What happened? Josh asked, jogging over with Grayson.
I let her sleep as long as I could, wrapping myself around her because I still couldn’t believe she was mine. Maybe one day I’d get used to saying that, knowing that she loved me. Until then, I’d just hold her while she napped. Once my phone hit four thirty, I pulled myself away from her, closing my bedroom door behind me.How is she feeling? She seemed tired, Grayson said, looking up from his study seat at the dining room table. Our final check rides were this week, and I hadn’t cracked a 5&9. After my week in Chicago, Carter was edging me out, but I’d take him down.
Yeah, she’s wiped out. We’re supposed to meet her parents in two hours, so I can give her another half hour or so. I pulled a bottle of water out of the fridge and drained it.Ah, General Donovan. You know how to pick your women, man.I cringed. Not women. Just woman. She’s the only one I’ve ever picked, and she’s worth it. You know, as long as I can survive our first family dinner.
I’ll keep you in my prayers. Do they know about her bungee expedition today?I shook my head. I’ve never been that scared.
Because it’s a stupid thing to do? Tie yourself to a rubber band and bounce?
Yeah, well, I almost didn’t let her. I’m telling you, I’m turning paranoid.She nodded, then, as only a child could, her mood flipped around and she gave me a gargantuan grin. For my birthday?
With a laugh, I nodded. Yes, definitely for your birthday.She clapped, then squeezed me in a hug. When she pulled away, she pointed at me with such a serious expression, it was hard not to laugh. Mine though…not Onnika’s. Onnika was turning two in a few weeks, while Gibson’s fourth was a couple months away. Just mine, Gibson reiterated, her face firm.
With a sigh, I grabbed my daughter’s shoulders and made her look at me. Honey, you need to stop being jealous of your sister. Just because I love her doesn’t mean I love you any less. I love the both of you…so much. You’re both wonderful, beautiful, talented, special little people… My voice trailed off as I considered my own reoccurring jealousies. Had Gibson picked up on my attitude and felt inadequate next to Onnika because she watched me struggling to let things go? God, I hoped not. I didn’t want her to live that way. I cupped her cheeks. You are the most amazing you I know, and you don’t need to compare yourself to anybody. There will never be another little girl like you. Ever.She stared at me a second, then grinned. Okay.