What about you?
After the ceremony, Fin gave Olivia a quick heads up that Cassidy was present and she hurried to move Elliot past him without any incident. The last thing she wanted was a scene in front of other police personnel and she really had no idea why he was even there. She didn't want to be conceited and assume it had anything to do with her. He knew other people in the force that could've been getting promoted that day as well. He gave her a crooked smile that she didn't acknowledge and moved to the lobby where she said goodbye to the team. They had to return to work since she wouldn't be in for the rest of the day.
"That was two hours of my life that I will never get back but I would only go through that for you," Nick said with a lopsided grin.
"See you later L-T," Carisi said and everyone stopped to look at him awkwardly. "Oh that's the nickname I came up with."
"Good grief," Amanda said rolling her eyes. "Congrats Liv, see you later."
With just Elliot, Lucy and the kids in tow they decided on a restaurant to go have an early dinner to celebrate and to finally tell them about the baby. Although Lucy and Dickie were seeing each other "casually" as Lucy described it, she kept the secret about Olivia's pregnancy.
Olivia managed to get past her feelings of nausea when the ceremony was over but Maureen was suffering a bit more and it was evident. By the time they made it to their table she had already gone to the bathroom twice to throw up but was determined to stay as long as she could to celebrate with the family. As they sat down and everyone started going through their menus, Olivia was growing more and more nervous about sharing their pregnancy news with the kids. It was a good thing they seemed to all be in good spirits. She was squirming in her seat from the nervousness and her uniform was getting more and more uncomfortable.
"Are you ok?" Elliot asked concerned. "You look…"
"Uncomfortable?" she finished for him.
He smirked at her, "Well yeah."
"This uniform is killing me," she wiggled around and finally just unbuttoned the top button of her pants and took off the jacket pulling the shirt underneath down past her pants. The relief was immediate and she let out a deep satisfied sigh.
"Much better." He leaned over and gave her a kiss on the cheek and then one on the lips.
"And there he goes again," Dickie chimed in. "Really dad you just cant keep your hands to yourself can you?"
"Well apparently neither can you," Elliot countered looking at Dickie's arm across Lucy's chair and his body language leaning in to her.
"Good one dad," Lizzie cheered.
Olivia ultimately intervened. "Ok ok enough teasing. Your dad and I have some news."
She placed her hand on Elliot's knee for encouragement hoping he would be the one to actually say the words. He paused for a moment but soon the weight of all the eyes on the table were on him.
"Well," he started by putting his arms around Olivia's chair, "Olivia and I are having a baby….she's pregnant."
"What?!" Lizzie screamed. "How is that even possible?"
"Uhh Liz, didn't mom have that conversation with you?" Dickie said laughing.
"What's so funny?" Elliot asked as Lizzie continued to look on in shock.
"You dad. You are unbelievable but congratulations. I can't say I'm surprised."
"Why aren't you surprised?"
"Because of how you are always all over her alllll the time. It was just a matter of time," he added while Olivia blushed.
"Ew!" Lizzie exclaimed. "Don't say anything like that ever again."
"Dad what does pregnant mean?" Eli asked.
"I think I'm going to be sick," Maureen said running to the bathroom. Jason got up to go after her but Olivia stopped him.
"No, please let me."
"Dad what does pregnant mean?" Eli prodded again.
"It means that you are going to have another little brother or sister sport," he answered.
"Really? But I just got Noah. I'm going to have another one?" he asked excited.
"Yes you are which means you have a big job ahead of you. You are going to be a big brother to two siblings. You think you are up to the job?"
Eli thought for a little bit as if he was truly weighing his options. "I think I'm up to it dad."
"I figured you were," he said ruffling the little boy's hair. "Liz, honey are you ok?"
"Yeah. Dad no offense, but isn't Olivia a little you know…older to be having a baby?" she whispered. She truly meant no harm but she was concerned.
"She is and we recognize that but she's got a really good doctor and we are going to get some extra testing done to make sure we are as informed as possible about the baby's health before he or she gets here," he said holding her hand. "It's going to be ok."
"Ok then. Well congrats. I need to tell Olivia. I don't want her to think I'm not happy about it it's just that…"
"I know honey."
They all had the same concern. Losing another child would be heartbreaking to Elliot and could be the straw that breaks the happiness and stability that they were working so hard to build and maintain.
Olivia stood outside of the bathroom stall waiting for Maureen to finish throwing up. For a second, she thought the smell and sound of her vomiting was going to make her sick too but she fared at holding it together. When Maureen eventually emerged from the stall she looked embarrassed and really tired.
"Here you go," Olivia said handing her a wet cloth. "I started carrying one around with me and it helps."
She put the cloth on her head and leaned against the bathroom counter trying to steady her breathing.
"Maureen I'm sorry if this news upsets you," Olivia started but Maureen put her hand up to stop her. She struggled a little longer to catch her breath before she started talking and turned on the faucet to splash cold water on her face.
"I already knew you were pregnant. That's not what made me sick. I've been feeling like crap all day."
"Yeah mom told me about a week ago."
Olivia was disappointed that she wasn't the one to tell the kids but at least happy that her news isn't what upset Maureen.
"Don't worry she only told me because I kept poking her about what was wrong with her. She seemed a little off and I thought maybe it had something to do with Kathleen or something and she told me she was pretty sure that you were pregnant."
They were both leaning against the sinks with their backs turned to the mirror and arms folded.
"So how do you feel about that? You can be honest with me."
"Being pregnant at the same time as my stepmom, I mean it's a little odd. I feel like we are in the second Father of the Bride movie or something," she said with a sarcastic chuckle.
"Yeah I guess it is a bit unusual," Olivia agreed. "But how do you really feel?"
Lizzie walked in as Maureen was about to answer.
"Hey sis, you ok?"
"Yeah I'm fine. Was just nauseous… again!"
"Liv?" Lizzie said turning her attention to Olivia. "I want you to know I really am excited about the baby…I'm just a little nervous."
"Me too," Maureen admitted.
"My dad can't lose another child. We can't…. I just want to make sure that everything is going to be alright," Lizzie said bowing her head to hide her tears that threatened to fall.
"Come here," Olivia said pulling her into a hug and Maureen rubbed Liz's back while trying to help explain their mindset.
"We don't want to come off overly worried and scare you Olivia. There are just risks you know with your..age," she said uncomfortably. "We are just worried about you and the baby. That nothing happens to either one of you because my dad would just…die. He would die, I know it."
"Girls listen, I know this is a lot to take in. I know there are risks," she started to explain.
"Dad told me that your doctor was really good and that you are getting tests done," Lizzie spoke up. "He must be a little worried too because he didn't want mom to have any genetic tests done when she was pregnant with Eli because of our religion."
"We are both concerned. But I'm not going to stress worrying about what I don't know because that's not good for the baby either. I'm going to take it day by day. I'm almost through my first trimester and so far so good. I'm due on Valentine's day and according to your dad there's no need to worry because we will be holding a healthy baby girl on or a little before that day."
"A girl?" Lizzie asked wiping her tears.
"He's so sure it's a girl," Olivia said rolling her eyes.
Maureen and Lizzie exchanged glances as if making a silent agreement to one another to not worry.
Olivia's stomach started to rumble loudly and broke the seriousness of the moment.
"Well it sounds like someone's a little hungry," Maureen said reaching out to touch her stomach and Lizzie touched it as well. She realized she was going to have to get used to people touching her belly especially as she got further along in the pregnancy.
"Come on let's go eat."
As Olivia sat down, the guys were heckling each other and Elliot was watching her to see if everything was ok. With a gleam in her eyes and their unspoken communication she assured him that everything was fine. They were only halfway through their news to the kids and they were both already feeling overwhelmed. However, Elliot wanted to get all of the news out of the way at once and not drag it on any longer. He paused while the waiters sat down the plates in front of everyone waiting patiently.
Once they walked away he jumped right in.
"We have some more news," he announced.
"You guys are getting married. I knew it!" Lizzie yelped.
Olivia's face fell and turned a little pale at her outburst and Elliot shifted uncomfortably.
"No that's not the news," he said noticing Olivia's reaction. "I am going to adopt Noah. So we will have yet another Stabler to add to the family."
"And that's it?" Dickie asked.
"Dad for future reference. Maybe you should start off with the less obvious news first and then maybe you would get a different reaction. We just sort of figured that would happen when he called you daddy."
"But congrats on that news too," Lizzie added.
"Congrats on everything Ms. Benson and Mr. Stabler," Jason added politely.
"So let me get this straight. You are adopting Noah, you two are having a baby and you are not getting married?" Maureen asked confused. "Why?"
Elliot and Olivia were both quiet. He wanted her to say something to explain why they weren't getting married or hadn't talked about it. The truth is he had been thinking a lot about it. He had been thinking about it since he and Olivia started dating but he didn't want to scare her off. Every time he thought of bringing up the topic he got nervous and hadn't tried since. Now he was at the table facing his harshest critics, his kids, and he had no answers.
"Can I get anyone anything else?" the waitress interrupted and Olivia visibly relaxed at the change of topic.
"Can I get some more water?"
"Me too," Elliot followed her lead.
"Are you excited about the news that Noah will be your little brother?" he asked Eli trying to deflect the topic.
"I thought he already was," Eli answered while continuing to eat his food unphased.
"See," Dickie said.
"Well anyway, it's all good news. I'm happy for you both. Elliot you have been nothing but a ray of sunshine for Olivia and Noah since you came back around and she's never been happier. I look forward to taking care of another baby," Lucy added giving Olivia a knowing look.
Yep she's definitely getting a raise. Goes into effect tomorrow, Olivia thought to herself. She bailed her out again from another uncomfortable situation.
"Thank you Lucy, that means a lot," Elliot responded.
"Welcome to the family little Noah soon to be Stabler," Maureen said squeezing his cheeks and the little boy laughed and slapped at her hands.
The rest of the dinner went on smoothly. They talked and joked and enjoyed the rest of the night staying for much longer than they originally anticipated.
Later that night while lying in bed Elliot was still reeling from the marriage conversation earlier and wanted to mention it but it was clear that Olivia was exhausted. While she put Noah down to sleep he took a shower and was already in bed by the time she came to join him. He was ready to have a serious conversation about their future until his mind was completely blurred by her appearance when she emerged from the bathroom after her shower.
Her hair was pulled up in a messy bun and she was wearing a thin white tank top and panties. She was not wearing a bra and that coupled with her swelling breasts and erect nipples made Elliot's dick twitch under the covers. He could tell she was exhausted and not trying at all to be sexy but as usual she didn't have to try hard to be beautiful and irresistible. Because her belly was beginning to slightly show the tank top was riding up and didn't cover her completely as it once used to. She got in bed and rested her head on his shoulder leaning in for a good night kiss.
"I think everything went well today don't you think?"
"Yeah I was surprised at how well the kids took it but you and the girls were in the bathroom for awhile."
She had to laugh at herself that they still both referred to them as girls even though it was clear that they were all grown up.
"They were worried. About me and the baby, the risks, you know all the stuff we talked about. Maureen already knew I was pregnant. Kathy told her."
Elliot exhaled deeply trying to decide if it bothered him but he wasn't entirely surprised.
"She said Kathy was upset one day and she asked her what was wrong and Kathy said she thought I was pregnant."
"I guess I should call her then?" Elliot asked nervously. He still felt some sense of responsibility for Kathy's emotional well being even though they were divorced because he was pretty sure he was the cause either directly or indirectly for a lot of the pain she felt.
"Yeah you probably should. To tell her about the baby and about Noah. I think it's important that she knows. If we want all of this to work, we need her to be on board and keep the relations positive you know?"
"I agree. I'll call her tomorrow," he said kissing her on the forehead. He took a chance and started to kiss down her face before landing on her mouth. As he kissed her his hand stroked the bare skin exposed from her tank top and slowly moved up.
Olivia's hand moved down his chest to his underwear where she found him erect and ready for her. She chuckled at the evidence of his desire.
"I see someone has something on their mind," she said in a low, sexy voice that Elliot was becoming more and more infatuated with.
"I know you are tired baby. We don't have to."
"Shhh," she said putting her long finger up to his lip. "I want to. I want to so much." She licked his bottom lip before taking it into her mouth and kissing him deeply. He rolled on top of her and began to trail kisses down her abdomen and sucked her erect nipples through her tank top. Her breasts were more sensitive than usual so every lick and nip on them sent electricity shooting down to her core. By the time he took off her tank top and pulled down his underwear she was so wet that her legs were glistening. She writhed underneath him as he continued to suck on her neck, tease her breasts and place kisses on her belly. He looked at her stomach in wonder as he pulled down her panties.
"If it's too much, please tell me," he whispered against her.
"El I need you now please," she begged. Her head was back on the pillow and her eyes were screwed shut. She was aching with need and she was in no mood to be handled with care. He had turned her on so much and all she wanted was for him to fuck her…hard.
"Whatever you say Lieutenant."
They both groaned as he slid in to her. She spread her legs wider to accommodate him and he was moving with slow, deep strokes. She knew she wasn't going to last long and wanted more of him.
"Shit baby, you feel so good," he whispered in her ear as he continued to move.
"Harder El, please," she managed to choke out. She put her hands on his ass to pull him in deeper and to encourage him.
He pulled out of her and she was ready to protest before she realized what he was doing. He turned her over and guided her on to her knees with her head resting on the pillow. He spread her legs and gently placed a finger into her folds. She moaned loudly and grasped onto her pillow in pleasure.
Satisfied that she was ready for him, he grabbed her hips and slowly slid into her folds from behind.
"Fuck," she groaned into the pillow.
Elliot pulled all the way out before slamming into her harder.
"Ahhh," she screamed.
"Shit Liv," he gritted out. He kept thrusting into her until he felt her start to clench around him.
"I'm about to.." and before she could finish her sentence her orgasm spread through her.
"Yes, that's it. Come for me Liv," he said pulling every inch of her orgasm from her and sending himself flying high in the process. His strokes slowed down as he continued to pour himself into her and her muscles continuously spasmed around him.
Once their breathing became regulated they fell onto the bed exhausted. He pulled the cover over them as he snuggled his chest against her back and again rested his hands on her belly.
"Yeah?" she answered her voice full of sleep.
"Since Noah will be a Stabler then the baby will too right?" he asked.
"Of course," she said. "Why were you thinking Benson-Stabler for the baby's last name?" she joked.
"No. I just wanted to make sure we were on the same page."
"We are baby. We always are."
He kissed her shoulder as she positioned herself into the crux of the pillow to get more comfortable.
"So the baby will be a Stabler and Noah will be a Stabler…" he started. "And what about you?"