So happy. He was excited, relieved, overjoyed and anxious. Parenthood would change their lives, it was the one thing he had been assured of by everyone wanting to give him advice. His parents words held the most sway with him, and they were strong in the thought that while having a child did require giving up some things, what they had gained in their son far exceeded them. And now here he was, Turns later, just presented with the same news. He hugged Mau close and listened to her talking, her breathing when thinking, the little pieces of her hair tickling his skin.
"I have no doubts," Holt agreed of her healer visits. She was happy about this news. That was the best of all. They had spoken before about children, and he had been the more unsure one. His own parents had been the steadying voices for that. He simply hadn't imagined it all before. And once he had the picture in his mind, being able to hold his family just like in this moment, over many moments more, he knew that was what he wanted. "How would you like it if I brought my parents here some afternoon so we can tell them together? I'm sure mom will need to hug you after she gets the news. And knowing her, she might start planning," which he knew there were probably things on that list for them, but he couldn't organize that list in this moment. He was too warm and too happy and just a little anxious. "And besides the healers though, how are you feeling about, well, being a mom, I suppose?"
“Of course!” Mau smiled. She would love to tell Holt’s parents about this. She would have to give a letter to her own parents, fortunately firelizards could travel quickly. She paused as Holt asked her about being a mother. Her face betrayed… pleasant confusion?
“A lot of things? I mean, I am happy, a bit scared, and worried. I mean I am not sure what is going to happen yet. But excited too. I’m just not sure what kind of mother I will be? Still.” She smiled, and hugged Holt a little tighter. “I think you’ll be a good balance for whatever kind of mother I turn out to be.”
"Well thanks," he smiled and kissed her hair. "I think you sound like an expecting parent would sound. Which is normal, and just fine, and hey, we're pretty fine people. I think, you, me, all of this. A lot of work sure. But on the whole? It'll work out fine." He held her in the hug and moved to rub her back slowly. "We're going to be parents. Wow. How about that?"