Mei thought about her fight with Seth, and she felt guilty. She knew she wasn’t the best Mom, and she did love Naomi. She just didn’t want to disappoint Naomi the way she disappointed her parents. She wasn’t ready for a child, or soon to be, children. The responsiblity was really getting to her, but she decided to make a nice breakfast for her and her daughter. Naomi was just waking up when Mei approached her. “Hey, would you like to eat breakfast with me?” She asked.
“Yeah.” Naomi replied, a huge smile beaming on her face. She couldn’t believe her Mom actually wanted to spend time with her. Suddenly though, she felt nervous. What would they talk about? She hadn’t talked to her Mom much, so she didn’t really know how to connect with her.
Mei asked her the traditional and expected questions. Her first question was, “How is school going?”
When her Dad asked, Naomi would nod and not say much. However, she discussed every detail with her Mom. She could hardly believe her Mom was actually sitting across from her and listening attentively.
Even though Mei enjoyed spending time with her daughter, she had to work still. She and Seth could barely afford the bills, so she had to make sure her family was provided for. However, when Naomi went to play with her toys this afternoon, she smiled the entire time. The sense of lonlieness in her heart had been replaced with happiness even if it was only temporary. Naomi didn’t know Mei too well, but she wanted to know her better, and she wanted to be able to talk to her more often. “Don’t get your hopes up.” Naomi warned herself. She was scared that this was just a temporary thing with her Mom, and she didn’t want to expect too much from her. It would hurt even worse if Mei started returning to her old ways.
That afternoon, Mei and Seth ate lunch together, a heavy tension hanging in the air. Mei knew that Seth wouldn’t forgive her as easily as Naomi, if he even forgave her at all. “I talked to Naomi today.” Mei said suddenly, desperate to talk to Seth.
Seth spit out the bite of cereal he was eating. “What?” He asked, shock written on his face.
“I made her breakfast, and we talked about school.” Mei explained further.
“Oh.” Seth responded, attemping to collect himself. “That’s nice.” If Mei hadn’t been watching so closely, she would’ve missed the slight smile that appeared on his face.
“I thought so.” Mei commented. The rest of the lunch was spent in silence, but the tension seemed to have been alleviated a little.
Mei had been on her way to work when she felt sharp pains. “Oh.” She whimpered, knowing exactly what was going on. “I need to get to the hospital.” She managed to waddle out the door and into a cab. Seth was at work, and Naomi was at school. Knowing that the due date was getting closer, Seth had offered to stay home that morning, but Mei turned him down gently, telling him to go to work. They needed the money.
As she sat in the cab however, she almost regretted the decision. “I’ll be okay. It’ll be okay.” She reassured herself and the baby inside her. “I can’t wait to meet you.” She said softly, looking down at her large stomach.
Seth received the call that Mei was in the hospital while he was at work. They had a plan worked out, and he needed to grab a few things for her before he went to the hospital. Frantic he searched desperately through the house before he found the bag with the polka dot print. “Here.” He said as he dashed out of the house, making his way to the hospital.
On his way, he dwelled on his concerns about Mei being a good Mom even though he couldn’t wait to meet his new bundle of joy, and he figured he’d figure out the rest later. He still loved Mei, but he couldn’t stand to see her hurt his daughter. He vowed that he wouldn’t allow her to do the same to their new child, no matter the cost. He was a little relieved that she seemed to be acting better, but he couldn’t count on her acting this way permanently.
When Naomi came home from school, she ran to the nursery to greet her new sibling. She now had a little sister, Audrina. “Hi, Audri.” Naomi cooed, already nicknaming her. “I can’t wait until we can play together.” Naomi talked and played with her sister until dinner time.
Mei came into the nursery, “Alright, Naomi. You do need to do your homework.” She told her firmly.
“Yeah, I know.” Naomi said, sadness in her voice as she said bye to little Audri and left the nursery.
Mei remained for a few moments, and she cuddled her new daughter. Even though she felt like she couldn’t be a good Mom, she wanted to try. Raelynn had been the best Mom, and she wanted to make her Mom proud even if she wasn’t around still.