"I heard," she said with a smile though she was sure it looked more like a grimace. As much as she wanted to be excited, it was clouded by her discomfort and pain. Their family, however, was not deterred by her seemingly unenthusiastic response, probably because they knew she couldn’t manage much else right now. Of course her dads didn’t know what to do with themselves, obviously excited about how soon their grandsons would be in the world. And the same could be said for his parents. “Babe?” She got Finn’s attention, motioning for him to come closer so she could talk to just him. “Maybe now’s a good time to maybe get our parents out of the room? As much as I want to include them in everything, I don’t want them here for that, you know?” She nodded, almost as if she were agreeing with her choice before putting a hand on his wrist. “No. Keep your mom. She’s a nurse and she’s been through this. I want her here.”
Finn could see Lea trying to be excited and knew she was but the pain must be really to much for her and he felt helpless but he knew him being here supporting her would help a little, As he told her parents that it was best for them to leave he then nods and lets his mom stay who got quite emotional and hugged Rachel as best as she could. “I am so grateful you asked me to stay in here with you” she says softly. “I just want our boys to get here already, I am too excited!” he says smiling a little and looks at her squeezing her hands. “You are doing great babe” he says proudly.
Despite knowing that all it was going to take was time, time, time, Rachel found it was hard to be patient. Especially with how long she had been waiting. Knowing that all their parents were here was great but that didn’t mean the babies knew, which meant they weren’t going to be in any rush to come out. As the time passed, it seemed each parent took turns in comforting both her and Finn, saying things that they thought were positive. It wasn’t until an hour after his parents arrived did the doctor return to check on her status. When he announced that both babies seemed to be in the right position to deliver naturally, she could have cried. And she might have if she weren’t in so much pain. “You’ll be able to push soon,” he told her with a nod. “Just need to wait a little bit longer.”
Finn really didn’t think it would have taken this long. They had been waiting patiently for some movement and he knew Rachel was very uncomfortable and he wanted to help her as much as he could. He was helpless though, as he could do nothing but support her and that is what he did. After a few hours passed, the doctor came in and told them the babies would be ready soon to be born he couldn’t help but smile. He was so happy finally they would get to see their boys they have been waiting on for a long time now. He then rubs her hand smiling. “Hear that babe not long now and we meet our two little guys!” he says rubbing her hand gently with his thumb smiling at her softly.
He looks at her and was thankful that the pain was not as bad for her as it was when she first arrived at the hospital. He then looks at her nodding. “Yeah hopefully they do come before the babies arrive but if they don’t they mind I mean its not our fault” he says nervously…
Finn looks at her softly and just held her hand as he nods. “Okay if you need anything just tell me” he says looking at her gently. He then sees his mom and step dad and hugged them both happily but he was getting more nervous as the time went on. He just wanted them to be born so he could see their little face. “Baby don’t worry they will be here soon plus all their grandparents are here which means boys you can come now!” He says rubbing her stomach gently and he soon talked to his mom who had brought in some cute baby boy onsies and she smiles. “I couldn’t come empty handed” she laughs trying to keep Spirits high.
Since the epidural, her pain had still been there but not as strong as before, evident but how easily she could hold a conversation between Finn and her parents. “Better,” she said with a nod, wincing a bit as pain managed to come through. “Better than before,” she amended. She knew that there was no way she’d be able to go pain-free unless the doctors numbed her entire lower half but she thought that this was more manageable. “Hopefully they all get here before the babies do,” she said with a small laugh. “I don’t know if your mom will forgive us, or Burt, if they miss the birth.” Even if the family wouldn’t exactly be in the room with them, she knew that it was important to everyone to at least be waiting for her to deliver.
He looks at her and was thankful that the pain was not as bad for her as it was when she first arrived at the hospital. He then looks at her nodding. “Yeah hopefully they do come before the babies arrive but if they don’t they mind I mean its not our fault” he says nervously holding her hand the whole time. He honestly just wanted the babies to come already but knew it was going to take time. “Do you want me to pick you up anything like some ice-chips or some water?” he says as he was panicking as it was getting close to the time she was going to have their sons. It still didn’t feel real for him but he knew once he sees the babies here it would be amazing. Just then a few minutes later his mom walks through the door. “Hey! Sorry we are late but thankfully they waited” she says as she hugs Finn as she was so proud before she walks over to Rachel holding her hand and kisses her head. "How you feeling?"
Her dads seemed over to the moon that the boys both had names and they were Jewish. The family wasn’t always the most orthodox of Jews but their religion and heritage was still important and she understood that. It was the driving force to naming the boys and she was happy her parents appreciated it. “Finn’s right,” she said with a nod. “We want them both to know what both are like; what it means to be Christian and what it means to be Jewish. Then, when they’re older, they can make their own choice of what they want to follow.” Of course she’d love it if they continued to honor both but she’d understand if they ever chose Christianity over Judaism. “Now that you two are here, all we’re missing are your parents, babe. Think they’ll get here soon?”
Finn nods and looks at her dads knowing they would be happy as long as their kids did grow up with a Jewish heritage. Finn then agrees to what Rachel said and nods looking at her. “Yeah I mean we won’t judge them on whatever they pick and we will respect it of course. I just want my boys to be happy and have the best love we can give them” he says looking at her over swollen tummy. Soon he checks his watch and then bites his lip nervously. “Yeah they should be here soon I mean they did have a bit of a away to travel but knowing Nurt they’ll be here really soon. “How are the contractions?” He says looking at her softly.
Before she could answer, her dads practically busted the door open, both men carrying various items and each with their own sets of questions. “One at a time,” she told them, not at all appreciating the loudness that had pierced her previously silent room. Despite the pain, she greeted both her fathers, glad that they were here, even if they hadn’t missed much. “Not enough,” she answered when her dad asked her about her dilation. “I just got an epidural.” She looked at the teddies and balloons and smiled. “I know that Caleb and Daniel are going to love them.” It took both Berry men a minute to understand what she had sad and then they both squealed with excitement. “Are those the boys’ names?" They asked, Hiram setting down the stuffed animals and putting the balloons out of the way. Rachel nodded before looking over at Finn. “They are. Caleb still needs a middle name, but we have Daniel’s; Daniel Asher Hudson.”
Finn looks at her dads and then sits down as he watched her with her dads and he nods. Her dads looked at her sadly and both held her hand. “Well that will help the pain sweetie….hopefully they will be here soon…I can’t wait to see my grandsons” LeRoy says getting excited as Finn nodded when they asked where they the baby names. “Yep, they sure are!” he says, smiling at Rachel happily before her dads start to tear up. “They are Jewish names… Rachel honey, you have no idea how much that means to us you are raising your kids with the jewish faith!” Hiram says kissing her cheek while Finn nods. “Well I we are going to raise them both Christian and Jewish….give them both the best of our religions..” he says happily and held her hand as her dads nod understandingly.
Glad that baby number two now had his first name (presumably), she was excited to think of his middle name. But before they could do that, she had to get her epidural, something she had been against. The pain, however, proved to be too much and she needed it, especially if her labor lasted hours longer. Holding onto Finn’s hands, she sat up and followed each and every bit of instruction the doctor gave to her. She sat up straighter, she leaned forward as best she could, she grabbed her husband’s hands and shut her eyes tight. She didn’t want to think about the needle that was going to be be puncturing her spine, didn’t want to think of anything except her boys. But she couldn’t stop the wince once she felt that first pinch and she let out a whine as she felt it enter her body. She squeezed Finn’s hands until the doctor said he was done, comments about it being ‘easy’ leaving his lips. “Yeah. Easy,” she mumbled back as she was helped into bed. The medicine didn’t kick in and she was still in pain, now with a sore back. Great.
Finn watched Rachel get the needle in her spine and he tried to look away but he held her hand the whole time. He really was so proud as she was going through a lot to have their boys. Once it was done he glared at the doctor when he said it was easy. Did he not just see his wife in pain? He then leans over and kissed her cheek. “Well done babe hopefully it kicks in soon and you wont be in pain as much, is there anything I can do for you?” he asks and kissed her cheek before her dads rush through the door. They were holding two teddy bears and some balloons that had written congrats its a boy! He then smiled at them and they hugged him telling him to stay calm and everything will be okay before they rushed over to their daughter. “Sweetie we are so proud of you, how far dilated are you?" LeRoy says as he leans over and kisses her cheek. "We would have been quicker but your dad insisted about getting some teddy bears and balloons” Hiram rolls his eyes looking at his partner who shrugs. “I wanted us to not come empty handed for our grandsons” LeRoy says kissing Rachel’s head.
She was pleased when he said he liked the first name. It felt good to know that at least one of their sons now had a name. Now there was the task of thinking of the next one. Just when she was going to share the second name she had taken a liking to, Finn had gone and blurted it out and for a moment, she just looked at him. Sometimes, they did that; found something that the other had already found and loved, or said something similar. And it was in those moments she realized how perfect for each other they were. Smiling, she said, “I can’t tell you because you just said it. Caleb was the name.” Before she could say anything else, there was a knock at the door and a doctor she hadn’t met yet came in, introducing himself as the anesthesiologist. “Here goes,” she told Finn, an unsure look on her face. “Help me sit up, baby.”
He smiled widely as they found the first name before he tried to study her face on the next name he mentioned. He could see her smile softly at him and that was a good sign. He then smiles brightly when she said that was the name she picked too, and he laughs looking at her happily. “Wow, really? What are the odds, we have to call him Caleb now, ” he laughs before he leans in and kisses her cheek before he saw the doctor come in and it was the anesthesiologist and he nodded quickly. “You will be fine baby” he says encouraging her and then helped her sit up slowly and held her hand the whole time as he knew what was coming now and it wasn’t going to be pretty seeing his wife get a needle he didn’t like them one bit/
It seemed that Finn had given a lot of thought to names and she actually did like some of the names he suggested. “Asher’s a nice name,” she said with a nod, “but I think I like it more for a middle name.” It just didn’t seem strong enough to stand on its own like Daniel or Liam or Hunter did. When he asked to hear her other choice, she gave a shrug. “I don’t know. It isn’t like yours, or strong like Daniel. It’s … I don’t know.” She thought a minute, thinking of different combinations. “What do you think of the name Daniel Asher. It sounds nice, doesn’t it? Daniel Asher Hudson.” Saying it loud, she found herself liking it. She just needed him to like it as well.
Finn looks at her and smiled when she at least liked one, he was scared she wouldn’t like any because he thought he would fail at this. “Yeah a Middle name sounds good. I like it! Daniel Asher Hudson…it’s a perfect fit” he says kissing her cheek happy with her idea. He then raises and eye brow and was confused why she wouldn’t say the second name. “Baby please tell me..I would love to know what it is..I did find this name to I like I saw it on a website. I like the name Caleb” he says nervously thinking maybe she wouldn’t like it. “I know its not as strong as Daniel but its different and something original which you wanted right?” he says playing with her hand.
Hearing that he had picked out Jewish names made her so happy. Finn really did understand just how important it was to her to keep that part of her faith intact with their sons’ names. Her name was of Hebrew origin and she wanted her sons, and any more children they had down the line, to share that. While she wanted to hear what he had come up with, she was too anxious to share, so she went first. “Well, I was looking through the books and I think I fell in love with the name Daniel. It even has a nice translation; it means ‘God is my judge’.” The two weren’t exactly the most religious of folks but she did believe in a higher power and she thought one of their sons have the name would be good. The other name she had in mind, Caleb, also had a Hebrew translation, though it was much simpler (dog) and she thought she’d wait to hear what he had thought of. “What about you? What are the names you liked?”
Cory smiled when she said she was looking through the books and she thought of some names and he smiles as he liked that name. “Yeah Daniel is a really awesome Name I saw that one too and I liked it” he says as he loved the Jewish translation to it too, it sounded very special and a really nice name for their son. “Well I like the names Ben, Asher which is really cool and I like the name Liam which isn’t Jewish as well as Hunter, Oliver is nice too” he says as he looks at her softly thinking she didn’t like them. “We could call him Olly for short” he says as he shrugs. “You said you had two what is the other one babe?” he says as he really wanted to know what she had as he thought his weren’t good enough. He wanted their kid’s names to be perfect.