"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 the
Senior Staff.

"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 but now
you're back to looking tired and pale. Maybe the job is too stressful...."
CJ jumped out of her seat. "How dare you? You have always thought this job
was too stressful for me! You have always tried to undermine me in one way
or another." She grabbed the desk to steady herself.
"CJ, take it easy. You know how I feel about you. I'm just saying that I
don't want anything to happen to you or the baby. You can have as much time
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." She smiled.
"I'll be fine, Leo, really."

At the afternoon briefing, CJ still looked pale. She held onto the podium
to steady herself. She hoped the reporters didn't notice.
"CJ, we all figured out a couple of months ago that you're pregnant. When
are you going to make the announcement? How many months are you? When was
the wedding? Who's the lucky guy?" The reporter shrugged his shoulders
sheepishly. "I'm the only one brave enough to ask."
"Okay, Ladies and Gentlemen, today is a slow day but that doesn't mean that
I am willing to become the subject of your stories. Unofficially, in a way,
I'm glad that I'm not carrying very big because I would've had to deal with
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, then
that's all folks." She was still holding onto the pedestal. Danny was
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 holding her
"I think I'm in labor, it hurts." She had tears in her eyes. "It's too
"Let's try to get back to your office. I need to call the doctor to find
out exactly where to bring you."
They walked slowly with Danny supporting her. He knew people were looking
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 in the
office. I can put her briefcase away for her till she needs it."
"Thanks, Carol. I'll call you. Can you let Leo know?"
"Sure thing."

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 eating."
"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 this baby."
"I can think of one more thing for us to do. Marry me, CJ, this weekend."
"I would love to."
"You would?"
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 belongings, Danny."
"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 apprehensively.
"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 witnesses?"
"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 leave.
"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. "Let's go."




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