Nina said, snapping her fingers at the mention of a car seat. ”We need that. So a crib and changing table, a rocking chair with a foot stool… breast pump… um… baby bottles…”
She was thinking of immediate needs for the baby. Naturally she would need clothing for the little one, and since Rookie was expected right when Autumn comes around, they needed warm clothes for him. It really had been overwhelming at first, but Nina’s mother helped her decide on the basics and most important, and then anything else that they think about after that would be things they probably just want and not really need.
Upon stepping inside the store, a man greeted them and welcomed them—starting with Casey. The way he spoke told Nina that he might be someone whom Casey knew. He greeted Nina and complimented her, making her smile as she threw a bit of a puzzled look to her husband, but then the man answered the question that was on her mind.
He was Kev Wilson. Kevin Wilson. Someone who knew Casey back in his younger days… when he was burning his eyebrows off.
That instantly piqued Nina’s interest, and she looked from Mr. Wilson to her husband as though she was asking him why this certain story has not been shared with her. She gave her husband a look when he claimed that the incident had been a long time ago, and that was enough for him to start narrating what all happened many years ago in Science lab.
It was rare for Nina to meet people who knew Casey from his teenage years—which was funny, since Casey has lived in Lochland Grove all his life. It would seem as though all of the friends he had before had either moved out of town or simply did not keep in touch with him anymore. So meeting this Kevin person now… and hearing this story about young Casey being troublesome in class… it was something new for Nina.
Her eyes alternate between the two, and she tried to imagine both men as teenagers causing a ruckus in class because of an exploding balloon. ”Casey…”
Nina said, giving her husband a look as though he was once again being reprimanded for what he did. She was also chuckling though, because if she had witnessed that before she would have also laughed first—and then worried about him next.
It was nice to see Casey this way.
He was reminiscing something happy from his younger days, and seeing the look on his face also made Nina happy. Even Nina found herself laughing along with the two, just because it was funny to see them laughing. Kevin stopped laughing almost abruptly though, and it was such a surprise that Nina just found herself grinning as the man explained that she already called in earlier asking about the furniture. Apparently that call made him realize that his friend from high school was coming, so he thought of attending to them himself. ”That’s very kind of you…”
Nina said with a smile as she linked arms with her husband once more, and then was completely surprised when Kevin said that he had already prepared the other orders for them at the counter. ”Oh my goodness, really? Kevin, you shouldn’t have… Thank you…”
Kevin broke Nina’s link with Casey by stepping in between them to give them a tour, and she just laughed and looked to her husband like she was asking if he was always that friendly. Nina liked him already though, and she could see why he was Casey’s friend. He definitely seemed like someone who would influence Casey into doing more shenanigans, and she was sure they did a lot of those back in the day.
Nina just smiled while the man teased Casey about being a dad, as well as the fame he now had. He pointed out that both of them were famous, and the news of Nina’s pregnancy was one that had everyone talking. It definitely was a bit strange when she saw their photos on tabloids, but it was a good thing that they were still mostly out of people’s radar when they were just going around town. Now if they were in LA… that’s a whole different story. Seems the paparazzi knew everything in LA.
Kevin went on and on excitedly about how he thought it was cool that he knew some famous people, and he even approved the humility that they both possessed despite the fame they now had. America’s Couple. It was such a big title, and most days Nina was still unsure why they had been dubbed as such. It was an honor though, and if that meant they could be an example for many people then she would take that to heart and carry the title responsibly.
No matter how surreal it may seem.
Once they reached the furniture department, Kevin got back into his tour and led them right to the set that Nina wanted to see. ”Oh I love this!”
Nina reacted immediately, seeing the set
that she wanted from the website. ”It’s great, isn’t it, Kea?”
Nina pulled from the group and started to open drawers on the changing table. ”The crib can be converted into a toddler bed, and eventually to an adult-size bed.”
Kevin informed after telling Nina about prizes. He even mentioned giving them an employee discount. ”Oh, Kevin… That’s so kind of you…”
She gushed, holding the man’s arm thankfully, but looking to her husband to see if he was willing to get a discount or not. It certainly was a nice set, and feeling it now with her hands and seeing how gorgeous the wood was, Nina was sure that she wanted it. ”I was actually thinking just a crib and changing table… but it might be better to get the whole set… Kea?”
Of course Kea was making him decide on that one, so Nina took a deep breath and looked at the entire set. ”I suppose we can always use the extra storage elsewhere or for when the baby is bigger so… I’ll take the entire set.” ”Awesome. I’ll get right to that and get you a new stock, and we will schedule when you want the delivery.” ”How about the gliders? I’d like to see them.”
Nina said, looking around to see if she would be able to spot them from where she stood. ”Ah, follow me. The gliders and ottoman’s are over here. We have several you can choose from. Am I right that you would rather it’s not completely upholstered like the one you asked about?” ”Well, if it’s in the baby room I’d rather it has covers that I can toss in the washer to keep sanitized.”
Nina reasoned out, clinging to her husband again as they followed Kevin to another part of the store. ”Wooden gliders it is. We those with covers you can take off and wash. No rockers?”
Kevin asked, looking back at Nina before directing her attention to the gliders available in the store. ”Thought about it… I just feel the toddler could get hurt with that so… no rockers.”
When Nina saw the chairs, she led Casey to the first one that she liked and reached out to feel the fabric. There were a lot of wooden gliders, but the ones with washable covers weren’t in the color that she wanted to match the other furniture so it was a bit tough for Nina to decide on one. So they ended up not picking up anything from the gliders yet… even if there was an expensive but absolutely stunning one
she thought would be beautiful in the living room. It was not what they needed though, so Nina instead mentioned a baby carrier and car seat so they went ahead and picked those out next. ”You guys know if it’s a boy or a girl?”
Kevin asked as she watched Nina pick out a few choices for a carrier. Meanwhile, there was a row of strollers on the other side, and Casey excused himself to check them out as well.”It’s a boy.”
Nina smiled, briefly turning to the man before picking up a sample of a black carrier she thought was fairly simple to put on and was easy to wash.”Nice! Casey Jr!”
Nina laughed at that and shook her head. ”Something like that.”
Nina grinned, looking over at two options she liked. It was strange to be trying out baby carriers. Both Nina and Casey tried out options. Nina already decided she wanted it in black. ”Kea, help me?”
She asked called out to her husband, wanting to try on two options she wanted. One was more like wrap
but could be a sling or a carrier. She felt it would be easy to put on. The other was another black
one, but something with a bit more structure but was uncomplicated. ”I like these both, what do you think is better?”
Nina asked, now testing how comfortable the first carrier felt around her while she put the second one around Casey.”What about you Kevin? Do you have a family? A girlfriend or wife maybe?”
Nina asked as she strapped on the striped carrier around Casey.”I actually have two kids already.”
The man chuckled, stuffing his hands inside his pockets. ”I have a girlfriend I’m meaning to propose to soon, just… waiting for the right time. Once you get them babies your 24 hours don’t seem enough. You gotta make time for something for you and your partner, you know?””Oh, I hope that goes well…”
Nina smiled. ”Two kids, huh? Wow… How old?””Yeah… They’re great. Three and one. Two girls… Headache sometimes but… I love those two more than anything in the world, you know?”
The man smiled, looking at the couple wearing two different carriers. ”So which are we taking?”