November 17, 2011

Reeds - Round 12

Claire woke up in the middle of the night, feeling like she had to use the restroom... badly...  When the water pooled between her feet, she thought at first that she'd had an accident, but then realized that she was actually in labor.

Ralph woke up in the middle of the night, hearing his Mom scream.  Worried that it was a burglar, he hid in the closet until Wilbur came in to tell him to come see the new baby, Chelsea.

"Were you hiding in the closet, Ralph?" Wilbur asked, with a touch of laughter in his voice.

"NO!" Ralph said quickly as he pushed past.  "I'm not a baby anymore, you know!"

Ralph gazed at his little sister.  He'd never seen anything that little before.  When he mentioned it to Mom, she'd told him that he used to be that size.  Ralph rolled his eyes, "I know. Back when I was a baby!"

"That's right," she said, stroking his hair, "and you're my big boy now!"

"Hey! Look who's finally up!" Wilbur teased when Charles came to the table and groggily sat down, barely blinking.  "You slept pretty hard last night."

"Shut up. I need my beauty sleep," Charles grumbled.

"Yeah you do," Wilbur joked.

Charles buried his head in his hands.  "Shut. Up."

Wilbur tossed some toast to Charles.  "What are you going to do when I go off to college?"

Charles didn't even blink an eye before responding, "Sleep in late without getting annoyed."

Wilbur smiled and waved goodbye to his family after he was settled in the taxi.  "Take care of little Chelsea," he called out.  "She's my favorite!"

And really, Chelsea was everyone's favorite.  She was the sweetest little girl in the world.  All of the boys doted on her, teaching her to walk, talk & all the nursery rhymes. 

Chelsea rolled her eyes after Charles told her that she was too little to have a slumber party.  It's not like she was a little girl anymore!


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