Finally, near 3 am, she was finally able to close her eyes and sink into sleep. She had a plan!
Nathaniel sighed and got two glasses of milk and the jar of jelly. Maybe smothering it with jelly would make it palatable...
"Well, I gotta take care of my two girls!" he said, rubbing her belly softly. "There's hardly even a bump yet!" he said tenderly.
Eva felt weepy all of a sudden. Darn hormones! It was just so touching to see how excited Nathaniel was about their baby.
"I thought I'd go get a massage. I remember Arturo said they really helped Amelia stay in a good mood when she was pregnant."
Nathaniel scoffed, "Amelia? In a good mood! I don't believe it!"
Eva snickered. "Behave! Anyways, so massage and then I thought we'd go tell Dad the big news! What about you?"
Eva scowled. "I wish there was someone else you could sign with other than them."
"I know, Eva. Don't worry. It's going to be fine!"
Nathaniel laughed. "Not right now. I'm kind of into this..."
"What are you reading anyway? Better be porn!" Tomas joked.
"I know your mind typically stays in the gutter, but it's what to expect during the pregnancy."
Nathaniel sighed and put the book to the side. "Because I want to know how to help my wife during her pregnancy. Didn't you look up anything? You have two women counting on you!"
"Don't remind me!" Tomas grumbled.
Nathaniel shook his head. "You're useless! You got them pregnant, but you're not even going to be there for them. They're better off doing it alone!"
Nathaniel shrugged. "Tough love. It's not all about you anymore. You got two kids coming into the world. You gotta get ready for that."
Nathaniel sighed as Tomas stormed from the house. Apparently women weren't the only ones that suffered from hormones during pregnancy...
He checked the clock. He didn't have time to run after Tomas and talk him down from his ledge. He had to get dressed up and meet Felix.
Nathaniel glanced around the room. "I'm feeling a little outnumbered..."
"You remember Yvonne, I'm sure," Felix said, sweeping his hand towards his wife. "And Farrah," he said as his stepdaughter stood up.
Nathaniel awkwardly returned her hug, trying to make sure she didn't stay plastered up against him.
Felix chuckled yet again. "What are terms among family?" he asked magnanimously.
"Look, the whole reason I signed up for this in the first place was for Cliff. If he's not signing, them I'm not signing."
Farrah placed her hand over his. "Oh you misunderstood me! Cliff has already signed! We just need your signature to go ahead with the documentary. And if you're interested, we might just have another small bit part for you..."
"Show me the contract," he said. "I want to see Cliff's signatures."
Farrah smiled wide with triumph as she slid the contract over towards him. "Look, he signed here... here... and we need your signature here..." she pointed out all the places to sign, leaning over him so that she was pressed against him again.
Nathaniel speedily signed the contracts, not really paying attention, in his haste to get away from her.
He smiled wanly. "Let's talk about it tonight. Let's just say it was interesting to say the least..."
Eva glanced over at him and raised her eyebrows.
Eva began giving them all the details - how far along she was, what birthing class they were going to use, and when her due date was.
Nathaniel leaned back to avoid the finger pointed at his chest. "Believe me! That's not even an issue. I'm not going anywhere!"
Sandra nodded and then moved past him to offer her congratulations to the soon-to-be-mommy.
He squeezed her hand. "Yeah it did," he agreed.
Nathaniel laughed as he pulled out a twenty and tossed it to his brother-in-law. "Keep the change and tell everyone that I gave you your big start!"
Greyson laughed as he grabbed his guitar and headed back into the parlor. "I'm gonna frame this twenty! My first tip!"
She felt a tear prick her eye. Damn hormones!