BILLION-DOLLAR BABY BARGAIN
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W ho would have thought that a baby—cute and gurgly when his mother held him—could be such a
demanding little devil? Victoria Sutton sank down onto the couch in the living room of her Auckland
town house and gazed at the sleeping baby in the traveling cot with weary disbelief.
Dylan looked utterly angelic as stubby eyelashes rested in dusky crescents against chubby baby cheeks
and his mouth moved gently up and down.
Oh, for a shot of caffeine.
Strong, hot Starbucks coffee. Hard to believe the whole weekend had passed without finding time to
pick one up. Mandy, her secretary, would laugh herself silly tomorrow when Victoria recounted the
events of the past two days.
Had it only been two days?
Propping her elbows on her knees, Victoria rested her chin in her palms, and groaned. Two days, but
also two pretty much sleepless nights during which Dylan had turned her normally organized life upside
down. Heavens, it seemed like she hadn’t drawn a breath since her best friend Suzy had gabbled her last
bits of advice on Friday evening as Michael had tugged his wife out the front door, eager to get away for
a brief romantic break to celebrate their second wedding anniversary.
Never again would she imagine that babies slept all the time!
Lifting her head from her cupped palms, Victoria scanned the normally immaculate living room and
took in the chaotic disarray of toys, diapers and