It took me a moment to fully comprehend the news. Just moments ago I was thinking about breaking up with Gabrielle and now here she was telling me that she was having my baby. That changed everything. At least I think it did. I decided not to rush things. I didn’t want to propose just because we were having a baby but I did decide to ask Gabrielle to move in with me. She lives in a one bedroom rental which is no where big enough for her and a baby. She agreed right away.
Mom and dad of course were thrilled that they were going to have another grandchild. Mom was especially excited to have Gabrielle live with us. Sometimes I think mom followed Gabrielle around so she could rub her belly, talk to and/or listen to the baby. Fortunately, Gabrielle doesn’t seem to mind.
For Holly’s birthday we invited the entire family.
Unfortunately, the party came to a halt when the Grim Reaper showed up to take dad’s sister Gretchen.
Apparently death of a family member was too much stress for Gabrielle because she went into labor.
I got her to the hospital just in time for her to give birth to a beautiful baby girl we named Ivy. Gabrielle seemed thrilled that Ivy was born with my green skin color. When I asked her why she said green was her favorite color. I thought her favorite color was blue but I was so excited about becoming a father I didn’t question it.
Being a father is amazing.
I want to spend all of my time holding her and snuggling her.
Seems like just yesterday my sister Holly was a baby like this and now she is a teenager. Just shows how fast time goes by and I want to remember every minute of it. I don’t even mind the late night feedings or dirty diapers.
My relationship with my father has been a little rocky lately.
“When are you and Gabrielle going to get married,” he asked for the up-tenth million time.
“I don’t know. We are happy right now with how things are,” I said.
“You have a child together. Don’t you think it is time you got married?”
“I don’t think Ivy should be the reason we get married. I want to wait. My work schedule is crazy. I am always traveling with the team. I only have a few good years as an athlete left. Maybe after I retire. Besides why does it matter. I don’t see you all over Hailey’s back to marry Willard.”
Seems we have this same fight at least once a day.
I also closed down Swole on Fitness for a complete remodel. I kept telling myself that it it is for the betterment of the establishment and not because closing down for renovations means I have less of a chance of running into Eboni. I can’t stop thinking about her which I know is wrong.
Anyway, I purchased some state of the art treadmills and put them in a room upstairs along with a wall of TVs so people can work out while watching anything from the news to an old movie.
Upstairs I also created an aerobic/martial arts studio. It has a martial arts training dummy but also work out mates and a sound system.
I also added a spa where people sit in steam or take a mud bath.
Downstairs there are new weights, a couple pull up bars and my favorite feature – a brand new state of the art rock climbing wall.
Outside I added a pool and hot tub.
And a basketball court.
The remodel has taken a long time and a lot of money but I think it is turning out great.
Gabriella has been throwing up a lot lately and has been super tired. She just can’t seem to shake this flu bug.
We don’t want Ivy to get sick so I have taking all of the feedings and diaper changes. Of course I don’t mind at all as I love spending time with my little princess.
Of course mom, dad, and Holly have been around to help too.
Sooner then I would have liked it was Ivy’s birthday. I invited all of my friends from work, my sister’s and their families, and a few of my cousins. I did not invite any of dad’s sisters. While I love my aunts I did not want the Grim Reaper paying another visit and ruining Ivy’s first birthday.
During the party Gabrielle pulled me aside and said “I’m pregnant. Ivy’s going to have a little brother or sister.”
I was a little surprised as it had been awhile since Gabrielle and I were intimate and the timing didn’t seem right but then what do I know about pregnancy. I was just thrilled at the thought of being a father again. I adore Ivy and couldn’t wait for our family to grow.
I was so busy daydreaming about my future that at first I didn’t hear someone calling my name. When I turned around I was shocked.
“Eboni? Is that you?”
“Yeah, your mom invited me. I hope that’s ok. I was starting to think you were avoiding me.”
“No of course not,” I lied. “I got promoted to Team Captain so work has been crazy. Then of course there is the whole gym remodel and being a first time father. I am sorry I haven’t been in touch more. But you look great. You have done a great job keeping up the workouts.”
“Yeah it was tough of first but I kept hearing your voice in my head. And the work out journal helped. I would set goals for myself and so it felt like an achievement each time I made one.”
“That’s great. I am so proud of you,” I said pulling her in for a hug. Which of course was a mistake because it brought all those buried feelings rushing to the surface.
“Well I suppose I should get back to my other guests,” I said.
“Sure, maybe we can go for a jog or grab a smoothie sometime,” she said.
“Sound good, I’ll call you,” I replied as I walked away.
The next morning I decided to go for a long job by myself to clear my head. After that I headed to they gym for a few hours to oversee the final touches on the renovations before heading to work.
Gabriella and my parents were planning on taking Ivy to the park.
What I didn’t know was that Gabriella had received a text message just as they were leaving and decided to stay behind.
When I got home from work I was shocked to find Gabrielle in our bed with another man.
“WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?!” I shouted.
Turns out the man’s name is Byron and he works as a stylist and the two have been dating for years. In fact they were secretly engaged. I guess they have an open relationship and routinely date other people. When she realized she was pregnant they saw it as an opportunity. She is a struggling musician and he barely makes minimum wage. She saw the baby as a way of making sure she was always financially taken care of. That is why she was so excited when the Ivy was born with my green skin. There was no way to question the paternity if she was ever found out.
“I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU LIED TO ME! THAT YOU HAVE BEEN USING ME FOR MY MONEY AND SEEING THIS GUY BEHIND MY BACK,” I shouted.
“OH LIKE YOU ARE ONE TO TALK.”
“WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?”
“OH PLEASE, YOU AND EBONI. I SAW THE WAY YOU LOOKED AT HER DURING IVY’S PARTY.”
“OK SO MAYBE I DO HAVE FEELINGS FOR EBONI, BUT I HAVE NEVER ACTED ON THEM. I WOULD NEVER HAVE CHEATED ON YOU. IS THE BABY YOU ARE PREGNANT WITH EVEN MINE?”
She hesitated for a second but then finally admitted that no the baby was Byron’s. She had just been hoping to pass a second child off as mine in hopes of getting more financially.
“I WANT YOU AND THIS LOSER OUT OF MY HOUSE IMMEDIATELY.”
“IF YOU THROW ME OUT YOU WILL NEVER SEE IVY AGAIN. COURTS ALWAYS SIDE WITH THE MOTHER.”
“I AM NOT SURE IF THEY WILL IN THIS CASE. YOU HAVE NO TIES TO THIS COMMUNITY. THE EQUIDAES ARE WELL KNOWN AND WELL RESPECTED. I HAVE MY PARENTS AS WELL AS SIBLINGS, AUNTS, UNCLES, AND COUSINS THAT LIVE NEAR BY WHO CAN WATCH HER WHEN I AM WORK. I AM MAKING A SIX FIGURE SALARY. YOU ARE BARELY SCRAPPING BY WITH YOUR MUSIC CAREER. I CAN AFFORD THE BEST LAWYERS MONEY CAN BUY. DO YOU REALLY WANT TO TAKE ME TO COURT. IVY WILL STAY WITH ME AND YOU CAN HAVE VISITATION.”
Later that night as a I put Ivy to bed I gave her an extra hug and kiss. I never once thought I was going to end up a single father.