"I would like to try to keep my job, but if that's not possible I could apply for a part-time position in the same department. We could see if Lil Bundles has any openings in their daycare center, for when we're both at work. I wouldn't ask you to step down from your job, I know you enjoy it- unless, of course, you wanted to."
"No, of course not." She thought for a moment. "Perhaps we could take turns with a time-turner. We'll be tired anyway, but that way neither of us would be too exhausted, we could both continue working our current jobs, and we'll still have some time for each other- which we wouldn't get easily if we were both working part-time at different times for the baby."
She nodded, her features slowly turning back into her emotionless state that was becoming more and more natural to her. "We also have to break the news to my parents. They'll be happy to hear they'll have a grandchild soon."
He would shrug. "I can TRY to be the focus...but seeing as you're their daughter...and pregnant...I don't think it'll work." He would frown. "Mary know too right? You don't think she'd...tell them before we can...do you?"
She shook her head. "No, she wouldn't do that. That would get me in all kinds of trouble of 'why didn't you tell us' and etcetera for at least an hour before we get to the fussing. Besides, she's got her hands full introducing them to Benjamin this Christmas."
She frowned. "I didn't tell you? They began dating after that ladies' night at La Lune Bleue." She smiled. "It's good to see my sister happy. Benjamin appears to be nothing like the jerks she hung around before- my only concern is that it's getting too serious too fast."
"Except I went to his office about an Auror matter the other day, asking for advice and such from a superior. I didn't know I was asking Mary's boyfriend. I bet I looked like a right idiot..." He would sigh. "I assume he knows we're married...he didn't say anything..."
He would nod. "Well...if she's introducing Benjamin, I hope she doesn't out us to get them off her case." He would pause. "...woudl you like me to reach out the them? Maybe invite them over here for dinner one night since they're back in the country?"
She nodded. She felt like she should just tell him already... get everything out in the open about where all this contention started... but that would mean.... She fought back emotion with difficulty, instinctively applying Occlumency to help shut them down, still not looking at Ferlen.
"Y-" She started to speak instinctively, then stopped. "No, I'm not. I... I never told you... why I don't get along with my parents anymore. And I want you to know, because I don't want any more secrets." She leaned against the headboard of the bed. "I just... don't know...."
She waited for him to return, taking deep, even breaths as he watched her memories. This was wrong... it had been less than a month since their last hard discussion... but she should have told him about this long ago.
She frowned. "No! So that you could understand my lack of a relationship with them, beyond the obvious differences in beliefs you've already seen- and because it's a big part of who I am that I've kept from you."
She nodded. If Ferlen didn't want day-care, it was becoming increasingly obvious that she would most likely be quitting her job. She liked her work at the Ministry, and she found satisfaction in her home experiments. She would need to make the sacrifice. Her hand went to her stomach, almost instinctively. It was all for Ferlen's child- and hers.
He would watch her reaction. "We'll see what we can work out as it gets closer. Maybe I can come home early a couple days and work Saturday so you can work two or three days a week. I know you are great and your work...and it grounds you. I want to try not to take that away."
He would nod. "I know. ...and it'll be a last resort. I want one of us to be here for her at all times. I know our work is important...but we have more than enough money. I want to make sure you both know that family is the most important thing to me. It comes before anything else."