Sharlee joined Noah on the bed. He’d just left Skylar’s nursery after getting her to sleep for the night. He’d immediately grabbed his books and his laptop and began studying.
Sharlee had been trying to find the right time to talk with Noah, but with one thing and another the time hadn’t yet come. She didn’t want to wait any longer though. Skylar had asked her again, and she had again promised to talk with Noah. She and Skylar wanted it very much, and she hoped that Noah would too.
Noah kept his eyes on the screen. “Hmm, what?”
Sharlee could see that he wasn’t really listening to her. She didn’t want to talk about it like this. She wanted his full attention. However, she knew that he needed to study, and he’d spent extra time with Skylar that night. She smiled. He was such a good father!
“It’s okay, Honey. You keep studying. I think I’ll go get some studying done too.”
Sharlee went into her office. It was a part of the master bedroom suite. Noah didn’t even notice when she left the room. Almost three hours had passed before he realized it. He turned off his laptop and put his books away.
Sharlee didn’t answer. The door to Sharlee’s office was open, and he guessed that she was in there.
“Just a sec, Honey. Let me make sure that I wrote this quantity down correctly. I already worked it into the equation, and I’m going to test this in the lab tomorrow. I think I’ve almost isolated the intrinsic isomer properties to prove my hypothesis for my thesis!”
Sharlee had gone natural with her cooking in a big way. She had a small garden where she grew her own herbs and some vegetables. She’d joined a co-op and received chemical free meats, milk and cheeses. She shopped at the local farmer’s market to ensure that all of her cooking ingredients were fresh.
At first, Noah had been a bit unenthusiastic, but after tasting her recipes, he preferred her way of cooking. He had even more energy and had to admit that he felt better. She shared her cooking with her family and friends too. She especially brought food to Matthew because he’d begun to put on a little too much weight. Already Matthew had begun to see the good results. Her family and friends called regularly asking her to prepare her special dishes for them.
Sharlee was using her findings to form the basis of her final thesis. Matthew was proud to be a part of her thesis. Noah just hoped that she wasn’t trying to do too much. This was her final year before graduation, and she was working hard.
Before Sharlee answered, they heard a loud clop, clop, clop and looked at one another in puzzlement.
“Wait, Skylar! Let me grab a picture for Nana and Grandpop!”
Noah interrupted her. He was surprised that she was relating her great grandparents conversation. This was the first time that she’d done it. He wondered how much of his and Sharlee’s conversations she’d repeated to others.
“Sky, it isn’t nice to repeat conversations that you overhear. If someone is talking to you or about you, then you can repeat it, but don’t repeat it if you are not a part of the conversation.”
She was quiet for a few moments. Then she started back talking, and they were all laughing. Sharlee hoped that her grandparents weren’t having relationship problems.
“Yes, I did tell you that I would talk with Daddy about it. Why don’t you go into your playroom and play for a while till bedtime? Daddy will finish reading your story to you after your bath.”
Sky scrambled down off of the sofa and went into her playroom.
“This is my final year, and I don’t see any reason why I can’t be pregnant while I finish it. I’ll have my degree and then relax till the baby is born.”
“Are you sure that it won’t be too much for you, Babe?”
“No, I don’t think it will be. I’ve given it a lot of thought. We want Skylar to have siblings close to her own age so that they can grow up together. Attending that lab showed me that I’m not ready to be away from Skylar full time. I know that I’m not going to want to start working right away. So getting pregnant now makes sense for me, but what do you think? How do you feel about it?”
He looked at her with worry in his eyes, and she knew that it was because of how difficult her pregnancy with Skylar had been.
Sharlee hadn’t expected his hesitation, but she’d give him a chance to think it over.
A couple of days later, Noah came to his decision while he was putting Skylar to bed. She was growing up so fast! He couldn’t imagine his life without her in it. Skylar had brought a special kind of happiness and purpose to his life. If they had waited for the “perfect” time, then they would not have her. Was there really a perfect time anyway?
Besides, Sharlee was the one who had the most difficult part of having a child, and she was eager to do it again. He smiled as he thought of having another little Hall in their family. He became even more determined to make his idea a success so that Sharlee would be under less pressure during her pregnancy.
The next day he spoke with one of his instructors about his concept. His instructor thought it looked very intriguing and promised to help him. He decided to keep it as a surprise for Sharlee. He hoped that it would work out the way he planned.
The following night after Skylar was asleep, Sharlee was inside her office studying. Noah asked her to come out into their bedroom with him. When Sharlee walked out, her mouth dropped open in surprise.
“I thought we should get started on making another little Hall.”
Sharlee smiled at him with tears in her eyes. Then she walked over and hugged him tightly.
“I love you too!”
Noah and Sharlee found that deciding to have another baby was the easy part. Finding private time to be together became harder. Noah was trying to finish up his classes and his training with Harley before his dealership opened later in the year. He was also still having bi-monthly therapy sessions and taking Taekwondo classes every other week. Sarge had suggested the martial arts course to make Noah think before he decided to fight. He hoped it would help Noah to develop more self-control and relieve his stress. Noah had also started working on his other plan.
Sharlee was trying to get the credits that she still needed in order to receive her degree at the end of the year. Balancing quality time with Skylar with all of their other responsibilities left them very little time to spend together.
I’m sorry if some of the pictures were a little dark, but I didn’t have a chance to edit them before I put them in the chapter.