A/N: HEY EVERYONE! I'm back! I'm sorry it's taken me ages to get this up, but here it is! We've started our wonderful sequel! That being said, if you haven't read Here Without You, you should probably go read it first.
Disclaimer: I don't own Harry Potter, at all. That being said, I hope you all enjoy!
Hermione let out a sigh. Twelve Grimmauld Place was bustling with activity, everyone preparing for the birthday party that would be taking place later.
She heard a high pitch cry come from the living room. With a sigh, Hermione moved towards the noise. Eridanus was on Ginny's lap, crying. Ginny sent her a pleading look, trying to untangle the one-year old from her hair.
Hermione chuckled softly, picking up her baby. "Oh Eri, what did I tell you? Leave Aunt Ginny's hair alone."
Eridanus smiled up at his mother and a jumble of sounds came out. Hermione smiled, rubbing her noise against his.
Ginny sighed, standing up. She caressed her baby bump. Harry and Ginny were now expecting. Ginny was now almost four months along. The four of them lived in Grimmauld together.
Hermione felt like she was imposing at first, but Ginny and Harry insisted she stay. She would be forever grateful to them two of them.
"Eri just loves playing with my hair," Ginny grumbled, detangling her hair. He always made a mess of her.
Hermione chuckled, rocking her baby boy. "I think it's the color of your hair. The red captures his attention."
Ginny huffed. "He's a little bugger."
She crossed the room, looking down at Eridanus. "But he's adorable. And I love him to pieces."
Hermione nodded. "I love him to pieces too." Leaning down, she pressed a kiss to his forehead. "Hopefully he'll be able to take a full nap before the party starts."
Ginny nodded. "I hope so too, because if not, we'll have a very cranky baby on our hands later today."
Hermione nodded. She carried Eridanus upstairs and into his bedroom. Laying him in the bed, she smiled down on his sleeping form. She couldn't believe he was a year old! Her little baby was growing up. Hermione felt a tear roll down her cheek and quickly wiped it away.
Eridanus had grown so quickly. He could now say Mama, but that was it. He spoke, but it was never anything anyone could understand. He could walk on his own, but did tumble down a lot. She was thankful Harry had suggested they put carpeting in most of the rooms.
Her heart broke when she realized that it was about time she stop breastfeeding. Shaking her head, she got rid of those thoughts. Today was supposed to be happy, not sad.
Which is why she pushed all thoughts of him from her mind.
She didn't want to cry today. It was supposed to be a happy day, and dammit, she would not cry. She furiously wiped a tear from her eye.
Hermione moved downstairs to finish getting everything ready for the party. Ginny was hanging up decorations throughout the house. The door swung open and Harry, Ron, and Lavender all came in.
Hermione greeted them each with a hug. Ron held up the cake. "Mum made it this morning. She says she can't wait to see the little birthday boy."
"Oh, I'm glad everyone will be over today. And Eridanus knows something is up as well, he's been a bouncing ball of energy."
Lavender smiled. "I've brought balloons and some presents." Hermione hugged her. "You can put the gifts in the other room."
Harry sent her a grin. "Everyone should be here soon. You excited?"
Hermione shrugged. "A bit. I feel like it's a bit much though, the entire Order? That's a lot of people Harry."
He shrugged. "Hermione, they're all family. They all love you and Eridanus. Besides, it's the anniversary of the War ending. Everyone's been itching for a party, and what better reason than a birthday."
Hermione nodded. "You're right. Come on, let's finish getting everything ready."
An hour later, everything was in place. The doorbell rang, and a cry echoed out from upstairs. "I'll get the door," Harry said, giving Hermione a quick hug. Harry knew the reason Hermione hated public gatherings were because everyone would talk about how much Eridanus looked like Sirius. He didn't blame her for being upset.
Hermione moved upstairs. "Awh, honey," she said, smiling when she saw Eridanus halfway out of his crib. Chuckling, she scooped him up into her arms. "Mama!" He cried, tugging on her hair.
Chuckling, she pulled him away. "Let's get you dressed." She put him down and he ran towards his dresser. Eridanus began to pull random sets of clothes out, tossing them out onto the floor.
She let him do that for a moment while she quickly went and changed. She pulled on a light blue sundress and pulled her hair back into a loose bun. She went back to Eri's room and saw he was now giggling, playing with the zipper on a sweatshirt.
"Come here," she said. Eridanus wobbled over, falling into her arms. She pulled off his nightshirt and put on a baby sized Quidditch shirt and some blue jeans. Summoning a washcloth, she quickly wiped his face. "You are just too cute," she said, rubbing her nose against his. He cooed in response.
Picking him up, Hermione carried him downstairs. Smiling, she saw everyone had arrived. The whole Order was there, along with many other people.
Eridanus was immediately scooped up by Molly, who carried him over towards Andromeda and Minerva. The older witches cooed.
Hermione made her way towards Remus and Tonks. Tonks was holding Teddy, who was now four months old. "How's Teddy doing?" She asked.
"Wonderful, we're starting to sleep through the night." Tonks said with a smile.
Hermione nodded. "That's great! I'm sure you're both enjoying that."
Remus chuckled. "I know I am. I thought Eridanus was a handful, but Teddy is worse. I swear, you can tell our boys are related to the Marauders."
Hermione felt a flicker of pain cross her expression, but quickly covered it up. "Yes, they'll both be mischief makes when their older."
"And they'll be stealing all the women's hearts," Ginny added, taking a step towards her friend.
Hermione sighed. "Ginny, don't say that. I can't even imagine losing him now."
Ginny smiled. "Come on now, you know he'll be a heart breaker."
Hermione grumbled in response. Her eyes wandered over to Eridanus, who was now in Bill's arms. Fleur was holding little Victoire, who was born around the same time as Teddy.
She smiled. Her baby was getting so big.
Suddenly, Harry grabbed Hermione's shoulder. "You know I'd hate to leave, but Kingsley just sent me a patronus. Something's happened at the Ministry, and I'm needed there immediately."
Hermione turned to him worriedly. "Is everything all right?"
Harry shrugged. "I'm not sure. It was urgent though, so I'll be back as soon as I can." He gave her a quick hug then kissed Ginny. He disappeared through the door.
Ron stood on a chair. "I think it's time for presents!" He said.
Eridanus let out a squeal, running over towards his Uncle Ron.
Hermione smiled, joining Ron.