Title: Starting a Family
Disclaimer: I do not own CSI:NY, Anthony Zuiker and CBS do.
A/N: Takes place seven months after the last story.
Beta'd by: lily moonlight
Chapter 1: Finding Out
Mention of/Spoilers for: Necrophilia Americana (2.17)
It had been nine and half months since their accident in upstate New York and for Mac and Stella, everything was going well in life and at work. Granted, at times it was busy but neither could complain. However, one morning changed everything. One crisp fall morning, Stella woke up at 6:00 am feeling queasy and sick to her stomach. The moment she woke she darted to the en-suite bathroom, waking Mac in the process. She was violently sick several times and was forced to spend the rest of the day in bed. As the week progressed, the situation didn't improve: the nausea continued and it worried Mac seeing Stella so sick and losing weight due to not being able to keep any kind of food down.
On the Friday morning, Stella had insisted on going to work and Mac relented. However, Mac saw how pale she was when he entered her office.
He looked at her seriously, "I think you should take the rest of the day off and go get checked out to make sure this isn't something serious."
Under normal circumstances Stella would have argued with him, but she had been also throwing up while at work and had nearly thrown up at the crime scene she had attended to earlier that morning. With very little strength left for arguing, she nodded her head in agreement. Although, she was beginning to suspect what was wrong with her.
After Mac left, having been called to a scene, Stella went to the pharmacy near the lab and got three home pregnancy tests and returned home. After she had taken all three tests at the same time she had to sit through the agonizing five minutes waiting period to find out if she was pregnant. During that time many thoughts went through her mind, one was how she had always wanted to have kids and how she was always willing to care for new babies who arrived at the orphanage and although she was not supposed to form an attachment with Daniella, she had done anyways making it hard for her to relinquish her. The other thought Stella had, which worried her a little, was if Mac wanted to be a dad but she shook off the thought as she remembered how Mac had taken care of Sam during the homicide case of Ceci Astor.
At last, the 5 minutes were over. When all the tests showed positive, Stella knew she had to make a call to her ob-gyn to make an appointment. Luckily for her, her usual doctor had an opening in an hour, having had a cancellation. Once the appointment was over and done with, Stella had the answer she needed, she was indeed pregnant and was already six weeks along; she couldn't be happier because she had always wanted a family but she never thought it would happen. Now though her dream of a family with Mac was all coming true. Now she had to come up with a plan to tell Mac the good news.
When Mac got back from work he saw Stella sitting on the couch complacently which had Mac worried; when he had received her call a few hours earlier he heard that she had something important to tell him. He quickly went to sit by her side and after coming apart from the hug he asked three questions in rapid succession, "How are you feeling Stell? Are you going to tell me what's causing the sickness? It's nothing serious is it?"
Stella smiled as she put her hands up and answered all three questions with one answer, "Mac, calm down. I'm feeling a little better now I've found out why I've been throwing up the past week."
Mac arched his eyebrow and asked, "So what is it?"
Stella broke into smiles and said, "Sweetie hold that thought, I have a surprise for you. I will be right back."
Stella walked into the kitchen and delicately pulled the packaged cake from the fridge and placed it on the kitchen counter and said, "Mac I need to close your eyes for this surprise to work."
Mac wondered to himself before closing his eyes, what is going on?
Stella dashed over for a second to make sure that Mac's eyes were closed and then darted back to the counter and brought the cake, and announced, "Okay you can open your eyes now."
Mac did and saw a brightly lit cake in front of him.
"What's the occasion, Stella? You know you didn't have to buy me a cake."
Stella's smile grew bigger. "Read the words on the cake."
Mac did and Stella carefully watched for his reaction.
Can't wait to meet you daddy!
It took Mac a few moments to process the news and when it finally registered a big grin appeared on his face and he gave Stella another tight hug. Everything that had gone wrong during the day at work was all gone now with the good, no wait, great news that he had just received…he was going to be a dad! He had always wanted kids especially when he was with Claire but their timing was never right; now his wish was about to come true and he couldn't have picked a more wonderful woman to start his family with.
Mac inquired and tried his best to contain his excitement but was not doing a good job, "How far along are you?"
Stella was now beaming brightly and after taking a deep breath she said, "I'm six weeks along."
He was so incredibly happy that he hugged her again and they knew that soon they would have to tell the team about the impending arrival of their bundle of joy, but for now they would wait it out until Stella began to show which would come in a few weeks' time.
When the time came for the sonogram, however, they discovered there was just one problem with their plan. It was Stella's eight week check and the opportunity to hear the baby's heartbeat. She and Mac were delighted to hear it beating strongly but when they realized they could hear two heart beats continually thumping they looked at her ob-gyn doctor, Dr. Anna Linde, in shock.
She, however, only smiled and told them, "Well Mr. and Mrs. Taylor, it seems I've made a slight error in calculating the date of conception." Looking at Stella, the doctor continued, "It now looks like you are ten weeks along, meaning you conceived in early August which makes your new due date the first of May. And it seems that you and your husband are expecting twins."
Her face became a little more serious as she continued, "Keep in mind that they could come early."
As they received the news both Mac and Stella both were shell-shocked, stunned into silence they could only stare at each other, both of them thinking exactly the same…twins we are having twins?
A/N 2: Thanks for reading chapter 1 of "Starting A Family". As always reviews are appreciated!