Friday, December 11, 2015
Rod's Heart to Heart (Photostory)
When we last saw Rod, he was sulking after Melanie threatened to sue for full custody of Nicole. After a brief conversation with Danielle, they decided to temporarily put Nicole in the future nursery. Rod is now on high alert, and doesn't want to give Melanie any additional ammunition. If she hears that Nicole had to sleep in the boys' room, she will use that against him. This way she will have her own room, while Danielle is getting her permanent room ready. Rod decides to check in again with Nicole about the new baby.
"So this is your room temporarily. Danielle will be fixing up your new room over the next couple of weeks." (Rod)
"I know. She said I can help pick out the colors and the furniture." (Nicole)
"There's something else I wanted to talk to you about. A couple weeks ago we talked about the baby Danielle and I are having. I just wanted to talk to you again and make sure you were still okay with the idea." (Rod)
"I like the idea of being a big sister. I just hope it's a girl. Then there will be two boys and two girls." (Nicole)
"Hopefully, if it's a boy, you won't be too upset." (Rod)
"And just remember, no matter how many other kids are in my life, you will always be my first, and you will always hold a special place in my heart. Don't ever forget that." (Rod, starting to get a little emotional)
"Oh Daddy, are you crying?" (Nicole)
"Of course not. You know daddies don't cry. Come here." (Rod)
He takes her in his arms and gives her a big hug. Just the mere thought of him not being able to see her when he wants is tearing him apart inside.
"Now, I've been thinking. Maybe I should move in with you and Danielle once the baby gets here. That way I can help with the baby." (Nicole)
"That sounds like a good plan, but what about your mom? If you leave, she will be there all alone." (Rod)
"I don't think Mommy will mind. She's always working." (Nicole)
"Your mom works hard so you can have nice things. She and I both love you and I think she would really miss you." (Rod)
"But don't you want all your kids living with you?" (Nicole)
Rod is not sure how to respond. He doesn't want Nicole to feel like she's not part of the family, but he knows Melanie will start WWIII if Nicole tries to move out.
He pulls Nicole closer to him.
"Tell you what, we will revisit this discussion after the holidays. The baby won't be here for awhile, so we can just enjoy Christmas and work on getting your room put together. Okay?" (Rod)
I know this storyline is not very jolly, but holidays are sometimes the hardest times for blended families.