[ooc] Whether or not she's already had the baby, I'll leave it up to you~ I'm sure you'll have a thread about that, but these could always run concurrently, so it's totally whatever you prefer.
It had been a rush. Since the moment they landed and she knew she'd see her family again, not only were emotions running high but there was a certain sort of adrenaline about it all. Needless to say, she was amped.
But for all of that energy, for the high spirits, the rush of knowing something amazing was going to happen to add to her family forever, there was also a quiet sort of reverence about the whole thing. She knew as well as the next mother how special that moment was, when first meeting the already beloved child carried for nine months prior. Nothing could compare.
She hoped she wasn't intruding on that magic when she knocked on Suki's door. It was late but not too late, just past nightfall when the others were winding down and she wouldn't be missed--and there wouldn't be a steady stream of traffic in and out of her sister-in-law's room. Sure, they'd talked and hugged since she'd made it to Kyoshi for the occasion, but not like this. And this seemed so very long overdue.
"Suki? Do you mind if I come in?" she asked quietly, leaning in toward the doorframe so as not to disturb any potentially sleeping occupants.
((quick note so I remember too, birth happens the day after katara arrives, so babies are here for this. There will be a thread about the babies arriving soon but this takes place after that))
A rush barely covered all that was going on. It felt like half of the Southern Water Tribe had arrived just the other day and now even more people had arrived! And just in time too. The same day Suki's sister in-law arrived, she just had to go into labor. Technically she was earlier than when they were expecting but it was almost like the little one was waiting for Katara to get there.
Or should she say little ones. It did explain it all, why she had been large. She did just think it was nerves or that the child was related to Sokka and was making her eat a lot. No, of course not. Had to be twins.
It had all been a rush and Suki was now resting in the main living area of her and Sokka's house. He was out doing something manly or with his family celebrating. She just wanted to rest and to watch the new additions to the family. There was a knock, it was Katara! "Not at all, come in! I'd get up but my hands are full." She was also tired but the door was unlocked so Katara was able to come in by herself. At the moment, Suki was sitting in a couch next to a crib which Kaito was sleeping in and she was holding Kya. "Come and sit." She motioned to the empty space next to her. There was a lot to talk about.
Twins. No one had been the wiser about that one. It was definitely a conversation-starter, especially when she had to mention, "My brother's out there bragging that this was all his good work or something, just so you know." Complete with a laugh, all she could do was shake her head as she took that offered seat.
"I just wanted to know how you're feeling. And honestly, what was going through your head? Did you think you were going to faint when we had to tell you there was another?" Katara could hardly imagine it herself, and her own delivery story wasn't that old yet. Strange to think that now Suki could give her a lesson or two--although heaven forbid she find herself in the same position.
Sitting down really didn't last long in that regard. Instead, she was up with a quick, "Here, let me get the pillows for you." After all, if there was one thing Katara did remember it was that her arm ached after holding a baby all day long and here her sister had two! The least she could do was arrange all of that plush to give Suki some proper elbow support along with her back. "There, that should be better. It'll take some getting used to. Funny, isn't it? You'd think that over those nine months they'd at least grow us an extra pair of arms or something."
That could cue another laugh, soft for the sake of Kaito's slumber, and pre-empted by her wish to peek over in the crib before taking her seat again. "I just wanted to poke in when everyone else wasn't here. I'm sure the babies are kept awake by all the company, if nothing else."
Suki chuckled at Katara's statement. It was true that Sokka was defiantly out bragging to who ever would listen to him about the twins. "Well I'd like to think I helped with the twins, let him think it was all because of him." She chuckled as well. All of the work was done by her though, he didn't have to carry these two for months.
"Honestly? Tired right now." But Kya wasn't asleep yet so she wouldn't be able to sleep either. "I wasn't thinking a lot really, mostly angry at Sokka. Actually, he can take the credit since I was yelling at him so much." She shook her head once but was grinning. "I was kind of surprised when they said there was another. I think the second one was easier though." Two at once was a lot. It was nice though, wouldn't have to go through that again for the second kid since she got two for one.
True, Katara would already know some of the tricks with holding babies! "Thanks, you'll have to give me some more pointers later." Or as many as should could tell, Suki would listen. She shifted a little to get her arm comfortable on the pillows. "Thanks, that is better! And yes, more arms would be nice, especially with the two." Two. Still kind of odd.
She had chuckled as well softly at the arms comment. "You are always welcome here you know!" Suki shifted Kya in her arms. "Lots of company doesn't help much. Though Kya here just doesn't want to sleep right now at all."
"Well, if there's anything I know about babies, it's that they have their own schedules. And you've got two! Good thing you can make Sokka take shifts or neither of you will ever sleep." Seriously, that was just one part of this whole 'surprise' that Katara was not envious of in the slightest. Then again, she'd gotten kind of spoiled; having a nanny on hand and with her baby only getting older - and sleeping longer - she'd forgotten those first weeks of being called at every hour of the night.
That was some 'advice' poor Suki could take to the bank. But of course there would be more. She'd set aside at least a couple of weeks to spend with the family, so she'd even be an extra pair of hands to let the new parents catch some much-needed shut eye. Why, even now, she couldn't help but offer, "I can hold her, if you need a break?" Not that she thought Suki would.
Still, she was happy to offer, complete with a smile. It might not solve the problem of sleep, but it would let the new mom rest those arms. "I just... wasn't expecting two. And I did have a gift set aside for you, but I'm pretty sure it didn't get saved when they evacuated the palace." Whoops. Poor planning on her part.
"So I'll just have to be the worst aunt in the history of the world and get them both something later," she said with a laugh. "Just don't tell Gran-Gran." Or she'd never get away from the death glares. "But I also don't want you to tell her, yet, but... I want to give Kya my mom's necklace. I'll have to give it to you when I see you next, but you'll keep it safe until she's old enough to take care of it, won't you?"
"Thanks. Even if there was one, he'd still be helping as much as possible. Have to find some way to bribe him to get up though." Suki chuckled, her husband hated getting up early and the thought of waking up at any time at night probably wasn't an exciting one for him at all. Although she knew it wouldn't help, she hoped the two would at least be on a similar schedule or neither of them would get any sleep.
Suki grinned a bit at Katara's offer. Normally she felt like she wouldn't let anyone hold one of her newborn twins but she felt just fine accepting the offer. "Be my guest, my arm is starting to get tired and I should check on her brother really quick too." That way she didn't have to bother Kya that much with getting up. "Here." She started to hand over the still awake child. Kyoshi, she hoped that one would fall asleep soon.
"I can safely say I wasn't either. I had some suspicions but didn't really think it would be the two. Did get to use both names." She smiled at that thought, she did enjoy both the names they had picked out. "It's fine, really. I'm sure whatever you get them later is fine." Suki would have told her to get nothing but she already knew Katara would anyway. She let out a small gasp at the statement about the necklace. Never did she think that her sister in-law would part with it. "Are you sure? I know that it means a lot to you." It really did mean a lot to Suki, and she was sure to Sokka, that she was going to give her daughter that. "I'll take very good care of it of course. I'm sure she'll love it when she's older."
Carefully, she took Kya in her arms. It was probably a good thing she had some experience, because even when it had been her turn those months ago, she'd felt so paranoid about breaking something so fragile. Now, there was a certain sliver of surety tucked into that tenderness; she easily wrapped that blanket just a bit tighter and cradled the newborn baby girl in the crook of her arm.
"They're both so beautiful," she breathed through a smile down into those baby blue eyes. "I wonder if she'll keep the blue. What do you think? I think Water Tribe coloring with your greener eyes would actually be lovely." Really, it would just be interesting to see how alike the twins were. Maybe one would end up a complete replica of their father while the other was a complete replica of their mother--or maybe they would be almost identical. She really couldn't wait to see.
In the meantime, she patted the little bundle as she held her close, sparing Suki another smile. "I'm sure. It needs to be given to someone who will appreciate it." Someone who would understand the significance, and would have their own betrothal necklace stories to relate to it. "They don't have the same customs in the Fire Nation, as you know..." And Lei was a princess there; Katara didn't have much hope that a decades-old necklace would have the same impact on her own daughter, as sad as that truth might be.
"But then I've got a problem," she added, this time with a twist of amusement behind her expression. "Because I don't know what in the world I could get Kaito that would be at all worth the same thing. Sokka's already going to be giving him a boomerang while he's still in his cradle, I'm sure." That could earn a laugh, at least. But seriously, short of weaponry, what would strike the same chord in a young man's heart? For what it was worth, "I'm not going to just get him a barrel of seal jerky, either."
Suki smiled as she watched the exchange, Katara really knew the right way to hold a baby. She did have experience after all. Most likely for a while she'd be paranoid about most anyone else holding either of them. That included Sokka, she knew he'd be careful but it was still him. His first holding of either of them later would be well supervised by herself.
"I know, I'm still in amazement of it all, especially that I get to watch two of them grow up at the same time." Two, no wonder why she had felt so large and even out ate Sokka. "Either would look nice, it's hard to tell from this young though right?" Blue or green it would be, green was all that was in her families eyes. "They both look so much like Sokka though don't they, but the hair seems a bit lighter." Again, she knew things changed but the little hair they had was indeed not very Water Tribe looking to her.
She smiled again, that was all this day was full of. It really was the nicest gift she could ever think of. Kyoshi customs weren't necklaces either but it felt much more special and she cherished her own. "She'll love it, I know she will." It would be nice to see it passed onto yet another generation. "I am sure Lei would have treasured it." It was Zuko and the rest of the Fire Nation she had doubts on respecting it.
Suki chuckled and rolled her eyes at the comment of the boomerang. "Believe me, I have already laid down the 'no boomerangs in the cradle' law." She didn't doubt that she would still catch him trying to do so. "You have plenty of time until they get old enough to realized what anything you give them is. Nor would jerky survive Sokka for Kaito to ever enjoy."