Beau and Jane had sex everyday but still, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday all passed with no baby… and no more contractions. On Thursday night Jane went to bed early after announcing she was officially over being pregnant, telling Leah and Beau to go out and do something because she was sick of snapping at them.
Leah and Beau both wanted to stay at home with Jane but it was clear she needed time alone so they went over to see Asher instead. Lucy was arriving home the next day and Asher had told Beau at work that day that time was dragging by painfully slowly, so Beau and Leah decided they would go over and keep him company. Leah spent most of the night cuddled up against Beau on the couch and Asher commented a few times that he couldn’t wait until it was him and Lucy curled up on the couch together. Leah had suggested the only thing they would be doing on the couch for the next few days was having sex and Asher hadn’t denied it for a second. Unsurprisingly.
Leah and Beau got home just after eleven – a lot later than intended – but were both happy to see Jane was still asleep. They went to bed and ended up having sex… it had been a while since the two of them had had sex because both of them had been more focused on Jane than each other! After Leah had fallen asleep Beau spent twenty minutes rubbing her belly and quietly talking to Luca as he kicked the hell out of his hand. He really had no idea how Leah could sleep through such a physical battering, but knew her orgasm probably had something to do with it.
Beau wasn’t sure how long he’d been asleep, but he woke briefly when Jane got up to go to the toilet… it was such a common occurance now that he went straight back to sleep.
Beau woke up again and while he wasn’t surprised to find Jane was in the bathroom again, he couldn’t shake the feeling that something had startled him awake. As he started to drift off again Beau was aware of a noise coming from the bathroom… he was sure he could hear water and wondered if perhaps he was imagining it. Deciding that he was imagining it Beau allowed sleep to take over again but the next time he woke up he KNEW a loud noise from the bathroom had woken him. Jane still wasn’t in bed and Beau was suddenly… not concerned, but curious. He got out of bed and walked to the ensuite, prepared to find Jane looking miserable.
What he was NOT prepared for was to find Jane in the bath clasping her belly and breathing through what was very obviously a strong contraction. Beau raced over to the bath and she clasped his hand, squeezing it tightly as she continued breathing through her contraction. When it was over she looked at him with panic in her eyes.
“They are close Beau. So close. And painful, oh god they are painful,” Jane said in between deep breaths.
“How close are we talking?” he asked having a feeling they would be call-the-midwife close together.
“I don’t know but they’re clo…” Jane started and then moaned in pain as another contraction hit and she clamped down on his hand again.
“I’m getting my phone so we can time the next contraction, I will be right back,” Beau said trying not to convey how panicked he was.
He went into the room and put a pair of boxers on then got his phone and joined Jane back in the bathroom. A minute later another contraction hit. Beau was prepared with the cellphone stopwatch and started it while Jane squeezed his other hand as she tried to breathe through the contraction. When it stopped he looked nervously at his phone and when the next contraction started he was shocked to find the contractions were only two minutes apart.
“I’m ringing the midwife and waking Leah up. They are fucking close together…” Beau said and then raced from the bathroom and over to Leah’s side of the bed.
“Leah wake up,” Beau said quietly and Leah moaned. “Wake up!” he said a bit louder.
“No,” Leah replied sleepily.
“Fucking get up, Jane is in the bath very much in labour and I don’t know if we’re going to make it to the hospital,” Beau yelled and before he could even blink Leah was up and out of the bed, running for the bathroom.
Beau rang the midwife and explained what was happening and when he told her how close the contractions were she had muttered ‘fuck’ and told him she would be there as soon as she could be and would assess whether or not it was worth trying to make it to the hospital in time. The midwife then instructed him to get in the bath with Jane and told him that if Jane said anything about pushing before she got there, he needed to be prepared for the possibility he would be delivering the baby. Beau didn’t say goodbye as he hung up the phone and raced back into the bathroom where Leah was helping Jane through a contraction. Beau told them that the midwife was on her way as he got in the bath with Jane. When the next contraction hit Jane held one of his hands and one of Leah’s as she moaned in agony.
“I’m sorry. Woke up in.. pain… at one… got in the bath… and… it didn’t go away… just… got worse,” Jane explained.
“Don’t talk baby, try and catch your breath before the next one,” Leah said soothingly.
“I’m not going to be giving birth in the hospital, am I,” Jane gasped just before her next contraction hit.
Leah looked at him and he shook his head. Leah suddenly looked terrified and he felt absolutely useless. Jane was in more pain than any man would ever experience and Leah was having to deal with seeing her girlfriend in that much pain. It can’t have been easy for either of them, and it made him feel utterly pointless. There was a loud pounding on the door and Leah went to let the midwife in. Leah was soon back with the midwife following close behind. After saying hello to all of them the midwife proceeded to put her arm into the water so she could examine Jane.
“You need to push don’t you,” the midwife asked and Jane nodded.
“I do, I really do,” Jane gasped.
“Right, this baby is going to be born at home, so Leah, honey, I need you to get me a towel for drying the baby off and a blanket to wrap him in… a nappy too,” the midwife said calmly. Leah walked quickly from the room while the midwife turned to Jane and asked, “Do you want to birth in the bath or somewhere else?”
“Bath,” Jane said, breathing deeply.
“In that case do you want me or someone else to catch the baby?” the midwife then asked and Jane looked at Beau pleadingly.
“Can you?” she asked him and he nodded, touched that she had asked him. Saying no wasn’t an option.
Leah came back in with the blanket and the towel and for the next half hour she worked with Beau, coaching Jane through the end stages of her labour. Beau had no idea that women had to push for so long and as he watched Jane push through contraction after contraction the love he felt for her only served to increase. Looking at Leah, Beau could see that she was freaking out but he thought she was doing a good job of covering it up. Looking at their hands though, Beau wasn’t too sure whether it was Jane squeezing Leah’s hand or if Leah was squeezing Jane’s.
When the midwife examined Jane again Beau was shocked when she announced that the baby was crowning and that it was time for ‘action stations’ as she referred to it. Beau had never ever felt so nervous in his life and for a second considered telling the midwife she could deliver the baby, but when Jane looked at him and smiled he knew there was no way he could do that. Beau listened very carefully as the midwife explained that when Jane pushed again Beau had to put a hand under the baby’s head and basically guide it out. Beau did just that and was amazed as more and more of the baby’s head came into his hand. When the contraction passed Beau looked down and felt a lump in his throat when he saw the baby’s head
The midwife quickly explained that with the next contraction, the baby would be born and that he would need to gently guide the baby’s shoulders out and then be ready to ‘catch’ him before placing him on Jane’s chest, being careful of the umbilical cord. Beau looked at Leah who had tears in her eyes and then at Jane who smiled at him for a second before the next contraction took over.
Beau did as the midwife had told him and guided the shoulders out then gasped as Ryan slid out into the safety of his hands. Beau lifted the baby up and placed him gently onto Jane’s chest. While the midwife rubbed Ryan’s back with the towel Leah had brought her, Jane only had eyes for her little boy.
The loud squeals of the newborn filled the room as Leah leaned over and kissed Jane before kissing Ryan gently on the head. Ryan was crying, Leah was crying, Jane was crying… and Beau was surprised at how overcome by emotion he was as well. He carefully got out of the bath and put a towel around his waist then went over to Leah and hugged her. He crouched down and kissed Jane and stroked the back of the tiny baby he had just helped bring into the world. They watched as Ryan seemed to naturally latch on to Jane’s nipple and began to suckle for the very first time.
It blew his mind to think that when they had all gone to bed that night there was no baby and now just a few hours later they were watching as Jane fed her baby. Their baby.
The midwife congratulated them all and then suggested that Beau go and get dressed before he caught a cold and asked if they could make sure the bed was ready for Jane and the newest member of their family. In the bedroom Leah made her way into Beau’s arms again and began to sob. Beau held her as she cried and all the pent up emotion was released… when she finally looked up at him all he could see on her face was joy and he couldn’t resist kissing her.
“I love you,” Beau said and Leah giggled.
“I love you too,” Leah replied.
“I guess Mr Luca is next,” Beau stated as he put a hand on her belly and she grinned at him.
“How about we just enjoy Ryan before we start talking about THAT,” Leah suggested and Beau smiled lovingly at her.
“I know you’re thinking about the pain Jane was in, but all that pain is over now, and we are left with a little boy to love for the rest of our lives… Kind of worth the pain don’t you think,” Beau said softly and Leah nodded.
“You can say that though, you aren’t going to be pushing a baby out your vagina in a couple of months,” Leah teased and Beau chuckled.
“Come on mummy, let’s get this bed ready for the other mummy and the first of our baby boys,” Beau said and Leah kissed him, then walked over to her side of the bed so they could straighten up the sheets.
With the bed made Beau quickly put some clothes on and they went back through to the bathroom and found the midwife holding a wrapped up Ryan.
“Which of you wants the first cuddle?” the midwife asked smiling at them both.
“I think Leah has been waiting longer than me,” Beau joked and the midwife walked over to Leah and placed the tiny bundle in her arms. Beau stood beside her with an arm around her waist and peered into the bundle of blanket and felt tears come to his eyes as he focused on Ryan, who was sleeping.
“He’s so tiny,” Leah whispered.
“He’s beautiful,” Beau agreed, his voice also a whisper.
“He really is,” Leah sobbed quietly.
Beau watched as Leah peppered gentle kisses on Ryan’s face and found himself wishing that it was time for Luca to be born as well… he couldn’t wait to see both of their babies together. The midwife interrupted his thoughts and asked him to get an old towel that she could put the placenta on when Jane delivered it. Beau did as asked and a few minutes later Jane’s birthing experience was over, with the baby and placenta both delivered.
The midwife announced that it was time for Jane to get out of the bath and onto the bed so she could examine her and make sure everything was as it should be. Leah went into the bedroom with Ryan while Beau helped the midwife get Jane from the bath to the bed. She was very weak, but Beau was surprised that she still had enough energy to walk through to the bedroom with their assistance.
Jane lay on the bed in her robe and the midwife quickly examined her and when she had finished told them quite happily that everything looked okay. After the midwife had excused herself so she could examine the placenta a bit more closely Leah handed Ryan to Jane and got in the bed beside her. Deciding to do something useful Beau went and made them all a cup of tea and when he brought them through Jane looked at him gratefully.
“God, I need one of those… it feels like I pushed a baby out of my vagina just now. Oh wait, I did!” Jane exclaimed and then giggled.
“You did such a good job,” Leah said and then kissed Jane.
“I really had no choice,” Jane commented and Leah laughed.
“I guess not,” Leah replied.
“And when it’s time for you.. you will do a good job too, my love,” Jane reassured Leah who smiled nervously at her.
“I guess I’ll have no choice,” Leah said with a nervous wink.
The midwife came out and asked if she could examine Jane again. Jane carefully handed Ryan to Leah and let the midwife do her examination. The midwife said that everything looked great and that if Jane didn’t mind she was going to go home to try and get another hour or two of sleep and that she would come back over around 8am. Jane told her that was fine and the midwife reminded them all that she was only a phone call away and that if they had ANY concerns whatsoever that they could ring her. It turned out the midwife only lived a few minutes away from their house so she could get over quickly if needed. A fact they all found reassuring.
Beau saw the midwife out and thanked her for everything she had done. She smiled at him and told him that she hadn’t really done anything and it was Jane – and him – who had done all the work. After saying goodbye Beau closed the door and walked back through to the bedroom where he found Leah cuddling Ryan while Jane lay back smiling at her. Beau walked over to Leah and peeked at Ryan who was still asleep… he couldn’t take his eyes off him, he was such a perfect, beautiful baby! Leah gasped and Beau looked at her.
“What’s wrong?” he asked and Leah went bright red.
“Oh my god. You haven’t even held him yet!” Leah exclaimed and Beau chuckled.
“Not sure if you’re aware but he’s not going anywhere… you can do your bonding and then I’ll do mine,” Beau said rubbing her back but Leah shook her head.
“No! Blame preggy brain.. You must be wanting a hold so badly!” Leah remarked and Beau knew he wasn’t going to win this little battle.
Not that he minded. Leah placed Ryan into his arms and his first instinct was to lift the little baby up and kiss his forehead. Again he found he couldn’t take his eyes off him and he knew he was smiling the entire time he was looking at him. As he studied Ryan’s face, Beau felt immensely guilty when he thought about the fact he had considered pretending his own child didn’t exist. He knew a lot had changed since then and that in reality it had been less than 24 hours that he’d felt that way for, but he still felt awful about it. Thank God he had realised early on that that wasn’t an option… he would have missed out on so much and probably wouldn’t have fallen in love with two amazing women in the process.
“You look so natural,” Jane commented and Beau smiled at her.
“Probably because it’s a similar shape to a rugby ball,” Beau teased and Jane laughed.
“No, I think you’re just a natural daddy,” Jane replied and he smiled gratefully at her. He hoped that was the case.
“What time was he actually born?” Beau asked and Leah picked up Jane’s midwifery notes.
“Says here that he was born at 3.43am” Leah announced.
“And what time do you think you went into labour?” Beau asked and Jane yawned.
“Um it was 1am when I started having the really bad pains,” Jane told them. “But after I went to bed I kept waking up feeling really uncomfortable,” she added. “I think the first time I woke up it was just before 8,” she said frowning, obviously trying to remember.
“So at the most you were in labour for about seven hours,” Beau exclaimed and Jane nodded.
“I guess so,” she replied yawning loudly.
“Why don’t you two try and get a little sleep and I will look after Ryan,” Beau suggested and Jane smiled at him.
“You don’t have to Beau, you must be tired too,” Jane replied but Beau could see she was seconds away from going to sleep.
“I didn’t just go through seven hours of labour. You get some sleep, when Ryan starts crying I will bring him through to you so you can feed him,” Beau told Jane who admitted defeat and nodded.
“I just need an hour…” Jane yawned and closed her eyes.
“Before you try to tell me you don’t need sleep, don’t bother. You need sleep woman, and I refuse to let you out of this bedroom until you’ve done just that,” Beau told Leah sternly and she smiled sleepily at him.
“You’re so bossy,” Leah stated as she cuddled up to Jane.
Beau had a feeing they were probably both asleep before he’d even left the bedroom. After all the activity over the past couple of hours it felt strange to be sitting in silence. With a baby. Ryan was still asleep and while Beau knew he should probably put him in the bassinet to sleep, Beau felt unable to put the little man down. He had never ever spent so long fixated on one thing and when the newborn began crying Beau was surprised to see it was over an hour since he had left Leah and Jane to sleep. Beau took Ryan through to the bedroom and Jane quickly woke up when she heard him crying. Beau was amazed at how quickly Jane was sitting up and holding her arms out to take her baby. Obviously the mummy instinct kicked in straight away. Leah was sitting up by the time Jane had latched Ryan on, and as Jane fed him they all watched in silence. It really was a beautiful sight, and a special moment in their relationship.
After Ryan had finished feeding, Jane suggested that Leah choose an outfit for him to wear and she came back from the nursery with a green and yellow striped onesie, claiming that it had been too hard to choose something so she’d picked the first outfit she’d found. Beau watched as Jane dressed Ryan and topped the outfit off with the woolen hat that the midwife had put on him when she’d wrapped him up in the blanket earlier. After wrapping him in the blanket Jane picked Ryan up and then looked at Beau.
“Do you mind if I get a little bit more sleep?” Jane asked shyly and Beau shook his head.
“Of course not baby, you get all the sleep you need. I’ll bring him through again when he starts to cry, unless you are awake before then,” Beau informed her. “You can sleep a bit more too madam,” he directed at Leah.
“Fine, but it’s almost my normal waking time so don’t expect me to sleep for hours!” Leah exclaimed.
“Uh, at seven do you think you could ring Asher and make up some story to get him over here? Pretend that we have some odd craving. He’ll be up anyway because he’ll be excited about Lucy… Just don’t tell him Ryan is here,” Jane said and Beau gasped.
“I hadn’t even thought about Asher! He was going to be at the birth!” Beau exclaimed feeling like the worst friend in the world.
“It all happened so quick Beau, I’m sure Asher will understand why you didn’t call,” Jane assured him. “Should probably ring your mum too,” she suggested and Beau nodded.
“You two try to sleep, me and Ry will be chilling in the lounge,” Beau told them and then gave both of them a kiss and left the room.
As it was Beau didn’t need to wait until seven to ring Asher because Asher text him at 6.30am saying ‘Presuming you’ll be awake… uncomfortable pregnant women and all… any chance you know how to speed up time? 10.30 can’t arrive fast enough’. Beau smirked as he replied saying ‘Of course I’m awake, feel free to pop over… If you have the coffee we have the bacon and mushrooms’, and as he expected it didn’t take long for Asher to reply saying ‘See you very soon then, will stop at the petrol station, their coffee is 24/7’.
At 6.50 Beau went through to the bedroom and found Leah and Jane whispering and giggling in bed. Beau told them that Asher was on his way and after kissing Ryan on the cheek he handed him to Jane so he could go back into the lounge and pretend nothing was out of the ordinary when Asher arrived.
Asher arrived at 7.00 with a tray of hot drinks and Beau could tell by the look of him that he had been awake for a long time.
“Excited much?” Beau teased and Asher laughed.
“Oh god you have no idea,” Asher replied.
“Only three and a half hours to go!” Beau exclaimed and Asher grinned at him.
“Where are the girls? I thought they’d be up,” Asher commented and Beau managed to keep a straight face.
“They are in the bedroom, go and say hi if you want, they’re just chatting,” Beau suggested.
“Probably should grace them with my presence,” Asher joked as he walked toward the bedroom.
Beau followed him in and smirked when Asher stopped dead in his tracks.
“What the hell!” Asher exclaimed and Jane giggled.
“Come here, there is someone who wants to meet you,” Jane told him and he walked slowly toward the bed.
“When did? What? Last night you were… When the hell did this happen?” Asher asked in disbelief as he made his way over to Jane’s side of the bed and sat down beside her, smiling as he took his first glimpse of Ryan. “Jane… he’s beautiful,” he exclaimed as he stroked Ryan’s cheek.
“He is, isn’t he,” Jane replied sounding choked up. “Thank you…” she whispered as she wiped the tears from her eyes.
“You have no idea how glad I am I could help,” Asher replied and Beau could see that his eyes weren’t exactly dry either.