Monday, June 18, 2012

Sarah's Pregnancy Diary Part Fourteen

Sarah’s Pregnancy Diary - Part Fourteen

The move into the new house is going well, thank goodness.  There are more than enough hands to share the work because most of the family is here to help or as in my father’s case, supervise.  I’m sure the movers are annoyed by it all, but Adam just laughs and says they are being paid well enough so who cares?

He is in his element, having my  family here..  His parents will be here in another week for the birth of their granddaughter.   Each time we’ve spoken with them, they are so excited that it just makes Adam and I both laugh with happiness.  Mom and Dad are here for the duration as is Lissa and Pam. 
We talk to Derek as often as we are allowed but it isn’t nearly often enough.  Pam is always upset after she speaks to him, which is to be expected.  We have all come to love Skype though and Derek can see Daniel and how much he is growing as he is growing like the proverbial weed for sure.

I watched as the bedroom furniture was carried in and held my breath as they narrowly missed scraping the side of the massive headboard on the doorway.  I felt a twinge of pain and leaned on the edge of the kitchen counter and caught my breath, trying to wait it out.

“Bella, are you alright?” Adam asked.  He seemed to have some sort of built in radar; every little twinge that I felt brought him running to me.  This far into the pregnancy I was touchy about everything and snapped at him I’m afraid.

“I’m fine, Adam!  For heaven’s sake, it’s just the Braxton-Hicks again.  Go away!” I commanded, pointing to the door.

“Yes, but do you need anything first?  To sit down or some water?”

I all but growled and then I scowled at him.  “Just go, Adam.  Please?”

“You better hit the road cowboy, she means business,” Cassie laughed from the doorway!  

“Oh my god!  Cassie!  You’re here.  When did you two get in?” I asked, seeing Georgio smiling behind her.  

“Late last night, or early this morning, depending on where in the world my brain was.  Look at you girl, you’re about ready to pop!”

“Yes, well, you’re not too far out there yourself so I’d watch the ‘popping’ jokes,” I grumbled.  

She looked beautiful, as she always did.  So tiny it was likely that their baby will be bigger than she is.  A boy, Cassie and Georgio were having a little boy and both of them were full of happiness about it.  I was so thankful for it; Cass had always wanted a baby and so had Georgio.  

We compared bellies for a moment and then both Cassie and I went out onto the deck to sit and rest.  Another twinge made me catch my breath and my hand again went to my belly.  “Oh, I hate Braxton-Hicks.  Had any yet?”

“Nope.  I have to say that I’d be quite happy to miss them too.”

Just then Adam came out to the patio and brought up both bottles of water.  I sighed; I already had enough water in me it felt like.  I peed constantly but I took it and smiled.

“Cassie, I’m so happy you and Georgio are here.  How are you feeling?”

“I’m feeling great.  Can’t say the same for Georgio though; I think he’s had more problems than I have,” she laughed.  

Georgio laughed and nodded, saying, “She’s right.  She didn’t have morning sickness, not a day of it but I did!”  He sat down in another chair and looked out at the perfect ocean view, sighing with pleasure.

“Yes, well, if you can manage to actually have the labor pains for me darling, I’d really love that!” Cassie teased.

“I’m sure you would.  Adam, Sarah, the house is wonderful.  I haven’t seen it all yet, but it’s lovely.”

“We’re happy with it.  It should be big enough I hope.  Five bedroom with two convertible rooms as well.”

“And the kitchen is a dream, Adam.” Cassie added.  Since she was in the catering business well organized kitchens were always of interest to her.

“It is.  I designed it to be exactly what I want.  I intend to do a lot of cooking in there.  I’ve been collecting recipes for baby food and plan on making all that we need.”

“That’s a great idea Adam; at least you can control the ingredients that way.”

I sat there and watched and listened to the conversation around me but my focus was on the contractions that I was beginning to believe were more than Braxton-Hicks.  They were getting pretty intense; I didn’t remember whether they had been when I was pregnant with Derek and Lissa.  I realized that they had all stopped talking and were watching me.

“Sarah, are you sure those are Braxton-Hicks?” Georgio, the doctor asked.

“I - I don’t know.  They’re getting a bit more intense is all.  I think I’m okay.”

Lissa came out to the patio and looked directly at me, assessing the situation in only a moment.  “Mom, I think a trip to the hospital is in order!”

“Maybe so,” I said.  I wasn’t ready yet, that was for sure.  But when another pain streaked across my belly I sucked in a deep breath and nodded my head.  

Adam flew into action, helping me out of my chair; taking charge as usual.

I was going to the hospital.  All I could think was our little girl was on her way!

Monday, June 04, 2012

Sarah's Pregnancy Diary Part Thirteen

Sarah’s Pregnancy Diary  Part Thirteen

Tamara and Mark now have a daughter!  Lily Elizabeth Bonner was born 4 days ago and she is beautiful!  She has her mother’s spectacular olive complexion and amazing blue eyes.  Her hair is a tawny gold and she is going to be a heart-breaker some day.

Tamara and Lily are both home and doing incredibly well. Mark is beside himself, but then doesn’t having a baby do that to you?  You hold that tiny bundle in your arms and your heart melts.  It’s over, you’re done and suddenly your life revolves around that tiny, squirming bundle that is a part of you and your life is never the same again.

Our own bundle is due in 3 weeks and I have to say I’m so excited to be nearing the end of it all.  Adam has spoiled me ridiculously during the pregnancy; no one could have asked for a better husband and partner.  Her room is finished, and I hope to get used to all that pink that Adam wanted!  The walls are cotton candy pink with different whimsical fairies decorating them.  The border of the room is unicorns of all things but somehow it all looks really nice.  

We are moving into the house next week.  I guess I should say that the movers and Adam are moving us into the house because I’m just the director of traffic.  I think I’ll be really good at it.  All the furniture is ready to go in and we’ve had a blast deciding on color schemes and styles for the new bedrooms.  The house has a more modern feel to it than before but still feels comfortable and relaxing, with its large rooms it just cries out for family to come and be a part of our world.

And family will certainly be here.  Mom and Dad are coming the day after the move in and Lissa and Pam the day before, to help they say.  I don’t care what the reason is, I’m beyond happy to see them both.  Not to mention Daniel who is growing like crazy Pam says.

She talks to Derek regularly, via computer and I know that helps things a lot.  I really wish she’d come and stay with us for a bit and maybe she will now that things are settling down.  Derek is doing well, but when I’ve seen him, via Skype he looks tired and too thin.  Honestly, this is just so hard, knowing that when I get off the computer with him he’ll pick up his gun and go back to his job and be in such harm’s way.  It’s his job and he does it willingly but I’m a mother and it just isn’t as easy for me or for Pam.

Ryan and Krista are doing well.  They were married a few weeks ago in a small ceremony for family only.  Adam got to give her away and I’ve rarely ever seen him look so proud.  Little Elk was there as was Ryan’s mom, Charlotte.  I’d never met her before so it was really nice.  She and Little Elk obviously have deep feelings for one another and yet they each seem to keep a distance between them.  Krista says it’s because Little Elk was Ryan’s dad’s best friend and he doesn’t feel it would be proper to cross the line.  I think it’s sad for them and a few times I caught the sad look in Charlotte’s eyes as she looked at him and it’s very plain to see how she feels.

Maybe it’s just that I am so happy that I want everyone I know to be the same way and yet the world doesn’t work like that does it?  There is pain; the pain of love that isn’t returned or fulfilled, the pain of absence, of separation.  If only one of those fairies on the wall could really wave her magic wand and make it all better.

Until then, I’ll just keep on loving the amazing man who walks beside me in this life and all my family, both far and near.  It’s the best thing I can possibly do.


The saga begins, the journey to the birth of the newest little Richland!  I've added a new Cast of Characters, but there are many other pictures in the story itself.  I've added other character pictures and pictures of the places where our characters are currently at!  I hope you'll enjoy the new additions to the story.  The next Pregnancy Diary post will be in two weeks!

Many thanks to Moonlightlover60, my friend Lynn who does all the beautiful graphic contributions for my Moonlight stories.  She did the gorgeous banner for this story as well.  And as always, thanks to Engbunny for her editing expertise!

Happy Reading and your comments about the new banner and site are always appreciated.

The New Site!!

I will be working on setting the new site today; it's complicated, for me at least because you all know that I am so NOT a techie kind of girl.  Please be patient, it will be up sometime today with the new background, banner and chapter of the Pregnancy Diary!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Almost Ready to Rock!

Hi Everyone!!

Lynn has finished the new banner and I'm giving you a sneak peek at it below.  I've got the original 80 chapters edited and I'm working on the cast of characters now.  

We relaunch in two weeks!  Yep, two weeks from today there will be a new chapter up of the pregnancy diary, leading up to the birth of our newest little Richland!  

See you June 4th, right here! 

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Under RE-construction!

Hi Everyone!  Yes, you are seeing it correctly - I'm working on this site to get it back up and running a bit so that Sarah can finally have that baby.  My friend Lynn, Moonlightlover60 is going to do a new banner for it and I'm adding pictures here and there through the story to enhance the chapters.  If you read my Moonlight Madness site you know what exquisite work Lynn does so I'm really excited.  Things will move fairly slowly as I go through the chapters and clean them up but I wanted you to know what was in the works!

To all you faithful readers, I hope you'll enjoy the changes and the new pictures.



I'm up to chapter 63 on the edits.  If you haven't checked out the chapters take a look.  The pictures are fun I think and wow, I had a LOT of typos.

You may notice the the infamous 'hiney' picture, so named by Jo is disappearing with the chapter edits.  Yes, the picture that nearly got so many of you in trouble back when is fading fast!  

Lynn is working on the new banner as we speak and it and the new chapter of Sarah's pregnancy diary will be ready to go in a few weeks or so, depending on how fast things go!  Hang in there with me everyone!!!