A/N: HELLO AGAIN MY AWESOME PEOPLE! :) I missed all of you! I hope everyone had a great Christmas, if you celebrate it! :)
Now, here is the much anticipated first chapter of the Pregnancy 101 sequel, Parenting 101! It's a starting chapter, and until I get my chapters written out, the updates won't be as frequent, but I'll try my best. Plus, I've got exams coming up because of semester change, but hopefully that won't stop me from keeping you guys happy! :)
You'll want to read Pregnancy 101 first if you haven't read it before you read this one. It will make more sense haha
I know I was supposed to update last week, but things got crazy. Sorry!
To sort out some things here first, Maci is still really young because I want to show what they go through when she's still a baby, but I may possibly turn this into like a trilogy type thing, with another story after this one, when she's a teenager :) But that's if you guys like this story, and if I feel like writing another one haha.
Austin and Ally are 20, but they're turning 21 the same year Maci turns 1 because they just turned 19 right before Ally got pregnant, and turned 20 a few months after Maci was born. Just to clear things up.
Quinn and her family will be involved in this story! :D I know how much you guys love her and Sheridan, so her siblings will be in here too! Remember them being mentioned in the first story? :)
Now, I'll stop talking so you can enjoy chapter one! :)
Disclaimer: Don't own A&A, but I do own Quinn and her family, and Maci. Plus, any other characters not part of the actual show.
Genres: Family, Humour, Romance, Drama.
"Ally, knock it off."
I silently giggled as I watched Maci play with Austin's hair. It was early in the morning, and I was giving Maci the honours of waking her daddy up by herself. She was having a great time, just sitting at his head with her hands in his blonde shaggy hair. I was sitting on the edge.
"Ally," he groaned again. "I'm serious, stop. I'm exhausted."
"It's not me," I told him.
He opened one eye tiredly and immediately smiled at the sight of Maci. "Well good morning to you too, you little shit." He sat up and scooped her up, setting her on his lap so she was facing him. "So are you my new wake up call? Mommy doesn't get to do it anymore?"
Maci just smiled and kicked her feet. She had definitely figured out the sound of our voices, that's for sure.
"Mommy still gets to do it," I grinned, leaning over. Austin gave me a quick kiss before getting out of bed.
"Guess what day it is," I said.
"Sunday?" He asked, bouncing Maci lightly.
My face dropped in anger. "I can't believe you."
He burst out laughing. "I'm totally kidding, Als." He crawled out of bed with Maci and kissed her cheek. "It's Maci's birthday! Happy first birthday, princess."
"Don't do that." I sighed with relief. "I actually thought you forgot it was her birthday."
"No way. Besides, you've been talking about this party for so long, how could I?"
He was right. We were having a party for Maci to celebrate, and I had been talking about it for a while. I just wanted everything to be perfect for her.
The past year had been extremely hectic, but Austin and I had made it through, with some fights here and there. Bottom line, raising a baby was NOT a piece of cake, especially so young. Austin was turning 21 in a couple of months, and I turned 21 two weeks after him. So, yeah, we'd be breathing birthdays for a while.
"Can you go feed Pancakes while I give Maci a bath?" I walked over to the joint door and into the baby's room. "I haven't been downstairs yet."
"Yeah, sure. Uh, Ally?"
"What?" I called as I rummaged through drawers.
"Aren't you forgetting something?" He walked into the doorway and gestured at Maci with a raised eyebrow, who was in his arms sucking on her fist.
Sucking on her fist was already one of her habits. I was surprised she hadn't gagged on it yet. I kept trying to pull it out of her mouth and tell her no, but she didn't listen.
"Oops," I said sheepishly as he handed her to me. "Sorry, Mace. Mommy's distracted."
"I tend to have that affect on the opposite sex," Austin smirked as he leaned against the doorway, shirtless with just his grey sweats on.
"Ha ha, funny guy."
He just smiled. "But in all seriousness, what's wrong?"
"Nothing, I'm fine," I lied.
Austin looked unconvinced. "You just said you were distracted, so obviously you're not fine."
I sighed. "I'm stressed about a lot of things; Maci's party, the music video for that bullying campaign, writing a new song for the video, writing your new song-"
"Okay, one: you need to breathe." Austin walked towards me. "And two: calm down. I'm right here, and you don't have to do that video until you're ready, you know that. My new song can wait a little longer, too."
"But it's already been a year! They'll be getting impatient," I said.
I was shooting a music video for the Make It Right foundation, which focused on bullying. The people there had told me I could start filming after Maci was born, but that was a year ago.
"Trust me, it'll be fine. They still want you." Austin rubbed my arm. "Now relax."
I took a deep breath. "Sorry. But you better go feed the dog; she's probably starving."
"Damn," he said before hurrying out the door.
I shook my head to clear it before I brought Maci to our bathroom. I took her out of her pyjamas and set her in her little bath that was in the big bathtub before kneeling down beside the big tub. "Alright, little lady, time to get you ready for your big day."
Maci just gurgled to herself and inspected her fingers while I turned the water on. She started turning her head from side to side when I was cleaning her.
"What are you doing?" I laughed.
"She misses me," Austin said from the doorway.
Maci's eyes lit up when she saw him and she threw her hands down into the water over and over while kicking her legs, soaking me with soapy water.
"Maci!" I exclaimed, grabbing a towel. "God damn it, Austin, you know she always does that when she sees you!"
Austin, however, found it quite hilarious, and he knelt beside me laughing his ass off. "Told you she missed me. And yeah, that's why it's funny."
Maci smacked her hands down again and splashed Austin. "Now who's laughing?" I retorted.
He rolled his eyes and grabbed the towel from the floor while I finished giving Maci her bath. "Here, take her while I get ready." I went to the sink and grabbed my toothbrush.
Austin wrapped Maci in her ducky towel and hauled her out of the tub into his arms. He dried her off by rubbing the towel with his hand gently.
"Hey, where aren't you dressed?" I asked him.
"I haven't had time yet, Als," he sighed.
I glared at him as I brushed my teeth.
"Don't look at me like that," he told me before walking out of the bathroom with Maci.
I finished with my teeth and started with my face.
"Maci, no, you don't put things like that in your mouth," I heard Austin say from the bedroom. I hurried out of the bathroom to see him taking his phone away from her.
"Don't give her your phone," I yelled at him.
"I didn't! She grabbed it from the pillow!"
"Pay better attention to her then. And I'm not going to tell you again, hurry up and get dressed; everyone will be here soon."
"Well your definition of soon must be different than mine because you told me they'd be here by three. And it's twelve now," Austin shot back. He was still in his damn sweats. "Besides, you're not even dressed either!"
"I have to get her birthday party ready! I'll dress after." I walked over and sat beside Maci, who was lying on the bed. "Were you trying to eat daddy's phone again? Hey, sweetie?"
Maci just smiled at me before kicking her legs everywhere. "That's right, you were, you little shit," I laughed.
"Hey babe, where's my chain?" Austin asked, opening drawers.
"I don't know. Last time I saw it was when you were wearing it last night."
"I swear I set it down on the bedside table, and now it's not there," he panicked. "It's a necessity!"
I shrugged. "You'll live without it for a day."
He groaned before pausing. "Hey, what's that?"
I looked at where he was pointing. Something was shining in Maci's little fist.
"Found it," I smiled.
Austin walked over to the bed. "You just love taking my things, don't you Mace? Take mommy's sometimes." He gently pried it out of her hand before bending over her and attacking her neck with little kisses, making her giggle. "You little sneak. How did you even take this without us noticing?"
"Get dressed," I ordered.
He sighed. "Yeah yeah, I'm going." He kissed Maci's cheek before walking over to the closet. "So, who's all coming to this party anyways?"
I scrolled through the messages on my phone while Maci sat on the bed playing with her little monkey. "We've been over this many times. My parents, your parents, Trish, Dez, Quinn, Sheridan, Jace, and Leah. Quinn's parents can't make it; they're on a business trip."
"I forgot. Damn, that's," he stopped as he counted on his fingers. "1, 2, 3, 4...10 people!"
"Oh my god, a whole ten? Lighten up, Austin; it's your daughter's first birthday," I snapped.
"Hey, cut me some slack, Ally, I just had a big ass concert last night! I just wanted some quiet." His voice was rising.
"It's not like you've never had a big concert before!"
He pinched the bridge of his nose. "I'm not gonna fight with you."
"Then don't start a fight!"
"Look, why are you yelling at me?" Austin exclaimed, throwing his hands in the air.
I took a deep breath and sighed. "I don't know why I'm so bitchy today."
"Don't worry about it," he said as he turned his back to the closet. I could tell he was still upset about it.
It was quiet for a moment, except for the sound of Maci gurgling and hangers scratching as Austin pushed through his clothes before I quietly said, "I'm, uh, going to get Maci ready."
I picked her up and walked into her room. Setting her down on her changing table, I put a new diaper on her before kissing her head. "At least you're not mad at me," I said softly.
In response, she shoved her fist into her mouth and stared at me with her big brown eyes. She really looked like me, but I could see the same twinkle in her eyes that shone in Austin's.
I smiled lightly and tried to pick an outfit for her. I finally decided on a white t-shirt with a pink flower on it, a little pink tutu, white tights, and little pink ballet slippers.
As I was slipping the last of her outfit, which was her t-shirt, over her head, I felt a pair of strong arms encircle my waist from behind.
"I'm sorry," Austin mumbled into my neck before kissing it. He rested his forehead on the back of my neck. "I love you."
"I love you, too," I said as I slipped Maci's shirt over her head. I picked her up and turned around to face him. "But don't be sorry; I'm the one being snappy."
Austin smiled sympathetically. "Part of being a mom."
"Guess so," I told him before kissing him. When we pulled apart, Austin took Maci.
"Well, don't you look cute?" He beamed before kissing her cheek. I smiled at the sight. It was clear he absolutely adored her. He was just really good with kids in general.
Austin looked as hot as ever with black jeans and his chain, a white shirt, and a black blazer with his necklaces hanging down. His hair was shaggy and he smelled like my favourite cologne of his.
"You cleaned up nice," I commented.
"Yeah, now it's your turn," he grinned as we walked back into our room. "We'll go downstairs and start setting up."
"Yeah." He gestured to Maci. "She's coming with me."
"You better pay damn good attention to her," I threatened. "Or I'll rip you a new one."
"Damn...motherhood changed you," Austin said. "Of course I'll watch her." He walked out before I could say anything else.
I quickly showered, blow dried my hair, and then went to the closet and after searching for a bit, I chose jean waist-high shorts and a white t-shirt with the London flag on it that I tucked into the shorts, letting it hang a bit baggy.
I curled my hair and did my makeup with a smokey eye before throwing on a navy blue fedora and matching ankle boots.
I hurried downstairs and just about tripped over Pancakes at the bottom. "Shit!"
She looked up at me, wagging her tail, before she trotted into the living room. I shook my head and went into the kitchen. Austin was hanging up streamers while Maci sat in her high chair in front of him, playing with her stuffed monkey.
"Everywhere else is decorated," he said. He smiled at me. "Beautiful as ever."
"Wow, that was quick," I commented. "And Thanks."
"Anytime." He taped the pink streamer up and jumped off the ladder. "There. Everything is done." He checked his watch. "It's 2:45."
"Perfect timing." I walked over to Maci. "Hello, missy, how's my favourite little girl?" I cooed as I picked her up. "Are you ready for your party? Hey sweetie?"
She giggled. I planted kisses all over her cheek before grabbing her pacifier and popping it into her mouth. She rested her head on my shoulder.
The doorbell rang. "And there are the first guests."
Austin went into the hallway to get the door while I tried to find candles for the cake. I heard him say, "What up!" so I figured it was Dez and Trish. Sure enough, the three walked into the dining room area a minute later.
"Hey Ally!" they said.
"Hey guys," I smiled.
Trish came over. "Happy birthday, cupcake! Come give Auntie Trish some love." I handed Maci to her. "I can't believe you're already one."
"Cupcake?" Dez said to Austin, who looked as confused as Dez did.
"Hey, it's better than Dez Junior," she glared pointedly at her boyfriend. "Besides, I like cupcakes."
"She loves it when I call her Dez Junior!" Dez protested.
"No, she doesn't!"
I glanced at Austin. "I think that's a new record for the amount of time it takes to start a fight."
The rest of the guests arrived shortly after. Everyone was in the dining room doing who knows what while I was getting Maci's cake ready.
Quinn walked into the kitchen while I was sticking the '1' candle in. "Need some help?"
Quinn Bradshaw was my best girl friend, besides Trish. Austin and I had met her almost two years back when I was pregnant with Maci. Quinn was eighteen, turning nineteen, two years younger than Austin and I, and she had a daughter, Sheridan, whom she had at fifteen. Being a teen mom was what brought us together. She still helped me with a lot of things, even though she was young herself. Her older brother Jace and her younger sister Leah, along with their parents, also helped out as much as they could, which was amazing.
"Could you grab the paper plates and forks? Second top drawer from the fridge."
"So how was Maci this morning?" Quinn asked as she gathered everything.
"She was really good. I'm surprised actually, since she hasn't had a nap yet, but I'm sure she'll crash soon."
"Sheridan was showing her Nada," Quinn smiled.
"Really?" I laughed.
"Yeah, Maci was sitting in Austin's lap while Sheridan sat beside him and explained everything about Nada to her. Sheridan just loves that doll."
I grinned. "Won't be long before Maci wants one."
Quinn's sixteen-year-old sister Leah walked into the kitchen holding Maci. Jace was the same age as Austin and I.
Leah didn't look like Quinn or Jace at all. While Quinn and Jace both had straight blonde hair and were pale with blue eyes, Leah had long curly brown hair and latte coloured skin, with big green eyes. She looked like their dad.
"Austin told me to tell you to hurry up, he's starving," she informed me.
"Tell Austin I'll kick him in the ass if he's going to be like that. He can wait."
She laughed. "Will do." She turned to her older sister. "Oh, and Sheridan is wondering where you are."
"I told her where I was going," she sighed. "Alright, we're coming. Go tell everyone."
"For god's sake, I'm not a messenger," Leah muttered, but she left anyways.
"Come on; let's bring the cake out before everyone bites our heads off." I slowly carried the cake out while Quinn followed me into the dining room with the plates and cutlery.
Maci was in her high chair with Austin bending down beside her, and everyone else was standing around the table.
Austin did a little gasp to Maci when he saw me walk in with the cake. "Who's that, Mace? Is that mommy with your cake?"
Maci giggled and clapped her hands, causing everybody to laugh. "Alright, everybody sing!" I announced as I lit the candle. I set the cake down in front of Maci and she stared at the candle in awe.
After the singing finished, everyone clapped and Austin blew out the candle before kissing Maci's head.
"Picture time!" Austin's mom, my mom, Quinn, Leah and Trish announced at once. They all whipped out their cameras. The dads, Jace, and Dez just shook their heads.
"Oh dear lord," Austin muttered, but I just grinned.
When they had all taken their fair share of pictures, my mother came over to me. "Here, honey, I'll cut the cake. You've already done a bunch today."
"Thanks, Mom," I sighed with relief as I handed her the knife.
While she handed out cake, Sheridan ran over to me. "Ally! Guess what?"
She put a finger on her lower lip and pulled it down to reveal a missing tooth. "I lost a tooth!"
"Oh wow! That's awesome, Sheridan," I smiled.
"It's my first one, but I'm not giving it to the tooth fairy. Unca Jace said she only gives money to boys," she informed me.
"Did he now?" I asked, glancing up to shoot Jace a look, who had heard what his niece said.
He started laughing. "I was just kidding, you goofball," he told Sheridan before scooping her up and holding her upside down, causing her to shriek with laughter.
I grabbed a piece of cake for Maci and set it down in front of her. "She's not going to eat that," Austin said.
Almost immediately, Maci threw her face down into the cake.
"Maci!" I exclaimed as everyone burst out laughing.
"Hey, I can do that too," Dez announced before sticking his face in his cake. Trish smacked him upside the head.
"You whack-a-doodle!" She told him. "You're 20!"
Maci pulled her face out and dunked her hands in it, licking it off her fingers with a shriek of joy.
"She's eating it," I told Austin.
"More like bathing herself in it," he replied.
The rest of the party was great, and Maci got a lot of new clothes. Good. Now I wouldn't have to shop for a while.
Quinn's family left first, then Trish and Dez, and our parents stayed to help clean up. Austin's mom gave Maci a bath before she fell asleep covered in cake. Shortly after, the house was empty.
I was gathering Maci's presents when Austin walked into the living room holding a sleeping Maci, who was sucking on her pacifier.
I smiled. "When did she crash?"
"Like, five minutes ago. She was just sitting in her high chair while I sang quietly when BOOM. Fast asleep."
I stood up. "Your voice does wonders."
He grinned. "The party went well."
"Yeah, I'm surprised she didn't get fussy at all."
"She's a happy baby," he grinned as he looked down at her.
"Do you mind putting her to bed? I'll finish up down here," I said.
"Yeah, of course." Austin gave me a kiss before heading upstairs.
As soon as I finished gathering the gifts, I flopped down onto the floor. Pancakes trotted into the room and lied down at my feet. "Hey girl," I said, scratching her head. "Long day," I sighed.
She rested her head on my knee, staring up at me. "What's up?"
She started wagging her tail. "Did you do something?" I asked her suspiciously.
With that, she jumped up and trotted away. "I'll never know with that dog," I said to myself. "Well, at least the party was a success. Now if only I remembered where I put Maci's bottle..."
A/N: Hope you enjoyed it! It was pretty long haha but you guys probably like longer chapters :) I know not every guest was really mentioned at the party, because there were ten people, but they weren't super important to the chapter :p
Review it up, guys! :) I've got quite a bit of ideas up my sleeve ;)
Oh! Pregnancy 101 was nominated for the "Best Austin & Ally Story of 2012!" You guys are amazingly AWESOME! Seriously, without your support on that story, that most likely wouldn't have happened. I seriously love every single one of you, no lie, thank you for all of your support! :D :D MUAH! xo