When I went home after walking around the beach with the girls we
said our good-byes and I promised to see them before the final
good-bye party on the 31st. My mom and Ryan were smiling at me
when I walked in with the girls all covered in sand. "Beach day
huh?" He asked me "No, we went out with Aunt Dana and Abby and
then went to the beach. Beach day is when you can go too." I said
"Ah don't do that." He said and I just smiled at him. I carried
the girls to the table and took a rag to wash off the sand and
then they followed their Uncle Ry to play. "Ry!" Stormy said
"RY!" Starry said and he stopped and smiled. "Wanna play dolls?"
He asked and they nodded "Do not tell my friends." He said and we
smiled "Uh huh sure." I said and there was knock on the door. He
picked up the girls and their dolls and took off to his room so
nobody would see.
"Hey Hope come on in." My mom said and Hope who is
about a month along is looking a hot mess. Her hair wasn't
brushed, it looked like she has wore the same outfit for days.
"You need a bath, and new clothes." I said and she just rolled
her eyes. "Mom and daddy came home yesterday. Mother let me have
it about how she knew she should have never let me hang out with
you once you got pregnant because you are a bad example, a bad
friend I should just ignore you and do better in college." She
said "Oh Hope." I said hugging her and she sniffled "I'm not
going to be able to handle this." She said to me. "Yes you are.
You got me, Blake, Noah, Steph, my mom and dad to support you." I
said and she smiled. "Take a shower and borrow some of my
clothes." I said and she nodded.
My mom looked at me when she walked up "It's harder
on her Lex, she has nobody to actually love her like you had
Blake. She has nobody at all." She said "I know mom." I said and
then I heard a voice that I haven't heard forever, Happy Birthday
Sissy. Hope is going to be okay, she just needs to hope for the
best of things. Trust me. I smiled at that and realized it was
the girls afternoon nap time. I looked in and they were all
asleep curled up with Ryan. I took a picture of that and walked
into my room at how it was half packed still. Hope came in with a
towel wrapped around and I handed her, the extra bra and thong
set she left over here, then my baby blue cami and gray short
shorts. She smiled at me as I brushed the tangled out her hair,
"I'm sorry to be doing this on your birthday." She said "Oh Hope,
it's okay you know it is. I'm here for you. We can make it
through this." I said "You're going to help with my mood swings,
my cravings, my pains?" She asked me "I will try." I said and she
smiled at me "You're the best Lexie."
Blake and my dad came home at the same time. I was
outside with Hope and the girls were playing in the yard. Stormy
saw her daddy and started doing her baby steps to him and held up
her arms. Daddy got to Starry and he picked her up, she loves her
Grandpa or as they say it papa. They call momma meme, I'm mama,
Blake is Dada, Ryan is Ry, and when they talk to Callie she is
Ca. "Happy Birthday Lexie." Daddy said and I smiled "Thanks
daddy." I said and he smiled, Blake came up and kissed my lips
and I smiled at him.
That night we just had a simple dinner for me but I
didn't complain. I was with the people that I love and care for
the most. Hope was spending the night tonight like old times
before we go off to college, we have all the same classes so
we're going to see each other but it's still tough to know that
things will never be the same between us. We're both parents,
we're both adults, we have our lives ahead of us to worry about
and we're scared out of our minds but we know it's for the best.
When I graduate Callie will be graduating High school as well.
Ryan will be in the ninth grade then but still.
Two years later….
Alright so we all figured I would end up pregnant
during my college life, right? Well it happened in November of my
freshmen year, I found out I was pregnant. Rhode Island is a cold
state, especially compared to Florida where I have lived my whole
life. But our first/third baby was born on July 8th, eight days
before my 19th birthday and five days after Blake's 19th
birthday. A little girl that was named after Allie, I asked my
mom first and she was honored. Allison Marie Blevins. Marie was
my Grandma's middle name, the one who passed away. Hope ended up
having a baby girl named Lindsey Nicole Summers, but in her
junior year of college she met a guy and they're dating.
"Are you ready?" Blake asked me, we were still
packing up some of the house that we had left. We were moving
back to Florida, Blake decided to skip going to Brown to be like
the rest of us. Starry and Stormy are three years old and Allie
is almost a year old, it was in May 12th. Our graduation was
tomorrow and then Callie's graduation is June 10th. I picked up
Allie and placed her in her car seat, the girls followed us to
the car. We made it to the restaurant and greeted my mom, dad,
Callie, and Ryan. "I missed ya'll." I said, although we saw them
over Christmas Break. "I missed you too." My mom said but she
picked up Allie, Stormy went to my dad, and Starry went to
Callie. Ryan was fifteen years old; Callie was almost eighteen
After dinner they went to the hotel and we went back
to the rental house to finish packing. We were leaving May 15th
when they went back home, we will be staying with them for a
little bit until our house is ready and then we're moving in.
Noah and Steph came up and smiled at me, Steph is engaged to a
guy, Noah is dating a guy with a five year old son. Stormy,
Starry, Summer, and Autumn went off to play and I still had Allie
in my lap. Stormy is a daddy's girl, Starry can go either way,
and Allie is a momma's girl. Hope came in next with Lindsey, who
is two years old and looks just like her momma. Hope and I are
going back to Florida, Steph is going to Texas, and well Noah is
going South Carolina but we're still going to stay in touch.
I dropped the girls off at the hotel and we went to
the college to get ready. Hope smiled at me and hugged me
"promise me no matter what we will still be best friends?" She
asked me "I promise." I said and she smiled of course we have
always made this promise for so many years. My mind went back to
Allie, how she would be graduating with us, she would be getting
ready to adventure out and everything. I will be twenty-one this
year and it will be the fifth year without Allie and it feels
like it was just yesterday that she was with us joking and
laughing about the beach.
"Alexis Blevins." The Dean said and I walked up got
my college diploma and then after everyone was called I went to
my family. "I'm proud of you Lexie. Making it through high school
with two babies, then college with three." My mom said and I
smiled, I know she thinks that Allie should be up here too that
it shouldn't just be me. "Are you ready to finish packing the
final touches up?" My mom asked and I nodded, they were taking
the girls back to the hotel to go swimming while we finish up.
"Blakey, I'm all packed with everything." I said as I
was walking into our room, he was finishing up his last box.
"Looks like we're all packed then." He said and I smiled at him,
"Best years of my life." I said "Really? You got pregnant, had a
baby and finished college with three little girls." He said
"Yeah, but three little girls that look like their mommy." I said
and he smiled at me "You're amazing." He said and I only smiled
at him. "I know, but I can't wait to be at home in Florida." I
said and he only laughed at me.