Friday, May 27, 2011

New Story!


Hey Ladies!

Glad to hear all the comments and feedback I've gotten from my Chicago story! Believe me, I was sad too to see it end. I decided to do a new story, as you could probably guess by the picture, it is a Pittsburgh story...what can I say, those Pens boys have my heart :)

The first post is up and I hope to have the next one up soon!
It's called It's All a Part of Me
(I tried to link it on here, I couldnt get it to work, but it's my only other story)

Hope ya'll check it out too! Cant wait to hear what you think!
~J

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

EPILOGUE

Over the next few years, two more weddings had happened, the first one was Kaner and Bridget, and then it was Mike and Olivia, shortly after he signed a contract extension with the Hawks. Army was still with the Hawks as well.

To say there were no more kids added to the Hawks family was a lie. Ryan Sharp was born on New Years Day 2014, and later that summer, Taylor and Savannah welcome twin boys, Blake and Brandon. Brent and Dayna had a daughter, Khloe. Mike and Olivia had a little girl, Makayla Jean.

As for Jon and I, we moved a few stories up to a two-story condo, because more room was needed for Easton…and Kellan, who was born in March of 2015, a day before Army and Mel had their daughter, Lillian.

“Baby! Do you need help before I leave?” Jon yells from downstairs
“I don’t think so, Mel is coming over with Cruise and Lilly, and we’re going to go from here,” I say from the bedroom as he’s walking in
“Ok, see you guys there,” He says, kissing me, then the boys

Tonight is game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals, against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The cup was in the building yet again, and I was praying for a win, as was everyone else. The Blackhawks won the cup that night and it was so exciting to be there again, on our home ice to take the cup and celebrate in front of the hometown fans. We spent another night celebrating at the arena, it was extra crazy with all the kids running around but we were still able to keep an eye on them. Easton just turned 2, and Kellan was 3 months old.



That was the summer that Patrick and Bridget joined the baby boom, Danielle was born first, and then Chelsea, both a year apart. Pat was excited to have 2 daughters; it didn’t faze him at all, especially since he grew up with 3 younger sisters.

We welcomed the last addition to our family in November 2016, when Emaleigh Alyse was born. The kids were so close in age, Easton was 3 years old, and Kellan was 15 months, while Emaleigh was just a few weeks old. But I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

Before we knew it, we had out 10-year anniversary. I was so happy for everything that had happened, and being able to spend all these amazing years with Jon. Easton had joined a hockey team, along with Cruise and Austin, and all the other boys of the Hawks players. Jon was so proud of him for how good of a hockey player he was, and at the same time, he didn’t criticize him, he let him learn on his own and do things on his own, so that was exactly what Easton did. Kellan was slowly learning hockey too, and he loved it, it was so good to see him and Easton learning together.

Emaleigh was momma’s little gymnast, just like I told Jon our little girl would be. Her, Evie, the Kane girls and Mike’s daughter all took gymnastics class together, and they absolutely loved it.

Jon retired at the age of 34, and the Blackhawks retired his number, with a special ceremony on the new seasons opening night. He spent his time coaching the boys’ hockey team with Brent and Colby. He later returned to the United Center, where he took over as director of hockey operations. I stayed close with the girls who still lived in Chicago with their husbands and families, and continued to work with the Better Halves Organization.

We eventually moved back to Winnipeg before Easton was ready for middle school, and Kellan and Emaleigh started school too. Jon continued coaching hockey, this time with Duncs, who had his 2 boys on the team, as well as Sharpie. I got the assistant coaching job with the gym that held the girls’ gymnastics classes; it was what I’ve always wanted to do ever since I was unable to do gymnastics anymore.



*********The End!**********

***I have to thank all you lovely ladies for following my story and sticking with me. I'm glad to say that my first story was a success! I have decided to do another story....about my #1 boys and Im brainstorming some ideas and will probably have an intro chapter by the end of this week, so I hope ya'll will follow that too! I will make another post with the title of the story so ya'll will know that it is up!
Keep an eye out for the new story! :)
~J

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Chapter 55-The Last Chapter!

***The epilogue will be up by tomorrow if its not up tonight. I have American Idol, DWTS finale AND the Vancouver game...so its a busy night! Also-Ive started working on another story that I will be posting probably next week!
Enjoy :)
~J

After a rough 4-game road trip, I was in the office again with Dayna and the babies when the guys got back. We heard them walking into the training room, so we picked up the boys and walked that way

“Hi baby,” Jon says before hugging and kissing me then Easton
“Hi, how was the trip?” I say, handing his son over to him
“A little stressful, but good,”
“That’s good,”
“Have you still been having that weird feeling around here?”
“Yeah, I told the girls about it too since they were here with me,”
“It’s just the feeling of someone watching you?”
“Yeah and it’s kind of happening right now,” I say
“What?” Jon asks looking around cautiously
“I don’t know, like I don’t know what to think, because I know everyone here,”
“Well, keep an eye out and if you don’t feel comfortable being alone or back here, just come watch practice,”
“Ok,” I say as he kisses my forehead,
“Are you done for the day?”
“I actually have a few more things to finish really quick,”
“Do you want me to stay and hang out?”
“Um, no, Dayna is still here, and Mike is too, he’s talking to Stan, so I’ll be fine,”
“Ok, do you want me to take Easton?”
“Yeah, can you? I wont be long I promise,”
“Ok, I love you,”
“I love you too,”

Jon puts Easton in his car seat and says bye again before heading home, so I go back to the office to finish working.

“So Jon knows?” Dayna asks as I sit back down
“Yeah, I told him again, and I had the feeling again when we were in the locker room just now,”
“That is strange girl, I’m surprised he didn’t stay here while you finish working,”
“I know, he asked if I wanted him to, but I said that your still here and so is Mike and Stan, so he said ok, and went home with Easton,”
“Ok good, we’ll be done here in no time, as soon as I get back from the bathroom,”
“Ok, I’ll be here!”

“I didn’t know you were still here,” I hear coming from the doorway

SHIT.

“Um, yeah, just finishing up some last minute things,” I say, praying for Dayna to come back…or for Mike or someone to walk in
“You didn’t go home with poster boy?”
“My HUSBAND went home with our son,”
“So I have you all to myself,” He says, inching closer to my desk
“No, I’m busy, and you work for my husband, he wouldn’t appreciate that,”
“Well he’s not here,” He says coming around
“Can you leave please,” I say, shaking
“No I don’t think I can,” as he grabs my hand and throws me on the ground
“What the fuck is your problem?” I scream
“Scream again and I’ll cut your throat,”
“Ah…” I try to say before he continues
“I finally have you to myself, that’s all I want,”

He tapes my mouth shut and all I can do is cry and wish that Jon stayed behind with me. He’d kill this guy and have him fired for sure. I hear footsteps coming, I thank god when I hear Dayna scream and ask what’s going on. But I don’t see anything, because the guy that is now on top of me punches me in the face a couple times before I hear some guys pulling him off me.

“What the hell are you doing asshole?” Hammer says…I didn’t know he was still here
“I want that bitch all to myself,” Danny says, that was who it was? The head trainer should know better!
“Don’t EVER talk about Jon’s wife like that, do you understand me?” Nik says as I hear Stan walk in

I finally open my eyes after being blacked out for a few minutes, when I try to sit up, I realize I’m in pain, and my shorts are on the floor across from me and I start freaking out not knowing what that bastard did to me. I try to put my shorts back on, while still shaking and crying and I see Dayna crying too.

“Holy shit, are you ok?” Mike asks as he comes near me, but I flinch
“What the fuck just happened?” I ask as I pull my knees to my chest
“JJ, he tried to rape you, he just admitted it, but he punched you when he heard Dayna walk in,”
“I knew it,” I say, crying hysterically now
“Knew what?”
“I told Jon about a weird feeling I’ve been having the past few days, that someone was watching me,”
“And you think it was Danny?”
“Yeah…with the thi…things he said to me,” I try to say

“JJ, oh my god, come here,” Nik says as he’s walks in and gives me a hug
“Thank you guys,”
“That piece of shit is lucky I didn’t kill him, are you ok?”
“No, my face hurts, my legs hurt, and I feel gross,”
“Can you get up and sit on the couch?”
“Yeah,” I say as he helps me up
“I think you might need to go to the hospital to get checked out,” Hammer says
“But he didn’t do anything,”
“I know, it might be a precautionary thing though,”
“Ugh, I hate hospitals,”
“I’m going to call Jon,” Mike says to Hammer, but I don’t even hear it

---Back at home, Jon’s watching TV with Easton sleeping in his arms---

“Hello?” I say
“Jon, hey man, you need to come to the arena right now,” Mike says, sounding out of breath
“What’s wrong?”
“It’s Jamie,”
“I fucking knew it, I knew I shouldn’t have left her there,”
“Just get here fast,”
“I’ll be right there,” I say hanging up and putting Easton into his car seat

---

At this point, I’m still crying and shaking, still clueless as to what’s going on. A few police officers are even here, asking questions and taking pictures of my face, as well as the bruises on my legs. Mike is sitting next to me while the cops are talking to me, and the only thing I keep asking for is to see Jon and Easton. Soon after the cop tells me they have to take me to the hospital, I hear Jon’s voice

“Oh my god,” Jon says, as he walks in with Easton in his arms, all it took was me looking at them to start crying even more
“Baby, what happened?” He says sitting down and pulling me into a hug
“Danny was the one watching me,” I finally get out
“The trainer?” He asks
“Yeah, D and I were in here, she went to the bathroom and that’s when he came in and…and…” I couldn’t finish
“Ok, baby, it’s ok, I’m right here,” as I cry more
“He taped my mouth shut, Mike said he tried to rape me, but D came back, so he started punching me, I…I don’t remember anything after that,”

“Mr. Toews, can I ask you a few questions?” an officer asks
“Sure,” Jon says, as he gets up and leaves me on the couch with Hammer and Mike

“Mr. Toews, what do you know about Mr. Patterson?” he asks
“He’s been the assistant trainer for as long as I can remember,” Jon responds
“Has he ever acted like this before?”
“Not that I am aware of,”
“And your wife told you about the weird feelings she’s been having, did you at all think it would have been him?”
“No, but I knew I shouldn’t have left her here a few hours ago,”
“Ok. He admitted that he tried to rape her, but then Mrs. Seabrook walked in, so he resorted to punching her, while he was sitting on top of her,” he says as Jon brings his hands to his head
“That douchebag,”
“He’s been taken into custody, he’ll be in jail for a while, but he seemed to be out on a mission,”
“What can be done about some sort of restraining order? I don’t want him near my wife again, or our son for that matter,”
“Well, right now he’s looking at 5-6 years in jail, but you can still do that, in fact I would recommend that you get one even though he will be in jail,”
“Ok, I need to talk to Stan too,”
“If it’s related to his job, Mr. Bowman has taken care of it, he’s been fired and is no longer allowed on the property,”
“Ok,”
“Do you have any questions?”
“What about my wife? I know she’s scared out of her mind, I saw it on her face when I walked in, I’m scared for her but I want to do whatever I can to help,”
“Well, we will need to take her to the hospital as a precautionary, to run a few tests, even thought he didn’t do anything, it’s just what has to happen when something like this happens,”

That week was hell for me. To start off with, I had to go to the hospital again (I hate hospitals), thankfully, everything came back ok. I would get nervous every time we went to the arena and it took me a while to be ok with going back to there alone, even though I knew that Danny would never be allowed on the property ever again.

A couple months later, things were back to normal. I had returned to working normal days again, and I had always done enough work to where I was done and ready to leave at the same time as the guys.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

A note for my lovely followers***

Hello!
So I wanted to let ya'll know that this is coming to an end. I have the last chapter almost finished, and I am working on the epilogue right now. Im sad to finish this story but needlessly to say, Im shocked I got it as far as I did and I love all of you for following my story! I appreciate all the comments and everything!
I would like to start another story sometime soon, but summer is starting to get busy so I will with time.
The last chapter will be posted in a few days, and the epilogue will be posted soon after, if not on the same day.
As always--cant wait to hear from ya'll and enjoy!
~J

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Chapter 54

Preseason passed; and the first game to open the new season was against the Oilers, before the guys made the trip to Atlanta, Florida and Tampa Bay. Dayna was in the office that we shared and we were planning the red carpet opening night when Mike walks in

“Hey ladies,” he says, sitting down
“Hi Mike,” we both say
“What are ya doing?”
“Figuring out things for opening night,”
“Sounds fun, how’s Easton?” he asks, looking over at him sleeping on the new couch
“Good, getting big,”
“And Austin?”
“Good also,” D says
“So anything in particular bring you in here today?”
“Well…there’s something I wanted to talk to you about,”
“Me? Or Dayna?”
“You, but it’s not a big deal,”
“Ok, what’s going on?”
“You know that bartender at Rockit?”
“Um…maybe, I’d have to see her,”
“Well, I want to talk to her…but I don’t know,” he says, hesitating
“Does Mike Green have girl problems? And he’s coming to me?”
“What? No…” he says as I give him a look, then he continues
“Ok, fine. I’ve never had this problem before,” he finishes
“Well…we could do a group dinner there one night,”
“With me being the only single guy? Yeah, cause that’s not obvious,”
“Vic is single dummy, and so is Hammer,”
“Ok, so what about your son? That restaurant is loud as hell,”
“I can figure something out,” I say picking up Easton as he’s waking up, “And it’s only like that at night, so we could go there for lunch,”
“See! That’s why I came to you,”
“Ha, yeah, what would you do without me?”
“Probably call Brooksie,”
“Because he would know anything about places out here,”
“True, but I never see him,” he says, looking at the floor
“Aw, do you miss him,” I ask sarcastically
“Yes,” Mike says with a sad face
“Where did he go?”
“Boston,”
“Really? I can’t stand Boston!”
“Me either, apparently he likes it though, way better then Washington,”

“Party in the office, eh?” Jon says, as him, Seabs and Vic walk in
“Always,” I say
“How’s my little champ?” Jon says to Easton as he takes him from me
“Dude, he looks more like you everyday,” Vic says
“Yeah he does, he’s your mini me…Lord, help us all” Seabs says
“Shut it, Seabs, he’s a good looking baby,”
“So what’s going on in here?”
“Mike was talking about wanting to go to lunch at Rockit,” I say, trying to not blow his cover
“Oh, that sounds good,” Vic says
“Doesn’t it? And lunch there would be better, because at night, it gets crazy loud with the music,” I say
“Yeah, it would be too loud for the boys,” Brent says



Lunch the next day at Rockit, and it’s me and Jon with Easton, Brent and Dayna with Austin, Mike, Hammer, and Vic. We get sat at a big table near the bar, and after we sit down, Mike points out the bartender to me

“That’s her,” he says, looking in her direction
“Oh, yeah I remember her now, seeing her anyways,” I say
“I’ve seen her once or twice, she’s beautiful,”
“Well why don’t you talk to her?”
“Talk to who?” Jon asks
“Shh babe, Mike wants to talk to the bartender,”
“Oh, go for it dude!”
“I’m workin’ on it,”
“Do you want me to break the ice for you? I’ve been known to be quiet the match maker,”
“Yeah dude, she’s right, look at Kaner and B, that was all J,” Jon says kissing my forehead
“Maybe…let’s see how things go, maybe ask her what drink she would recommend or something,”
“Don’t worry Greener, I got you”
“JJ, you’re the best,”

After a while, I went to talk to the bartender, Olivia. Turns out she was new to Chicago too, moved here from California over the summer. She was a sweet girl, with the personality and attitude to not deal with bullshit. So after introducing myself, I asked if she liked hockey and wanted to go to a game, which she quickly agreed to. We exchanged numbers to figure out a night for her to join us.

Mike thanked me a million times for talking to her; I said it wasn’t a problem, because I’d be helping her out too. I waved bye to her as we left and saw her catch a glimpse of Mike walking behind me.

2 weeks later was game day against San Jose, and Olivia was joining us for the game. I invited her over to the house to get ready with me, before meeting up with the other wags in the lounge.

“What if the other wags don’t like me,” she said as we drove to the UC
“Girl, they will. As long as you’re not a jersey chaser or after their men, they’ll be cool,”
“Ok, I’m nervous though. I actually grew up watching the Sharks. But I’ve converted to a Hawks fan,”
“Thata girl! I grew up a Pens fan, I still am too, always will be”
“What did Jon have to say about that?”
“He was all I know who your coming home to at the end of the day. And he’s friends with some of those guys, and I am now too, so he doesn’t care,”
“Well that’s good,”
“So we’ll probably go to dinner after the game, you should come so you can meet the guys,”
“Seriously? I’d love that!”
“Ok great!”
“Even with your baby?”
“Yeah, he’ll pass out at some point, he’s a good baby though,”
“Oh awesome,”

Olivia and all the girls got along so well, and I know she was relieved about that. The game was a close one, but to make things better, Mike continued his scoring streak, and he was on his 8th straight game with a goal or an assist. The boys won in OT and after they finished up with postgame, we made our way to Carmine’s for dinner. Olivia joined us in the car to go to dinner

“So, I’m gonna be honest with you Olivia, one of the players has wanted to meet you for a while, he’s a sweet guy and I think you’ll like him. And it was his idea for dinner tonight,” I say looking back at her in the Tahoe
“Who is it?”
“Mike,”
“Green? No way?! Oh man, he’s amazing,”
“He’s seen you at Rockit a few times, and was pretty taken by you, so he’s excited to meet you,”
“Ah really? Oh girl, now I’m nervous!”
“You’ll be fine, he’s a good genuine guy, and I think you guys will get along great,”

Jon leaves the keys with the valet guy as I get Easton out and Olivia gets out as well, before we walk into the restaurant to see some of the guys there already. The seat on the other side of Mike happens to be empty, so I nudge Olivia in that direction to sit by him; she turns to give me a nervous smile before walking over there.

A few days after the dinner, I had heard it all from both Olivia and Mike about how much fun they had, Olivia told me that Mike asked her on a date after the guys got back from their road trip…success!

The home game before the road trip was against the Flames, and even though the girls and I were in the box with the kids, I could feel a pair of eyes on me…I brushed it off because I have been known to be in the spotlight occasionally with being married to the captain.

The next day, Easton and I went to the office before the guys went on their road trip. Dayna, Mel and I wanted to get some work done with the guys gone, so we stayed back instead of joining them.

The babies were sleeping on the couch when the girls went to get some drinks, I stayed to watch the boys for a quick few minutes, when I heard the noise of someone rushing past the office door. I looked up and didn’t see anything, then I decided to get up and check the hallway, but I saw nothing. Now I was iffy about brushing this weird feeling off.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Chapter 53

***Thought I woulda gotten this up sooner but with the combo of my birthday and finals, I got super busy. Another one should be up soon. :)
~J

Before we knew it, it was time to fly back to Chicago. The trip here and gone by so fast, but I was soon realizing more that Chicago was really my place to call home, and I loved it, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

The day after getting back home, Easton had another check up, Dr. K just wanted to look at him and see how he did on the trip, and he turned a month old on that day…a month old already…couldn’t even believe it!

The middle of July, it was the hottest it had been in a while and I was so glad I wasn’t pregnant during this time of year, because I knew I would be miserable. Our one-year anniversary was here and Jon had everything planned out, he sure didn’t disappoint me, but then again he never does. Patrick and Abby had watched Easton for a few hours again, while Jon took me to dinner on a riverboat he had rented for the night. He also got an anniversary band to add with my engagement ring and wedding band, which was absolutely beautiful.

Jon had been doing some work with Jake for a fundraiser that would be held during the first week of preseason, and since it wasn’t one that the Better Halves weren’t helping with, Dayna and I decided to take our boys and spend the day downtown. We were about to go for lunch when I saw Jordan and Marc walking towards us

“Why hello, Mrs. Toews!” Jordan said
“Hi Jordan! Hi Marc!” I say giving them hugs
“How’s it going? How’s the little one?” Jordan asks
“Good! He’s good too,” I say, lifting the blanket up for the guys to see
“What’s his name?” Marc asks
“Easton,”
“And yours?” he asks Dayna
“Austin,” She replies
“Wow, handsome little boys you ladies have,”
“Thanks!” we both say
“So what are ya’ll doing out here?” I ask
“We just wanted to get away from T-Bay for a while,”
“You’re a horrible liar, you know that, Jordan?”
“That’s why you shoulda asked me! And I take it you haven’t been at the UC lately?”
“No, I asked Stan if they needed help with free agency or anything and he said he’d let me know,”
“So that explains why you didn’t know that I’m a Hawk now?”
“Are you serious??”
“Yeah, Stan picked me up on FA day, Jon didn’t tell you?”
“No, he hasn’t been there either, we went to New Mexico then we’ve been hanging out here with Easton,”
“Oh, where is he anyways?”
“At the arena actually, Jake is having a fundraiser the week of preseason, so he asked Jon and Troy to help him and Stan with everything,”
“So they wouldn’t care if we stole you for lunch for the day?”
“I doubt it, it’s not like we’re going with strangers, and Jon and Brent know both of you,”
“Ok, where should we go?”
“You guys pick,”
“You sick of the Cheesecake Factory?”
“Psh, I could never get sick of that place, what do you think, D?”
“That’s fine with me,”

Lunch with the boys was a good one, I was excited to have a Staal on the team, but was curious to know who else we added to the team and if anyone left. And with being behind on all the news, I decided to call Stan to see if he needed me, which he did, so I told him I’d be at the office the next day to help with things.

Once I had gotten home, Jon and I were laying on the couch with Easton watching TV when he had told me that Campbell got traded to Ottawa, so sad, because he was definitely a favorite, and Lauren was such a nice girl too, so it would definitely be different without them there.

The summer was coming to an end and everyone had started coming home. Marc made the move out here with his wife and their daughter, Noelle, with the help of his brothers; they bought a 3-bedroom condo in the same building as Jon and I.

Kane and Bridget had returned home as well, after spending time in Buffalo, and then Minnesota with her family. Incase I forgot to mention, Bridget is a bartender at Underground, me and her had been talking one night while she was making our drinks, and she had talked about how much she loved the guys and that Kane was her favorite player. I mentioned that we were good friends and I could talk to him. One thing led to another and after a few dates, they were official. Thanks to me ☺

There were a lot of changes over the summer, and a lot that I hadn’t noticed since Stan gave me some off time after Easton was born. I was still doing PR stuff, but I had been offered to take over Lauren’s spot as head of the Better Halves Organization, I thought Abby or someone who was there longer would have wanted it, but she turned it down, so I took it. Crawford has a few more years on his contract and Ty Conklin was picked up as the back up goalie. Kopecky and Campoli were both traded also, Kopy went to Vancouver, and Camp went to Anaheim. So there were some major changes, but we still had the core of Jon, Kaner, Sharpie, Taylor, Seabs, Hammer, Army and Greener, along with everyone else.

I was in my office for the first time the next day, and without Lauren there, it was weird being there, kind of sad too. But she gave me a picture frame with a picture of me and her with our hubby’s that I put on our desk next to the picture of Jon and I with Easton, oh yeah that was another thing we had done over the summer was take family pictures with Stephanie, who had done our engagement pictures. We spent a few hours at her studio one day just before Easton turned 2 months old; it made for a fun day.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Chapter 52

The very next day, Dayna went into labor, and later that night, another Blackhawk baby made his way into the world. Austin Matthew Seabrook was born at 8:25pm on June 18th, 7 lbs. 2 oz. 21 inches long. He was a spitting image of Brent. Austin and Easton are 8 days apart. And just like that, Stan was putting another announcement onto the Hawks website.

Easton had another check up with Dr. K, he was doing very well and he was also very healthy. His personality was starting to show and his smile was from ear to ear. After that appointment, Jon and I decided to drop the car off at home, put the stroller together and take a walk down the mile. We had started going out more as Easton was getting older, but this was the first time we decided to stroll down Michigan Ave. People had recognized Jon and said congratulations, but people were respectful and left us alone for the most part, which was what I loved about being out there, and I guess it would be anywhere else with professional athletes.

We were walking down the mile, about to walk into the Nike Store, when I see 2 very familiar faces, not two seconds later, the guy is yelling at Jon to get his attention

“Buff! What’s going on man?” Jon says, saying hi to Dustin, me saying hi to Emily
“Not much man, hey Jamie! How’s the baby?” He asks after giving me a hug
“He’s good! Oh and he’s awake,” I say, as I lift the blanket over the stroller
“Oh my gosh, he’s so cute!” Emily says
“Thanks!” I say
“How long are you guys here for?” Jon asks him
“Until Wednesday, we’re going up to Minnesota from here,”
“Well, we need to get lunch then! We’re leaving for New Mexico on Tuesday for 4th of July weekend,”
“Let’s do it! When’s good?” Dustin asks
“How about now?”
“Sounds good, does that work for you ladies?” He asks, looking at Emily and me
“Definitely!” We both say

So we make our way down to Rush, and decide to eat at Tavern. The walk down was nice, as Jon pushed the stroller while he and Dustin talked and Emily and I walked behind them, with Easton in my arms.

“So how’s life out here been?” Dustin asks as we all sit down at Tavern
“It’s been good, it’s different staying down here, but seeing my parents was good too,” Jon said
“Oh yeah, since you couldn’t fly, right?” Dustin asks me
“Yeah, since the middle of the 8th month was when my doctor cut me off,”
“Well, it’s for the best right,” Emily says
“Yep, and I was glad to see Jon’s parents too, I’m also excited to go home for a few days,” I say
“So you’ll be ok to fly then?”
“Yeah, we actually shouldn't even be flying until he's closer to 3 months, but he's doing good and this is our only summer trip,”
“I think I’m picking up on something here with all these questions,” Jon says suspiciously
“Well…” Emily says, trailing off
“Are you pregnant?!” I ask quietly
“Yes!” her and Dustin say with big smiles
“Ah how far are you?”
“12 weeks,”
“Aw, congratulations, that’s so exciting!”
“Thanks!”
“And you know Ladder’s about to be a dad too?”
“No way?” Jon says surprised
“Geez, talk about an NHL baby boom,” I say
“Yeah, Brandy is due next month I think,” Dustin says
“And Dayna had her baby too right?” Emily asks
“Yep, last night actually,” Jon said
“Boy or girl?”
“Boy, Austin Matthew,”
“How cute!”
“I know, he’s so cute, looks like Brent,”

Our lunch ended up dragging out for almost 3 hours, but it was good to catch up with the next soon to be new parents. A lot of girls never liked Emily, but I thought she was such a sweet girl, and I was glad to be able to meet her. Before we parted ways, the guys promised we would get together when the Hawks were in Atlanta, and Emily and I exchanged numbers to keep in touch also.

We walked back down to Michigan Ave with Easton asleep again, in my arms. Jon needed a new iPod so we went to the Apple store, he insisted on getting me a new one too, since my old one, which was nearly 4 years old, had seen better days. So we left with 2 new iPods in hand before we went back home to relax for the rest of the day. Jon transferred music while I fed Easton and then opted to take a nap with him on the couch.

Morning had come for us to head to New Mexico for a few days and I was a little stressed to make sure we had everything we needed for Easton, and ourselves. Jon had assured me that we had enough formula, clothes, bottles, pacifiers, etc. for him before we headed down to the car we were taking to the airport.

Easton had been doing good so far, I fed him before we left and then he passed out pretty quickly, so it made it easier on us to check in our bags and get through security. Once we were on the plane, I was glad that Jon was able to get the whole row of 3 seats to our selves, even though one was empty, we could spread out a little more. He had done better then I thought on the plane, with only waking up during take off and landing.

We had our successful first flight home with the baby and he couldn’t have done it better, especially for being so young. He was secured back in his car seat before we walked through the terminal to meet my parents on the other side of security

“Jamie, over here!” my mom halfway yells
“Hi!” I say, walking over and giving them both hugs
“How was the flight?” my dad asked
“Good! Easton took it well,” Jon said, shaking hands then hugs with my parents
“Let me see my grandson,”
“Here,” I say, lifting up the blanket to a sleeping baby
“Oh wow, he’s beautiful!”
“Thanks!” as we start walking to baggage claim
“Is he a good baby?”
“Yeah, really good actually, he only cries when he’s hungry, sleeps for like 4 hours at a time,”
“Wow, you guys lucked out,” my dad said
“Yeah, I took a nap with him on the couch the other day and it was amazing, I thought for sure he’d wake up,”
“We were able to borrow a crib while you guys are here, so he has somewhere to sleep, and then we have the new bed in your old room,”
“Awesome,”
“Everyone is excited to see you guys! Jason and Ellie are here and so are the Ducks and Katy and Lisa,”
“Oh wow, the whole group!”
“Yep! Are you guys hungry? There’s not much to eat at the house, so we could get an early dinner somewhere,”
“Can we actually go to Red Robin? Amy is there,”
“Yeah, that sounds good,”

So we end up going to my old work for food, it was good to see Amy, being that I haven’t seen her since the wedding, and she had only seen a picture of Easton, when I sent her one of the birth announcements. Only a few people that I worked with were still there. Amy was still in awe that I was a mom, because she always made me watch her boys, and said it would be good birth control. But she knew how happy I was with Jon and she liked him so she was happy to see us happy.

4th of July was the next day, and we were all getting ready to go to my aunt’s house for the family get together. Everyone was excited to see us and also see the baby for the first time. The protective momma in me came out when everyone kept asking to hold him, being that he was still young, I didn’t want him getting passed around. But they all understood, and looked on. He wouldn’t have gotten far anyways, he’s already a momma’s boy, and cried a few times when I wasn’t holding him.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Chapter 51

5 hours went by and I was still in labor, the contractions were getting stronger, but I wasn’t in any pain. When I was dilated 5 centimeters, Dr. K gave me the epidural. I was scared to death of needles and I had heard some scary myths about the epidural, so I was pretty scared for this. I leaned into Jon’s chest while he stood in front of me as the needle went into my back. The pushing started and it seemed like it was going to take forever.

Jon was standing next to me holding my hand, even though I was probably cutting off the circulation to his hand, he was there with me every step of the way

“Come on baby, almost there,” Jon said, kissing my forehead
“Alright Jamie, give me one more push, I can see his head,” Dr. K said

After one more big push, a crying baby is laid on my chest.



Easton Bryan
Born June 10th at 11:18pm
6 lbs. 8 oz. 20 ½ inches long

“Oh my gosh,” I say, grabbing a hold of him
“You did it baby!” Jon says, as I look up to him and give him a kiss
“No, we did it,” as he gives me another kiss

The nurse takes him to clean him up and brings him back for a while longer, before he goes off for the short surgery to take care of the boy parts to fix. Jon grabbed my phone and took a picture of him so I could send it to people back home. He brought his parents in the room and also called my parents, although I was sure they would be asleep, he got through to my mom on her cell phone to deliver the news.

Easton was back with us about an hour later, with care instructions for him from Dr. Stevens. Dr. K had hung out in the room with us, telling us what to do and answering any questions. Although it wasn’t an important one, I wanted to know how soon was too soon to travel with a new one, since we were planning on trying to go to New Mexico for 4th of July weekend, she informed us that it was ok, but not to go overboard, because it was always better until he was at least 3 months old so his immune system would be a little better developed. So being that Andree and Bryan were down here, we planned only one trip this summer.

Since I wasn’t going to be discharged until the morning sometime, Jon stayed with me while Andree and Bryan went back and slept at the house. Easton was taken to the nursery for the night so it was a quiet night…the last one for a while, that Jon and I would have.


“Good morning, momma!” Dr. K says happily walking in with Easton in her arms
“Morning!” I say sitting up on the bed
“Someone wants to see you,” She says, handing him over
“Aw, my baby!” I say as Jon gets up and sits on the bed with me
“He sure is a cutie, just wait til he’s an all star like his pops,”
“Absolutely, NHL is gonna have to watch out for him,” he says

“Knock, knock!” Dayna says as her and Brent walk into the room
“Hey guys!” I say
“Hey, congratulations guys!” They both say, as Brent hands me some flowers
“Thanks!” I say as Dr. K leaves to let us visit
“Oh, he’s beautiful! You guys did good,”
“Thanks, how are you feeling?” I ask D
“Good, ready for him to be here also,”
“I bet, he’ll be here before you know it,”

The four of us spend more time talking, not too much later, Andree and Bryan are back, and then Stan and Diana come by as well. Dr. K gave us the OK to be discharged a little after 1pm. Bryan went down to get the car while Jon and I talked to Dr. K and Dr. Stevens, both said not to hesitate and call with any questions.

Before we knew it, a week had gone by. Easton was such a good baby, although he doesn’t sleep the whole night, and that’s expected, he wasn’t much of a crier either, only when he was hungry. His head was full of dark brown hair, a good combination of Jon’s hair and mine.

Jon had talked to his agent, as well as Stan, to mainly let Pat know that the baby had been born. Typically, there were small announcements put on the team website when a team members baby was born. I remember the summer when I moved out here, there were announcements for Jake, Corey, and Soupy. So Stan wrote a small article announcing the new addition, knowing there would be another one not too much later.


The Chicago Blackhawks welcome a new addition to the hockey family
Captain Jonathan Toews and his wife, Jamie, welcomed their first child, a boy, named Easton Bryan on June 10 at 6 lbs. 8 oz. 20 ½ inches long. The future all star is eligible for the NHL Entry Draft in 2030. Mom and baby are doing great.


Patrick and Abby had come by with Evie and also to see Easton, since they were back visiting family when he was born,

“Hey guys!” Patrick says as Jon lets them in
“Hey! How was T-Bay?” Jon asks
“Good! Always good to be home for a while, how’s the little one?”
“Great! He just woke up from a nap,” I say as Abby sits next to me
“Can I hold him?” She asks as the guys join us on the couch
“Of course!” I say, so we trade babies, 6-month-old Evie looked so much like Pat, but she had Abby’s blonde hair
“How has he been?”
“Good! He doesn’t cry much, just when he’s hungry, he wakes up about every 3 hours,” Jon says
“That’s good! Evie was like that too, she’s been a quiet baby,”
“Good!”
“Have you guys gone anywhere yet?” Patrick asks
“Not yet, my parents just left 2 days ago,” Jon says
“Well, I’m going to give you the same advice that Carly and Lauren gave me, let your guys’ time be a priority still. Obviously, Easton will run the household, but making sure you guys still have “us” time is important, don’t stop your date nights. Have equal priority for each of you,” Abby said
“Thanks! We’ll remember that,” I say
“We’ve kinda been itching to get out of the house too, I’ve just gotten take out and brought it home,” Jon says
“Yeah, it’s good to stay in for a while with him, but you don’t want to stay locked up in here either, even if you just walk around the mile with him, it’s good to get out of the house.” Patrick adds
“And since we’re back, if you ever want to go on a date night, we will be happy to watch him,” Abby says happily
“Well, I HAVE been craving some oysters…” I say hinting to Jon with a smile
“We could go to McCormick’s,” Jon says
“Just name the day and time, and we will take Easton for a few hours,” Patrick says
“Are you guys sure?” I ask
“Yes! You guys helped out a lot when Evie was born, so now it’s our turn, you guys deserve a night out, and before you know it, you’ll be taking him out with you guys,”

So we plan our date night for the next night, Patrick, Abby and Evie come back to the house for a few hours. I wasn’t too worried, because Easton was a good baby, I was just nervous because we were leaving him for the first time, being only a week old. But Jon and I trusted Patrick and Abby and knew they would take good care of him. The night went great, I kept checking my phone before Jon grabbed it out of my hand saying that Easton was fine, even though I knew he was.

Monday, April 25, 2011

CHAPTER 50

***Cant believe this story has made it this far! Gotta thank all you lovely readers for sticking with me :) Let's cross our fingers for a game 7 win tonight? Can't wait to read ya'lls feedback! Enjoy :)
~J

Coach Q knew the guys were all together, so he talked to the guys from speaker phone, he addressed them and said he was proud of them for having another great season and he wished it hadn’t ended so soon, or the way it did. He also threw in that, minus the circumstances, he was glad that Jon and Brent would both be able to be with Dayna and I when the boys are born, as opposed to being out on the road somewhere. The guys decided to go to the United Center tomorrow for the last time until training camp to clean out their lockers and such.

Everyone left after they finished talking to coach, it was hard for the guys not to be upset, knowing that they were in this position for a while, but knowing Calgary played good and had the upper hand, they would be quick to put the past in the past. Phone calls were taken care of shortly after the guys left. My dad called as well as Jon’s parents. He had been so quiet still thinking everything over. Since I hadn’t been there a few years ago when the Ducks knocked them out of the playoffs, I didn’t really know how to handle it since it was much different then a losing a game. So I did all I could do, I pulled Jon into a hug as he sat on the couch with his head in his hands, after a few minutes, he put his arms around me before looking at me with tears in his eyes.

Jon didn’t sleep at all that night, he tossed and turned, kept waking up a few times. I didn’t sleep much either, between the uncomfortable stage starting and feeling so sad for the guys. The next morning, we woke up around 9 to get ready to head to the arena. It was starting to set in that the boys wouldn’t be flying to Vancouver tomorrow for the opening round of the playoffs.

There was a little more life in the locker room then I had expected. The guys were doing things while I talked with Dayna, Abby, Savannah and Mel

“Patrick didn’t sleep at all last night,” Abby says, handing Evie to me
“Neither did Jon, he tossed and turned all night,” I said
“Same here,” Savannah and Mel add
“I just feel bad, Jon was quiet all night, and I don’t blame him, but I mean, I’ve never dealt with something like this, so I didn’t really know what to do,”
“The best thing you can do is just be there, and you’ve done a fantastic job, it’s not easy being the captain’s wife, they get the most pressure,” Abby says
“Yeah, that’s what I’ve been doing, I got him to smile this morning, and he’s been cheering up,”
“Yeah, it’ll get better over the next few days,” Dayna adds
“And Taylor already told the guys we’re having a reception/get together here, so the guys won’t be booking it out of here right away,” Savannah says
“Not like me or Dayna can go anywhere until the boys are born anyways,”
“True,” she says as we all laugh
“Oh, and Diana called me, we were going to have the baby shower for you girls next Wednesday, at her and Stan’s house if that works,”
“Yeah, it should,” Dayna and I say
“And then the reception will be Saturday,” Savannah says
“Ok, where will it be?”
“A banquet hall at the Sutton Place hotel, it’ll be just like a normal reception with dinner, cake and dancing,”
“Sounds fabulous, I can’t wait,”

Dayna and I’s baby shower was so much fun, especially since the guys were there, the food was amazing, and the games were fun. These little boys were going to have a lot of clothes and such to pick from. Kaner and his girlfriend, Bridget (yeah, that’s right…girlfriend) got Jon and I a little bathtub and a onesie that said, “My Uncle Pat is Awesome” ha ha, oh Kaner.

With the time Jon and I had, we got plastic drawers that stack and that would also fit under our bed to put Easton’s clothes in. Plus the room on the changing table that my parents had gotten us. So after the shower, I got to work on washing all the clothes and blankets and such so it would be ready for when Easton arrives in less then 2 months.

Days and weeks had gone by, the majority of the team had gone home for the summer, while the Seabrook’s stuck around in Chicago with us since we were grounded from flying. Between birthing classes and doctor’s appointments, we spent days walking around the mile and doing some more shopping. Since we started running out of things to do, the guys ended up putting the Stanley Cup playoffs on TV, it was the last round before the finals.

The guys had all kept in touch over the summer; Kaner had gone back to Buffalo, along with Bridget who had met his family, including his sisters, who all loved her (which is good, because they are always skeptical of the girls he dates). Pat and Abby went up to Thunder Bay, as did Taylor and Savannah. Jon had even talked to Buff, who had said that him and his wife were planning on making a trip up to Chicago.

Jon and I were hanging out at the house watching game 1 of the finals, between the Sharks and the Sabres, when there was a knock on the door…I get up to open it to a familiar, and unwelcome face.

“What the hell are you doing here,” I say to Laura
“I wanted to talk to you,” she says
“So you came all the way out to Chicago,”
“I’m out here anyways, with Megan and Shelly,”
“Oh god, if you’re smart you wont bring them around me,”
“Wow, can you listen?”
“No. I don’t want to hear what you have to say, nor do I care, so you can leave,”
“I just want to know one thing,”
“I’m not telling you anything about the baby,”
“It’s about Patrick,”
“That’s really none of your business, if he wanted to let you know how he was doing, he would tell you, but he’s busy with his own life,”
“Oh, well I…”
“He’s moved on, you should too, and you should also move on out of here,”
“Whatever, I don't even know why I came by here” S
"Me neither, because it was clearly a waste of time," I say as she walks away before I close the door

“Was that who I thought it was?” Jon asks as I sit with him on the couch
“Yep. She wanted to know about Patrick, I didn’t tell her anything because it’s none of her business. But I did say that he’s moved on and she needs to also,” I say
“And she came all the way out here?”
“She was out here anyways with those girls I don’t like,”
“Wow, she’s crazy,”
“Yeah, you’re telling me? She's the most stubborn person ever,”

The next day was another appointment, which were coming more often with my due date just around the corner. With 2 weeks left and a fully developed, healthy boy, I had already dilated 2 centimeters. I was getting more nervous now knowing he would be here any time, and the fact that my parents weren’t here either made me nervous too. Jon was talking to his mom when we got in the car afterwards and I broke down in tears. He hung up with her and talked to me to calm me down to ask what was wrong. I told him I was just nervous about it being so close and the labor and none of our parents being here, and that I was ready to not be pregnant anymore, I just wanted our son to be here, oh it was a whole bunch of things.

After I had calmed down, Jon handed me the phone when his mom called to ask if things were ok, I told her not to worry after I told her what I had just told Jon. That was when she told me that her and Bryan were going to fly down in 2 days, she didn’t want me to be nervous, and I know they wanted to be here when their grandson is born, so I didn’t argue with her, plus, it would probably be good for Jon and I.

It was the day before Jon’s parents would be here, and tonight, Jon was taking me on a date, he said he wanted to have one last night of “us” time since we didn’t know when Easton would be here. So we went to dinner at Carmine’s Steakhouse, then for desert at the Cheesecake Factory.

Andree & Bryan had been here for a few days. The guys had been watching the NHL and NBA playoffs one night when Andree and I were in the kitchen making dinner, chicken parmesan pasta, caesar salad and garlic toast when I hunched over the kitchen sink in pain.

“Honey? What’s wrong?” Andree asks as she turns off the stove
“Ah, I just got a really sharp pain in my back,” I respond as Jon rushes over
“Was it a contraction?” She asks
“I think so,” Jon rubs my back before I finish
“Ouch! There it is again,”
“Ok, where’s Dr. Kennedy’s number? I think we need to call her,” Bryan says
“On the fridge,” I point over, standing up straight
“Do you want to sit down babe?” Jon asks
“No, but…”

I don’t have a chance to finish as I look down at the floor to see a pool of water

“Your water broke! We need to get to the hospital right now!” Andree says
“Where’s the bag we had packed? I want the sweats out of it,”
“Right here, you want the Fighting Sioux ones?” Jon asks
“Yeah,”

All four of us go down to Jon’s car and head to the hospital, once we get there, Bryan lets us out while he goes to park the car. Dr. Kennedy is waiting for us as we walk in, she sits me in the wheelchair and we are on our way up to labor & delivery on the 4th floor.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Chapter 49

***Looks like this will go past 50! I just gotta think of more plot so it doesnt get boring...any ideas for what ya'll would like to see? &I thought I'd post this now because I'll be beyond nervous for game 5 tonight! As always--enjoy & cant wait to hear from ya'll :)
~J

St. Patty’s Day came and went, and so did my parents, who had went back home the following Monday. The end of March was right around the corner, which meant playoffs were around the corner as well. It was a busy day at the arena with the guys practicing, and the Better Halves working on a new charity project, with the inspiration of Dayna and I being new moms soon. We are going to have a clothing drive for other expectant mothers who are less fortunate. For the home game against Tampa Bay, we are asking people to bring baby items to the game and drop them off at our table in the concourse.

While Lauren, Mel, Dayna, Savannah and I were in the office organizing things for the charity event, I totally spaced that tonight’s game is against Florida…until there’s a knock on the door, I look up to see Jack standing there

“Ahh! Hi!” I say, a little excited
“Hi JJ! See I told you I’d be back!” He says hugging me then the girls
“Yeah, because you have to be,”
“Yeah, that too, but I just had to come say hi, I figured you’d be watching the guys practice,”
“We’re planning a charity event for next weeks game against the Lightning, and lost track of time, and I actually completely spaced out that tonight’s game is against your new team,”
“Wow, way to forget!” he says laughing
“Sorry, preggo brain is in full effect,”
“Preggo brain? Ha ha, ok well I told the guys I’m breaking some of their pre-game rituals so we can go to lunch, and all you ladies better be coming!”
“Breaking the rituals? How did you manage that? Especially with Jon, he never changes that,”
“Well, we’re leaving first thing in the morning, so it was either lunch before the game or dinner after,”
“You’d think that they would go for dinner after,” Dayna says
“Yeah, but if the game didn’t go how they want, they’d be in a bad mood,” Mel adds
“True, ok so when’s lunch?”
“Whenever the guys are done,”

The guys finished practice, and got cleaned up for lunch with Jack and all of us girls. It was good to catch up with him, he loved Florida, but it just wasn’t the same without the guys with him. Jack also added that he wanted to come back during the summer, for some playoff games, and also when the babies are born.

Speaking of playoffs, the guys kept relatively quiet about it, because they were still fighting for 8th, the Hawks were on a constant roller coaster between 6th and 8th place, we knew it would be a tough end to the season, but like we always do, we are hoping for the best.

Charity night during the game against Tampa Bay went very well, people were very willing and glad to help with donating items to less fortunate mothers. They were also very nice to Dayna and I, saying congratulations and giving hugs. Few tried to ask what we were both having, but we kept quiet on that subject, saying we were keeping it a secret until the babies were born, so they would tell us they were hoping for boys, so they could be all stars, like their dads…little did they know.

Regular season was coming to a close with 3 games left; the Hawks have been neck and neck on points with the Flames for the last week or so.

The stress had begun, and today of all days, on the last day of regular season. And let me tell you, being 7 months pregnant, and stressing about the fate of the boys playoff hopes, was not a fun time. But I managed to put on a happy face, and be there for Jon and the rest of the guys, as did Dayna.

The boys managed to get a win in the final game against the Blues. Now the hopes rested on the game between the Flames and the Avs. A loss from the Flames meant the Hawks are in the playoffs, but if they win, they own the tiebreaker and will therefore take the 8th and final playoff spot.

We closed out the season at home, and the guys were going back and forth about watching the game together, like they had done previous years, or watching it at their own homes. After some debates, it had been decided to watch it as a group, at Jon and I’s house. So with a few hours separating us from this important game, Jon went to clean up the house while Dayna joined me for a trip to the store for some food and drinks for the night. Let me tell you…sending 2 pregnant women to the grocery store was not the smart thing to do, I think we spent at least $200 on the most random stuff EVER.

The guys had gotten to our house about 30 minutes before the game; they were all in good spirits, which was good to see. Dayna, Abby and I had set out the veggie and fruit trays, along with all the other food we got. I had a brief phone call with my mom before the game started, I was trying to explain to her why this game is so important, but every time I did, the guys gave me dirty looks, so I told her to have dad explain it, and now she understood why I wouldn’t say anything.

The game was pretty fast paced; both teams knew what was on the line. The Avs got on the board first, with a goal by Duchene, and then scored again 4 minutes later. But the Flames cut the lead in half in the closing minute of the 1st period. Due to the fact of being uncomfortable, I couldn’t sit down for long, so my constant standing up and walking around made Jon and the guys even more nervous. I was finally able to get comfortable and managed to sit for the last period, it started with a 4-3 lead for the Avs.

The heartbreaking moment of the night was when the Flames got 2 goals 12 seconds apart…in the last 2 minutes of the game to take a 5-4 lead. The entire house was quiet. Colorado pulled their goalie with 1:20 left, hoping it would give them a last string of life. It didn’t. The Flames won, and bumped us out of the playoffs. It was a completely different atmosphere, no one got up or anything, we just sat in silence for a few minutes. Then the 2 emotional ones over here started crying, and that did it. The guys had been wishing something could have been done differently. But it couldn’t. The Hawks would be having an earlier summer vacation for the first time in a few years.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Chapter 48

Two weeks had gone by and it was the day before the 3pm deadline. I was in my office with Lauren, talking about the baby more then anything, when Stan called me into his office. So I walk over to his office and get in there to see Jack sitting on the couch.

“Hi Jamie,” Stan says when he sees me
“Hi, um I don’t think I like this,” I say look back and forth between him and Jack
“Don’t like what?” Stan asks, although he knows what I mean
“Jack is in here the day before the deadline…are you getting traded?” I ask him
“Jamie,” he says getting up from the couch, by then I knew it, and am in tears
“Are you?” I ask again, he shakes his head yes and pulls me into a hug
“JJ, please don’t cry, it’s making it harder,”
“I’m sorry, I’m extra emotional right now,” with my hand on my stomach
“Jack wanted you to be the first to know, before anyone else,” Stan says as I sit on the couch with Jack
“Aw, how thoughtful, but I kinda hate you right now,”
“Oh, but you wont hate me when you hear who your getting,”
“Wait, where are you going anyways?”
“Florida,”
“The Panthers? I don’t know anyone from them,”
“We already did another trade with the Panthers, that player is going to Washington,”
“We’re getting a crappy Capital? What do you mean Jack, I don’t like them!” I say laughing
“Well you don’t know,” Jack says
“As long as it’s not Ovie, but I still hate you for leaving,”
“Nope, I don’t think your THAT lucky,”
“So, who are we getting?” I ask Stan
“#52”
“Mike Green?! How did you manage that one?”
“With Boudreau getting fired, they are “cleaning house” I guess and doing some trades,”
“Wow, he’s a good player too, we all know I hate the Caps, but I’m a fan of him,”
“See, and you’ve forgotten all about me,”
“Not even Jack! I could never, but why so far away? You were supposed to be here when Easton is born!” I say standing up
“I’ll come back! No offense to my new team, but there’s no chance for the playoffs, so I’ll be out to visit again soon,”
“And if you forget about us, I’ll be so mad at you!”
“I won’t, I never could,” he says standing up to give me a hug, as Easton kicks
“Ouch! I felt that,”
“See! He knows so he’s mad at you too!”
“Smart boy there,”
“Why did you want to tell me first?”
“Because besides the guys, you’re the other person that I’m closest with, and I just wanted to tell you first,”
“So, why don’t we go to the locker room to tell everyone else, is that ok?” Stan asks

“You guys decent in there? Captain’s wife is with me,” Stan says slightly opening the locker room door, Jack laughing
“Psh, captain’s wife…way to make me sound all professional,” I say
“Well, it’s true! Come on, let’s go in,”

The 3 of us walk into the locker room, I go right over and sit in between Jon and Kaner, as Stan makes the announcement of Jack’s trade, causing me to tear up again. He also adds that Green will be joining the team, and will arrive in Chicago tomorrow afternoon. There’s mixed emotions in the locker room, happy to see Mike be a part of the defending champs, but also sad that Jack is leaving, he was closest with Jon and Kaner, and if you put him with Sharpie or Burish, it was a crazy handful of trouble.


I was at the 6-month mark, Dayna at 5½ months. Abby and Carly had been our saviors when it came to all the questions we had, and when Jon and Brent were busy with practice, they joined us to the birthing classes, which was awesome of them. I was getting more nervous for the arrival of Easton, but I was also excited. Dayna and I had done awesome at rocking the cute maternity clothes. Her and Brent were also planning a small summer wedding, before their son is born.

Mike had fit in well with the guys, they all got along right away; from talking to Mike, he was pretty happy to get out of Washington, he was a nice guy too, I knew he’d be a good fit here, even though I missed Jack. St. Patrick’s Day weekend was here and while the guys had practice, I drove out to O’Hare to pick up my parents, who I was beyond excited to see. The Canes are in town for the game tomorrow night, and then the Penguins would be here on Saturday.

My parents were excited to be out here for a few days, especially since they didn’t come out for Christmas, it’s always good to see them. Jon met up with us for lunch at Grand Lux after he finished at practice, then we all headed to the house to relax.

Game day against the Canes was a success, winning 4-3, and before we knew it, the Penguins were in town. My parents and I went to the arena that day for practice, because my dad wanted to meet some of the guys and knew that I know them, so I joked with him saying I was glad they only came out here to use me to meet the Pens.

“Here, go through here, and sit in the stands, I’ll go down and get the guys, if I can manage to steal them away for a few,” I tell my parents as we get to the ice
“Ok, just anywhere?” my mom asks
“Yeah, anywhere is fine,”

“Hey Kris!”
“Jamie, hey! You look great!” Kris says giving me a hug
“Oh, thanks! Hey listen, my parents are here and my dad is like itching to meet some of the guys, do you think I can steal a few of ya’ll for a couple minutes?”
“Yeah, we’re just hanging out waiting for your boys to finish, who does he want to meet?”
“I don’t know, he met you and Jordan at the wedding, so whoever you can get,”
“Ok, give me like 5 minutes,”

Exactly 5 minutes later, he comes out with TK, Neal, Talbot, Engelland and Jordan.

“Hey, look at you!” Jordan says with a hug
“JJ! You look amazing!” Max says, before I say hi to the rest of the guys
“Hi! Thanks guys!” I say as we walk to get back upstairs to ground level
“So, you said it’s a boy right?” TK asks
“Yep, he’s due June 18,”
“What are you guys naming him?” James asks
“Easton,” I say proudly
“Like the equipment?” Deryk asks
“Sure, I forgot about that until Soupy said something the other day, but I like it,”
“It’s a cool name, definitely different,” Kris says as we walk through the arena

We all get out to the seats and sit behind where my parents are, my dad is too into watching practice to even notice us behind them, when he finally turns around. They talk for a bit and joke around, and then Talbot hands a shirt to my dad, that’s signed by all the players, as well as Bylsma and Lemieux, pretty sure my dad’s day had been made.

After dinner at home with my parents, Jon had made his way to the arena to get ready for the game, my parents and I weren’t far behind him. We always ended up having to go to the arena early with Jon so we could still park in the players lot, where I always park, because they’ve been starting to close that gate earlier.

The game against the Pens started out fast, with both teams scoring 3 goals, by the end of the 3rd, it was tied at 5, and ended up going to a shootout. Jon and Kaner scored on the shootout, while Crosby scored the only one for the Pens. I heard it all from Jordan, who always gives me crap after we beat the Pens.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Chapter 47

“Hey kiddo!” my mom says after the 2nd ring
“Hi! Guess what?” I say
“What?”
“Your gonna have a grandson!”
“Oh it’s a boy! That’s great!”
“Yeah, we found out today, I have new pictures too,”
“How does it feel? It’s like more real now,”
“Yeah, well I think it was when he started kicking yesterday, and now we don’t have to call it ‘it’ anymore,”
“Any name ideas yet?”
“No, we haven’t really talked about it yet, but I mentioned the name Easton the other day, and Jon likes it too, because it’s not a common name,”
“Oh yeah, that’s a cute name! Have you guys figured out any room stuff?”
“Not yet, but we figured we would have the crib in our room until he gets older, then we will turn one of the extra rooms into his, we’re going to look at some cribs now,”
“Can we get anything for you guys?”
“Um, probably not now anyways, we want to get some things on our own, but I’ll let you know,”
“Ok, sounds good, well I gotta run, I’ll pass on the news ok, tell Jon we say hi”
“I will, tell dad we say hi, I’ll talk to you later,”

After I hang up with my mom, Jon calls his mom to share the news with them also. After that conversation, and with Jon and I talking for a while, we decided to name our son Easton. We send out a mass text to the guys on the team as well as some other people, before spending the rest of the day baby shopping. We ended up finding a crib that was 4 in 1, so it would be good use for a few years, and we got it in black so it would match everything. We also got a bedding set that was simple but still cute.


The Red Wings were in town the next day before the road trip to Canada, Phoenix and Dallas started. I was at the office again while the guys were practicing, Dayna and Mel had been there also, we got a little bit of work done, then decided to go watch practice.

“So, it’s a boy, eh?” Mel says, she was one of the people that got a text from me after confirming
“Yep! He’s due June 18,”
“That’s so exciting! Him and Cruise can play hockey together,”
“Yeah, Jon’s pretty excited about that, when do you guys find out?” I ask Dayna
“Tomorrow actually, we made an appointment before the long road trip,” she says
“Oh that’s exciting! Your coming on the road trip too, right?”
“Yeah,”
“Ok, good, her and Cruise are coming too,” I say, pointing to Mel
“Yeah, I’m excited to get out of here for a while,” Mel says as we hear some girls talking near by

“I can’t believe he knocked her up, what was he thinking?”
“Yeah, and Seabrook isn’t even married to that girl, imagine how that makes him look? She probably did it on purpose,”

Hell no I wasn’t going to listen to these girls talk with us right there, so I talked back

“Really? You are obviously talking loud enough that you want us to hear, so why don’t you just say it to our faces?” I say
“Yeah, and you don’t even know anything about me and Brent OR her and Jon so ya’ll need to keep your mouths shut!” Dayna adds
“Whatever, both of you are gold digging sluts! How dare you take these boys away from their game!” One of the girls says, now the guys on the ice are watching
“Away from their game? You don’t know what your talking about, plus that ugly pink jersey says it all! All the puck sluts wear those,”
“How did you get in here anyways? Practice isn’t open to the public, and the ice girls have higher standards, so you couldn’t be one of them,”

The girls are just staring at us in aw at everything we threw in their faces, before the security guard comes to escort them out

“Screw you! When are you going to tell Seabrook that your baby is his?” she yells to me

Wow, those girls are ridiculous, they were lucky I’m pregnant otherwise I woulda jumped over the bleachers and knocked them out. The rest of practice went peacefully, the girls were escorted off the property so we wouldn’t even have to worry about seeing them by the cars.

We were back at the arena in no time, and finally had time to catch up with Savannah, who had gone back to Thunder Bay with Taylor, for their small wedding ceremony, yep, she was officially Savannah Pyatt. We also caught up with Chelsea and Carmen Brouwer, oh and Carly, who was the mother of Jake’s little 2-year-old daughter, Brianna, who was a spitting image of Carly.

The game that night was an intense one, the Wings started out fast, scoring 4 goals in the first 9 minutes. We knew the boys wouldn’t be happy going into the locker room for the first intermission. They took advantage of a now tired Wings team, and came back to close the gap to one goal, before winning 5-4, and securing that one goal lead was not an easy task.

The next few days went by quick and after losing a close game in Vancouver, they went on to beat the Flames then the Oilers before heading to Dallas. Dayna and I had managed to handle all those flights without problems, which is a surprise for me since I have the worst luck with flying. Her and Brent also announced that they were having a boy also at the end of June; I have a feeling all this testosterone was going to be a bit of an overload. The road trip closed out on a 4-1-1 record, which the guys were happy about.

I had been doing so much work with the Better Halves, while still doing media stuff for the team, that I hadn’t even realized that the trade deadline was 2 weeks away. I wanted to talk to Stan to see if he could tell me anything about if any guys would be leaving or if we were getting new guys, he said it was something he was still working on. I knew I didn’t have to worry about Jon, or Kaner, with contracts locked up until the 2019-2020 season. He did, however, tell me that the contracts of Nik and Colby were renewed, who were the next 2 that would be free agents this summer, and he didn’t want either of them going anywhere, so they would be here until at least the 2018-2019 season. He couldn’t make promises on anyone else though.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Chapter 46

***Few things: 1)posting this in honor of the PENS victory! hope the HAWKS can get one too! 2)yes I know the diaper bags are pink, but they are cute lol...I wont spoil the rest...&3)the reason for the pic Jeff Skinner is because he makes an appearance in this chapter....and come on, he's just adorable!!
Enjoy! :)
~J

“You think you’ll be ok on the flight?” Jon asks me as we drive to the arena to go to the airport on the team bus
“I guess we’ll see! It’s the first long flight I’ll be taking, so I hope so,”
“Yeah, I’m sure you’ll be fine, just rest on the bus ride over there,”
“I will,”
“So your parents were going to come out soon,”
“Yeah, but not until March, probably for the game against the Pens,”
“Oh that will be fun, and it’s St. Patrick’s day weekend right?”
“Yep, so they will finally see the green river,”

The 4-hour flight was an easy one; I got sick right after we took off, but then I passed out and slept the rest of the way, Dayna got sick when we landed. It was a beautiful day in Anaheim; much better then the cold back home.

Abby and Evie joined Dayna and I in the room we shared, she didn’t want us to be bothered by Evie waking up all the time, but we didn’t mind, besides, that will be us in a few months so we thought we might as well get used to it.

A few minutes after the girls and I got settled into the hotel room, my phone started ringing,

“Jordie!!” I say
“Hey Jay! Are you in Anaheim?”
“Yep! Me, Dayna and Abby and the baby are here! Are you here already?”
“Yeah, I’m with the guys and my brother and a few of the Canes players, one of your favorites too,”
“Oh my god, Skinner’s with you?”
“Duh, he made the roster,”
“Ah, ok I hate to sound like a crazy fan, but you know I think he’s such a good player, I want to meet him!”
“Ok, I guess I could allow that, just don’t turn into a cradle robber!”
“I won’t, besides I’m gonna be a momma so I have to behave,”
[[Silence]]
“Did I just hear that right?” he asks
“You sure did,”
“It’s about time! Congratulations!”
“Thanks!” I say as there’s a knock on the door
“Well where are your men? Let’s go to lunch,” he asks me as the guys walk in
“They actually just walked in, hold on. Babe, do you guys want to go to lunch with Jordan and the guys?”
“Sure! We haven’t seen those guys in a while and it’s always nice to catch up,”
“Ok, cool. Did you hear that Jordan? Think of a restaurant and gather the guys, and Skinner better be one of them!”
“Haha, ok, Ill call you in a few,”

“So who’s all coming?” Jon asks as we’re walking out
“Jordan, and whatever Pens are here, Eric and Jeff Skinner, not sure who else,” I say
“Babe, if you turn into a crazy 16 year old when you see Skinner like he’s Justin Bieber or something, I will walk away,” he says with a smile
“Ha, that would be hilarious!” Nik says
“K first off, I can’t stand Justin Bieber, and second, I just think he’s an amazing player! You gotta admit it, and he’s like 20, too young for me, not to mention I’m happily married,”
“With a bun in the oven!” Kaner yells
“Yeah that too,”

Walking out of the hotel, we see the guys across the street, so they whistle at each other, then we end up meeting at the corner.

“You don’t look pregnant!” Jordan says, so I turn to the side and pull my shirt back so he can see my growing belly
“Nice to see you too, Jordan!”
“Hi! It’s good to see you guys!” he says giving me a hug then shaking hands with the guys
“Hey Skins, this girl loves you,” Jordan tells him after introducing us
“Wow Jordan, really? Sorry but I’m really not, I just think you’re an amazing hockey player,”
“Well thanks, and it’s probably good, cause if you were, Tazer might remember that and run me into the boards,” he says with a laugh and hugging me
“Yeah! You young ones still have a lot to learn,” Jon says laughing
“Yeah…from me,” Jeff adds

We decide to eat at the steakhouse nearby, after running into a few dozen fans that were mesmerized at seeing guys from 3 different teams all together. From the Pens it was Jordan, Kris, Geno, Sid and Flower, from the Canes it was Eric, Jeff, Chad LaRose and Brandon Sutter. Plus adding Sid’s fiancĂ©, Geno and Flower’s girlfriends, Eric’s and Chad’s wives, there were 23 of us.

The mock draft was that night, the skills day was the next and the game was on Sunday. It was Team Toews with Sid and Mike Green as alternates; Kaner and Brent were on that team, while the rest of the guys were on Team Staal. It was a fun weekend, but it made for a long one. While the guys had practice and things, the girls and I all got together and did some shopping and went to lunch.

Back in Chicago, the guys were heading out for a 2 game trip, while Dayna and I decided to skip this one. We spent one of the days shopping and walking around downtown, and people were definitely talking. We knew it would happen eventually, I mean, we couldn’t hide it anymore now. At one point we even heard a group of girls talking and wondering if the 4 of us were in the same room when we decided to get pregnant, another girl said it could have been a four-some, then we wouldn’t even know who the dads were…seriously? Ridiculous!

The guys had gotten wind about what Dayna and I heard, and they weren’t too happy about it, which we would have figured, because we weren’t either. We were all hoping it would calm down; none of us needed that added stress, especially not me or Dayna.

They beat the Flyers 5-3 before losing in a shootout to the Capitals, and got back home early Saturday morning. I made another appointment for Monday, so we could finally find out what we’re having, since the baby didn’t corporate at last weeks appointment when it’s legs were crossed. Coach Q held a short morning skate at the Ice House; I went with them for a bit to watch them before our appointment.

“Ahh!” I said standing in the locker room waiting for Jon
“What?” he says looking at me nervously
“The baby kicked!”
“Really?”
“Yeah, give me your hand,” I say, causing a few other guys to come over
“Here, now wait a sec, feel that?”
“Yeah!” Jon says
“That’s the baby!”
“I wanna see!” Jack says happily, aw, gotta love him
“Here, put your hand right here,”
“Woah! Does it hurt?” he asks
“Not really, it’s just that you don’t expect it,”


“Hi guys!” Dr. K says as she walks in
“Hi,” Jon and I say
“How’s the baby?” she asks, motioning for me to lay down
“Growing, and kicking now too,”
“That’s good! You ready to find out what it is?”
“Yes!” I say as she puts the gel on my stomach
“What are you guys hoping for?”
“I want a boy, but as long as it’s healthy, I don’t care,”
“I want a boy too, so he can be a hockey player just like me,” Jon says with a smile
“Well, let’s see here. Looks good, growing at the rate it should be. There’s the heartbeat. And the verdict is…It’s a boy!”
“Really?”
“That’s awesome!”
“Yep, you can see right there, and he’s looking as healthy as can be!” she says pointing to him on the screen,
“Aww look at him!”
“That’s our baby!” Jon says, kissing my forehead
“Congratulations! Looks like we’ll have another Toews to look for on the ice,”
“Sure do!”
“Now we can finally say he or him instead of it,”
“Definitely! Well let me clean you off here and get these new pictures printed for you,”
“Thanks!”

Monday, April 11, 2011

Chapter 45

“Oh my gosh,” I say, getting a few tears in my eyes
“It’s so little!” Jon says
“Well from what we’re looking at now, it looks like your right at 11 weeks, not 9 like I said before, and you can see on here too,” She says as she’s showing a chart
“Ok, cool,”
“So, it looks like your due date is June 18, but it could be anywhere within a few days before or after,”
“That is so cool,” Jon says
“Do you have any questions?” she says cleaning off the gel from my stomach
“Morning sickness…how long does that usually last?”
“It depends, but it usually lasts through the 1st trimester, tapering off around week 15, so being that you are at 11 weeks, it shouldn’t be too much longer, has it been bad lately?”
“No, just that 2 weeks before I came in to see you, and a little bit a couple days ago,”
“So it sounds like you’ve lucked out, usually women get sick every morning, but then again it depends, everyone is different. Are you taking prenatal vitamins yet?”
“No, that was my next question,” I say sitting up
“Let me write down the kind I recommend, its available at Walgreens, and they are really good,”

Dr. Kennedy informed us a lot about exercising and dieting and such, like not playing random hockey games with the guys, and the foods to stay away from. She also told me about flying when I got further along, about how I would get uncomfortable, and I’m not allowed to take the medicine to knock me out for flying, so that would be limiting soon as well…sad to hear, but it would be for the best.

“Here you go guys, congratulations!”
“Thank you!” I say as Jon takes the pictures
“Can you make an appointment for around this time next month?”
“Yeah, that should work, I’m not sure when games are, but we can work around them,”
“Sounds good, and if you have any problems or questions, don’t hesitate to call me, I’m sure I’ll see you at a few games too,”
“Ok, great! Bye Dr. Kennedy,”

We get to the car after making an appointment for next month, then decided to call our parents to share the news with them. They were all very excited, Jon’s parents will be first time grandparents, and my parents will have their first blood grandchild (my sister’s kids are adopted). They wanted to hear all the news as it came and offered help to us if needed. We made a pit stop at Walgreens to get the vitamins and a few other things.

The team was back on the ice for practice on Wednesday morning. I had to be back in the office, with Christmas being a week and a half away; our team party was approaching fast, so when I wasn't getting sick, I worked with Diana and Abby in getting caterers and the music together again, as well as reserving a banquet room at the Westin for the night. Dayna was there as well, and we had both shared our news with the girls of us having babies soon, Abby and Mel were both excited too to plan play dates with Evie and Cruise. Jon had told the guys when he saw me sitting on the bench at the ice near the end of practice, mainly because Jack wanted me to come out on the ice, so Jon threw it out there that I wouldn’t be able to do that soon.

After practice, Taylor had gotten in touch with Ryan Kesler and a few of the Canucks players to get together for lunch. Even with only playing in Vancouver for three seasons, he still stayed in touch with the guys as much as they could. So along with Savannah, Taylor had invited me, Jon, Sharpie, Abby and Evie, and Kaner to lunch with them. I had always been a fan of Kesler, and a few other guys on their team, they had a good group of guys, just like the Hawks did.

The Hawks beat the Canucks the next night after a full 65 minutes of play. 2 off days were coming up, with the tail end of that one being the Christmas party the night before the Avs were in town.

After another successful Christmas party and an overtime loss to the Avs, things quieted down for a while, our house was a lot quieter this Christmas, my parents had decided to visit my sister in Portland while Jon’s parents stayed home. Jon and I exchanged gifts as usual; I got him more nice dress shirts and a bunch of little things, and a gift certificate to the best golf course in Chicago. He got me a gift card to H&M and 2 Coach diaper bags…oh boy.

Christmas and New Year’s came and went. The boys played the Islanders on New Year’s Eve and the Rangers on the 2nd, so the girls and I decided to join the guys for that road trip, and we spent New Year’s Eve in Time Square, which was something I’ve always wanted to do, so it was pretty amazing to spend NYE in New York City with some of our closest friends.

January was flying by, Dayna and I had been going to prenatal yoga, we were both glad to be around each other so we could share our stories, and go through all the changes together, along with Jon and Brent with us for it all too. Jon also came with me to the next doctor’s appointment, at this point I was 15 weeks, and showing even more everyday. We were nearing the point to find out what we’re having, and we decided we wanted to; so then it would be easier for clothes and such.

I was working at the office, (and getting sick a few times) and it was the day before game day against the Blues, then the following day we would be joining the guys for All Star Weekend in Anaheim, when my mom called

“Hey mom,”
“Hi there, what’s going on?” she says
“Not much, just at the office, not doing much,”
“How’s the baby?”
“Growing,”
“Well, that’s good. Listen, I was calling because dad and I were thinking about taking a trip out to see you guys soon,”
“Ok! Well we’re going to Anaheim this weekend for the All Star Break, so that’s kind of crazy, are you sure ya’ll don’t want to just wait until the baby’s born?”
“Well, we didn’t know if you guys would come home after the baby’s born, that’s why we were thinking about going out there for a weekend,”
“Yeah, and right now our summer vacation will revolve around the playoffs and the baby coming, so we’d probably be able to plan a trip home. When we’re ya’ll wanting to come out here?”
“That’s why I was calling you, I wanted to make sure you wont be gone on a road trip,”
“Ok, well, I’m looking now, and it looks like St. Patrick’s day weekend is a home game against the Penguins, how does that work? Cause I know ya’ll haven’t seen the Pens play here,”
“That should work, I know dad wanted to go to a hockey game anyways, St. Patrick’s day is on a Thursday this year, right?”
“Yeah, so you could fly out on Thursday, the game is on Saturday,”
“And we can stay until Sunday or Monday?”
“Yeah, whatever works,”
“Ok, great, I’ll talk to dad and look at plane tickets. Are you excited for All Star Weekend?”
“Psh, yeah! I’ve never been and after I heard it was in Anaheim and Jon was one of the guys on the roster, the girls and I were like yeah let’s go, I think it’ll be fun. And we will get to see Jordan and the Pens guys,”
“That’ll be fun, have you guys gotten anything for the baby?”
“A few little things, but not much, Jon got me those diaper bags for Christmas, I think after we get back from Anaheim, we’re going to go look at cribs and changing tables, and figure out drawer space for clothes,”
“That’s great! I can’t believe my little girl is going to be a momma!”
“I know, me either! I’m excited though, and Dayna is too, that’s cool that we’ll be parents at the same time,”
“Yeah, it’s an exciting time. Ok well I’ll let you get back to work, I’ll call you when I’m looking at plane tickets,”
“Ok, see if you can fly into Midway if you can, it’s usually cheaper,”
“Ok, talk to you soon!”
“Ok, bye!”

The boys beat the Blues by a score of 9-3, Jon and Taylor both got hat tricks…but sadly, by the time Taylor got his, no one had any hats to throw. Afterwards, we all went home to finish packing for California. The roster from the Hawks included Jon, Kaner, Sharpie, Brent and Corey, so Dayna, Abby and Evie and I were the girls to join our men. Nik had been progressing in his rehab and nearing his return. He didn’t want to stay in Chicago while the other teammates went home or on a short vacation, and he wasn’t ready to go home with the chance of running into Elina, so he came on the trip with us.




[[The baby's diaper bags! What momma to be wouldnt love Coach diaper bags?? :)]]

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Chapter 44

We eat our dinner and watch the game; the guys get the win in overtime after trailing 3-1 going into the 3rd. Jon calls me when they are leaving the arena, and then when they land in Chicago at almost 1am, which is Dayna and I’s que to head to the UC to pick them up. I throw the little outfits in a bag to take them with me.

A few other wags are there, or the guys cars are, as they drove themselves, Dayna and I are talking with Chelsea and Savannah when we see the bus pull up, the guys making their way off a few minutes after. Seabs comes off so Dayna starts walking to him after we give hugs and say congrats again. Soon after, Jon is off the bus and walks over to me right away.

“Hi baby,” he says giving me a kiss
“Hi, I have a surprise for you” I say with a shy smile as I grab the bag out of the car
“Oh my god,” he says looking at them, with a smile growing on his face before finishing
“We’re having a baby?!” He asks, his eyes lighting up
“We’re having a baby!” I say as he picks me up in a hug
“Baby! Oh this is amazing!” giving me another kiss
“I know, I’m so excited!”
“I knew it would happen soon,”
“Yeah, I kinda sensed it, but I wasn’t sure,”
“And we even stopped trying,”
“See! I told you it would work, and guess what else” I say as he steals another kiss
“What?”
“D is pregnant too!”
“Really?”
“Yep!”

“Hey man, congrats!” Seabs says as him and Dayna walk up
“You guys too!”
“Thanks!” they both say
“Man, we’re gonna be dads at the same time!”
“I know, this is amazing,”
“It’ll be exciting,”
“For sure,”
“Well, we’re going to head home, see you tomorrow?” Brent says
“Sure thing! Bye guys,”

“So, I know ya’ll don’t play Vancouver until Thursday, Dr. K wanted me to make another appointment, so I made it for tomorrow morning, I didn’t know if ya’ll would have practice so I told her I’d change it if I needed to,” I say as we drive home
“No, tomorrow morning is fine,” He says as he takes my hand and kisses it
“Ok, it’s at 11:30,”
“Ok, what is she going to do?”
“She wants to look at me again and see for sure how far along I am, due date and also get an ultra sound,”
“Awesome, I cant believe we’re going to be parents!”
“I know!” I say with a smile
“So, I take it your not far along enough to know what it is?”
“No, she guessed that I was about 9 weeks, usually around 4 or 4 ½ months is when we can find out”
“Ok, do you want to find out what it is?”
“Yeah, do you?”
“Yeah, but you know that baby’s gonna be born with skates and a hockey stick,”
“Better then a soccer ball, but if it’s a girl, she’s gonna be momma’s little gymnast,” I say with a smile as we pull up to the house
“Fair enough, so did you make the onesies?”
“Yeah, well I was going to give them to Abby for Evie, but then I decided to decorate them, so we’ll have some cute, unique ones,”
“Yeah, they are definitely different. So we’ll call the parents in the morning?”
“I was thinking we should after the appointment,”
“Sounds good, did you tell any of the other girls?”
“Nope, Dayna, and now Brent are the only other ones that know,”
“Well, we can tell them tomorrow afterwards, or Wednesday during practice,”
“Ok, I know you’ll want to tell Pat, but do we have to make a big announcement? I mean I can only hide it for so long,”
“Yeah, I don’t think we will have to, obviously when it gets closer, people will know. I know that Sharpie and Abby didn’t make an announcement, neither did Soupy,”
“Ok, good,” I say as we get into bed
"I figured your already under a microscope enough being married to me, people will just find out when they do, but Pat will probably just let us know how to handle it if reporters ask,"
"Sounds good,"

The next morning, I slept so comfortably with Jon next to me that I didn’t want to wake up. But we had a doctor’s appointment to get to for our baby.


“Hi Jamie, Mr. Toews,” Dr. Kennedy says, walking into the room
“Hi,” I say
“Oh, please call me Jon,” he says shaking her hand
“Good to see you again, and good to meet you Jon, let’s get some tests done, shall we,”
“Yeah,” I say
“So why don’t you go ahead and lay down, and we will do an ultrasound, so you can see the baby, and we can get a better idea as to how far you are,”
“Ok,” I say, laying down as Jon takes the chair next to me and grabs my hand
“This is going to be cold,” She warns me before squirting the jell on my stomach
“See that, right there?” she points to the screen
“Yeah,” we both say
“That’s your baby! Right now it’s about the size of a strawberry,”

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Chapter 43

***Thanks for all the feedback! I love hearing what ya'll have to say. With the way I want this all to play out, it may even go to 50 chapters, but I'll have to see. As always, enjoy and I cant wait to hear from ya'll!
~J

Thankfully, from sleeping all day, I was feeling up to going to the game that night. I met up with the girls in the lounge; Abby was there with Evie, making her first appearance at a game. Dayna and I were talking about what we had eaten and how we were the only ones to get sick out of the 6 of us. Abby went straight to the box with the baby while the girls and I walked around the concourse a little bit. I was doing perfectly fine, until we walked past the Jose Cuervo stand, and the food across from it that I had to race to the bathroom and throw up again.

“Girl, I think you need to go see Dr. Kennedy,” Dayna says as I wash my hands
“Do you think you just have the flu?” Savannah asks
“It could be, I had a little bit of a cold a few days ago,” I say
“What about the other possibility?” Dayna asks with a questioning look
“It might be that too, what about you? You should go to the doc too,”
“Yeah, don’t get me sick now!” Savannah says, joking
“I think I will call her in the morning,” I say
“Ok, are you ready to walk out there again?”
“Ugh, yes, let’s go kind of fast so I don’t smell anything,”
“Ok, lets go,” Savannah says as we link arms and race up to the box

We get to the box when Abby asks if we’re ok, Dayna says yes as I steal Evie from her arms. Nik is in the box with us as well, but not for much longer, his cast would be coming off next week, and rehab would start the next day. He was excited to get back on the ice but didn’t want to rush coming back if he wasn’t ready.

After the guys beat the Sabres 4-0, they had a short practice the next day before heading to Atlanta, then to New Jersey. Thankfully, I was able to get an appointment with Dr. Kennedy the morning the guys left for Atlanta. Jon was hoping he could be here to come to the appointment with me, but with how I was feeling and it being wintertime, we figured it to just be the flu.

“Hello,” I say, running to my phone
“Hey girl, what’s going on?” Dayna says
“Not much, just getting ready for my doctor’s appointment,”
“With Dr. Kennedy? I have one too, but it’s not until 12”
“Oh yeah? Mine is at 10:30, maybe we’ll cross paths over there,”
“Probably. Want to grab lunch after?”
“Yeah, I was thinking that Cheesecake Factory sounds amazing,”
“I was going to say the same thing!”
“Ok, awesome, call me after your done?”
“Will do!”

“Hey Jamie, how are you?” Dr. Kennedy says as she walks into the room
“Hi, good, how are you?”
“I’m great, so I understand you’ve been feeling sick lately?”
“Yeah, it started like a week and a half ago, I got sick after a group of us went to dinner, then I’ve had a really bad cold too,”
“Ok, have you gotten a flu shot?”
“Nope,”
“Is there any possibility that you could be pregnant?”
“Um, it could be possible,”
“Let’s run some tests and see what’s going on,”
“Ok,” I say as she starts the tests
“So where’s the hubby today anyways?” There’s the mother in her I know
“He’s on a road trip with the guys,”
“Oh, yeah, they’ve been doing good so far this season, yeah?”
“Yes ma’am,”
“That’s good, wish them luck for me will you?”
“Of course! Have your daughters been to a game yet? I know they are big Hawks fans,”
“More like Kane and Seabrook fans,” she says with a laugh
“Speaking of Seabrook, his girlfriend will be in here to see you too,”
“Yeah, I noticed that, was she sick too?”
“Yeah, we were the only 2 that got sick that night we went to dinner,”
“Ok, well I’ll be looking forward to seeing her later, I’ll be right back ok,”
“Ok,” I say, as I sit with her leaving the room
“So the test’s have been taken to the lab, it will take 24 hours to get the results, do you want me to just call you tomorrow?”
“Yeah, that would be great,”
“Ok, well it was good seeing you, hopefully I’ll be off work on time to catch the game,”
“You too, and it’s on CSNChi,”
“Great, I’ll be talking to you tomorrow ok,”

A few hours later, Dayna and I meet up at the Cheesecake factory for lunch, and some shopping on the mile. Both our men call us to say they landed in Atlanta and asked about our appointments. They played a good strong game against the Thrashers before jetting to New Jersey.

I hardly slept that night knowing that I would be getting my test results in the morning, but I ended up falling asleep after tossing and turning. The next morning, Jon called me to say they were in Jersey and would be back late tonight after the game. I informed him that I hadn’t heard from the doctor’s yet. Not long after I hung up with him, my phone rang again,

“Hello?” I say
“Hi Jamie, it’s Dr. Kennedy” she responds
“Hey, Dr. Kennedy, how are you?”
“I’m good thanks, I have news for you from the results,” she says as I get a little anxious
“Ok,”
“Well, it’s definitely not the flu,”
“So that means…”
“Congratulations, you and Jon are going to be parents!”
“Oh my gosh! Thank you!”
“Your welcome! From what I’m looking at, you are about 9 weeks along,”
“Really?”
“Yep, but we can confirm that when you come in for an appointment,”
“Ok, great, should I do that soon?”
“Yeah, that would be best, then we can have the confirmation on how far you are, as well as your due date,”
“So 9 weeks, that would make my due date in July?”
“Correct, so let’s look into another appointment soon, do you want to see what your husbands schedule is like?”
“Well, the team gets back late tonight after the game, and then they are off until Thursday, so if there’s anything late morning or early afternoon before that, it would work,”
“Ok, it looks like I have 11:30 tomorrow available, will that be ok? If it doesn’t work with Jon, you can always change it,”
“Yeah, let me take that one, and if not I’ll change it,”
“Ok, great! I’ll see you and Jon tomorrow at 11:30!”
“Ok, thank you!” I say hanging up, with a smile as I rest my hand on my stomach

Another 10 minutes goes by and I’m taken out of my day dreaming by my phone again, a text from Dayna, we talk for a few before I invite her over for tonight’s game

“Hey!” I say, letting her in
“Hey, so I got my results back from Dr. K,” she says
“Oh! I did too!”
“Well…I don’t have the flu,” she says
“Are you pregnant?”
“Yeah!” she says with a smile
“I am too!”
“Seriously?”
“Yes! According to what Dr. K said, I’m 9 weeks”
“Shut up…I’m 8 weeks!”
“Oh geez, this is crazy!” I say as I give her a hug
“I know! Our babies are going to be so close!”
“Aw, yay! Have you told Brent yet?”
“Not yet, have you told Jon?”
“No, he sent me a text saying he wanted to call me, but they were on a time crunch I guess, so I didn't mention it, besides, I didn't want to tell him he’s going to be a dad over the phone,”
“Yeah, I know what you mean,”
“Right, well here I want to show you something real quick,” I say walking to the bedroom
I pull out 2 little black onesies, one has Chicago Blackhawks on the front with Daddy & 19 on the back, and the other says Future Draft Pick with Toews & 19 on the back
“Aw these are cute! When did you do them?”
“Well I got the onesies and was originally going to decorate them and give them to Abby, but then I decided to decorate them for our baby, and use them to tell Jon tonight,”
“Oh that’s a cute idea! Man, we’re both having kids at the same time…oh I’m so excited!”