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Charlie was even glad to see the paint on the front door was still peeling. It was strange how he was endeared to even the little things about his home (although he knew that Hermione would probably start nagging about the paint and a myriad of other little jobs after a few days), and he was extremely glad to be home. Three weeks working away in Sweden was just far too long.

Talking via the Floo just wasn't the same and he wouldn't wait to touch her properly again, to hold her, to feel her... even to touch her hair. Alice was growing so much now, too. He hated the idea of missing out on her 'firsts' and other things that children her age did.

Unlocking the door, Charlie stepped in, instinctively wiping his boots on the mat. He dumped his bag on the floor, looking around. "Hermione?" he called, hoping that he wasn't waking anyone up.
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lintasare From: lintasare Date: December 17th, 2005 11:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hermione sat on a rug in the living room with Alice. It was amazing how much her baby was growing. It seemed like it wasn't that long ago Alice was a newborn.

Hearing the sounds of Charlie coming in Hermione turned towards the door as Alice looked up from her toys. She had the biggest smiled on her face. Alice was such a daddy's girl and had missed her father during the weeks he was gone.

Smiling at her daughter Hermione asked, "who is that baby?"

Pointing at the door Alice proudly exclaimed, "Dada!"
silvernatasha From: silvernatasha Date: December 17th, 2005 11:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
As Alice clapped and giggled, Charlie stared in surprise. He looked from his daughter to his wife with wide eyes. "Did she just...?"

He scrambled down onto the floor, nearly sitting on a toy and scooping Alice onto his lap. "My Alice has been learning to talk, has she?" he asked. Alice blinked. "Does Daddy get a kiss?" Alice nodded and squealed.

Charlie dropped a kiss on the top of her head. He looked at Hermione. "Does Mummy want a kiss, too?" he asked hopefully.
lintasare From: lintasare Date: December 17th, 2005 11:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hermione watched his antics and smiled. "It's the only word she can say so far. And of course Mummy wants a kiss."

Leaning over she gave him a soft kiss. "Mummy has certainly missed Daddy. But I think Alice missed Daddy more." Reaching over she ran her fingers through Alice's unruly red curls. It always amazed Hermione that Alice seemed to be the perfect combination of herself and Charlie.

"Now all she needs to do is learn to walk. But we have been working on standing though that hasn't been going too well."
silvernatasha From: silvernatasha Date: December 17th, 2005 11:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Standing?" Charlie asked Alice, who nodded solemnly. He hugged her close and she giggled against his neck before blowing a raspberry. "Urgh!" Charlie wiped his neck. "Where did you learn that from, Missy? Have your uncles been teaching you naughty things?"

He retaliated by tickling her; Alice gave a shrill squeal of laughter, throwing her head back. Charlie laughed and kissed her on the forehead.

"Feels like I've been away forever."
lintasare From: lintasare Date: December 17th, 2005 11:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Laughing Hermione said, "Uncle's Fred and George have taken quite an interest in their niece's future. Especially when it comes to living up to their legacy at Hogwarts. They feel they should edcuate their nieces and nephews early on so that they can cause the most amount of trouble."

She reached over and wiped the last bit of baby drool from his neck. "It seems like you have been away forever. I think Alice has gone up two sizes since you were home last."
silvernatasha From: silvernatasha Date: December 17th, 2005 11:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Charlie heaved Alice up so that she hung in front of him, her legs dangling. "Definitely bigger than when I left." Alice blew another raspberry and giggled. "And definitely in a giggly mood."

He rubbed his nose against hers and put her back on the floor; she decided that her toys looked rather interested and crawled back over to them.

"I'm dying for a decent cup of tea," he announced, getting to his feet. "Do either of you two lovely ladies want anything?"
lintasare From: lintasare Date: December 17th, 2005 11:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Tea sounds lovely. And some juice for Alice." She watched Charlie leave the room as she watched Alice play with some blocks. Alice would pile them up and laugh as they fell down around her.

When Charlie came back in she took her cup of tea gratefully as Alice crawled over to get her juice.

"Now that you are home perhaps you can teach Alice that it isn't nice to blow raspberries at strangers."
silvernatasha From: silvernatasha Date: December 17th, 2005 11:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Charlie nodded, sipping his tea as he sat down heavily on the couch. He'd missed this too, the cosy atmosphere in their living room. There was a sense of family in this room as strong as there ever was at The Burrow.

He motioned for Hermione to come and sit next to him, his arm curling around her shoulders as he did so. "She's growing up so fast," he remarked as Alice managed to pile seven blocks up at once.

Kissing Hermione on the cheek, he asked, "How are you? I missed you."
lintasare From: lintasare Date: December 17th, 2005 11:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
"I'm just fine. Work has been hectic. Seem's like they are owling 5 times a day for certain articles. Course I can only edit one at a time so their owls are mostly pointless."

Curling up into his embrace she sighed contentedly as they watched Alice play. "Remember a couple months ago we were talking about having another baby?"
silvernatasha From: silvernatasha Date: December 17th, 2005 11:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Charlie closed his eyes, nodding. "Yeah. Got a bit distracted by work, though, didn't we?"

He kissed the top of Hermione's head, twisting a lock of hair with his free hand. "Are we still going to keep trying?"
lintasare From: lintasare Date: December 18th, 2005 12:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Curling further into his embrace she smiled. "We don't have to keep trying."

Biting her lip she looked up at him. "I went to my Mediwitch the other day since I was feeling under the weather. I'm pregnant."
silvernatasha From: silvernatasha Date: December 18th, 2005 12:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Charlie nearly managed to spill his tea all over the himself and the couch when Hermione announced this. "You... you are? That's f-" He narrowly managed to stop himself from swearing in front of Alice. "That's fantastic."

He drew Hermione into a kiss, only breaking from it when Alice blew a loud raspberry.
lintasare From: lintasare Date: December 18th, 2005 04:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Stifling a giggle she said, "we are going to have to break her of that habit. Everytime she sees someone kiss she blows a raspberry."

Leaning over she picked up Alice and set her between herself and Charlie. Kissing the top of her daughter's head she said, "is my Alice going to be a good big sister? Of course you are since you are Mummy's good girl."
silvernatasha From: silvernatasha Date: December 18th, 2005 10:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Alice beamed at her parents. Daddy was back! And she had juice! It was a good day. "Liss," she said proudly.

Charlie raised his eyebrows. "Liss?" he asked her. "Is that you?"

"Liss," she said again.

Her father grinned. This was possibly the best homecoming present ever. "I think you take after your mother," he told her, pressing her nose. Alice laughed and made a grab for his hand.
lintasare From: lintasare Date: December 18th, 2005 06:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
"She takes after both of us." Reaching over she placed Alice's bottle back in her hands before it could fall to the floor and possibly leak.

"She is smart like me and fearless like you. She's not afraid to take a fall or bump her head. It's all part of life to her." She placed a hand on her belly and smiled.

"I can only hope that our next child is like that as well."
silvernatasha From: silvernatasha Date: December 18th, 2005 06:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
"DId you hear that, Alice?" Charlie asked excitedly. "You're going to be a big sister in..."

He looked at Hermione. "When is the baby due? Do you know?"

Alice sucked loudly on her bottle, staring wide-eyed between her parents. Daddy seemed to be having a good day, too.
lintasare From: lintasare Date: December 18th, 2005 06:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
"My mediwitch said I was due in about 7 months time. So I am in the middle of my first trimester. But luckily for me I havn't had the morning sickness that I did with Alice here."

Alice had finished her bottle and was waving it around. Hermione gently took it from her and set it on the side table. "Is my Alice ready for bed? It's getting to be past your bedtime and we all know how much my growing girl needs her sleep."
silvernatasha From: silvernatasha Date: December 18th, 2005 07:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yawning widely, Alice nodded. Yes, bedtime sounded fun. Sleeping was good and Uncle Fred and Uncle George had given her that pretty thing that hung above her bed and sung to her.

"I'll put her to bed," Charlie offered, standing up. He picked Alice up and her fingers tangled in his hair. "Be back in a minute," he told Hermione.

"Are these new pyjamas?" Charlie asked Alice as he took her upstairs. She stuck her tongue out and tugged on his hair, which he took to mean 'yes'. After all the usual pre-bedtime rituals, Charlie lowered Alice into her cot. "Not quite old enough for a big girl's bed, yet," he told her as she yawned again.

He dropped a kiss on the top of her head. "Goodnight, sweetheart."

"Dada!" Alice blew him a kiss and giggled sleepily.

Charlie smiled and switched the light out, Fred and George's creation springing to life with a soft lullaby. Shutting the door behind him, Charlie went back downstairs to Hermione.

He greeted her with a kiss, hand settling on her belly. "I feel like we should be celebrating," he murmured against her hair.
lintasare From: lintasare Date: December 18th, 2005 07:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
She placed her hand over his and smiled. "Indeed we should celebrate. We should celebrate our seemingly never ending fertility. First time we get pregnant without even trying and the second time we get pregnant our first time trying to. There aren't many people as lucky as us."

She smiled thinking about how lucky they really were. Alice was born almost 9 months to the day after they were married. Course she did come 2 weeks before her due date. And now here they were pregnant again after only just deciding to try again.

"How shall we celebrate our goof fortune Charlie?"
silvernatasha From: silvernatasha Date: December 18th, 2005 11:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Charlie curled a lock of her hair around his finger. "Well, I was planning on coming home, making sure the baby was in bed and then having my wicked way with you."

He smiled a little nervously. "We could continue with that plan if you're up to it. Or not. Um. Your choice."
lintasare From: lintasare Date: December 19th, 2005 05:53 am (UTC) (Link)
"I can't remember the last time you had your wicked way with me. And since Alice is asleep I don't see why we can't."

She turned towards him and kissed along his neck softly. "But lets try not to wake the baby. If we can help it...sometimes I know we can't."
silvernatasha From: silvernatasha Date: December 19th, 2005 09:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Charlie's cheeks reddened slightly, knowing that sometimes they could be quite noisy when things got heated. He took Hermione's hand. "Come on, let's go up to the bedroom. Somewhere a little more comfortable than the couch.

He felt like a teenager or something, leading Hermione by the hand up to their room. Neither of them were teenagers, though, but that didn't stop Charlie's arousal from starting to build.
lintasare From: lintasare Date: December 20th, 2005 01:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Hermione practically had to run to keep up with her husband. Holding hands they ran up the stairs with the grace of a herd of stampeding hippogriffs.

"I remember a time...long before we had children when we could shag anywhere we wanted and not worry about comfort. Oh how spoiled we have become."
silvernatasha From: silvernatasha Date: December 20th, 2005 07:28 am (UTC) (Link)
"Mmmmm." Charlie pulled her into a lingering kiss as he closed the bedroom door behind them. "Those were the days. Now it just makes it special when we can do it." He was the eternal optimist.

His fingers ran through her hair, grinning. "You look gorgeous," he told her softly. "Missed you so much and photos really don't compare."
lintasare From: lintasare Date: December 22nd, 2005 01:38 am (UTC) (Link)
"It's amazing that we can ever find time to ourselves. And now with another baby on the way that means even less time."

She put a hand on her belly and smiled at the thought of another baby to care for. "But I don't mind. I am happy we are having another. I didn't want Alice to be an only child like I was."
silvernatasha From: silvernatasha Date: December 22nd, 2005 10:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Charlie nodded. "Don't think we want a full Quidditch team like my parents, but I definitely didn't want her to be an only child, either."

His hand covered hers as he brushed his lips against hers. "No silly accidents with dragons this time," he promised quietly.

He kissed her neck, nipping at her ear.
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