As sunlight filtered through the curtains, Abby rolled over in bed away from the warm rays that kissed her face good morning. She snuggled her head down into the pillow and pulled the covers up to her chin.
Just five more minutes she thought to herself. Five more minutes of peace. Abby knew that as soon as she got up out of bed, she would be under the watchful eyes of Michael and all her friends. Not that she didn't appreciate their concern because she did, she just didn't want to talk about it just yet.
Abby knew she wouldn't be getting any more sleep, but still reluctant to get up, she rolled onto her back and stretched slowly. As she brought her arms down from above her head, she placed them on the tiny bump on her stomach.
"Good morning sunshine." She said softly to the child growing inside her. "Everyone is worried about me, your daddy most of all, but they just don't understand."
Abby sighed and closed her eyes as she turned her face into the sun to feel it's warmth.
She began talking again, "They don't understand that it's different for me this time. I don't feel the way I did before and not like I did after your brother Andrew was born. Although I will mourn him every day for the rest of my life, I know now that he knew it was okay to let go because you and daddy would be here for me."
As Abby lay there in the bed, eyes closed, slowly moving her hands over her stomach and smiling she missed seeing the person standing in the doorway.
It was her husband, Michael. He had come to check on her and to see if she was still sleeping, but when he got there he saw that Abby was awake so he stopped to admire the love of his life for just a moment.
That's when he heard her talking to their unborn child. As he listened to Abby talk, he couldn't stop the silent tears that ran down his cheeks. They had been through so much heartache over the years. It wasn't even like they brought it on themselves. They were good people, good parents and nothing could have prevented the loss of their son.
Michael hoped that with this new day things would really be different this time. Maybe, just maybe, he wouldn't have to worry all the time.