Hailey was throwing up for the past two weeks. She was hoping it was for the reason she wanted to. They’ve been trying for a baby since their wedding night, five year ago, but they had no success.
The doctors said they were both healthy and even though Hailey was thirty five, they still have good chance for having a baby. Hopefully now she would have good news for her husband but she didn’t want to run to him like she did many times before when her period was a day or two late. She didn’t want to see the disappointment in his eyes again.
I will take the pregnancy test first thing in the morning.
She wanted to become a mother so much. She knew it was getting riskier and riskier every year in her age. They could always adopt but she wasn’t ready to give up just yet.
The next morning, Hailey found her husband on the balcony practicing chess. He stood up when he saw her walking out to kiss her good morning.
“Guess what,” she said, not giving him enough time to guess before she continued “I took a pregnancy test this morning.”
“And?” Cameron’s eyebrows raised with expectation.
“It’s positive, Cam,” Hailey answered and her eyes filled up with happy tears.
“It is? You’re…you’re pregnant?”
She nodded silently and suddenly felt Cameron’s arms underneath her legs and back as he scooped and spinned her around. Both of them laughing. This was the happiest day of their lives.
“I can’t wait to tell everyone about him,” Cameron said to his wife the morning of their fundraiser party Hailey was throwing. They decided to wait with spreading the news in case there were any complications during the first trimester.
“Or her,” Hailey added. Cameron really wished for a boy and Hailey was praying for a little girl but either gender will be a blessing as long as it’s healthy. They waited for this for too long.
Hailey was getting ready and stopped to study her baby bump in the mirror. She tried to find a loose dress but her belly was already getting pretty obvious.
Talk about a surprise, she thought, everyone will know right away.
“Ready to do this?” she asked while they were slow dancing.
“Not yet. I want to tell my dad first, in private. I think he should know before everyone else.
“You’re right, honey.”
They finished the dance and Cameron went to find Dale.
“Are you having a good time, dad?”
“Oh yes. It’s a lovely party.” Dale answered.
“Well, Hailey and I have some news that we want to share with the guests, but I wanted to tell you first.”
“I’m gonna be a father, dad. You’ll be a grandpa.”
Dale’s smile widened. He grabbed his son and hugged him tightly.
“That’s wonderful news, son. Oh my God. I’m gonna be a grandpa!”
“We thought it would never happen for us.”
“Congratulations, Cam. Can I tell Kirsten?”
“Go ahead,” Cameron laughed, “we are about to announce it tonight anyway.”
“Honey, honey,” Dale rushed to his wife as fast as he could, “you’re not gonna believe what Cam just told me.”
“What is it?”
“We are going to be grandparents, Cam and Hailey are having a baby.”
“I knew it,” Kirsten squealed happily, “I knew her belly was bigger. And last time they were visiting she ate three pieces of cheesecake.”
“Why didn’t you say anything?”
“I didn’t want to give you false hope, honey. I know you wished for this for a long time.”
It was true. Dale was seventy two years old now and he had some heart problems for quite some time. He was worried he would die before his older son becomes a father. His younger son Lucas was only eighteen so he wasn’t expecting a baby from him any time soon. He made peace with the fact that he probably won’t see him get married and have children. He won’t be part of his adult life for very long. But he knew his wife would always be there for their son and keep his memory alive.
After the announcement and many congratulations there was more dancing, eating and drinking. Carissa was watching her brother and his pregnant wife from the distance. After everything they went through in their early life, seeing him happy was very rewarding.
She wasn’t this lucky. She never married, even after she caught Hailey’s bouquet at their wedding, Roy wouldn’t ask her to marry him and Carissa decided to end this toxic relationship. She finally realized it’s not going anywhere. She was too old to have children but she still had her singing career that she loved the most.
Two hours later, Hailey realized, she didn’t see her husband for a while.
“Hey, Blair. Have you seen Cam?”
“No, not for a while anyway.”
She asked a couple more people but deep down she knew he left. Again. In the middle of the night.
I can’t believe hi did that.
Hailey took a bubble bath, exhausted form the party. The pregnancy was draining her energy. After half an hour she finally heard the bedroom door and foot steps. She dried herself up, put on her pajamas and walked out of the bathroom to find her husband getting ready for bed.
“Hey, babe,” he said casually, “how was the rest of the…”
“Don’t you babe me!” Hailey yelled, “where the hell have you been?!”
“I just had to…”
“Take care of something, right! I’ve herd that a million times. You know how important this fundraiser was for me. And we were announcing my pregnancy for Christ sake.”
“I wish I didn’t have to leave, but…”
“I don’t want to hear it. You always come up with these stupid excuses, Cameron. I thought that maybe now your family would be more important than you job, but apparently I was wrong. Good night. You can take the guest room tonight.”
He knew he was in trouble when she called him Cameron, instead of Cam.