My Life With Cerebral Palsy
Episode 14: "A Very Special Night"
Saturday, September 26, 2048
Ava and Zach's home
Two weeks after finding out we were having a baby girl, my friends and cousins are taking me out to get our nails and toes done today. I'm not sure why it's so serious. I'm now 22 weeks pregnant. This is my last week of being five months pregnant until I'm six months along. I'll be officially six months next week. Taylor and I haven't figured out her name yet, but as soon as we know, you'll know. I was doing my makeup when Jordyn walked into my room.
"Hey cuz, you ready?"
I nodded my head. "Yeah. Where are we going?"
Jordyn smiled. "We are going dress shopping and then we are getting our nails and toes done."
I was a little confused on why we were getting our nails and toes done and dress shopping. Why? What's so important? I grabbed my purse and headed downstairs with my cousin, Taylor handed me money. "Here. Enjoy yourself, okay?"
I just nodded. "Okay. Thank you, babe."
Taylor smiled. "You're welcome, baby girl."
I headed out of the house with my cousin. My friends were waiting for us. I was still just as confused as ever now. I turned to Val, who was driving. "Why are we going dress shopping?"
She laughed. "What? You don't like getting dressed up and stuff?"
I breathed deeply, closing my eyes. "I'm pregnant. I'd rather wear sweats for the rest of the pregnancy pretty much…"
Georginna shook her head. "Oh, God, no, no...Girl, no, you can't do that. You gotta embrace the pregnancy."
I sighed as I rubbed my growing belly. "I know I shouldn't be so miserable now, but I'm just tired of carrying extra weight on my body."
Regan looked at me. "You should be excited, you are having a girl! I'm so excited to embrace that angel!"
Val turned to me after she drove out of the driveway. "Girl, you have a freaking keeper there."
I blushed. "Well...Yeah. I guess I do."
Regan sighed. "I've heard girls in the girl's bathroom glush over Taylor, they are so jelly, but..."
I cut her off. "I need to know everything you heard..."
Jordyn looked at Regan, slapping her shoulder. She whispered. "Why did you say that?! We're trying to keep her on our good side!"
Regan shook her head. "I don't know."
Val looked at me. "We want you to feel at least your best sometimes, you know? Just because you are pregnant doesn't mean everything fun has to stop."
I nodded my head. "I guess I can't disagree with you there. After the baby's born I won't be able to hang with you guys for a long while."
Regan frowned. "Awww, why?"
I paused. "I'm not going to be that mom that hands her off to someone else. I couldn't do that..."
Jordyn shook her head. "That's a fair point, but still."
Eva looked at Jordyn. "Would your mom also know how it is to be pregnant young?"
Jordyn nodded. "Yeah. She was also 17 when I was born. Bay and I are a day apart."
Val looked surprised. "Really?"
I nodded. "Yep. Jordyn came exactly 7 minutes after me. Unlike my mom, my mom's cousin, Jocelyn had Jordyn naturally..."
Val nodded. "Wow..."
Jordyn shrugged. "She had no choice. My mom was too far to get the epidural. I don't know how she could have my other siblings with that feeling of being too far along..."
Eva nodded. "Oh…"
My eyes went wide. "Oh God, I hope I don't have to do that!"
Jordyn nodded. "You'll be fine, cuz…"
Meanwhile, Zach and Ava's home
Zach looked at Taylor. "Are you nervous?"
Taylor nodded. "Yeah I am."
Ava smiled. "You don't need to be nervous. My daughter loves you. I know she'll say yes."
Taylor smiled. "Thanks, Mrs Kingston."
Ava laughed. "Oh, please, call me Ava. You'll be my son in law and my granddaughter's father soon. I think we are way passed last name phase."
Zach smiled as he looked at his wife. "How are your parents feeling about being great grandparents?"
Ava shrugged her shoulders. "They are excited, but you know, my mom keeps saying she's too young to be a great grandmother..."
Taylor smiled. "Well, I better go back to my place and get cleaned up. I'll see you two later."
Ava nodded. "Bye Taylor. Drive safe!"
Taylor nodded. "Will do."
Ava shut the front door. "How are you feeling about Bay getting engaged now?"
Zach took a deep breath. "It's overwhelming. I know he is doing something right. He loves my daughter and our granddaughter. I am feeling like I said yes for our granddaughter, but I will miss our little girl. Sixteen years of firsts. Now, I'm not going to be the main man her life...that's a first for me..."
Ava nodded. "I know, but we have other girls too and they're not growing up fast for you."
Zach shook his head. "Brooke is thirteen, Ava. She'll be at the dating age soon..."
Ava sighed. "Yes but you need to breathe. It's not happening that fast."
Zach nodded. "Yeah. You're right. I need to just catch a breath."
Ava nodded. "Exactly, babe."
Zach hugged his wife. "Thanks, babe."
Ava smiled. "You're welcome, sweetheart."
Meanwhile, at the mall, I was trying on dresses and it seems really weird to me. I am really trying to be strong through trying these dresses on. Finally, a moron dress that was long, straps over the shoulders, with a cut down the middle, showing my leg, and I completely loved it. I walked out of the dressing room, my cousin, Jordyn's eyes went wide.
"Oh my God. You look so beautiful!"
Georginna's eyes were wide, along with Regan, Val, and Eva. "Oh my God, girl, you look hot!"
I blushed deeply. "Awww, thank you…"
Val smiled. "Do you like it?"
I nodded my head. "Yes, I do."
Georginna smiled deeply. "You look so beautiful!"
After buying the dress and the shoes, we headed off to get our nails and toes done, I'm so excited to get that stuff done. I was so excited anyways.
Later that night, Jordyn was helping me with my makeup. "Okay, all done."
I opened my eyes. "Wow. You got talent, Jord."
Jordyn smiled. "Well, thank you."
I headed into my bedroom to put the dress on. Anybody want to zip me?"
My mom spoke up. "I got it." She walked into her daughters bedroom.
A few minutes later, we heard the front door bell ring. I got nervous. "Taylor's here. Ugh, why am I so nervous?"
Val laughed. "Because you're beautiful in that dress?"
I smiled. "Really?"
Ava nodded. "Yes, honey." She kissed my head, but Val sighed. "Don't touch! That hair is too precious to be touched right now."
I laughed. "You guys are crazy."
Val smiled. "That's why we are meant to be friends."
Ava ran downstairs. "Coming!" She opened the front door. "Well, well, you look very handsome, Taylor. Come in."
Taylor smiled. "Thank you." He walked into the house, hugging Ava, and then a few minutes later, Val ran downstairs. "She's coming."
I walked downstairs, smiling, my dad took a video, I laughed softly.
"I don't need to know why you're taking a video…"
Zach smiled. "You're my first daughter to walk down those stairs in a beautiful dress…"
I smiled at Taylor, who smiled at me. He spoke up. "You look so beautiful, babe."
I blushed. "Thank you."
After a few pictures, we headed off to one of the most fanciest restaurants I've ever been too. I was very surprised that Taylor wanted to take me to this restaurant. After being seated, we ordered our drinks, I got a lemonade and Taylor got a water with lemon.
After we got our drinks, we ordered our dinner, I ordered pasta with chicken and bocoli, while Taylor ordered himself a steak with green beans. I looked at him as I took a sip of my lemonade.
"So, why did you want to take me out tonight?"
Taylor smiled at me. "You deserve a date night with me. Plus I've been working a lot lately. It's been a while since we had a just us date night."
I nodded in agreement. "That's very true."
Taylor held my hand across the table. "And, we better enjoy these nights before the baby comes. We won't be able to enjoy these alone nights for a long while."
I laughed softly. "That's true too. I'm excited it's a girl."
Taylorsmiled. "Me too, Bay. I can't wait to meet her. Eighteen more weeks…"
I nodded. "Yep, and my next appointment is in two weeks, and then we have to go back every two weeks…"
Taylor squeezed my hand. "Are you ready for that?"
I shrugged my shoulders, but nodded. "Yeah, kind of. It reminds me that we are getting closer and then I'm gonna miss her in my tummy. But, also, this has been pretty rough, you know?"
He nodded. "Yeah, I get it, baby. You've been really strong, though."
I smiled. "Thank you. Thank you for being here for me. I don't think I'd be able to handle this without you…"
Taylor nodded. "Speaking of without doing this without me, I don't want to do anything without you." He stood up and smiled. "Bay, I never expected to fall in love with you so quickly. I mean, I was the new kid in Boston, moved across the country to a new place. You made everything so easy to adjust too. I loved our study nights, and everything in between. A pregnancy was the last thing on my mind after only being together for a month. But I fell in love with our baby as the months went by and I want to raise our daughter as one…" He got down on one knee, pulling out the ring. "Bayley Ava Kingston, will you marry me?"
My eyes went wide. Oh my God. Oh my God. He is down on one knee asking me to marry him. I never expected this. This was the last thing I ever expected. I was in so much shock. I love him so much. I couldn't imagine my life without him. My pregnancy was a shocker to us both, but it brought us closer, so at this moment, I slowly nodded my head as tears formed into my eyes.
"Yes. Yes! I'd love to marry you…" I wrapped my arms around his neck as we kissed and then he placed the ring on my finger.
"I love you." We both said at the same time, everyone clapped for us.
The waitress walked over with a cake with wiped cream, congratulating us on our engagement.
"Thank you." We both said, smiling, we dug into the cake.
After a special dinner and a yes to the proposal, we headed back to my house to tell my family the news.
Of course, I was super excited to tell everyone our news. We walked into the house, my mom walked over to me.
"So, how was dinner?"
I smiled brightly as I showed her my ring. "He proposed and I said yes."
She was super excited for us. She hugged me. "Oh, I'm so ecited!"
She clearly knew, so did my dad, who hugged Taylor. "Congratulations you two!"
We all celebrated the wonderful mews of our engagement. Taylor and I spent the night together, our first night as an engaged couple. I'm super excited to become husband and wife.
Life just got a lot more exciting. A baby on the way and now a wedding to plan!
To be continued…
AN: Sorry for such a wait. I haven't had the chance to like really sit down and finish this chapter until now.