It's been a exactly six months today, the twins are officially half a year old. A lot has happened in the past six months, I've been in charge of the construction of Long Island Elysium. Percy's been the best stay at home dad any wife could have asked for. Most would think that he would hate being cooped in cabin three while I worked all day, but he honestly loves it. I see them in the morning, at lunch, and then when I get home around dinner time. It wasn't enough, but it was also temporary.
Every morning he gets up and changes their diapers and then I feed them. Then after some breakfast and a little coffee I go off to work and leave him to it. Most of the time he just brings them around camp with him, or as he calls it "Showing off his masterpieces." He brings them down to the lake with their little floaties. They already have a natural love for the water, not to sound selfish but I hope they have a little Athena in them as well.
Tonight I came home and found Percy sitting in the rocking chair with Noah and Gracie each in an elbow. There was a book open in his lap but all three of them were asleep. Poseidon said the chair and the cribs would have a magical ability to sooth and lull to sleep. It a blessing to have twins who slept through the night. Of course Percy always forgot so it wasn't unusual to find asleep in the chair. I asked him about it once and he said it smelled like the sea, when I sit it in it I smell the pages of an old book. The chair must make us smell and feel things that comfort us most.
Naturally Percy was drooling, but what was so adorable was the fact that little Noah was drooling too, just like his dad. I picked up Gracie first, sucking her thumb, she squirmed a little, but not enough to wake her up. I cradled her in my arms, it still shocks me to think of myself as a mother. Times like this made me a little sad that I wasn't spending more time with them. But in a few days our new cabin would be finished, and then I've decided to hand the reins over to some of the other workers, combined of Athena and Hephaestus cabins. I've earned the right to spend some time with my family, besides it was almost done; I had drawn up the blueprints for the whole mini town. And as long as they followed it correctly they should finish within the next few months.
I placed her down in her crib, and went to pick up Noah. He was not letting go as easily, he clung to his daddy. I sighed, and Percy woke up. "What a grip this kids got. I'm telling you, we might have another Hercules on our hands." He smiled that sassy yet charming smile as he stood up and untangled Noah's chubby fingers from his shirt. He kissed my forehead and passed him over to me. I rubbed the drool first from Noah then from Percy.
"So what book were you reading them?" He rubbed the sleep from his eyes, "Uhm, my mom sent me a book of Greek Myths, I was reading them the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur." I put Noah down into his crib right next to Gracie's. "Isn't it difficult though. That book's in English, doesn't your dyslexia get in the way?" He just shrugged, "Yeah, sometimes but I pretty much know it, and they cant exactly read or understand me. So if I decide to improvise they don't really seem to notice."
He pulled his shirt over his head, in that way only guys can that looks so cute. Next he pulled off his shoes, followed by his jeans. He plopped down on the bed face first into the pillows. He rolled over onto his back, putting his hands behind his back. He had gained a few pounds of muscle in the past year. He still wasn't huge, but he was lean and perfect. "So Mrs. Jackson, It's been a while since you know..." He wagged his eyebrows at me. I jumped on the bed tackling him, "Oh you mean since I kicked your ass?" He rolled over on top of me, "Shh, there are young ears in the room." He smiled and kissed my nose, "Besides I'm pretty sure I could take you."
I flipped us over so I was sitting on him."Oh yeah?" He bolted upright, his face inches from mine, "Yeah." He slipped his hands under my shirt on the bare skin, his fingers sliding over the small of my back. I felt a chill go up my spine. He was right it had been a while. It been way too long. I leaned in and kissed him, and let me tell you I wasn't gentle.
He went to remove my shirt but instead he ripped it off... and the moment was ruined. We both exploded with laughter. "I can't believe I literally just ripped you shirt off! That's something you only see in the movies!" I leaned my head on his shoulder, "I still can't believe you were that eager to get into my pants."
I took my pants off and slipped into a nightgown. When I returned to bed his arms found me and wrapped me up tight. He whispered in my ear, "Goodnight Wise Girl." I squeezed myself into him, "Goodnight seaweed brain."
Then the loudest noise I had probably ever heard went off.
And thus began the twins crying.
And the last good night sleep I would have for a while.