig takes Aviana into his arms and kisses and hugs her.

Cyann:  Congratulations, Craig.  You have a son now.
Ember:  Congratulations!  I'm so happy for you.
Craig:  Thank you both.  He's handsome, isn't he?
Cyann:  Yes, and don't think that I didn't pick up on the Craig, Cristian thing.  I honestly thought if you had a boy, he would be a junior.
Craig (laughing):  Girl or boy, the name would have started the same.  Glad you figured that out.
Cyann:  When you're home all day with a young child, you have plenty of time to pick up on details.   Mind training or you go stir crazy.

Ember:  We're heading out now.  We'll let you three enjoy your time together.
Craig:  Okay.  Well, Sweetheart.  It's time to go with Auntie Cyann to play with Brooklyn and Brenna.  Be good, okay?
Aviana:  Okay, Daddy.

Craig and Avery kiss Aviana goodbye and Ember and Cyann leave.  Craig and Avery settle down and talk and watch television as Cristian sleeps.

We have to give a shout out to Crafts by Mandee who once again has supplied us with lovely new items - Avery's slippers (I bought pairs in several colors, so the other ladies will get to wear them too) and Ember's poncho.

Thank you for stopping by.  ~ The Proud Parents, Avery and Craig