I'm so sorry it's been so long since my last update! I've just been crazy busy this summer and a lot has been going on. Anyway, here's the long awaited chapter!
Chapter 9- Christiana Grace Diggory
The month of August had approached very quickly and it was Ginny's 9th month of pregnancy. It was a very hot summer, one of the hottest England had seen in years. Ginny was constantly uncomfortable and hot which did not make her last month easy, but Cedric was always there to take care of her and to make her feel better. He even went as far as to buy a muggle air conditioner for their bedroom to cool her off.
"How are you feeling Gin?" Hermione asked on one of her afternoon visits.
"I thought being pregnant was supposed to be exciting! It's so hot out and I can't get cool no matter what I do! And carrying around another person all day and night doesn't exactly make it easier," she replied and she rubbed her very swollen stomach. Hermione gave her a sympathetic look as she sipped on her iced tea. Ginny was on maternity leave from St. Mungo's until January and she was so happy. She wouldn't have been able to work with her stomach and hot flashes getting in the way.
"Good afternoon girls," Cedric said cheerily as he walked into the conservatory.
"What's so good about it?" Ginny grumbled. Cedric frowned slightly and kissed her sweaty forehead.
"Oh! Lunch break is almost over unfortunately. I'll see you tomorrow Ginny! Stay cool! Bye Cedric!" she said and she got up.
"Bye Hermione!" they said together as Hermione apparated back to St. Mungo's.
"Come on Gin. Let's get you upstairs and into some lighter clothes," said Cedric as he helped her to her feet. They went up to their icebox of a bedroom and Ginny breathed a sigh of relief.
"I just want to not be pregnant anymore Cedric. I can't deal with it. I'm so hot all the time, my moods are uncontrollable, and it hurts!" she exclaimed which got Cedric worried.
"What's hurting you sweetheart?" he asked as he rubbed her stomach.
"The position she's in. She's constantly kicking me and she keeps hopping on my bladder and pelvis like it's a trampoline!"
"I'm sorry baby. It'll all be over soon. I promise."
"We haven't even made love in 3 weeks," she said quietly.
"I know, but I don't want to hurt you or the baby."
"You won't. In fact, I think it would actually make me feel better," she said slyly. Cedric smirked as their lips met in a fiery kiss. They fell down on the bed, side by side and continued their kisses and caresses. Cedric went to pull off Ginny's shirt, but she stopped him.
"Please no. It's not a pretty sight," she said.
"Oh stop it. You're pregnant. I think it's a beautiful thing," he said as he lifted her shirt over her head and stroked her smooth, round, belly. Soon they were naked and Ginny climbed on top of Cedric and lowered herself onto him. She let out a pleasurable hiss and she began to move up and down, grinding their hips against each others. They were both moaning and Ginny threw her head back in ecstasy. Cedric slowed the motion on her hips down to a halt. She began to protest, but he cut her off.
"Wait. I want to try something," he said as he let her climb off of him. "Lean forward onto the pillows," he instructed. She looked at him strangely before leaning her elbows on the stack of 3 pillows. Cedric moved her knees apart a bit before entering her from behind. Ginny gasped as she felt him slide into her.
"You all right?" he asked. She nodded.
"Oh god yes. It feels amazing," she replied. He smiled and began to thrust in and out of her. Ginny could not control the volume of her moans that were consistently escaping her mouth. This new position was hitting new sweet spots in Ginny she didn't even know she had. When Ginny thought her body could get no more pleasure, Cedric reached under her and began to stroke her clit. She cried loudly and began to thrust in time with Cedric.
"MORE!" she exclaimed and Cedric moved harder and faster, making her squeal in delight.
"I love you so much Ginny," Cedric whispered as he closed his eyes. He felt her inner walls contract around him as she let loose a mind blowing orgasm.
"CEDRIIIIIIIIIIIIIC!" she yelled in the throws of passion and he released himself into her, unable to move for a moment.
"Where did you learn that?" she asked. He shrugged innocently and pulled out of her. They laid down on the bed, Ginny's back to his chest and he kept his hand on her stomach.
"I'm glad it felt good. I thought I hurt you at first," he said. She shook her head.
"No. It felt so incredible. We need to do that more often."
"Anything for you love," he said sincerely as he kissed the back of her neck.
"Whew what a work out! I'm starving. You want dinner?" she asked him.
"Definitely," he replied as they got out of bed and dressed into light clothes. They went down to the kitchen and Ginny opened up the refrigerator.
"Do you want the house elves to fix you something?" he asked. She shook her head.
"No it's OK. I want to eat something OUCH!" she yelped before she could finish her sentence.
"You OK?" Cedric asked, concern filling his voice.
"I… I think so. She's really hurting me though," Ginny replied as she turned around to face him. Cedric walked over to her and put his hands on her stomach where it felt a lot stiffer than usual.
"Gin? You getting a cramp or something?" he asked with a confused look upon her face.
"I don't…" she began, but stopped when an incredible surge of pain shot through her stomach and she grabbed onto Cedric's arms. Before they could say or do anything, Ginny let out a low moan and a rush of fluid fell out from between her legs and onto the floor. Cedric caught her before she collapsed.
"Oh God… I think you're in labor!" Cedric exclaimed as his face went pale.
"I need to lie down," she said with a grimace on her face. Cedric apparated them up to their bedroom since he knew getting her up the stairs would take forever. He helped her onto the bed and yelled for Twinkle to come. She appeared with a pop at his side.
"Master Cedric has called Twinkle?" she asked.
"I need you to owl Healer Roberts in the Maternity Ward at St. Mungo's to come here right away," He said as calmly as he could. Twinkle took one look at Ginny and knew the baby was on her way.
"Right away sir!" she exclaimed and ran out of the room down to the study.
"It's OK Gin the healer is on her way. Everything is going to be fine," he said soothingly as he moved the hair away from her face. She was crying, not because it hurt, even though it did, but because she was terrified.
"Cedric please don't leave me! I'm so scared! What if something goes wrong? What if something happens to her?" she asked frantically.
"Shhhh relax sweetheart. I'm going to be here through this whole thing, right by your side. You and the baby are going to be fine," he reassured her. A minute later, there was a pop and Healer Roberts was standing at the foot of their bed.
"I hear we're going to have a baby," she said joyfully. "Cedric would you be so kind as to help Ginny into a large t-shirt while I prepare?"
"Of course," he replied as he ran into his closet and picked out a very large t-shirt that was usually used as a night shirt. Ginny undressed herself with his help and got on the shirt before lying back into the bed. Healer Roberts checked Ginny's status and the baby's heartbeat.
"Everything is going well. You're already 5 centimeters dilated and the baby is doing fine. Now, would you like the pain relieving spell?" she asked. Ginny shook her head.
"No. I want to feel everything," she said as she breathed roughly through a contraction. Cedric kissed her forehead and whispered words of encouragement in her ear. It was at that moment that it dawned on him.
'I'm going to be a father! Oh god, what if she hates me? What if I'm a bad parent? What if something happens to her?' he kept asking himself in his head. He was soon about to find out.
"PUSH!" Healer Roberts told Ginny for the third time. She gripped onto Cedric's hand and pushed with all her might. It hurt so much and it was a lot harder to push a baby out than she expected. Cedric was wonderful. He couldn't stop smiling and he was coaching her through her breathing and pushing.
"Come on Gin, you've got it! I can see the head! She's coming!" Cedric said excitedly as he watched his daughter come into the world. Ginny was so tired. She wanted nothing more than for all of this to be over. She mustered all the strength she had left and with a scream, she pushed as hard as she could. Cedric's eyes widened in amazement as he saw his baby slowly come out of his lovely wife and into the Healer's hands. Ginny felt all of the pain and pressure release as she heard the first cries of her baby fill her ears. Tears of joy rolled down Cedric's face and Ginny cried heavily out of happiness and relief.
"Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Diggory! You have a perfect daughter!" the healer exclaimed as she held her up for the new parents to see.
"Ginny she's so beautiful!" said Cedric as he kissed his wife's trembling lips. "I'm so proud of you. You did so well." Ginny was too emotional to answer and the Healer cleaned up the baby and Ginny.
"Would you like to hold your little girl?" the healer asked Ginny. She nodded and the healer handed her the baby. Ginny wiped the tears from her eyes that were blurring her vision and she stared at her daughter. Cedric sat next to her and stroked the top of his little girl's head.
"Hello Christiana," Ginny said with a smile. She kissed Christiana's forehead and she opened her eyes. They were gray, just like Cedric's.
"I see you have daddy's eyes!" she said.
"And mommy's hair," Cedric interjected as he rubbed the soft wisps of red hair at the top of her head.
"Wow. Look what we did Cedric," Ginny said quietly. Cedric smiled and kissed Ginny passionately. The kiss was cut short by Christiana's cry.
"Aw poor baby, come to daddy," Cedric said as Ginny handed her to him. He stood up and rocked her gently back and forth in his arms.
"Shhhh no more tears. Daddy's here," he said soothingly as her cries quieted and her eyes slowly closed. Cedric held her out in front of him and admired her. She had soft features, both a mix of his and Ginny's. He felt as though his heart would explode because of how much he loved her. He looked over at Ginny who was smiling and tearing up watching the precious moment between father and daughter.
"She's definitely going to be a daddy's girl," Ginny said. Cedric smiled and kissed Christiana's soft forehead.
"I'm going to spoil her rotten."
"Not too much," Ginny replied sternly.
"I meant spoil her with love… and of course every once in awhile she'll get what she wants," he said with a chuckle.
"Well it's time to fill out the birth certificate so I need you to answer some questions," Healer Robert's said and they nodded.
"What's her name?"
"Christiana Grace Diggory," Cedric replied.
"Her date of birth is August 8, 2001 at 1:27 am. Now, I need both of your full names and birthdays."
"Ginevra Molly Weasley and I was born on August 11, 1981."
"Well, happy early birthday! What a great birthday present, a baby," said the healer.
"Thank you and yes she is," Ginny said with a smile.
"Cedric Andrew Diggory and I was born on May 29, 1977."
"OK. Now I need the names and birthdays of the god parents."
"Harry James Potter and he was born July 31, 1980…"
"Harry Potter? The defeater of the dark lord?" the healer said in awe.
"Yes. That would be him," Ginny said with a slight annoyance in her voice. She couldn't stand how everyone went loony after she would say his name. He was just a regular person.
"And Hermione Jane Granger, born on September 19, 1979," Cedric interjected. The healer nodded and wrote down the information before handing it to Ginny.
"Now, you're all cleaned up and healed. In a week, we're going to need a follow up examination on you and the baby."
"All right. Thank you so much Healer Roberts," Ginny said.
"You're very welcome. Congratulations," she said before she disapparated.
"Well, this was a very interesting night," Ginny said. Cedric nodded.
"You weren't due for another week, do you think that when we had sex it could have put you into early labor?" he asked. Ginny shrugged.
"It might have, but a week is normal and the baby is fine," she replied. Cedric looked down at the sleeping form in his arms and set her down in the bassinet that had been next to Ginny's side of the bed for about a month.
"Ced, do you think you can help me out in the shower? I'm all sweaty and gross," she said.
"Of course," he replied and helped her out of bed. She whimpered when her feet hit the ground and fell forward into his embrace.
"Are you sore sweetie?" he asked. She nodded and pouted out her bottom lip. He helped her into the bathroom, undressed them both and they got into the shower, letting the warm water travel over their bodies. Ginny looked down and smiled.
"I can see my feet!" she said excitedly. Her stomach was almost flat except for a small bulge.
"Well you just lost about 15 pounds within a night," he said. She nodded.
"Do you think we'll have anymore alone time now that Christiana's here?" Ginny asked.
"Of course we will. The first few months are going to be really tough, but we can handle it. My parent's and your parent's have already agreed that they'll watch her whenever we need them to," he said. They finished washing off and went back into the bedroom. Christiana was now awake and looking all around with amazement.
"Well I see someone's awake," Ginny said as she sat back in the bed. Christiana's face contorted to one of being uncomfortable and she started to wail.
"I think she's hungry," Ginny said while trying to suppress a yawn. She reached out to take her, but Cedric stopped her.
"Get some rest sweetie. I'll feed her and write to everyone."
"Are you sure?" she asked.
"Yes. You've had a very long and hard night," he replied and kissed her forehead as she pulled the covers over herself. Ginny nodded and Cedric picked up Christiana and went downstairs. Tears were pouring down her face and she was crying loudly. It broke Cedric's heart to see his daughter cry.
"It's OK sweetheart. I know you're hungry. I'm going to feed you and make you feel better," he said softly as they went into the kitchen. Twinkle appeared right away.
"Did sir call Twinkle and she did not answer?" she asked in horror.
"No. Could you fix a bottle for Christiana please?" he asked. Twinkle nodded and snapped her fingers and a bottle appeared in her hand. She handed it to Cedric and Christiana took it gratefully and her crying stopped. Twinkles eyes widened as she stared down at the tiny human being in her master's arms.
"This is Master Diggory's child?" she asked in amazement. Cedric nodded.
"Twinkle, meet Christiana," he said and the elf started to tear up.
"Oh master she is beautiful! Twinkle is very happy!"
"Thank you. You can go back to bed now, I'm sorry to have woken you," he said.
"Do not be sorry sir. Twinkle is here to serve her master whenever he is needing it," she said as she bowed before disappearing. Cedric, still feeding Christiana, walked into the study with her, and told his self writing quill what to write before owling everyone about the arrival of the new addition.
"I can't believe I helped create you. You're the most beautiful person I've ever laid eyes on besides your mother. You'll always be my baby no matter what. Even if you're 100 years old, you're still my little girl. I can't wait to watch you grow and I can't wait to have all those special moments that father's and daughter's have. I don't ever want you to be afraid to tell me something. I'm here for you always no matter what and I want you to know that. I know you have no idea what I'm saying, but I thought I'd tell you anyway. I love you Chrissy." He said as he kissed her forehead.