"Love & Friendship", Ch. 26-27(PG-13): Robert & Lydia's Projects; & the Hospital

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"Love & Friendship", Ch. 26-27(PG-13):  Robert's and Lydia's Joint Projects; and Lydia goes to the Hospital, 2/18/13 Gratiana Lovelace

An Original Story Copyrighted by Gratiana Lovelace (all rights reserved)

[From time to time, I will illustrate my story with my "ideal" actors cast in these roles:

British actor Richard Armitage as Robert and American actress Diane Lane as Lydia, the 1940's child actress Margaret O'Brien as Kaitlyn, Alfre Woodward as Social Worker Marla Washington, and others.]   [(1ab) Story Logo]

Author's Mature Content Note:  "Love & Friendship" is a romantic love story set amidst contemporary times.  As such there will be some passages in this story involving heartfelt love scenes or other sauciness (R rated) and some passages involving highly dramatic moments.  I will label the maturity rating of those chapters accordingly.  Otherwise, the general rating for this story is PG or PG-13 due to mature situations and topics.  If you are unable or unwilling to attend a movie with the ratings that I provide, then please do not read those chapters.  This is my disclaimer.

Author's Recap:   Robert and Lydia help Kaitlyn celebrate her 6th birthday with an at school Valentines Day party.  Then they celebrate at home with Robert's parents.  They also share the news of Lydia's pregnancy with Robert's parents--to everyone's joy.


Ch. 26:  Robert's and Lydia's Joint Projects  come to Fruition 

Winter eventually gives way to Spring.  And although Kaitlyn is sorry not to have snow to play and sled in any more, their little family enjoys their trips to the park.  And, she looks forward to climbing the new large oak tree in the back yard that Lydia gave Robert.  Their lives have settled into a cozy pattern of family domesticity.  Lydia is mostly past her morning sickness now and into her fifth month at the end of April.  And Lydia is starting to get a little baby bump, to her and Robert's delight--her tummy popped, as they say.  This is also the time when all of the preproduction work that Robert and Lydia have been working on for their first joint film project begins to bear fruit.  Filming will start in earnest in May and June with a hoped for premiere next Spring.  It's a little tricky logistically because Kaitlyn is still in school through the end of May, but Robert tends to drop Kaitlyn at school in the morning and then Lydia picks her up around 3:15pm each day.  But happily, filming starts in the studio in London in May before the actors go on exterior location filming in June.  So Kaitlyn is out of school by June--and more portable.  Though with Lydia's pregnancy looming large at nearly seven months, she  has slowed down considerably.  And making sure that Lydia is comfortable and healthy weighs on their minds due to her age and her diabetes.

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As they joyously have planned all along, Kaitlyn will truly be Robert and Lydia's legal daughter in mid August—after a minimum six month probation period, though some interim adoption placement orders can wait to be finalized for up to two years [(2)].  Unlike when the three of them waited nervously after Kaitlyn's first week's visit with them to see if she was allowed to stay, the hearing today will finally and formally make Kaitlyn Robert and Lydia's daughter 

Lydia is fully eight months and two weeks pregnant—almost into her ninth month--and she is feeling the full weight of their hoped for baby on her petite frame.   And, although the ultra sound looks like it is a boy, they are sometimes wrong—it might be a girl.  Kaitlyn is angling for a baby sister.  Or so she has told her parents, Lydia and Robert, that a baby sister is what she wants.  Yet, Lydia feels with all the kicking that's going on that she's got a linebacker in there. 

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