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February 14, 2005.

I slowly awoke to the smell of flowers. My eyes weren't even open, but the smell was amazing. I stretched and began to smile at the thought of the night Kevin and I had had last night. Kevin took off to the bathroom. I started to walk towards the door. He came out with the test in his hand. I saw the tears in his eyes. He slowly walked over to me and dropped to his knees. He wouldn't look me in the face. I began to feel tears burning in my eyes. Maybe I should've checked before I went, and then I would have known. I felt his arms wrap around my waist and pull me too him. He placed his head on my stomach.
I could feel him sobbing.
"Kevin, baby it's ok. All that means is we get to practice a little more." I ran my hands through his hair.
"No Cass."
"No, what do you mean no, Kevin. It's ok honey. It takes some time to get pregnant."
"No baby that's not what I mean." He placed his forehead to my stomach and I could barely make out the whisper, but heard it.
"Hi baby, it's daddy." I collapsed to my knees in front of him and we held each other and cried. We began to kiss and Kevin stood up pulling me with him, he gathered me up in his arms and carried me to the bed. We made love all night.
"Morning Darlin," I opened my eyes and he was sitting on the bed with a single white rose in his hand." Be My Valentine?" he asked turning his head to the side. "Yours and Yours alone" I sat up and kissed him on the lips. The sun was just beginning to shine thru the curtains. I could see vases and vases of white roses.
"Kevin Scott Richardson, what have you done?" I looked around the room. 12 dozen white roses were scattered all over the room.
"Well, it is valentines day my dear wife and I intend to spoil the love of my life today. I mean, she has given me the best valentines' present I could ask for."
"Well the same could be said for you dear. I mean you helped make this little miracle remember."
"Oh Yeah, I remember, and I could show you again if you'd like."
"I would like that very much" with that he gently laid me back down and began to make love to me. He had breakfast delivered to the room and then drew me a bath. I got dressed and met him in the sitting room.
"So what's your plans for today boo?"
"Well, first we do this." He grabbed my hand and pulled me into the hallway. He began to run up and down the hall banging on the doors of all the other's. One by one they came out there rooms starring at Kevin like he had lost his mind.
"Yo Train, wassup man" AJ was the first to speak.
"Yeah Kev, what's all this craziness about?" Howie said still rubbing his eyes to wake up.
"Well," He came to stand behind me with his hands on my hips. "First off I wanted you all to know that this woman standing right here in front of me is the love of my life and this is the best Valentines Day ever."

"Lord Cass, what did you do to him last night?" Nick asked. I began to blush.
"It's not what she did last night, well, it is, but it's not and well. Let's just say that this little lady right here has given me the best night of my life."
"OK KEVIN, now we know something's up. We do not need to hear about your sexcapades with your lady there. Spill it." AJ had walked over to stand beside us.
"You wanna tell'em or you want me too." I began to giggle.
"I think you better explain this craziness boo." Leighanne, Susie, Lisa, Cierra, Brian and Nick had all come out of their rooms and was now watching this crazy man known as Kevin.
"Well, last night before the show Lisa got my Valentines present ready and when we got back I got to open it."
"AND" they all said in unison.
"I'M GONNA BE A DADDY AGAIN." He placed his hands on my stomach and began to rock.
"OH MAN, that's great." AJ began hugging us. Everyone gave congratulations and hugs were exchanged. We all talked for a few more minutes then the couples realizing the day began to disappear back into their rooms. Kevin gently pulled me back into ours and began kissing me.
"So darlin, what'cha wanna do today. I have this evening planned out but the daytime is all yours.
"Well, I need to do some shopping, and I promised Lexi a surprise so I need to find her something."
"We already got her something" He grinned as he began to rub my stomach again.
"Kevin, we are not going to tell her about the baby yet. Not until I get past the first trimester. I don't want her to get her hopes up and then something happen."
"Nothing is going to happen to this baby, he's sent to us special. I just know it."
"Yeah, and you know it's a boy to."
"Of course it's a boy." he just grinned. We spent the day shopping. Kevin had made a point to disappear and I was glad I wanted to make sure that I got him something special for the day. We headed back to the hotel I changed into a black pair of slacks and black strappy heels with a white silk blouse. I looked in the mirror and turned sideway. I ran my hand down to my stomach flattening my shirt as my hand stopped on my belly.
"Well, so much for all that hard work. I just refuse to get big again. I so excited you decided to join us little one. But I don't want to be big and fat again" I said.
"Me too." Kevin stepped in the door and wrapped me in his arms." and no more talk about getting big and fat. I don't care how big you get, you'll always be beautiful to me and the thought that your carrying my baby again makes it ten times more so. I love you so much Cass." He bent down and kissed me. He smelled so good. He was dressed in his black slacks that clung to his waist outlining his body perfectly. He was wearing a grey silk shirt and a black jacket. God was he sexy. I wasn't sure I wanted to go to dinner anymore; I was enjoying the idea of undressing him better. I began to run my hands up his chest.
"Umm boo."
"Yeah darlin"
"Whatcha' say we get rid of this jacket?" I began to slide it off his shoulder.

"OH NO YOU DON'T" he stepped back. "I have this evening planned to a T and your not about to change a thing, even though it's not a bad idea, but it's and idea to hold on to till after we get back, Ok?" he kissed me and grabbed my hand pulling me towards the front door. "By the way, I got you a little something." He pulled a box out of his pocket. I began to unwrap it. I lifted the lid.
"Oh Kevin, it's beautiful." It was an emerald and diamond baguette bracelet that matched my wedding rings. "Thank you." I kissed him and we were out the door.
"Kevin had arranged for us to have dinner in a quiet little Italian restaurant. He had rented out the entire back room and it was set just for us. A table by the fireplace candles all over the room and music was softly playing in the background. We ate and laughed and then our song began to play. Kevin pulled me to the center of the room and we began to dance. I began to think back to the night of our wedding. It was so wonderful.
"God boo, I don't think our life's could be any better, do you?"
'Nope, got all I need in the world" he placed his forehead to mine."Cass do you know how much you mean to me, I mean do you really know how much I love you?"
"Uh huh, do you know how much I love you?"
"Uh huh. Cass I'm so excited about this new baby. I can't wait."
"Well, based on my calculations daddy, you'll have to wait till October."
"THAT LONG!!" his head shot up.'
"Yes, that long, it does take 9 months Kevin. Besides, this baby could be born on your birthday." I began to run my hands up his chest and over his shoulders. His body felt so good. My mind began to wander to what the evening still had in store. I barely heard his next sentence.
"Oh that would be cool."
"Kevin, can we go back to the room now."
"Yeah, you ok." a look of concern crossed his face.
"I'm fine, I just want to give you your present, and I ready to get you out of this." I began to run my hands back up his chest.
"Let's go" we were out the door. I looked for the limo, but it wasn't there.
"Kevin, where's the Limo."
"Your chariot awaits you darlin," He pointed to a horse drawn carriage. We climbed inside and covered our laps with the blanket. As we rode along it was beautiful. The lights of the city and the sounds, having Kevin's arm around me holding me close. I laid my head on his chest and listened to the sound of his heart beating. He rested his head on top of mine. We got back to the hotel and headed to our room. We were giggling as we walked in.
"OMG" I just gasped. The room was lit with candles and music was softly playing. The bed had been turned down."Kevin?"
"The boys helped a little."
"Oh, ok, well, I'll be right back" I gave him a quick kiss on the lips and headed towards the bathroom and closed the door. I changed and grabbed Kevin's present and headed back into the sitting room.

He was dressed in black silk pajama bottoms and no top sitting on the couch sipping a glass of brandy. After 4 years of marriage he could still take my breath away. I walked over to him and fell into his lap.

"Here ya go boo." I said handing him the box. He unwrapped it.
"Wow Cass this is great." It was a silver thumb ring with all of our names engraved on it. Kevin's, mine, Scottie's, Lexi's and a blank spot for the new baby.
"See now you can say we're wrapped around your finger um thumb and mean it." He began to laugh.
"Now let me see this outfit you have on. He stood up and placed me on the floor" I was wearing a long satin nightgown that was red and fitted to the body perfectly. He began to run his hands down my body. The friction from the warmth of his hands and the satin setting me on fire.
"Now let's see" He began." I remember somebody starting something before we left.
"Yep, I remember what I said" I began to run my hands up and down his chest. "I specifically remember saying how you'd look better out of these," I said as I pulled at the drawstring to his bottoms letting them fall to the floor. "MMMMM" I said as I turned and headed towards the bed.
"NOT SO FAST" He spun me around and pulled me next to him. He began to kiss me and picked me up and carried me to the bed. Oh that night was wonderful.

Everyone was so excited about the new baby coming. Mama Anne couldn't wait. The months passed by and the boys continued to perform. The tour was to end in November and they were going to take the next 5 months off. The pregnancy was going great and with the way the schedule was set there was no way Kevin would miss the birth. The baby was due on October 16th and the boys had a two-week hiatus during that week and the week after. As much as Lexi and I wanted to be with them on the tour it just wasn't possible. Lexi was growing up so fast. It was so amazing to watch her grow. Her long curly black hair that bounced when she ran and her emerald green eyes. She was so beautiful and such a daddy's girl. She couldn't wait till he would call her on the phone.
"Hi daddy, guess what?"
"What princess?"
"Tomorrow's your birthday, Happy Birthday Daddy, and guess what else? I got to feel the baby kick mommy today."
"Yes I know. You did? Wow! Are you being a big girl for Daddy?"
"Yes sir, did you get my birthday surprise I sent to you?"
"Of course, and I love it. In fact I'm wearing it right now."
"When you coming home daddy? I miss you."
"I miss you too princess; Daddy will be home on the 12th of October. Then Daddy doesn't have to go back out to sing again until the end of October."
"Oh, well, you wanna talk to mama? I wanna go outside and play."
"Ok princess, have fun. I love you."
"I love you too daddy." and she handed the phone to me.

Hey boo."
"Hey darlin, how ya feeling."
"Big as a house, but I'm ok. How are you, how's the tour?"
"It's good, It's good and your not as big as a house, your beautiful."
"Yeah, and you haven't seen me in what, 3 weeks." I huffed.
"Oh baby, I'm sure it's not that bad, I can't wait to see you. I can't believe we only have 2 weeks until the baby gets here."
'Yeah, I just wish it could be sooner; by the way your mom wants to have birthday dinner for you on the 13th since you won't be here for your birthday. Is that ok with you?"
"Yeah, that's cool. I'll fly in around 1pm on the 12th and that will give me the day to spend with you and Lexi. Hey, I hate to cut you off, but we gotta head out to get ready for the show. You sure you ok darlin."
"Yeah, just tired and my back hurts. Your mom's on her way over to watch Lexi while I soak in the tub. I'll just be glad when you get home, my bed's been awfully lonely."
'Yeah, I know, I need you in my arms babe. I love you. Look Jimmy will have my cell from now on when ever I'm performing so if you need me you just call and he'll get me ok. I love you Cass, I'll call you after the show ok."
"Ok boo, have a great show. I love you too." I hung up and sat down on the bed resting my hand on my stomach. I heard Mama Anne come in the house.
'Hi" I said walking towards the kitchen.
"Hey Cass, you ok?"
"Yeah, my back just hurts and I'm tired. Thanks for coming over to watch Lexi I think a soak in the tub will do me some good. By the way I just got off the phone with Kev and he sounds great. He's really getting excited about coming home and says that the birthday dinner on the 13th will be great."
"Good. Well, where's that granddaughter of mine?"
"She's out back with Sophie." I turned and headed towards the bedroom.
"Well, I'm gonna go find her, you relax dear and I'll be right here if ya need me ok."
"Ok, I said" I walked into the bathroom and undressed. The hot water felt so good. I lay there thinking about the day the baby would be born. I couldn't wait for Kevin and I to be parents again. I began to dream about Kevin coming home. I was so relaxed and enjoying the bath. I could almost feel Kevin's arms holding me tight. I could feel his kisses on my skin. Oh what that man does to me. I decided that it was time to get out and go find Lexi and Mama Anne. I glanced at the clock 7 pm the show had started. "Do good boo." I said to no one in particular. I put on a pair of sweatpants and Kevin's UK shirt that I liked to sleep in and headed towards the den. I opened the bedroom door and could hear Mama Anne and Lexi in the kitchen, as I made my way into the den I began to get a tighting in my back. I stopped and stood behind the couch. "Oh crap," I thought to myself. "Not now baby, daddy's not here" I walked on into the kitchen and watched as the two laughed and cut up while cooking dinner. I couldn't help but smile, but then the tighting was back.
"Lexi, baby could you go get mama her cell phone from the bedroom." I watched as she took off.
"Cass, you ok" Mama Anne came over to stand beside me.
"I'm not sure, but Kevin might get a big birthday present."
"Oh Cass, the baby?"
"Yeah. I've had a couple of contractions; if I have another one I'm calling Kevin. I want him home."

"Honey, you know Kevin's on stage. I'll be here and it could just be your tired."
"Mama Anne, I know your here and I appreciate that, but I'm not having this baby without Kevin beside me. He promised he would be there and I can't do this alone." I began to cry as another contraction hit me.
"Oh Cass, it's ok honey; I know that Kevin will want to be here. I'm just saying that it might not be possible." the contraction began to subside and Lexi came back in with my phone. I called my doctor and he told me to come to the hospital and get checked. Mama Anne took Lexi to Jerald's and came back to get me. I had my suitcase and we left around 7:45 pm. We got to the hospital and checked in. I was laying in the bed when the doctor came in.
"Hi Cass, so I hear we have an anxious baby here?"
"I'm not sure, but thought I'd better check things out." I could hear the baby's heart beating and it was a soothing sound. The doctor checked me.
"Well, looks like we might be getting us a baby by tomorrow morning. Your 3 cms and contracting nicely. Where's Kevin?" The doctor knew that Kevin was usually with me.
"He's in Louisiana performing."
"Oh, my. Will he be able to leave?"
"I sure hope so. Doc, I'm not having this baby with out him here." I began to cry. Mama Anne sat on the bed next to me and wrapped her arms around me.
"Mama Anne, I can't do this without him. Please get me my phone." She reached in my bag and got my phone. I dialed his cell number, Jimmy answered.
"Kev's phone, how ya doing lil' mama."
"Jimmy, I need Kevin, can you please get him?"
"Oh, I can't do that Cass, they're in the middle of a set."
"Jimmy, I know that they are on stage, but I have to have to talk to Kevin. Please." The tears began to fall.
"Cass, the show will be over in an hour. I'll have him call you ok."
"DAMN IT Jimmy, Put Kevin on the phone NOW." I started crying.
"Ok, dang Cass. Give me a sec." Jimmy walked to the edge of the stage and tried to wave at Kevin. He was playing the piano and his eyes were closed. Jimmy kept waving his hands.
"Dang Jimmy, what's your problem man." AJ saw the commotion and spoke into his mic. Kevin's eyes flew open as the music stopped.
"Sorry guys" Jimmy walked out onto the stage with the phone in his hand. "Kevin, I gotta a mad woman on the phone that insist on talking to you. Think you better take this man." Every word being heard by the audience through Kevin's head set.

Kevin pushed over the piano stool and grabbed the phone.
"Cass, baby." His mic was echoing thru the arena. "What's the matter? You ok, Lexi ok?"
"Kevin, I'm in the hospital, this baby's coming by morning. I need you boo, please you gotta get here."
"OH SHIT!" Echoed thru the room. "Baby, I'll be there as quick as I can, hold on darlin. I love ya." and he hung up the phone, forgetting where he was or what he was doing.
"I'm gonna be a daddy" The crowd erupted in cheers." Jimmy get me a flight home now. Sorry guys, I can't let her do this alone." He turned to the audience.
"Hey ya'll so sorry, but I gotta slip out of here. Can't miss this. Hope you understand."

A big round of applause and congratulations began to fill the room. Kevin was out the door and on the next flight home. He arrived in Lexington at 1:52am and headed towards the hospital. He ran down the hall and into Cass's room.
"OH BOO" was all I could say when I saw him come thru the door. "Thank God your here. The baby's coming, but I told them I wouldn't push until you got here. I couldn't do this without you." I began to cry. He came over to the bed and took me in his arms.
"Its ok darlin, I'm here now." another contraction hit and I had to push. Fifteen minutes later the room was filled with the sound of a crying baby.

So beautiful, head full of black hair. Kevin ran out to find his mom and Lexi.
"Hey Princess, " he picked her up and the tears began to run down his face as he held her in his arms. His mother wrapped her arms around him as well.
"It's a boy mama, It's a boy." They stood their crying together.
I lay there looking at the little miracle in my arms.
"Welcome to the world William Nicholas Richardson."
" Hey babe, you awake" Kevin opened the door.
"Yeah, just sitting here staring at your son." I grinned.

"By the way, Happy Birthday Boo."