Men can be super annoying when you are shopping for your baby that has yet to be born. It had been a few months after our perfect wedding and I was due at any time. Julian had this wonderful idea of shopping some more for our baby. When I told him that we already have a room filled with clothes, diapers, toys for the baby, he just shrugged and said that he wanted to give it the world. We didn’t know what we were having because we wanted it to be a surprise.
“What do you think?” He asked me as he grabbed a golden shirt. We got most of the outfits in a golden or grey color. It’d suited boys and girls. I looked at it and smiled tiredly. My feet were aching so I decided to sit on a chair that was near Julian. The kicks were getting stronger and I felt myself getting sweaty. I felt lost for a moment and scared and I didn’t know why. Julian was lost in choosing stuff when an older woman came closer to me with a concerned look.
“Are you okay, young lady?” She asked me as she put her hand on my shoulder. I took a deep breath and nodded.
“Yes, it’s just the kicks are stronger than before. I’m just resting,” I assured her and she handed me a bottle of water. “Thank you,” I gladly took it from her and drank. I saw Julian approach me with a worried expression.
He cupped my cheeks and looked me in the eyes. “Baby, are you okay?” He asked then he sat next to me and rubbed my back. My wolf relaxed at the touch but my stomach didn’t. Suddenly, I felt a really hard pain in my abdominal area and I grunted while wrapping my arms around myself. The old lady knelt beside me and checked me. “Stella! Is it time?” Julian asked in a panicked tone and I felt Peter going crazy, the bond between us made me feel what he felt and vice versa. As I was about to answer, I felt another wave of pain hit me hard and I screamed grabbing everyone’s attention.
The woman nodded. “It is time! I know because I’m a mother to 7 kids and I get it. She needs to be transported to the hospital ASAP!” She ordered in a firm tone and called for help. My beloved husband -and mate- was pacing around like he was in some deep shit. He was! He did that to me! As much as I loved him, he felt my pain, and I kind of felt good about it.
“Julian!” I grabbed his hand and squeezed it really tight. He groaned in pain but then smiled at me. At that moment, I thought that he was loco.
“Baby, we will finally meet our baby. I’m so excited!” He beamed at me and I did feel happy regardless of the pain that was consuming my whole body. “Can you stand?” He asked and I shrugged.
“L-let’s try,” I responded and he helped me up. I tried to walk but I felt something warm run down my legs and I was wearing a skirt. “My water broke!” I stated in a kind of calm tone but from the inside, I was nowhere near calm. I was being hysterical and Dianna was not helping at all. She was yelling in my head that it started to hurt me so I blocked her out. “Call Skye and tell her to meet us at the hospital with the baby’s clothes,” I told him as the help arrived. They helped me get on the stretcher and the lady shouted good luck and we were off to finally meet our baby.
After hours of agony, it was time to push. Luckily the pack doctor was working at the same hospital that we went to because Julian wouldn’t let anyone touch me. His wolf’s instincts kicked in and he was too possessive for his own good, he didn’t anyone to harm his pup. When Julian saw the pack doctor, he relaxed and let him do his job. “Luna, take a deep breath and push on the count of three,” he demanded in a professional tone and I managed to nod. The whole family and some of the pack members were waiting outside. Skye brought the clothes and prayed that it would be a girl because she loved girls.
Julian firmly grabbed my hand and whispered soothing words in my ear as I started to breathe heavily. “One, two... Three. Push!” The doctor said and I pushed for the first time. Nothing happened so I tried again and again until I heard the voice that I was dreading to hear for the past nine months. My baby’s cry was music to my ears and I felt tears stream down my face. I looked at Julian and saw him crying as well. His big bad alpha face was thrown out of the window the moment he saw his little puddle of joy. There was no greater gift to mankind than a soul in a tiny body. His own baby.
“Congratulations, it’s a boy,” the doctor stated he handed him to the nurse to clean him and cut the cord. As I was about to hold my little boy, I felt another agonizing pain in my abdominal area. I panicked because I had no idea what was happening. I whimpered in pain and the doctor noticed. He ducked his head under the covers and checked. He gazed at Julian and smiled. “Alpha, you are having twins.” He exclaimed like it was one plus one question and I gasped. How was that possible? No one told us that we’d have twins!
I was not mad or angry, I was delighted that I’d have two babies to spoil but I needed him or her out of my body, it hurt too much. “Yes!” Julian yelled and I smiled at his enthusiasm. I returned to pushing when the doctor commanded and I let out a long breathe once it was all over.
“It’s a girl.” The doctor announced and my smile grew bigger. The joy was too much to handle that I cried my heart out. It was time that we held our babies and rested on the bed together and looked at them with love and adoration.
“What should we call them?” He asked as everyone got out to give us our family moment. I looked him in the eyes and smiled. “What did you feel when you knew you’d have a girl to pamper?” I asked, hoping that he’d say what I was about to say.
“Joy,” We said at the same time and laughed. Her name would be Joy. Period. “Can Skye give her her middle name?” I asked with hopes that he’d say yes.
He kissed me on the lips and nodded. “Of course, now what should we name the little alpha over here?” He pointed to my arms that held my baby boy while he was holding Joy. I thought for a moment and a name popped into my mind. “How about Logan?” I suggested and he thought then smiled.
“Logan Woods... I like the sound of that. Yes” He said and I kissed him then kissed Logan’s forehead then Joy’s cheek. “Can Cody give him his middle name?” He asked after a moment of silence and I nodded. I was so happy.
“Call them, they must be dying to see the babies. Wait, but don’t tell them that they are twins, let’s keep it as a surprise.” I cleared and he agreed, he handed me Joy and walked out of the room only to return with his parents and Skye and Cody. Once they saw the two babies in my hands, they froze in their spots and stared at us for a couple of minutes. “Hey guys,” I said with a sheepish smile.
Skye rubbed her eyes and nodded. “Yep, I see two.” She confirmed. “Did you know that you were having twins?” She asked me as they came closer to the bed. I handed her Joy and she beamed at me.
“Nope, it was a surprise even to the doctor. I guess she was hiding behind her brother. Her name is Joy and I want you, Skye, to give her a middle name that would suit her.” I countered and she gawked at me and we all laughed.
“Are you kidding?” She asked and I shook my head. “Okay, I had this name for quite a while now for you, what do you think about Layla?” She asked and I nodded then looked at Julian to see him nodding. “Joy Layla Woods.” I tested the name and it was nice. I loved it.
Julian got Logan from me and handed him to Cody. “And I want you to give Logan his middle name!” He pointed out and Cody cried. I did not see that coming so I laughed softly.
Cody nodded and took a deep breath. “How about Zachary? Logan Zachary Woods?” He asked and I waited for Julian’s approval because I liked it. He nodded and gave his buddy a side hug then took Logan and let his parents hold him. Skye handed Joy to Nancy and we all admired the sight. Thank you, God, for blessing me with an amazing gift called family.