Title: Mommy Arizona (1/1)
Author: youngerdrgrey
Pairing: Callie/Arizona
Summary: Despite having a kid now, Arizona isn't suddenly baking cookies and hosting sleepovers (and it's not just because, at three months, Sofia can't tolerate that stuff yet). 7x21.
Rating: T
Warnings/Spoilers: 7x21
Disclaimer: I own nothing. All rights for the characters and the world go to their owners (like Shonda Rhimes and ABC). I, in no way, believe – or would lead others to believe – that I own Grey's Anatomy. I am merely a fan of the television show who has ideas for things that Shonda could do/could've done.

Author's Note: Please review if you read.


In the first few seconds of seeing Sofia, Arizona's love really is all for the baby, but once that cutie is in Callie's arms, Arizona honestly can't stop watching her wife. Callie just lights up with Sofia. The beam that used to take massive traumas and broken bones now only takes the briefest look. And Sofia is adorable with her tiny, chocolate eyes all bewildered by the walls she'll come to know very soon. She's just this little blob of cuteness that remains calm through the oddest situations and hysterical in others. As far as babies go, Sofia is queen of awesome.

Still, Arizona doesn't hold her that often. It's not a trick of the light where it just seems like Callie dominates every second. Arizona genuinely doesn't hold her that much. Adapting to having Sofia is something like walking through a block of ice whilst on fire; each step forward burns in an unexpected way that while it should be comforting, it mostly just makes her want to turn around and not be touched by the immovable, adorable bulk. Sofia's an easy baby. She likes everyone. She sleeps at the worst times, which does not make bonding any easier on the peds surgeon. Half the time when Arizona gets home and sees Sofia, all she wants to do is stay far away to make sure that none of the horrible things she had to encounter earlier had come home with her. Still, when she does hold Sofia, when Arizona takes that beautiful, baby girl in her arms, it is magical.

She tickles Sofia with her straight, blonde hair. She tells her stories about all of these crazy patients and the things those kids try to watch TV past bedtime or get a popsicle the second they get out of surgery. She watches Sofia's eyes light up, as if she not only understands everything her mom has to say, but genuinely feels excitement or even pride. Arizona likes to think that Sofia is proud of her. Arizona puts aside a lot for their little family. She has given up more than she actually wants to acknowledge. All she wants in return is a little bit of acceptance, a thank you.

As they're walking out of the hospital, with Arizona trailing behind and making sure everything is in order, it's Sofia that glances back. It's plausible to blame it on her not being able to manage the weight of her head yet, but that's not how Arizona sees it. And how Arizona sees things is the way they are, for she is right and awesome and loves Sofia no matter who watches her in the daytime.

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