AU: There are going to be four parts to this...I believe...don't forget to review!
Remus, Sirius, and Peter sat on their friends couch, waiting for them to come back downstairs. Sirius was biting his lip, trying not to laugh when he heard Harry crying again. Remus was also holding back a humor-filled smile. Peter, on the other hand, was just giving a shaky smile, like he was too nervous to be amused.
"Maybe one of us should go check on them." Remus suggested. "It's been almost forty minutes since they went to put Harry to bed."
Suddenly, Harry stopped crying and they heard the floor creak as James and Lily started to leave the nursery, but then Harry started crying again. Remus heard the floor creak again as his parents rushed back to his side to calm him down. Sirius burst out laughing. "If they keep this up, they'll never step out of the nursery." He said.
Remus stood up. "That's it. I'm going to get them. They really need to learn to let Harry cry himself to sleep." He left the living room and headed up to the nursery.
He found James and Lily looking down at Harry in his crib. They would both talking to him quietly.
"Come on, Harry. You need to sleep, son." James was saying.
Remus sighed and walked over. He grabbed both of their arms and started to pull them out of the room. Thank goodness for this werewolf strength or James would have flung his hand away. Harry started crying again. "Come on, you two. You're going have to learn to let Harry cry himself to sleep." He explained.
James grumbled. "I can't stand it when he cries." He took one last look at his son before Remus closed the door. "Moooonnnyy!" James whined. They can hear Harry's loud cries coming from behind the door. Remus made sure to station himself in front of the door before he let go of his friend's arms.
Lily laid a calm hand on James's upper arm. "No, no, Remus is right, dear. I've read that most parents had to do the same exact thing. It's normal." She seemed to be trying to convince herself as well as her husband. "Normal." She repeated to herself nervously.
Remus chuckled and gently pushed his two friends towards the stairs. "Let's go. Sirius has been dying to tell us about that date he had last night."
Harry cried for an hour before falling asleep, much to his parents discomfort.
A few nights later found Lily rocking softly in the rocking chair, staring tenderly at the small child in her arms. It was well past his bedtime and her husband and herself couldn't get Harry to sleep. He was keeping them both up all night.
Without thinking about it, Lily started to hum a familiar tone. She barely noticed when her son, her Harry, stopped cooing at her when he heard the sound. He stared up at her with huge green eyes and Lily suddenly had a thought. She opened her mouth and began singing softly the words. "Love me tender, love me sweet, never let me go. You have made my life complete and I love you so." She sang truthfully. "Love me tender, love me true, all my dreams fulfilled. For my darlin' I love you, and I always will." She watched as her son's eyes began to close with a loving smile on her face. "Love me tender, love me long, take me to your heart. For it's there that I belong, and we'll never part." She paused in her lullaby to kiss her child on his forehead. "Love me tender, love me true, all my dreams fulfilled. For my darlin' I love you, and I always will." She continued to sing. "Love me tender, love me dear. Tell me you are mine. I'll be yours through all the years, till the end of time." She looked up and saw her husband leaning against the doorframe to the nursery. He had a smile on his face as he looked upon his little family. "Love me tender, love me true." She sang looking down at her sleeping boy again. She sensed her husband walk to them and looked back up at him. He knelt down in front of the rocking chair and gazed lovingly at his son. "All my dreams fulfilled. For my darlin' I love you." She watched as James brushed back a dark lock of hair from his son's face. "And I always will." She finished singing.
They both stared at their sleeping son for a peaceful moment. "You did it, love." James whispered quietly, not wanting to wake up Harry. "You got him to sleep. We'll have to remember that for next time."
Lily smiled at him before standing up, carefully, trying not to jerk Harry awake. "I guess I just have a magical voice." She placed Harry down in the crib.
James came up behind her and wrapped an arm around her waist. She leaned her head against his shoulders. "You sure do, my flower." He whispered lovingly into her temple before giving her a gentle kiss there.
The next morning found all the Maunders over for breakfast. Remus sat at the round kitchen table between Sirius and Harry's high chair. Sirius was sitting next to Peter and James was currently upstairs getting Harry ready for the day; bathing him and changing him. Lily was banging pans around, looking for her skillet to make pancakes. Remus had offered to help look several times, but was shot down.
The kitchen was the only part of the house that was fully muggle. Lily did not allow any magic in her kitchen. She prefer to cook and do dishes the muggle way. She had a small portable radio sitting on the counter; the reason the kitchen was fully muggle. She loved listening to music as she worked. But if someone did magic in the kitchen, it would screw up the radio. Muggle technology didn't work around magic. She would get furious when someone would use magic. Sirius done it before and he was unable to sit for a week.
"Did you three sleep in this morning?" Sirius asked, realizing Harry was usually dressed and sitting in his chair by the time they get there and it was usually Lily who got him ready for the day.
Lily, finally finding the skillet, turned to face the three men. She waved the spatula at them and glared. "Your best friend is why we are getting a late start this morning. He didn't do as he was told. Two o'clock in the morning, I found him playing with his son instead of putting him back to bed!"
The two of them finally went to bed, but two and a half hours later, James woke up to the sound of his son crying. He groaned and his wife turned in her sleep and wacked him in the shoulders. "Your turn." She said, sleepily.
"I know." He said, rolling out of bed. He put on his slippers and robe with a yawn and stumbled out of the room.
Lily was unable to sleep without her husband by her side. She waited…and waited…and waited for him to come back. She couldn't hear Harry crying anymore, but she also couldn't hear her husband either. She got out of bed and grabbed her wand, worried something happened. It wasn't until she stepped out of her bedroom that she heard her child giggling. Confused, but now knew there wasn't a threat, Lily lowered her wand and made her way to the nursery. She can see the light coming from the crack under the door. The door was cracked opened, allowing Lily to peak in without being seen. She groaned at the scene, not really surprised.
James was sitting on the ground with a small pile of Harry's stuff animals around him. He held a stag in one hand and a black dog in the other. He was making some sort of animal noise and making the animals dance. Harry was sitting before him, his back towards the door. He was wildly giggling. He burst out laughing when James made the stag's nose bump Harry's nose.
Lily put on a stern face and pushed the door open farther. She leaned against the doorway and folded her arms. Both, father and son, looked up at her. James gave her a sheepish smile and Harry giggled at her, wide awake and happy. "James, you were supposed to be putting Harry back to bed, not entertaining him. It's two o'clock in the morning for Merlin's sake!" She snapped. She couldn't help it. She was exhausted and wanted to sleep.
"I had to wait another half an hour before James joined me back in bed!" She said, as soon as her husband came into the kitchen with Harry in his arms. He grimaced at the glare his wife threw him.
He set Harry down in his high chair before taking a seat next Peter, leaving the seat next to Harry's high chair open for Lily. "Told you guys about last night, huh?" His friends laughed at him. "I couldn't help it!" He tried to defend his actions. "Harry was crying and he wanted his stuff animals and one thing led to another!"
"James, shut it while you are ahead." Remus warned before laughing.