The next two weeks went pretty much the same way. Maternity clothes, shopping, and this thing Mum insisted on, called a ‘Baby Moon’. It was our ‘last vacation of freedom, without babies around’. We didn’t argue and went on our trip to Hawaii. I even got to go shopping for new swimsuits. (Lucky me. Probably the last time I’d ever look good in a bikini.)
May 21st approached quicker than I thought and before I knew it, I was surrounded with friends and family (more than I knew I had) who were showering me with gifts. As a matter of fact, just to give you a hint on how many people were here, I’ll give you the guest list. Well, obviously, (Not including Tyler and I) Mum, Daddy, Draco, Uncles Harry and Ron, Aunt Ginny, Lavender, Mrs. & Mr. Weasley, Spencer and Muffy (Spencer’s date) were there. But not so obviously were Tyler’s social worker, Fred and George and their wives, Charlie, Fleur, Bill and his wife, my grandparents on my mother’s side, Professors Dumbledore, McGonagall, Flitwick and Hagrid, Madam Pomphrey, Pansy Parkison and a few people I didn’t even know.
I sat their graciously accepting gifts of everything you could possibly think of.
I’ll give you a summary of the things I ended up getting, so to save you some time (With some nice little commentation from me):
Ginny: a set of pillowcases, one that said “Mr. Right” and another that said “Mrs. (always) Right”. Everyone laughed at these.
Mrs. & Mr. Weasley: a sign saying “Recipie For A Happy Marriage…”.
Lavender & Ron: Couples Spa Day coupons and an “At Home Spa Set”
Harry: A fluffy black robe set, with “Alixzandra Truett” written across the back of one and “Tyler Truett” across the other, both in green cursive. (“Ginny said you’d like it.” He mumbled blushing and scratching his head)
Tyler’s social worker: A tea set.
McGonagall: A Wedding Day kit, complete with everything and everything to fix whatever may go wrong. Don't believe me? There was a comb and brush, dental floss, nail file, extra pantyhose (even though I didn’t think Id be wearing those), Hairspray, tissues, extra makeup (“It'll change colors magically to blend with those you’re wearing” McGonagall explained.), Mints, a Mirror, Perfume, Baby Powder (“To get out stains” Mum told me), Bobbypins, hairties, clear nail polish, cotton balls & swabs, extra earring backs, flat shoes, hairdryer, iron, lint brush, extra undergarments, a sewing kit, spot remover, static cling spray, white chalk (to hide scuffs on shoes), aspirin, bandaids, Deoderent, eye drops, insect repellent, lotion, moist towelletes, smelling salts (In case Tyler passed out, I was told), Sunscreen, tampons & pads (I blushed), Toothbrush & toothpaste, Muggle duct tape, bottled water and umbrella.
My Grandparents: An entire bedroom set, including the sheets, comforter, curtains, etc in a pretty light blue and brown color scheme. I could tell they were trying to make sure it wasn’t too feminine for Tyler’s sake.
Dumbledore: An expensive kitchen set. Goblets, silverware, plates, bowls, etc. I wondered where we’d put it all.
Fred & George of course gave us a set of practical joke spells and potions.
Draco: A sex set. I'm not kidding. Like, those dice, and handcuff things, and all that stuff we’d probably never even use. I blushed and closed the box quickly while he laughed his arse off.
Spencer: A photo collage of our relationship. When I asked him how he got some of the pictures, in amazement, his eyes just sparkled that much more.
And last but not least, my parents. They got us a house. Like, a Muggle house. Complete with two stories, a pool, etc. Far enough away from them so they wouldn’t be dropping in all the time, and we’d be considered independent, but close enough we could be with them whenever we wanted.
Suddenly everyone’s gifts made a little more sense.
We played a few games and the shower was soon over. Mum and Daddy apparated us (with our new things) to our new home. I was in awe. It was simple. Just furnished, not moved in to or anything. A huge kitchen and dinning room, 2 living rooms (one with a Muggle TV, etc and one with just a fireplace), 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a pool & hot tub, a huge beautiful back yard, and a lot more. We placed our things down and I made a mental list of things we still needed.
“You cant move in until after graduation you guys.” Daddy said in response to our faces.
“But daddy that’s two years away for me!”
“No protests Alix. Take it or leave it.”
I sighed. “Take it.”
After that, I started gaining weight like crazy. Well, I thought so anyway. Tyler didn’t think 5 pounds was that big of a deal, but 5 pounds would definitely show in the wedding dress. The wedding that was exactly 3 weeks away. I cried for hours, refused to eat at dinner, even. Later that night though, I tossed and turned in bed. It was near 2AM when I woke Tyler up.
“Baby.” I whispered. “Tyler.”
“Whhhhatttt?” He mumbled back.
“Baby. I’m hungry.”
“Should’ve eaten at dinner.” He said back.
That hurt. I didn’t reply for a few moments and he turned to look at me. I tried hiding my face.
“Baby, are you crying?”
He sighed and got up, slipping on his shoes and cloak. “What would you like?”
“Ice cream. Vanilla and strawberry. But no chocolate. And no strawberry chunks.”
He kissed my forehead and walked through the door.
I sighed and heard another mirror mine. I looked to my left. Severus was also dressed and about to head out the door. “She making you go to the store?”
He nodded. “What does Alix want?”
“Ice cream. Vanilla and strawberry. But no chocolate. And no strawberry chunks.” I recited in a high pitched voice.
He chuckled. “Go back to bed. I’ll get hers too while I'm out.”
I was shocked. Severus and I were having a decent conversation. I shook my head. “Alix’ll kill me if I go in there without her ice cream.”
He chuckled again and opened the door. We went to three different places to find both of our girls’ needs. The cashier looked sympathetic.
It was 3:30 when we finally got back home. I walked through our bedroom door, my mouth open and ready to announce that I’d gotten her ice cream when I realized Alix was no longer awake. No, in fact, she was fast asleep, smiling and beautiful.
I sighed again, (Plenty of that going around) and walked into the living room, plopping down on the sofa next to Severus. In his hand remained his bag as well. “She asleep?”