That Which Survives

Bastian & Valeria
Children: Logan and Catelyn


That Which Survives

Valeria Santi
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12 Mar 2014, 23:21 #1

January 21, 2014
Snowy and icy as hell, extreme advisory, roads closed.

Valeria was freezing. Well, at least her toes and fingers were. Alright, so she was just uncomfortable in general. A week overdue, one hell of a snowstorm, and painful cramps were just not what she wanted to deal with right now. The pregnancy had been fairly smooth, she wasn't going to complain about that, but anyone would be tired of being a balloon and having a baby kicking at her ribs at any given time. Currently, she was alternating between sitting on the sofa and pacing the room. Sitting was generally easier on her back but the walking was easing the pressure she was currently feeling bearing down on her hips.

"I'd love you to relax a little, baby." She murmured softly to her tummy, making a face as the cramping continued. Alright, she wanted this baby out and soon but in the middle of one of the most intense snow storms was generally not a good idea. Especially with the roads as bad as they were. Now was not the time, besides, she'd completely convinced herself that this was just cramping, not contractions. They'd go away soon, right?

Alright, enough pacing. Val settled back onto the sofa, draping the blanket over herself with a slight murmur of discomfort. "Bastian?" She called, lips pressing together with concern, hands rubbing along the bottom of her tummy as if that would soothe away the pain she was feeling. "Just...out of curiosity, what happens when women go into labor and there's too much snow?" Of course this would happen, everything else had gone too smoothly. She took in several deep breaths to calm her nerves. "Hypothetically, of course." Hopefully hypothetically, Val mentally corrected herself but there was absolutely no need to spread panic around the house.

Calmness would do everyone good, she was feeling jittery enough for the lot of them and they could totally handle this, right? It was no big deal, women had babies at home all the time in the middle of winter in pioneer days. Of course a lot of them had complications and baby or mother didn't survive and sometimes, even both. Oh, God. Deep breaths, deep breaths. "I mean, what if it wasn't hypothetical? Like, what if I might be going into labor? She's already a week late, it's gotta be soon and the snow's still coming..."


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28 Apr 2014, 18:27 #2

Bastian had enjoyed his wife's pregnancy. Well. Most of it, anyway. There had been some not so fun parts... like rolling out of bed at 5 am to get Val some breakfast from a fast food joint, or a few minor arguments they'd had... but mostly it had been fun. He had enjoyed seeing her belly grown, and had been fascinated by the feeling of the baby moving around in there. He had read so many books on the subject that he'd gotten himself worked up into a fit of worry at one point. Logan had ended up taking the books and hiding them to keep that from happening again. The boy didn't understand what the big deal was. But he didn't know that his mother had run off to have him, or that Bastian didn't know about him until he'd been dropped on the doorstep. And he wasn't going to know that, if Bastian could do anything to prevent it.

The baby being overdue was something he was trying not to worry too much about. The doctors said it was normal, especially for a first pregnancy. He wouldn't be a very good father or husband if he didn't worry, but he did try to keep it from getting out of hand. Especially with the storm moving in. The night before the storm was due to hit, Bastian had told every parent that had come to pick up their child from the daycare center that they would be closed the following day because of it. He had also put a large notice on the glass doors of the center, and had changed the message on the answering machine as well. It wasn't easy or convenient for the parents, but it was the best way to keep the children safe. He had also kept Logan home from school, though some parents made their children go anyway. Reports of bad weather weren't something to take lightly.

He was in the kitchen taking care of the dishes from lunch and putting away the extra food and other supplies he had bought earlier in the week, and hadn't gotten to putting away yet. Logan was in his room, and Bastian could hear the familiar sounds from Ocarina of Time coming through the open door. When Val called for him, Bastian left the soup can he had been reaching for on the counter and walked into the living room.

"Yeah? What's up?" he asked, moving to kneel on the floor next to her. Her question was not what he was expecting, and he floundered for a moment, trying to come up with a response. He opened his mouth to answer, then closed it again when she continued speaking. At the mention of going into labor, his heart stopped for a fraction of a second and his eyes widened slightly in surprise. But seeing her worry, he took her hands in his and kissed them. "If you are, then we'll get through it together. I've done enough reading I have some idea of what to do. Besides. Women have been giving birth for thousands of years, before hospitals were even thought of."

Okay, yes, so a lot of women back in the ancient and medieval times and even up through parts of the twentieth century died giving birth. But they didn't know as much back then about hygiene and the like as they did in modern times. Val and their baby would be perfectly fine. They had to be, because otherwise Bastian would become a big ball of depression that he would never completely recover from.

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Valeria Santi
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26 May 2014, 20:46 #3

Valeria kept her eyes trained on Bastian's face, doing her best to not try to read into his expressions too much since it wasn't like he had anymore idea or insight into this kind of a thing as she did. But if he was calm, should could be calm, despite the fact that her brain was racing to find some reason to panic. Oh God, why wasn't he saying anything? Her brows furrowed but she wasn't sure if it was because of the hollow panic in her chest or the tight pain clamping down around her stomach and back. Fingers tightened around the ones encased in hers, her lips pressed together in a combination of somber concentration and light pain, head bobbing along with what he was saying.

"They always said that the whole birth plan never goes the way you want." Val frowned, attempting a little bit of a nervous laugh. "We can do this, right?" She murmured, shifting herself on the sofa to try and get more comfortable, her heart racing. "I mean, drugs would have been nice but I guess...i guess it'll be alright." Lips twitched into a temporary smirk as she dwelt on the factoid that Bastian had given her. Women had been doing that for centuries but also, a lot of them had pretty terrible complications. But what else could they do? Help wasn't exactly readily available for them, so they were going to have to roll with things as they came.

She continued to study Bastian's face with dark worried eyes. "You'r still going to love me after all this, right? Having a front row seat to...that..?" She'd always heard about the women who didn't want their husbands below the blanket, so to speak, in fear it might scar them for life. Again, there wasn't any other choice but she needed Bastian, not just for today, every day. He'd made her feel like a human being again, a real person mattered and wasn't just there to support a younger brother who didn't really understand the things she done for him. Bastian appreciated her and loved her and she'd gotten to appreciate and love herself again. And Logan too, of course!

Oh God, Logan! "Maybe we should turn up the volume to Logan's game or something, I don't want to scare him?" In case there was a lot of screaming coming up, which is basically inevitable. "Has he had this talk before? How do we prepare for this?" Her brows knitted together, the panic returning to her along with a particularly tight muscle spasm in her back which was accompanied with a pained squeak.


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06 Sep 2014, 06:17 #4

"Yes, they make a point of saying that. Repeatedly" Bastian replied with a light laugh. That was the first thing anyone said, whether in parenting classes or in online forums or anywhere else you asked about birth and babies. The only time it might go exactly as planned is if you had scheduled a c-section. Which he would have been fine with, if it had been Val's choice rather than something she agreed to because the doctor kept trying to push it on her. It was her body, so it was ultimately her choice how she went about the whole birthing thing. Yes, he had helped in the creation of the tiny life form she carried within her. But it wasn't his body that was holding it and nurturing it. It wasn't his body that would bring their child into this world. So he had left the decision up to her, and let her know he would support her in whatever she chose.

"We can absolutely do it" he assured her, squeezing her hands gently and pressing a light kiss to her knuckles. "As for the drugs, there will be time to change your mind at the hospital. I'm sure it happens all the time." Bastian was admittedly a little confused about that comment, but assumed she was talking about a future time and thought she was indecisive about the whole epidural thing again.

There had been and still were complications involved in childbirth. But the benefit between now and the dawn of time was that people were a hell of a lot more hygienic now. Regular baths, better medical knowledge, cleaner houses. There was a lot less to worry about now than there had been back in the day. Bastian was all sorts of confused as Val continued. "Of course. Why wouldn't I still love you?" he answered, thick brows furrowing in confusion.

It wasn't until she started talking about Logan... talking about turning up the volume to his video game, asking about 'the talk', and talking about scaring him... that he began to catch on to what she was saying. His heart clenched for a moment at her squeak, and he sat there on the floor at her feet gaping up at her like an idiot. "Val. Are... are you..." he stammered, his heart rising to his throat. "Are you in labor?" She couldn't be! Could she? Really?

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12 Sep 2014, 07:10 #5

Val wasn't sure what to do at the moment since she was nearing a full blown panic attack but Bastian wasn't seeming to catch the drift she was throwing out there.There wasn't any more time to think about this baby being in the future. It was happening and it was happening now. Her eyebrows were knitted together as she rubbed the swell of her belly, feeling every ache and pain. Luckily, showing his very intelligent self, he managed to piece it all together.

She let out a half laugh, half groan as she bobbed her head. it was shitty timing, but that wasn't really something she could have done anything about. "Yeah, I think." Val murmured, reaching out to snag Bastian's, squeezing tightly. "I mean, I'm pretty sure, it feels real. Those braxton hicks had nothing on this." She'd never really been the one to want a natural birth, she'd been completely okay with the idea of having all kinds of painkillers, child birth sounded awful enough without the immense amount of pain. But so much for that idea. Nothing had ever been easy for Valeria in her lifetime, why would this be any different.

Her eyes opened as the contraction subsided, the furrowed brows melting slightly as her eyes settled in on her wonderful husband. Okay, things had been easier, being with him was easy, this was going to be okay. They could do this, right? Women had been having babies at home for a very, very long time. "Next time, if we have a next time, I'm going to schedule a c-section, alright?" Val laughed nervously, squeezing his hand. Things were progressing fast, really fast and Val had only agreed to release Bastian's hand so that he could fetch the necessary supplies and make sure Logan knew what was happening and, if possible, to not come out of his room for a little while. Val absolutely didn't want to traumatize him!

It had been a very long and literally laborious four hours and Valeria was absolutely exhausted. Had it not been for Bastian's unending support and encouragement, she was very, very certain that she wouldn't have made it through. Blessed with a short first labor and a wonderful husband, she was curled up in a ball, a tiny baby girl cradled into her arms and happy tears in her eyes. "Welcome home, Catelyn." She murmured softly, though it wasn't as though the baby had been anywhere else. A proud but exhausted smile spread across her lips as her attention turned to Bastian again, "Does Daddy want to hold her? She'd love to meet you. And her big brother." She added, grinning. The creamy tan complexion and dark mop of hair of their daughter a strong display her her parents' excellent genes.

"Also, Mama could use some help getting to bed." She added with a slight laugh, dying to curl up comfortably someplace, every fiber of her being was exhausted. Exhausted but absolutely thrilled! "We need to call Nick." She added, he'd probably like to know about his niece!


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