1.) Carol, most definitely. I feel like a morning cup of coffee (or three, or four…) was in order having to deal with that “lovely” husband of hers, let alone raising a child on top of that. Not that she didn’t enjoy being a caring mother, I’m sure she absolutely thrived on that. I just feel that with all of the external factors involved, she could use some extra energy to handle everything!
2.) This was a tough one, but I’m going to have to go with Carol yet again. In my experience, men tend to be very warm, almost like human teddy-bear companions. Combine that with Daryl’s superior musculature and redneck charm, I feel like he’d be the type to roll around in his heated sleep and manage to get wrapped around in the sheets despite his higher body temperature. Carol would awake randomly in a shivering spell, but smile slyly at the sight of her lover contained within their bedding, snoring in the most obnoxious, adorable way.
3.) Yet again, Carol, without a doubt. Since arriving in Alexandria, it has been clear that Carol has been anything but trusting (as she should be considering the group’s past history). However, any time Carol is away from home for the night, Daryl takes over this duty in honor of her, knowing that he couldn’t sleep peacefully unless he honored her habits completely.
4.) This is split equally between Carol and Daryl. I feel like Carol would initiate this tradition, dropping anecdotes in Daryl’s pockets before he left on runs so he would know that he had love to come back to when on runs. After Carol breaks the note-ice, I feel like Daryl would take the opportunity to leave little notes around the house before he left on any journeys, perhaps in his clothes that he knew she’d wash or in her cooking supplies that he knew she’d use to bake her famous cookies (which he so looked forward to enjoying when he returned to Alexandria, in more ways than one ;) )
5.) Contrary to popular opinion, I would have to say Daryl. Yes, Carol has more parenting experience and has been more present in Alexandria up through canon present. However, considering Carol’s experiences with losing children and the scene (I can’t remember exactly which episode, but I believe it was the episode in which they spend their first night in Alexandria) in which Daryl maintains a close eye over Judith in her crib, I feel like Daryl is the one spending the most time with Lil’ Asskicker. This has nothing to do with who loves that child more. I feel that both have an intense connection with her. However, I feel that developing any kind of bond with her beyond necessary would destroy Carol, and Daryl having known Carol since the beginning (and a decent gist of the Lizzie/Mika storyline) would result in Daryl stepping in and taking care of that child in all of the ways Carol could not emotionally. He would not be doing this just for the baby, but for, in NR’s words, “his girl”.
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