"C'mon Lucy, just stand up for Mommy, just once." Hannah says picking her 1 year old daughter up. She stands her on her feet and slides her fingers in Lucy's tiny grasp.
"Ok Luc, lets do this." Hannah says.
Lucy stands and moves one leg forward. Hannah smiles, looking down at her daughters dark blonde head. But, just like every time before, Lucy took her second step, then fell back down on her bum. Hannah sighed, sitting in front of her daughter and putting her head in her hands. Lucy reached over, picking up a strand of her Mommy's dark brown hair and pulling on it bit. Hannah looked up, looking into her daughters bright blue eyes. She smiled, smoothing down Lucy's crazy hair.
"Ok babe, lets take a break and we'll try after lunch." She says standing up and fixing her leggings and sweatshirt. Lucy smiles at her, crawling away and picking up a Barbie and playing with it.
Hannah hoped so much that she would walk. Mason, Lucy's twin, has been walking for a month. Hannah tried so hard to try and get Lucy to walk along with Mason, but with Niall on tour across the world and her juggling twins by herself back in Ireland, it was hard. Lucy was the younger and smaller one of the two. She always did things a while after Mason. Eating solids, speaking, things like that. She was always after her brother.
Hannah walked in the kitchen and over to the island. She sighed, looking around for some kind of food to just magically appear out of no where. With no luck, she leaned her elbows against the granite counter top and put her head in her hands.
"Hey babe, you ok?" Niall asks walking down the steps and into the kitchen.
Hannah lifted her head out of her hands and looked up at her husband. His crazy blonde and brown locks stuck out everywhere. now she knows where Lucy gets it. He had gotten back no more than a week ago and has spent this whole time eating, sleeping, and spending time with the kids. He was able to come back for their birthday last month, making it the first time he had seen them for three months. He hasn't changed out of his baggy grey sweat pants and loose tank top for two days. He's showered, just too lazy to change clothes.
"Fine, just frustrated. Can't get passed two steps." She replies, her tone sounding just as she felt.
"Still no luck?" He asks walking over to her kissing her on the cheek. She shook her head, walking away from him and over to the fridge to take out the food.
"Hey, come back here." He demands still standing where he was. "You haven't seen me for the longest time and you still won't let me hug you!"
"Not the most touchy person Ni, you know that." She says turning around. He looks at her, making the sad puppy eyes at her and trying to make her feel bad. She laughed walking over and standing in front of him.
"That's not gonna work on me!" She says smirking and Niall sighs. "But because you gave me such beautiful children, I guess I can let you hug me."
Niall rolls his eyes but immediately wraps his strong arms around Hannah's fit body. She buried her face into his chest and smelled in his scent. It's true, Hannah isn't the touchiest person in the world, but when it was Niall, 90% of the time she was. Niall put his nose to her hair, inhaling the apple scented shampoo she used. He missed her smell. Hannah started to feel that awkward sense she gets when being hugged too long and looked up at Niall's face.
"Ok, that's enough." Hannah says pulling away. Niall nodded, bending down and giving her a light peck on the lips. Hannah could tell he was a bit disappointed by the quick departure, so she looked at him and smiled.
"Hey, baby steps Nialler." She says to him and he smiles.
"Baby steps." He replies, watching as she walked back over to the fridge.
"Ok, well Mason is taking his nap so I'll go play with Lucy, maybe she will allow her dad to teach her how to walk." He says walking over to his daughter and picking her up, plopping on the couch with her laughing in his lap.
"Ok, you do that. See how frustrating it is!" She exclaims smiling. She puts spaghetti into two little bowls and then in the microwave to heat up.
"Ok Lucy, ya ready to walk?" Niall asks her, sitting her on the ground. He kneels behind her and helps her on her feet, slipping his fingers into her tiny grasps.
"Let's make Mommy happy and do more than two steps." He whispers in her ear, giving her a little kiss on the cheek before he pulls away. She smiles and laughs a bit, taking her first step forward.
"Good job Luc!" Niall exclaims, congratulating her on her first step. Lucy smiles.
"Ok, lets take another." He says to her. She lets out her other leg and starts to wobble, she lets out a small whimper.
"No Luc, stay calm babe. You can do it." Niall reassures her, helping her keep balance as she lets out her other leg, taking her third step. Niall smiles and lets out a laugh.
"Hannah, babe, she took her third step!" He exclaims as she takes her fourth.
Hannah puts down the two bowls of spaghetti she had just taken out of the microwave. She rushes down and gets there, right as Lucy falls on her bum. Hannah sighed; she was a little upset at the fact she didn't see her walk. She still smiled though as Lucy sat and clapped and laughed wildly, very proud of her four steps. Niall was ecstatic. He clapped and laughed with Lucy, looking almost as ridiculous as he did when the twins said their first word, which was Daddy. Niall looks up at Hannah, seeing the slight disappointment in her eyes. She's happy, but she really wants to see he walk.
"Hey," he says and she looks up, her light blue eyes staring in his. "Baby steps remember?"
She blushes, smiling at his joke. She hears Mason crying and gets up from the couch to get him, but Niall puts a hand up.
"I'll get him. Maybe you can get Lucy to walk for you?" He suggests and she nods.
"Yeah I can try." She replies kneeling down behind Lucy and having her hold her hands.
"Baby steps!" Niall calls as he rushed up the steps.
"Ok Lucy, let's see if you can do it twice in a row." She says helping her daughter stand up. Lucy squeals, taking the first two steps easily. She puts her right leg out stepping on it. Hannah beams.
"Good job Lucy! Oh my god, Niall!!!" She exclaims. "C'mon Luc do it again!"
Lucy takes her fourth step, wobbling a bit but not stopping. Niall rushes down with a brown haired blue eyed little boy in his arms. He placed him on the floor and took his phone out of his pocket opening the camera app and starting a video.
"C'mon Lucy! Do five for us!" Hannah says encouraging her. She smiles, taking a fifth step.
"See if she can do it on her own." Niall says to Hannah. She nods, pulling one finger from Lucy's palm. She stays steady and as Hannah pulls away the second, watching as Lucy smiles, a little wobbly but keeping steady.
"Yay Lucy!!!" Both Hannah and Niall cheer. Lucy claps her hands a bit, rocking back and forth. Hannah rushes to catch her if she fell, but she didn't. Instead, she steadied herself and took one step on her own, no help or encouragement.
"Oh my god." Hannah says, her mouth open. Lucy laughs before falling back on her bum.
"And that ladies and gentlemen was Lucy Nicole Horan walking!" Niall says before stopping the video and clapping. Hannah bends down and scoops her up in her arms, giving her a big hug and some kisses on her cheeks. Lucy laughs and Mason sits on the ground, clapping his hands.
"Yay Lucy!" He says quietly. Both Hannah and Niall look at each other, then at Mason.
"Yay Mason!" Niall exclaims picking him up and falling back on the ground. He tugs at Hannah's leggings and she pretends to fall to the ground.
"Oh help me Lucy! Help me Mason! Daddy is dragging me to the ground oh!" She exclaims, eventually leaning up against Niall. He wraps an arm around her shoulder and presses his lips to her temple.
"Yay Mason!" Lucy says clapping. Niall lets out a little scream and Hannah gasps.
"Lucy! You spoke more than a word! Right after Mason! You aren't so far behind!" She says hugging her tight. "Yay Lucy!"
"Yay everyone!" Niall yells throwing his arms in the air. They both wait for one of them to reply, but they just shrug when they realize it won't happen.
"Baby steps." Hannah whispers in Niall's ear. He lets out his booming laugh and wraps his arms around everyone, making them all fall to a heap on the ground, Hannah on Niall and both the kids on top of them. They all laugh, spreading the happiness around the family of four.