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Reading Breaking Dawn: Chapter 7 (Unexpected)

April 30th, 2009 at 9:51 pm by Kaleb Nation

The song for this chapter is Zoe Jane by Staind

Hello! My name is Kaleb! I write here! On occasion!

I’m back, with just under two more weeks of finals to go. For those of you not acquainted with how finals work on my corner of the planet, the school generally gives me a week off to study and then slams me with final exams like a train meeting the body of a car stuck on the tracks. Thus, I’m in that period of time where things actually slow down: the calm before the storm. Between taking nearly 300 photos of gnomes for my Digital Photography And Design class finals and totally scoring with Publishers Weekly, I’m going through a speed-reading session with all the books I’m behind on: including, but not limited to, Looking For Alaska, Once Dead, Twice Shy and OH YES: Breaking Dawn. Onwards — before my professors catch me!

I don’t know if I’ve ever suffered from food poisoning, but I know from many years of experience that fried chicken can very easily make one sick. I have a low tolerance for fatty foods, so that even when I’m eating at Chick-Fil-A (as opposed to the far greasier Popeyes) I immediately feel sick afterward. However, I’ve discovered a remedy for this. After I eat any type of chicken, I immediately take a mint, which clears my mouth of all the remaining chicken-taste (I’m quick to add I didn’t invent this, it’s been in use in restaurants for decades). Unfortunately for Bella, the chicken had actually gone bad.

Not What Stephenie Was Imagining

Not What Stephenie Was Imagining

This seems like an odd, specific detail: the chicken having gone bad. I know the Twilight Saga too well to pass over this without giving it a second glance. Was it really chicken? Was Bella really sick? Was it actually POISONED? Or perhaps I’m overreacting to just some old expired chicken…

I have a feeling that for the remaining duration of Breaking Dawn, I will be plagued with frequent tidbits of Too Much Information. Don’t worry. I can handle it. I will handle it in exactly the same way I handled the paragraphs in Twilight and New Moon about Edward and Jacob’s

- Muscles

- Chest

- Arms

- Sparkles

- Coincidental lack of clothing at opportune times which led to the revelation of all of the above.

So when I hear about Bella suspecting she might be pregnant, the question isn’t so much of HOW this happened, because we all know HOW this happened, because it’s ALL that’s happened the past 17 days of blissful, secluded island newlywed life. Edward is the LAST person on Earth who should act surprised, since it is at least partially HIS doing. Now that this is beginning to get awkward,

change-the-subject

I’m not very happy with Edward’s reaction, which is one of the few times I’ve actually been grumbly about him. What is he doing, acting all icy and cold right now? Surprise, shock, and vampire-instincts aside: that’s really no way to react to your new wife when she tells you that she is pregnant. Suddenly Edward seems to disregard how Bella might feel. Is it really so impossible for a vampire and a human to make a child? I mean, after all: this is a VAMPIRE we are talking about. I would be questioning the possibility of Edward’s existence long before I would even begin to question his offspring.

But Edward seems intent on making this situation absolutely horrible. Did he really call his child a ‘thing’? Where is the kind and considerate guy I read about in Twilight and New Moon and Eclipse, and up to now in Breaking Dawn? I’ve never seen Edward even capable of such words towards Bella or the child growing within her. Does he even know what he is suggesting: to kill Bella’s baby, the child that both of them created?

After observing Edward Cullen for so long, it is very hard for me to believe that he would suddenly turn into this monster in just a few minutes. So I’m left to believe that he is in such a shock right now that he’s not even thinking straight. He might be afraid that Bella is going to die, with so little time of them being together. As I read further, I realized that Edward might actually be blaming himself for what is happening now, and not even registering that there is a child inside Bella, but only seeing something that is a threat to her. In Edward’s mind, any threat to Bella must be dealt with. I wonder deeply what he might do when dealing with the threat might mean killing his own child.

It is wonderful, however, how much seems to change in just one, small moment for Bella. I’m sure having a child was the last thing she was expecting, being with a vampire, who, until now, couldn’t have children. I don’t ever remember her wanting children either (in fact, it seems they disgusted her before now, much like pigs did for me before Isabelle came along). But for Bella, things seem to shift quickly from fear to happiness. How is it that something like this changes someone so much? It’s not a question I can answer, obviously. But comments and emails from many TwilightMOMS mostly seem to speak the same as Bella:

“From that first little touch, the whole world had shifted.”

Of course, Bella’s news immediately reminds me of the recent announcement from Youtube/Twitube’s own Kiera:

Does a video really get happier than that?

QUESTION FOR THE COMMENTS: Do you think Edward is being a bit cold toward Bella, or is he justified in his fear that the child could kill her?

——NOTES——

- I forgot to mention that you can begin submitting songs for specific Breaking Dawn chapters on this page.

- It’s official: I am going take trapeze lessons with Maureen Johnson while at Book Expo America. Somehow, I must get video of this… :D


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  2. Krystina

    YES first comment!

  3. Kim

    Yeah, it's a pretty intense chapter.. But I am so proud that she got pregnant. Her little nudger!

  4. Kendra

    The Baby is evil, he has every right. I mean you don't KNOW what it is. It could be some snake sent straight from below!

  5. Josie

    wooot congrats Keira!!!! thats exciting!!!!!

  6. Corinne!

    YOU + MJ + TRAPEZE LESSONS = EPIC WIN!
    [But you must have youtube evidence.]

    Corinne!

  7. Aimee

    I think Edward is so frightened of losing Bella he distances himself from the child, calling the baby a thing! All he cares about is Bella, keeping her safe and alive and happy and there is this realization that he may be responsible for her death.

    I go agree however that it was uncharacterically Edward – it seemed out of touch for him….I was hoping for more between Edward and Bella during this chapter…I often wonder why Stephenie Meyer did this…

  8. Krystina

    & I think that Edward is justified in being cold. It becomes more obvious why he is later in the book.

  9. sarclark

    i felt so bad for edward there. because when you think about it the person for his existence as he puts it is pregnant with a child that is half a vampire. that cant get anymore intense. he doesnt know what is going to happen to bella and doesnt want to risk her life for a scary half vampire child. even though it is his.

  10. Kelsey

    Yes, Edward was a bit harsh but compared to how he usually reacts when Bella's in danger (espesially when it's somewhat his fault) I'm surprised he didn't go running to the Voltrui. Of course on the other hand I have seen Edward let's say undazzling as of very first part of Twilight. P.S. Thank you SO much for “changing the subject.”

  11. beckysue

    yea edward made me mad here. but so does bella. and rosalie. gah!

  12. his_singerr

    the first time i read this chapter i had the exact same reaction as you did: shock over how edward was acting once bella told him she was pregnant. i totally thought he was cold towards her, (only us) knowing how bella felt about her little nudger. but the second time i read it i understood he was acting out of shock along with honest-to-goodness fear of what could happen to bella after his little talk with the cleaning lady. oh btw from here on out it only gets more shocking. js.

  13. Laur

    I think Edward had the right to be freaked out, to say the least. He doesn't want to lose bella (again) and I think he has his reasons to completely overlook the thought that there is a 'child' in there. I don't think it's cold, he's just being his protective self.

  14. vanesa

    well, yeah.. this chapter was a shock for me when i read it, just because i didn't see it coming.. (haha.. excellent chapter title btw) and yeah.. it was weird see Edward act like that, but when you read later on, you kinda see his point…

  15. Aria

    Think of it this way. Everything in the Twilight books Edward ahs encountered at one time or another, maybe not specifically experienced, but heard of. Now his new wife, who he has fought through hell and high water for, is pregnant. Something he has never heard of. By which I mean a girl getting pregnant by a vampire. He has no experience to fall back on, for the first time in years he has to fly by the seat of his pants.

  16. Meghan

    I know it's confusing right now, but Edward is acting all weird because he thinks the baby will kill Bella. You'll understand why later. It's half vampire also, so it could be like a blood thirsty killer and he is afraid it could be a monster, therefore being an “it.” Don't hate Edward! He has a right to be that way! He's just really scared that Bella will die and it will be all his fault. After all, it is his fault she is pregnant. You catch my drift? Haha I really don't want to say anything beyond that. Awkward! :) But I can totally understand why Edward reacted like that. It's all explained, Kaleb :)

  17. Nicole Jet

    Wow!! I'm one of the first to comment for a change…

    I remember reading this chapter that first night around three in the morning. I got to the end and wanted to make sure morte meant death, (seeing as muerte is death in spanish, it was my assumption) so I decided to dash to my room and google it. Well, I decided to take the fastest route possible which meant jumping over a coffee table, jumping over a couch, making a sharp right in a short hallway, and straight to my laptop on my bed. Lets keep in mind, I'm 17 and the same size as Alice, I'm not a vampire, and it's 3:00AM. I cleared the coffee table, no problem, but I overestimated the distance between the coffee table and the couch. I didn't have enough room to get in a good jump. I tried, but my feet caught the top of the couch cushions. Next thing I know, I've bounced off the hallway wall and face planted on the floor of my room. I did some crazy somersault thing, hit my bed and somehow managed to grab my laptop before it slid off and hit me on the head. The two things I learned from this: morte is indeed the portugese translation of death, and my mom is a very heavy sleeper.

    In answer to your question, Edward's reaction made sense to me. He's seeing this as a demonic monster that is going to slowly kill the woman he loves. He isn't stopping to consider her feelings because he just wants her to be safe. It's similar to his reaction about Jacob in the beginning of Eclipse.

  18. Flweep

    I think Edward was just being his over protective self…
    But I think he's worried about what the baby could be, if it would be a monster, stuff like that.

    So yeah.

  19. Meghan

    Oh and I'm sure that if it was a normal baby, Edward would never consider abortion and he would love his baby :)

    You know, they always say “A woman becomes a mother when she gets pregnant. A man becomes a father when he sees his baby.” Yes, I stole that from Juno. But it's true! Guys have to know and see someone to love them. It's weird. I mean, of course guys are excited when their wives are pregnant, but they aren't emotionally attatched to the baby yet. And Bella and Edward are no exception to that comment. It's true! Bella says she loves her baby the moment she realizes she's pregnant! Hehe okay I'm done :) )

  20. ShannanG.

    I can see both sides of this story. Edward knows that this baby could mean the end of Bella's life, that is most likely means the end of Bella's life. And right now all he is conserded about is keeping her safe.
    But as a mom I totaly get what Bella is feeling. What Edward is feeling for Bella, is about the same as what Bella is feeling for that baby. She will do anything and everything to protect it, even if it means loosing her own life. I know as a mom I would give my life up for my children in a split second, and I am sure most mothers feel the same way. (and most fathers too, they just take a little longer to “bond” with baby)

  21. Angela

    Yeah the first time I read that I became really mad at Edward. Especially when he said “Don't worry, we'll get that THING out of you.” Ohh I was furious. Just keep reading. Breaking Dawn is the most 'out-there' book. And I realize what I've said is really vague, sorry….haha. It can't be helped!

  22. dsolo

    I know you're taking biology now, Kaleb, so you should probably be able to figure out that Bella should not be able to feel the baby move after only 17 days, and she should definitely not be “showing”. The rapid progress of her pregnancy is what's scaring Edward. As for the honeymoon part, Edward freaked out so much after the first time, that Bella finally had to resort to the French lingerie. This was the chapter that caused all the controversy, because everyone thought SM had lied because she said vampires can't have children. She was specific that female vampires could not become pregnant, because their bodies can't change. Congrats on having your book cover featured in Publisher's Weekly. Loved the first chapters, can't wait to read the rest of the book.

  23. spangiepantz

    i think edward was just afraid of the unfamiliar (and of course worried for bella), because there was no way that the baby was going to be anything normal!
    so it was just his most obvious reaction to react to it like it was an abnormal growth or something.. he's just being his over protective self.. he's just afraid of what it may do to bella, and it's something that he cannot really prevent from harming her since it is inside her, and the only solution he sees is to destroy it as soon as possible.

  24. Karli

    I completely feel that Edward is justified in his reactions. I mean, all of these past 3 books he's done virtually everything in his power to protect Bella from EVERYTHING, and now there's suddenly this thing growing in her that will very likely kill her, and it's pretty much his fault (or at least, that's how he sees it). I was totally unsurprised at his reaction. Actually, what really bothered me was Bella's reaction. I know how little regard she has for her own safety, but COME ON! Some half-vampire child growing inside you can't be a good thing. Let's review the facts: vampires are immensely strong, can slice through human skin like butter, and what was that last one? Oh yes- THEY ESPECIALLY LIKE TO THIRST ON HUMAN BLOOD! If I was Edward, I would be freaking out completely as well and would definitely want to get the child out of her as soon as possible. The unknown has always freaked him out when it comes to Bella's safety, and this is pretty much as unknown as it gets.

  25. Tasheena

    In reference to the chicken going bad…. I thought that was foreshadowing Bella being pregnant, from the random food craving and then getting sick. Or at least that is when I figured out that Bella was pregnant (maybe just me). Anyways, though Edward is acting cold I understand why.

  26. twilightluv210

    Kaleb i love how you react to awkward situations. and the chicken is brilliant. and im sorry about your problem with chick-fil-a because chick-fil-a is the best fast food restaurant EVER. by the way, i liked ur gnome pics hehe

  27. Jen

    Good chapter, as always. :) That video was SUCH a cute way to tell someone she was pregnant.
    When I first read this chapter I thought the food like wasn't really chicken, but now I think it was just morning sickness.

  28. laura

    Being an avid fan of romance novels which have the males very possessive, I can sort of see Edwards P.O.V.
    Bella is his. While he would never hurt her, he feels like he must protect her from anything that could take her away from him.
    Yes, it is very non-feminist, but B and E are soul mates and while a baby is their precious little creation, they still are going to be madly in love.
    Edward doesn't feel like that his baby is actually a baby(confusing, i know). He sees it as a threat and something that would inevitably harm Bella.
    With Edward, if he had to choose between a baby that in all cases would hurt Bella and be a monster OR keeping his wife safe, he picks the latter. There is no alternative.
    Also…. Edward never thought he could have children. Oh sure, he probably wanted them in 1918, but now hes a frozen vampire and is very content with Bella.

  29. Daylet

    I really don't have much to add, since it's all been said. What I must, though, is to give high honor to this wonderfully constructed quote:
    “…the question isn’t so much of HOW this happened, because we all know HOW this happened, because it’s ALL that’s happened the past 17 days of blissful, secluded island newlywed life. Edward is the LAST person on Earth who should act surprised, since it is at least partially HIS doing.”

    Let me just say that I have not heard it any better. I really appreciate the research you did with the Twilight Mom's; getting insight to the mind of a future mother.

    I must leave you with this: Read o my friend, read on. Lot's of TMI moments on the way!

  30. Vivian

    Great chapter review! Can I guess that you were spoilered about Bella's pregnancy? It seems kind of difficult to avoid finding out unless you're an internet recluse.
    Also, what IS that font you use? (the one you use to write “Let's Change the Subjet”). It's the same as your book's title, right? I love it!
    Also, Nicole Jet, your story made me laugh buckets (as Kaleb might say).

    Anyway, as for Breaking Dawn… I have this terrible habit when I read books that I don't digest anything, I just keep flipping pages. I didn't reflect on Edward's reaction, or really even Bella's pregnancy. And I think this is Edward's problem, too. He doesn't reflect on what he's learned. He doesn't digest the news and make a level-headed decision, he just bolts ahead with his first instinct, to protect Bella (and why wouldn't that be his first instinct? Clumsy Bella).

  31. Jessie

    Have you ever seen the Aliens movies? Where the alien thingy grows inside the person and then bursts out through their body, killing the host in the process? That is the danger this pregnancy presents and is why Edward is so disgusted by the baby. Edward didn't think he and Bella could even have children and now that there is one it's a “monster,” so he can't really be blamed. This couldn't possibly be a typical pregnancy where the husband starts jumping up and down with joy.

  32. Monica

    To be totally honest, I can see where Edward's coming from here. Chalk it up to an overdose of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” but in my mind, humans and supernatural creatures interbreeding generally spells bad news. And I concur on the “Alien” comment (but we'll get more into that in the later chapters).

    How far have you gotten in “Looking for Alaska”? There's a scene in that book that has given me some perspective on how awkward “Breaking Dawn” must be for you.

  33. NuttyNetty

    wow i was laughing so hard! this post was super funny and insightful :) you are indeed an amazing writer kaleb! <333 to answer your question, Edward was being “cold” (no pun intended) towards bella. he should have talked to her! not freak out and plan his childs death! i know this is all fictional but still, in a real situation where there is something you need to discuss as a couple, you don't act on anything without consulting the other :/ especially something like this. poor bella was just left there wondering what's he doing, what's going on? should i be worried? what is he thinking? it was incredibly frustrating for me to see him do that to her. Anyway Thank you for an amazing post kaleb! i enjoyed it sooooooooooo much :)

  34. CarolB790

    Wow, I so F@#king love you right now for not saying that vampires can't possibly “create” offspring, now if only other people would understand that. Yeah, my reaction was exactly like yours, “WTF happened to the Edward I loved” but I understand that he finally had Bella and this “thing” could kill her.

  35. Rach

    Edward's reaction seemed totally out of character at first, at its core though it was typically Edward: he reacted with aggression to something that he saw as a threat to Bella's life. He was, as usual, instinctively protective of Bella without a thought for anything else.

    He probably should have stopped to think (or possibly ask) how Bella was dealing with this and what her thoughts were. But it didn't occur to him to do that, not because he was being insensitive, but because he couldn't conceive that she would have a different opinion then his own – he assumed that Bella would see this as a threat to her life as well.

    In his defence though, Bella didn't react very well to his bad reaction. Instead of talking to him about it she chose to hide how she felt from him. You can't blame a guy for not understanding how you feel when you deliberately conceal your feelings from him. He was an jerk, but so was she. Personally though, I liked that they didn't take it well – people rarely take life threatening/changing news very well at first. It was refreshing.

  36. Shakesgirl

    I can see where Edward is coming from. First off he was teriffed to even go that far with Bella in the first place, until she was less breakable. Now something that he thought was impossible has happened Bella is having a baby. He doesn't what it is, or what it could do to Bella. Edward act the way he always does when it comes to Bella safety. Hard head and stubbron. He acts the way he does because so many other people have said, he finally has Bella, they are about to start their life, and now there is a chance he can loose her again and this time It could cause her life.

  37. Steph

    Dang it. I always check at the wrong moments and then end up missing a post by minutes. Sigh.

    Honestly… I think the way Edward reacted was totally in character. I mean, being a frequenter on fanfiction, I hear a lot of criticisms about people being out of character (heck, I say it a lot myself), but the thing is… sometimes people act out of character. In real life, no one's going to say, “There's no way you just did that! That is so OOC!” I think Edward's reaction makes sense. It was out of character for his character, therefore in character, since everyone acts out of character to an extent. I'm going in circles here.

  38. AussieT

    Unusually long comment from me – sorry!!

    I can see where Edward is coming from. Even in a normal human to human relationship, if a baby comes along that is unexpected – whether you be married or not – there is that element of shock and in my personal experience, and those of my friends, the male reaction can be less than desirable from the female perspective. After all, even if it is a shock, us girls do think about the possibility a lot more as its our bodies that carry the little blighters. And then when we finally tell the man, its after we've had a bit of time to suspect, think and absorb the news – so we're already used to it by the time we tell the man.

    Also, women have the extra connection – feeling the baby move and feeling the changes in your body even before that (even if that change is constant nausea). Men don't get that and therefore don't usually connect as well until after the baby is born, or at least when they can feel it kicking – then they can put the “baby I created” tag on it rather than “thing that makes my partner distracted, moody and sometimes sick”.

    Add to this scenario Edward's tendency to react illogically to things concerning Bella's safety and wellbeing – and you have a super-shocked vampire who immediately detests the thing that may destroy his true love.

    So whilst I may not condone or agree with Edward's reaction (all men should know exactly what women are thinking and how to react in these situations), I can see why he would react that way.

  39. Jennifer

    It's definitly the thought of losing Bella. He knows the damage a vampire can do, especially a child one. He cares about Bella's look on it, of course, but he probably didn't know she wanted to keep it. I'm guessing he thought she was terrified of being killed.

  40. Duorian

    Like you, I was pretty angry and upset at Edward's reaction. I mean, his wife needs his support here, and he's being all cold and inconsiderate about it. I suppose I get the reasoning. He's upset because he didn't think it was possible for her to get pregnant, and he sees the baby as a threat, but still, he's so out of it that he doesn't even consider what Bella feels about the whole thing.

  41. riddleinside

    When you see yourself as a monster, you think so would be your offsprings. He doesn't believe that any good could be created from him. PLUS, as you mentioned, every threat for Bella is to be fought against. I think his reaction is in coherence with his character, Edward is not perfect at all and that makes him more interesting. I personnally understood his reaction and I'm glad he didn't want to play the happy father straight away. We're talking about a guy who lived forever (which may make him feel complete with him self, especially now he has Bella. I don't think he ever dreamed of having a child) and at the same time, he is trapped in a 17 year old body, he never had to deal with that before he's just freaking out, which I think it's a healthy reaction: having a child is something very serious, especially when it's made of venom :)

  42. Ninja Fanpire

    Edward has ALWAYS throughout the entire series been very overprotective of Bella, given her fragility. He is always so careful not to hurt her, and then…..Well, first she gets badly bruised during you know what. Edward feels bad enough about that, it's evident. And then….Pregnancy. As you stated, he sees it as HIS fault.

    I just don't think that Edward really grasps the concept of a baby in general. I mean, he was only 17 when he became a Vampire….It's not like he had time to really fall in love. Not to mention, in over 100 years, he hasn't had any real contact with babies or small children, just perhaps the usual passing by of a parent and child. But nothing really personal. He's been going to high school over and over, not babysitting at a daycare. And he never had any siblings while he was human. He's never experienced babies in the least!

    Also, Edward is a man. And, like many men, they don't feel the same way women do. As I heard it said, “A woman becomes a mother when she gets pregnant. A man becomes a father when he sees his baby.” Which could be true, at least in some cases. I'm thinking this is one of them. See, women have this thing, called “Maternal instincts”, which kick in probably a couple months into pregnancy. (But I don't have hands on experience in this matter.) As illustrated in the movie Juno, women worry about details such as baby room wall colors while men just try to get over the (slight) shock of “I'm going to be a daddy/father!”

    Edward, as always, just wants what's best for Bella. He doesn't really see Bella's child as his child. More like some plague or disease that he gave to her, and now must cure. But Bella sees it as a good thing (er, kind of….). It's HER baby. She knows that it's a living, breathing, …..er, thing. Because I don't know if anyone's really sure until it's finally born. While Bella may not have wanted kids, it's kind of like….Comparing an unintended pregnancy to an abortion. While Edward feels it would be better to get rid of the baby, Bella's motherly instincts have kicked in (literally), and, while she may not have wanted a child, she DEFINITELY doesn't want to kill whatever is inside of her. Even if it was a normal baby, and not Edward's, I'm sure Bella wouldn't choose any other fate than for it to remain her child. That's just the kind of person Bella is. Intended or not, she's got the kid now, and there's no way anybody'll be able to take it away!

  43. Jacqueline

    Well being that most people didn't think vampires could reproduce at all. And that most human and vampire relationships don't really exist. I think at first his reaction makes sense. So he doesn't know what kind of uh “creature” he created. as bad as that sounds. He's not sure what sort of child a vampire and a human would create. So to he sees “demon child” I guess. I was going to put something but I was afraid it'd be a spoiler so I stopped. But the irriation you have with Edward will disappear as you read…I think.

  44. Anais

    Looking For Alaska is a beautiful book. I've just re-read it and I enjoyed is just as much as I did when I read it the first time.

  45. bloodnoir

    Oh, he's justified in his reaction, trust me. I can't say more without spoiling things. The first time I read that scene I thought “WTF?” I was in shock that Edward could behave so abominably and considered putting the book down after that. Glad I didn't!
    So, you mentioned Once Dead Twice Shy. Did you happen to read the short story that introduces us to Madison? It's really good and has me counting down the days until May 26. Kim Harrison's adult books (the Rachel Morgan series) is awesome too- vampires, witches, werewolves oh my!
    Good luck on those finals. Nice that you get a week off to study for them. We used to, but we don't anymore.
    Cheers!
    Sabrina

  46. Jackie

    An interesting post today Kabel. I'm probably not going to make much sense again – since I'm a little tired and it's hard to explain sometimes.

    I can see where he is coming from. To him, it's his duty to protect Bella from anything that could possibly hurt her. You made me realise a few things (like always) when I was reading your post. I thought about how Edward's mind works so much faster than Bella's. While he was in shock he was probably thinking about some many things. He was way ahead of us. While I was reading the books, I knew that his minds worked way faster but I didnt think about it deeply. It's hard to explain since I dont want to spoil you in the next few chapters. We see things from a human's point of view, so as I read I found that when I reached one of Edward's thought – he was way pass us and he had already thought about that first. You were correct on some things, but I wont exactly tell you since that would be considered spoiling you.

    I found it extremely funny when you wrote 'let's change the subject'.

    Also I can see how you get really awkward when reading about moments that are describing guys. I would be too if I were in your position.

  47. Cassia

    Agreeing with many of the people above, I think his fear is justified. He has thought for so many years that it was impossible for vampires to have offspring. So now he either has to believe that “thing” is his, or fire all of the male workers on the island.

    On your chicken subject however, I have some words of wisdom. The reason the mint works is because the peppermint in it helps regulate digestion, not necessarily the taste of the mint (although that may help you).

  48. Mich(elle) C.

    I don't blame Meyer for creating this. I mean, I alredy hate how Edward's all perfect even though I love him! Everyone has errors. I think he' s just afraid. Without the suspense, there would never be a good book. But, you'll see what happens. This is a very gorgeous/beautiful book. I'm in the beggining of “The Host” now. It's a bit confusing..the fonts change. What dose that mean?

  49. Hope

    Honestly? Edward is um… distent thoughout most all of the book…

    Part of me thinks he's worried about bella and is being that becouse of it. Another part of me thinks he's being lame.

    Mich(elle) C, If I remember right the fonts change when there is a flashback…

  50. rachel

    He clearly doesn't get it. Pregnancy just isn't as real for guys until much later. But yeah, Stephanie wrote Bella just right. After giving birth to my first child I was very sad that I would never feel her move inside me again. It is just a wonderful experience that changes everything.

  51. Katie

    I would be entirely against the child too, if I were Edward. The fact that this child might kill her and it would be my fault, it would really get to me too. I mean, this is different than Bella making the choice to die, or making an informed decision to stay close to the vampires, werewolves, etc., this is an accident, one neither of them are prepared for. Edward finally got Bella to postpone her death, and now she has to face it all over again?!?

  52. Kathryn

    “Was it really a chicken?”
    HAHAHAAAAA
    I think twilight has affected your brain, Kaleb. It's right to be a bit suspicious- but I'm going to tell you something right now. It was just a chicken that was gone bad. Really. Thats all. Theres a line between suspicion and paranoia. You just crossed it!
    (Don't worry- most of us did at some point during BD)
    Anyway- how nostalgic! You're reaction was exactly the same as mine. But I'm here to defend Edward and say that us mere humans are only thinking of cute little babies and whatnot. This is the child of a vampire, and I believe that Edward suspects more about this 'little nudger' than he is letting on. Don't judge him too quickly!

  53. Kathryn

    Oh my. I just read through my comment and realised I used 'You're' rather than 'your'

    It pains me to see that. Is there no way to edit after its posted? Anyway- in my defence I think I had been about to write something different and changed my mind. Urgh. I can't bare to see that any longer!

  54. victoria

    have you read Midnight Sun? i read it right after reading twilight (while i was waiting for NM to get to the library) and it gave me a whole new look at the story, and understanding of Edward and what goes on inside his head. i totally expected Edward's reaction, as well as all the other actions he has throughout the rest of the pregnancy. Not that i'm trying to get you to read it, (some people are stubbornly refusing until it's published) but it helped me understand his thoughts much better (as well as every other character, since he hears their thoughts, too.) so i understood his actions.

    i don't think Edward understood Bella. he wasn't the one carrying a child, he wasn't the one having dreams about one. he didn't understand how much Bella loved her baby, and he didn't want to listen–he only wanted to keep Bella alive. he'd fought for her, practically killed each other several times, now he's finally married her, and now he thinks she's going to die because of something he never thought was safe in the first place? yeah, he's a little upset.

    also, Rosalie and Esme had been trying for a LONG time. so his frozen thinking state was him trying to figure it out. (and vampires think really fast, so i'm assuming there was a lot to think through.)

    but i don't agree with killing the kid.

  55. melissa k

    I agree with you Kaleb. Edward did get a little cold, but it is only bc he fears for Bella's life. He promised to never hurt her again and -for all he knows- he could have just killed her.

  56. Sherry

    As a Twilight MOM – of course I only read the books (3 times!) to make sure my teenage son wasn't going to be warped beyond recognition – I completely get Bella's reaction to her pregnancy. I never wanted kids either, til I saw the purple + sign on the pregnancy test. At that moment, I wasn't the center of the universe anymore. So it doesn't matter how you felt about kids before – those nasty little germ-fests aren't yours!

    As for Edward – men in general don't feel the connection to the child until they hold it in their arms, or at least feel it moving in Mom's belly! And since Bella is the center of his universe, and the 'thing' poses a threat to her, it is obviously the enemy at this point!

  57. samanthacr

    You're absolutely on the mark when you said, “So I’m left to believe that he is in such a shock right now that he’s not even thinking straight.”

    When I first read it (mind you I was pregnant, and very much happy to be so) I was completely on Edward's side. Horrible, I know, but once again, her life is being threatened AGAIN, by a monster AGAIN, and to make matters worse it IS completely Edward's fault. AGAIN. He's not thinking in terms of baby blankets and cute little baby toes and fingers — it's a monster, and for all he knows, far worse than he himself. Welcome to Emo-Edward 8000.

    love your blog, btw.
    -scr

  58. Johanna

    I think you're being narrow minded calling abortion “killing the child” the child isn't born yet, and abortion is an option that people have been fighting for a long time.

  59. Justine Lark

    I wrote a fan fiction about Edward's reaction. If you go to my profile (Justine Lark) on fanfiction.net, it is chapter two of Paradise Lost. He doesn't think it's a baby!! He thinks it's an uncontrollably monster that is going to kill the love of his life from the inside out!! You can also read my stories She Has Your Eyes and It's Your Sister for my version of some of Edward's and Rosalie's reflections of his behavior during the pregnancy.

  60. Andrea

    Well.

    You know Edward has always loathed what he is. He does not want to condemn Bella to it either; although she is more than willing. Now he finds that not only did he “hurt” her in the process of love-making, but IN HIS MIND he has now practically assured her death.

    He is imagining a vampire growing inside Bella. For the baby to grow so fast it must be more vampire than human. That does not mean anything good. I think that if I were in Edward's shoes my first reaction would have been the same : GET IT OUT OF HER NOW!

    I think that he thinks she is as afraid for her own life as he is for her, he thinks they are on the same page. We are in Bella's Point of View, so that is we can see that Bella is actually very happy, but of course he doesn't know this.

    I see how it seems out of character under that perspective, but the way I see it, It was just how Edward would have reacted.

  61. amanda

    i think edward is scared. having read the whole book im sure that changes my view on edward's reaction.
    but i really think he was scared. i think he knows what could happen to bella and it scares him. so i thought his reaction -though i didn't agree with it- i understood it.

  62. Gabby

    Okay, so like alot of people on here, I had the same reaction as you did at first, but then I came to understand. Hes not really being cold towards bella, he just basically is hating himself right how. He thinks its all HIS fault that she is prego, and hes pretty sure that the baby is going to kill her. His perspective: Oh geeze, I helped put something inside of bella thats gonna kill her. So I can see why hes being so hateful.

  63. Kristie

    It's good to keep in mind that Bella and Edward are the first real human/vampire couple that has had sex that hasn't resulted in death for the human. There isn't really any evidence that a male vampire can get a female human pregnant in Twilightland. So, Edward's probably freaking out because he's not even sure WHAT it is. It could be an evil devil child. Remember Edward always thought he doesn't have a soul, that he's evil, so to have evil offspring in your human wife's womb is probably not the most “la-dee-dah” experience. Edward's lot in life is to keep Bella safe. So, what would your first reaction be? If you don't even see it as a baby, it's not going to occur to you that your killing your child. It's probably just seen, by Edward, to be a threat to Bella. And, as we all know, any threat to Bella must be destroyed.

  64. Taylor

    I think Edward is being stupid in this chapter, and chapters to come, because he dose not know what the baby is going to turn out like. YEs that would be scary, maybe even terrifiying but COME ON! It is his baby! It is not a THING! I think he had all the right in the world to be worried but to just asume that it is dangerous and want to kill it is a total over reaction, even for Edward.

  65. Paige

    He's just terrified there's a monster in her that's going to hurt her. ANYTHING and I mean anything that even has the remote possibility of hurting Bella is in Edward's eyes a threat that he will take care of. He doesn't think of the baby as his and Bella's child, remember how Edward sees himself: a terrifying, repulsive monster. The mystery of what COULD be inside Bella could be a monster in Edward's perspective, something that would hurt her, like he once (or ALWAYS) thought he would end up doing; except being inside Bella, he has no control over it. He's not meaning to be cold towards Bella or the situation, he's TERRIFIED something is going to happen to her, all of his fears (in his mind) will come true. Anything else is totally disregarded. He does tend to overreact and panic, but it really is all in the love for Bella.

  66. Randy-Lynne

    I'm surprised nobody has commented about the other people involved. Edward was at first stunned by what he had considered to be a complete impossibility. We've just gone through 3 books of Edward's concern that any sort of intimacy with Bella would kill her. He thinks that he's finally conquered all of that and is finally getting to be comfortable with the way things are, and this comes out of nowhere–the results of intimacy threatening to harm Bella. For some reason. I never had a problem with the thought of Edward and Bella being able to procreate–I'm a big believer in suspension of disbelief in my fiction. But for Edward's character–it's something that's never even been considered.

    It's not just Edward who thinks this baby could be a threat, either. He consulted with Carlisle, and as far as we know, they were in complete agreement about “taking care of it” by removing the “thing”. Even Carlisle–Mr. Compassion, who had studied compulsively for 460-something years, felt that removing the unknown threat would be the best thing to do. Why does nobody question Carlisle in this situation? If anyone in the world would be able to keep Bella safe with this strange vampire pregnancy, it would be Carlisle.

    Another thing to consider is that Edward got so caught up in the worry that he didn't notice that Bella had a different reaction. As far as he knew, Bella had no interest in children at all. So he probably didn't even consider the possibility that she could want some monster child growing in her. At this point, he still hasn't really dealt with his feelings of being a soulless monster, and continues to worry about taking away Bella's soul (and would probably be fighting changing her, even still if this new greater threat hadn't come up). But at least he could remember a time of being human–of having a soul. And Bella would have also had her time of humanity. But how would he think of a creature (to him, just a product of a biological process) who began existance as a soulless monster. He sees only the monster half, forgetting the fact that a child they made would also be half Bella, even if he saw no redeeming qualities in the half he contributed.

    But all that being said, as a mother who has tried very hard to be able to have children, and having suffered pregnancy loss way more times than anyone should ever have to do, I was seriously ticked at Edward's reaction. And I would not, as Bella did, hide my own reaction. I would have made my point swiftly and loudly, without resorting to making secret deals with others. Even if Edward was mad at her for wanting to try to keep the baby, he could not have done anything to harm her. And she should have known that the best thing for her to do at that point was to go immediately to see Carlisle for medical care since no other doctor in the world could help…

    The chapter titles in Section 2 coming up soon for you are one of my favorite things about BD. They crack me up every time. Enjoy.

  67. Karen H

    Honestly, having had four children myself, I can understand the thinking and distance. For me personally, it's not until I hear the heartbeat or see the little bean that the reality of having a baby really hits. With the news, reality not fully setting in, it's easy to jump to concern on how the pregnancy will effect Bella. Knowing how Edward is thinking two steps head in protecting Bella, all the reality of what could happen was overwhelming, not to mention, such a thing totally caught him off guard. What is really wonderful it how the story continues…

  68. Meghan Smith

    Ed is most definitely not justified in his disgust for Bella's baby. But to see things from a man's perspective, as i cannot fully, not being a man, men are afraid of the commitment that a child will entail and of having to grow up too fast. He just got married and he will always be only 17. He's very much not ready to be a father, but he was ready to be a husband after waiting over 80 years. Now that he's a husband and knows nothing about what vampire-human hybrids entail, he is afraid for his wife's life, leaving him widowed when his desire to be a husband was just fulfilled. That aside, wanting to kill a child is never justifiable, going against the majorly pro-life beliefs of the Cullens in not killing humans.

  69. Melanie

    So I take it that you'll want children? That's the impression I got from reading this :)

    Anyway, you made me laugh, as usual :)

  70. Janelle

    Hmm, I think as you keep reading the answer to that will become evident. Edward has some suspicions about what will follow, I believe.

    I have a suggestion (if you even read these comments haha) that you have a song for each “book” of Breaking Dawn. You probably noticed that it begins with Book One: Bella. Each “book” has a very different feel, so each one could have a song.

  71. genevievech81

    I too have a very low tolerance for fatty foods and unfortunately for me I had half of a breakfast sandwich this morning that was a little to greasy and I don’t feel so well 

  72. Lara

    My first post ever – first on TGuy, first on any forum. Woohoo! I've enjoyed reading and watching from the sidelines, but I just have to say something here…

    I'm surprised at all the negative comments here about Edward, and even Carlisle. I mean, don't get me wrong… I absolutely agree that their reaction is the exact opposite of the warm and supporting family we have come to know and love through this saga. And even though Bella seems to have done a 180 on the whole idea of having children, especially when she's this young (remember this was part of why she was so hesitant about getting married in the first place!), she has the right to expect her opinion on the matter to be sought and deferred to. But think about it – why would Carlisle of all people not give the abortion idea a second thought? Why does Edward call the fetus “it”?

    Sure, nobody thought there was any possibility of children out of this marriage, and of course everyone is justifiably concerned about Bella's safety considering the huge potential for harm if Bella brings this baby into the world. And of course Edward is feeling very guilty right now, for all the reasons already discussed. Still, no matter what the typical timeline for a father to bond with his child, this is certainly not a typical reaction, even in this dire situation…? I really think their reactions go far beyond these concerns – I can't imagine these issues alone would generate this reaction in Edward, and certainly not in Carlisle.

    The answer, I believe, is in the stories of the Immortal Children. In a world full of “monsters” (vampires), these are the true monsters – uncontrollable, ravaging, insatiable.

    This is the only frame of reference the Cullens have when thinking about vampire children. They aren't ONLY thinking about the danger the child presents to Bella, they truly believe this creature is a MONSTER that doesn't deserve to live. They certainly haven't given any thought to the idea of a half-vampire / half-human, or how that might change the nature of the child – this idea of a vampire procreating is just too new.

    Anyway… I didn't have any difficulty cutting Edward some slack here (even tho I railed at him at some of his bone-headed choices earlier in the series), especially when I read about Carlisle's reaction. Sure – they should have been much more considerate of Bella's desires – they should have at least ASKED what she wanted – but I also see their perspective, too.

  73. MegD

    WIth not much time to read the many comments above, I apologize if I repeat anything. First, this took me by surprise. I should have seen it coming but I get too wrapped up in the present when I'm reading to think about stuff that happened in the past. Second, I felt the exact same way Edward did. (And if you've read Taltos from the Witches Series by Anne Rice you would know why). I wanted that thing out of her just as much if not more than Edward. In my head Bella was being the biggest Jackass ever and no good could come of being friendly with Rosalie.

    That being said.. I loved the way it turned out. I am still totally disgusted when I read parts of this book and have no idea how a movie could be made from it scaring people into sleepless nights forever. But I loved it. Have fun with the rest of the book. No idea how you can only do one chapter at a time. I read all 4 books in 9 days.

  74. MegD

    I have to add one more thing. What about the fact that Bella had been pregnant for like what… 10 whole days maybe???? And she already is feeling it move. I'm sorry, but that's totally freaky and all parties should be buggin out!

  75. Rachel

    I actually think that Edward is justified in his reaction, as is Bella. To him this should never have happened, he shouldn't have been able to get her pregnant. He has once again put her life in danger and that is something he has promised never to do to her ever again. I also think he is partly in shock over this, and probably uncertain of how to respond. If he calls the nudger an “it” then he is distancing himself and keeping it at bay. If he doesn't reconcile the idea of the baby being his and Bella's, something they created, then he can continue to see it as something that is harming Bella. He has seen that Esme and Rosalie have not been able to have babies, so the fact that he was able to impregnate Bella is just a complete departure from what he has ever known.
    Just keep reading!!

  76. Vitaani

    I think all Edward is thinking about right now is Bella, and he thinks she's going to die with this thing inside her. He doesn't even know if it's a child, exactly. It could be anything. Oh, and, knowing Edward, he is definately blaming himself for this.

    I feel really dumb, because when I saw Maureen Johnson, I though RENT immediately…

  77. Jessica

    Honestly, I think his reaction is pretty justified. He is entirely consumed that this child could be a threat to her life. He's infuriated with himself for putting her in danger, once again. That's why I feel he wasn't acting too irrationally.

  78. Heather

    I didn't look at any of the other comments, so sorry if i repeat anything anyone else has said.
    But, i can see what Edward is thinking. To himself, he is a horrible monster (we've covered this extensively, lol). So, naturally, that baby, which is mostly vampire, is also a horrible monster. It's going to kill his beloved Bella. And he thinks that Bella is mad at him for risking her life. It doesn't even occur in his mind that Bella may want to keep the little devil. So, of course, this problem needs to be taken care of. And the only way to take care of it, and save Bella's life, is to destroy the baby. End of story…
    But, yeah, he was in shock, i agree. A LOT of shock. But, when you read on, you'll notice that that is how vampires deal with shock–by growing still and quiet for a long time. And after he's over that initial shock, Edward is freaking out!
    So, when you think like Edward, his actions are so justified, it's unquestionable.

  79. Heather

    They give you a week to study for finals? Life is not fair. The best I get is not having to go to my Friday Spanish class *glare*

    “Coincidental lack of clothing at opportune times which led to the revelation of all of the above.” AHAHAHA! Poor Kaleb. You are so out of your element reading this book =)

    When I first read this, I was really pissed at Edward too. He was being the biggest (insert appropriate curse word here) ever, more so than Jacob ever was in Eclipse. But Bella doesn't know what Edward does…the extreme hazards of what having this “baby” can do to Bella. Based on his knowledge, it will certainly kill her, after she goes through intense pain. So yeah, he wants to get the “thing” out. I don't approve of his behavior, but he was in shock, he knows what could happen to her, and we all forgot…he is still very much 17. Most guys who knock up a girl at 17 go into complete shock, suggest abortions, or leave the girl. Edward has lived a hundred some years and he would never leave Bella, but he is still at the emotional human age of 17.

    Bella never thought about children, true. But when most women get unexpectedly pregnant, they become pretty dedicated to the baby, especially if they really loved the guy who helped with the process lol.

    Once again, if you think this is awkward…just wait. This whole middle section of the book is just…*shiver*. I'm curious to what you think of Edward in the next part. Most people were like, “I HATE YOU NOW!” but I actually forgave his rotten behavior in this chapter and began to feel immensely sorry for him. But I'm really, really excited for you to get to a few chapters in particular *evil grin*

    Oh, what did you think of the end of this chapter? Bella called Rosalie! I was like, “WHAT!?” That made me quickly flip to the next page haha.

    And I love the Twicurls video! YAY FOR NUDGERS!!

  80. Anlynne

    You're right. Edward doesn't see it as a child, he sees it as a threat. It's a life form not of his and Bella's making but a life form that will take her life. Because he is a vampire Edward sees himself as a monster and how could that change when his offspring is half of a monster and living inside of his purpose of existence? He tried to leave her before and it didn't work out well, so when we think about how he did try to save her from himself (and lets face it, Bella's a danger magnet, it was never about him specifically), he is very capable of extracting without second thought something that could kill her. I'm possible a cruel and cold person for saying this, but I took Edward's side. It's easy not to think of the “thing” as a child, not when it was half vampire because there are a lot of questions there. How is its temperament? How will it grow? How will Bella give birth? Will it develop emotionally stable? It is once again an example of how Bella loved things that normal people wouldn't. To Edward it's a threat. To Bella it's their child. It can be easy to see it either way but as a reader I was worried for Bella's safety but if we put ourselves in either of their situations, could we feel much different from them? I don't think so.

  81. Mavvy

    Duuuude… the chicken didn't go bad. It's called “morning sickness,” which I can tell you from personal experience sucks the big patootie (that's a medical term).

  82. Jaclyn.

    When I first read that part of the book, I was furious with Edward. WHAT WAS HIS PROBLEM??? But, to understand his situation more fully, you need to read on. His reaction made perfect sense to me, and then I got a little frustrated with Bella and then with Rosalie, and finally with Jacob. Even though Edward did some pretty disgusting, and in my opinion, things that I would never forgive, and I'm sure you won't either. But his despair can allow me to get inside his head. Personally, I wasn't happy with anyone during her pregency. But, when all is said and done, the world became a happy place again. YAY!

  83. Dessie

    Personally, if I was a guy, and if I was Edward in the situation he is now, I would call the baby a thing as well. You don't know what it is. It might not even be a human. It might be some mutant alien type thing that they don't call their offspring “babys”, but something more complex like…I don't know, just something different. So, I would call it a thing.

  84. Talkerwolf

    I think he's in shock, and see's the baby as a threat to Bella yes, but, I also think he was being very unlike himself and yes, extremely cold.

  85. Anna_Loves_TWILIGHT

    Kaleb, of course Edward is justified!! This is the first time that he even knew that he COULD produce a child with a human, let alone that he WOULD. He's got to be more than a little bit shocked. Plus, he has no idea what the baby really is, or what it will do to Bella, or why it grew so fast, or how fast it will grow, how strong it will be, how compatible with Bella's body it is……there are so many things he doesn't know, and he does know he could lose Bella from this, so he's probably terrified. And, if you would remember, before he talked to Carlisle he clearly had NO IDEA how the heck he was going to deal with this kid/vampire/thing, but Carlisle told him that aborting was the best thing to do. Carlisle is a doctor who knows equal amounts about humans and vampires, and Edward has “Grown Up” trusting him. If Carlisle says get it out, he must get it out. And then he talks to this Kaure lady, who tells him stories about wives dying from this, and even walks right over to Bella, lays her hand on Bella's stomach, and says death (in portugese). Not the best way to calm a frantic Edward down. I completely understand Edward in this part, because both he and I are very paranoid people. He is expecting the worst to come out of this, and is so insane with worry that he cant calm himself down enough to even consider that it might not be a bad thing.

    And, BTW, the chicken didn't go bad. That was from the pregnancy.

  86. Victoria

    OMG I love that twiCurls video! I am so happy for Kiera!! So this chapter of Breaking Dawn is were it all gets weird for me. Everything was perfect in all the other books, but this was just weird. I do hate his reaction! I was pretty mad at him. That's not the Edward I know! I understand he is in shock, but why would he want to kill the baby?!?! Bella wants the baby and he always wants her to be happy and give her what she wants. Why does he feel so threatened by the child? I just really don't know…this is the part where I feel all the characters change…

  87. E

    I say no, he wasn't justified. He accused Bella of having a one-track mind last book, but when you think about it, he's the one who can only focus on one thing–keep Bella safe at all costs. He thinks the baby is a demon, not a sweet little baby, though, so maybe he has a slight point. But he's completely convinced that anything that is a danger to Bella is automatically evil. However, he doesn't even consider the possibility that it's not a monster, like the immortal children, but maybe even on the opposite end of the spectrum.
    I absolutely loved when Bella called Rosalie at the end of the chapter. Very dramatic end to Book One.

  88. Becky

    Okay. that is a hard question to answer.
    To Edward, he is totally justified in his reaction. And I can definitally see, given what Edward knows, why he reacts so strongly and negatively to the baby. Because to him, this is a huge threat to everyone. You'll figure it out later, though.
    BUT, Edward's behavior to Bella is not justified at all. Just because he things the baby is a threat to everything does not mean that he can treat his wife like that. He should talk to her, explain it, and not just tell her the baby's a “thing” and not good for her, blah blah blah.

    So… in short, this is the point where Breaking Dawn goes towards the territory of fanfiction writing and where I started to get a little pissed at Edward. But, Book Two is fast approching and that is my favorite part of the book, so it's all good :)

  89. Becky

    gah, I meant “just because he THINKS” not things.
    your terrible grammer hatemail posts are getting to me, lol

  90. Krista_la

    Hmmmm… Edward has some issues I think. I'm Team Edward, but what kind of dummy wants to kill a baby? I don't know, and if I go into too much detail I'll never shut up, so I'll end it there. :)

    By the way, I LOVE how you're using the font from your book now. It's awesome. :)

  91. aria

    um i can see both POV's becasue at first to be honest i was like is this going to be like an undead child? if it was which is what i think edward was thinking it is an abomination and totally uncontrolable. but then i see from bella's POV with the dreams and all that she could totally want this child her little Edward Jacob-lolz but opps renesmee lolz anywho that's what i think

  92. Nicole

    Having read the book… several times, I DO think Edward is justified in his fears. You'll see why…
    I don't think he's being cold… he thinks that HE is a monster and so any offspring of his would be a monster too, right? (yeah, not my opinion, but obviously his..) He doesn't really think of it as a bouncing bundle of joy. Bella is the most important thing to him, his life, and so if she is in danger, he will definately want to do something about it. You will understand this entire situation more as you read on.

  93. Sakura

    I like the picture of the “Chicken gone bad” it's cute… Hahaha… Poor Kaleb, having to read all about Edward and Jacob's… anatomy. About Edward's reaction to Bella's pregnancy, you gotta take into account that Edward sees himself as a monster and he didn't even think that he could make Bella pregnant. So, if he's a monster and creating a baby isn't really possible (in his mind) then in his mind, that 'thing' that is growing inside Bella is a monster as well and it's going to cause Bella harm. Bella is always his first priority and you'll see just how far he's willing to go to ensure her safety (as if what he did in New Moon wasn't enough :D ) as you read on….

    Aww!!!! that was sooo cute! Congratulations to her! She's gonna have her own little nudger!!! GOOD LUCK ON YOUR EXAMS! ^^

  94. Kathleen

    ohh no!!! don't think that! i guess you havnt read the 'midnight sun' chapters on stephanie's site? but it really gives you a glimpse into Edwards character. he is so upset because he always feels like he's ruining Bella's life. & yet again (in his mind) has put her in danger. He's not looking at it likes its a baby like bella does,hes looking at it like its a monster he has created & is threatening her life… i take my twilight so seriously! hahaha! keep reading! your questions will be answered! :D

  95. Paige

    Edward is complelety justified in his reaction to the …. baby.

    A lotta people think they know Edward, but can you imagine him being happy about this? Something that has never happened before in the history of forever, something that is completely unknown, inside Bella. Bella, the love of his life, whom he is so protective and overly- loving towards.

    Just trust me, Kaleb, don't get grumbly towards Edward. And if you don't trust me, then trust your judgement because all us Edward worshippers will totally kill you if you're mean to Edward. =D I'm joking. You're too awesome to kill, Kaleb. =D

  96. Sarah

    I think Edward is right to be concerned, because this baby is definitely a turning point for both of them. The baby puts him in an awkward position, because he is torn between protecting Bella's physical wellbeing or respecting her wishes. Bella has a history of being reckless, so Edward always has to weigh out what she wants with what is best for her.

    Besides, for some people, it takes awhile for them to develop an emotional attachment to a growing baby, especially in the early stages. It's easier for women. They can feel their bodies change, so there is an earlier emotional attachment.

    Like most loving fathers, Edward will come around and do what's best for the family, and find a way to respect Bella's wishes.

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  97. Emma

    I think that Edward is not thinking straight. he's not registering that what Bella has is the child they created. He's only thinking that the baby will KILL her if he/she stays inside her. Since Edward lost Bella once, he's own doing, he doesn't want to go through that again, especially since they are now married.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts w/ us Kaleb and good luck w/ everything!

  98. Hera

    Edward might not be completely justified to react the way he did BUT he did get one hell of a shock…His vampire brain probably started calculating stuff out..How it couls have happened? how it was possible? What would happen to bella? etc etc.

    Calling the Baby a thing was cold though.

  99. Nicole

    Yes…when I first read it I thought how odd for Edward to be so cold, however not odd that he is capable of coldness but odd that it was in reaction to him knocking Bella up. Then you read and put together what the cleaning lady was saying to him about the mother' dying and I think the fear gripped him. He's always hated himself for putting Bella in danger, especially danger that could possibly end her life, and here he is yet again threatening her life just because he loves her. I think he was so shaken and disgusted with himself (if you read Midnight Sun's first 12 chapters on Stephenie's site you'd understand this) that he could be the death of her yet again.

    So I understood where he came from. Remember he did say the night before the wedding when they were in Bella's room that he wished Charlie had been right and Bella was pregnant because he didnt want to deprive her of being a mother eventually, and he also implied he wished he could be a father. So I think his coldness stemmed from the unknown…not knowing what the child would be, how it would affect Bella's health and possibly the rest of her mortality, and then realising that it was his own fault for consenting to it in the first place. Besides we all know Edward is prone to overreaction when it comes to Bella lol.

    Kaleb that chicken picture is hilarious lol! The chiken wasn't actually bad at all…she was having morning sickness. That right there was a tool of foreshadowing in terms of the baby's diet….I'll leave it at that!

  100. Sarah

    I think Edward acted in a way that was totally expected…he has loathed himself his whole existence until he met Bella and now something he did to her is probably going to kill her.

  101. Court

    i think edward was justified in acting that way, because he's always been so protective of her and thats just how he is, and you never know what will happen when a vampire and human have a baby. so many possibilities!

  102. Zoe

    I think Edward ws overeacting a tad too much. I mean, she's his own flesh and blood. It's just like abortion almost, but I don't like about how Isle Esme that Bella gets so freaking desperate. It's liks she's begging for sex. It's demeaning for the female race, if as a twelve-year-old I may say so myself. I mean what the hell do you expect when a vampire and a human have sex? Super-hybrid. I don't admire Bella any less, though. By the way, I like your “Let's Change The Subject” oart. Haha, I was traumatized after chapter five, knowing what would happen. Keep on writing, Kaleb!

  103. Wendilynn

    Edward is scared. Pure and simple. He's never heard of vampire offspring and the ONLY thing he's got to possibly related to it is the vampire children. So consider a possible vampire child, possibly out of control, who will no doubt be stronger then its mother. I figure that Edward is thinking of that scene from Alien when they are at the dinner table. And he put it there, unknowingly perhaps, but he's responsible for putting something in Bella that will probably rip her apart trying to get out. And just might not be controllable in anyway. A monster.

    What husband would want that for his wife? Especially when she is the most precious thing to him in the whole wide world?

  104. H.Fallon

    I agree with you about the “Edward what is WRONG with you?” and secondly, Carlisle doesn't seem too abortion happy even if it's to help his son…I was totally wondering WHY he suddenly stopped caring about her feelings….though I feel like he's done that before…. *cough* I'm leaving you for your own good who cares if you like it or not *cough*
    So yeah…..someone needed to SLAP HIM! ha ha ha ha, I was all for that little nudger! What kind of daddy does that….

  105. Wendilynn

    Your coming up on some of my favorite chapter titles in the whole series.

  106. NougatCat

    I know it's been pretty much all said already, but I'm going to jump on the bandwagon with saying Edward's justified in freaking out a bit. Yeah, I was a little 'huh?' in his sharp reaction (and with Bella's noncommunication with him, for that matter), but like a couple others said, he's not the only one who thinks a part-vampire fast-growing baby is a 'bad thing', and really, does it honestly sound like it could be good? In his world, they have a different experience with vampire babies, which has left a bit of a mark on them. It might be a monster!

    Yeah, he kinda steps over her a bit, but the shock (thinking such a thing couldn't happen) and seeing the 'thing' as a danger (as others said, keeping her from danger pretty much being ingrained in our heads as his life goal), warrants panicking and finding a 'solution'. Nobody else mentioned this yet, but it hasn't even occurred to him that Bella doesn't see it the same way… he tells her 'don't worry, I'll get you to Carlisle and we'll take care of this, I won't let it hurt you and you'll be safe'….. thinking she'd be just as scared as him about the possible effects of a unknown creature in her. Instead, she stays quiet and goes around him for help elsewhere and (in the scenes that follow which I won't spoil) has a -complete- lack of regard for -his- feelings, and typically her own safety again (after she finally got everything she wanted with him). Honestly, I was much much more deeply pissed at Bella for a while due to that, than I was at the others. Curious to see how you'd react to her, but yeah… I'll agree everything thrown at us is a bit more out-there in this one as it goes on, and not always as easy to get into as the last books… good luck with it, and your finals, Kaleb!

  107. Cara

    Too cold. I can understand that he's afraid, but it IS his child…

  108. Ylva

    Yes, I think he's a bit cold, but I think it's because he's so in shock, and he's afraid that Bella will die. But the important thing is that he's so cold. That's one of the reasons why I don't like breaking dawn as much as the other books, because it's like all the characters change. Edward's so different. And Bella too, in the second half of the book. Not that I don't love breaking dawn, I really do, but it's different.

  109. Kelly

    I think the main thing is that Edward has been trying to convince himself he's not a monster. He continues to see himself as only being bad for Bella, in that (1) she is hunted by multiple ferocious vampires looking specifically for her, (2) the Volturi are worried about their secret so they're either going to make her become a monster, too, or kill her, (3) Jacob is telling him that he's a monster because he's going to have a real honeymoon with Bella, (4) he hurts Bella in the process, no matter how minor, and (5) something that he has no idea what it is, aside from the fact that it's only been a week and she's already showing, is growing inside of her. This is how Edward is looking at it. Also, there's a saying that women become mothers when they become pregnant, but men become fathers when the baby is born. Not that there can't be any kind of connection, but it's impossible to understand that kind of relationship, because the man doesn't physically experience it himself.

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  111. Madeleine

    I agree with what others have said here. Edward is not a mother. He doesn't have the same emotional connection to his offspring that a mother has. The baby is growing inside Bella's body, not Edward's, and while Bella has felt that emotional bond to her child, Edward hasn't yet. He doesn't consider the fetus at this point to be a baby that is HIS. This happens in human males, too. Men do generally take longer to bond with their babies, while mothers love them the moment they find out they are pregnant.

    Add to that the fact that he is in extreme shock (Don't forget, this wasn't supposed to be possible: Carlisle didn't know about it and he's a DOCTOR), and the fact that something he has absolutely no experience with is growing inside his wife. The only thing he knows about this kid is it is at least partially vampire, which means it is much stronger than her, is already developing at a rate way too fast, and drinks human blood. Apart from that, he has no idea what it even is, and has no way way to predict its path. To him, the baby is a monster, killing his wife from the inside out, and she doesn't even realize it! Edward loves Bella more than everything else in the world combined, and he is absolutely terrified for her, as he knows this thing is likely to take her life. And on top of all of this, he is struggling with the fact that if something happens to Bella, it will be HIS FAULT (or at least he thinks so—what else is new?)! OF COURSE he is freaked out!!

    While I believe Edward's alarm and actions are completely justified, I do not agree with his blaming it on himself completely. It is my understanding that these things generally take two people ;) and he had no way of knowing it was possible to impregnate Bella.

  112. Samantha

    lol, as a YOUNG Twi-mom, who never wanted kids.. it's really as simple as motherly instincts. Whether you want a child or not, when you find out you're going to have one, it just changes. You may still be scared, frustrated, kind of wish you had done things differently, but there is always instant love for your child. I won't claim that all women have those same instincts or feelings, but for most women, that's how it is. I was 16 when I got pregnant, I hated children, but I was so excited, and couldn't ever have even dreamed of 'getting rid' of my child. I'm 19 now, my daughter is 1 and a half, and I love her with all of my heart. :) Wouldn't change a thing.

    Although, I'm sure as hell going to make sure I don't have another one. I love my daughter but 1 is plenty for me.

  113. kanicole

    I have nightmares when a read this chapter.. a couple months ago… In the beginning I didn't like Bella got pregnant … I not expect that…

  114. Stacy

    Edward reacted in the way I'd expect. He never heard of a vampire getting a human pregnant and knew what was going to happen next. He always needs to be one step ahead of the game, he needs to have that control to have peace of mind. So when something so unexpected happened, he froze, just didn't know what to do. I was a grossed out about the baby because rapid pregnancies are creepy, like Rosemary's Baby or something. Ugh. But a baby that's half vampire inside of a human can't be good. Edward was scared of losing Bella and yeah, a threat to Bella is something that needs to be dealt with in Edward's eyes.

  115. Stacy

    * and didn't know what was going to happen next ^

  116. Mmary

    Why, hi Kaleb! Nice to meet you! Again…..

    =]

    As for:

    But Edward seems intent on making this situation absolutely horrible. Did he really call his child a ‘thing’? Where is the kind and considerate guy I read about in Twilight and New Moon and Eclipse, and up to now in Breaking Dawn? I’ve never seen Edward even capable of such words towards Bella or the child growing within her. Does he even know what he is suggesting: to kill Bella’s baby, the child that both of them created?

    Woot! Good for you!

    Yes, I understand that this could be killing Bella, but at this point he DOESN”T KNOW!!!! It could be perfectly fine. So he is wayy too cold, he has no justification for what he's doing.

  117. Brittni

    Hey. Seriously awesome site! I'm so glad I came across it!

    Do you think Edward is being a bit cold toward Bella, or is he justified in his fear that the child could kill her?
    I definitely believe he's being cold towards Bella. Although I understand why he feels the way he feels, with Bella being threatened, he should of had better control over his reaction. He could of been a little more softer about it =

  118. alyssa

    I think Edward is justified in this situation. He already thinks of himself as a monster who is endangering Bella's life just because he's around her… what more would his child do? It's a child! A child won't know how to control his actions, he won't be “careful' with Bella like Edward is.

    I expected him to act like that. I think it's classic Edward. Bella is his life, and whatever or whoever threatens her safety has to be dealt with..

  119. Grace

    I agree with your edward view. Even though the baby could be endangering bella's life, it still is his child, something he shares with her and part of it belongs to her too. I did not expect him to act this cold, he was a bit harsh to something he and bella created out of love (excuse the cheesiness). I would've expected him to be a bit shaken at first, but over all happy that he could give bella a 'human experience' he thought he couldn't give her. He doesn't even know that the baby could harm her.
    Sorry, but the major problem i have with Breaking Dawn is that the characters can get a little out of character in it.

  120. Orla

    Hi Kaleb and readers of Kaleb,
    I thought Edward was justified. He doesn't think it's a cute little thing , he thinks it's a demon (I thought this too). And he being the overprotective person he is, (I mean that in the nicest way possible) has to put Bella before the Thing . Oh, and didn't Alice say somewhere (possibly New Moon) that Edward is the “tiniest bit prone to overreaction” (or something like that). It was typical of him to respond like that when something this big hits him. How many times has he almost lost Bella (Twilight – Tyler's car, Port Angeles crew(sorta) James NM- Jasper, cliff diving , Volturi Eclipse – Victoria)already and now, yet another threat to her life comes along. If it was me , I would probably turn out like the chicken ^^^
    -Orla

  121. rach

    I can't believe that I'm saying this, but Kaleb, you're over looking something. I'm pretty sure that in that chapter is the frightening conversation that Edward had with the cleaning lady. Both of them. You see, though this is clearer later, Edward knows the legends. See, even the cleaning lady was frightened for bella, because she too knows the legends. Legends of the incubus and stuff like that. In fact, it's with HER people that legends of half-vamps exist. You'll find out why that's so frightening later.

    Scientifically, edward does have plenty of reasons to worry. The Baby is maturing too fast. I believe Bella goes through this: bella's body shouldn't even register or show signs of being pregnant yet. But already she's experiencing morning sickness (the bane of pregnant women's lives), mood swings, cravings, and even has a noticeable baby bump. So I repeat, THE BABY IS MATURING TOO FAST. Why is this so dangerous? Did you know that the most dangerous leech in the world is a fetus? Babies literally suck the life out of their mothers. The only reason women can put up with it is because babies mature SLOWLY, giving their body a chance to adapt and replenish its nutrition. Already Bella's baby is starting to wear down on her, and she's barely been pregnant for two weeks. That alone is very very dangerous.

    Plus, you already knew Edward's tendency to over react. However, in this moment, he's not overreacting. Don't get me wrong. I love — excuse me, u don't know the name yet. sorry. I love the baby. But she really IS a danger to bella in the womb. a BIG danger. You'll see that later.

    And, this sounds really bad, but even though it was a dire situation and all, well, i couldn't help but be slightly amused when Edward went into shock.

  122. franceslintw

    Hahaha, i really enjoy reading your words.

    This is Frances, well, as you said, I am also a TwilightMOM in Taiwan.

    Just come here to say Hi to you!

  123. jenb

    I too was a little surpised at Edward's reaction & what looked like lack of caring on his part. (On my second, third, & yes fourth reading of BD I understand his reaction better :) ) Well first I was surprised that she was pregnant & then his reaction made it weirder. But as we all know by now Edward is known for his overreactions (especially when it comes to Bella & her safety.) But I love the fact that she got pregnant & has her little nudger. Can't wait to see your reaction to the next few chapters (it gets even more interesting!)

  124. Michelle

    well i think that edward is being really cold because hes only had bella as his wife and his for a really short time. and he doesnt know what is in her. he doesnt know if it could possibly kill her or harm her. I think that maybe he could have shown a little more emmotion because he isnt really supporting bella and thats what she really needs right now. i mean imagine getting pregnant and not even having the suppost of your husband. but you know this all happened because of the chicken going bad. hehee. JK. LOL well….. just waitt. hhehee it gets better. and juicier…and stiemer. and i can just imagine Kaleb reading this. ahahaah. Pricelesss. hehehe

    -michelle ♥

  125. devz30

    Nah, it's just that the child's a threat to Bella.

    lol. That was short.

  126. Blip

    edward has always been possesive, angry and controlling (remember the “you're too drunk to drive” “no, i can drive” “no, you can't.” “oh, well you must be right, you're a magical sparkling vampire after all”). of course he would react like that. something else could be killing his bella and it's not him, which makes him mad. beauty is his only redeming quality.

    but jacob's not any better. his personality is just like edward's, except he uses sexual harrasment to get his way. “i thought you WANTED me to kiss you!”

    i honestly became team mike newton after finishing the series. the only thing horrible he's ever done is like bella while she acted like she “was too good for him” and try to get to know her. which, you know, isn't really that horrible at all.

    with all these teenagers “in love” you think there was ecstacy in the water or something.

  127. Becca

    I was shocked at Edward's reaction as well, and honestly, I had this whole senario made up in my mind about what I THOUGHT was happening…I thought that since we were all told he couldn't produce a child, that when he found out she was pregnant he would have blamed Jacob – thought that Bella cheated on him or something. And I thought THAT was why he was acting all mad and distant and disowning the 'thing'. Honestly, I think I would have liked to see it as a misunderstanding rather than him hating his own child in that way. I don't know, in my personal opinion, the book sort of goes downhill from this point on. Sure, there are some good parts, but I feel like the plot went out the window, and somehow my favorite two characters were lost (Ed & Bell).

  128. Natty

    Well, i have to say, he is just being an idiot right now, but you will totally see why later…

  129. inzaratha

    His reaction is very bad, I understand it coming from what he knows, but still, this is not Edward acting like Edward.

  130. Sofia

    I thought it was really uncharacteristic (with the book I mean) that Bella gets pregnant a few days after she and Edward get married. I mean the Volturi where going to come anyway (new moon) Why add a child to the mix? And for Edward getting mad; I have to agree with the ladies that have all comented above. That Bella IS the thing that matters to him most, his exsistence depends on her. She depends on him almost as much as he depends on her being safe and happy. As Edward says later to Jacob, “She can have half a dozen children if she wants. She can have pups.” Obviously Edward would do anything to make Bella happy, even excluding him from her life and giving her up to Jacob.

  131. Twilightobsession

    yeah edward was a little too cold, i think that he could be shocked but still pull himself together, and then bella could have talked to edward about this instead of having to go behind his back and call rosalie.

  132. ummhedaya

    I just think that Edward is over reacting in true 'Edward' form… always a bit too much… but that is kinda how he does…

  133. Blaaaberrr

    i think edward should be happy for bella . Even though the child will possibly kill her he needs to be happy that bella gets this human expirence

  134. megan eller

    what got you started with the books and then all the way to your web site?

  135. megan eller

    who is your fave twilight star?

  136. megan eller

    I disagree with Kendra I mean as long as bella is happy don't you think Edward should be to? And I also would like to point out that in the end she is so pritty and everyone loves her so it was worth it!

  137. megan eller

    what got you started with the books and then all the way to your web site?

  138. megan eller

    who is your fave twilight star?

  139. megan eller

    I disagree with Kendra I mean as long as bella is happy don't you think Edward should be to? And I also would like to point out that in the end she is so pritty and everyone loves her so it was worth it!

  140. Anji

    just so you're aware, peppermint actually soothes the stomach when it gets unsettled like by food or nervousness, same with licorice root, which works well enough to use even when you're actually ill. although, if you're one of those people who hates potent flavours, a nice light tasting rosehip tea would do nicely as well…sorry, I tend to ramble when I know too much about things…like a crazy old lady. haha (which I'm not…just for the record.)

  141. Rondaa1

    Edwards reaction was humorous to me. Despite all of his superhuman attributes, when it came down to it, his reaction was like any other human male. Shock and denial.

  142. Maandacs

    Carlisle has been around for so many years now and surely he did tell some stories to Edward and the others about baby vampires not to mention how dangerous they were to the fact that the Volturi destroyed all of them and made a law not to make newborn babies or face death. The fear of the unknown seems to frighten Edward for the life of Bella, which was actually true in the next few chapters.So he knew it was his lack of research and head on relationship with Bella could cause her her life. He should have known better there could be circumstances if a vampire like him becomes too intimate to a human girl.

  143. Fergialicious51498edwardsgirl

    Well of course he's being cold! He's totally rude to her when she tells him, I mean he's supposed to be the muture vampire who looks so deeply into Bella's reactions that he could practiclly read her mind bu the should have ben a little more considerate. But I guess that he's in total shock as well. It never crossed his mind that he was capeable of conceiving a child as a vampire, so he would be a little stirred up to really think about htings before he could wrap his head around it.

  144. Mrs Culllen

    I'm a little mad at Edward because wasn't he the one who said tht he wishes she was pregnant when they where talking to Charlie?!?!?!
    And I thought Edward would be a little more understanding being its his daughter and he is supposed to be all chivalrous and crap!
    I love ya Eddie but I'm not so pleased with you right now……

  145. yellowbabe

    I've already read all the books but i cant believe Edward wants to get rid of Bella's little nudger!!! I was so shocked to find out she was pregnant!!!!

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  147. Kul_kat

    I think that Edward definitely is allowed to worry however he should have taken bells feelings into concideration

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