Baby, Be Mine (Life, Love And Babies Book 3)(10)

By: Samantha Chase

“I can’t thank you enough,” Jake said before pulling Mike in for a brotherly embrace. “You saved my life.”

Mike smiled as he pulled back. “You would do the same for me.” It wasn’t a question; it was a statement of fact. With a wave and a smile, he was gone.

The silence left in his wake was deafening.

Jake sat back down opposite her, and they simply stared at one another for far longer than was comfortable. Olivia decided to leave her comfort zone and speak up first. “Okay, so I’m guessing that you’ve gotten the basics down – feeding and changing them. But the drawers that they’re sleeping in have to go. Have you done any shopping at all yet?”

He shook his head. “Neither of us wanted to be left alone with them. They can be quite a handful when they wake up.”

Olivia couldn’t help but chuckle. “I’m sure. Well, the carriers that I saw them in the other day had bases on them so that means that they can be used as car seats. How about we go and do some shopping once they wake up. It will be good for them to get used to being in the car and going from place to place.” Now was as good of time as any to see what he was planning for the future. “Especially since you plan on being a stay-at-home dad.”

“How did you know about that?”

This time it was more of a laugh that escaped from her lips. “Please, you think my mother didn’t give me the entire low-down on what you’ve got planned?” There was a hint of disapproval in her tone, and she watched Jake’s expression turn serious.

“You don’t think I can do it?”

“You are in construction, Jake. You do massive renovations. How do you plan to do that from home?”

“I have a crew.”

She nodded and took another sip of her beverage. “Right. And you’re fine with never going on a job site ever again?”

He paled. “Well, I wouldn’t say never…I’d just have to find a way to…”

“To what?” she interrupted. “You’re clearly against hiring a nanny – even though it’s the best thing for all of you – and you think that you can still do your job. Babies can’t be on construction sites, Jake. You have to admit that you’ll need help.”

He stood abruptly and began to pace in the kitchen. “I’ll figure it out, Olivia. I don’t have to have all of the answers right now. For the time being I can work from home. I’ve been on the phone for days with my foremen, and they are all okay with taking the reins for a while.”

His tone was defensive, and she was smart enough to let the topic drop for now. “Well then, that’s a good thing, right?” He nodded and Olivia stood. “What time do you think they’ll be up?”

Looking over at the clock on the wall, Jake tried to remember when they had finally fallen back to sleep that morning. “Some time after lunch,” was all he said.

“Okay, then. How about you show me to my room, and I’ll get settled in and start making a list of what we’ll need.” Wordlessly, Jake led her from the room and toward the master bedroom on the main floor. The one he’d come out of earlier. “Um…” she began when she crossed the threshold.

“Before they arrived, I was renovating the second floor. This is the only functioning bedroom.”

Her mind swirled as she looked at the rumpled sheets on the bed and found that it wasn’t difficult to imagine Jake sleeping there. Shaking that thought aside, she chewed nervously on her bottom lip. “Oh…I guess I’ll take the couch. That’s where Mike was sleeping, right?”

Jake nodded even as he verbally disagreed with her. “You’re the one doing me a favor, Olivia. You take the bed, and I’ll take the couch.”

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