One Year Later
Author's Note: As you can see from the title of the chapter, the story skips ahead a full year from the previous chapter. To catch you up on what has happened, I start this chapter off with a summary of the first year. This will probably be a very short chapter.
For the first couple of weeks of Rose's life, Hermione and Ron had to get used to a bit of a new routine. At different times of the night, Rose would wake up and start crying, and Hermione would get up and either feed her, or change her, or just help her get back to sleep. Hermione would take naps during the day, and during this time, Ron would take care of Rose. Mostly she'd end up in his arms, fast asleep, while he relaxed on the couch or chairs in the living room.
Helen and Hermione had planned out a routine for when Helen was needed the most, and for the first few weeks of Rose's life, Helen had stayed at the house during the weekdays and went home on the weekends.
Life had slowly returned back to normal, though not without its troubles. In the middle of June, when Rose turned a month old, Ron had finished his paternal leave and had returned to his Auror duties. Ron was sure Helen wanted to have her normal life again, so he hired a babysitter to help out Hermione when it came to Rose. The babysitter would be there with Hermione while Ron was at work.
The Auror duties were rather active for Ron, and most of the time, he had a full eight-hour shift. In the middle of July, though, about a month before Ginny's due-date for their new baby, Harry took his paternal leave, and Ron decided to be less active in his Auror duties, and took the easier tasks and did some desk-work as well.
On August 20th of 2006, Harry and Ginny welcomed their new son to the world. Harry named him Albus Severus Potter, after two of the Headmasters of Hogwarts. Because they had not opted to know what the gender of their baby until its due-date, they were happily surprised to find they had a new son.
In the middle of September, a couple days after her 27th birthday, Hermione returned to her job as the head of her department. The first thing she did when she returned to work was set up a nursery in her department. Rose's babysitter had been hired on into Hermione's department as the caretaker in the nursery. This decision proved to be a good one, because it meant that Hermione could do her work, and she could also tend to Rose's needs, such as feeding her, when it was needed.
By the time Rose's first Christmas came around, Rose measured in at a twenty-two inches long, and about 15 pounds. Dr. Sterling, who had stayed on as Rose's pediatrician said Rose was very healthy at this time, and she looked good for a baby girl who was a little over seven months old. Both Rose and Albus were the big focus during the Weasley family Christmas at the Burrow.
On March 1st, Ron's 27th birthday, Rose said her first word during Ron's party at the Burrow. Ron considered it his best present he ever received: Rose's first word had been "Dada".
(Ron's PoV - May 15th, 2007)
On the day of Rose's 1st birthday, Ron got off work around four and apparated into the Leaky Cauldron. Owing to the fact that he was not exactly a pro at deciding what to buy as gifts, even when it came to his own daughter, he hadn't gone shopping for any birthday gifts yet, and he knew he needed to do it now. Rose's first birthday party would be a private one that evening between Ron, Hermione and the birthday girl. The big family party for Rose would take place the following weekend.
"Hey, Ron," Tom said, as Ron passed by the bar, "Come over here a moment."
Ron shrugged and walked over to Tom.
"Rose's first birthday is pretty soon, right?" Tom asked.
"It's today," Ron said.
"Well, how about that?" Tom said. "I tell you what. I never been very good at doing gifts, myself, but for your little girl, I think I can do something. Will you be around here for long?"
"Going to Diagon Alley to buy a couple gifts for Rose," Ron said. "So yeah, probably for an hour or so."
"Do you have a birthday cake yet?" Tom asked.
"Actually I meant to pick one up," Ron said. "Thanks for reminding me."
"How about I make one for you?" Tom said. "It can be my gift. Does Rose like chocolate?"
"She's started to, I think," Ron said. "Hermione doesn't give her much. She's afraid it will make her too hyper."
"I'll make a mixed chocolate and vanilla cake," Tom said. "One of my specialties. How's that?"
"Sounds great, Tom," Ron said, "Thanks, I'll be back in an hour to pick it up."
"No problem," Tom said, "Just give the little one my best wishes, eh?"
"Sure," Ron said, smiling.
Ron headed through the back door of the restaurant and over to the brick wall. He tapped the wall, and the barrier into Diagon Alley opened. As Ron walked down the cobbled walkway, he saw Ginny walk out of Quality Quidditch Supplies. She was pushing a stroller, where little Albus was asleep in. Every time Ron saw Albus, he couldn't help but think was going to look exactly like Harry.
"Hey, sis," Ron said, walking up to her.
"Ron, I thought you'd be at home getting ready for Rose's party," Ginny said.
Her surprised expression turned into a grin.
"You forgot to buy Rose a gift, didn't you?" she asked.
"Yeah," Ron said, "I did."
"I could help you with that if you wish," Ginny said. "I'm just finishing up here. Preparing to do my part in the Quidditch World Cup next month. Just signed up for the chance to be the announcer for it. James is visiting Mum, so I decided to bring Albus along with me."
"I could use a bit of help," Ron said, nodding. "I have a few ideas, but nothing too big. I need a big gift."
"How about a broomstick?" Ginny asked, grinning.
"Mmm, I don't know," Ron said. "Hermione's not really up to Rose becoming a Quidditch player."
"Oh, come on," Ginny said, "James loves the one you gave him. He keeps chasing Kreacher around the house with it."
Ron laughed at the thought of that.
"Okay, you convinced me," Ron said. "But if Hermione's mad at me for it, I'm blaming you for it."
"Do you have to?" Ginny asked, "I don't want to get on her mad side right now."
"Why?" Ron asked.
"Well," Ginny said, "You know, she's -"
"She's what?" Ron asked.
Ginny raised her eyebrows.
"Oh, she hasn't -" Ginny stammered. "Er – I mean – well, you know how she is around broomsticks, right?"
"Okay," Ron said, "I'll just leave the blame on me if she's unhappy with it."
"I better get going," Ginny said. "Albus is pretty tired and he probably wants to be in his own crib. I'll see you Saturday for Rose's big party."
"See you, sis," Ron said.
Ginny smiled and pushed Albus' stroller away and up the cobbled street. Ron headed into the Quality Quidditch supplies store to get one of Rose's presents.
An hour and a half later, after buying gifts and the cake Tom had made for Rose, Ron returned home.
"Hermione," he said, walking into the house, "I'm home."
"I'm in the restroom," Hermione called out, "I'll be out in a moment. Can you check on the oven for me? Dinner's cooking in it. Don't want it to go to waste. Then check on Rose. She's in the playpen in the living room."
"Sure," Ron said, "I bought a cake for Rose."
"Just put it on the counter for now," Hermione said.
Ron walked into the kitchen. He set down the bag of gifts on the table. He put the cake on the counter near the stove. He then opened the oven and saw a roast cooking in the kitchen. It smelled delicious but looked like it would need a bit more time to cook. Ron then walked into the living room, and over to the playpen, where Rose was playing some toy blocks.
"There's my birthday girl," Ron said.
Rose looked up at Ron and giggled. She raised her arms up and Ron smiled and picked her up.
"Oh, you are getting heavy," Ron said, chuckling, Did you miss your Dada?"
"Dada," Rose said, nodding.
"I thought so," Ron said.
"Aww, cuddling up against her daddy," Hermione said, in the entrance of the living room.
"Yeah," Ron said, "Seems to be our routine the past couple of days."
"Probably having one of those positive forms of daddy issues," Hermione said, grinning,
"Jealous, are we?" Ron asked.
"Maybe a little," Hermione said.
She smiled and walked over to Ron. He leaned toward her and kissed her softly. Rose cooed softly, and Ron chuckled, backing away.
"Sorry, Rose," Ron said, "I forgot."
He carefully lowered her back into the playpen.
"She's getting so big," Ron said, as he set Rose down, "I'm always so surprised at that."
"Dr. Sterling weighed her today," Hermione said. "She's twenty-three pounds, and a little over two feet in length."
"You went to Dr. Sterling today?" Ron asked, looking back up at Hermione, "I thought her check-up wasn't until next week."
"It wasn't," Hermione said, sighing, "But things changed."
Ron looked down at Rose, then back to Hermione.
"Did something happen?" Ron asked, "She seems all right,"
"She's perfectly healthy, Ron," Hermione said, "That wasn't why I went."
Ron looked up at Hermione. Thoughts started clicking in his mind. Ginny had seemed worried about not wanting to make Hermione upset. He remembered Ginny looking confused when he wondered what she was talking about. Also, Hermione looked a bit pale as she stood there.
"Hermione," Ron said, slowly, "What's going on?"
"Rose is going to have a little brother or sister," she said. "I'm pregnant!"
Ron did his best to stay standing, and he put his arms around Hermione to do so. He hugged her and kissed her softly.
"You're pregnant?" Ron asked. "Again?"
"I've been thinking I was for a few days now," Hermione said, "But I wasn't sure. I wrote to Ginny and she told me to talk to Dr. Sterling."
Ron nodded. That was how Ginny had known.
"But I would have noticed your symptoms this time," Ron said.
"They weren't that bad this time," Hermione said. "I've been able to control them more."
"Pregnant," Ron said, "Wow."
"I'm due in November," Hermione said, grinning.
"You ready for this again?" Ron asked.
"Yeah," Hermione said, "Definitely. You?"
"I know what I'm going to be dealing with now," Ron said, grinning.
He looked back down at Rose, and picked her up again.
"What do you say?" he asked her, "Would you like a brother or a sister?"
Rose giggled and cooed.
"She seems happy about it," Ron said.
"That makes two of us," Hermione said, grinning.
Ron leaned toward Hermione and kissed her softly on the lips once again.
"Three of us," he said.
Story finished! I looked up when Hugo was supposed to be born, and Wikia says he was born sometimes between late 2007 and sometime in 2008, so I decided late 2007.
I'm sure a few of you are wondering if I will do a sequel. I'm thinking about it, but I'm not sure. If I do, it won't be another pregnancy fic. It could be Rose's first year at Hogwarts along with Scorpius and Albus' as well. I don't have the ideas for a story yet, so it might take a while to get started. Or it might not come at all. Not sure.
Also, for those of you who have followed my other stories, such as Old Magic, I'm going to attempt to continue Old Magic, but I'm not sure how it will go. We'll see what happens.
I want to thank all of my reviewers for giving me wonderful feedback. Thank you all for reading my story. This is the first pregnancy fan-fic I've ever done, and I was wanting to do one for a while now, but I didn't think I'd do too well at it. Turns out I did pretty well.
Hope you enjoyed this chapter, and the story! Thank you all once again!