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Title: Maria’s First Christmas
Prompt: Baby’s first holiday
Fandom: original
Characters: Amber, Greta, Maria, Bernd, mention of Fritz & Wolfgang (the Old Man)
Word count: 641
Rating: PG
Summary: Greta and family celebrates Maria's first Christmas...
Genre: slice of life
Author’s notes: Thanks go out to my beta, Kat, for pinking this for me. Please note Amber & Greta belong to her and Maria & Fritz are shared.



“You remember how crazy Bernd was at Thanksgiving?”Amber said. She and Greta were sitting and chatting in the Maria’s nursery, while Greta nursed her. “And how nutty he was when Fritz during Fritz’s first Christmas and well, first pick-your-holiday?”

Ja…?” Greta said as she burped her infant daughter. “Should I be afraid?” She arched an eyebrow as she got up to put the sleepy baby in her crib.

Amber nodded. “Be very afraid!” she teased. “But seriously, he does mean well and he takes being a daddy to heart. And he’s thrilled to pieces over her.”

Greta snorted. “I think he’d sleep in the crib with her if he could.”

“I know!” Amber chuckled as they left the room.

Greta closed the door behind them. “He’s been good about not hovering over me.”

“He’s gone back to therapy and the meds help. Just be aware that he could get a bit nutty with the picture taking.” She walked downstairs with Greta.

“The Old Man warned me too. That’s why I make sure I nap in the baby’s room as he’s been warned to stay out unless Maria’s screaming and it doesn’t stop after a few minutes.” She followed Amber into the den. “But I don’t really mind all the pictures.” Greta grinned. “Tell him I expect a lot of pictures. I want to send some home, you know…” Her expression fell, and she quickly smiled to cover it up.

Amber hugged her wife. “I know, and I’m sorry.”

“It’s okay. They chose to be stupid about things.” Greta shrugged, and changing the subject, she said, “Anything good on TV?”

“Nah, but I’ve got ‘Jack Frost.’ Maybe we should go downstairs and watch it?” Amber said.

“That’s the one with the killer snowman?”

Amber nodded.

“Let’s go!”

Christmas Eve arrived few days later. As was the tradition in Pawlitzki household, they opened their presents then. However, since Fritz was still too little at six to stay up until midnight, everyone put on their new Christmas pajamas after dinner. They sat in the den, where the Christmas tree was and opened their presents. Bernd took plenty of pictures of everyone, especially the kids.

“Think she had a good Christmas, Greta?” Bernd said.

Greta nodded. She looked down at her sleeping baby and said, “I think she had the best Christmas. I know I did.” She looked back up at him and smiled.

“Me too!” He grinned. “And just wait! We’ve got baby’s first Valentines’ Day! And Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day!”

“There’s a lot of baby’s firsts.”

“Yeah, and with moms like you and Amber, every one of them will be awesome! You’ll see.” He grinned.

Greta laughed. “That’s what the old man tells me. Anyway, I should put in her in the crib so she can sleep.”

“If you want, I can do it.”

“Okay.”

Bernd carefully took his sleeping daughter from her and left the room.

Greta watched him go. “I think I need a picture of this,” she said to Amber.

“I think so too.”

The two of them got up and hurried after him, Amber grabbing the camera. They paused just outside Maria’s nursery. Bernd was inside, holding her close as he sang softly to her, before tucking her into bed. He gently patted her back, while still singing. Amber took several pictures. Before they could slip away unnoticed, Bernd turned to go.

“What? You two don’t trust me? I only dropped Fritz once and he was a lot bigger than her too.” He pouted.

Greta was about to tease him, when she changed her mind and said, “Nien, I just wanted a picture of you two together.”

“Oh…”

Ja, so let’s let her sleep and go enjoy Fritz’s first Christmas as a big brother.”

“Sounds good to me,” Amber said.

“Yeah…” Bernd agreed as they headed back downstairs.

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