Tara sat nervously on the exam table, checking her watch. He was late. Eliot had promised that he would be there, and he was late. She was feeling anxious. How was she going to go through this again? Just then, she heard a knock at the door.
"Come in." She said, her voice shaking.
"Hey sweetheart." Eliot said, holding up a bouquet of white roses, her favorite flower.
"Where were you?" Tara asked, taking the flowers and giving him a gentle kiss.
"I was finishing up the job we started last week." He replied, hanging his head, "I'm really sorry I'm late. I was trying to get here on time."
"It's okay Eliot." Tara smiled, lifting his head up, "I know you wanted to get it done."
Eliot smiled and took the roses again, placing them on one of the chairs. After giving his wife another kiss, he looked around the exam room, paying particular attention to the poster of the baby's different stages of development.
"Hello Mrs. Sinclair!" Dr. James said as she knocked on the door and entered the room, "How are you today?"
"I'm doing better, thank you." Tara replied with a smile, "This is my husband, Adam."
"It's nice to meet you Adam." Dr. James said, shaking Eliot's hand.
"You as well Dr. James," Eliot smiled, "I'm sure you know of our situation."
"I do." Dr. James said, looking through Tara's charts, "You lost your first baby at eight weeks, correct?"
"Yes." Tara answered, tears coming to her eyes, "I have been scared about this pregnancy since you told me two weeks ago. I don't want to lose this baby too."
"I understand that." Dr. James said, a compassionate look in her eye, "I lost a baby myself a couple of years ago. I still miss it, even though I didn't know if it was a boy or girl."
"See, Kate?" Eliot said, taking Tara's hand, "Other people have gone through this. We will be okay."
Tara nodded, and took a deep breath, trying to hold back tears. Squeezing Eliot's hand, she smiled and looked at Dr. James.
"What are we doing today Doc?" She asked, looking around the room.
"Today we will do another ultrasound to make sure everything is doing well with the baby," Dr. James said, looking at her charts, "Then some routine blood work. Hopefully we will get you out of here soon."
"Sounds good to me." Said Eliot, smiling at his wife.
Tara nodded, and lay back on the table. Lifting up her shirt, she took a deep breath and waited for the cold gel to be applied to her belly. Taking Eliot's hand, she looked at the screen and waited for their baby to appear. Dr. James pressed the transducer onto her belly, and moved it around until she found the baby.
"There it is." Dr. James said, a happy tone in her voice.
Eliot gasped as he saw the baby moving around on the screen. He looked at Tara, and saw tears running down her cheeks.
"Look at our baby, Kate." Eliot laughed, kissing Tara's hair.
"It's so beautiful." Tara said, her voice getting raspy.
They watched their baby jump and kick on the screen, all the while holding each other's hand. Tara looked at Eliot, and her tears returned. She hadn't seen him this happy since the day they got married, but this was a different joy. They hadn't gotten to see their first baby, so this was a totally new thing for them. Everything that Dr. James was saying had gone unheard, it was just Tara and Eliot looking at their baby.
"Do you want pictures from today's ultrasound?" Dr. James asked, after saving a few images.
"Yes, please." Tara responded, not wanting to look away from the screen, "Does everything look okay? Is the baby healthy?"
"Everything is perfect." Dr. James smiled, "Everything is right on schedule, and your guess date will be right around Christmas!"
"A Christmas baby Adam!" Tara said, her excitement growing, "We are having a Christmas baby."
Eliot grinned from ear to ear, and kissed his wife on the forehead. As they left the office, Tara could not help staring at the pictures of the baby. She wanted to take in every detail, and to commit it to memory. Eliot watched his wife at every red light that stopped them on the way home, his love for her growing even more with every stop.
"Should we tell them tonight?" Eliot asked as they pulled into the parking lot.
"I think so," Tara responded, "Now that I know the baby is safe and healthy, and we've hit the twelve week mark. I'm going to start showing soon."
"I can't wait for that." Eliot said, placing his hand on Tara's belly, "I want to see my baby and feel my baby."
Tara smiled and placed her hand over Eliot's. After a few minutes of sitting in silence and enjoying the moment, the pair went inside to prepare a dinner for the team. An hour later, the entire team was sitting in the living room, waiting for dinner to start.
"Why did you two call us together again?" Sophie asked, her curiosity growing.
"All in due time Soph." Tara replied, setting a place for the current youngest member of the team, Bella Ford.
"Are you two moving or something?" Parker asked from her perch on the counter.
"No, Parker." Eliot replied in his usual gruff voice, "We won't be moving for a while if we can help it."
"Hey, Bella?" Tara said, looking at her niece and holding out her hand, "Come upstairs with me for a second. I have something for you."
"Okay Auntie Tara." Four-year-old Bella responded, taking her aunt's hand.
Five minutes later, Tara and Bella descended the stairs, and Bella ran over to her parents.
"Mommy, Daddy look!" Bella yelled, showing off her new shirt proudly. Tara had a custom shirt made that read "Promoted to Big Cousin in December 2017".
Tara walked over to her husband, stood in front of him, and he wrapped his arms around her. Nate and Sophie read the shirt, Sophie's eyes growing wide. Looking at Sophie, Tara nodded, and clicked a button on the TV. The latest ultrasound picture popped onto the screen, and Sophie screamed.
"You're pregnant?" Sophie yelled.
"Yes!" Tara smiled.
Soon, the couple were surrounded by the team, receiving hugs and congradulations from everyone.
"Auntie Tara?" Bella asked, looking up at her aunt.
"Yes, sweetie?" Tara replied, kneeling down to look at her niece.
"What's pregnant?" Bella said, cocking her head to one side.
"It means that I am going to have a baby." Tara smiled, "You're going to be a big cousin!"
"When?" Bella yelled, jumping up and down.
"Christmas." Eliot replied, "The baby will be our Christmas present for all of you."
After everyone had their turn congratulating the happy couple, everyone sat down for a celebration dinner. Tara looked at her husband, and she smiled, realizing she had never seen him this happy. Surrounded by their makeshift family, Tara knew this was the best environment to bring her child home to.