"Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you..." everyone sang as Kevin stood in front of a large cake, Kellie by his side. He leaned in and blew the candles, everyone cheered.
"Happy Birthday" she said kissing his cheek �Ooh� she said, putting her hand to her stomach.
�Are you alright dear?� Ann asked.
�Yeah, yeah I�m okay� Kellie said smiling.
�Why don�t you have a seat and relax?� Anne asked her.
�No, really, I�m fine, this has been happening a lot lately� Kellie said smiling.
�Mom�s right, plus the doctor said you should be taking it easy, come on" Kevin said helping her into a chair "Do it as a birthday present to me" he said to her. "There you go" he said putting a pillow under her feet "Want some cake?" he asked.
"Duh" Kellie said to him.
"I'll be right back" he said as she put her feet up.
�I�ll get you a nice tall glass of milk� Ann said following him into the kitchen.
�You look comfy� Vicki said sitting across from her.
�Far from it� Kellie said �I�ve never been more uncomfortable in my life� she said �My back is killing me, the hormones are driving me crazy and I haven't seen my feet in months...my shoes match right?" she asked.
"Yes" Vicki said laughing.
"Here you are my dear" he said handing her a giant slice of cake.
"Thank you, just what I need" she said taking it from him "Mmm...cake" she said eating.
"Now can I get you anything else?" he asked.
"No, go, enjoy your party" she said eating.
�Are you sure? Are you comfortable? Do you need another pillow?� he asked.
�I�m fine, I promise� she said.
�Alright, but I�ll be back to check on you� he said.
�Oh I know you will� she said eating her cake.
"Wow, that must be nice" Vicki said to her.
"He's so sweet but to tell you the truth he's really getting on my nerves" Kellie said eating her cake.
"I'm actually surprised he had a party what with happened to his dad this summer..." Vicki said sadly.
"Yeah I know, he's doing so much better with it now" Kellie said, still shoveling cake into her mouth.
Vicki reached over to stick her finger in the frosting, Kellie slapped her hand away.
"I'm pregnant too you know!" Vicki said to her, licking the frosting from her finger tip.
"Get your own!" Kellie said to her "Ooh...oh..." Kellie said sitting up and putting the cake down.
"You okay?" Vicki asked.
"Cramping" Kellie said to her, she took a deep breath "Okay" she said relieved.
"You okay now?" Vicki asked concerned.
"Yeah" she said before groaning in pain "Or not" she said.
"Kev!" Vicki yelled.
"Kel? You okay?" Kevin asked rushing over to her.
"No don't worry I'm..." she said before groaning again "Fine" she said to him.
"No you're not" he said to her.
"Oh no" Kellie said as her face went blank.
"What? What happened?" he asked nervously.
"My water just broke" she said.
"Oh god...okay, we got to get you to the hospital, can you stand up?" he asked.
"Not really" she said as he helped her up.
"What's going on? Are you alright dear?" Ann asked.
"Kel's in labor" Kevin said to her.
"My goodness! We've got to get you to the hospital, come on sweetheart" Ann said helping Kellie outside.
"Wait! Wait, you need to call my parents" she said.
"I got it" Vicki said picking up the phone and dialing "Go!" she said to them.
Ken and Lynda rushed into the emergency room with an overnight bag.
"Can I help you?" a nurse asked them as they approached the desk.
"Yes, we're looking for Kellie Mitchell, she was just brought in, she's having a baby" Ken said to the nurse.
"Are you family?" the nurse asked.
"We're her parents" Lynda said to her.
"Room 219" the nurse said.
"Thank you" they said hurrying to the elevator.
Kellie lied in her hospital bed, taking slow deep breaths.
"I just checked with the desk, your parents are here, my mom's going to bring them in" Kevin said to her.
"Hold my hand" she said to him, she squeezed it tightly as she took more deep breaths.
"Kellie, Kellie" Lynda said bursting into the room "Oh honey" she said rushing to her side.
"Mom" Kellie whined as her mom came to her side.
"You okay?" Lynda asked.
"Oh yeah, just great" she said rolling her eyes.
"Kellie" Ken said coming into the room "Hi princess" he said kissing her forehead "You doing okay?" he asked, Lynda shook her head at him.
"Can we get you anything?" Lynda asked.
"I'm going to get you some ice chips" Kevin said leaving the room.
"I don't want ice, I want drugs!" she yelled at him.
"I'll get the ice chips first" he said leaving the room.
"Mom" she whined "This really hurts" she said.
"Oh I know, I know it does, but it's all worth it, you'll see" she said grabbing a cloth and dabbing Kellie's forehead with it.
"Well Kellie, good to see you again" the doctor said coming into the room, snapping on a pair of rubber gloves.
"Oh doc, please tell me I'm close to delivery" Kellie said to her.
"We're about to find out" she said throwing a blanket over her knees and examining her.
"Well?" Kellie asked hopefully.
"You're at 3 centimeters" she said "Just sit back and relax, you're going to be here for a while" the doctor said pulling her gloves off.
"Yeah that's what I want to hear" Kellie said irritated.
"Try to get some rest okay? I'll be back to check on you in a little while" she said leaving the room.
"Here, got the ice chips" Kevin said handing her a Styrofoam cup.
"Just relax honey okay" Lynda said to her.
"I'll try" Kellie said putting a few ice chips in her mouth.
Kellie soon fell asleep, her parents and his mom slept out in the waiting room and he was slumped over in the chair next to her bed, listening to the steady beeping of the monitors.
October 4, 1991
The dark night sky turned into a cool blue, a few stray stars twinkling above, the blue then faded into a pale pink, the early morning sun was just over the horizon. Kellie opened her eyes in time to see the sun peak when she began to feel mounting discomfort.
"Kev, Kev" she said waking him up.
"You okay?" Kevin asked jolting awake.
"I think this is it" she said.
He stood up and raced out into the hallway.
"Honey? Are you okay?" her mom asked.
"It's time" Kellie said.
Kevin followed closely behind the doctor, she examined Kellie "Eleven hours, you're a trooper" she said "You're ready for delivery".
"Mom" Kellie said reaching out for Lynda.
"Don't worry honey I'm right here" Lynda said taking her hand.
"So am I" Kevin said taking her other hand and kissing it.
"This is it" she said to him.
"This is it...time to meet our son" he said to her smiling.
�I love you" she said.
"I love you too" he said to her.
A nurse entered the room and the doctor closed the door behind her.
"Okay Kellie, on your next contraction I want you to start pushing okay?" the doctor asked sitting at the foot of the bed.
Kevin and Lynda held her legs up as she squeezed their hands tightly.
"Okay Kellie...and push" the doctor said, Kellie clenched her teeth together, screeching coming from her throat. "Keep pushing, come on you can do it" the doctor said. Her grunts and groans became louder with each push. "One more push, just one more" the doctor said to her.
"Come on you can do it, I know you can" Kevin said to her.
"If you don't shut up, I'm going to tear your eyebrows right off!" Kellie said to him.
"Fine, you can do that later" he said to her.
"Come on Kellie, keep going, good girl" the doctor said, she fell back to the pillows trying to catch her breath. A loud wailing cry came from her feet, she sat up "Here he is" the doctor said holding him up, he continued to cry out when the nurse took him. Tears streamed down Kevin's face as well as Lynda's.
"Here he is" the nurse said handing him to Kellie.
She bundled him up in her arms "Hi" she said happily "Hi" she said as he kissed her forehead.
"Six am on the dot" the doctor said to her glancing up at the clock.
"Oh my god" Kellie said happily.
Later, Kellie sat with the baby cradled safely in her arms, looking down at his tiny face.
"Mom, I want you to meet someone" Kevin said bringing Ann into the room.
�Oh� she said happily �Would you look at him� she said.
"You want to hold him?" Kellie asked.
"Please" Ann said holding her arms out, Kellie carefully passed him over "Oh hello little boy" she said rocking him gently in her arms "He looks just like you did" she said to Kevin, she gave him a kiss on the cheek and kissed Kellie's cheek as well.
Her parents then came in the room "oh...Look at our grandson" Ann said to Ken and Lynda.
"He's absolutely perfect" Lynda said "May I?" she asked.
"Oh of course" Ann said passing him over.
"Hello angel" Lynda cooed "Ken, look at this little face" she said.
"Hey there little guy" Ken said "I'm grandpa" he said happily.
"Isn't this great? You get to share a birthday with your son" Ann said to him.
"Kinda" Kevin said "Just missed it" he said "can I?" he asked Lynda.
"Here's your daddy" Lynda said passing him over.
"Yep, I'm your daddy" he said sitting next to Kellie, his little hands were balled into fists, he let out a tiny yawn. His little eyes peered open as he looked up at them.
"Hi" Kellie said "I'm your mommy" she said to him.
Bronson and Kristy came into the room, out of breath from rushing down the hallway, still clad in their pajamas.
"Are we late?" Bronson asked frantically.
"No course not" Kellie said to him "Come say hi to your nephew" Kellie said ushering them into the room.
"He's so cute" Kristy said getting closer.
"He is, isn't he?" Kellie asked.
"Everyone, we want you to meet, Kyle Michael Richardson" he said to everyone as Kellie smiled, holding his little hand.
"Richardson?" Ken asked.
"Ken..." Lynda said in a warning tone.
"Richardson...great" he said.
A few days later Kellie was packing everything up to leave the hospital.
"Hey" Melissa said as she and AJ came into the room.
"Hey, what are you doing here?" Kellie asked.
"We had a doctor�s appointment and figured we�d stop in and meet little Kyle" Melissa said.
"Hey" Kevin said softly as he gingerly carried Kyle into the room, Melissa gasped "Here he is" Kevin said.
"Look at him" Melissa said.
"Well he's definitely yours, he's got the eyebrows to prove it" AJ said "Poor kid" he said.
"Shut up" Kevin said.
"Oh he is so precious" Melissa gushed looking at him.
"Want to hold him?" Kevin asked.
"Please" she said as Kevin passed him over to her.
"I'd give you a cigar if I were able to buy them" AJ said patting his shoulder.
"Thanks" Kevin said as they laughed.
"So dad? How do you feel?" AJ asked putting his arm around Kevin's shoulders.
"Amazing, I can't even describe how happy I am, he's everything" Kevin said.
"What about you? mom?" Melissa asked Kellie.
"I'm exhausted but I'm happy" Kellie said smiling.
"Here you go, here's your momma" Melissa said handing him back to Kellie.
"Thanks for coming guys, we really appreciate it" Kellie said to them.
"Of course, you guys heading out?" Melissa asked.
"Yep, time to get Kyle home" Kellie said.
"Congratulations, he's perfect" Melissa said hugging Kellie.
"Thanks for coming guys" Kevin said to them.
"Congratulations old man" AJ said patting Kevin's shoulder once more.
"We'll see you later" Melissa said as they left.
"Can't believe how small he is" Kevin said.
"Didn't feel small" Kellie said as they looked down at him.
"Oh yeah I asked my mom to bring this over" he said holding up his football jersey.
Kellie laughed "Very nice" she said.
"It's like a bookend" he said wrapping Kyle up in it "You were wearing this when we made him and now...he's wearing it" he said, Kellie laughed.
"Okay sweetie, you ready to go home?" she asked setting him in a carrier "Ready?" she asked as he picked up her bag and the carrier.
"I think we are" he said as they left the room.