O/ ROSE! I spent a while trying to figure out what I'd already reviewed and what I haven't yet reviewed, but I know I haven't reviewed this one! (Though I still need to go back and re-review the ones I already did review.) AND this one involves a toddler -- so I'm game!
Oh dear lord in heaven -- potty train the toddler? Best of luck to them. I totally get where Freddie's coming from. When I was 17, I couldn't even begin to imagine having a kiddo running amok. I was way too focused on potential future careers and my husband (boyfriend at the time) and getting up to all sorts of trouble that I shouldn't have gotten into. *cough* I definitely wasn't mature enough for a kiddo, that's for sure.
OH MY GOSH! NO, FRED, NO! Of course she's his child, even if she's not biologically -- she's still his and Brandons. Oh my goodness. Again, I get it -- 17 year olds are kinda dumb when it comes to this sort of thing. But, ugh... Albus has the patience of a saint.
I forgot how adorable the Albus-Brandon-Cora arc was! I haven't read this arc in about five thousand years. Now Cora is THREE! And also, yes, sleepy fun times are always great. And best of luck to both Albus and Brandon in their potty training efforts -- may the force be with them.
I find it absolutely ADORABLE that Cora started calling Albus Daddy on her own accord <33. My little was super excited to be wearing 'big girl underwear' (but that died down relatively quickly once she realized that going to the potty every time was a chore). And she also has an aversion to pants ;).
That's a really cute idea though, teaching the little with the visual aid of the stuffed animal. The reward system is a good idea, too! I love watching them trying to figure this out as they go. Despite all their prep work -- it's when they actually have to do it that they really figure it out. Go team Branbus!
YOU BROGHT BACK BABBITY RABBITY. LIKE IN THE STORY OF KIDDO REMUS WITH THE WEREWOLF. OMG SAD FLAHSBACKS. *curls in ball*
Back to the fluff! Because Brandon and Albus are still completely adorable with their subtle flirting (and bum squeezing) as they parent and potty train. I love how much Albus admires Brandon's patience and seemingly natural parenting skills.
OH MY GOSH ALBUS..."On potty watch?" Poor Brandon. I love how semi-awkwardly Brandon addresses his emotions. It's a very sweet and cute trait he has about him. OHH BUT ALBUS...WITH THE FOREVER AND THE JAMES CAN GET A NEW ROOMATE! AHH!
AND THE MARRIED!
I DIDN'T CRY!
It was...FLUFF. Rose--what have you done?! It was beautiful (I mean, I got Remus flashbacks with Babbity Rabbity but I can't tell if that was intentional or not. What am I talking about, of course it was.)
I loved it!
Hi Rose! Here to leave reviews for the Domesticity Challenge :)
Okay, but this was possibly one of the sweetest fics I’ve read? This is the first fic I’ve read with Brandon and Albus, but now I’m officially obsessed with them. Their chemistry is really so wonderful, and them parenting together is so sweet, I think I might have a smile permanently glued to my face now. That, along with Cora’s generally adorable antics, and I just know that I will be in a good mood for at the least the next few days, just thinking about this story!
What I really appreciated about the story was the dynamic between Brandon and Albus. I find both to be such compelling characters; they’re both very multidimensional. Albus is clearly very selfless to accept Cora essentially a his own daughter, but I like that he had apprehensions about that and initially seems a bit averse to commitment. Brandon is a loving, intelligent, and patient parent—but part of me kind of wanted to grab him and shake some sense into him, to get him to convince Albus that they are indeed forever. Also, he’s also so delightfully awkward.
That final scene warmed my heart so much. I admire Albus, for taking that leap and for being brave. I know that serious relationships can be really scary, and I’m glad that you reflected this in their dynamic. It added a nice touch of realism, which I appreciate.
Hey there, Rose! I’m here for the Hot Seat March 2018.
It is so incredibly sad (for me) that I didn’t realise how prolific you’ve been since I’ve last visited your page. Admittedly, I was regularly visiting circa 2013, which, upon reflection, was SO LONG AGO.
Anyway, all ruminations aside about the quicksilver passage of time, onto the actual review!
I love this opening scene. I must admit, I agree with Fred, here. The trials of parenthood are befuddling and terrifying to me in equal parts. I’m about to start my paediatrics rotation as a student doctor, and I’m so completely unprepared to offer advice to parents about their children. Like, I have NO IDEA what medicine can do to help you. Good luck, folks. Your kids are going to be fine. Probably. I hope things go well for Albus and Brandon – and their toddler, of course, but she doesn’t seem too keen to become toilet trained, so this may actually be a horrible weekend for her :P
Honestly, I’m very much enjoying this little slice-of-life story. Reading about Albus and Brandon trying to get their kid to achieve a developmental milestone just warms the cockles of my heart. All my well wishes to them, and their rather ordinary parenting weekend plans.
“Gnomes ate toes” – Gosh, that line just illustrates how weird and wonderful toddlers can be. I loved it!
I really enjoyed reading Albus’ insecurity about being a parent. It’s no mean feat by any means. Some people are so natural, but others really have to work consciously. I am so glad to see a depiction of the hard work that parenting can be, whether you’re a natural or not. Such a realistic portrayal!
Rose, this little one-shot has reminded me just how wonderful a writer you are. I’m so glad to have rediscovered this fact!
PS: Its’s great that Albus and Brandon are getting married and all, but what I really want to know is WAS OPERATION POTTY TRAINING WEEKED A SUCCESS?!