The first try did not work. Neither did the second or the third. They had decided to try one more time then stop and adopt instead. They couldn’t understand why it wasn’t working.
Owen’s sperm tested fine. The count was great and they were moving fine according to the doctor. Dakota’s tests were also normal. So why wasn’t it working?
Owen heard his phone ding letting him know he had a text message. He saw that it was from Derick asking if it was a good time to visit. Owen sent a text back letting him know that Patrick would be home from work in a few minutes, but he could still come over.
Patrick arrived home as he was sending the text. He kissed Owen’s cheek. “How was your day? Get any writing done?”
Owen nodded. “Finished the book and already sent it to Mauve. I made an extra copy for you if you would like to read it.”
“Great! I can’t wait to read it.”
“Derick is on his way over.”
“Okay. I’ve waited this long. I can wait a little longer.”
Owen looked at the picture that Dakota and Derick had handed him. “Is this what I think it is?”
Dakota nodded as she watched them. “That is the first picture of your baby. It’s still too small to tell if he or she was smiling for the picture.”
Owen remembered that the chances of multiple births was higher than normal. “Just one baby?”
Derick nodded. “Only the one.”
Patrick was actually glad to hear that. “I think one is perfect. Gives us a chance to make our mistakes and learn before we have another.”
Owen looked at Patrick frowning a little. “You make it sound like this baby is our guinea pig or something.”
“Well, it kind of is. We’ve never done this before, so we are going to make mistakes. We will learn from them and be better next time.”
“That’s true, but let’s not name the baby Nibbles.”
Owen looked at his parents and sister. He hadn’t expected this reaction from any of them.
Grace didn’t say anything, but looked sad as she left the room.
Raelyn was actually angry. “You two are much too young to have a baby. You need to wait.”
Zaiden was actually the only one not upset by the news. “Honey, we were not much older when Owen was born.”
“And look at the mistakes we made.”
“Yes, we made mistakes, but he turned out fine. He is happy and healthy.” Zaiden looked at the two boys. “If this is what you truly want, I am happy for the two of you. Having a baby is a big responsibility. I hope your mother and I have prepared you for it.”
“There is one important thing you taught me, Dad.”
Zaiden knew Owen was talking about the drugs, but was surprised by his answer.
“You taught me that when things get hard, don’t give up. Things will get better.”
Zaiden hugged his son. “I love you, Owen. You are going to be a great dad.”