This story was co-written by Amanda (superqt2004@aol.com) & Faye (fayedartmouth@hotmail.com). It is a sequel to Spring Showers, Early on a Saturday, Grave Adversity, and Expect the Unxepected.

Rating : PG Disclaimer: We don't own the characters. Spoilers: A look into the personal lives of the characters.

Chapter 2

"Oh For god sakes Jed would you say something?"

"A baby?" Jed responded, shocked.

"Yes, Jed, a baby," Abbey replied shortly.

"Now?"

"Well, in nine months."

"But-I mean-how--?"

"I really hope I don't have to explain that too you."

"This isn't exactly the greatest timing. I thought we were finished with this part of the process years ago. I thought we were too old for this."

Abbey glared at him

I know, I know," Jed said apologetically. "It's just... such a surprise. I mean, wow... Abbey, a baby, after all this time."

"This isn't going to be easy," she told him. "As much as I don't want to admit it we aren't as young as we used to be. As young as we were when we had the girls."

"I know this came as somewhat of a shock Abbey, but think of it," Jed said, getting obviously excited now. "Another baby. That means we get to do it all over again. How do you feel about this?" Jed asked Finally noticing Abbey's reservations on the subject.

"I'm happy, and I'm scared, and I'm really not completely sure how I feel about this right now. But what I do know is that this really is happening to us. And it doesn't really matter how we feel about it."

"Scared? Scared of what?" he asked, moving closer to her.

"Like you've said, we haven't done this in a long time," she tried to explain. "What if we aren't as good parents as we were for the girls. There are so many more factors this time around, I just... I just don't know. And I'm scared because it is a major risk for someone my age to have a baby."

He put his arm around her. "Abbey, I promise, we can do this. We can do this together," he assured her. "I love you." He said

"I love you too." And they sat like that together, until finally they fell asleep.

~~~The Next Morning~~~ Jed was pacing nervously around the oval office when Abbey came in.

"You should calm down" she told him

"I'm fine are you all right?"

"Jed I'm serious, you can't get stressed out over this."

"Oh yes, this whole situation is very un-stressful." He said sarcastically

"Do we have to tell them now?"

"Yes, because I'm telling the senior staff in about five minutes, and I figure our girls should know before them," Jed explained, seated at his desk.

"Why do we have to tell the senior staff so soon? Can't we wait until I'm further along?"

"Abbey, this is going to sound very political and not extremely sensitive, but they have to prepare for the repercussions of this. We have to figure out when to announce it to the press, how to announce it, and everything else. They have to know."

Abbey sighed. "I know," she said, defeated. "It's just, it's not exactly easy to tell that kind of news to your children."

"What kind of news?" Maddi asked as she entered with Zoey.

"Mom, Dad is something wrong?" Zoey asked as they sat down on one of the sofa's."

"Girls, your mother and have something to tell you," Jed began. The tone of her father's voice worried Zoey enough for her to scoot closer to Maddi on the sofa.

"Is something wrong?" she asked.

"No, no," Jed assured them quickly. "Just something that is going to change a lot of things around here."

Maddi and Zoey looked confused. "Like what?" Zoey asked.

"Well, it came as a surprise to us," Jed began. "But I guess these things happen."

"Dad, what are you talking about?" Maddi demanded.

"Girls, what you're father is trying to say," Abbey tried to explain. "Is that-"

"We know the timing isn't so great, but that couldn't be helped," Jed interjected.

"We didn't plan for this or anything," Abbey rambled.

"Mom, Dad, just say it!" Maddi exclaimed, unable to sit and watch her parents beat around the bush any longer.

"You're mother's pregnant," Jed finally blurted. A silence followed.

"What?" Maddi said.

"You're going to have a little brother or sister," Jed stated.

When it finally sunk in, Zoey went to hug her mother and squealed, "Mom, that's wonderful!"

"Thank you, dear," Abbey said.

"Wow! There's so much to do," Zoey started, the excitement beginning to build.

"I mean, we have to start buying baby clothes and toys."

"Well, not quite yet," her mother laughed. "There's still awhile before the baby is due."

While Zoey and her mother were getting swept away in early plans, Jed noticed Maddi's unchanged position.

"Maddi? Is something wrong?" he asked. Zoey and Abbey immediately quieted, as all attention turned to Maddi.

"Aren't you guys too old to have children? I mean you have grandchildren, 3 of them, in fact you have a teenage grandchild, so all I'm asking is what the heck happened?"

"Maddi we were as shocked as you are but this *is* happening." Abbey told her.

"I'm sorry, I'm not trying to be rude, this just really surprised me. I have to get back to work. " She said as she quickly left the office.

"Should I go after her?" Zoey asked.

"No, let her have some time to her self."

"We should probably go, Zoey will you come back to my office with me?" Zoey nodded and they both left.

A chorus of "Good morning, Mr. President," echoed in the room, as the senior staff situated themselves. Jed stood awkwardly before them, at a complete loss at how this should be done. He'd come up with at least a dozen different ways to say this, but he couldn't recall one of them now.

"Was there something in particular you wanted to discuss this morning, sir?" Leo asked.

"Yes, Leo, as a matter a fact there is," Jed said. He looked around at their expectant faces and opened his mouth to speak. "Something has come up."

The staff immediately looked concerned. There was very little that happened around the White House that they didn't know about first.

"Something that involves me and my wife," Jed specified. The concern didn't leave their faces, but it was joined by confusion. Giving up trying to say it eloquently, Jed simply said, "My wife is pregnant."

The looks on their faces were priceless. It took a moment for it to register but when it did, there was range of emotions from shock to disbelief to happiness to complete fear.

"Anyone have anything to say?" Jed asked, trying to evoke some sort of verbal response.

Leo was the first to say anything. "Congratulations, Mr. President," he said, unsure.

"Thank you, Leo."

There was an odd collective congratulations, and Jed almost laughed. It took a lot to throw these people off balance, and this announcement had certainly done so.

"I figured you'd want to know so we can figure out some sort of game plan on how and when to tell the press," Jed said.

"How long have you and Mrs. Bartlet known?" CJ asked.

"I just found out last night. Our first doctor's appointment is tomorrow. I don't want any press there. I don't care how you do it, but the press shouldn't find out quite yet."

"Of course, sir," CJ said.

"Do you know when you want to let the country know?" Leo asked.

"Not exactly but I figured we'll take this one step at a time," Jed said.

"Now, is there any other business that needs to be discussed?"

~~~The Next Day~~~

"Yeah, so the way I see it, we've got it locked down," Josh finished reporting to Leo. "The bill will pass by at least ten votes."

"Good," Leo said, barely looking up. When he noticed Josh was still there, he asked, "Is there something else?"

"I heard you had a date with Claire Donavon last night," Josh said. "It was dinner but it never happened," Leo explained annoyed.

"What? She canceled?"

"No, I canceled. Now don't you have any work to do?"

"You should call her," Josh said. "You know, reschedule."

"Josh, get out of my office before I fire you," Leo threatened.

"Okay, okay," Josh said innocently. "It's just that it's never too late to do things. I mean, look at the President. He's having another kid-"

"Josh!"

"Okay, I'm leaving," Josh said as he hurried out the door.

Once he was sure Josh was gone, Leo sighed. He got up and went out to Margaret's desk. Trying to be nonchalant, he said, "Margaret, will you please get Senator Donavon on the phone."

Ellen sighed as she walked into the bathroom. A day on the job was never boring, and it was always stressful. She walked over to the sink to reapply her lipstick when she saw Maddi come out of one of the stalls looking very pale.

"Whoa, Maddi you don't look so good." Ellen said as Maddi walked over to the sink.

"Tell me something I don't know." She responded as she splashed water on her face.

"Are you feeling all right?"

Maddi ran her hand through her hair. "I'll be fine," she said.

"You sure? You don't look so good. Is everything okay?"

"It's just this whole thing with my mother being pregnant," Maddi said. "I mean, I just don't know what to think about it."

"Maybe you should take the afternoon off."

"No, I'm feeling better." Maddi said as she faked a smile and left the bathroom."

"Okay, if you say so."

~~~That Night~~~

The dishes from dinner sat unwashed in the sink, but CJ and Alex sat snuggled together on CJ's couch. "That was a good dinner," Alex complimented her.

"Thanks," CJ said absently.

"CJ, are you still upset about the shooting?" he asked gently.

"No, well, yes, but that's not what I'm thinking about."

"Then what are you thinking about?"

"Just the First Lady and the President," CJ said.

"You mean about the baby?"

"Yeah."

"What about it?"

"How everyone would think they're too old to have another one, but how excited they are about it anyway," CJ explained.

"Well who wouldn't be excited. But it's also scary. The risks of pregnancy increase with age," Alex commented.

"I know. And I'm not getting any younger."

"CJ?" Alex asked, taken back by her question.

"My chances at having children is getting smaller and smaller each year," CJ said.

"Do you want children?" Alex asked.

"I always thought I'd focus on my career and then when I was secure, I'd try the motherhood thing. But it just hasn't happened, Alex. And with the First Lady being pregnant, I almost think we shouldn't wait too much longer."

"You want to have a baby?" Alex asked, unsure if he was ready to hear the answer.

She looked at him honestly and said, "Yes."

~~~~~~

A woman who looked to be in her mid forties sat alone at a table in a fancy restaurant. She had shoulder length blonde hair and green eyes. She picked up the menu and looked at it, then glanced at her watch and sighed. Leo entered the restaurant and rushed over to her table.

"Claire I'm sorry that I'm late." He said

"It's all right. I'm sure you had some national crisis to deal with so - "

"Actually the president was talking to me about vegetables so I have no excuse."

Claire laughed a little "You have a very good sense of humor."

"I'd thank you for the complement but I'm not joking."

"Oh," Claire said, confused by his statement

"Yes, the president like to make sure his staff knows about more than politics. "

"Vegetables?"

"Well, sometimes it's state parks. You should stop by sometime, you might get a chance to get a word in."

"I didn't agree to dinner with you so we could talk business." Claire said with a smile. "I agreed to dinner so I could get a night away from my teenage children."

"Oh?" Leo questioned

"I was kidding."

~~~~~~

Sam was feeding Carrie some cheerios as Maddi fixed dinner for the two of them.

"I just can't believe their having another baby." Maddi said.

"You should talk to them." He told her as he gave Carrie another tiny "o"."

Maddi quickly put her hand on the edge of the counter.

"Are you okay?" Sam asked concerned.

"Ya, I'm fine, I was just a little dizzy. This thing with my parents has me really stressed out."

"Sit down baby, I'll finish dinner."

~~~~~~

Zoey was pacing in the bathroom. This had been something she been trying to convince herself that she didn't need to do for a week now, but with her mother's announcement this morning, she knew she couldn't wait any longer. She glanced at her watch again. It had been five minutes. Swallowing nervously, she turned the stick over. And there, as plain as day, was a little blue plus. Zoey was pregnant.

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