During supper the phone rang. Mom got up and as she answered it suspense slipped into the room freezing us all. “Hello? . . . . . . . . . Oh! Ok! Ok.” She was grabbing a pen and paper from a drawer and writing things down.
“7lbs 7oz? 1ft 6 in? 5:57 p.m.? “Awe!! That’s a cute name! Sounds just like you! Do you feel well? . . . . Yes, you sound great! . . . . . We’re fine, in fact it’s supper time and I have seven pairs of eyes watching me! . . . . . Huh?. . . . Yah! Sure. Ok. . . . . . .Yes, we’ll come! . . . . . . Good . . . .Ok! Bye!” She hung up and sat back down at the table.
“Well,” She announced “the baby is here safe and sound!”
“A giwl!” Faith bellowed.
“A boy!” Aaron shrieked.
“I’m not allowed to tell Addy, Aaron, Faith, and Tide.” Mom announced. “Their parents want to show them!”
“Oh.” Addy was disappointed.
“Yes, it really is a boy!” Aaron announced. “They want to surprise us!”
“Maybe!” Addy, who wanted a little brother, cheered up.
“I want a girl!” Faith declared.
“Well, too bad you guys can’t know.” I proclaimed. “Mom, what was it!?”
“Yah, tell us!” Ann nodded exuberantly.
“No.” Mom laughed. “We’re all waiting till we get there.”
“Except you.” I pointed out.
Mom gave me a silly smirk. “She just told me it’s name!” She teased.
“Right!” I rolled my eyes but grinned back. You know what? I thought. It will probably be more fun to find out who it is by actually seeing it!
Meeting the Baby!
Addy, Aaron, and I bustled down the halls looking for room 118. We had to get there as soon as possible! Mom and Dad scurried behind us. Mom held Tide while Faith and Ann, who were walking besides her, chattered away as usual. At last we found the room and Mom called me back. “Let them in first, it’s their sibling.”
“Oh . . . ok. “ I answered as the door opened.
“Hey!” John greeted his kids and in-laws at the door. “Come on in.”
“We can wait out here and let your kids see her first if you want us to.” Mom noted.
“Ok, sure.” He answered. Then he lead his kids into their room while we found our way to some nearby benches.
“I can’t wait! I can’t wait! I can’t wait!” Ann repeated over and over! “I can’t wait! I can’t wait!”
“Ann . . .” I groaned and tickled her playfully.
“You have to wait!”
She started giggling and kicking me back.
“Kate! Stop it!” She cried, squirming as I tickled her. “KATE!” She squealed!
“Kate.” Mom told me. “Don’t do that too much! Ann don’t yell.”
Just then Addy burst through the door exclaiming to us, “It’s a . . . “
“Shhh!” I cried. “I waited this long I want to see it face to face to know!”
“Oh! Yah, come in!” She led us in and there bundled up on Aaron’s lap was a white, cozy blanket. Ann practically flew over and mt parents and I followed at a swift pace. Ann climbed up beside Aaron and peered into the bundle.
“This is it?” She wondered, looking at the baby.
“Yes.” Aaron was pleased.
“Awe!” I stared down at an adorable, tiny face with brown eyelashes and a soft, pink hat.
“A girl.” Aaron told me and I nodded.
”What’s her name?”
“Awe! Adorable!” I smiled.
“Wow.” Ann had been silently staring at Wren for a long time. “Dat’s a baby?” She finally whispered.
“Yes.” Mom laughed. “That is!”
“What did you think it was?”
“Some one new. A person.”
“Ann.” Mom giggled.“She is a person. She is a tiny, brand new person! Baby’s are just little people. You were a baby once!”
“Weally!” Ann was in awe.
“Yes!” Mom laughed. “You were!”
“She’ll be big enough to play with soon.” Aunt Jenny noted. “And then she’ll keep us all busy.”
“Soon? Wike how soon she got hewe? Which means not soon. Or soon wike I say it?” Ann wondered.
“Don’t worry Ann!” Mom promised.“She’ll always be lots of fun.”
Ann contemplated this for awhile but agreed when she finally go to hold the little girl.
“Wow! Mommy!” She proclaimed, starring at the baby in her arms,“This is fun!”
The grown ups talked and held the baby and talked some more. All us kids got a little restless so Grandpa ended up taking us all to go explore the hospital. We had to tiptoe and be quiet because Grandpa said that we were spying. He told us that we couldn’t make any noise or we’d be found out! So we tiptoed around the hospital, exploring practically everything we could see. Then finally Grandpa took us all out to Sonic for ice cream to reward our excellent spying!
Ann couldn’t have been more happy than at that moment for, as she told Faith, “De baby is finawy hewe! I don’t have any muwderous bad guys aftew me wight now, (She was referring to the ‘bad guys’ we were looking for while spying in the hospital.) and we have ice cweam! What could be bettew?!”
“More ice cream.” Was all Faith had to say.