"Will Baby Make Three?" part ten.
Disclaimer: in part one.
Sorry, the computer crashed. I fixed it myself, so to be sure of
everything, the next few parts will be very short.
This part picks up three months after CJ announced her pregnancy to
"CJ, has your doctor told you when to stop working?"
"No, Leo, he hasn't. Why do you ask?"
"Because you started to looking much better in the past few months
you're back to looking tired and pale. Maybe the job is too
CJ jumped out of her seat. "How dare you? You have always thought
was too stressful for me! You have always tried to undermine me in one
or another." She grabbed the desk to steady herself.
"CJ, take it easy. You know how I feel about you. I'm just saying
don't want anything to happen to you or the baby. You can have as much
as you need, whenever you need it. Understood? I am not trying to
undermine you. Do I need to call Danny for you?"
"No, you'll scare him. He gets very worried, very quickly."
"I'll be fine, Leo, really."
At the afternoon briefing, CJ still looked pale. She held onto the
to steady herself. She hoped the reporters didn't notice.
"CJ, we all figured out a couple of months ago that you're
are you going to make the announcement? How many months are you? When
the wedding? Who's the lucky guy?" The reporter shrugged his
sheepishly. "I'm the only one brave enough to ask."
"Okay, Ladies and Gentlemen, today is a slow day but that doesn't
I am willing to become the subject of your stories. Unofficially, in a
I'm glad that I'm not carrying very big because I would've had to deal
these questions earlier. Officially, I am not answering questions on my
personal life. So if no one has any questions on the news of the day,
that's all folks." She was still holding onto the pedestal. Danny
trying to make his way up to her. "Carol, I need Danny."
"He's on his way."
"CJ, what's wrong?" Danny was touching her arm. She was
"I think I'm in labor, it hurts." She had tears in her eyes.
"Let's try to get back to your office. I need to call the doctor to
out exactly where to bring you."
They walked slowly with Danny supporting her. He knew people were
but figured he'd deal with their remarks later. Upon arriving at her
office, they found that Carol had already called the doctor.
"Danny, bring her to the hospital. He'll meet you there. Her coat's
office. I can put her briefcase away for her till she needs it."
"Thanks, Carol. I'll call you. Can you let Leo know?"
The doctor took CJ in as soon as she arrived. After a thorough
examination, he decided to keep her overnight just for observation and
rest. "CJ, you're not in labor. You have a high pressure job, you
don't get enough rest, you're probably not eating well. You can't
continue on like this and expect to make it thorough the next two
months. See what you can do to get more sleep and make sure you eat. Try
to better handle the stress of your job or I'm going to request that you
start maternity leave now."
"Don't do that , Doctor. It's very hard to be in the position that
Danny and I are in. I have to be able to make it as far as I can before
I go on leave."
"I understand your predicament, CJ, but I have to think of the baby
too. Right now your daughter is letting you know that she is perfectly
willing to come early if you don't take care of yourself."
"I promise I will, Doctor."
"I'll make sure of it, Doctor. She gets more sleep then she used
to, thanks to me, but I'll make sure she gets more. The eating think is
under control. I bring her some food at her office, so I know she's
"Good, okay then, I'll stop by tomorrow morning to check you again
before I discharge you. If anything happens before that, the nurses will
call me and I'll be right here. Rest."
With that he left.
Danny sat on the bed and hugged her. "How you doing?"
"You know all this time, I've been waiting for something bad to
happen. And, as much as you tell me that nothing will, I'm still
waiting. I'm so scared, Danny. What if that's what's hurting the baby
and not the job? I could be bringing on the very thing that I don't want
to happen." She was crying now and he didn't know if words would
help. He started kissing her hair and caressing her. She moved her face
towards him. They kissed softly and he went back to holding her. "I
assure you that nothing will happen to our baby because of the decision
you made while you were in college, CJ. God doesn't work like that. But,
you are right, all the worrying that you've been doing is very
stressful. It's not good for her."
"I know. I'm trying very hard to relax." She looked at him and
wiped her face. "We're almost there. We know we're having a girl.
We've got her name and her godparents. Leo says I can take my leave
whenever I need it. All I have to do is last another two months and have
"I can think of one more thing for us to do. Marry me, CJ, this
"I would love to."
She punched him gently on the arm. "Don't act so surprised! You
know I love you and I did say I would eventually marry you when we both
thought the time was right."
"Yes, you did. I love you, too." He leaned in to kiss her.
"I'm staying here tonight."
"I wouldn't think of asking you to leave. Lay down with me."
"The nurse will probably throw me out."
"Oh, and you're worried about that, right? Try again, Daniel."
"You know me too well." He kissed her again. "So, we
leave at a decent time tomorrow. Get married that night or Saturday
morning. Enjoy the weekend together and go back to work Tuesday."
"Tuesday?" CJ was surprised. Neither of them was in the habit
of missing work.
"Don't you think we deserve a honeymoon?"
"Yes, we do."
"What about the move? Who's going where?"
"My apartment is bigger then yours so you should move in with me.
The extra bedroom, well, we've already been fixing that up for the
nursery. That little room, in the alcove, can be the den. I do most of
my work in the living room anyway, so you could use the den if you like
it better then the living room. There's plenty of room for your
"Okay, that was easy."
"Well, we have discussed this already, albeit briefly. You're not
gonna miss your place? Your own space?" she asked a little
"No, how about you?"
"Not at all. I'm already used to having you around."
The nurse came in once during the night to check on CJ. She smiled when
she saw Danny in the bed holding CJ. They looked contented. Even though
she wasn't supposed to, she decided to leave them alone. In the morning,
she came in before the orderly brought breakfast for CJ. Danny was
sitting in the chair next to the bed. He winked at the nurse.
"Thanks for not chasing me last night."
"Let's just keep that between ourselves, okay?"
The doctor came for one last checkup before he discharged her.
"You can go home but I really want you to remember what I said
yesterday. It's in your best interests and the baby's."
"I will, Doctor."
"Can she travel a little bit? We're going to get married but we're
not sure where."
"Yes, she can, but make sure she rests wherever you end up and try
to make it close to home. Congratulations."
The doctor left, leaving Danny and CJ the opportunity to talk while
she prepared to leave.
"Where do you think we should go and who's going to be our
"Josh and Donna would be prefect. They're used to keeping our
secrets. I'll speak to them and see if they're available."
"Great. Now we just need the place."
"Not as easy as it sounds, Mr. Newspaper Man." She smiled at
him. He came over to kiss her.
"I know. Get back to the subject at hand." She was ready to
"You going to work?"
"He didn't say I couldn't. Then I'll just leave early. We should
get married tonight. Then we can lose Josh and Donna and have the whole
weekend to ourselves."
Danny smiled. "I like the way you think." He winked at her.