A/N: Yeah, I figured those little snippets would grow into chapters. Here's the birth of their first baby. It's sweet and fluffy, just how I like them!
The rest of the day was a blur to Finn. He knew Rachel was the strongest person he had ever met, but she rose to new levels that day. She was amazing! And before he knew it, Melody Faith was in his arms.
He couldn't tell if his fear had increased or decreased upon seeing her beautiful face, because it seemed like both. As Rachel got some much deserved sleep, Finn whispered to his new baby girl.
"Hi there. I'm your Daddy. That's a scary thought, huh? No, wait, scratch that. I don't want to scare you already. We're going to be fine. No worries. Because we've got your mom over there. She's like amazing wrapped up in awesome, so I'm not going to worry about you or me, because Mommy will take care of us. But I want you to know, princess, that you are going to be loved and protected and have the most kick ass lullabies! Oh, geez, I shouldn't be swearing around you. Ugh. See? I'm gonna make mistakes, I know that. But I hope you know from the beginning, that I love you more than life itself and I will do everything in my power to make sure you are loved and safe. Sound like a deal?"
The baby in his arms made a tiny squeak and looked him right in the eyes.
Finn chuckled. "I'll take that as a yes. Now, since Mommy is asleep, let me tell you a little bit about her. She has the most beautiful voice in the world, I'm sure you remember because she sang to you so much when you were in there. You probably heard me too, but it was Mommy who sounded so great. I'm sure she'll teach you to sing too. Music is a part of your heritage. Mommy and me met at school in Glee club. Basically it's a place where every one sings together. And I mean everyone. Wait until you meet all your Glee family. We're very different, but we love each other. And they are going to love you! I mean, what's not to love? You are gorgeous and you're only a few hours old."
Melody yawned a bit.
"Boring you already, huh? Sorry about that. I'm just so happy that you're here. It feels like forever that we've been waiting to meet you. You might as well get used to it. Once you're grandparents get here, you will be the center of attention. You'll meet Saba and Zayde, those are your Mommy's Daddies, and Nana and Pap, that's my Mommy and my Step-Daddy. Your Uncle Kurt should be here soon too. He lives in New York too, so he'll -
"Knock, knock," Kurt whispered from the door.
"So, he'll be here right now," Finn corrected. "C'mon in, Kurt. Careful though. Rach is asleep."
Kurt waved his hand dismissively. "I've seen Rachel, hand over my niece!" he said with outstretched arms.
"Are you clean?" Finn asked.
"Please! I've stopped at every hand sanitizing station I passed."
Finn gave him a look.
"Ok, ok. I'll use the one at this door too," Kurt said, raising his hands in defeat.
"Thanks. I know I'm being -"
"I was going to go with overprotective. But I just can't help it. Look at her! Wouldn't you get all crazy over her?"
"Well, if you'd let me see her!" Finn reluctantly passed the baby to Kurt. "Oh! Finn! She is beautiful!"
Finn smiled brightly. "Doesn't she look just like Rachel?"
"I see it, I see it. But that's your chin and I think your nose."
"Thank God it's not mine," Rachel said, surprising the boys.
"Rach, how long have you been awake?" Finn asked.
"Since you handed over the baby completely against your will. Are you clean, Kurt?"
"Hello to you too, Mrs. Hudson. And yes, I might be missing the first two layers of skin, but I'm clean."
"Sorry," Rachel said.
"I know, I know. I'll allow it because this princess is gorgeous. She is going to have the entire family wrapped around her little finger. Seriously, Carole is going to lose it!"
"She'll wrestle anyone who wants to take Mel away from her," Finn laughed. "And win!"
"That's why I'm going to take this opportunity. I refuse to mess with crazy first-time grandparents." Just then, Melody began to fuss. "Oh, what did I do?"
"Nothing. She's probably hungry," Rachel replied. "Give her here."
"Oh, um ... Should I go?" Kurt said as he passed the baby.
"No, it's fine. I've got this cover thing to try out. Let's see if it works."
"Great, make me the guinea pig." Kurt turned around until Rachel gave him the ok. "Oh, that actually works just fine. So, how are you feeling, Rach?"
"Well, all things considered, pretty good. Very tired. But hey, she's worth it."
"She was a warrior, I swear!" Finn bragged, putting both hands in the air for effect. "I mean, she pushed like crazy!"
"Can I interrupt?" Kurt sighed. "I'm certain that Rachel was like Xena in there, but before you get carried away with your description, I'm just going to stop you there."
Rachel smiled. "Thanks, Kurt. I really don't want people knowing the gory details and Daddy over here is ready to make a movie about it."
"Oh man, it was gory, too!" Finn said.
"Fabulous," Kurt said, putting a hand to his temple. "So, Blaine sends his love. He's in rehearsals right now for his new play. Plus he thought I should see Miss Melody first. And I wasn't about to argue!"
"I hope you can run fast, man. Once my mom knows that you were the first to hold her, she's probably going to wail on you."
"These are designer shoes, and not meant for running. She'll just have to take pity on me. Or, I'll have to be gone before they get here!"
"How designer is your shirt?" Rachel asked. "She's ready for a burp."
Kurt paused. "Give her here."
"Here, take this," Finn said, putting a burp cloth on Kurt's shoulder. "It should protect the shirt."
"Thanks." Kurt positioned the baby on his shoulder. "This, Melody Faith, is proof that your favorite uncle loves you dearly. Not anyone else could possibly barf on me and get away with it. Am I doing this right?"
"You're fine," Rachel giggled. "It won't take long."
As if on cue, the baby let out a big burp and a little bit of spit up.
Kurt let out a sigh of relief. "Thank you, burp cloth!" He cuddled the baby close to him again. "I should probably get going. The grandparents will be here soon and I need to get some dinner. I've been waiting and waiting for someone adorable to be born." He placed a kiss to his niece's forehead. "You, little one, are beautiful and precious and will be the best dressed baby in New York! Uncle Kurt will see to that." He passed the baby back to Finn. "You know, you two do good work together." He kissed Rachel and hugged Finn. "I'll see you guys later. Let me know if you need help when you get home. Love you!"
After Kurt left, Rachel sighed. "That was just the first wave. Imagine how it will be when the other four come rushing in."
"Could we have them take a number?"
"No, there would be a bloodbath for number one."
"Well, princess, you might as well get used to it now. Your grandparents are good people, but they're crazy. You'll see very soon. They landed about an hour ago so they'll be rushing the door any minute now."
"Finn! Don't scare her!"
"Baby, she needs to understand," Finn chuckled.
"Give her here. I want her to nurse off the other side before everyone is in here. The cover works, but I don't want a full house for this show."
Finn passed her over. "Is it totally un-manly to say that I hate not holding her?"
"Of course not! If anything, it makes you sexier in my eyes."
"Yeah! Definitely what I expected too. I knew you'd be a natural at this!"
"I'm glad you thought so, because I totally didn't. I kinda thought I would have dropped her by now."
"Finn, you were an amazing football player, despite having a team of less than athletic cohorts. You can most certainly hold your own daughter."
"She definitely is cuter than the football," Finn chuckled and gave the half-grin that melted Rachel's heart every time she saw it.
"Yes, without a doubt. So, how long until you think the grandparents get here?"
"Not long at all. Now, don't forget, the nurse's call button is right there. If things get too hectic, you give that thing a big ol' push and she'll come sort everyone out."
"She looked like the type that would really do it too!"
"I wouldn't mess with her! Even with the football team."
"Well, then let's take this opportunity to just be a new family of three before the chaos bursts through the door."
"That sounds nice." Finn stopped and just looked at his wife. "You know, you look so natural doing that. You're going to be this perfect mom. It's a role you were born to play." He grinned. "Even more than Elphaba."
Rachel smiled. "Yeah, I think I'm going to like this one more. The audience is definitely more demanding, but it's a lot less makeup to apply."
"Do you know how much I love you?" Finn asked suddenly.
"If it's anywhere near as much as I love you, then it's more than can be imagined."
"I'm serious. You have been the guiding force in my life for so long, I can't even think of life without you. We're endgame. I told you that before and I meant it."
"I never thought a sports term could be so romantic. You might as well have said I'm your lobster," Rachel replied with a giggle.
"Sports terms, 90s sitcoms, doesn't matter. You and that little girl are my life. I don't have the words to tell you how much you mean to me."
"You don't need words. Just be you. You tell me in all the little things you do. And as long as you know that I love you too, we're perfect. Endgame. Lobsters."
No words needed to be spoken then. But their baby did speak up when she was finished eating.
"Daddy, are you up for a burping?" Rachel said as she fixed up her hospital gown.
"Yep. Come here, Melly belly."
As the baby burped, a commotion could be heard in the hall, as if a herd were approaching.
"Here we go," Finn and Rachel said together.
A/N: So, a gold star if someone can tell me where the lobsters reference came from.
Also, in this world, none of that Brody stuff happened. And probably none of that Army/break up with you for your own good/hook up at Schue's wedding because it's complicated stuff either. I just *love* the endgame quote.