My Brother is Born is the ninth chapter of The Gift of a Best Friend. It was first published on June 17, 2016.
I woke up in the middle of the night hearing Mommy scream.
I got out of my bed and ran to her and Daddy’s room. Mommy was standing next to her bed, her hands on her big tummy. Daddy was standing next to her, holding her arms.
“Mommy, what’s wrong?” I asked.
“Nothing’s wrong,” she replied, panting and grunting. “It’s just time for your brother to come out of your Mommy’s tummy.”
She screamed in pain.
“Jasmine,” Daddy said. “Go get dressed. We need to take Mommy to the hospital. Now.”
I ran off to get dressed.
Fiskerton helped Daddy get Mommy into the car, while Komodo and I ran up to Grandma and Grandpa’s house. I followed Komodo to the doggy door in the back and we got inside the house and woke up Grandma, Grandpa, and Emily. The animals were already awake.
Grandma called Uncle Zack and Aunt Selena, then my other grandparents, and we went to the hospital. The animals couldn’t come though.
We all got to the hospital and some of us went to find Mommy and Daddy. Mommy was lying in a bed, still panting, and Daddy kept telling her to breathe, but he looked scared.
“What’s wrong, Daddy?” I asked.
He looked at me, but didn’t answer.
Mommy seemed to know though. “It’s going to be ok, Zak. That’s not going to happen again.”
“You don’t know that,” he replied.
“Yes, I do. I’m a lot stronger now than I was then. We both are. It’s not going to happen again.”
Daddy looked like he wanted to believe Mommy, but couldn’t.
“What?” I asked.
They looked at me, then each other, and back at me.
“We’ll tell you when you’re older,” Mommy said.
“I want to know now,” I said.
“I know you do, but—” She stopped when she screamed in pain and grabbed her tummy.
“I’m ok,” she said. “Mom, can you take her out of the room? I think it’s time now.”
“Sure,” Grandma said.
“No,” I said. “I want to stay.”
“You can’t. Come on.”
“Jasmine, go with Grandma,” Daddy said. “You can come back later.”
Mommy screamed again.
“Jasmine, go,” Daddy told me again.
I didn’t want to, but I nodded. “Ok.”
I jumped down from the bed and left the room with Grandma.
Everyone was waiting in the waiting room, and now so was I.
“Why was Daddy so sad?” I asked both my grandparents.
They each looked at each other.
“It’s hard to explain,” Grandma Drew said.
“Your mommy almost died once,” Grandma Raylee said. “And your daddy was remembering it.”
My eyes widened. “Mommy almost died? How?”
“Well, I’ll tell you more when you’re older.”
“I’m sorry, Jasmine, but no. You have to wait. It’s going to be a while, so how about you go play with Peter? Here are some cards you can play with.”
I sighed. “Ok.”
I took the cards and went over to Peter. We sat at a table in the middle of the room and took the cards out of the box.
Aunt Selena was holding my baby cousin, Elizabeth, who was squirming a little bit. She was born five months ago.
Peter and I played Go Fish, just like when Elizabeth was born. Emily played with us. She won every time.
“Jasmine,” Daddy called to me some time later. “You wanna come see your new baby brother?”
I smiled and took his hand and he led me to where Mommy was.
When we got to her room, a different room than before, Mommy was on a bed, holding a small baby wrapped in a blue blanket.
“Mommy.” I ran over to the bed.
“Do you want to hold him?” Mommy asked.
I nodded. “Yes.”
Daddy grabbed my baby brother out of Mommy’s hands and put him into mine.
His eyes were open and he was looking at me. He had blue eyes, like Mommy’s.
“He likes you,” Mommy said.
“I like him too,” I said and hugged him closer to me.
“Jasmine, be careful,” Daddy warned. “You could smother him.”
“Oh, sorry!” I pulled him away.
He was still looking at me.
“What’s his name?” I asked.
“Jonathan,” Mommy replied.
“Jonathan Saturday . . . I like it.”
“We hoped you would,” Daddy said. “If you didn’t, we’d be in trouble.”
I laughed. “Yeah.” I looked down at my new baby brother. “You’re our new Saturday.”
Everyone came in to see Jonathan, and they all took turns holding him.
After a couple days, he and Mommy got to come home. I helped Mommy with Johnathan a lot. I helped feed him, change his dirty diaper, played with him, played music for him, danced for him, tried to teach him how to play the piano, and gave him a bath.
“Now I know how Drew felt,” Mommy said.
“What do you mean, Mommy?” I asked.
“Do you remember when Whitney was born, and you tried helping your Grandma Drew with her every time you saw them?”
“That’s what I mean. You really like to help a lot.”
“Is that bad?”
“No. No, it’s good. Really good.”
I like to help people, so what?
But my baby brother is finally out of Mommy’s tummy, and I am now a big sister. What could be better?
What could be better?
Remember that at the beginning of the next chapter.
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- Sarah Saturday
- Zak Saturday
- Johnathan Saturday
- Peter Hollinger
- Emily Hollinger
- Raylee Hollinger
- Drew Saturday
- Doc Saturday
- Cj Hollinger
- Zack Hollinger
- Selena Hollinger
- Elizabeth Hollinger
- Whitney Saturday
- Doyle Blackwell
- Johnathan Saturday is born.