shimmerandsing: (Newborns!)
Alison Blaire ([personal profile] shimmerandsing) wrote2008-01-01 12:22 am
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Special Delivery!

New Years Eve found Alison sleeping later than she has been. Of course, as her third trimester wore on, she'd been sleeping later and later again. She was tired a lot and in the last few days, the babies had been shifting lower into their birthing positions and she'd felt like she'd been carrying around a bowling ball between her knees. Every step was an effort. The elevator had never looked so good to her.

But, around noon she finally got herself up and dressed. Then she made her way down to the kitchen where she found her mother in law and Miyuki waiting for her. The jonin had produced a daifuku recipe for her at Christmas, but Alison decided to wait and make them on New Years for the tradition. The only problem became her attention span. It was hard to concentrate on anything other than how badly her legs and back ached, and the Braxton Hicks that had been plaguing her since she woke up. Or, maybe that had been what woke her up. It was difficult to say. Either way, it was uncomfortable and distracting.

Eventually, Longshot had wandered in and asked how things were going. Alison had burst into tears and the jonin had gently shooed them out of the kitchen. Miyuki ended up getting Alison's daifuku lesson in her place with the promise that she would show Alison how it was done when she was feeling better.

Alison spent the rest of the afternoon curled up on the couch with Longshot and the girls, watching movies. After their first film, Rogue and Dakota had wandered in and joined them. It took several tries at getting comfortable and Alison had ended up curled on her side with her head in Longshot's lap. He rubbed her back in wide circles as they watched some cartoon Lisa and Gloria Jean picked out. Something about rats. Alison wasn't paying too close attention. The contractions had gone from aggravating to miserable and she was having a hard time focusing on anything else.

It took a few minutes more before she realized that the Braxton Hicks had stopped and the actual labor had begun.

Asuka took over finishing the lesson in the kitchen while the jonin came to sit with Alison. The labor, she had said, wasn't progressed enough to require the doctor's presence. But, to ease Alison's mind, they'd contacted Dr. Crusher and let her know the labor had begun. She promised to join them just as soon as she had her medical bay covered.

As the labor progressed, Alison got restless. She asked to relocate to the bedroom. For one thing, she suspected that Dakota -- and the boys, if they ever came inside -- would appreciate not having to see the actual birthing process. She also found that having an audience was making her just as uncomfortable. Longshot and the jonin helped her to the elevator and up the last flight of stairs. Alison had found herself muttering dire curses at the stairs as she hobbled her way up.

Dr. Crusher arrived around the time that Alison had latched on to Longshot and refused to be more than a few inches away from him. The 'slow dancing' they'd seen in the videos slowly devolved to 'Alison clinging and Longshot holding her up'. Was it over yet?!

The doctor had applied a small, flat monitor to Alison's tummy to keep track of baby heartbeats and other vitals during the delivery. Both she and the jonin were perfectly calm. Maddeningly calm, in Alison's opinion. Alison had decided at that point that she hated small, flat monitors, she hated dancing, and she hated the color orange. Fortunately, there was nothing orange in the room, so nothing had to be lazered. Yet.

When the labor had progressed to the proper point, Dr. Crusher had asked Alison to lay on the bed on her side so that she could administer pain relief. Because she had her back to the room, Alison missed the kind faced jonin dropping Longshot into a chair and sitting on him. Even though Dr. Crusher didn't use penetrative needles, he was still having difficulty with the idea of anyone messing around with his wife's spine. By then, Alison would have taken anything the doctor had wanted to jab at her if it made the pain easier. Longshot was released when Alison turned back onto her back. She held his hand tightly and made soft, whining sounds between contractions. It was better than yelling, she figured.

Their first baby crowned just before sunrise and Dr. Crusher asked Longshot if he'd like to watch. Alison was too busy pushing to note his reaction, but she did notice he declined the invitation when their daughter crowned.

A lot of tears and a little blood later, Alison relaxed in her husband's embrace with a sleeping newborn in the crook of each arm. Longshot sat behind her and braced her arms with his own. She was tired and her forehead drooped lightly against his neck as she dozed. She knew he wouldn't let her drop the babies.

[identity profile] sonofarize.livejournal.com 2008-01-01 06:41 am (UTC)(link)
Longshot was tired. He didn't understand why he was tired. He hadn't done a thing! Except have his hand squeezed to near paste. What reserves of strength he had were being used to make sure his wife could sleep and hold the babies at the same time.

His Haha had actually been the first one to hold Aiden. Longshot would have been jealous had his wife still not needed him. Also, after watching his son pop out, he was certain that his wife would never want sex ever again.

The Mojoworlder was still of the opinion of babies being born out the belly button was best.

He took a deep breath and held his family. He hoped the jonin had gotten in touch with John. Longshot's Dad needed to make some phone calls. The Mojoworlder had his arms full at the moment.

[identity profile] clericpreston.livejournal.com 2008-01-01 06:52 am (UTC)(link)
As soon as Alison had gone into labor, Lisa started dialing her father's cell phone number. By the time he had roamed back into coverage range he had half a dozen messages from his daughter ranging from, "Dad, the babies are coming!" to "Alison's making scary noises, Daddy. Robbie should have all your grandchildren, not me."

He saved that last one.

John and Robbie returned from their trip early that morning. He'd waited until after the holidays to take the boy off and have "the talk". Seemed he'd picked an oddly appropriate date to do it.

He knocked softly as he inched the door open. If everyone was asleep, he'd leave. But, he saw Longshot was awake, so he tiptoed inside. Nothing could keep him from taking a moment to smile at his grandbabies before he managed to speak.

"Started making some phone calls, kiddo," he whispered. "You should be having guests sometime today."

[identity profile] redheadspy.livejournal.com 2008-01-01 06:57 am (UTC)(link)
A new year and new babies. It was a good start to the new year.

Natasha answered the phone, got the news and then went to put some decent clothes on. Ten minutes later after telling Logan and Ivan where she was going, she arrived at the castle.

She was smiling when she knocked lightly on the door.

[identity profile] sonofarize.livejournal.com 2008-01-01 07:14 am (UTC)(link)
"Thank you," Longshot replied quietly. He wasn't sure he could dial a phone with his fingers feeling squished. "Aiden, Hana, meet your grandpa."

He shifted slightly but made sure Alison still held their babies.




The door was answered by the jonin. She opened the door and bowed politely when she realized who was standing on the other side. "The grandchildren are up in Longshot and Alison's bedroom."

The jonin opened the door wider and gestured up the stairs.

[identity profile] clericpreston.livejournal.com 2008-01-01 07:18 am (UTC)(link)
"Anytime." John smiled and leaned closer. He didn't want to wake Alison, but... gandbabies!

"Hello, Aiden. Hello, Hana. I've been waiting a long time to meet you two." He brushed the back of one finger very gently across each baby's cheek. They stirred just a little but didn't wake.

John straightened back up and smiled at Longshot. "Congratulations, Daddy."

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[identity profile] sonofarize.livejournal.com 2008-01-02 04:07 am (UTC)(link)
After about three tries, Longshot got all the grandparents out of the bedroom. Then he dragged up two bassinets to put the babies in. Not that he thought Alison was going to let go of either of them anytime soon. Not that he was likely to either. Well, maybe he could if he were distracted by chores or something.

He set up the bassinets beside Alison's side of the bed. One would get moved to his side later, but it was easier to get both of them in their respective beds from Mommy. When Alison finally got tired enough, Longshot put his children into their bassinets and laid down beside Ali until she was firmly asleep again.

Then he got up and carefully carried Hana's bassinet to his side of the bed. Ha!

Except it didn't go as smoothly as Aiden started fussing. Longshot sighed and crept over. Alison might have stirred, but he tried to figure out what was the reason for fuss. It took a minute, but Longshot settled down in the rocking chair with a bottle and his son. Miraculously, his son went quiet when he got a taste of whatever formula Dr. Crusher had left.

[identity profile] light-in-sound.livejournal.com 2008-01-02 04:15 am (UTC)(link)
Sleeeeeeeep. Alison was solidly gone almost as soon as her head touched her pillow. As much as she would have liked to spend every possible moment holding her babies, sleep called and she couldn't refuse. Every muscle in her body demanded rest. Some more insistently than others.

She slept through Longshot moving Hana's bassinet. She even managed to sleep through Aiden's hungry fussing. Eventually, the soft, rhythmic sound of the rocking chair penetrated her sleep fog and she came awake slowly.

At first, she felt a moment of panic. Where were her children?! But, then she opened her eyes fully and looked over to where Longshot was rocking Aiden. All of her panic vanished and a soft smile curved her lips. That was an image she had been waiting years to see. She stayed quiet a minute longer to enjoy the view.

[identity profile] sonofarize.livejournal.com 2008-01-02 04:31 am (UTC)(link)
Longshot was not even aware Alison was awake. He was watching his son intently. He remembered his other kids, but he never really got enough time with them when they were this young. There was always some big offensive needed to keep Mojo from encroaching into his family's safe area. But now, he had a tiny little baby in his arms.

Hot little thing, too. While he held the bottle, he used one finger to brush down Aiden's tiny nose. Hee. This was his son. And he probably liked his Daddy at the moment. Daddy brought nummy food-like stuff.

[identity profile] light-in-sound.livejournal.com 2008-01-02 04:35 am (UTC)(link)
The goofy grin on Longshot's face finally got a giggle out of Alison. It was easy to stay quiet under any other circumstances. But, when her husband was being adorable -- with one of their tiny babies, no less -- then all bets were off.

"I think you're building a tiny fan club, Daddy," she murmured softly. She could see Hana sleeping in her bassinet and didn't want to wake her.

[identity profile] sonofarize.livejournal.com 2008-01-02 04:44 am (UTC)(link)
Longshot blinked and looked up at the giggle. Oh, right. He wasn't alone. Alison was in the room, too. He gave her a lopsided grin and stopped rocking. He checked the bottle to make sure Aiden was done before pulling it away. As the Mojoworlder stood up, he gently placed his son against his chest with Aiden's head over his shoulder.

He had a hard time remembering exactly how hard the jonin had told him to pat, so he started light and picked up a little strength until he was sure he was doing good enough. Longshot walked over and sat on the edge of the bed beside Alison.

"Aren't you the one who's supposed to have the fan club?"

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[identity profile] light-in-sound.livejournal.com 2008-01-03 03:31 am (UTC)(link)
"Well, yes. That's true. And I really, really like that about you." She laughed and then sighed wistfully. "Someday, I'll be able to show you again. It'll be a little while, though."

She snuggled in and kissed his neck softly. His fingers on her spine didn't even get a twitch. She was used to him touching her spine and it didn't hurt at all from Dr. Crusher's medicine.

[identity profile] sonofarize.livejournal.com 2008-01-03 03:37 am (UTC)(link)
Little while translated to forever to Longshot's mind. It was a burden of being impatient. He kissed her temple. He tried for his lips to be reassuring without feeling reassuring. Because he was aware none of those hormones came wafting out of Alison's body with the babies. It wasn't in that placenta thing either. He had asked.

"I love you," he murmured. Then he gave her a gentle squeeze. he didn't know if he said it enough. Especially after days like today.

[identity profile] light-in-sound.livejournal.com 2008-01-03 03:44 am (UTC)(link)
Well, his impatience would make it that much better when they finally could have sex again. She would be able to surprise him with it. It was always fun to surprise her husband.

"I know you do. No one else would have let me squeeze their hand like that last night." She smiled up at him and kissed him. "I love you, too."

[identity profile] sonofarize.livejournal.com 2008-01-03 03:51 am (UTC)(link)
He held up the mentioned hand. He feigned finger drooping. "Yeah. I know. You made my fingers squishy."

He waggled his hand loosely at her before chuckling. He kissed her forehead. Hopefully she wouldn't kill him or burst into tears.

[identity profile] light-in-sound.livejournal.com 2008-01-03 03:57 am (UTC)(link)
"Awwww... your poor fingers." Alison giggled softly and caught his "damaged" hand. She kissed each finger and then his palm. "Did that help any?"

There would be no killing of her husband. Not by her or anyone else. And she didn't feel like crying just then. She was still feeling the bliss of finally getting to hold her babies.

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[identity profile] sonofarize.livejournal.com 2008-01-04 03:44 am (UTC)(link)
Longshot looked utterly lost. He cradled her more carefully and sat up. He had no idea what was wrong! He didn't speak baby!

"I don't know! You said they could have... hey, why is her diaper squishy?"

It didn't squish like that before...

[identity profile] light-in-sound.livejournal.com 2008-01-04 03:50 am (UTC)(link)
"Oh!" Alison looked relieved as she sat up. She was also infinitely glad that sounds didn't bother her. Apparently baby lungs got good volume. "She probably just needs her diaper changed, then." Hmmm. She looked down at Aiden. Nothing was disturbing him form his meal, apparently.

"The diapers and everything are over there in the changing table. I can't do much with one hand, but I think we'll manage." She carefully got out of bed, trying not to jostle her son too much.

[identity profile] sonofarize.livejournal.com 2008-01-04 04:08 am (UTC)(link)
He watched Alison get up. "I... I think I can handle it. If you wanna stay more comfortable with Aiden..."

He carefully got up from the bed and padded over to the changing table. "Haha showed me what to do."

[identity profile] light-in-sound.livejournal.com 2008-01-04 04:20 am (UTC)(link)
"That's alright," she assured him. "I want to help. And then we can all get comfy again, together. Besides, I should see how it's done so I can get the next one."

She had an idea of the process. The jonin had showed her, too. And it was in every baby book she'd read. But, she still wanted to be there. They should do all the baby stuff together. Even the not so fun parts.

[identity profile] sonofarize.livejournal.com 2008-01-04 04:23 am (UTC)(link)
"Oh. Okay." He nodded as he set Hana down on the changing table. He started to unwrap his bundle of cute girl. Then he paused.

"Uh, where'd you put the diapers?"

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[identity profile] laertes.livejournal.com 2008-01-04 10:34 pm (UTC)(link)
Gloria Jean had not seen the babies yet! She pouted at her father until this was remedied. He eventually relented. His excuse that Alison needed to rest after pushing out bowling balls worked less and less with every passing hour. Especially since Alison had had babies not heavy, icky bowling balls.

Now, she was bouncing on the balls of her feet while she held he Dad's hand. He knocked very softly on the door. Gloria Jean pouted at him, and he sighed and knocked a little louder. She wanted to see baaaaaaaaaaaaabies!

[identity profile] light-in-sound.livejournal.com 2008-01-04 10:42 pm (UTC)(link)
Eat and sleep. Eat and sleep. The life of a newborn was hard. Alison chuckled softly at the two sleeping babies laying between her and Longshot. Sure, they had perfectly good bassinets they could be sleeping in. But, why be so far away from Mommy and Daddy?

They would probably sleep in their crib one day. Maybe. Probably.

She looked up at the knock and smiled. It was never a bad time to show off her little ones. Well, with the exception of minutes after giving birth. She hadn't been much in the mood then.

"Come in," she called. The babies stirred a little at the sound but went right back to sleep.

[identity profile] sonofarize.livejournal.com 2008-01-05 12:35 am (UTC)(link)
Longshot stirred a little, too. He also did what the babies did and went back to sleep. He hadn't slept since New Years Eve. He had been up the entire time to make sure Alison was okay. Since everything was well and over, he had relaxed enough.

And fell asleep. So, at least him and his twins were doing something together.

[identity profile] pastthegumbo.livejournal.com 2008-01-05 12:39 am (UTC)(link)
Rogue is bring up the rear. She has tracked down the boys and told them to be polite and go see Longshot and Alison. She's trying hard not to smile as Will has disappeared intot he bathroom to spruce up.

She makes it up the stairs just in time to hear Alison beckon. She shoos Gloria Jean. "Go on, girl. Before y'all pop from the excitement."

[identity profile] light-in-sound.livejournal.com 2008-01-05 12:48 am (UTC)(link)
Alison smiled wider when the door opened to admit an excited looking Gloria Jean. She held a finger to her lips and winked. Everyone was sleeping! But, she beckoned the girl over as she sat up. When she was close enough, Alison pulled her into her lap so that she could see the babies.

"Whatcha think?" She murmured softly. "Pretty cute, huh? Just like their Daddy."

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