Zuko for the headcanon meme
What I think realistically:
Zuko is absolutely terrified by the prospect of parenthood. He is terrified that he will do to his children what Ozai did to him, that he won’t know what to do, that he will fail them, and they will suffer for it. Mai sends Iroh a letter detailing all of Zuko’s fears and how she doesn’t know how to help, espcially since she’s kind of panicking herself, and also very pregnant, please come. And Iroh’s like “Did you think I would miss my first grandchild’s birth?” and comes right down to the Fire Nation.
What is hilarious:
Zuko is a huge theater nerd who stole most of his best dramatic lines from Fire Nation plays. Iroh happily provides the gaang an anotated list of said plays. Ah well, it gets the children into art, he supposes.
What is soul-crushing:
The ruler of an inherited monarchy like Zuko always has one first priority, making an heir to ensure a peaceful succession. Izumi seems kind of young for this. After they married, Zuko and Mai probably didn’t wait to have children, because of these pressures, so I think either they struggled to have a child, or they did have a child who died young.
What doesn’t work but I don’t care:
Mai and Zuko are the goth Fire Nation Weasleys. They have eight kids. In the official royal portaits of the family, Zuko and Mai look increasingly stunned and then increasingly resigned over the size of their brood with each birth.