One year later
“Mom have you seen my Jeep keys?” hearing Max coming down the stairs as I stir the batter for Nolan's cake for his promotion dinner tonight. “ No I haven't Max did you look by the front door in the bowl?” I watch him smile as he reaches in picking up his keys and turns walking in the kitchen then reaches in the bowl with a finger winking while I slap his hand with the spatula. Now don't be late coming home for dad's dinner party and tell Zoey I expect her to come with you.” Max nods before he kisses my forehead “ I know this senior bash will be over in two hours and I promise Zoey is coming back with me okay so just relax mom.” Exhaling as Max shakes his head smiling then heads out the front door to pick up Zoey for some senior party. Max and Zoey have been dating for a year now, both doing well with their grades and Max plans on attending UCLA while Zoey is going to New York for designer school. Max wants to get a law degree and was offered a few colleges but he turned them all down saying he didn't want to be that far from home. These last few months is all Zoey and Max have before graduation and she leaves the morning after so they have been spending as much time together as possible both knowing long distance relationships usually cant cut the hardships.
Six months after our honeymoon, Nolan was informed of his promotion to chief of police for the 28th because his chief accepted a new appointment to deputy commissioner. Nolan’s hard work on the corruption case was the icing on the cake that gave him the upper hand against all the other officers vying for the position. So tonight I have put together a small informal party to celebrate his new job with our close friends and family. Dean and Megan both flew in earlier and are picking up the food that we ordered from a local restaurant, Tom and Peg are already in LA and should be here in the next hour with Nolan , they offered to keep him away as long as they could. Nolan has become so loving and protective in the past year, he always checks in to make sure Max and I are having a good day, and he has become such a caring loving husband and father,so I need to get this cake finished before they come home.
After putting the batter in the cake pan then in the oven, I rub my swollen belly with a smile as Jett stands from his spot walking by me to the door. We are expecting our first baby in a few months, when I told Nolan the news of me being pregnant he of course became so much more attentive, Max also making sure I never over do anything. Max is ecstatic about having a baby brother or sister to help raise, I think it's one of his reasons for staying close to home, Nolan is over the moon knowing soon we will have a little one in the house, his dream of having a child coming true. As I lean against the door frame watching Jett playing with the two guard dogs my mind wanders to the how my life has changed , how happy I am and feel so fulfilled as the baby kicks I smile rubbing my belly“ Sssh daddy will be home soon.” I work from home now as a consultant for the probation and parole division, Sam is my go to guy still at the office and I was happy with the new probation officer they hired to replace me because he has a kind heart and is really good with the kids. Nolan understood when I sat with the board when they interviewed all the officers for my position, Max and Nolan both shaking their heads smiling while they sat in the back of the room watching the whole process knowing I would pick someone who had the same outlook about these kids as I do, all needing one person just to believe in them right or wrong.
We also found Jett's original owner, a retired officer from San Francisco who turned to drinking when he lost his job a month before Jett showed up at my gate. He turned over all Jett's paper giving me legal ownership of Jett telling Nolan and I he wants Jett to have a good life and not the one he was living. The man just walked back out of our life as he walked in, as a mystery, vanishing even though Nolan offered him a desk job he refused it graciously as he thanked Nolan for the thought. After taking the cake from the oven when the timer went off, I laid down on the couch feeling tired as Jett laid on the floor. He lays watching me as I yawn always close and vigilant by my side, even more so I 'm sure because he's a very smart dog and he feels that something has changed in me giving off a different scent. I was woke up by Nolan's soft lips on mine and smiled as he pulled away “ Hey peanut feeling okay?” and I nodded yes “ Fine handsome just needed a catnap.”Nolan winked placing his hand on my belly and grinned as the baby kicked as I exhaled slowly “ I need to get up and finish before our company arrives.” I turned towards Peg standing in the kitchen doorway answering “ Now you just rest sweetie I have most of it finished and you've done more than enough.”
Knowing I can't argue with Peg and win I smiled thanking her as Nolan and Tom both sat down with me as we talked about our day, Nolan still surprised I put this evening together without his knowledge. We all turned as Max walked in the front door with Zoey, Dean and Megan following, Megan went to the kitchen while the other three came into the living room. Megan and Peg got the food all set on the breakfast counter as Max and Zoey told us about their senior party and we all had a few laughs with some of the incidents they related that happened. I couldn't stop a smile when Max rubbed my belly saying “ How's my baby brother today?” causing Tom to say “ Oh no son, my granddaughter is doing great.” I chuckled with everyone because this was a normal thing with Max and Tom both voicing what they hoped the child will be, Max so wanting a younger brother and Tom wanting a little girl to spoil. Max bumping Tom as they walked in the kitchen after we were told dinner was ready by Megan while Tom laughed softly “ A little girl just like her mom is what this family needs right now, the next child will be a boy.” Dean cleared his throat “ Wouldn't it work better if Alexia had twins one of each?” I grumbled playfully slapping his chest “ Oh thanks Dean, twice the hours of labor and I can only imagine the pain.”
Nolan grinned as we sat down and responded “ Now that is what I wish for, a boy and a girl be it now or later as long as they are healthy.” I kissed Nolan's lips softly “ You'll be a great dad handsome, everyone in this room watching out for them , teaching and spoiling them, I couldn't ask for more as a family, I love each and everyone of you.” Dean grinned “ And you know my neice's boyfriends will get the “talk” from us three, god help him if he breaks her heart.”Peg, Megan and I smirked as all the men nodded,even Jett added his voice barking softly making us all laugh as we dug into dinner after toasting Nolan on his promotion.Max took Zoey home after dinner, Peg cleaned up the dishes refusing to let me help while Dean, Tom and Nolan went into the family room to have some guy time. Megan and I sat in the living room watching some movie as we talked about her job, her and Dean and just normal small talk. When Max came back home everyone had already left so Nolan locked up the house and we called it a night all heading up to bed, I snuggled against him as he kissed my neck wrapping his arm over my hip placing his hand gently on my belly as we both drifted off to sleep.
My doctor had mentioned his best guess on my delivery date being close to the week after Max 's graduation so as the months past by all my attention was on making this the best memory for Max, it's not every day a parent gets to brag and show off their amazing son's accomplishments. Nick, Max's surfing instructor, has also become a large part of our lives, he and Max spend a lot of time in the water together,Nick gave max a summer job and they have become close, he also has become one of Nolan's close friends seeing the three of us are close to the same age. Nick and Nolan were the two who did most of the work turning a spare room into the nursery, Max helping as much as he could while dividing his time between his senior finals, dates with Zoey and helping me around the house. As we all wait for this school year to end, Nolan and I both agree our lives are so blessed with Max and our baby on the way, neither one of us ever dreamed all our wishes would come true like it has for us now.
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