It’s time! It hasn’t been a real-life nine months, but I’m too excited to wait. :D So the timeline of Kenzie and her friends is slightly sped up a bit, but only by a couple of months.
Behold! Cheyenne is ready! And I’ll be writing this post in story form to try something new.
Cheyenne walked into the living room - or rather, waddled - when suddenly she was overcome with a sharp pain in her abdomen.
It felt like cramps, until she doubled over and realized that it was a contraction. Her first thought besides the pain was, “I need to call Austin. I can’t do this without him!”
Since Austin was already at the science facility, which doubled as the town hospital, Cheyenne frantically called for an ambulance. She didn’t trust herself to drive in this condition. After hanging up, she called her husband. His frantic tone matched her own. When she arrived at the hospital, he was waiting for her.
They were escorted to the maternity ward and given a private room. Cheyenne dressed in a loose hospital gown and breathed in and out deeply as Austin held her hand.
"I"m so scared," she whimpered to him. He squeezed her hand tighter.
"You can do this," he reassured. "I’m right here with you. And I love you."
"I love you, too."
"I’m really eager to meet the new life we created."
"So am I. I can’t wait to bring it into the world."
"I’m sure whatever it is, boy or girl, it will be as beautiful as its mother."
"I’m sure some of its father’s genes will get in there, too."
Suddenly, Cheyenne sat upright and grasped her stomach, her face contorted into an expression of agony.
"It hurts! Oh, Creator, it hurts! Austin, please help me!"
Austin held onto his wife’s shoulder. He didn’t know what else to do. The doctor came in and said soothingly, “It’s almost time, Mrs. Crowley. It won’t be much longer now.”
Cheyenne sat up higher and grasped her knees with her hands. Austin didn’t loosen his grip.
"Isn’t there something you can give her?" he barked at the doctor. "An epidural, perhaps?"
"It’s too late for that. Her labor is progressing rapidly, so there’s no time to administer it."
"You have to be kidding me!" Cheyenne wailed.
"Honey, you used to tell me that you’re a tough country girl, and that you could handle anything," Austin said with a chortle in a misguided attempt to lighten the mood. "Now you can experience your first labor and delivery the natural way."
"I’d rather fall off a horse ten times in a row."
The doctor got a laugh out of that one. A monitor beeped next to Cheyenne’s bed, and then the doctor came closer.
"It’s time to push," he coaxed. Cheyenne squeezed her eyes shut and Austin reluctantly let go and stepped back so that he was out of the way. The doctor positioned himself at Cheyenne’s feet.
Cheyenne’s whimpers became screams. She gripped the side of the bed, desperately trying not to writhe off of it, as Austin stood back and watched, wishing he could take his wife’s pain away. Beautiful as it was seeing Cheyenne give birth to their child, he knew that it was a painful experience. In that instant, he was grateful that he’d been born with a Y chromosome.
"I can see the head," the doctor stated. "You’re almost home now. Just one last push."
Cheyenne took a deep breath and pushed with all her might. Suddenly, a tiny figure was in the doctor’s hands and Cheyenne was breathing in a more relaxed way.
"Congratulations," the doctor said as he wrapped the baby in a blanket. "You have a…"
TO BE CONTINUED
Part 2 will feature the baby’s gender, name, traits, etc.! Stay tuned!