"Draco? It's Severus."
"Hi, Sev. What's up?"
"How fast can you get to hospital?"
"Oh gods. Is something wrong with Hermione?"
"No-well, sort of. She's gone into labor."
Pregnancy Diary of Harry Potter-Malfoy- June 20th
Today was uneventful. Still in bed. Hate bed. Am going to buy new bed when Holly is born. Can't stand to look at this one any longer. Although, it has come in handy… when I'm randy… oh oh…. Woo woo…
Sorry. I will try to refrain from breaking into song. I'm due in 2 months, and I really can't wait. Purely for the fact that I'm as big as a house and it's too hot.
I have another appointment-
"Come on, babe. We have to get to hospital." Draco interrupted, touching Harry on the shoulder.
"Hermione's gone into labor."
"Fuck!" Harry replied, allowing Draco to get him up and dressed. It was about 10 in the evening. Once they were dressed and at St. Mungo's, Severus was sitting in front of the room they'd been directed to, biting his nails. Upon seeing Harry and Draco, he stood and did something very out of character- he hugged them.
"I've been so nervous. She's not due for another two months, there could be complications, I don't-"
"Sev. Calm down. It'll be ok. We're in a magical hospital. They can cure anything." Draco soothed, guiding his godfather back to his chair. Harry smiled to himself. Draco sure has a knack for calming people down; how ironic since his temper is very, very short…except with me… teeheehee… Taking a seat beside his husband, Harry placed his hands lightly atop his large stomach, eyes drooping. Draco placed an arm around him. About an hour later, Severus was called into the delivery room and about an hour after that he came out holding his newborn son. Harry grinned at the shock of black hair and the soft chestnut eyes.
"He's adorable." Harry whispered, smiling tenderly at the small bundle. After paying homage to the baby he was allowed to carry him back into the delivery room where his best friend was laying on her bed, eyes closed. She opened them when she heard the door shut behind him and smiled.
"Hi." She said sleepily, taking her son from Harry. "Meet Andrew James Snape." She grinned widely when comprehension donned on Harry's face.
"James." She confirmed. "We wanted to know if you and Draco would be his godparents."
"Absolutely." They sat in silence, marveling at how tiny Andrew was. Finally it was time for them all to get some rest and Draco came to take Harry back home. As they lay in silence, Harry grinned.
"What?" Draco asked, the grin becoming contagious.
"Andrew James Snape." Draco traced a finger down Harry's cheek and nodded.
"That's great, babe."
"They want us to be godparents. I said sure."
"I feel honored." Draco replied, kissing Harry. "Sleep?"
"Sleep." The two snuggled under the covers and fell into a deep slumber.
"I don't want to be in this BLOODY BED ANY LONGER!" Harry cried, throwing a pillow across the room. Draco had gone to see Pansy and then to buy groceries. Harry was restless; he wanted to go running. Deciding it couldn't hurt to get up and at least walk around the loft for a while, he edged off the bed and stood up slowly, stretching his muscles and sighing.
After about 10 minutes of walking, however, he doubled over as his muscles contracted tightly. Thinking (naively) that it was just because he hadn't used them in so long that they were protesting, he stood back up and continued to walk leisurely. When it happened again a little bit later, however, he decided something was wrong.
"Dra-" He realized Draco wasn't home. He was all alone. "Bugger." Making the decision that he had enough time to wait for his husband, Harry made his way back to bed and laid down, sighing and breathing slowly.
This baby was coming.
"AH. 'Mione. I- uhn…"
"Harry? Are you alright?"
"No. I- Draco's gone. He's gone to Pansy's and then to- agh… the grocery store. I think- I think I might be-"
"Don't worry. We'll be over in a sec." After making an emergency call to Lavender, Hermione and Severus left Andrew with her and Apparated to Harry and Draco's flat. Hermione rushed into the bedroom and knew immediately that they had to get Harry to St. Mungo's. She sat down and caressed her best friend's forehead, pushing his hair back and smiling.
"Hi." Harry said softly. "This wasn't how I planned to have her. Dray was supposed to be here." He winced and his breathing became ragged once more.
"He'll get here. Don't worry about that." Hermione soothed, holding his hand. "Now breathe. I'm going to get Sev to find Draco, all right?"
"Ok." He breathed, squeezing her hand as she got up. She rushed into the living room.
"Do you know where Pansy lives?" She asked quickly, getting a cup of ice from the refrigerator.
"Draco's there right now. I'm going to contact St. Mungo's and get him there and you have to get Draco. Can you do that?"
"Yes. See you in a few." She smiled and kissed his cheek before he Apparated from the flat. After he left, Hermione went back into Harry's bedroom and fed him the ice, then used the fireplace in there.
"St. Mungo's Emergency Desk."
"Yes, dear, how can I help you?"
"I have a pregnant wizard in labor and we have to get him to the hospital as soon as possible. Since he can't Apparate, what should we do?"
"Don't you worry, sweetie, we'll have a team of Healers there to transport him soon."
And a few minutes later Harry and Hermione were transferred to St. Mungo's.
"Come on, Harry. Breathe." Hermione coached, glancing idly at the door. Harry'd been at the hospital for about 2 hours and Draco and Severus were nowhere to be found.
"Gods, he's not coming. He'll be too late." Harry sobbed.
"All right, Mr. Malfoy. Please push." Harry obediently did as he was told, and began to push, dying inside because he wanted Draco so badly. He closed his eyes and concentrated on bringing his child into the world. He didn't know how long it had been when he heard the door open and footsteps rush to his side. He felt a cool hand on his cheek and he opened his eyes to see his husband, hair falling into his eyes.
"Hi, baby." He whispered, leaning down to kiss Harry's lips delicately. "Sorry it took me so long. Sev couldn't find me."
"You're here now." Harry managed before bearing down and pushing again. "Fuck…" He sobbed, reaching out to grip Draco's hand.
"We just need you to push a little harder… yes, that's it… one more…" And Harry pushed with all his might, Draco's other hand supporting his back as he used all his strength to allow Holly into the world. She arrived with a very shrill cry. Harry slumped back and exhaled. The umbilical cord was cut and she was brought over to a small table to be examined. Draco walked over and received his daughter when they were finished, then carried her back to Harry, who looked down at her and smiled. He stroked her pale face, her eyes opening slightly to reveal sparkling grey eyes. She looked so much like Draco it was uncanny. The only thing that looked promising from Harry's side was the slight covering of black hair on her little head. He felt tears prick his eyes and he let them fall as Holly yawned a big yawn for such a little baby and shut her eyes once more. He kissed her on her forehead and allowed her to be taken by a mediwitch to the infant care.
"Sleep well, little one." He said quietly before letting her go. Draco pulled a chair next to the bed and Harry smiled at him before kissing him soundly on the lips. "Don't you EVER scare me like that again!" He practically yelled, swatting Draco over the head after their lips broke apart.
"I didn't think you'd be here for the birth!" Harry pouted, crossing his arms over his chest. "Speaking of… did you see how she came out?"
"She Apparated, Harry." Draco replied, smiling.
"Oh." He answered, returning the smile. "When do we get to go home?"
"Tomorrow, probably. They said she's healthy and you're healthy. Are you in any pain?"
"Nope. Just tired."
"Then you'll sleep." Draco moved to stand up and leave, but Harry just pulled his hand and he sat back down.
"Stay with me. At least until I fall asleep."
"Ok." Draco ran his thumb over his husband's knuckles, caressing them gently. He continued to gaze into Harry's eyes until they closed, his mouth turned up in a crooked smile. Draco stayed until he was sure Harry was sound asleep, then kissed his forehead tenderly before leaving. Severus and Hermione were seated outside in plastic chairs, Hermione shredding a paper cup and Severus doing a crossword in the Daily Prophet. Hermione immediately jumped out of her chair and hugged Draco, beginning to cry.
"We saw her brought out but we couldn't get any news… is he ok?"
"He's fine." Draco replied, stepping back and grinning. "He was just really tired. He's sleeping now. I was just going to go see Holly; did you want to come with?" Hermione nodded her head enthusiastically and Severus stood up as well. They walked down the hallways to the infant care. A mediwitch showed them where Holly Drucilla Malfoy (they'd decided to just use Draco's name; Harry was tired of writing it all out and planned to go to Malfoy as well) was curled up in a pink blanket, gazing raptly around the room. After getting assurance from the mediwitch that it was ok, Draco carefully picked his daughter up in his arms and held her, amazed. He couldn't believe that he'd fathered a child. In his 25 years on the planet, 9 of those were spent knowing he was gay. He'd never thought, until he'd met Harry and the potions had been discovered that he'd be able to have a baby with the actual person he loved. And it had happened. He passed her to Hermione, who acted like most women do when holding a child. Then Severus held her and Draco could have sworn his eyes filled with tears. He decided to keep that little observation to himself. After a bit they left, Draco placing a kiss on her dark- haired head. Hermione had to gently pull him from the room, since he felt like he couldn't leave; who would protect his little girl if he wasn't there to do so?
"She'll be fine, love." Hermione whispered. "I know how you feel." Resignedly he followed the both of them back to the waiting area. Severus took him to the side and hugged him.
"I'm so glad that you're happy." He said quietly, looking at his shoes. He wasn't good with the mushy stuff.
"I know. Thank you. I'm glad you're happy too. Who would have thought, huh?" The two men laughed good-naturedly. Soon it was time for Hermione and Severus to leave. Draco said goodbye and Apparated home to change, shower, and pick up some stuff for Harry and Holly.
Once he was back in Harry's room, he muttered to himself, "I'm a dad. And I'm going to be the best dad." Grinning stupidly he allowed his body to fall asleep.
"Now, Mr. Potter, you know how to change a diaper, right?" The mediwitch asked kindly, already knowing the answer from the look on his face.
"Er…" He smiled innocently and shook his head. Draco mocked a scowl.
"Move over, you. I know how to change a diaper." Harry looked affronted and narrowed his eyes until Draco passed him, pinching his bum. He had to stifle a giggle. Draco stood in front of his squirming daughter and tickled her belly, causing her to laugh a little. "This isn't going to be painful, little one, so don't cry, ok?" Holly's eyes just widened more and Draco took this as an 'OK' and he began the process of undoing and replacing the soiled item with a fresh diaper. Holly merely yawned a bit and allowed Draco to pick her up and cradle her against his chest "See? Easy." Harry smiled and held out his arms so he could dress her. Once everything was packed and Holly was checked once more by the medical professionals, Harry placed her in her carseat and they checked out with the information desk, walking out to Draco's car with Draco's arm around his waist. He secured Holly carefully in the back seat and they drove home, an exhausted Harry falling asleep along the way.
When they arrived home, Holly was awake and hungry. Draco made Harry go to sleep, puzzled when Harry muttered something about getting a new bed. Picking Holly up gently, he waved his wand and a heated bottle appeared on the counter. He sat down in a chair and watched avidly as she ate, eyes wide open and little muscles moving rapidly in her tiny face. When she was finished he burped her and rocked her, whispering little things in her ear until she fell asleep. Having moved her bassinet to the master bedroom the night before, he laid her down and allowed himself to lay down wrapping his arms around his sleeping husband, who snuggled close to his body.
"Love you, Dray." He murmured in his sleep.
"Love you too, babe." He whispered before drifting off.
(a.n): THERE! I finally finished! Wow! But this is the news- I think this is the last chapter and then I'm going to do an epilogue. And all will be done with Penicillin! Wow again. That's hard to believe.
I want to post this really bad so I won't answer reviews. but thank you muches for reviewing the last chapter and I'll promise to have the epilogue up soon. I have a bunch of ideas for it and it will probably be the length of a normal chapter.
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