Kathryn arrived slightly early for her first babysitting duty she had undertaken in a while.
She quietly tippy-toed through the quarters to find Naomi waiting patiently on the couch.
“Hi, Naomi.” Kathryn beamed down at the young girl. Naomi’s face lit up. “Can I, Can I, Can I!” Naomi lifted her arms towards Kathryn.
“Sh sh sh. Of course.”
Kathryn sat down next to Naomi. “Put your arms out like this and make sure you hold her head.”
Carefully, Kathryn placed the little bundle of joy in Naomi’s arms. She watched the little girl’s eyes light up.
“She’s so little. She’s so quiet, not kicking like she was when she was in your tummy.”
Kathryn ran her finger over her daughter’s cheek. “I know, but she’s not quite when she’s hungry.”
“Are you going to marry Uncle Chakotay now!”
Kathryn giggled at the girl’s comment.
“Sorry, you said no more questions.”
“That’s okay Naomi. Maybe. We might give this little one a sibling down the track too.”
Naomi beamed down as the littlest girl started to wriggle.
“Your such a good Mom, Aunt Kathryn.”
Kathryn thought back to when she and Naomi had first talked about Kathryn having children and loving Chakotay. And just like that, the doors opened and Chakotay walked in.
“Look, Uncle Chakotay!”
Chakotay smiled down the girls. “You're doing such a good job, Naomi.”
Chakotay leaned in and kissed Kathryn. “Hi.”
“Hi. You missed me.”
“Always. Well, I missed you both.”
The baby stared up into Naomi’s eyes and then began to fuss.
“Oh, sweetheart. Come here. Mommy’s got you.”
Kathryn took her daughter from Naomi’s arms and soothed her.
“Someone’s tired aren't they.”
Naomi watched in awe as Kathryn cuddled her daughter.
“It’s okay if you guys go. I told Seven I would meet her in the mess hall for a game of Kadis-Kot.”
“Thanks, Naomi. You’ll have to come by our quarters for a visit.”
“Sure will! See ya!”
Chakotay and Kathryn watched Naomi run off as their daughter let out a tiny cry. “Come on Mommy, we better get this one home.”
Kathryn and Chakotay walked hand in hand back to their quarters. For the first time since their daughter was born three weeks ago, she fell asleep at the first touch of her bed.
Chakotay wrapped his arms around Kathryn from behind. “Have I told you recently how much I love you?”
She leaned back into his embrace.
Kathryn turned, wrapping her hands behind his neck as he put his on her lower back.
Kathryn kissed him roughly.
“Hm, that was nice. What was that for?”
“Just showing you what you do to me. Plus, it may have been a thank you for everything you've given me.”