A week later Xiu Mei was admitted to the hospital on the insistence of the man who was already set on panic mode.
Mo Zhichan and Feng Dingxiong have taken over the respective businesses of their kids for the time being and their wives were with Xiu Mei to accompany her in the hospital.
Daily Feng Junjie and Feng Jin used to visit her to make sure they don't miss the arrival of their little nephew or niece.
Zian and Wang Shi had already joined the team of doctors to take care of the baby as soon as he/she is born. Though they were not the one who would deliver the baby, they will be ready in case of an emergency.
Xiu Mei was already ten days past her due date but the baby refused to come out. Other than discomfort in her body there was nothing serious, but Feng Jianyu knows how difficult it was for her. This time she was in torture because of him!
Other than the senior Gynaecologists who came to check her every two hours, Matriarch Feng was too was keeping a close tab on her condition. She was worried as Xiu Mei was not going into labor.
Today after the check-up she walked to the adjacent room to discuss things with Feng Jianyu and Wang Shi. Zian walked in with a senior gynecologist who happens to be the best in the field and discuss the family's concerns.
Xiu Mei was already anxious, but seeing the family not telling her anything, keeping things to themselves made her worried. She yanked her IV drip and quietly followed them to listen to what they are hiding from her.
Wang Shi said reading her reports, "She already had a miscarriage before, we can't take any more risk. Her cervix is not showing any signs of dilation."
Matriarch Feng: "It's not good to prolong it anymore; we should go ahead with labor induction. Otherwise, the baby and mother both will be at risk."
Feng Jianyu banged his fist against the wall; he hated himself for bringing her to this point. How could he become so selfish to push her to bear a baby? Didn't he know about her physical condition?
"Doctor, I'm ready for induced labor. Please do it!" Xiu Mei's meek voice caught everyone's attention. She looked at Feng Jianyu was staring at her with a horrific look, "I-I don't want to lose another baby. Even if it requires C-Sec, don't hesitate."
Saying she turned to leave for her room without a word extra.
Xiu Mei heard some footsteps approaching her before she could realize someone has already hugged her from behind, "I'm sorry! I'm sorry! Please….." Jianyu whispered. "Say something….. yell at me… beat me…. But don't hold back."
"Why?" She turned back, holding his hands in her cold ones. "Why should I yell? Why should I beat? We both lost our baby, how can my pain differ from yours? Just because you didn't cry, it doesn't mean you never felt for that baby. But at least you could have included me in your pain. If not at that time maybe you could have told me some other time. Why did you bear everything alone? Am I so fragile in your eyes?"
Seeing her so calm Jianyu relaxed a little. He took her back to her room, "I thought you would blame everything on yourself. Already your condition was so serious; another emotional trauma would have had been serious for your health."
"Jianyu…." She rested her head on his chest, "I know I'm being selfish, please, save this baby."
"I-I'm afraid of losing you. I can live without a child, but without you it's impossible."
"How can anything happen to me? Did you forget, we are each other's destiny? Every time we were separated, fate brought us together. We are forever connected with an invisible red thread, nothing wrong can happen." Xiu Mei managed to calm him, "I'm sure your daughter is equally brave like her father. Right, monster?"
"Mei, how can you crack a joke even in this situation?"
"Credit goes to Junjie."
The next day Xiu Mei was supposed to get a checkup done before the doctor gives her induced labor injection. However, tonight was going to be a sleepless night for many people, especially the man who was like a strong wall in every situation but today tumbling down like a wall of cards.
They both kept hugging each other through the night, but only managed to get some sleep when their bodies gave up in front of the tired brains.
At the stipulated time doctors stepped in Xiu Mei's room and gave her a preliminary exam. All this time Feng Jianyu was there with her holding her hands, for the first time she felt his hands were ice cold.
He noticed she was behaving calmly, carrying a warm smile all the time. His heart ached; he knew she was behaving strong to support him, to rest his frantic mind, to let him be at ease.
The doctor in charge gave her the injection to induce labor pain; it will take thirty minutes for the medicine to kick in.
"Wait!" Before they could roll the stretcher to the delivery room she stopped them. Her gaze didn't leave Feng Jianyu's for a single second, "You're not allowed to come with me to the delivery room. Wait outside for me and our baby." Before he could retort she yanked his hand roughly and lifted a little to give a much needed kiss.
A pure kiss! A lover's kiss! An emotional kiss!
Slowly the stretcher was taken to the room, her hand slipped from Feng Jianyu's….
She winked at everyone who were standing outside, making a V size with her fingers to cheer them up.
When the labor pain began it was more intense than anything, she could ever imagine. With each contraction she could feel being stretched to infinity, the pain came that dominated her entire being for that moment.
She heard her own scream without realizing it echoed even outside the room where Feng Jianyu was waiting anxiously. He got up instantly hearing her scream, his body tense, goosebumps broke out on his skin.
The rim of his eyes turned red.
Inside the room Wang Shi and Zian were present, waiting for the baby's arrival, they were used to all this but treating a family member and treating a stranger is always different.
When the pain passed it was only for a minute and she breathed greedily with closed eyes, ready for another round of pain.
"Xiu Mei push…. Another push…."
To reply, she gathered courage from the deepest recess of her mind and motivated herself to get through this. "Jianyu…." She used her voice, her eyes wide open and pushed harder.
The nurse wiped the sweat from her face.
"Very good, another push…. C'mon on!"
With a guttural grunt, she did so. "It's crowning." She heard the doctor say, the hot stretching and tearing of flesh held her breath. With a few more efforts the baby slipped out, she heard a soft kitten like cry that was barely audible.
"Zian, you take over this baby." Wang Shi waited on the side and let Zian take over the tiny creature as the doctor cut the umbilical cord, wrapped the baby with a cloth and hand over to Zian.