The Baby Debate- Josh Pieters Imagine
Word Count: 1,465
Request: @fridaroland a Josh dad imagine
Author’s Note: Since the request was a little broad, I came up with the idea of Josh as a first time dad and him being a little sensitive that his baby girl doesn’t resemble him that much. Sorry for the wait lovely, but I hope you enjoy! This is also my first story after my little writing break, so please be kind xx
On August 3rd you and your husband, Josh, brought a beautiful, baby girl into the world. Lila Rose Pieters.
“Are my two favorite girls ready to go home?” Josh asked excitedly, as he entered the room and set the baby carrier down on the hospital bed.
“I don’t know.” you looked down at Lila fast asleep in your arms. “Once we leave we’re on our own,” letting out a nervous laugh.
Josh just smiled at you, while he gathered the diaper bag and suitcase.
You set the baby in her carrier nice and slow, in hopes she would stay asleep. Which you managed to do successfully. Thank God.
Once you got back to house, reality hit you. It was just the three of you. No doctors or nurses to help or tell you what to do. You were terrified and excited all at the same time.
When you walked through the front door, you were greeted by all the boys. They decided to surprise you and Josh. You couldn’t believe your eyes, the house was clean and there were little presents sitting on the sofa. Joe, Oli, and Jack all had their vlog cameras out.
“Welcome home guys!” Caspar cheered, throwing his hands the air in excitement.
Josh protectively glanced down at Lila, making sure she hadn’t woken up from Caspar shouting. Even though she was fine, he glared back at him to let him know he was loud.
“You guys oh my gosh! You’re going to make me cry.” You went over and gave each of them a hug.
“Can we see the baby now?” Caspar asked with a smile.
“Of course!” You gathered all the boys in the living room and asked them to take a seat. Josh took Lila out of her carrier and handed her over to you. “Okay who wants to go first?”
Caspar raised his hand high.
“I know you’re excited Caspar.” You giggled, gently placing the baby in his arms.
“Caspar please be careful! Remember to mind her head!” Josh cried with concern. “Mikey that goes for you too!”
Mikey backed away slightly, “Alright mate calm down!”
Caspar adjusted his arms, “Josh I got this! Me and my godchild are bonding.”
You lightly started to rub Josh’s back reassuring him everything was fine.
Lila started to wake up and coo at the sight of Caspar.
“Look how tiny she is! She’s like a little football.” Conor exclaimed with Lila’s hand wrapped around his finger.
“Don’t get any ideas.” Jack laughed nudging his brother’s arm.
It was an adorable sight, seeing all six boys huddled around, in awe of your newest addition. You could see them instantly melt at the sight of her.
Oli turned his head slightly, “(Y/N) she looks exactly like you.” Everyone nodded in agreement.
“Sorry Josh mate.” Joe sighed, giving him a pat on the back.
You saw your husband sink his head down a bit and sulk. You knew it bothered him when people said that. Back at the hospital, Josh admitted it made him feel a little sad the baby didn’t resemble him very much. The doctor told him there was plenty of time and her features will change as she grows. Even with the doctor’s kind words, you could tell Josh still wasn’t hopeful. So the boys adding on was no help. You felt awful, wishing there was something you could do to cheer him up.
Later that night
I sat in bed with my little girl asleep in my arms. So many thoughts racing through my head. Ultimately I feel blessed and so grateful for Lila, but a little part of me is thinking about what everyone’s been saying. She does look exactly like (Y/N). Not that that’s a bad thing, I love my wife. She’s gorgeous and so is my daughter. I know it sounds selfish, I just wish I could see something of myself in her.
“I think this is hottest I’ve ever seen you.”
I quickly snapped out of my thoughts and looked up to see (Y/N) smiling at me. “Really?” I smirked. “What about our wedding day?”
“Hmm you’re right. That’s a tough call, but I think it’s a different level of attractiveness.”
I tilted my head towards her, “How so?”
“I don’t know! There’s just something about a man holding a baby.” she giggled as she climbed into bed.
“So you’re saying I’ve reached DILF status?” I said cheekily.
“Oh yeah totally babe.”
We both laughed in unison as she leaned in and gave me a kiss.
Lila started to squirm and fuss in my arms. Her face scrunched up and she began to cry. “Babe I think something’s wrong. I need help!” shooting her a nervous glance.
“Oh darling it’s alright!”,rubbing my arm in reassurance. “She’s probably just hungry. Here, hand her to me. I’ll feed her.”
I gently handed the crying infant to her. She took her and grabbed the nursing pillow from the bedside table. Once she situated herself and the baby, she reached for my hand and held it.
“It was nice of the boys to come round to clean and welcome us home wasn’t it?” she beamed.
“Yeah it was.” I could feel the smile fall from my face. It didn’t take (Y/N) long to notice either.
She grasped my hand a little tighter. “Josh? What’s wrong?”
I got quiet, I couldn’t think of what to say. I didn’t want her to think I was making a big deal out of it or was never going to let it go. But at the same time, I knew that no matter what or how I was feeling she’d support me. Just like she always has.
“I’m still upset over everyone making a big deal about how Lila doesn’t look like me.” The words finally escaped my mouth. “I know it’s silly, but I’m her dad. When we first started talking about having a family, remember how excited we were? Picturing what we would have, how many, and what they’d look like?”
“Don’t get me wrong she’s gorgeous and I love her with all my heart. I guess I just had this picture or expectation in my head. You know?”
I looked back at (Y/N) as she unlatched Lila from her body. Once she fixed her top, she set down the pillow and placed our daughter on it in between us. She took my hand back in hers.
“First of all, when it comes to you or how you feel I don’t ever want you to think that’s silly. Okay?”
I nodded intently.
“Good. And second, listen up. Are you listening?” she urged with a kind, but stern voice.
I shook my head, letting her know I was.
“She may not stand out to resemble you right now. But you know what she does have? She has your brown eyes. She’s very expressive just like you are. She also makes me laugh and smile just like you do. So appearance really doesn’t matter to me, because I see little bits and pieces of you every time I’m with her.”
I felt a smile start to grow and my eyes well up as I gazed down at my daughter. Then I noticed her move slightly, open her eyes, and glance up at me.
I felt (Y/N) lean her head against mine. “See she knows who her daddy is.”
“You’re right love.” I uttered with pride. “I’m pretty lucky. Now I have two gorgeous girls in my life.”
“And like the doctor said, she still has plenty of growing to do. So who knows, maybe she’ll develop red hair.”
3 months later
You couldn’t believe how much Lila had grown. Three months isn’t even that long, but she was getting so big. She loved to smile and babble. Especially at Josh, she definitely is a daddy’s girl.
It was a beautiful day, so you and Josh decided to take Lila for a stroll in the park. As you were walking along, you saw a pond with some ducks swimming around.
“Aw Lila look at the all ducks! Should we sit and watch them?” you cheered.
“There’s a bench over there.” Josh pointed across the water.
You made your way to it and parked the push chair beside you. Lila bounced in her seat, clapping her hands, babbling at the ducks. This was almost picture perfect, you were content with life and your little family.
“Pardon me, but I just wanted to tell you your baby is darling.” I quickly turned my head to see a sweet old lady, standing next to me.
“Oh my goodness thank you so much!” you beamed, sharing a smile with Josh.
“She also has the most beautiful red hair!”