Tony had always been able to snap back from spending months without exercising like he usually did, and once he got out of hospital he’d spend as much time as he could in the gym, Steve would spar with him and then James would once he got better…
“How can you stand to look at me?” Tony asked Steve quietly after the nurse had left.
Steve looked at him, one eyebrow raised.
“I’ve done it for nearly thirty years,” he said. “I think after that long I don’t think I can stop looking at you.”
“But I’m…I’m hardly attractive.”
“That’s complete and utter bullshit,” Steve said. “You’re one of the most attractive men in the world and you just had a baby. And I think you know me well enough to know that I’m not one of those Sires who expects their partner to miraculously become thin again after months spent being unable to exercise properly.”
“I…I still..I’m still…” Tony sniffled, and Steve sighed and climbed into the hospital bed, yanking Tony onto his lap.
Tony yelped, and Steve grinned.
Every time Tony gave birth, he had a small period where he just…
Well, the first time it happened after James, Steve had to fuck him for him to get that yes, Steve was still attracted to him.
After the twins, Steve had figured out how to do it without sex.
“I love you,” Steve said. “I love you because you helped me escape that darkness I was in when we met, I love you because for a long time you were the only person who could make me smile, I love you because you gave me a family, something I never thought I’d have in this world…I love you because you gave me a home.”
Tony sniffled, tucking his face into Steve’s neck and Steve dropped a feather light kiss to Tony’s shoulder.
“What you look like isn’t why I love you,” he murmured. “I think you’re beautiful, Tony. I love you, and I’ll never stop loving you, okay?”
Tony nodded and curled a little closer into Steve’s chest. “I love…I love you too,” he said.
Steve nodded and smiled against his husband’s scalp.