Chapter 20

Arizona sat in bed, disoriented. She rubbed her eyes and looked at the clock on the night stand. It was 3 AM.
"Are you okay?" Callie asked. When Arizona didn't sleep, she didn't sleep, which happened quite a lot lately. Callie really didn't mind."Yeah, I just need to pee, go back to sleep," Arizona said pecked Callie's lips, and started to get out of bed.
"Arizona," Callie said and pointed at the now uncovered part of the mattress, "I don't think you need to pee."

The mattress was yet.

"Oh my god, did I pee in my sleep?" Arizona asked in embarrassment.

"No, dummy," Callie said and started to get out of bed too.

"Then wh… oh! Oh my god! We need to get to the hospital!"

"Yep," Callie said and started to dress up. "Any contractions yet?"

"Nooo," Arizona whined.

"Are you actually complaining about not experiencing pain?" Callie asked.

"It just means we might have to induce, and everything was perfect until now."

"Everything is still perfect, Arizona. Go get cleaned up. Do you need help?" Callie asked softly.

"No, I'm good just…"

"It didn't hit you yet?"

"Nope," Arizona said and walked towards the bathroom.

"Hey, I'm gonna pick some clothes for you, wake Sof up and put the bag in the car. Call Addison and April? And maybe text Mer just in case?"

Addison has been staying in town since the middle of their 38th week, not on her own dime, obviously. April and Meredith were informed that if need be, they'll be woken up in the middle of the night so someone could stay with Sofia in the waiting room while they were both in the delivery room.

They also had a talk with Sofia beforehand and asked her if she'd rather stay at home or come with them.

She wanted to come. She wanted to meet her sister as soon as possible. But that was before they knew it might be another whole day before that happened.

"It's funny how you think I'll be done changing before you'll be back," Arizona chuckled.

"We're leaving Sof here, though, right? I'm just telling her that April will be coming over?" Callie asked. April lived closer.

"Yep," Arizona agreed, "she might put up a fight."

"Not at 3 AM she won't," Callie argued.

"True that. Okay, I'm gonna do my thing, you'll do yours," Arizona said and turned to leave.

"Hey," Callie stopped her, "we're gonna have a baby girl."

"Yes, yes we are," Arizona replied excitedly.

"I love you so much," Callie said sincerely.

"I love you, too. Like, tons."

"Go get dressed so we can go have a baby," Callie said.

"Roger that."

"Son of a bitch!" Arizona yelled.

"I feel ya, sweetie, but you're gonna have to push for me some more," Addison said calmly.

It was fifteen hours later, and they were in the middle of the delivery after they chose to induce labor. Arizona was criticizing that very decision as she was pushing.

The whole day had gone by while they were at the hospital. April made sure Sofia went to school, and now their daughter was sitting at the waiting room, half of her mothers' friends taking turns in watching over her. In a nine year old manner, she wanted to meet her sister and was totally impatient, but not as impatient as her mother, who pushed while imagining a knife going through Addison's forehead.

The calming words of the OBG/YN didn't work on her. And then there was another issue – her girlfriend, who was way too cheerful, way too happy and just way too much of everything.

"See?" Callie said sweetly, holding Arizona's hand yet looking towards what was happening between her legs. "We still have firsts! We were never in a delivery room together! Well, technically, we were, but it wasn't exactly a delivery room and I wasn't conscious so…"

"Shut up, Callie!" Arizona said. She's been trying, trying hard not to take her pain out on Callie, but truthfully, the other woman had no idea how labor actually felt.

"Okay, okay!" Callie said and made a gesture of zipping her lips and throwing the key over her shoulder. That annoyed Arizona even more, and she chose that moment to squeeze Callie's hand forcefully.

"Ow!" Callie yelped. "Honey I know this sucks but my livelihood kind of depends on these hands," Callie said and chuckled.

"Then I guess you'll just have to settle on being a housewife!" Arizona yelled, pushed again and went berserk on Callie's hand.

Callie was about to say something but Arizona giving her the glare of all glares, made her shut up.

"Push," Addison said.

"Yes! I know! Why isn't this baby coming?! When I wanted to sleep she decided to take me for a swim but now that we're waiting? Nothing!" Arizona complained and pushed.

"I wouldn't say nothing," Addison said, "I see the head."

"Oh my god!" Callie squealed and got up to watch.

"Callie Torres you get back here right now!" Arizona demanded.

Callie bolted back into the chair, not daring to say anything, taking Arizona's hand in her own once more.

"Breathe through the pain," Callie said quietly.

"I know!" Arizona said.

"I was talking about me," Callie mumbled.


"Push!" Addison said again.

"I hate you both!" Arizona growled.

"Push!" Addison encouraged.

"Go to hell!" Arizona demanded.

"Okay, but first push!" Addison insisted.

And Callie? Callie was breathing through the pain. In her hand.

"Callie, say something! Keep me distracted!" Arizona demanded.

"Push!" Addison repeated like a broken record.

"I don't think I can keep you distracted from this, no matter what I say," Callie said apologetically.

"Never mind! Don't say anything! You are useless!" Arizona said.


"Yes, Addison! I know! Push! I think we both know I'd be pushing even if you haven't… mother fucker!" Arizona exhaled, completely spent. She slumped back on the bed just as a cry was heard in the room.

"Well, then, I'll be quiet," Addison said, "but, congratulations and all that, you have a girl," she smiled widely and presented the newborn in her hands.

"Oh my god," Arizona said on the verge of tears.

"Oh my god, Arizona, look at her, you did so good!" Callie said and skipped out of the chair to kiss Arizona's forehead.

"Calliope, I'm sticky and disgusting."

"Yeah you are, but you're also my girl. And you gave me my baby girl," Callie said.

"Cutting the chord, anyone?" Addison asked, passing the newborn momentarily to the nurse who wrapped a towel around her.

Callie glanced at Arizona who nodded softly, still trying to catch her breath. Addison passed her the scissors, and showed her what to do, and a moment later, the chord was cut, and Tamara was placed in Callie's hands. Callie hurried back to Arizona's side, and placed the girl in her hands.

Arizona stared at Tamara with awe and Callie gently put her hand on Tamara's tummy.

"Hey pretty girl. I'm your mommy, and this is your mama, and we've been waiting for you forever," Callie said. "Arizona, she is gorgeous. Look what you did."

Arizona smiled at her in exhaustion.

"I think she has blue eyes," Callie said.

"We'll see if it stays this way," Arizona said.

"It will. She's gonna have her mama's eyes or I'm taking her back to the store for an exchange."


"And she's gonna have dimples too, I can tell."

"Callie, the kid isn't even ten minutes old. Don't make her crumble under the weight of the expectations already."

"What? It's not like I'm saying she's gonna be a doctor, which she will, I'm just saying – I'm happy and she's gorgeous, like her mama."

"You know what else did good, Calliope?"


"The leg you built me. The leg you built me worked like a boss."

"Did you just say it worked like a boss?"

"Shut up, I just gave birth, let me rest and bring me another Harper Avery."

"I'd love to let you rest, but I think someone's hungry."

"Already? Tam Tam, we're gonna have to talk about your timing because so far I have to say, I'm very disappointed."

"Crumbling under the weight of the expectations, and being nothing but a disappointment to her mother. We're off to a good start," Callie joked.

Arizona looked at her lovingly, then at their daughter.

"We're off to a very good start," She concluded.

Callie and Addison were sitting on the far end of the room. Arizona was in bed, holding Tamara, and Sofia was by her side, looking at her sister with big, curious eyes. She was absolutely invested. It was love at first sight.

Callie could feel Addison staring at her in concern. Addison knew Arizona and her were back together, but she wasn't around since the early stages of the pregnancy, and didn't get to see the two firsthand. She didn't have time to talk to Callie about it with all the preparations and Callie's determination to be by Arizona's side at all times.

"I can feel your eyes practically boring into me," Callie said quietly, still looking at her girls.

"I'm sorry."

"You're judging." Callie knew her friend well and she had a suspicion regarding what Addison might be thinking.

"I'm not judging. I'm… wondering."

"Well, then your wondering is awfully loud and judgmental."


"We didn't plan this," Callie blurted and finally turned to look at her friend. "This wasn't some great ploy in order to get back into each other's lives."

"And pants," Addison deadpanned and Callie snorted.


"You know I always supported this," Addison said.

"You have?"

"Yeah didn't you get the memo? I was really hoping this would bring you back to… something. It's just… are you sure you're not doing this because of the baby? That all these feelings aren't just coming to surface because of the baby?"

"No, Addie. It's not because of the baby," Callie stated, "it's in spite of the baby. I think this is part of why we were so scared to give ourselves another go. Having another baby just means that if things fall apart we have two kids who suffer from this. Sofia will have to go through this again."

"Why, then? I'm just really trying to understand what's going through your head," Addison said genuinely.

"What's going on through my head is that I'm not gonna let things fall apart. You know, Arizona and I were never friends," Callie explained and looked back at her girls. "When we met we sorta started dating straight away. I never knew her as someone I wasn't romantically interested in. And then, I got to spend two years being just her friend. And I get it now. I get what Mer and Cristina were going on and on about. She's my person. And I'm in love with her. It's an incredible feeling."

"Okay, I'm sold. This is all very mature."

"Approved?" Callie asked.


Callie smiled as she looked at Arizona in bed with their daughters. 'oh my god,' she thought, 'daughters, in plural.' Then her smile faded.

"I just hope she'd still want to be my person now that she's hormone free," Callie said.

"You're joking, right?" Addison said. A moment later Arizona caught them staring and smiled at them.

"Almost entirely," Callie said quietly.

Callie walked into the darkened room quietly. Sofia went to sleep over at Meredith's while Arizona and Tamara spend the night at the hospital. Which meant that's exactly where Callie was going to spend the night, too.

A makeshift bed stood next to Arizona's bed. Good luck saying no to a board member whose girlfriend, who also happens to be a board member, just gave birth.

Callie glanced at the baby in the hospital crib and smiled. Everything was quiet, for now. Surely feeding time would be upon them soon.

"Hey," Arizona said sleepily. "Where did you go?"

"Oh I'm sorry, I went to take a shower. Tried to do it while you were asleep."

"Mmm… showered Calliope, I bet you smell nice. And I'm jealous," Arizona admitted and yawned.

"Do you want me to grab a cloth and at least wash your face and arms?" Callie offered.

"No, thank you. It's a sweet offer though," Arizona said and stared at Callie for a moment.

"What?" Callie asked, confused by the intensity of the moment.

"Come here," Arizona asked and scooted to the edge of her bed to clear some space for Callie.

"Arizona… this bed is tiny and you need to take it easy and be as comfortable as possible."

"Right, and I happen to know a very comfortable human body pillow. So come here," Arizona insisted.

Callie finally obliged and got into bed next to Arizona, trying to hold her but give her space at the same time.

"Are you okay? Am I hurting you?" Callie asked in concern.

"You're fine, Calliope," Arizona said and after a moment leaned in to kiss Callie tenderly. She put her hand on Callie's cheek.

"Hi," she finally said as they broke the kiss.

"Hi," Callie said and noticed that Arizona was looking at her intently again. "There's a lot of intense staring going on, Arizona. Are you sure you're okay?" Arizona didn't say anything for a few moments.

"I hope you know that you would've been in that room with me and cut that chord no matter what, but it's so much better that you got to do it as my girlfriend," Arizona finally said and Callie grinned at her.

"And I hope you know that I would've held your hand no matter what, but yeah, it's much nicer this way."

"Even though I was a monster in that delivery room?" Arizona asked in shame.

"Hey, maybe I was the monster," Callie offered.

"You were," Arizona said and Callie glared at her.

"I'm really sorry I called you useless," Arizona admitted.

"It's okay," Callie soothed.

"No, it's not. This pregnancy was so easy compared to the things I hear from other people. You made it easy. I felt loved, and cherished and cared for. I was never missing a thing. You took such a good care of me, of us," she said and looked at the crib at the foot of the bed. "I couldn't have done any of this without you. So thank you," she concluded and noticed that tears and Callie's eyes.

"It was my pleasure," Callie said and her voice cracked as a single tear came down her face. Arizona leaned in and kissed the tear, then, she got Callie's lips.

"I love you," she said.

"And I love you. I'm so proud of you," Callie said sincerely.

"She's so beautiful."

"She is," Callie agreed. "Everything about her is beautiful. You always knew we'd have another girl."

"I'm awesome that way."

"She better keep those blue eyes or I'm gonna throw a tantrum."

"You're such a cliché, Calliope."

"Arizona, you more than anyone should appreciate my love of blue eyes."

"Just don't tell me my eyes remind you of the sea."

"Oh, of course not," Callie stated.

"Thank you."

"They remind me of the ocean."

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