Yes, I finally got back to this story. :)
As the days grew shorter and harvest neared, Sadie’s pile of baby clothes began to grow. She’d rebelled as long as possible, and when she realized that all of the women sewed, she gave in. Her efforts were poor at first and she unpicked as many stitches as she sewed until one of the old aunties took pity on her. Excused from everything except garden work, Sadie and Auntie sewed.
“I never appreciated how much work it took to keep me in clothes.”
“Sadie, no one ever does, and as far as I can tell, most men never do,” wheezed Auntie.
They both laughed. Sadie thought of all the clothes her mother had mended or altered. Granted, they had a larger reserve of clothes from before the weather changed. Then there were Ken’s clothing. She’d tried to mend them, and Ken had just taken them away and found someone else to do it. Now with her belly swelling, she found a reason to concentrate. The baskets were filling with clothes, diapers and baby quilts. Nanny had even promised to show her embroidery once she was good enough. Her knitting was decent, so there were no shortages of small socks, hats or warm afghans.
Auntie stood up to get some tea and bread. Sadie stretched and realized that her back ached. It ached much more than it had even a week ago. She blamed it on Ken’s lustful ways that had her on her knees in the horse stalls earlier that day. She was just as horny, but it was getting more and more difficult to have sex. She was gathering the courage to tell him no more. Rubbing her back, she walked over to the window.
Outside, the men were walking the horses through the hayfields, cutting the long stems. Women and children were gathering the latest ripe vegetables from the truck gardens. For once she was glad to be inside rather than pulling weeds or hauling baskets of vegetables.
“Come on. I’ve got the tea,” said Auntie from the door.
Sadie sat down with a weary smile. They ate as they planned the last few pieces of clothing that the baby would need for the first year. When the tea was gone, they went back to sewing.
“Care for a little bit of fun before dinner?” Ken had wrapped his arms around Sadie, cupping her breasts as he whispered in her ear.
“Don’t faint, but no. I hurt today. I was hopin’ you’d rub my back.”
“I can do that.” He turned her around and gently began to rub her back. As she relaxed, he moved his hands farther down, working on her hips, ass and down her thighs. She moaned with a mix of pleasure and relief. It wasn’t long before she was asleep in his arms.
Sadie woke up alone in bed. Looking around, she realized that she’d missed dinner. Throwing off the quilt, she was heading for the bathroom when Ken came back down the hall.
“Why didn’t you wake me?”
“You were so sound asleep, that you didn’t notice me leave. I’ve brought you dinner.” He pointed to the tray in his hand.
“Okay,” she said a little sheepishly. “I’ll be right back.” She waddled towards the bathroom and Ken headed for their room. He’d just set everything down on the table when she returned. There was chicken pot pie, salad and apple crumble.
“Oh damn that looks good.” She sat down and began to eat. Between bites, they discussed plans for the next few days. Ken was going to be out in the wheat fields and Nanny wanted her to sort the herbs as the children brought them in. At harvest season, everyone was in a hurry. The first snows were never predictable, and the nights had gotten very cool.
While Ken returned the tray downstairs, Sadie crawled into bed. Despite the nap, she still felt exhausted. When she wasn’t sewing, she’d been cleaning their room, rearranging things and trying to make sure that everything was ready.
Sadie tossed and turned. She couldn’t get comfortable. Her legs ached as well as her back. On top of that, she must have visited the bathroom half a dozen times. When she came back after the last trip, she found Ken talking to Nanny in the hall.
“Sadie, you hurting?”
“Yes, Nanny. I can’t get comfy.”
“That baby kicking much?” Nanny put her hand on Sadie’s belly.
“You know, it has been quiet today.”
“Uhuh. Girl, I think you’re starting. Any blood?” Nanny kept her hand on Sadie.
“No, but I seem to need to pee every ten minutes.”
Nanny nodded. “Ken you go find Kirsty. Tell her to get the birth kit ready. Sadie may not birth this baby tonight, but it’s gonna be soon.”
Ken nodded and left the room quickly.
“Now let’s check you out.” Nanny gestured for Sadie to lay down. Reaching up between Sadie’s legs, and up inside. She withdrew her hand and wiped it on her apron. “You’re about two fingers dilated. When you hit five, we’re going to have a baby.” Nanny had been an OB nurse once long, long ago, and had delivered most people around her.
Around 3am, Sadie fell asleep. She’d finally found a comfortable position and exhaustion over road everything else. Near dawn, she woke with a start.
“Oh shit! I’ve wet the bed!” she cried as she scrambled out. As she stood, her belly cramped hard, and more fluid ran down her legs.
Ken woke up at her cry and had scrambled up too. “Sadie, I think your water broke.”
She nodded and looked around for something to soak up the mess. “Get Nanny or Kirsty.”
Ken nodded and headed down the hall as fast as he could.
Sadie stripped the bed between contractions. She’d put the waterproof cover on the mattress as Kirsty and Nanny with two of the aunts came into the room. They took over while Nanny helped Sadie clean up.
“You want to walk? Or crawl in bed?”
“Nanny, I’d rather walk.”
“Fine. When the pain gets bad, we’ll get you comfy. Ken! Walk with Sadie while we get some things ready!”
Three hours later, Sadie was on her knees trying to find a comfortable spot. In the end, she gave up and tried to lay down. “Ken, hold me.”
Ken crawled up on the bed, and held her. She put her legs over his, and as the contractions hit, she looked to Nanny who gave her the nod to push. Sadie pushed, gasped and then tried to catch her breath.
“You’re nearly there,” said Nanny. “Pull your knees up and push hard this time.
Sadie nodded. Ken helped hold her legs and she pushed hard. It burned, and she cried out. “Yyyou get tto have the next one!”
“You’ll be okay Sadie, just push,” he said softly.
“Okay? You’re not the one being split in two!” Before he could react, she swung her arm back up over her head and her fist connected with his left eye twice. Ken couldn’t even duck, as both of his hands were holding her legs. She had to stop when the next contraction hit. She strained and pushed hard, her face going red and blotchy.
“Keep pushing!” Nanny said. “Nearly there. Nearly… keep going! I see the head.”
Sadie took a deep breath, and pushed hard. There was a fierce burning and then relief. She felt the baby leave her body. A thin wail could be heard through the babble of voices.
“We have a baby girl,” Nanny said softly. She moved and brought the baby up and placed her on Sadie’s stomach. While the new parents looked at their baby, Nanny cut and tied the cord. Kirsty put a towel around the baby and across Sadie.
An hour later, Sadie and the baby were cleaned up and back in a clean warm bed. The baby was nursing noisily while Sadie cooed at her. Ken was curled up around his two ladies, sporting a big shiny black eye. Nanny smiled as she closed the door, leaving the new family to get acquainted.