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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:23 am    Post subject: A Bigger Bundle Than Expected! Reply with quote

Just a dating scan.

That's all this was supposed to be, just a dating scan. Liv hadn't really given much thought to the size of her bump, assuming that second pregnancies seemed bigger than first ones anyway. Now, she was discovering, that wasn't the case. She stared at the monitor as the ultrasound wand gently pressed into her belly.

"Twins?"

"Lucy had twins," Johnny confirmed, not quite getting the message the technician was trying to tell them. He thought Liv was only asking the technician about the possibility of twins, rather than confirming it. Then again, he was too busy paying attention to Liv's bump, instead of looking at the monitor.

"Ah ... no, love." Liv touched his hand, tilting her head toward the monitor. "I mean ... twins. As in ... we're having."

The technician bit down on a grin; it was sometimes difficult to predict how people would handle this bit of news.

"Twins," Johnny echoed as he glanced to the monitor, still not quite getting it. "Wait ... Are you saying we're having twins?!" he asked, his voice going up at least an octave in mingled shock, astonishment and disbelief.

"That's what it looks like, Mr. Storm," the technician answered, pointing to the monitor. "There's one ... and there's the other. It's quite difficult to get a false positive on twins during an ultrasound at twelve weeks."

"Twins," Johnny echoed again, feeling a little light-headed. "I think-I think I'm gonna faint," he murmured, dropping into the closest chair available and hopefully not already occupied.

"Don't you dare," Liv warned, although her voice was a little weak as well. Twins, on top of three children, two dogs, a cat, and a dragon, and Fliss had moved out ... that was a daunting thought. "We may need to rearrange the house again."

Johnny shoved his fingers through his mop of blond hair and looked over at the monitor again. "Are you sure?" he asked, leaning forward and taking a harder look at the blob on the monitor. Or was it blobs?

"Yup." The technician frowned thoughtfully. "Hang on, let me get a better angle here ... Yup, there we go. Two amniotic sacs, two babies."

Liv felt her jaw drop. Even if she hadn't recognized the baby shapes, there was no mistaking the two sacs. "Oh, my god ..."

Johnny moved closer, as close as he could without getting in the technician's way, though he'd probably be able to make more sense of what he was seeing if he moved back a little. "Looks like two little blobs to me. Blob One and Blob Two," he quipped with a chuckle. "Are you sure they aren't aliens? They kind of look like aliens."

Liv raised a brow, a little too shocked just yet to appreciate that kind of humor. "I'd rephrase that if you don't want to be sleeping in the shed with Lir tonight," she suggested to her husband, one hand stroking over the crown of her bump in slow surprise. "We're going to have six children."

"Half a dozen," Johnny murmured, slowly retaking his seat, as if he didn't trust his legs to hold him upright. He was silent a moment as he tried to wrap his head around it. At least Fliss had moved out. That was one less mouth to feed and sleeping space to sort out. "We're gonna have to build another addition."

"Not necessarily," Liv said softly, aware that the technician was making calculations beside her. "Alexei has Fliss' old room, Maria has the big room - we still have the small bedroom and the nursery. Maria might not mind sharing with Bess?"

"Maybe," Johnny replied thoughtfully. This was something they didn't need to worry about today, but it was something they were going to have to give some thought to in the coming months. "Can you tell if it's ... if they're ... Can you tell the gender?" he asked, thinking that might be a good place to start. If they were of the same gender, they could probably share a room, but if not, they'd eventually have to be split up, if only for privacy's sake.

"Hmm ... Well, I can see only one placenta," the technician mused, pointing to a dark mass on the edge of the screen. "Usually that would signify identical twins, but there is a margin of error. There is a possibility that there are two placentas next to one another, presenting as one. As for the gender, that isn't something I can give you with any confidence right now, but as a multiple pregnancy, you'll be asked to have scans every four weeks, and I'm sure one of them will throw up someone confident enough to give you an estimate of gender."

Johnny paused a moment to take that in before looking to Liv with a smile on his face and reaching for her hand. "Twins, Livvie. We're having twins. Er, you're having twins." He chuckled. "I'm just the sperm donor."

"Oh, this is definitely we," she corrected him, laughing a little as she shook her head, squeezing his hand. "You are much more than just a sperm donor, sweetheart."

"I did donate the sperm, though," Johnny pointed out with a grin. At least, in a manner of speaking he had. "It was only a matter of time, you know," he said further.

"Is it wrong that I was sort of hoping we might dodge the bullet?" Liv asked in concern. After all, they'd watched Lucy almost meltdown over her own twins when they were tiny, even with all the help on hand.

Ah, but Lucy wasn't Liv, whose superpower was not only being the Multiverse's Best P.A., but wife and mother, too. Johnny chuckled and gave her hand a soft squeeze.

"It'll be okay, Liv. We got this," he said, confident that if they could handle everything else they'd been dealt in life, they could certainly handle twins. And they'd have plenty of help.

She smiled, relieved that Johnny, at least, seemed confident they would manage. "So when can we expect them?" she asked the technician.

He considered his calculations as the stills printed out behind him. "Your full term date will be around the beginning of March, but most twin pregnancies tend to come to a conclusion around 38 weeks," he told them. "So if I were you, I would aim to be ready for anything by the beginning of February, just in case."

"Six months? That doesn't give us much time," Johnny said, with a worried frown. Thankfully Bess was almost three and out of diapers. Two babies at the same time was going to be hard enough to handle, besides a toddler, a teen, and two not-quite tweens.

"Good god, I have another pregnant Halloween coming," Liv suddenly realized. She had not yet done Christmas pregnant, but she figured if Vicki Granger could do it, so could she.

"You'd make a great pumpkin!" Johnny teased, though his wife wasn't quite that big yet. His smile softened and he leaned close to touch a kiss to her cheek. "Congratulations, Mama," he whispered.

She laughed again, smiling as he leaned in close to her. "Couldn't have done it without you, Daddy," she whispered back. It was going to take a little while to feel calm about having twins, but at least they weren't in full denial about it. "We should get moving so we don't hold up the waiting room."
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Johnny smiled. He couldn't deny that he liked being a Dad, not to mention a husband. "We have some news to share," he said, as he moved to help her off the table. He wondered what the kids would think about their mother having twins.

It took a moment to wipe the gel off her belly and rearrange her clothes, but Liv was finally ready to go, one hand wrapped in Johnny's as she smiled at the technician. "Thank you. I suppose we'll be seeing you again in about a month, then."

Or one of the technician's colleagues anyway. "Thanks!" Johnny said, echoing Liv's gratitude, as he helped her off the table, to her feet. He hadn't thought much about it before, but her "bump" was growing an alarming rate, and now they knew why.

"I suppose now we know why the maternity box got opened sooner than we were expecting," Liv managed to laugh, taking the little envelope that contained the precious first pictures as it was offered. She looked over at Johnny. "Aren't you glad we decided not to bring the kids for this scan?"

"I'm glad I didn't pass out!" Johnny said with a chuckle, glancing over at the envelope that contained the pictures of their yet-to-be-born twins. "Do you think they're boys or girls or one of each?" he asked, curiously. He always did have a hard time being patient when it came to surprises.

"I have no idea," Liv admitted as they walked out together. "I'm still trying to wrap my head around the fact that there are two of them in there. I thought Lucy filled that quota for us!"

"It's in the genes, isn't it?" he asked. He didn't know a lot about science - that was Reed's thing - but he thought he'd heard that twins was hereditary.

"Well ... yes," she conceded. "And it's more likely if the mother is a twin." She sighed, shaking her head. "I have no idea how the kids are going to take this. One baby was just about all we could handle when Bess was born."

Johnny wasn't as concerned about the kids as he was about Liv. He pulled her gently to a halt, a worried frown on his face. "But the kids are older now, and Bess isn't a baby anymore. I'm sure we'd have plenty of help," he pointed out, worried she might not want another baby, much less two.

"I know we will," she assured him softly. "It's just a lot to take in, you know?" She squeezed his hands gently, smiling. "I promise you, I am not going to have a meltdown. I just need a little time to adjust my mind to this, love."

"We have six months to get ready, and I promise you're not alone in this. I'll take time off from work, and I know the kids will help. Everyone will help," Johnny said, as if he was trying to plead his case. He'd always wanted a big family, but six kids was a lot. He wasn't sure he wanted to promise they wouldn't have more, but he also knew there had to be a limit.

"Johnny ..." Liv raised her hand, curling her fingers to his cheek with a smile. "You look like you're expecting me to freak out again," she told him affectionately. "Who are you trying to convince here, you or me? I know we can do this. It'll be hard for the first few months, but we can do it. That doesn't mean we both have to be absolutely fine with it right now, though."

"I know," Johnny said with a sigh, lifting her hand from his cheek to press it against his lips for a kiss. "I'm happy, Liv. I am. I always wanted a big family, but twins?" He laughed. "Our lives sure aren't boring, are they?"

She laughed quietly, leaning into him for a moment. "No, boring is certainly not something we can lay claim to," she agreed. "Which is pretty amazing, if you think about it."

"Why's that?" Johnny asked, curiously again. His life had never been very boring, even before he'd become the Torch. He'd made sure of that. It was more amazing to him that he'd somehow managed to become a responsible adult, but he had to credit Liv with some of that.

"Oh, Johnny ..." Liv giggled, sliding her fingers between his as she drew him to walk beside her once again. "I'm not the most exciting person in the world," she reminded him gently. "I'm as normal as you can get, and that is boring. I have a normal job, which could also be boring, although I don't find it so. But I also have you, and our quietly insane family, and I love the wonder you've brought to my life."

"Boring?" Johnny echoed. "Livvie, you are the least boring person I've ever met! First of all, you're married to me, but besides that ... You're the World's - no, the Multiverse's - Best P.A. and Mom and Wife! You're an amazing woman, and I love you, and the kids love you, and Lucy and Steve love you, and Jon and Vicki love you, and ..." He sighed, realizing he wasn't really explaining why she wasn't boring, so much as how much they all loved and appreciated her. "Baby, just take my word for it. You're not boring."

She smiled, not arguing with him, though he knew she would have a few years ago. That was one thing she had promised to work on, and was actually quite good at these days - she no longer put herself down just because it was something she had always done. "I love you, sparky."

"I love you, too, Livvie," he said, and with that, almost as if on cue, he pulled her into his arms and gave her a kiss toe-curling enough to prove he meant it.

Not that she needed proof, but Liv never said no to a kiss or seven from her favorite person in the multiverse. "You're such a charmer, Johnny Storm," she teased him affectionately. "Wanna go home and rub the bump before the kids come crashing in again?"

"I hope you mean that in a good way," he said with a smirk, having been called that before, sometimes to his determent. "If I rub your bump, do I get my wish?" he asked, with that playful grin of his.

"I suppose that all depends on what your wish is," she teased fondly, giving him a tug toward where they had parked. They only had a couple of hours before the children would start returning from school and playdates, after all.

"I don't think I can say it out loud," he replied, waggling his brows mischievously, as he got tugged toward the car. He let her fill in the blanks however she wanted. They'd always had a healthy love life, as evidenced by the fact that they were having twins.

She laughed, rolling her eyes. "Now I'm afraid to ask," was her reply. "You've never failed to say aloud what you're wishing for!"

"Does the number 69 mean anything to you?" he said, that smirk still on his face, assuming she'd know what he was suggesting - if they had enough time before the kids got home.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Her laugh this time was distinctly filthy. "Sure you can bend that much?" she teased. "There's a bit more of me to angle around right now!"

"Not as much as Mr. Fantastic Elastic or whatever Reed is calling himself these days, but I think I can manage," Johnny replied, confident in his abilities, at least where love-making was concerned.

"We could always take turns," Liv mused, unlocking the car with a warm smile. "I happen to enjoy the noises you make when I have your undivided attention."

"What noises?" Johnny asked, not quite sure what she meant by that. As far as he was concerned, he wasn't aware that he made any noises during lovemaking, other than maybe a few gasps and groans. "Are you trying to raise my temperature?" he asked, waggling his brows again.

"Oh, I'm certainly going to do my best, sparky." She grinned, folding herself down into the car with a faint groan of her own. God knew what carrying twins was going to be like - heavy, she imagined.

She could always ask Lucy, but Johnny was confident Liv could do anything she set her mind to, and of course, he was always more than willing to help. "You probably won't have to try hard," he pointed out with a grin as he helped her to get inside the car and then went around to the driver's side.

"I thought you were the one who had to bring "hard" to the table," she giggled, tucking the seatbealt more comfortably about herself. She leaned back, stroking the bump, which was definitely a bump and couldn't be mistaken for an overly large meal.

"Do you have any doubts?" Johnny asked as he buckled himself into the front seat. He leaned over to lay a hand against her bump, for the first time since they'd had the scan. "Don't worry, Livvie. Everything's gonna be okay," he assured her, following that up for a quick kiss.

"And if it isn't, we'll make it okay," she answered, smiling as he kissed her. "Take me home, Daddy dearest, or we're going to run out of time to be adults."

"Yes, ma'am," Johnny replied, wasting no time in hitting the gas pedal, though he didn't peal out like he might have when he was younger. After all, he had a wife and children to think of now, and a pair of twins on the way.

Not bad for a pair of orphans who had gone through most of their lives with only a sister to lean on. At least they could be absolutely certain that none of their children would suffer the way they had. Even with all the unusual skills the Storm children brought to the table, they were a family. That was all that really mattered.
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