The first time Angie was pregnant, I was in prison. Also the baby was not planned. So this time around I wanted to be there every step of the way. So when Angie first suspected she was pregnant we got a test and then waited together in the bathroom for the results.
“So, what’s it say?” I asked.
“It’s positive! We’re pregnant!!”
I had no words to express how thrilled I was. I pulled her to me and poured all of my feelings for her into that kiss.
This time I was with her every step of the way. I took her to doctor’s appointments and held her hair back when she got sick.
Last time I would go entire months between visits so the changes to her body were always very drastic. This time around I got to watch those changes slowly occur. I was also there when the baby kicked for the first time.
It is also interesting to see her go through food cravings. Her main craving is macaroni and cheese, seems like she wants a bowl of it morning, noon, and night. Fortunately, my mom makes THE BEST mac and cheese and she has been more than happy to cook for Angie whenever a craving hits.
As excited as we are for the new baby we don’t want to forget about the girls. We have been spending time each day working on teaching the girls to talk. They are both really smart and can already say a few words.
Mom’s been making daily visits to my various siblings houses. She has been spending a lot of time at Gretchen’s. Gretchen and her husband are also expecting and she is due any day.
When she isn’t off visiting her kids and grandkids she is home playing with the girls and helping to potty train. After all her years running a daycare and also raising kids she is a master at teaching kids their skills.
The girls are already the best of friends. We have tons of toys for them but they seem to always head to the block station where they can play together.
So our house is haunted by the ghosts of past generations. It is always a surprise to see who is going to stop by for a visit. One night it was family founders Anna and Jonathan. Anna and Jonathan raised six kids in a small farm house. I can’t even imagine what that must have been like.
One night I was walking by the nursery and heard giggling. When I walked in I saw the ghost of my father playing with Hannah. I am not ashamed to say that I got a little teary. I always regretted that he passed away before he had a chance to meet my kids — so I am glad that he is able to see them, even if he is a ghost.
Angie claims the baby is very active, always kicking and moving around. In fact the baby only seems to settle down if she is being active. So she has started working out a few times a day. I joke that she has a future little soccer player in there.
This time I didn’t panic when Angie went into labor. I grabbed her bag and we headed for the hospital.
At 8:32 pm Angie gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. We named him Hunter.
After bringing Hunter home we settled into a routine. Having twin toddlers and an infant is a lot of work. But I am learning how fast they grow so I am spending as much time as possible with them.
Before I knew it all three were having a birthday. Mom got on the phone and invited the entire family.
They all gathered around to help celebrate as we blew out the candles on the cake.
Hailey is good, loves the outdoors and athletic.
Hannah is good, loves the outdoors, and is just a little bit clumsy.
Hunter is good and athletic. Mom says he is my mini-me. She said he looks just like I did at his age.
I am glad all of my kids inherited their mother’s good trait. I don’t want them getting involved in a life of crime like I did.
During the party we heard a commotion outside. My sister Gabrielle was yelling at her fiance, Roderick Conn.
“AND THE WORST PART ABOUT IT IS I HAD TO READ ABOUT IT IN THE NEWSPAPER. YOU CHEAT ON ME, GET HER PREGNANT AND THEN YOU PUT A BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT IN THE PAPER. YOU DIDN’T EVEN MAN UP AND TELL ME.”
I came outside just in time to see him hit her.
“KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF MY SISTER,” I shouted.
“THIS IS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS, BUTT OUT,” he said as he punched me.
Let’s just say that is the only punch he got in.
“NO ONE MESSES WITH MY SISTER! NO GET OUT OF HERE!”
Gabrielle and Roderick had lived together so with their breakup she had no place to go so mom said she could stay with us for awhile.
The next day we all headed to the spring festival. After all the drama of the day before we needed some fun.
Angie and I tried the love meter. And our score was through the roof.
We went slow dancing. It reminded me of those nights back in Bridgeport when we would dance in my apartment.
The whole family went roller skating. My niece Marcella was there too and mom helped her skate.
Later that night Gabby pulled me aside.
“Oh uh how do you feel about that?” I asked.
“Well, I wish the baby’s father wasn’t a cheater or someone who hits women. I wish the baby would have a father like dad or like you, but I am excited to be a mom.”
“Well I will be there for you both,” I said.
“Thanks, little bro.”
I gave her some of my baby books and she started pouring over them.
The girls are now in school. They are excited but also nervous. I told them they shouldn’t be nervous, they have each other as well as several cousins at their school.
The house seems much quieter while the girls are at school. Mom and I have been playing chess. She used to play with dad a lot before he past. She is pretty good and gives me a run for my money.
Angie has been teaching Hunter how to walk. He is a very active little boy and I just know he will be running around in no time.
Speaking of being active Gabby has been working out day in and day out. She plays for the Appaloosa Plains Llamas and wants to stay in shape. I asked her if she should be doing chin ups while pregnant but she said the extra baby weight makes it more of a challenge.
Hailey and I have been joining her on her workouts. We are going to be one fit family.
The girls are super excited to meet their new cousin. They were too little to remember Angie being pregnant with Hunter so they think it is so cool that their baby cousin is inside Aunty Gabbie’s tummy. They are both constantly running up to her to touch her tummy or talk to the baby.
One morning right after breakfast Gabby went into labor.
I took her to the hospital where she gave birth to a beautiful little girl named Heather. Roderick couldn’t even be bothered to show up at the hospital to meet his daughter. I heard that he is dating someone else. He has two daughters with different women and isn’t with either of them. Gabby and Heather are better off without him.
While the girls are totally identical as they get older I am starting to see their unique personalities emerge.
Hailey is very active child. She loves running around and playing soccer.
Hannah is quieter. She could just spend hours fishing. But really she just loves being outside so she is happy to play soccer or tag with her sister too.
Soon it was the kids birthday. Hannah, Hailey, Hunter, and Heather will all aging up.
During the party the grim reaper showed up to take my older brother Fletcher. Mom had adopted him when he was a child. He was out of the house with kids of his own long before I was born, so I didn’t know him very well. He was 90 years old.
Mom was of course devastated. She was only 18 when she adopted him so she is only 11 years older than he is. But she never expected to live to be over a 100 and she certainly never expected to outlive someone she considered her child.
The only comfort for her was that my niece Hilda is expecting. Her child will be mom’s first great-grandchild.
Despite the early end to the party all the kids still managed to age up well. Heather is an adorable little girl.
While my life has had many ups and downs over the years I wouldn’t trade any of it as it all led me to this moment. I have three great kids, am married to the love of my life, and have been able to reconnect with my mom and sisters. I hope one day my kids are as happy as I am.
This ends Generation 7. Hunter will be our heir for Generation 8. Here is the score for Gen 7.
- Join Criminal career – check
- Master Logic – check
- Master Athletic Skill – check
- Marry Sim – check
- Have one “perfect” child only – figured this was out when he ended up with twins the first time
- Befriend child or have 5 minions – check
- Prank family as teen/child – check
- Prank neighbors as teen – check
- Prank school at least twice – check
- Receive prank reputation – check
- Join Fortune Teller Career – check
- Perform private reading – check
- Master Logic – check
- Master Charisma – at the time of finishing this chapter he was at level 8
- Reach Level Ten of Scan Artist Branch – check
- Become Five Star Celebrity – check
- Pay off Paparazzi Twice
- Sue for slander – check
- Have two celebrity friends – check
- Go to a Hot-spot club once a week – check (but only while living in Bridgeport. I don’t have any clubs in Appaloosa Plains)
- Go to a hot-spot bar once a week – check (but only while living in Bridgeport. I don’t have any bars in Appaloosa Plains)
- try a drink at every bar – check
- dance at every club – check
- Find love of your life at bar (make a move) – check