A New Normal (A New Dream Book 3)

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Chapter Eleven

When Keely got to her room, Roger was standing in the corner by the window cradling his daughter in his arms. The rest of their family members were in the waiting room. Roger hadn’t told them Keely’s room number yet. He wanted to spend some quiet time with his family before everyone stormed the room. “I wish I had my camera. You two are a vision.” she smiled as the orderlies put the bed in it’s place.

“We’re just waiting for mama to come in. We missed you.” he smiled walking over to her bed.

“I missed you too. Can… can I hold my daughter now?” she looked up at him, anxious to start bonding with her daughter.

“Here you go, little lady. Mama’s here and she can’t wait to meet you.” he told the little girl, quietly as he placed her into her mother’s arms.

“Hi Angel Lynn. I’m… I’m your mommy. I guess you were in quite the hurry to meet us, huh?” Keely smiled down at her daughter before kissing her head. “She’s perfect, Roger.” Keely smiled looking up at her husband with tears in her eyes.

“Just like her mother.” Roger whispered kissing Keely’s head. He carefully climbed into the bed next to his wife and daughter. Holding his family in his arms.

“I hate to ask, but where is everyone? I expected them to be here when I got here.” she asked looking down at her daughter.

“The waiting room. I haven’t told them where you are yet. But I have a feeling Jason and Wendy will sniff you out soon enough. I wanted to spend some alone time with my girls before they all came in and monopolized my family.” he smiled.

“Good instincts, Mr. Greyson.” she smiled leaning her head on his shoulder.

“I thought so, Mrs. Greyson.” he kissed her head as they both watched their daughter sleep in her mother’s arms. “She’s comfortable with you already.” he put his arm around Keely’s shoulders and held her to him.

“I am her mommy, you know?” she smiled up at him.

“There you are. What’s the matter, Greyson? Are you that threatened that you have to sneak around to keep them all to yourself?” Wendy called out as she entered the room.

“Wend, do you mind? My daughter is sleeping. The last thing she needs is your annoying voice waking her up.” Roger got up from the bed gently before going over to his parents.

“OK, you two. I am not doing this right now. I just had a baby. Can we wait a little while before you start bickering? Like 18 years or so? I’m gonna be kind of busy with this little Angel.” Keely looked over at her husband and her best friend.

“Sorry Keel. You know how she gets under my skin.”

“I’m hormonal, Greyson.” Wendy looked over at him.

“Oli, a little help, please.” Keely looked over at her cousin.

“No way. If she’s messing with him it means she’s too busy to mess with me. I get a break when Roger’s around.” he sat on the chair in the corner of the room.

“Gee thanks, Oli. You’re a huge help.” Keely smirked at him before looking down at her daughter. “Do you see what I have to put up with? I am so glad you’re here to save me.” she smiled kissing her daughter’s head.

“Can I hold my granddaughter please?” Mrs. O’Reilly smiled at her daughter.

“Sure, mom.” she smiled handing her daughter over to her mother.

“I can’t believe you’re a mom. This is crazy.” Wendy smiled sitting next to Keely on the bed.

“You too, before long.” Keely smiled rubbing her best friends pregnant belly.

“Yeah, but your little one couldn’t wait. She’s her father’s daughter. You know how impatient Roger is.” she smiled at her as Keely put her head on her best friends shoulder.

“Why do you always do that, Wend?” she asked looking up at her.

“Keel, less than a week after he told you he loved you, he proposed to you. Don’t tell me that he’s not impatient.” Wendy pointed out.

“But it all worked out, didnt it?” she smiled as she watched her family with her daughter.

“Yeah, it did.” Wendy smiled at her.

“Jason, honey. What are you doing all the way over there? Get over here. I need to see my brother.” she smiled holding her hand out to her friend.

“I’m right here, Baby girl.” he smiled looking over her.

“I know. Come over here.” she smiled at him.

“My Baby girl has a baby girl.” he smiled sitting next to her on the other side of the bed.

“It appears so. Are you OK?” she asked looking up at him.

“I’m fine. You had us worried there for a minute.” he looked down at her.

“I’m sorry, honey. I guess your niece couldn’t wait.” she smiled at him.

“She’s as impatient as her father.” he laughed looking down at her.

“See, I’m not the only one who thinks so.” Wendy looked over at them.

“So, we’re blaming it on Roger?” she laughed leaning her head on his shoulder.

“Sounds like a plan to me.” he laughed quietly as he looked over at her. “You did good, Baby girl.” he smiled at her.

“She is something, isn’t she?” she smiled, watching her family with her daughter.

“They all are. We have a hell of a family, don’t we?” he leaned over to kiss her head.

“Mhm.” she agreed before closing her eyes. Mrs. Greyson handed the baby back to Roger and he kissed her head. He smiled over at his sleeping wife and walked over to the bed.

“Do you feel like holding your god daughter?” Roger asked quietly looking at Jason.

“I’d love to, but I’m kind of on mama duty right now.” he smiled at him.

“She did good, huh?” Roger smiled at his wife.

“She did great. So did you. I’m proud of you.” he smiled at Roger, who was holding the infant lovingly in his arms.

“She had me so scared. They both did. I… I don’t know what I would have done if anything happened to them.” he looked down at the sleeping baby.

“Nothing was gonna happen to them, Roger. Not with Keel as the mama. She’s our superhero.” Jason smiled down at Keely.

“I know, I… I was afraid that that may not have been enough this time.” he looked over at him.

“But now you have a beautiful little girl. A healthy, vibrant, beautiful little girl who looks just like her mama. You should be proud of her.” Jason smiled looking down at Keely.

“You have no idea how proud I am of her.” Roger whispered looking down at his daughter and than at his wife.

“Let me hold my beautiful neice.” Jason smiled looking at his best friend. Roger handed him the baby before leaning in to kiss his wife’s head. “She’s incredible, Roger.”

“Thank her mother. She did all the work.” Roger smiled.

“Damn right, I did.” Keely told them quietly, smirking.

“I thought you were asleep.” he looked at her.

“Who could sleep with you two hens clucking in my ear?” she smiled opening her eyes.

“Sorry, Baby girl.” Jason looked over at her.

“It’s OK. I wanna see my girl, anyway.” she smiled at her daughter who was in Jasons arms. Jason transferred the baby to her mother as Roger smiled at the sight of his two girls.

“Roger, go sit with your wife. We want to get some pictures.” Mrs. Greyson smiled holding her camera.

“Not too many. Keel needs to rest.” Roger looked over at his mother.

“I’m fine, Roger. I wanna spend time with everybody.” she looked over at him.

“Keel, you need your rest. You barely slept in the recovery room.” Roger looked down at her.

“You have to stop worrying about me. We have a daughter to worry about now.” she looked up at him.

“Well, while you’re worrying about her, I’ll be worrying about you. You’re my wife and I won’t apologize for worrying about you. Especially since you just had a baby. By c section, by the way.” he told her as everyone looked on.

“Do you plan on yelling at me in front of our family all day, or are you gonna take a union break.” Keely joked looking up at him.

“I’m serious, Keel. You’re the love of my life, the mother of my daughter. I will not have you run yourself down. You do that, you’re no good to Angel or yourself. It’s my job to make sure you stop being so damn stubborn and take it easy. For once.” he lectured looking down at her.

“I thought you said I was a superhero.” she pointed out.

“As much as we would all like to believe that, you aren’t. Something could have seriously gone wrong. Where would that have left me? I can’t survive without you.” he asked holding back tears.

“Nothing happened to me. I’m fine and I’m right here. I’m not gonna leave you any time soon.” she looked up at him, taking his hand with her free hand.

“But something could have happened to you. I… I couldn’t take it if I lost you.” he stuttered looking down at her.

“Why don’t we give them some privacy?” Wendy told the others as she took Oliver’s arm.

“No, you don’t have to leave. Roger’s overreacting.” she told them. “We just had a baby, so I think both of us are dealing with our own hormones. Can you please tone down the worrying at least until we get home? We’re blessed to have a beautiful little girl like Angel in our lives and we’re both fine. I love you for worrying about me, but can you please just take it down a notch? You’re making our family uncomfortable.” she looked up at her husband.

“Baby girl has spoken. Nothing but good vibes and celebrating up in here.” Jason smiled at him, lightening the mood.

“OK, Keel. Point taken.” he agreed reluctantly. “I’m sorry, guys. I tend to get a little over protective when it comes to Keel.” he turned around towards his family.

“Don’t apologize, son. It’s one of the things I always liked most about you.” Mr. O’Reilly smiled at his son in law.

“Now, can we concentrate on this little one?” Keely smiled looking up at her husband and father.

“Do you mind if I hold my granddaughter?” Mr. O’Reilly asked.

“Of course, daddy.” Keely smiled handing her daughter to her father. The older man smiled down at his granddaughter as he cradled her in his arms.

“I’m… I’m sorry, Keel. I… I don’t know what…” Roger stuttered sitting next to his wife.

“No, you’re not. But I appreciate you trying to lie to me.” she smiled, kissing him. She leaned in to him before dozing off again against his arm. Roger smiled down at his wife before admiring his family who were crowded around the tiniest, newest member of their family. His daughter. His and Keely’s miracle.

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