And there was Sonja sitting in the crib, waiting to be pulled out and snuggled. "Happy birthday, little girl!" Sonja sighed as she lifted Evelyn in the air.
Evelyn cooed and giggled in response.
Alvin looked up and then closed his book. Walking over he gave her a backrub. "You could always quit and stay home if you don't like your job. We have plenty of money!" he assured her.
Sonja shrugged his hands away from him. "I don't want to quit. I want to reach the top! But, I need help around the house!"
Alvin thought about it a moment. "Would it help if we hired a maid?"
Sonja sighed. "Can we hire a cook, too?"
Alvin just laughed. "No, no butler's in this house! They're so pesky!"
Sonja and Alvin glanced at each other and then went in to see what was wrong.
"Evelyn, you know it's past your bedtime. You need to change into your pajamas and get too bed."
Evelyn moaned, "But I was staying up to see you, Mom! And I'm not tired! I don't need to go to sleep so early!"
Sonja leaned over and hugged Evelyn tight. "You're a growing little girl and you need your sleep! Go change into your jammies and we'll see you in the morning."
Alvin kissed the top of her head as she streaked by. "Night sweet pea!"
Alvin shook his head and held out his hands. "I... I don't know... I don't remember any family except my Aunties that took me in..."
Sonja glanced over at him "I'm sorry. That was thoughtless of me. It just surprised me, that's all," she said as she walked over to him to squeeze his arm.. "What are we going to do with two babies?!"
Alvin grinned. "Let's name them first, then feed them and put them to bed," he joked. "How about Veronica and Levi?"
Alvin glanced over and shook his head. "No, I think she's a little too young to worry about that."
Sonja nodded. "It's just... that's how it started with me... when I was younger... I just had friends that came over a lot and then before I knew it I was a teenager..." Sonja rocked Levi as she spoke. "So I guess I'm just a little worried about that..."
Alvin was a little surprised. They'd never really talked about her wild-child youth. He knew that she'd come to him more... experienced... than he was. Trying to pick his words thoughtfully, he said, "I don't think we need to worry. We've raised her well and she's still so young!"
Sonja nodded again, but seemed distracted.