Have you read from the beginning? It might help make a little more sense if you start here.
“Honey, let me look at you! You’re so…big!”
“Thanks Mom,” Katy pulled away and turned her head to roll her eyes at her Dad as her Mom reached out to touch her belly.
“Mom, stop it!” Katy took another step back.
“What’s wrong, dear? I haven’t seen you in two years and you won’t let me touch you?”
“It’s not that, Mom, it’s just…”
“Come on, Helen. Just leave her be. Hi, honey, you look amazing!” Her Dad opened his arms and gave her a warm hug.
“Thank you, Dad. I feel pretty awful,” she said in a pitiful voice.
“Nonsense, you look like you’re glowing. Beautiful!” He stepped back but held onto her hands. “You must love being pregnant!” he said with a big smile on his face.
“Far from it! It’s been the worst thing ever! If I could go back and undo what I did…”
Her mother interrupted. “Katy dear, what’s done is done. Soon you will have a beautiful little baby and you’ll understand what it’s like to be a mother.” She smiled and hugged her daughter again from the side. “You do look really good. Julia said you’d been rather miserable.”
Katy shrugged. So Julia had been talking about her behind her back. Well, at least she was telling the truth. She wondered why her parents were making such a big fuss over her. Oh wait, they always did. Plus, her Mom was right. They hadn’t seen each other for two years aside from their Skype sessions that happened only once or twice a month.
“It’s really cold out there,” she informed her parents. “I parked indoors so you wouldn’t have to brave the cold just yet.”
“Perfect. Honey?” Katy’s mom turned to her husband. “Could you please get our bags and Katy and I’ll start walking.” Turning to Katy she said, “We have so much to catch up on. Do you have to go to work tomorrow?”
“Yes, Mom. Tomorrow’s my last day. But I may get out early if the girl I’m training is doing okay.”
“Maybe we could go out for lunch? Go shopping? What do you need for the baby? Do you have enough clothes? A crib? A basinnet? You’re staying with Julia for a while yet, right?”
Katy groaned. “Mother. I’ve got most of what I need. If you want to buy some more sleepers or diapers, that’s probably the only thing I can think of.”
Her mother rattled on and on, listing more things she might need as they walked arm in arm to the car. By the time they got to the car, Katy’s dad had caught up to them with a trolley full of luggage. Katy popped the small trunk open and he piled it full.
“Here, can you drive?” she handed her Dad the keys.
“Of course. You feeling okay?”
“Yeah, yeah. It’s just easier to…be the passenger.”
Her dad chuckled. “Of course.” Katy punched the address to Julia’s house into her phone and handed it to her Mom.
“Just follow the directions.” She almost regretted climbing into the back seat. It was cramped and she had to stop herself from screaming in pain as she tried to make herself comfortable.
‘Oh baby, please don’t take too much longer!’ she said to herself and rubbed her swollen belly. Even though her Mom drove her nuts, she had to admit that they were handling her unplanned pregnancy very well. Extremely well.
She still remembered when she had told them about her pregnancy in August. Her brother Zach and sister-in-law Ava had been there for moral support.
Her Mom had said, “I’m sorry honey, what? This must be a bad connection.”
“I’m pregnant.” She still remembered seeing her Dad’s face fall and her Mother’s mouth open then quickly shut.
“Oh,” her Mom had finally said after a few seconds of silence. “Do we know the father?”
“Ah, well, it’s that guy from church I dated back in grade 12 for a bit.”
“Chad? Really? What’re his parents names again…?”
Her Dad had leaned over and mumbled something into her mom’s ear and she had said, “Oh right,” and then she asked the next obvious question.
“Are you going to get married?”
“No. No, Mom. He, uh, well uh, he…” she didn’t know how much she should tell them at that point. “He went back to school in B.C.” She hated to lie but she wanted to save her parents the painful truth. Not to mention how stupid she felt about admitting that she had dated a guy like that, much less lose her virginity to him.
“Oh. And you’re left there all alone? I should call Frank and Betty and have a word with them,” Katy’s mom had said to her dad.
“No, Mom. Please just leave it be. It’s all for the best, trust me. I made a mistake and I’m going to live with the consequences.”
That was apparently the best thing she could have said. Her Mom’s expression changed instantly and her Dad’s face softened and she had seen tears in his eyes.
“Honey, a child is never a mistake. The things we see in China are just…awful, but let’s not get into that now. Good for you, taking responsibility like this. I’m very proud of you and your father and I will support you in any way we can.” They had both smiled at her then but she had seen this was a huge shock to them. For years, she had been the perfect, agreeable middle child. And now she had dropped a huge bomb on her parents who were an ocean or two away.
“I’m sorry, Mom. Dad. I know this is wrong and it’s not what I wanted.”
“I know, Katy dear. But have faith that it’ll all work out according to God’s plan.” Katy had agreed. She had had more faith back then in August before everyone at church knew about her pregnancy. But today, with a huge belly that was affecting every aspect of her life, she wondered if she was doing the right thing. Maybe she should have given her baby up for adoption. It probably wasn’t too late for that. But what had Mr. Tow Truck Driver said? Sleep now while she had the chance? All she had read about in the postpartum books on childcare was sleep when the baby slept and that sounded like a great plan to her. She was definitely going to be making up for lost sleep after the baby was born. Because babies slept all the time, didn’t they?
Part 5 is here.