Elle Lomax ran into Andy Lomax, her brother-in-law, at Goth's Apparel and she told him about all the landscaping she and Corky had been doing. Well, actually, Corky was doing most of it; Elle was still consumed with her art gallery. Corky was at the top of his field in medical research and had been able to cut back on his hours a bit. They'd also decided since they might want to start a family, to add a third level with two more bedrooms and baths. Adding a stone facade had really improved the overall looks of the house and added to the street appeal.
Since Holly and he had done much the same thing a few years ago at their house, Andy could relate. He told Elle if he could be of help to his brother to let him know.
When she got home Corky had just got off work early and she started a new portrait of him while he was fishing at the pond. It was the easiest way to keep him still long enough. Then she fried some of the fish he caught for dinner; she had a very good recipe from Lori Ferguson and the meal was delicious.
As to the changes being made inside their home their old master bedroom on the second floor was almost empty, currently housing their desk, a file cabinet and the exercise machine. Corky's music room remained as it was. Upstairs on the third floor was a new master bedroom with an en suite bath, a large nursery and a children's bathroom.
The next day that Corky had off work they headed over to Wildlife Woods Park. Elle got a bit of a scare when the new statue she'd noticed the park had put up suddenly came to life. It was actually a real person and she had to wonder how he stayed so still for so long. After the first fright, she put a nice tip in his jar. He deserved it.
When it began to sprinkle Elle and Corky played pool in the gazebo. It didn't last too long so they finished their game and then went swimming in the pond where there was a brand new dock with a slide and diving board. Once home Elle enjoyed her new bathtub in the master bathroom.
At bedtime they discussed how soon Elle might become pregnant. They hoped it would be soon now that they were ready. Corky assured her with a wink,
"Darlin', we just have to practice, practice, practice."
The next day Elle worked on the exercise machine and then showered and dressed. She'd barely chugged down a protein drink before she threw it right back up again. Hmm, could it be?
Their weekend was fun; they spent it just the two of them, enjoying the summer weather and their yard. If Elle was pregnant as she suspected their days as carefree "newlyweds" were numbered. The landscaping was looking so good now and Elle told Corky how proud of him she was. After that first day she had no morning sickness at all and her pregnancy went by quickly and easily.
Corky, who had always been very affectionate with Elle was now more attentive than ever. He'd loved her from the moment she gave him his first kiss and had never dated anyone else. This had been a disappointment to a number of young women who'd had an eye on him when he was in college.
The local ladies always found time to walk by the house in spring and summer; just in case the hot, hot, hot Dr. Courtney Lomax was working in the yard. Elle was never jealous; she knew that he was all hers so let them look. Corky seemed not to even be aware that they were admiring him. When various flirtatious women would called out saying, "Oh, hi there, Dr. Lomax! Nice day, isn't it?" he'd just wave and give them his heart-stopping grin. People were so friendly in Pleasantview. Elle reflected with a small smile that even the most highly intelligent men were some times kind of dumb. It was probably the absent-minded professor quality in him. Thank goodness.
Finally their little boy arrived amid much joy and excitement and was named Jody Christopher after Elle's two brothers. She'd actually wanted him to be a junior, but Corky hadn't been too pro on that. Maybe she could talk him into using it with the next baby. Elle loved caring for Jody and one of her favorite mother's duties was bathing him. He was such a happy, sweet baby and she could see that he was going to have red hair and green eyes. No surprise since both his parents had the same.
A couple days later Larry Max came by to see his new grandson, Elle and Corky had been in the backyard when he phoned, but she greeted him at the front walk. After a dip in the pool they all trouped in for a lunch of open faced egg and tomato sandwiches. Larry had always been a natural with babies, but so, it seemed, was Corky. He took great pride in his son and was as much a "hands on" father as his brother Andy was.
Early mornings usually found Elle changing and bathing Jody while Corky weeded his vegetable garden before leaving for work. The cucumbers were doing much better than the tomatoes did.
Elle hardly got to play the piano anymore; she spent so much time in her studio and the gallery, but after she had Micki and was home for a while she tried to get in a little practice. Currently she was letting her manager run the art gallery while Corky stopped by to check on things every day. But then he suggested that on one or two of his days off he could stay with Jody while Elle ran by the gallery. He knew she was a little worried about being away from it for so long. They did not really want a baby-sitter or nanny, at least not at this time. For now Corky would, more than ever, help her with the gallery.
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