Date: September 04, 2022 07:18 am Title: The Second First Month Part Seven
You just kinda wanna give Jim a hug at this point. Here are all my reactions to that sweet, sweet father-son bonding moment.
"Congratulations, you two," Gerald called over to them. "A grandchild is always a blessing." - Okay, we're off to a good start.
She looked over to see Gerald give the smallest shake of his head. - Oh no.
"Sounds like maybe you need a little more focus at work Jim, whip your staff into shape," Gerald said with a small scoff. - OH NO. GERALD. DON'T.
"Well, that's what us lawyers do," Gerald proudly said. "It's important to put in the time and the hard work to make sure you get the results you want. You can't let others pick up the slack for you." - GERALD. STOP.
"You don't want to see a boss that slopes off in the middle of the day and needs to rely on other people for his ideas." *facepalm* (Also, we all need a best friend like Mark)
"A word, James?" he asked. --> He's trying to enjoy his terrible chocolate, Gerald.
Jim saw his father shake his head slightly before taking a large glug from his glass. --> God damn it, Gerald.
"I meant before, when you move, will you be coming home? You know your mother and I would want you to move closer to us, so we can see more of you and the baby," Gerald said, trying to ease the obvious tension between the two of them. --> Okay, baby steps. No more passive aggressive scoffs please.
"Well, she seems to be. I still don't quite understand why you couldn't win the pitch for this new client on your own." --> *flips over imaginary table* Nooooo, don't bring Pam into this. That's not gonna go well.
"It doesn't matter who came up with the idea dad, I don't get why you're so fixated on her helping me with a pitch." --> Oh no. He's starting to get pissed.
"Well, you never seemed quite so distracted when you were dating her," Gerald said, motioning up to the TV. --> GERALD.
"You just seem to be losing focus since you met her. I mean, the first thing you did was lose that pitch to her. And now with the baby, it's only going to get worse." Gerald said with a shake of his head before taking a long glug of his drink. --> *sighs*
"So don't stand there and lecture me that I'm jeopardising anything just because I'm not so fucking obsessed with my job as you are." --> JAMES. That is your father. (Granted, Gerald was being a bit much... but still)
Sweet moment between Jim and Betsy (Gerald loves you Jim. Don't give up on him!) but yeah, sad night for Jim overall. At least he got a blowjob out of it. What a king.
This is my favorite chapter, thus far. I really wish I can give you all these angsty jellybeans but unfortunately, you'll have to settle for a Jim-tastic surprise in the shower.
Author's Response: I would say I’m sorry, but this is your own doing. And I’m infinitely thankful for your help on this chapter as angst is not my forte at all.
Date: August 31, 2022 12:17 pm Title: The Second First Month Part Six
I'm with Pam on this one. First impressions count for a lot, and if their love is for sale you'd better be willing to buy it.
I'm also with Pam on her having the right to be freaked out by learning major new life details about her baby daddy. Honestly, though, not having seen the Gilmore Girls is the biggest red flag in this chapter.
The hot seat prank feels very Jam.
LOL. Yellowberry reference!
"Like what if you're hiding some creepy doll collection from me? Or that every summer you make a sacrifice to the alien lord you worship. Or you write fanfiction for some TV show." Hey.
I appreciate you not dragging out the reveal to the Halperts here, especially with them having a heated conversation not too far away from them...
Oh definitely. Hostess presents are an absolute definite in my book.
And Gilmore Girls. I honestly would expect Jim to at least know about the show. *shakes head sadly*
Yeah gotta get my gal YB in there!
The fanfic one made me chuckle hehe. No offence intended to anyone!
Yeah, you'll see what's coming up with the Halperts shortly!
Thanks as always for the review!!
Date: August 29, 2022 07:43 pm Title: The Second First Month Part Six
I have to say that I’m not looking forward to seeing
Gerald’s reaction to the baby news. He treats Jim like he’s a kid just because he doesn’t understand Jim’s job. So I feel that Gerald will use the baby as another excuse to look down on Jim. Frankly if I were Jim,
I would use time and distance from my dad for a while,for my own piece of mind. Perhaps that would teach Gerald not to take his son for granted.
I can’t help but be curious about Karen.
She’s been too quiet lately. 🤔
There's a lot to unpack with Jim's dad, but we'll get there!
Karen's going to be coming back around soon, don't you worry!
Thanks for the review!
Date: August 27, 2022 02:20 pm Title: The Brief
Oh! And how could I forget to mention the car seat warming prank STOLEN from Clooney?!?! I was reading it thinking, oh no, now WHAT is going to happen to Pam??? It was so funny and really well worked in. And I love that Pam sat for the whole drive with her pie protectively on her lap… I’d throw mine in the backseat or trunk.. but she’s proud of that baby— and should be!!
Also, I love Jim’s parents place and your description of Betsy’s outfit, which sounds beautiful! I think that’s it! If not, I’ll message you! See, I even had to cut my re owe in two it was so long!! Thank you for putting such hard work into this! It’s so appreciative!!
Glad you liked that prank! When I was making Jim's car and saw there were seat warmers (and massagers!) available, I was like, well this is a no brainer!
I think Pam and I are very alike with protecting our pies!!
I love Jim's parent's house too!! I wish I could live in any of these places!!
And thank you for your reviews, that are also so appreciated!!!
Date: August 27, 2022 02:13 pm Title: The Second First Month Part Six
As always, perfection! Such a great mix of funny and charming and sweet and serious. I love when you post a new chapter! Thanks for the shout out and it’s worked in perfectly! I love that Jim is just an ordinary guy… Pam’s Ordinary Guy. But, he’s also so not..
3 cars? (Cute throwback to 3 kitchens!) Two houses? A secret dog? (I am in AWE of how you link back to other stories!!!!) And clearly a lot to unpack with Jim’s dad— which Pam CLEARLY senses. You’ve written such a detailed love story for them that it IS easy to forget that they’ve only been together (albeit inseparably) for a month or so, and it’s a realistic reminder that they are jumping in way deep waaaaayyy fast… but since this is a rom com, it will all be sunshine and rainbows, right? Right. Glad we agree! I think a big key to that will be Pam and Jim breaking open his dad issues, which Pam seems way on top of already… which I love. I love how she is fiercely protective of him and tells him so already.
I completely agree with Pam; she and Jim looked way too similar, and was so proud that she had an equally beautiful alternative outfit in a snap! Loved Jim’s outfit too, and I loooooove Pam’s brown boots so im so glad they were able to make a reappearance!
How darling and sweet were Pam’s gifts? I think it showed her desire to make a great impression and also how hard she wants Jim’s fam to be into her. I know she says she isn’t a kid person, but her gifts were so perfectly chosen and seasonally appropriate that how can she not be good with kids???
And oh, your cliffhanger… well, I was wondering how Jam would broach the subject of Pam not joining Gerald in a tipple post dinner… guess Vanessa did it for them! Surprise Halperts! There’s a part of me that wants to see Jim and Pam slowly back away to the front door and leave… thank GOD Jim refused to let them stay at his parents house! Hopefully he’s booked a beautiful room at the CORRECT Four Seasons!
Beautiful as always… and ever awaiting your next chapter! What would you like since I have no more jelly beans? How about a million dollars to shop in Pam’s closet?!?!?! Thanks for always brightening my day with this AU!
And as always, your reviews are just so wonderful to read. So a HUGE thank you!
Your suggestion for the tie was just wonderful and so perfectly timed, so THANK YOU for that! And anymore ideas are so very welcome!! Love the Ordinary Guy reference there!
Thank you! I had a lot of fun with those references, in particular Scamp.
Yeah, it's very easy to forget it's only been a month. I'm having to keep a very detailed timeline to keep things straight!! But don't worry, it is a rom com, so we'll have some ups and downs, but I'm sure everything will work out just fine :)
I guess Vanessa took the worry out of it for them! But yeah, will be interesting to see what comes next!
And THANK YOU! I would LOVE to shop for real in Pam's closet!!
Thanks for the wonderful review!
Date: August 26, 2022 08:35 pm Title: The Second First Month Part Six
My review was so long that I forgot to talk about the cliffhanger. Oh Gerald… please don’t get a heart attack from this news.
Author's Response: Gerald is going to be A-Ok, don't you worry about him
Date: August 26, 2022 08:33 pm Title: The Second First Month Part Six
I can’t express how much I love it when this fic gets updated.
"But I've had this outfit picked out for weeks. What am I going to wear now?" she cried at Jim's reflection in the mirror. - Come on Pam, you don’t think Jim prepares his outfits beforehand too? He doesn’t just magically appear like that. Also, I know it’s not a brown sack but the irony of Pam ending up in a beautiful brown dress is not lost on me.
Love that Jim is a single tie guy. Love that he has something in common with the regular folks. Now excuse me as l have someone install massagers on my car.
(Side note: Nice callback to the car warming prank down to it being unoriginal)
It's what us lawyers do," Gerald distractedly said. "We can't all go to a ball game and call that a day's work, can we Jimmy?" he laughed, slapping Jim on the back. —> God damn it, Gerald. He’s trying okay? We can’t all be lawyers. Oh God, is Mark the son that Gerald always wanted? Is there some tension between Mark and Jim despite them being best friends? (Okay, but seriously. You really have to feel for Jim here. It’s not easy to always feel like you have to prove yourself to your parents. And I’m sure Gerald doesn’t intend for it to come off that way but… yeah, poor Jim.)
Pam’s past relationships really did a number on her , did they? I’m sad that she still needs a lot of reassurance that Jim is everything for her, but you’re really great at capturing their essence. I’m so happy it’s not all sunshine and rainbows for them, but it’s a relationship where they’re both growing and loving.
And lastly, where’s that comic strip of Jim’s Mr. Fantastic. Did he draw him to look lime himself? Lol.
God, this deserves a million jellybeans. But you’ll have to settle for a double windsor tie I guess. Come on, Jim. Didn’t your dad teach you how to do one? Oh…
Wow, where do I even start with this review. A big THANK YOU is clearly needed right off the bat!
I love that you love this. I hope I can keep giving you what you want. twss
Thank you so much for your contribution with the tie. It fitted in SO perfectly and just made that seen that little bit extra. You're a genius. But yeah, I feel he's had that outfit picked for a while too, although I do imagine his closet to just be rows and rows of the same clothes in varying shades of blue, black and grey, so he probably didn't have that much to choose from!!
Poor Jim indeed. There's a lot this fella is going through. Hello daddy has multiple layers to its name.
I'm trying not to make them too angsty, because I really can't do angst very well, but yeah Jam need a few tiny bumps in the road, just to keep it real
I would love to see the comic strip haha. Older Jim with a beard as drawn by a 7 year old Jim!
Thank you for the double windsor, I'll treasure it forever
Date: August 26, 2022 06:44 pm Title: The Second First Month Part Six
First off I love all the references to everything. The seat heater prank John pulled on Jenna. Scamp and cowboy Jim. Pam trying to make nice with the Halperts by bringing them presents, especially bringing whisky to Gerald. Oban 18, nice touch. Great fun with all of those.
Sometimes it does kind of hit home that for as well as they get on, they're only about a month into dating each other. I would make sense they don't know everything about each other yet. I kinda get why Pam would be so taken back.
Uh oh, cat's out of the bag. Should be all sorts of interesting to see how that plays out. Nice work as always.
Oh yay! I'm so glad you liked those! All of them were a lot of fun to work in. Hope the whiskey was an ok one to pick!!
I think the detail I'm going into, it really does make me forget that it's only been a month!! But yeah, the timeline I am meticulously keeping has them only knowing each other for about 6 weeks!
Thanks so much for the kind words and review!
Date: August 17, 2022 10:27 am Title: The Second First Month Part Five
Well, that was tense. Glad baby Halpert is okay!
This was good work with Michael’s mix of excellent and horrific bedside manner. And a really cute way to remix the sonogram picture.
"You can't wrap me up in a cocoon for the next seven and a half months." Jim: 'watch me.'
"My family will be there. We'll need an escape plan. And I'm not allowed girls in my room." Lol.
That recipe sounds extremely tasty.
Ah thank you! I've been trying to walk the fine line of Michael-ness and being an actual good doctor, so glad it's working ok!!
Sonogram pic is all credit to YB!
The recipe is INCREDIBLY tasty!!
Thanks as ever for the review!
Date: August 17, 2022 12:12 am Title: The Second First Month Part Five
Ok, I figured/hoped it wouldn't be anything to bad there to start things off. I will say this for Michael, even when he's having his moments, he's also quite knowledgeable of his field and is good at getting things under control. Kinda feels like canon in that regard. Michael IS an excellent salesman because he knows how to connect to people. I see him doing the same here, even if he gets a little over the top at times.
Jim's worry about Pam is also right on target. Of course we'd expect nothing less of him. And they get to see their little jellybean earlier than normal too. (By the way if you've never read the fic here titled Jellybean where Pam writes letters to Cece through her pregnancy it's amazing and also where I got that pet name). Then once the danger has passed, they get right back to bantering with each other.
The pie making scene filled that out nicely. Also kinda fitting for them too, That they don't really have stuff to cook with seems to track with the kinds of lives they lead. Seems like that's something that's going to change as we progress with this one. Great job.
Well that's the whole thing I've been going for with Michael 😅 that balance between complete imbecile but also actually really good at his job. It's a very hard line to walk, so I hope I'm doing it ok!!
Well I missed a trick there with jellybean didn't I!! 😅 Oops! I haven't read that fic but will check it out!!
I figure these two have got to start getting domesticated. You can't order take out for a baby. Can you??
Thanks as always for a great review!!
Date: August 16, 2022 06:42 am Title: The Second First Month Part Five
I was sooo excited to see this this AM! As usual, it never disappoints! Sooooo glad baby Halpert is safe and sound! I love that Jim thinks the baby looks like a blob of jello--surely he's very familiar with jello!
Nice callback to Rolando! And I do appreciate your attention to medical detail--I hate when TV shows do the first ultrasound as an abdominal ultrasound--this was very accurate--even if Michael has to make an inappropriate comment--it is Michael after all! Loved the callback to Jim proudly posting his ultrasound pic right away too!
I love Pam's comment about clothing being art... I feel that way about my extensive jewelry collection, and call my jewelry my wearable art. It does evoke a feeling every time you wear it!
I loved the domestic bliss of Jam making the pie! (Although I think that they should just sprinkle salt on top of the pie and call it good--why risk making a third pie?) Though clearly when they get married they won't need to register for anything, it seems like Pam needs some kitchen basics! I also love that she might be warming up to Jim's pile of books! Maybe some smoothie recipes in the future?
Impressive mention of the CORRECT Four Seasons, LOL!!! Can't wait for more of this, including Thanksgiving! Looking forward to seeing what Pam will end up wearing... and how Jam will navigate no alcohol for Pam.. and her food aversions!
No more jellybeans to give, but a thousand salted caramel chocolate pies for not making us wait too long after your cliffhanger! You're the BEST!!!
No you're the best!! Thank you, as always, for your wonderful reviews! They make me smile so much!!
Glad I'm doing ok with the medical stuff! As ever with this fic, I'm up to my eyeballs in research trying to get things correct, so glad it worked! The ultrasound callback was courtesy of Yellowberry!
Oh that pie definitely needs salt, trust me. If Pam is going to impress Jim's parents, she's gotta get it right!! I'm not sure she's going to be attempting any more cooking for a little while, work looks like it's going to get a little busy!
I promise the next chapter is on it's way and it won't be too far away. Thanksgiving and the parents are coming right at you! Thank you for the pies!!
Date: August 16, 2022 05:34 am Title: The Second First Month Part Five
It is so frustrating to read about them trying to bake, but I guess it's natural considering their background. I appreciate the sentiment. Cannot wait for next chapter!
Heheh I know! But their cooking expertise is somewhat lacking at the moment! Maybe they'll get better!!
Thanks so much for the review, glad you're enjoying it!
Date: August 16, 2022 03:51 am Title: The Second First Month Part Five
Yay! The baby is safe. I mean no surprises there (you don't seem like a sadistic person... right?). They both really want this to happen and I'm 100% sure the universe will always be on their side. I'm definitely certain that nothing else will happen to them. *Jim stare*
"Well, you know. Because of the bleeding. I just don't think it's a good idea. You need to rest." -> Right, Jim. Right. I'm sure it's mostly because of Pam and definitely not a certain parent that you're afraid of meeting. Definitely not that.
"Wow, I had no idea pie making was so easy," she marvelled. -> Jim is not amused.
"We forgot to put salt into the salted caramel. We've gotta remake it, " she groaned. -> Yep. Definitely not amused.
Ugh, you should make this into a movie. I don't have any jellybeans to give but Jim's homemade pie might do the trick. Assuming they don't screw anything else up.
Yeah sure, nothing else is going to happen to them. It's not like Cathy or Karen or Roy or their parents are in the rest of the story or anything *Jim smirk back*
I wish it was a movie. It plays like a movie in my head. If only I could get a little camcorder in there to save me having to write it.
Thank you for the slice of pie. It's delicious. You really should make it. And thank you for the review!!
Date: August 12, 2022 10:05 am Title: The Second First Month Part Four
Oh, Isabel. You clever devil. "God, Jim better have a hot best man." Please make this Dwight somehow.
Some interesting work with their personal histories here... you can see why these two might be drawn towards the idea of starting a new family quickly, and definite potential for conflict down the line.
"Is there a pam-chop here? I've got the mint sauce waiting." Oh, Michael. He really should've been a pediatrician.
"Ryan just tells me all the time now how enormous I am and to stop eating so much." Kelly. DMTFA.
Yikes. That's a hell of a note to leave us off on...
Hehe I'll see what I can do Dwight wise!!
And yeah, Kelly has ALWAYS needed to get rid of Ryan. She really, really should
Sorry for the bombshell!!
Thanks for the review!
Date: August 11, 2022 07:41 am Title: The Second First Month Part Four
We now learn that Pam can hide her pregnancy like a millennial can hide his love for avocado toast. I don't think she'll be receiving a call from the CIA anytime soon.
Jim getting a bunch of baby books? Big Daddy Energy over here. I bet he's gonna be all over the "Dude, You're Gonna be a Dad!" one. Can't wait for him to be useful when Pam starts experiencing all these changes.
Come on, Michael. What would make you think that Jim would ever be abusive towards Pam? He couldn't even hurt a pesky fly. Just ask Cathy.
"Hey, I like beets, thank you very much. In moderation. Ok, maybe more as a side dish." -> Oh Jim. The impending irony here will be beautiful.
"Hey," Jim said as he picked up the phone, the smile evident in his voice. -> :(
I wish I could give you more jellybeans. Just think of the eventual jellybeans that I'll give to "Hello Mommy" as an extension to the amazing work you've done here.
Hahaha avocado toast, that has really cracked me up. These two are full millennials through and through. But no, she was awful at hiding it. Hopefully she can keep the secret a little better with other people.
I feel Jim is going to be stuck to those baby books. Pam can parade around in as little as she wants, he's got his homework to do.
Ah it's not Michael thinking Jim is abusive! Jim would NEVER do that! It's just a thing doctors have to check. But Michael could have been a little cooler about it.
Yeah, there's been a sprinkling of beets throughout this fic. Wonder where they've all been coming from....
Thank you for the virtual jellybeans, greatly appreciated as was this wonderful review! Thank you SO much!!
Date: August 10, 2022 06:06 am Title: The Second First Month Part Four
Love how Jim is doing his best to take care of her. Stopping in to get all the baby books, going with her to the appointments, listening to her, the whole nine yards. I know she has some hang-ups when it comes to marriage and babies for good reason, but Jim is showing her he's there for the long haul.
Some good Michael-isms there in the appointment for sure. That lingerie outfit though? Hot damn! Though you had to add in a twist there are the end. Hope everything is alright.
I think no matter the setting, Jim always wants to be taking care of Pam (well, maybe not season 9, but he got back on track) He's definitely in it for the long haul, but he might still need to bide his time - it's only been a month after all!!
Glad you liked Michael - I'm getting nervous portraying him as a doctor, so hopefully I'm getting the balance there!
And yes, Pam. Ooof indeed!
Sorry about that little twist there, we'll find out all about it shortly!
Thanks as ever for the review!!
Date: August 10, 2022 03:42 am Title: The Second First Month Part Four
This chapter was amazing!!! What a cliffhanger though!!! I hope Jam’s baby is okay!! Oh my gosh, Jim’s 10 books were amazing! I love it! He’s so all in to whatever he does that it would only be logical that he’s all in to this…. I love that he had different “styles” of books for Pam; what a sweet guy!
I know you told me to trust Michael, but him peeking through his fingers during the blood draw does NOT give me confidence, especially for a delivery, ma’am!!! Great canon throwback to Jim’s excuses for not hanging with Dr. Scott; and great mention of the “are you safe?” question, which is totally something we’d do in healthcare, albeit maybe more discreetly than Michael. (Hopefully more discreetly. Definitely more discreetly.)
I love that Jam is trying to be more domestic and try to cook… hoping this bleeding scare is just that so we can see more of these little adventures, such as cooking and nesting and the mommy and me yoga from the Brooklyn Flow website which is sooo cute— did you see the mommy and me pic?! Maybe they should just hire a chef…. Or take cooking classes… or find a meal prep service! (Also, cute pie throwback to Lorraine’s!!)
Poor Jim has had to play calm medical provider for the second time this story, but I’m so glad Pam called him first. You just made me realize how much I want this Jam baby… to quote Pam from a couple chapters ago.
I loved your EPIC post story list of pics and sites and just general amazingness which is so. Much. Fun! And illustrates this world so richly! Again, Pam gets some AMAZING deals— did you see her sweater was like 50% off?!?! 🤣🤣🤣 I have no more jelly beans to give but I will give you a very generous gift certificate to wherever Pam shops! Please don’t make us wait too long… especially with this cliffhanger!! Can we have a hint? Can you tell us things will be okay?!?!
Also, poor Jim must be going through some tough times seeing as Pam seems to be triggered to nausea every time it gets hot and heavy… TWSS… maybe he needs someone to confide in about this and becoming a dad. Fantastic work as always! Well worth the wait! You’re incredible!!! Now go write us a happy rom com next chapter that you’ve dropped our d84;a039;s to the pits of our stomachs!! Work and mothering and your real life be damned!!! 🤣🤣🤣 (Kidding/not kidding……..)
Oh my goodness! Thank you for such a MEGA review!! I feel you spent as much time writing this as I did the chapter!!!!
Ok, where to start, where to start!!
The multiple books were actually inspired by my husband who bought soooo many, and they all literally said the same thing, and I refused to read them 🤣 but I thought it kinda fit for Jim to go a little OTT on this too, especially given how many books he flicks through during the delivery!!
Michael does not fill me with confidence either, and he didn't always as a manager, but somehow he did come through for everyone. We've still got a longggggg way to go with him!
I'm not sure how far we'll get with cooking, other than Pam's pie, but we can see!! Doesn't quite seem to suit their lifestyle, but maybe they'll have some fun along the way!
This list of references really got away from me!! I'm not sure Pam would be too fussed about that sweater being half price seeing as her watch strap cost $200 hahaha!! I've seen some of her future wardrobe, and lets just say, good job she earns a fortune and with Jim who earns even more....for now.
I'm so sorry for the cliffhanger!! I promise I'll get the next chapter up as soon as possible! My kids will just have to fend for themselves! 🤣
Thank you so so much for such a spectacular review! So glad you're still enjoying the fic!!
Date: August 09, 2022 06:05 pm Title: The Second First Month Part Four
Now that’s a cliffhanger!
I can understand Pam’s fear and panic
considering what happened before when
she was with Roy. I loved Pam’s work outfit with
her lace camisole. It’s too bad she didn’t wear clothes like that in canon. If Pam had worn clothes like that, especially in season three, Jim would have gone out of his mind. 😂
I have a feeling that Kelly is going to be a single mom because it’s only a matter of time before Ryan dumps her. BTW will we ever see Roy in this story?
Yeah that outfit was something I'd never seen Pam in before so thought I should definitely include it!!
Ah Roy! He might be popping up in a few months time, you'll have to wait and see!!
Date: August 01, 2022 04:26 pm Title: The Second First Month Part Three
Well, Michael comes off almost charming here by comparison - eccentric, but nice enough. Should be a fun adventure!
And nice to see these crazy kids aren't letting pregnancy slow them down even a bit...
Yeah Michael should be a lot of fun...hopefully!
Slowed them down a little, but I feel they'll be back to their usual selves soon haha!