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Review:toomanycurls says:
This managed to make me feel horrified at having a child and yet quite hopeful about what it would be like. My husband and I have been trying for a while so the baby theme was quite close to my heart. (the horrifying parts where were my mind wandered to what Ginny was going through)

The waiting room part hit me on several levels. They definitely sounded and acted like four people who have been waiting *forever* in a waiting room for someone/somthing. Their idle chat at the start of the chapter managed to capture their voices and personalities. Your line about Hermione's answering questions being a carthartic action was beautifully written - not because of what it said but because of how you said it.

Arthur's advice on how their lives will change now that their peers are having kids was incredible advice (I mean, in RL as well as for Hermione and Ron). I laughed at Hermione for comparing watching Teddy for an afternoon with being able to deal with the influx of children in their lives.

:-o those people trying to get a look at Ginny and Harry are quite unbelievable. You really show the human impact of rabid fans trying to get their moment with their hero/celebrity of choice.

Your connection between the first part and second part go together quite will with the healer acting as the transitional character. Both parts have quite different tone and pace but the healer there was a great link between both parts.

Harry and Ginny have all the first baby jitters I'd expect. It was both humorous and poignant that they were worried he was suffocating and that the blanket was too tight. There's are 1000+ things about having a baby that aren't explicitly listed in a baby manual (this keeps me up at night).

O.o I'm not sure I want to know what happened to Ginny before and in the shower.

I don't think the conversation Harry has with James is what I'd expect from Harry in DH - but given this is a few years later, post-marriage, and starting a family - this seems quite in line with a more mature and slightly scared Harry. The dialogue itself is almost heartbreaking. When Harry was saying that everything he lived through was worth it to be there with James and Ginny choked me up. Harry and Ginny are quite sentimental but I feel it's well justified by the moment in their life.

Ah, poor Ginny, she must be going through some post-birth issues. O.o (all of this kind of freaks me out)

Really awesome story. You've captured such a sweet moment in the family's history.

-Rose

Author's Response: Hi, Rose!

First off, I wish you and your husband all the best. I've been in that situation before and I know it can be very stressful and emotional. I hope that the magic happens for you and it's everything you ever dreamed it could be!

I'm glad the waiting room scene worked well for you. I did my best to let the characters' personalities just play out in a situation that's obviously less than perfect. Poor Hermione is so far out of her depth that she's just clinging to whatever seems safe and familiar. And I think Ron is so thrown by seeing Hermione so out of sorts that he's instantly blown out of his comfort zone. Arthur and Molly take it pretty easy on them, actually.

I'm not sure what would have happened to "the Boy Who Lived and the Famous Ginny Potter of the Holyhead Harpies" in St. Mungo's, but again I sort of let my imagination run with that one. They're definitely not the usual hospital guests.

Ah, the first baby jitters. I remember them well. I'm pleased that they sounded right to you. I tapped heavily on personal experience for those.

Ginny is having... issues. I guess it's best to leave it at that. A nice, long shower was exactly what she needed at that moment.

Harry gets a little sappy here, but I think he's allowed. In this moment, he's living out a moment that he didn't think was possible during the books. I've always felt like family would be very important to both Harry -- who didn't really have one until he turned 11 -- and Ginny -- who came from a huge, very close-knit family. I don't know, once I started writing that section, it all just sort of came gushing out.

Yeah, you pretty much summed up Ginny's issues. Don't worry, though. She's young and tough. She pulled through just fine. ;)

I'm really glad that you enjoyed it, and best of luck to you and your husband! Thanks for reading and reviewing!


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