Third Time's the Charm @sukiethree
Chapter 5

AN: This is still part 1, my entry to The Perfect Date Contest. One more to go and then we're into the new stuff

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Third Time's the Charm Part 1 Chapter 5

Left pregnant and alone, Bella delivers a surprise to the paramedic who knocks on her door.

Chapter 5

I was interrupted from my half-sleep and memories by a soft knock on my hospital room door and a now-familiar voice. "Bella, can I come in?"

"Edward?" The door swung open and he stepped inside. His hair was damp, and he was dressed in faded blue jeans and a white t-shirt which outlined his fit body. I didn't know how I'd missed just how hot he was before, but I supposed that having a baby could blind you to almost anything.

I pulled myself up on the bed, glad I felt more like myself. "What brings you here, Edward?"

"I've just finished my shift, and I wondered how you were doing." He leaned over the crib. "She's beautiful, isn't she? May I pick her up?"

I nodded and watched as he slid his hands underneath her small body, sliding her into the crook of his elbow and supporting her head. "Hello there, Emily, aren't you a pretty girl?" I could see Emily stretch, yawn, and wave her arms above her head, and Edward took the seat beside the bed. "She's absolutely gorgeous, Bella. I love that new baby smell; I wish I could bottle it."

Something inside me clenched at the way he was looking at my little girl. Emily relaxed, and I could see her blinking at him, mesmerized by his green eyes. There was silence in the room, with only the murmur of the nurses speaking in low tones outside the door. It was one of those times when everything stood still.

I was about to say something about him looking like a natural with a baby in his arms when the door swung wide open and two women walked in, followed by one of the nurses.

"Hello, Bella, my name is Jane Volturi, and I'm one of the hospital's lactation consultants." She gave me a warm smile. "Nurse Denali has told me that you want to breastfeed, and I understand you've had some difficulties getting your little one to latch on. I thought you might need a bit of help, if that's all right."

Edward stood immediately and placed Emily into my arms. "I'll leave you with Jane here. She's a really great consultant, and I have no doubt she'll have you and Emily working as a team by the end of the day." He leaned over and kissed Emily on the head, bringing the scent of his skin and light cologne close enough to surround me. I closed my eyes and tried not to inhale too deeply in case I did something inappropriate, like kiss him.

He stepped back, and I nodded. "I'll see you, Edward, and thank you for today. I don't know what I would have done without you."

Edward looked as if he wanted to say something more.

"Hi, Edward."

I frowned as the nurse who'd followed Jane into the room interrupted and grabbed his attention. I felt a flash of jealousy at her tone of voice.

"I'm just about to clock out. Do you want to grab a drink?"

"Sorry, Tanya, I'm busy tonight. Maybe another time?"

I couldn't fathom why I was so relieved when he seemed to brush off her invitation, but the glare she gave him when he turned to wave at me told me she wasn't giving up. She wanted him, but the question was, did he want her?

The door swung shut behind Nurse Denali as she stalked out of the room after Edward. Jane pulled one of the pillows out from behind me and showed me how to set Emily into the right position. I was thrilled when I successfully managed to get her to latch on, even though she only fed for a few minutes then fell asleep.

"That's absolutely wonderful, Bella. You have the hang of it now, but if you need any help at all, even after you return home, please don't hesitate to call me or your doctor. He'll get in touch with me if you need me." She handed me a card with her cell number then brushed her hand over Emily's head. "Would you like me to place her back in the crib?"

I shook my head; I wanted to hold her for a little longer.

When I could no longer keep my eyes open, I pressed the nurse call button and allowed them to take Emily to the nursery. I figured I had a lot of sleepless nights ahead of me, and I should take advantage of tonight and get a good night's sleep.

That was the first night I dreamed of Edward Cullen.

~ oOo ~

Feeding Emily the following morning was just as successful, and I even had time to take a shower and wash my hair while she was asleep. Still tired from everything that had happened in the last twenty-four hours, I leaned back in the chair and closed my eyes.

As yesterday evening, a light knock on the door awakened me from the light sleep I'd managed to fall into. The door opened to Dr. Cullen, and I found I was disappointed it wasn't Edward.

"I hear they're going to let you out of here today, Miss Swan."

"You heard right, Dr. Cullen." He picked up the chart at the end of my bed, nodding his approval at whatever he read there. There was another knock on the door and Edward asked if it was okay to come in. My heart stuttered and then sped up at the sight of him. "Morning, Edward. I thought you were off today." They hugged in that half-hug man type fashion.

"I actually came to ask Bella if she needed me to fetch anything from her home." He turned his smile toward me. "One of the nurses told me you're going to be discharged later today, and I know neither of us had time to bring anything to the hospital yesterday."

Despite knowing Edward for only a day, I felt he was a man to be trusted. It didn't hurt that his dad was also my regular doctor. "Thanks, Edward, I hadn't even thought about what either Emily or I would be wearing home. I can't exactly wear one of these wonderful gowns, can I? I know I don't have my keys or my cell phone, but if I could maybe use yours, I can speak to the concierge and get him to let you in."

"No problem, Bella, I can do that for you." He handed me his phone, and while I called Marcus to let him know Edward would be coming by later this morning, he leaned over the crib, brushing the backs of his fingers over the skin on Emily's cheek. For a moment, I was blown away by the look he gave her.

"Marcus said he'll let you into the apartment. Um, my things are in the large chest of drawers by the window, and there's a smaller one with clothing for Emily. There's also a car seat in the living room. Could you bring that, too, please?" I handed back his phone.

"I'll get going now, so once you've seen the doctor here and been discharged, you can be ready to go." He hugged his dad again and gave me a smile and a cheerful wave. The door swung closed behind him, and I looked up at Dr. Cullen.

He raised his eyebrows and returned my smile. "It would seem my son has taken a liking to your baby." He didn't mention it again, and asked me to call for an appointment in about six weeks' time. I agreed, and he wished me a good day, following Edward out of the room.

I took advantage of the time on my own while Edward was collecting my things from home and called my dad to let him know Emily was here already, three weeks early.

"She's beautiful, Dad, and absolutely perfect. Her name is Emily Swan"

"That's a pretty name. Are you okay, too, Bella? You should have called me."

"Sorry, there just wasn't time. She came so quickly, and I was lucky the paramedics got here in time. One of them, Edward, was so kind, and he kept me calm even though I was terrified. It was such a coincidence; his dad is my doctor."

I tried not to gush about Edward, but Dad must have heard something in my tone.

"You be careful there, Bells. You don't want to be trusting just anyone around that baby."

"It's not like that, Dad. He was such a great help to me, and I'm just grateful he was there."

He made the usual noise when he didn't believe me but said nothing more. I did hope there would be more between Edward and me, but I didn't want to push in case he didn't feel the same way. That would be so embarrassing.

"I was planning to come and visit the first week in August, although it'll only be for four days. One of the guys needs a few extra days, so I said I'd cover for him. Is that still okay? Do you need me to come earlier?"

"No, that week is good, but I don't know where you'll stay."

"Don't you worry about me, Bella, the sofa will do me just fine. I'll see you on the fourth then. You take care of yourself and Emily, you hear? Call me if you need anything."

"Will do, Dad. Love you."

"Love you, too. I'll see you soon."

Next on the list was Alice and Rose, who were both so excited and promised to make time to come and see us both. They were planning on visiting Forks at Thanksgiving, and since I would probably be seeing Dad then, we planned to catch up there.

I debated on whether I should let Tyler know he had a daughter, but in the end I decided he'd walked away and I owed him nothing. Terminating his parental rights was something I would be looking into in the very near future.

Edward returned later that day with clothes for both Emily and me. I was slightly mortified he'd seen the lingerie in my drawers. Still, it felt good to be dressed in my own clothes, and I was grateful he'd picked comfortable things for me to wear. For Emily, he'd brought a pink onesie with 'Mommy's Little Angel' on the front and the white crocheted blanket I'd bought to take her home in.

He insisted on driving me back to my apartment, refusing to allow me to call an Uber as I'd planned. Despite my protests, I was secretly happy he wanted to spend more time with us.

~ oOo ~

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