Chapter Twelve

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"Mathew, any last minute declarations?" Dr. Sumner asked as he applied the clear jelly to Sunny's ever-expanding stomach.

"All bets are in." He smiled down at Sunny and squeezed her hand.


"It's a boy." She gave Mathew a grin.

He placed the ultrasound transducer on her, gently rolling it across her belly.

"Oh look at the spine, Mathew..."

"And is that a foot?" Mathew pointed to the monitor.

"Yes, that's a foot. Now if this baby will cooperate and move the other foot..." Dr. Sumner entered more information into the machine.

"It's just incredible." Sunny marveled at the image on the screen as the doctor narrated all the various visible parts of Baby Ellis.

"I'm going to take some measurements." His fingers clicked on the keyboard. "By measuring your baby's femur, along with several cranial measurements, we can make sure that everything is right on track."

"Look at those tiny little hands." Mathew squeezed her hand again.

"He's looking right at us. Look at his little eye sockets. Hi Baby!" She couldn't hide the excitement in her voice. Stealing a quick look up at Mathew, she was moved by the tears she saw in his eyes.

"Sunny, this baby is the picture of health. Growth is right on target. I think we'll stay with the original due date."

"Oh thank God." She sighed.

"So everything looks good, then? Bones, heart?" Mathew asked.

"Everything looks great." He removed the transducer and wiped the clear jelly away with a tissue. "And you look great, Sunny. You could even gain a little more weight actually."

"So you're giving me permission to double up on dessert then?"

"Let Mathew double up. You stick with something healthy." He stood and flipped the light switch.

"Thank you so much, Dr. Sumner." Mathew offered his hand.

"Wait! I haven't told you what you're having."

"Oh my gosh. I almost forgot. I got so caught up in looking at all the little parts." Sunny smiled.

"Before I tell you, just what exactly is the reward for the winner?" The doctor asked.

"Well, we took a cue from you actually. A week in Maui." She smiled at Mathew.

Dr. Sumner grinned, shaking his head. "Well Mathew, I hope you like the beach because you're having a boy."


Mathew held his hand on the small of her back as he ushered her into the elevator of the parking garage.

"We're on Level Two, right?" he asked.


The doors closed and he hit the emergency stop button, just as he'd done the first time he kissed her in the elevator at the hospital.

"Not again..." She sighed and rolled her eyes.

"Do you have any idea..." He tucked her hair behind her ear. "Any idea at all how much I love you?"

"Well, I have a little bit of an idea," She teased. "But pregnant women can be very forgetful. So I might need a little reminder."

With her back against the wall of the elevator, he slipped one arm around her waist, resting his other hand on her stomach. "I have never been happier to lose a bet in my life." He kissed her deeply, taking her breath away. She slid her arms under his jacket, pulling him closer. He moved from her lips to her neck, humming as he kissed her—a song that had been on his mind for days.

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