This is the fourth of a series of poems by us following the lives of two characters from meeting to marriage to...who knows where? For those interested in following from the beginning the previous segments are here: http://piptalk.com/pip/Forum43/HTML/002216.html http://piptalk.com/pip/Forum47/HTML/003239.html http://piptalk.com/pip/Forum48/HTML/003155.html
THE FAMILY BEGINS...
Beneath the glow of candlelight, her husband looked absurd,
His eyes were wide and questioning . unsure of what he'd heard;
"I know I've gained a pound or two," she giggled with a sigh,
"But it's not from the chocolate cake, the steak or apple pie ."
He stammered as his eyebrows lifted, shock was in his eyes,
She watched his face to see his dawn of understanding rise;
"Are you.... ?" he whispered to his wife, as he began to sway .
"You mean.... ?" he mumbled frantically ... then fainted right away!
When he awoke his head was nestled gently in her lap.
Disoriented, he thought he was waking from a nap
And then it all came back to him - the words she had to say
The fact that his amazing wife was in a family way!
So many thoughts rushed through his mind and all of them were good.
He thought of all the special things that came with fatherhood.
He knew there was no greater joy than raising family
And he and his young wife would have that opportunity!
She watched him slowly coming to, his eyes were full of love,
She cradled him within her arms while gazing from above;
She thought of all the happy things they'd share along the way,
And vowed to cherish every moment . each and every day.
She leaned to kiss him on the cheek, but as she bent her head,
A queasy feeling bellowed up from deep within instead!
She jumped up from the floor, and threw her husband to the right .
Then raced toward the balcony, and heaved into the night!
The months went by so quickly they just disappeared from view.
It was amazing to him how the days and weeks just flew!
Each day she got a little bigger, burdened by her load.
He thought that, if she didn't stop, she surely would explode!
She told him that, through tests, the gender could be realized
But he was too old-fashioned. He would rather be surprised.
He didn't want to miss out on the happiness and joy
Of hearing "It's a girl!" or doctor shouting, "It's a boy!!!"
They chose some names ahead of time, so they would be prepared,
And shopped at all the baby stores, with every dime they spared;
Excitement grew in leaps and bounds, as quickly as her girth,
"Enough!" She sighed, "I'm way too big! I'm ready for this birth!"
As if on cue, she felt a twinge . anticipation climbed,
Contractions started, "This is it!" She yelled out as she timed.
She waddled down the stairs and called her husband to her side,
"I'm ready dear. Go get the car, I think I need a ride!"
"Oh, no!", he screamed. "Right now, you mean? You're going to have it NOW?
You SURE? You think the time has come? You really....HOLY COW!!!
I have to get your travel bag! Where is it? It was here!!!
Now where did that damn thing......?"She smiled and said, "I have it, dear."
He walked her to the car, sweat pouring freely down his face.
His hands were shaking, knees were weak....he was a basket case!
His neighbor, watering the lawn, called out a cheery "Hey!"
"My baby's having a wife!", he screamed out as they drove away.
She closed her eyes and held on tight . the ride a hectic blur,
They reached Emerg, and out he jumped . forgetting about HER!
She waited patiently, until he finally ran back,
And popped her in a wheelchair, as he gave his head a smack!
They filled out all the paperwork, then wheeled her to a bed,
He said, "I love you honey ." but she screamed at him instead!
Between her heavy breathing, as he coached his darling wife,
She called him names he'd never heard before in his whole life!
The angel he had known became a fiend before his eyes!
He watched her in amazement with his eyes wide in surprise.
He did his best to calm her as he gave her cheek a kiss
And said, "You have to push, dear..", to which she replied, "Push THIS!!!"
She screamed, she cried, she cursed, she begged, she pushed with all her might.
His hands were on her shoulders as he held on very tight.
The minutes seemed like hours. How long could this thing go on?!
And then a baby's cry and doctor's voice- "You have a son!"
"A son?" He questioned, "Are you sure? Is everything all there?"
Ten toes, ten fingers - ALL the parts, and even curly hair!
He was a perfect person, just a tiny little dream,
With lungs the size of Texas, from his first initial scream.
She heard the wail, and nothing else . such music to her ears,
Her pain was long forgotten now, along with all her fears;
She brushed a tear from off her cheek, and then outstretched her arms,
And gazed into the little face that glowed with infant charms.
The next few months were filled with lessons of child-rearing rules;
The midnight feedings, diaper changings, dress shirts filled with drool,
The banshee howls at three a.m. that made the bedroom shake
And he began to wonder if he made a big mistake!
But then he'd stare down at that face and see the shining eyes,
The way they followed everything in wonder and surprise.
He'd hear the sounds of laughter only innocents can make
And he knew then, beyond a doubt, it had been no mistake.
She watched her husband's awkwardness develop into skill,
With every change of dirty diapers of his own free will;
She watched his bond throughout the months, surpass the love he showed,
With every gentle, loving gesture 'tward his son bestowed.
Her love for her dear husband simply grew from day to day,
The nights he worked to take his turn, would ease her tiring day;
She thought of all the happy times they shared along the road,
And thanked the Lord for all the blessings that He had bestowed.
He watched his young wife make the change from girl to womanhood.
She tirelessly cared for their new son...she was very good!
Instinctively she seemed to know the things all mothers know
And, as he watched her, he felt love and admiration grow.
From days to weeks to months time flew. It all went by so fast!
It seemed impossible to both how quickly one year passed.
One night he whispered in her ear, "You are the perfect mother
And I'm the perfect father so....why don't we have another!?!?!