Title: Out of the Blue, Part 82b
Author: Sapphire (sapphiresfic)
Disclaimer: I am just borrowing them for the fun of writing, BUT I do own the plot, ideas and original characters.
A/N: I edited this chapter, so all mistakes are mine.
A/N2: This story is mostly AU after Mash-up (1x08), but with some of the topics discussed in the later episodes and music used, I may sneak in a conversation, cover the same topic, or use the same song, but I will put my own twist on it and may use some of the music.
Link to Part 82a
(For full header see Part 82a.)
Arriving home late Sunday night, everyone was glad to be home earlier than planned, especially the parents. They'd left Detroit a little after seven and by the time they got back to the school, unloaded their bags, packed up their cars and went home, it was after ten when Puck and Rachel walked into their house. Rachel's dads were still awake, but they had already put Abby down for the night and as much as the young couple wanted to see her, they also knew if she woke up, it'd take forever to get her back to sleep, so they reluctantly agreed to wait until morning.
Chatting with her dads for a short time, they all went to bed, Puck and Rachel tired from the days events and glad they didn't have to go to school the next day. Originally, they were supposed to get back to McKinley the next afternoon, so all their permission slips had excused them though that day, so Will told them he'd explain things to Figgins so they could have the day off. The teens were happy for the break, especially for the couples, because that day happened to be Valentine's Day, so they had a chance to spend some time with their significant other.
David and Alan let Rachel and Puck sleep in the next morning, taking care of Abby when she got up and when the teen couple finally emerged from their room, showered and dressed, they were excited to see Abby.
Finding Abby in her play pen with a stuffed animal, Rachel moved towards her, "Abby."
Hearing a familiar voice and her name, Abby turned her head to the sound and found Rachel, so she grinned, reaching up for her, "mama."
As expected, since Abby first said those words, she had been calling everyone 'mama' and 'dada', but in the last few weeks they'd been working a little more on trying to point out who they were and she was finally understanding what they meant. Rachel happily picked her up and kissed her cheek as she hugged her, "that's right, I'm mama," she murmured, "we missed you so much."
Abby looked at her and rested a hand on her cheek, "mama," she said again.
Rachel grinned brightly and nodded at her, "very good," she turned to look at Puck who was a few feet away, "who's that?" She asked, pointing to him.
"Dada," Abby answered, reaching her arms out to him.
Puck moved towards them and shared Rachel's grin, "I am," he nodded, kissing her cheek and taking her into his arms.
"She's been pointing to pictures of you two and saying 'mama' or 'dada' since you guys left," David admitted, motioning to various framed pictures they had sitting on shelves or hanging on the walls, "we didn't say anything when we talked to you this weekend, because we knew you guys would be upset and didn't think you'd be able to focus on the competition if you knew."
"That was a good idea," Puck agreed, looking at Abby, "and I think it's safe to say she's figured out what those words mean," he added, slipping his free arm around Rachel.
"One of the best Valentine's gifts ever," she said honestly, wiping her eyes, and then hugging Puck and kissing Abby again.
"It definitely is," Puck nodded.
Letting the news travel to their family and friends, Puck and Rachel were very happy to spend Valentine's Day celebrating a new milestone for Abby and their family. Everyone was happy to hear about what Abby had started doing and Rachel's dads stayed a little longer to celebrate with them, but soon they packed their bags and headed home, knowing the teens would want some alone time for the holiday.
Puck ordered some flowers to be delivered that afternoon for Rachel and he made dinner that night and the couple enjoyed the quiet day with their daughter.
Now that Abby knew who 'mama' and 'dada' were, Abby's parents were wondering how much longer until she started walking. Since the new year, she'd been crawling all over and would sometimes push herself up to stand against or hold onto the couch and in early February, she had began taking a few steps holding on to the couch, the table or even her parents, but as soon as she'd let go to try, she'd fall right down; her legs not quite ready to walk yet.
They had the house pretty well baby proofed, at least the downstairs, but now that Abby seemed more interested in standing and trying to walk, the week after Regionals, they focused their free time on making sure things were up high enough that she couldn't reach them or they were secured so she couldn't open doors or cabinets.
Puck and Rachel also tried to get Abby to hold onto their hands to walk, but she wouldn't have it. They didn't know if she was being stubborn and 'didn't want help' or if her body just wasn't ready for that yet, so they tried not to push her too much, knowing she'd walk when she was ready.
A week after Valentine's Day was a holiday, so school was out and Puck and Rachel were at home. Arin was over at her cousin's house and Deborah was hanging out with Puck and Rachel for the day. Puck and Rachel were sitting on opposite sides of the living room, keeping Abby away from some things while she crawled around and they were also tossing around a stuffed basketball that Puck had picked up for her during basketball season. Kona was laying on her bed in the corner, keeping an eye on Abby, but trusting that Rachel and Puck were not going to hurt her, so she gave them some space, but was ready to jump if she needed to.
Abby had started sitting next to Rachel and would try to throw the ball to Puck, but it wouldn't go too far, so she and Puck would crawl towards it at the same time. He'd tickle her and she'd giggle and then he'd let her try to throw it to him again. When she would, he'd take it back to where he'd been sitting and she'd join him. He'd let her throw it to Rachel and then they would do the same thing, so they were back and forth, tossing the ball and just enjoying the time together.
Deborah thought the moment was adorable and actually recorded a few minutes of it on Rachel's camera, but she didn't expect to capture anything more than Abby and her parents playing with one of her toys. She was proved wrong a few moments later when Abby tossed the ball a short distance. Instead of crawling towards it in the middle of the floor like she had been, she crawled to the coffee table, sat up on her knees and pulled herself up so she was standing up, holding onto the coffee table. It wasn't too unusual, because she had done it before, but this time, she turned around, let go of the table and took a few steps towards the plush toy in the middle of the floor.
Seeing her on the move, Kona jumped up from her bed and went to sit next to Puck, checking things out. Rachel was kneeling a few feet away and her mouth fell open in shock and just stared at Abby, watching her pick up the toy and walk it to her, as if it was no big deal, "oh Abby, I'm so proud of you," Rachel gasped, taking the toy from her and then scooping her up in a loving hug.
"Did she just... I'm not seeing things, am I?" Puck asked, looking at his mom and girlfriend.
"You're not," Deborah replied, still recording and glad she had thought to do that.
"She just walked on her own," Rachel said in disbelief and then took a deep breath and set Abby's feet back down on the carpet and handed her the toy, pointing to Puck, "can you take this to dada?" She asked her, trying not to burst into tears.
"Dada," Abby said, then took the toy in her hands, pushed away from Rachel and began walking to Puck, closing the space between them.
Puck sat up on his knees and held out his arms to her and she walked right to him, without stumbling. Smiling brightly, he put his hands under her arms and lifted her up over his head, "Abby, you're walking!" He commented, pulling her into his chest and hugging her, "I'm so proud of you!" He admitted, kissing her cheek.
Rachel moved towards them and put her arms around him and Abby, "me too," she agreed as tears fell from her eyes, "our little girl is growing up."
Slipping an arm around Rachel, he held his girls while he continued to kneel on the floor, "she definitely is, but she'll always be our baby girl."
"She will be," Rachel agreed, reaching to tickle Abby's tummy.
"Mama," Abby giggled.
Puck smiled and glanced at his mom, seeing her setting the camera down, "how much did you get on video?" He asked, knowing she had been recording.
"The whole thing. I was recording you guys at first, but I didn't expect to get her first steps. I guess there was a reason I had the idea to record what you guys were doing," she admitted with a smile, wiping her own eyes.
"Thank you, mom," Rachel grinned, "I can't wait to watch it," she added. "I still can't believe she just did that... I mean, just one second she was crawling and the next she was walking."
"Sometimes that's how it happens," Deborah commented, "she might have just gotten tired of crawling and took a chance. Now that's she's even more mobile than she was before, you guys are going to have your hands full," she added with a grin.
Rachel looked at Kona, "Kona, you're gonna have to help us keep an eye on her," she told the German Sheppard.
Kona looked at her and tipped her head a little, as if she was trying to understand what Rachel said and then took a few steps towards them, and laid down right next to Puck, who was still holding Abby.
"Kona knows what she's gotta do, don't ya, girl?" Puck asked the dog and then turned back to Rachel, "we've already extra-baby-proofed the house and have baby gates ready to go up, so I think we'll be okay."
Rachel took a deep breath and nodded, "I hope so," she sighed and couldn't help the blush growing on her cheeks, "I... I still can't believe she's walking."
Puck hugged her to him and kissed her forehead, "yeah, it's definitely a surprise, but it's also really cool."
At his words, Rachel smiled, "yes, I do agree. It is very cool."
A/N4: A huge shout-out to PKteach for helping me out with what ages babies do things. I don't have kids and haven't been around babies, so I definitely needed some help with them. She's got, among other degrees, a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education - Special Education, so definitely knows a lot about child development.
A/N5: Hope you all enjoyed. I know a lot happened in this chapter, but I need to move the story along. If there is anything you'd like to see covered or have questions, mention it in a review or PM me. I'll try to feature it in the next chapter, if it fits with my plan. The next chapter will also be a few months progression; hopefully March and through Nationals and I'd love to get up to or close to Abby's first birthday. We'll see how much room I have.
A/N6: Thank you everyone for sticking by me! You are awesome!
A/N7: After updating this story last time, I posted two Lark (Lea/Mark RPF) fics. They are only posted on my LJ (RPF is against FF's rules) and you're welcome to read/comment without having an LJ account. If you'd like me to message you when I update again, I can do that, just let me know. The links are below. Both fics are going to be part of a WIP series, AU after 1/1/2012 and the end of 3x11 - Michael.
'Breaking The Rules' - Lea and Mark finally get to spend a New Year's Eve together!
'Something To Talk About' - continued from 'Breaking The Rules' - After the events of New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, Mark and Lea definitely have a lot to talk about.