Valencia soon found out that she was pregnant. All of the fooling around she had done with Phul all over town had obviously decided that it was going to fool with her. She wasn’t the glowing mother everyone expected, instead she was sour and bitter during her pregnancy. Maybe it was the back aches, maybe it was the nausea, maybe it was the fact that her old clothes just didn’t fit anymore. Whatever it was, Valencia wasn’t happy in the least.
Phul took her out on dates and tried to lavish her with affection like all the books said to do. Make sure she felt pretty, make sure she felt loved, but Valencia wasn’t having any of it. But Phul couldn’t help it, he wanted to love her. They were going to have a baby! He made her go see doctors every week, after all… Gwendolyn had died when she had gone into preterm labor and hemorrhaged. He wasn’t going to lose Valencia like he lost Gwendolyn. But she wouldn’t go… So he got Onoel, she would at least know something about medicine.
Phul built a room in the basement for his wife to be checked out and give birth in. Valencia thought it was a little much but nothing would be spared. Onoel had to keep assuring that everything was fine. Phul almost forgot that it was Sablo’s birthday even, so preoccupied with the new baby on the way. Onoel made Valencia schedule an ultrasound so maybe they would know more details soon. Sablo’s party would be a tiny thing in the back yard.
Sablo was a little chunky, like his mother, but looked a lot like Phul in his features and hair. He developed a Good Sense of Humor and that was that for now. It was also Onoel and Nanael’s graduation, there wasn’t much to say about that, the girls had graduated with mediocre grades. Phul finally finished the birthing room for Valencia while Onoel took her to her ultrasound. He couldn’t wait to hear the news.
Valencia came home, found Phul and told him what she had learned; the doctor doing the ultrasound seemed unsure, but said she detected two possible heartbeats, but definitely saw male genitalia. They were for sure having a boy. But they were possibly having twins. Phul was only a little disappointed, craving a baby girl still, but the possibility of twins was amazing. Phul set up the birthing room to be ready for two babies. They also sent Sablo off to boarding school- which he had requested.
The contractions started early that morning and Onoel had just left for work. She had been taking midwife classes along with her regular job but wasn’t home when labor started. Valencia breathed through them and screamed from the basement birthing room for Phul.