Sorry for the wait since the last update
A few days had passed since Bae's first birthday and Belle and Rumple were looking at adoption agencies.
"Well, here is where I found Henry."
"I don't think I want a baby. Older kids need loving homes as well Rumple. What if we adopt an older child? Like ten or older?"
"Are you sure Belle? Of course I'll support you in whatever you want to do but are you sure you want to adopt an older child?"
"Yes, I'm sure. Babies will always be put into homes but older children feel unloved because they never found a home. We can give a child a loving home and show them there are happy ending for everyone. Look at us, after everything we've been through we still found each other."
"You're right. I'll make an appointment with Boston Angels and we'll go when the potion wears off on Bae." Belle smiled and kissed Rumple.
"Mama!" Bae had learned to say Mama and Papa fairly quickly and seemed to really prefer Belle then Rumple on some occasions. Belle sighed and got up.
"Mama's coming Bae." Belle goes into the nursery and picks up Bae from the crib. "Mama's going to miss you so much." Belle kisses Bae's head gently. There was only one day left of the potion. That night, Bae would return to his real age and it would over. Belle tried to study every inch of Bae's baby face. She walked out into the living room with Rumple waiting for them. He smiled and took his son into his arms.
"Yup, I know. I'm going to miss having a baby around but I also will love being able to sleep through the night."
"We'll have a baby someday. We can adopt an older child like you want and if we decide to adopt again, we can adopt a baby."
"I'd like that." Belle said. "Let's work on being approved first." Rumple laughed. "What?"
"You are think I would get your hopes up without being certain we would have a chance? We're already on the waiting list. I worked the same magic I did when I got Henry for Regina and we have a meeting tomorrow afternoon."
"Are you serious?" Belle asked.
"Of course. I would never lie to you Belle… about something like this." He added the last part after a moment of thought. Belle giggled and sat down next to him. "I love you Belle."
"I love you too Rumple." She gently kissed him then kissed Bae's forehead.
"Mama." He said looking at Belle. He turned his head to Rumple. "Papa."
"That's right son. Mama and Papa." Belle wiped the tears that seeped out of her eyes and leaned her head on Rumple's shoulder. He kissed her head and held Bae close to both of them. In just a few hours it would be time to put Bae to bed and in the morning he'd be an adult again. They knew they couldn't put him in the crib so they decided to put him in their bed with pillows around him so he wouldn't fall and sleep on the couch for that night. Before any of them knew it, it Bae's bedtime. Belle held him close as tears ran down her face.
"I can't do it Rumple. I can't put him to bed knowing I won't be able to hold him like this tomorrow." Rumple came over and hugged her tight. "I can't. I can't."
"Belle, I know it's going to hard but we knew this was going to happen."
"I know but it hurts so much. He's can't change back." She sobbed in his chest. Rumple's heart broke to see Belle in pain. He wished he could make it go away.
"I can't make the potion again only make it permanent like he wanted it." Belle shook her head.
"No, Emma and Henry have been away from him long enough. Henry needs his father back. I'm just going to miss him. I'm going to miss holding him, kissing him, soothing his nightmares, rocking him to sleep, all of it." Rumple kissed Belle's head and hugged her tighter still being mindful of Bae in between them.
"I know it'll be hard but I'll be right here with you. It'll be hard on me too. I'm losing him twice." Belle leaned against him and looked down. Bae was asleep. "He's asleep Belle."
"I know." She pulled away from Rumple and place Bae on the bed. She put the baby blanket over him and pillows around him. She pressed one last hard kiss to his head. "I love you Bae." She walked out of the room before she lost the will to do so. Rumple leaned over and pressed a kiss to his son's forehead as well.
"I love you Bae." He walked out after his wife. "Belle, go sleep in the bed with him I know you need it."
"You too then. He's your son too, more than he is mine." Rumple nodded and took her hand. They both got dressed and got in the bed. Belle held Bae close to her as both husband and wife drifted off to sleep.
The next morning, as Belle woke up she felt herself holding something. She opened her eyes and saw she was holding Bae's head- adult Bae's head- to her chest. Knowing it would be extremely awkward for him if he woke up like that, she slowly got herself out of bed and went to the bathroom attached to the bedroom. She closed the door and leaned against it. She slid down as the sobs begin. She covered her mouth so she wouldn't wake the men in the other room. She got up and went over to the sink. She held the side tight in one hand while the other covered her mouth. She wasn't paying attention and didn't see or hear the bathroom door open. She felt two arms circle and hold her by the waist and knew right away it wasn't Rumple. Bae buried his face in her hair and that's when she felt his tears as well.
"Thank you Mama."
"You don't need to thank me Bae. I was just being your mother."
"You'll always be my mother. Forever and always." Belle turned and hugged Bae to her. "I love you Mama." Belle chocked back a sob as she ran a hand down the hair on the back of his head.
"I love you too Bae."
A.N. Okay so not as long as I had hoped but I do have an idea for the next story. Since this one was titled "Bae's Offer", that's all this story was. It was Bae turning into a child, Belle and Rumple taking care of him, then Bae turning back. The next one is going to be about Rumple and Belle's meeting with Boston Angels Adoption Center (yes I took the name from the show) and how they chose the ten year girl that will be their daughter. It will also have how the girl copes with finally having a family. I haven't started that story yet since I'm almost trying to finish "How I Met Your Mother" but I will start it soon and I need your help. I need a name for a girl that would fit with both the Enchanted Forest and Storybrooke. Write the name in a review and I'll pick the one I like best. If I get no suggestions then I'll think of one myself. Look out for the story and hope to see what you all thought of this one.