Leonard looked at his watch and said, "Penny? I think it's probably time we get going. I'm sure Amy and Sheldon would like some privacy."
Amy hastily tried to reassure them. "You don't have to go. We…or at least I, enjoy having you here to help us celebrate."
Penny smiled and patted Amy's arm. "No sweetie, Leonard's right. We really should get going. Besides, the last time you yawned, Sheldon nearly threw us all out anyways." Penny winked and Amy smiled.
As Penny and Leonard stood up and walked to the door, Amy followed to wish them a good evening.
Bernadette turned to Howard and said, "We should probably go too. I'm pretty tired as well."
Howard immediately jumped up, holding out his hand to help Bernadette up.
Raj also looked at his watch and got up. "I should get going too. I promised Rani I'd help with the wedding planning tonight."
The group walked through the door and out into the hallway, Amy following, standing just outside the doorway.
Raj stepped toward Amy first and gave her a hug. "Congratulations again Amy."
Amy smiled at him. "Thank you Raj."
He looked at her seriously. "I mean it. You deserve it. I wouldn't be engaged if it weren't for you."
"And as I've told you before, you are most welcome. I found your Selective Mutism fascinating to study."
As he turned to walk down the stairs, Penny came over and hugged Amy as well. "I'm so happy for you guys…I'm still in shock you got Sheldon to agree to all this." She shook her head.
Amy shook her head back. "And as I've told you before, it was Sheldon who decided to proceed with the endeavor."
Penny shrugged. "I just can't wrap my brain around it, I guess."
She looked over at Leonard, who said, "We really should get going. I told the baby-sitter we'd be back by 8:30 at the latest and it's already 8:20."
"Ok ok." Penny smiled over at Amy. "Call me if you need anything Sweetie."
Leonard kissed Amy on the cheek. "Congratulations again Amy. And tell Sheldon again that I said I'm happy for you guys."
He grabbed Penny's elbow and steered her towards the stairs. Amy missed having them live right across the hall, but she supposed they couldn't raise a family in a one bedroom apartment.
Bernadette walked over next, also hugging Amy. "Congratulations. I'm really so happy for you guys."
Amy again smiled and said, "Thank you."
She reached over to pat Bernadette's rapidly expanding baby bump. "Only a couple more months and it'll be me saying congratulations to you."
Howard grinned and put his hand on Bernadette's stomach. "Yeah, I still can't believe I finally got her to agree to carry a child."
"It is quite the feat, yes."
Bernadette rolled her eyes. "Ok. Let's go. Amy needs her rest, and so do I."
Amy waved goodbye to the two of them as Howard put his hand on the small of Bernadette's back to help her navigate the stairs.
Amy went back inside and closed the door, wondering what was taking Sheldon so long. She walked down the hallway to the second bedroom, stopping at the doorframe to admire the scene.
"This is ridiculous," Sheldon said. "This is an obviously flawed product." He threw the ruined diaper on the floor, and grabbed another. He was definitely going to have to write a strongly worded letter to the manufacturer. The basic materials for diapers were far too flimsy, the sticky part was far too sticky, and on top of that, it didn't even fit properly.
He looked over at his infant son, who was starting to whimper on the changing table. "Yes, you're absolutely right. It's completely ridiculous that you have to wear something as inherently flawed as this…this…contraption."
He exhaled in frustration as he again opened another diaper. He lifted his son's legs and carefully placed the diaper underneath.
As he was getting ready to pull up the top flap, a stream of urine hit Sheldon square in the chest. He leapt backwards with a yelp, hearing a laugh behind him. He immediately pulled off his shirt and turned around glaring, to find Amy laughing in the doorway.
He pointed at the baby, looking at Amy. "He did that on purpose!"
He looked over and scolded his son. "You did that on purpose!"
Amy laughed again. "Sheldon, don't be ridiculous. Stephen is only three days old. His brain is not developed enough to form coherent thoughts, let alone ones with malicious intent."
"Oh really?" Sheldon rolled his eyes. "Then why did he wait until I had just successfully arranged the diaper before dousing me with urine? And besides, he's not a normal baby. He's our son; the first in a line of superior benign overlords. For all we know, he is capable of malicious thoughts."
Amy rolled her eyes at Sheldon and smiled. He found himself returning her smile.
Stephen started crying in earnest on the changing table, causing them both to look over. Sheldon started to walk over in order to resume his quest to change a diaper, but Amy put a hand on his arm and told him to go take a shower instead, as she was certain that Stephen was hungry and that the resolution was not something Sheldon could accomplish.
Sheldon agreed, but only because his son was hungry. He did not wish Amy to have to complete all tasks by herself, but, as she said, he did not possess the necessary glands with which to lactate.
When he returned to the room after his shower he found both mother and son asleep in the rocking chair. He stood in the doorway a moment, looking at Amy and Stephen, again marveling at the course of his life. He was not a man who believed in coincidence, but even he had to admit it was remarkable that he and Amy's progeny had been born on the seventh anniversary of the day they had first met.
A/N: I want to thank you all very much for making the experience of writing, not only my first ever fanfiction, but also my first complete work of fiction ever (that was longer than the 10 pages required in HS) a complete joy. As you've, I'm sure, already gathered, I have very much enjoyed reading your reviews. Have no fear, you have not seen the last of me. I am totally hooked on writing. I have no less than EIGHT other ideas for fics, which have been driving me bananas. I know some of you really wanted a wedding scene, but I honestly felt that the baby scene fit better in the fic (and also had thought for a long time that the idea of Sheldon changing a diaper would be pretty hysterical), AND also, I kind of have some loose plans to write a little mini-fic, 1-3ish chapters, revolving around the wedding/planning. I also want to, at some point, write companion pieces to this fic which explains what's going on in the lives of the other characters at the same time as this fic. But for now, I'm trying to choose between 2 different AU fics, one is more of an ensemble piece, and one is strictly Shamy. I'm leaning more towards the strictly Shamy. :)
Oh and congratulations to all who caught my Pride and Prejudice reference. I'm thrilled so many did. I put that in there as my own little private joke. Someone on Fan Forum once compared Sheldon to "First Proposal Mr. Darcy" at about the time when Sheldon first proposed in my fic. I laughed to myself and thought "Good Grief! How did I end up writing 'P&P: Shamy Edition'?"
Also, the baby's name is Stephen, as in, after Stephen Hawking. And just in case it's not clear to you, Stephen was conceived naturally...not "scientifically". :) And as for the fact that he was born on the seventh anniversary of the day they met, that number was chosen with purpose. For those who aren't biblical scholars, Seven is known as the number of "completion". :) It has no underlying meaning in the story, I just like the metaphor.
So in conclusion, thank you ALL again. To the silent readers, regardless of the fact that you didn't review, I always enjoyed watching my stats and knowing you were there reading and (hopefully) enjoying my fic. I had 2 goals with this fic: (1)That it be "cute" and (2) that the characters remain within viewing distance of In Character. I hope I succeeded on both counts. :)
As always, please remember, (my new chant) "REVIEWS APPRECIATED!" :)
And thus ends what is now the 7th revision of my A/N. *rolls eyes*