She giggled when he struggled with the doorknob. "Put me down before you drop me!" she laughed.
"I'm supposed to carry you across the threshold!" AJ protested, managing to get the door open and then carrying her up the stairs.
Curling up against him, Toni playfully told him, "You're supposed to carry your bride over the threshold, not your fiance!"
AJ nuzzled her neck. "Close enough!"
Toni sighed. She trusted Melissa and AJ 100% - but she still didn't like seeing them hanging out without her.
"I'll let you get back to your story," she apologized. "I'll just go get breakfast started!"
Toni smiled and took a bite of her cereal. "Well, just trying to get this place organized and..." Toni's stomach flipped uncomfortably. She hastily stood up. "Excuse me," she managed to spit out before running to the bathroom.
"Are you okay?" Melissa asked.
Toni brushed it off, "Oh yeah, it must've been something I ate." She started to tell Melissa about how she was looking for a dance studio to join in town, but had been unable to find anything.
"Perhaps at the gym?" Melissa suggested.
"Maybe we could go together!" Toni said excitedly.
Melissa made a face. "Maybe," she hedged. "So?! When's the wedding planned?" she asked, changing the subject completely.
AJ and Toni both groaned. "Who knows," AJ said. "Trying to get everyone in my family to be somewhere at the same time is really difficult!"
"I'm hoping we might elope," Toni added jokingly.
"I know, you've been looking... wait... children?" he paused, feeling a little light-headed. "You're pregnant?"
Toni sniffled and nodded. "We haven't even planned the wedding! This wasn't supposed to happen like this!" she wailed.
"You're pregnant?!" AJ repeated happily. "Really?"
She nodded. "I took 3 pregnancy tests hoping they were wrong!"
"So? What was it you wanted to discuss?" Kathleen asked when she was comfortable.
He looked over towards Toni and sent a reassuring smile.
Kathleen blinked. "But you're not married yet," she told him. She'd been expecting to discuss cakes and dresses and venues for the wedding - not a pregnancy!
"I know, Mom. We'll just have to bump the wedding up," he said reasonably.
"How will this look if you decide to go into politics sometime down the road! Your running mates would mock you for your family values!"
AJ chuckled, "I don't think it's quite as dire as that, Mom." He paused. "Are you happy for us, though?"
Kathleen blinked again. "Of course I'm happy for you! I just wish you had planned this a little better!"
"I'm not old enough to be a grandma!" Kathleen said under her breath. She couldn't believe this!
AJ turned to respond to his Mom, but his Dad touched his arm. "Let us know the wedding arrangements. We'll talk to you soon!"
"I love you," she told him sleepily.
"I love you, too."
Kathleen nodded tightly. She still wasn't pleased with her son's choice of a wife, but there was her future grandchild to consider!
"Mmm," Kathleen said non-committally. "If you'll excuse me please."
AJ rushed to console his wife, "She likes you just fine, Toni! You're just being sensitive! Everything is going to be fine! She's done this 6... 7... times... She's a pro!"
"AJ?" Toni asked quietly, interrupting.
"Wait a minute," Kathleen said, "This is important!..." She shot a glance towards her daughter-in-law to rebuke her, but stopped mid-sentence.
AJ and Kathleen both jumped up and started panicking.
With another contraction, she delivered a sweet, little girl. Before Kathleen could suggest a name, Toni quickly named her Kristi Vanderbuilt.
"With an 'i'," she said, shooting a triumphant look towards her mother-in-law. Kathleen had told her no less than a million times how plebeian it was that her name ended with an 'i'.
"Go take your shower & get ready for work," Toni told him. "I'll take care of the babies."
AJ shot her a grateful look and hurried off to the bathroom. Toni actually seemed to really enjoy the newborn stage. He personally couldn't wait until they were a little older and could do more than cry, eat, sleep... and dirty diapers!
AJ blinked. "Get ready?" he asked.
"For the dinner party. Remember? You invited your family over for dinner?"
"Oh yeah!" AJ said slowly, "I'll just go get ready."
Toni flipped the page, looking for the perfect dish to serve for the party.
AJ turned around and set the small plate down. "Sorry, sweetie," he said, abashed.
Elizabeth stood nearby, eating the chips and cheese.
She picked up her granddaughter and took her downstairs for a bottle.
"I like it when your family visits," she told him, too happy at being able to rest a moment to be upset with her mother-in-law.
AJ reached her hand and squeezed.
They probably shouldn't have bought this expensive house, he thought. Hindsight is 20/20!
Andrew shook his head. "She wasn't feeling well. You know how she is during the late stages of pregnancy. Her feet swell and her hips hurt. The doctor says that it might be worse this time because of her age."
AJ winced. "I'm sure she loved hearing that!"
Andrew smiled tightly. "We have a new doctor now."
Dominic nodded seriously. "That it has."
Number of Sims in game: 35
Number of shrink visits: -2
Number of times fired: -1
Number of social bunny visits: -1
Number of children taken by social worker: -1
Number of Sims hobby plaque points: 3
Neighborhood net worth (per $100,000): 3
Number of platinum graves: 0
Number CAS elders achieving impossible want: +10
Number CAS elders achieving lifetime want: +10
Total Points: 56