"Love & Friendship", Ch. 28 End (PG-13): Robert & Lydia's Child is Born

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"Love & Friendship", Ch. 28 End (PG-13): Robert and Lydia's Child is Born,  2/25/13 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 adopted Kaitlyn on a hot August day.  But Lydia went into labor at not quite 9 months with some bleeding at the court house.  So they took Lydia by ambulance to the hospital where she and Robert and their extended family of Mum, Day, and Kaitlyn are waiting for the birth of their new child by emergency cesarean section surgery, since a baby monitor showed that the baby was in distress.

"Love & Friendship", Ch. 28 End: Robert and Lydia's Child is Born

Once inside the obstetrical operating room, Lydia's abdomen is prepped for surgery.  She had already received the epidural in her spine in the obstetrical examining room.  Robert changes into green scrubs and then he washes up in the adjacent surgeon's wash room.  As Robert walks to Lydia's side to hold her hand behind the curtain separating her abdomen from her view, she makes an observation.

Lydia:  "Robert, I don't think I've ever seen you look so green."  Lydia says impishly trying to lighten the tenseness of the moment.)  It's not your best color."  She looks askance at Robert in his green scrubs--much to his chagrin [(2) right].

Robert:  Laughing to try to lighten the mood also.  "Ha ha ha!  That's my girl--always looking out for my best interests.  Well, I guess I won't be stealing these scrubs for casual wear."

Dr. Borne:  Briskly walking to Lydia's side, in full scrubs, mask, and gloves, she surveys the situation.  "Okay Lydia.  Here we go.  Now, you'll feel some pressure when I pull the baby out.  But, you shouldn't feel anything when I make the incisions."  Then also trying to lighten the mood, she asks.  "Any preference on how we cut?  Most people want the bikini line scar."

Lydia:  "Works for me.  Go for it."    She says tiredly.

As they're talking they can hear both Lydia's and the baby's hearts on separate monitors.  But, now that they'll start the incisions, the baby monitor is removed.

Lydia:  "Oh doctor, where did the baby's heart beat go?"  She asks worriedly.

Dr. Borne:  "We had to remove the baby monitor for the surgery.  Just so you know, I've already made the first incision.  Feel anything?"

Lydia:  "No.  I thought you hadn't started yet."

Robert:  "That's my girl!  Good drugs work every time."  Robert nods his head and squeezes Lydia's hand while standing at the non-business end of the prodeedings.

Dr. Borne:  "Okay, I'm at the uterus.  Uh huh."   She says and her operating assistant suctions away some fluid.  "Okay, here we go.  A little pressure Lydia."

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