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They'd stayed at St. Mungoes for a couple days and then gotten Sofie loaded up and brought her home. Melinda would carry her inside with Eric trailing behind carrying everything else they'd had at the hospital. "We're home!" Melinda would almost sing the words.
Eric SelwynRavenclaw Alumnus -Jack of all trades... Master of none – 18:19, December 2, 2019 (UTC)
He came up behind his wife, and set down several large bags. "This is it, kiddo," he said looking down at his daughter. "These are your digs. What do you think?"
She'd glance around then nod at a pillow nearby. "Slept pretty well...it was a good nap. Your turn now?"
Eric SelwynRavenclaw Alumnus -Jack of all trades... Master of none – 13:25, December 3, 2019 (UTC)
He followed her gaze and then grabbed the pillow for her, situating it half in her lap, but also supporting her arm and elbow. "I'm okay," he said. "I've probably slept more than you the last couple of days."
She'd nod...that might be true. "Well once she's done I expect her to want to go back to sleep given how much of the day infants sleep." She'd pause. "We could let her try the little bassinet out though since she'll be sleeping there for the near future."
Eric SelwynRavenclaw Alumnus -Jack of all trades... Master of none – 15:25, December 3, 2019 (UTC)
She'd shake her head. "No thanks. I'm still getting used to this and need to focus." She'd pause. "...but I think she'll be done in a minute. Maybe once she's down we can do something together though."
Eric SelwynRavenclaw Alumnus -Jack of all trades... Master of none – 15:36, December 3, 2019 (UTC)
He nodded. "Sure," he said, leaving it at that so she could focus.
She'd frown slightly trying to get a feel. "I feel ok but I'm sure it might be a bit of a rollercoaster for a bit." She'd smile at him. "I guess I have always been a bit more emotionally charged so I'll have to make sure to keep it in check."
Eric SelwynRavenclaw Alumnus -Jack of all trades... Master of none – 18:23, December 3, 2019 (UTC)
"And if you need anything... space or a break from Sofie to go take a shower or long bath, just let me know."
She'd nod. "I will. Right now I'm still riding the endorphins and adrenaline of the past few days. ...but don't worry I'm very familiar with post-partum and I'll let you know if I think it'll be an issue."
Eric SelwynRavenclaw Alumnus -Jack of all trades... Master of none – 18:29, December 3, 2019 (UTC)
He looked at her curiously. "You're familiar with post-partum?"
She'd nod. "I've been working with animals, both magical and not, for years. A lot of creatures go through difficulty after having babies both physically and emotionally. Family unit bonding is critical and having a community to help is also really important."
Eric SelwynRavenclaw Alumnus -Jack of all trades... Master of none – 18:35, December 3, 2019 (UTC)
He nodded. "Well, we've definitely got a community," he said.
She'd nod. "...and I want to make sure we do what we need to for Sofie but that we get some time to bond too and we make sure you and her get well bonded also."
Eric SelwynRavenclaw Alumnus -Jack of all trades... Master of none – 18:42, December 3, 2019 (UTC)
"Melinda, I'm staying home with her when you go back to work. I'm sure I'll have plenty of time to get good and bonded with her." He paused. "Can I ask why that's so important to you to do right away? You've mentioned it twice now." He wondered if it was some kind of lingering issue with her father... but wasn't going to say that.
"Just that...it's important to do now and not in a month or more when I go back to work. Now is when she's releasing the bonding pheromones the most and when she needs to feel, hear, and touch you to really make it a strong bond. She can't really see us yet, but getting close to her with the rest of her senses that are strong is important."
Eric SelwynRavenclaw Alumnus -Jack of all trades... Master of none – 23:19, December 3, 2019 (UTC)
He nodded. "I know that," he said. "I'm wondering if there's an anxiety that I can soothe, some uncertainty or fear I can put to rest about my desire to be a Dad, and to bond with my daughter."
OOC: None of the other new parents we've RPed have been this uptight about initial bonding. :P so idk if this is their communication trap they always fall into, or if Melinda's still afraid that Eric is going to up and leave them. Or if she's projecting her own insecurities about her lack of a relationship with her own Dad.
She'd shake her head. "No...none at all." She'd consider elaborating but didn't want to confuse where she stood.
OOC: No...I think Melinda's more uptight about this in particular because bonding with babies in the animal world is a lot more important. Of course a lot of animals also don't have one specific mate but if a father does or doesn't bond with a baby can have a big difference. I think Melinda's just basing a lot of her view so far on her experiences with animals since she's had a lot more experience with them and while some things may be a bit different there are also a lot of similarities, and I would think even more with magical beasts.
Eric SelwynRavenclaw Alumnus -Jack of all trades... Master of none – 13:27, December 4, 2019 (UTC)