Well. You’re most definitely pregnant.
Well. You’re most definitely pregnant.
Cristina closed the door behind Owen after he went to the hospital to take care of some chiefly matters. She and her baby girl was going to be alone for until when he’d be back. She had to get used to it because both of them would have to go back to work soon and they would have to be alone at home more often. She went to pour herself a cup of coffee but then she heard a cry from the nursery, so she turned around walked to her daughter’s room. “Do you miss your dad already?” she asked as she picked up the 1.5-month-old and hugged her close. “Shh…” she patted her back gently. There was no sign of pee or poop and she had just been fed, so probably she just wanted to be hugged. Cristina kept patting her back lightly and walked back and forth in the nursery. “We’re gonna be alone for almost the rest of the day, so let’s be good companies, ok?” She kissed her little nose and went and sat on the rocking chair. Cristina had no idea what she was gonna do that day, besides feeding Maddie and changing her diaper every three hours. Then it hit her mind. She held Maddie up, placing her feet on her lap and looked into her blue eyes. “Wanna meet baby Jamie? I think we could do something new today and you should see the world outside of this building anyways. Right?” Maddie just stared at her. “That’s a yes!” Cristina exclaimed and got up, starting to walk to their room. She put Maddie down on the bed and put some pillows around her, then, started getting dressed. When she was done she went back to the nursery and started dressing Maddie. “You look fab,” she commented and then, packing some stuffs for her, walked out of the house.
She made sure Maddie was safe in her car seat and then got in the driver’s seat. She first texted Owen, letting him know where they would be and then started the engine. She looked over at Maddie through the rear-view mirror; she didn’t seem startled by the starting of a car. That was very, very good, so she let out a sigh of relief and exited the garage. And off to the Shepherds’ she drove.
Getting back home felt great. To be back among her things and with her children and husband, to get to shower in her own shower, to eat in her own kitchen and most of all sleep in her own bed, for as little sleep as she could get at night, Meredith felt great. It was strange still to have Jamie in the house, but she loved it. Having three kids under the age of five was already a challenge to figure everything out, mostly in the morning when it came to prepping the children, mostly Zola who had to go to pre-school. The Christmas break would be one intense break, but they would manage. Sure, had Jamie been born after Christmas, it would have been good energy wise, but she couldn’t be happier to have him here already. Labour was the hard part and it was done with, and she had her perfectly healthy baby boy and wasn’t as big anymore. Everything was just great.
Derek had been an amazing husband that day because even though it was Sunday and he had the day off, he’d taken the girls out, leaving her alone with the baby for a slower day. There had been a storm the previous day and a lot of snow had fallen, and the girls were both very excited to go play outside for the big snow. Meredith was grateful because just having to look after Jamie was enough to worn her out, and she was just setting everything. She knew Derek planned on staying home a few times here and there during the week to help her out until things would be set, but he had to work and she wanted him to work. She would be fine. It was just an adjustment. Sitting down in the living room, she set Jamie in her arms for a feeding. The phone nearby in case somebody would call, the remote next as well as a cup of hot chocolate on the table next to the arm of the couch, she was set. Getting back to feedings was something, mostly since she had forgotten how painful it could be, how sore her boobs would get, but breast-feeding was important, they all said it. Plus, it was possibly their last child, hopefully because she didn’t see herself with one more. Maybe she’d change her mind along the way, but Jamie wasn’t planned to begin with and it was already a lot of organization and time, she was way too fine with three children. It was enough. She had barely done Jamie’s burp that the she heard somebody knocking at the door. She frowned and looked down at Jamie who was laying in her arms, pretty much asleep. “Were we expecting somebody?” She got up after much effort and went over to the door. She turned the lock and opened it, and her jaw almost dropped. “Cristina.” she said, completely shocked. “What are you doing here?” And then seeing all the snow and how cold it was, she stepped back. “Well- come on in!” and a smile grew on her face. She was definitely happy to see her.
Derek checked the car seat for what he thought was probably the fiftieth time. He was a little scared though. Driving home Jamie and Meredith for the first time was a worrying thought. They would be out of the hospital, and later this afternoon when Stephanie brought around the girls, they’d have three children under five to deal with, and Derek was certain that there was going to be a lot of sleepless nights, a lot of crying and a lot of exhaustion for all of them to handle. He checked the seat again, seeing a nurse pushing Meredith towards the car with Jamie in her arms. He was ready for this, they were ready. “We’re going home.” Derek grinned at her.
Things were planned for Meredith and Jamie to both get their release the previous day, but just to be sure, they decided to keep Jamie in one more day and Meredith decided to stay in herself. There was no way she was going to leave her baby boy, not even for one night. Sitting in the wheelchair, Meredith looked down at the little boy in her arms, so fresh, so peaceful. It was hard to believe he was her son, yet he was. Looking up, her gaze caught Derek’s and she grinned. “We are…” she said back as she leaned her gaze back down on the baby in her arms.
Hopefully today’s the day.
Shaking her head, she allows a sigh to escape her lips. “No. He’s staying overnight, mostly sleeping in his office or on-call room. If I didn’t know him better I’d say he got some girl.” It’s the truth, he’s always gone. Always meaning that she barely gets to see him at home, and neither at work. Sometimes it feels like he’s avoiding her, but then she knows he’s just stuck with this huge amount of paperwork and some surgeries he gets to squeeze in between. Lexie knows he’d never have someone else, she knows he wouldn’t cheat on her. Because she trusts him. They’ve been through so much already and all of this has just strengthen her faith in him. He has changed much from the day they first met, but in some other ways he’s still the same. And she’d never want him to be anyone else that his true self. Noticing the look on her face, she shakes her. “I know him better, I don’t have any doubts in him. Don’t even start worrying.” With a soft smile on her mouth she carefully takes the little boy, holding him, feeling his warmth. It reminds her so much on her own children, the first time she held Ella and Nate in her arms, but also the first time she held her goddaughter in her arms. But surprisingly, she isn’t reminded of her loss. And she’s more than relieved about that fact. “You’re right - he does make everything better.” She whispers out as she softly caresses through his McDreamy-hair. Babies are really something fantastic.
Her head falling to the side, Meredith shakes her head slightly and denies her sister’s words. “Don’t say that, no matter what, he loves you.” She could relate, though. Back when Derek was the Chief, which was a while back but still, and there were times where he would come home in the middle of the night, some he wouldn’t even come back home… Those times were tough, and she knew that they couldn’t do it up to this point with the kids, and so for Lexie and Mark to be doing it with their children, it had to be tough times. But thankfully, it was only temporary. Of course, it would be hard for Owen when he would be back, now that he and Cristina had Maddie. Meredith shakes those thoughts away from her head, having too many other things to focus on at the moment. She grins as Lexie tries to brush away her worries for her and Mark, and nodding slightly, she still keeps staring at her sister, definitely worried anyhow. She tilts her head again as Lexie mentions how Jamie does make things better, and nodding, she comments, “Yeah.” in a whisper.
That’s great! [beams] I’ll have to come by and visit.
"Oh, I know, but what exactly waits for me at home? An empty house? A husband who is mostly absent, or when he’s there ..he’s asleep." Lexie speaks lightly, shrugging off the fact that she dislike Mark being always gone. Again. It’s not like this was one of the reasons why they pretty much broke up the last time and she left him back, alone in big New York City - sure, of course the blackmailing was the main reason but her lie about it being so out of the family, well, actually that wasn’t a lie at all. And now with him being the Chief during Owen’s absence, past repeats just all over again and it’s awful. But however, the brunette tries to believe it’s just a phase. "I do know how tricky that really was, after all I stepped in to perform all of his damn surgeries. Remember? Wasn’t that nice." A laughter breaks out. It’s the truth, it’s been a complicated time especially because she wanted to be there for her family, but on the other hand standing in the OR was very tempting. Eventually she decided that she was helping her family by taking over his cases to let Derek be where Meredith needs him to be.. And she found her peace with that thought. "I figured. And of course I want this adorable human being in my arms." A tender smile crosses her face as she watches Meredith picking up her newborn, and then softly holds him close to her own body.
Frowning, Meredith tilts her head slightly. “What do you mean, mostly absent? He’s still not home much?” She felt as though she’d missed something. Sure, they had all been crazy busy, and the few weeks before Jamie’s birth had been pretty intense for Meredith and so she hadn’t been able to keep up with either Cristina, Lexie or all of her surroundings much. She felt bad about it, but then when you’re having a baby, everything happens all at once and it’s a crazy storm until the baby comes, and even after it takes time to settle down. Though Meredith felt confident about being okay with it considering she had experienced it with Lilly not all that long ago, and even Zola, back when they first had her, who was under a year old which had been challenging as well. Putting on a grin, she puts a hand over her sister’s shoulder. “It’s temporary, Lexie. He won’t be Chief for all that long, Owen should be back soon.” She pauses, then adds, shrugging as she takes her hand back, “Look, I know it’s hard being the Chief’s wife, I’ve been there before and it’s challenging, and exhausting, and it takes a tole on the couple somehow, but you got to stick around and hang in there because thankfully, it’s not to last for you. Mark will get back to the place he was before he helped Owen out, and everything will get back to normal.” She nods and smiles at Lexie’s words, then says, “You’ll see.” She comes closer and gently takes Jamie out of the carseat, and then hands him over to Lexie very carefully, holding his head until it’s resting on her sister’s arm. “He makes it all better.”
As soon as she opens the door, she can already hear words falling from Meredith’s mouth. A smirk is immediately put on her lips, it’s always nice to know that you were somehow expected, and the other person knows who you are even if you haven’t really entered yet. Sure, they’ve got their own knock-thing, but still.. It puts a smile on her lips as she slowly closes the door behind herself again. “Be glad you’re not working right now. I’m not complaining or anything, but I’ve slept in hospital for four days in a row now, and I don’t even get to see my children. Plus, I probably look terribly exhausted and feel bad for every intern who has to handle my moods.” A laugh escapes her lips as she steps closer to her sister, her hands hidden in her pockets again. She feels good, comfortable. For the first time in a while the laughter was real; yet Lexie honestly can’t say whether it’s because she’s distracted by too much work or just because she’s so damn happy for Meredith that it feels like she’s bursting with feelings. Though, she guesses it’s the second option, which is also the more acceptable one. “How’s the little man doing?” Lowering her head she looks down at her nephew, causing her smile only to widen even more. “Ah, he looks too adorable. I wanna steal him right away, such a sugar pie. ..And how’s the mom? Ready for the big day?” The last words are spoken as she turns around a little, facing Meredith.
It was obvious how crazy life was up to this point, for everyone she knew. Either it was the kids, or it was work, or just life in general. It was Christmas time too, which happens to be the craziest time of the year. Good thing Meredith got to buy the gifts before giving birth or it would have been more complicated. Frowning at Lexie’s words, Meredith asks, “You know you’re due for a day off, Lexie. This hospital can work without you.” and then she sighs, nodding and tilting her head as she responds herself, “I know with Cristina and I gone, and Owen somehow too, it’s a little bit more tricky around here… Derek’s been busy a lot lately himself… Just to have him the whole labour time with me was tricky enough.” she grins. “But you don’t look terrible at all. I mean, you can’t possibly look worse than I do. I didn’t even shower in three days.” she sighs, shaking her head. As Lexie bends over to look at Jamie, Meredith steps a little aside, giving her room to look at him. Grinning, she nods and sighs. “Pretty good, actually. Jamie’s been a great baby so far.” and grinning, she adds, “Oh well, you know, taking him home for the first time.. It’s quite exciting.” And looking up at her sister, she asks, “Do you want to hold him?”
It’s been three days since the moment her little nephew was born, three long days in which Lexie Grey was completely occupied with work. Of course she has looked after her sister and the adorable boy before, but it she was only able to throw a glimpse at him and exchange five words with Meredith before the next emergency page came in. With Owen and Cristina staying away, with Meredith also being on maternity leave and a few colleagues simply having the cold, it’s rather stressful in the hospital these days. The brunette is hopping from consult to consult, from emergency bay to the OR, from her own patients down to the pit. She barely sees Mark and her very short lunch breaks are spent up at the daycare because that’s basically the only time she can spend with her own children. But now the surgeon is on her way to the new mother of three. Her cases are covered by April for at least an hour, which makes up enough time for a long needed talk with her sister, and most importantly, swooning about little Jamie. Hands in her coat she’s walking through the hallways, trying to ignore every nurse or intern who’s calling out her name, just focusing on the fact that family should always come first - even if that’s often not possible. However, she’d feel bad if Meredith left the hospital without a longer visit from her at least, and it’d seem just wrong. Sliding one hand out of her pocket, she softly knocks on the hard door. Knock, knock, knock. Three times, rather quickly - their sign.
Jamie’s arrival had happened quicker than expected, but thankfully everything was okay. He was the perfect healthy baby both Derek and her had hoped for him to be. There had been no complications, she had done it without the epidural and it had taken way less hours between the first contraction and his birth than back when Meredith gave birth to Lilly, which they were both thankful for. It had been the most painful birth, and right during Lexie and Mark’s wedding… But all she was thankful for was to have healthy children. Leaving the hospital was something Meredith and Derek were both excited about, to be able to take Jamie home for the first time was a wonderful thing and came with a wonderful feeling. Back when they had taken Lilly home for the first time, she was worried because she enjoyed knowing they were in the hospital, and if anything, she would be taken care of right away. But she’d made peace with that somehow, and both Derek and her were doctors. And their children were surrounded by doctors. Standing by the bed, Meredith looks down at Jamie laying in his carseat. “Ready to go home soon?” she smiles, then folds a few more things that she puts back in the suitcase that she put on top of her bed. As she’s about to turn around to grabs something on the nightstand, she hears knocks on the door. Looking up, she smiles. “Hey! Haven’t seen you in a while?” she raises an eyebrow. “Come here, somebody would love to meet you…”