Baby dreams Shattered
A CRUEL TWIST OF FATE DENIES Nicole THE CHANCE TO GIVE Zende A CHILD, LEAVING THE HEALTH OF THEIR MARRIAGE IN GRAVE DANGER
Nicole breaks the news to Zende who refuses to believe that Nicole having more children will not happen.
Life as little Lizzie’s aunt and uncle has finally motivated an overjoyed Nicole and Zende to try to conceive a child of their own. And buoyed by his dream of fatherhood, Zende also decides to pursue his professional dream of becoming a fashion designer. However, an initial setback may also be an ominous sign of things to come.
Proudly displaying his design sketches for Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) and Thomas’s (Pierson Fode) perusal, Zende (Rome Flynn) is crushed when they reject him, telling him he’s a novice and they have no time to train him due to the recent theft they endured.
Embittered, Zende feels he’ll never be accepted as a Forrester whenever he’s actually a Dominguez and he casually canvasses other ways to fulfil his design dreams. Nevertheless, Nicole (Reign Edwards) knows her husband’s heart lies at Forrester Creations and distracts him with lovemaking to conceive a baby.
Soon though, Nicole’s failure to fall pregnant quickly worries her and, buoyed by Zende’s plea not to get discouraged, she takes another pregnancy test. The result is negative, motivating Nicole to arrange for fertility tests.
Babysitting Lizzie while Rick (Jacob Young) and Maya (Karla Mosley) are on an overseas business trip only fuels Nicole’s desire for motherhood and she’s filled with confidence and hope as she visits Dr Caspary (Jacqueline Hahn) for her consultation. Based on Nicole’s symptoms of missed periods, difficulties in conceiving and recent pelvic pain, Caspary runs tests and soon reports that Nicole is suffering from uterine scarring and amenorrhea (an abnormal absence of menstrual periods), conditions which may prevent Nicole from conceiving again.
Devastated, Nicole yells
that the diagnosis is “unacceptable” because she can’t be infertile.
Despite Caspary’s reassurances that nobody is medically considered to be infertile until after a year of unprotected sex without conception, Nicole tearfully protests, saying that she gave birth to Lizzie and gave her away. “That can’t be my only shot, Doctor,” Nicole pleads, as she wrestles with breaking the news to Zende.
Meanwhile, a clueless Zende finally fulfils one of his dreams when Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) and Steffy reconsider the company’s position after Ridge fires Thomas for bailing out Spectra Fashions. Shocked to be offered the designer’s job, Zende enthusiastically accepts and rushes off to celebrate with Nicole.
At home, Nicole struggles with her emotions as she cradles Lizzie, hoping that Dr Caspary’s diagnosis is just a terrible mistake. After a reassuring talk with her parents who vow to get second opinions and the best specialists for her, Nicole breaks the news to Zende who refuses to believe that Nicole having more children will never happen.
He also echoes the belief expressed by Julius (Obba Babatunde) that her sister’s baby won’t be the only child she’ll have. Drying his wife’s tears, Zende calls her an angel who isn’t going to have any more doubts or fears. They are going to have their family, he insists.
Despite their son-inlaw’s confidence, Julius and Vivienne (Anna Maria Horsford) can’t be as positive as they consider the ramifications of Nicole’s possible infertility.
Agitated as Julius rants about the “injustice” of Nicole giving up the only child she may be able to have, Vivienne challenges her husband’s belief that Nicole’s infertility will haunt her and eventually destroy her marriage, telling him they will fight this obstacle as a family.
To prove her point, Vivienne accompanies her daughter to see another specialist, Dr March (Kate Orsini) who sadly reiterates Caspary’s findings. Nicole’s uterine lesions are severe and will be difficult to treat. However, her ovaries are still intact leaving surrogacy as a viable means of having a biological child. She just won’t be able to carry another baby herself.
Regardless of the news, Nicole can’t accept never being able to have her own child. She clings tightly to Lizzie and looks at her intently, calling her “my little girl” as Vivienne is disturbed at the possible consequences of Nicole becoming obsessed with the child.
Nicole (Reign Edwards) (right) can’t believe the doctor’s words when she’s told she won’t be able to carry a child of her own. Her mother Vivienne (Anna Maria Horsford) (left) tries to comfort her. Zende (Rome Flynn) insists that he and Nicole will have their family.