Rowana had waited until the girls were already asleep to talk to Zaiden.
She sat on the bed beside him. “What do you think about adding a baby to the family?”
“You mean like adopting? I would be okay with that. I am sure the girls would be also.”
She shook her head. “I mean me having a baby. Your baby.”
Zaiden shook his head. “No. I’m only 17 years old. I’m not even out of high school yet.”
“By the time the baby is born you will be 18 and have graduated. It will be great.”
“I’m not ready for a baby.”
“Sure you are. You have done great taking care of your sisters. You will be an amazing father. I know you will be.”
Zaiden could see that she wasn’t listening to him. He was going to have to do whatever he could to make sure she didn’t get pregnant. He thought of an old conversation he had with his father.
“How about we discuss this tomorrow? We still have one condom left. There’s no sense wasting it.”
He didn’t understand her. First she wants a baby, then she wants to use a condom. He was still going to make the appointment.
He sat across the desk from Dr. Goins. They had been talking about Zaiden’s options.
Zaiden definitely did not want a vasectomy. He wanted to leave his options open for future children.
“The Vasalgel is inserted by an injection. It acts as a dam and does not allow the sperm to get through.”
Zaiden liked that much better than a surgery, even a minor one.
“And future children?”
“When you are ready, you just come back to the office. Another injection will take care of things. It is a water solution that dissolves the gel.”
Zaiden thought about it then nodded. “Let’s do it.”