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The week was pretty simple for Lauta-- Who snapped back into her regular routine almost instantly. She didn't even mind that she and Teddy hadn't gotten any alone time since the twins had been born and that was because she heard it was easiest to get pregnant right after having babies. Something about being more fertile or something like that. Lauta wasn't ready to have another one right off the bat-- She needed a little time.
Lauta enjoyed the alone time she got with the kids when Teddy was at work. Sure, they were new borns and couldn't really do much of anything, but there was something about sitting by their crib and staring down at them while they slept or the look within their eyes when she fed them from the bottle or did something that they found peculiar.
Maybe it was just motherhood, but Lauta was pretty sure it was because they were her own flesh and blood. A part of her, and it could be found within them.
Lauta had been thinking through these thoughts when Teddy had mentioned something about her being a super hero. Lauta laughed and shook her head, "Teddy I wouldn't be caught dead wearing that thing-- Aprons are for old prudes!"
With that, she continued with her cooking. "I'm only good at this stuff because of all the foster homes I stayed at-- A couple of them had a lot of babies and I had to help care for them. Even though I was only like... Six. I wasn't the youngest after all. Not at any of those foster homes."
Seven. She had gone to seven foster homes and each one had been packed with children of all ages. Lauta was lucky she always had nice foster parents, guess her sister had made sure of that until she could have actually been stable enough to take care of Lauta-Beth herself. She was glad to have had those experiences because they sure as hell were paying off right then and there.
Lauta finished making the food and fixed a plate for Teddy and placed it in front of him before making a plate of her own and taking the seat beside her husband. Lauta picked at her food for a few moments, she'd made stir fry, before saying something more. "So uh... I was thinking. Maybe we should try... Going to church this Sunday?" Lauta paused, refusing to look over to Teddy. "Shura and Richard have been going, and Dean said he'd try it if Jill and I would..."
It was true, Dean refused to go unless Lauta did too-- And Lauta wouldn't step foot in one unless she had her husband there with her as well.
Teddy laughed at Lauta's comment. Teddy had already planned to scare the Holy Spirit into any boy that thought about dating his little girl, let alone touch her. He was the freaking Prince of England. He was sure he would have no problem at all with finding an assassin. He would just have to make that obvious to any kid that even considered looking Nior's way. Of course he wouldn't tell Lauta this.
Not long after that his mother came in with the car-seats for the children and while she helped Lauta out he finished filling out the insurance paperwork since he was the one who knew all that information. Everyone was ready to go by the time he was done. He wheeled Lauta out of the hospital, she had Nior in her seat on her lap and her mother had T.J. Blankets were thrown over both of them because the second they exited the hospital there was a flash of cameras from reporters who were all trying to get the first pictures of the newborns.
Luckily his mother had thought ahead and had body guards at the ready to keep the vultures back. Teddy secured the children in the backseat before helping Lauta in to sit next to them. He went around to the drivers side to drive them home. He could hardly make it out of the parking lot without having a vulture jumping out at him.
The next week Teddy learned what it was like to truly appreciate sleep. He did his fair share of waking up in the middle of the night with the kids but between them and work he was running on E. He was amazed at how Lauta did it. She seemed to almost instantly bounce back from the birthing process. Well, at least quicker then he expected her to.
One night after he got home from work he sat at the table, rocking T.J. in his swing while watching Lauta cook dinner and feed Nior simultaneously. It was like some super human trait women were born with when it came to taking care of kids and housework at the same time. Teddy wished he had been born with it.
"You're like a super hero," He said after watching her a few more minutes. "We should get you an apron that says 'Super Mom' on it."
After the doctors had taken the babies away Lauta fell asleep almost instantly. Six hours of labor did that to people and LAuta was just glad her terrible pregnancy was over. Yes, she did know she planned on having another pregnancy-- She couldn't control how many babies she and Teddy had because she wasn't willing to tie herself up. But this first pregnancy had just seemed worse than any other pregnancy could ever be.
Lauta woke up early in the morning and looked over to find that Teddy was asleep in the armchair, she smiled and sat up-- Her body still sore. It was even more sore than it had been after Teddy's birthday the year before! The doctor came in to check up on her, the usual things that should go on, then they were free to go. Free to go? Lauta was pretty sure she should have been in that hospital room for a couple more days.
Must've been something Teddy had requested, an early leave...
Well, Lauta wasn't complaining, she wanted to go home and sleep some more. She was about to do so when Teddy picked up T.J. and handed him to Lauta. Lauta let out a soft groan and held onto the infant gently, closing her eyes and laying her head back. This was nice, the relief was great and she had never felt anything like it within her entire life.
Lauta opened her eyes and looked over to Teddy, who was holding Nior. For the weirdest reason, she remembered the pain she had gone through when she was having the kids and she squeezed her eyes shut.
"Okay, so I have one word for these kids; Ouch." Lauta smiled and leaned her head on Teddy's shoulder, she was trying to not fall asleep because she wanted to stay up with him and the kids. "You think we can convince them to save themselves for marriage if we tell them about how they were born? Or do you think they'd have to watch a birthing video?"
Lauta was trying to be comical, but her brain was shutting down and she pretty much had no material-- At all. Oh well, it was just Teddy, not like she was embarrassing herself in front of a crowd of people or anything.
Labor was hell for Teddy, but no matter how bad he was feeling he knew it had to be worse for Lauta. She was the one being split in half, he was just having every bone in his hand crushed. But the end result was more then worth it.
Theodore was born at 12:15 a.m. on December 28th and his little sister Nior was born two hours later at 2:30 a.m. Teddy was in awe at how tiny he was and when the doctor handed him Nior he was iffy about holding her. She was so small and he didn't want to break her. But there was another part of him that wanted to hold his daughter. The second that that little girl was placed in his arms he knew that he was a goner. He was wrapped around her finger and he knew that he would move Heaven and Earth itself to do whatever it took to make this little girl happy.
Teddy was pulled away from the little girl when Lauta spoke to look down at the little boy. A soft smile formed on his lips as he looked at the sleeping figured. "He must get his good looks from his father." Teddy said with a smirk.
A few minutes later doctors came to take the babies down to the nursery so the mommy could get some sleep. Once Lauta was asleep Teddy went down to the nursery window to watch his children as they slept. His parents stood beside him and congratulated him. Teddy had never seen them look more proud.
They finally brought the children back the next day after Lauta had woke up. Teddy had sent the night in the arm chair in her room, not wanting to leave her alone in the hospital. Teddy picked T.J. up out of the little bassinet and handed him to Lauta then went back and picked Nior up and went to sit next to Lauta on the bed.
Lauta had no idea that the whole pregnancy thing was only going to get worse. The false contractions were almost too much for her to handle-- Her little body had never felt such pain. She was happy that Teddy had taken the winter term off school to be with her, the fact that she had more Teddy to herself made her feel like she was the most important person within the universe. She just loved it.
Christmas hadn't been the best, Lauta felt sick, like throwing up sick and spent the entire day in bed. The thought that, one year ago on that day, Teddy had confessed his full feelings to her made her feel better-- It was a good memory to hold onto and she seemed to cherish it.
Two days after, did come the water breaking.
Lauta was already in a pissy mood when she woke up wet and had to get dressed, and then Teddy left her at home. Sometimes she wondered how she could love an air head like himself. He tried to tell herself it was because he was incredibly attractive but that wasn't even true. She loved him because he was him, and she told herself that the entire trip to the hospital and through the changing of her clothes into the odd gown.
Labor, the worst thing Lauta had experienced.
It had lasted about six hours, and it had been the most painful thing she had experienced within her entire life. For T.J. to be born, it took about four hours, and Nior only took two. Lauta assumed that her son had gotten a giant head like his father or something and that was why he had taken so long.
She lay in the hospital bed, breathing heavily. Everything had gone correctly, they weren't going to whisk her away to fix up some kind of ripped sack or anything. Her babies were breathing and they were healthy. For once, it seemed as if something had gone the way it was suppose to. Nothing bad had fully come."I want to hold one."
Lauta demanded. She had seen in movies where the woman had gotten to hold her child right away, but she had been waiting for about three minuets now and her second child had been born.
The doctor didn't hesitate in giving Lauta the male child, and he asked if Teddy wanted to hold the female. Lauta smiled down to her first born child, her smile was weak and she was still worn out. "Ha, look at the handsome young man here..."
Teddy pouted. He had wanted Lauta to have fun at her party, not be all down in the dumps and insulting his costume. He thought it was a brilliant idea! Oh well it was her day and she deserved to feel however she wanted. He would suck it up and deal with it.
About an hour later Shura and Richard brought out the cake. The icing was a cute pink and blue swirling color and in fancy script it had 'Congratulations Teddy and Lauta' written on it. Teddy thought that overall it was a pretty good looking cake and it tasted just as good as it looked.
Teddy was happy to get out of his costume once the guest left and just relax on the couch with Lauta. He hadn't realized how draining the day had been on him which meant it had to of been more draining on her since she was pregnant.
Finals came and went and Teddy did excellent on his exams but decided to take the winter semester off since the children would be coming any week now. The time he didn't spend learning the ways of running the country he sent at home with Lauta. It was nice to have more time to spend with her that didn't involve homework or sleeping.
He particularly had fun on the day they painted the nurseries. Teddy had wanted to do it himself instead of having someone come in and do it. he was quiet proud of the green and purple walls that covered the children's adjoining rooms. But he was pretty sure that he was never going to get all of the paint out of his hair. He would be picking flecks out of his scalp for months.
By the time Christmas rolled around Teddy was more then ready for Lauta to have their children. Not only were her hormones driving him bonkers he didn't like to see the pain that the false contractions were causing. The two of them skipped his parents Christmas party because Lauta didn't want to get out of bed and Teddy didn't want to leave her.
Which was smart on their move because two days later Teddy awoke to wet a spot in the bed. At first he had thought that he had pee'd himself but the Lauta said her water had broke. He felt panic run through him. He had her bag ready and was gathering up last minute things. He threw the bags in the car and started down the drive way when he realized he forgot Lauta.
Slamming on the breaks Teddy made a u-turn in the yard and went back to the house to find a very pissed off wife. He was sure that if she hadn't been in pain she would punched him. On the way to the hospital Teddy called his parents and Lauta's sister to tell them what was going on.
Lauta was instantly taken into a room and gowned up and Teddy was thrown into one too. He sat next to Lauta, holding her hand and waiting for the arrival of his first born children.
That was quite a question-- Was she enjoying herself yet? Well, no. There was only two months left for the pregnancy, so she was quite large and on countless occasions her cousin had called her a "Melon". She most certainly was not a melon! She was larger than a melon was, she thought. Lauta hated it, she had such a hard time getting around and she had to wear clothes that were way to big for her.
Even worse than that, she missed Teddy everyday.
Sure, he was home at night but what good was that? He was always stuck at those meetings and at school, then when he got home he was doing homework. The only time she really did feel like she had with him was when they were going to sleep-- Which was really just them talking to the babies. Lauta knew things would only get harder when the babies were born and she'd have to spend most of her time caring for their children.
She had no idea marriage could be so hard.
So when Teddy asked Lauta this question, she almost wanted to snap at him and blame her pregnancy hormones. But she didn't, she merely closed her eyes, took in a breath, and looked over to him. "I hate Halloween-- Hence the not dressed up thing." It was true, even as a kid growing up as a foster child Lauta had always hated the blasted holiday-- It had frightened her as a child and now it just seemed stupid altogether. She really didn't want to rain on Teddy's parade though-- He looked adorable.
Lauta let herself lean over and rest her temple on Teddy's furry shoulder. He was a huge dork, the bear costume was just too much and she wanted to laugh her butt off. Lauta wished he would've come as a cop or a fireman, anything but a giant bear. Lauta did have to admit-- The bear thing was creative.
Lauta let out a light sigh and look up at his face, "You look ridiculous-- Just saying."
Teddy gave Lauta's hand a squeeze as they walked down the hallway together. Addison was sitting outside the room with head in his hands. "How is she?" He asked as they approached their friend. Addison didn't say anything, just shook his head. Teddy let go of Lauta's hand. "Why don't you go see if Victoria is okay Love. I'll be in there in a minute."
He waited for Lauta to go in the room before he sat down next to Addison. "So what happened?" Teddy asked. Addison told him the story, the WHOLE story. How after they got back from Christmas Izzy had started texting him and how the two of them had been rowing closer. She even came to their Prom but Teddy had been so wrapped in Lauta's depression that he hadn't even noticed. He told him how Izzy had came to his hotel room to break it off and how Victoria had over heard them. He had tried to explain things to her but she just backed away and then tripped down the stairs. He was just glad that her and the baby were okay.
Teddy listened intently to the whole thing until Addison finished then stood up and went to the door. "I thought you had changed from the boy Lauta had known her first year of high school. But it's very apparent that you haven't grown up one bit." Teddy shook his head and went into the room. He walked to stand next to Lauta and smiled down at Victoria but on the inside he was hurting. He felt betrayed by his best friend and his trust for him had been broken.
After that day he wouldn't talk to Addison or answer his calls. They saw Victoria a time or two after that and went to her baby shower. They received the announcement for the birth of Henry Micheal Rynolds in the mail and Teddy had arranged for a gift to be sent to her. When the fall came Teddy went back to school. He had gotten into Oxford so he was able to commute to and from school everyday and Oxford had an excellent Veterinary school so it all worked out.
He would get up early, go with his dad and grandpa to open Parliament then go to school an be back in time to help then close it. Then his favorite time of the day would come and he would get to go home to Lauta. They would spend their evenings in each others company. She would be watching T.V. or read a book on the couch while Teddy sat on the floor at the coffee table and work on his homework.
Then at night they would be laying bed and he would talk to her stomach, telling the children stories. He knew they couldn't understand the words but he had read somewhere that they could hear his voice and that they would recognize it when they came out.
There were two baby showers. One of his mothers doing where anyone who was anyone was invited and it was a very formal affair. Then there was one that Teddy threw for them on Halloween. It was in no where a formal affair and only a handful of family and friends were invited. Shaura, Richard, Jill, Dean, Brock, and Brenda. The usual people plus a few of Teddy's friends from home. No one mentioned how awkward it was without Addison there which Teddy was thankful for. He still hadn't gotten over the betrayal.
Teddy went to the baby shower dressed as a bear with the name Papa sewn on the chest. He was supposed to be Papa Bear. He thought it was a smart idea. He took the head piece off since it was getting stuffy in it and decided to watch as everyone played the party games so he sat down next to his wife on the couch and smiled over at her. "Having fun yet?"
Lauta let out a tiny sigh, glad when Victoria suggested for them to go to their homes. And she didn't argue either-- She wanted to get home as soon as possible and put herself to work. The girl had to get herself into some kind of routine or she would have nothing to do on those days where Victoria didn't randomly knock on her door and ask for her to run off and go shopping. Lauta needed something normal.
As soon as Lauta got home, she started cooking. She was making chicken, fried chicken. Like how she had for herself when she and Teddy had been in Italy. She had started veggies and mashed potatoes as well, and she had been back on the chicken when Lauta felt Teddy's arms wrap themselves around her. But he said he had to get dressed, which was fine by the girl who wanted to not burn anything.
Lauta finished up quickly while he was gone and set up the table. She felt like such a good wife, almost like the ones you saw on T.V., it gave her this good little feeling in the pit of her stomach that made her feel like she was truly complete.
Course, the phone had to go off, and they had to be given the news on Victoria.
Would this never end? It seemed like one shitty thing came up after another and frankly, Lauta was just sick of it. She tried telling herself that it wasn't anyone's fault, bad things just happened to good people all of the time. "I'll put the food away, then I'll be out to the car..." Lauta told him as she began clearing out the table and cleaning everything up to go in the fridge. Disappointment could be read within her face as she worked. And it was still there when she got out to the car.
Lauta was quiet the entire drive to the hospital, staring out the window glumly like a little child. She didn't want to think that what she had told Victoria earlier had anything to do with this but she just couldn't help but wonder.
Had something she said made her go off to look for Addison and fall down the steps?
Guilt swept over Lauta as they arrived to the hospital and made their way to the room Victoria was suppose to be at. She kept trying to convince herself, and she took a strong hold of Teddy's hand-- She didn't want to let go. She felt as if she'd fall apart and cry if she let go...
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