So I'm going to blast through like a whole pregnancy in this chapter, there's more kids and stuff to come and I don't want this story to take forever, there's more kids to go through and I had so many ideas but was struggling to work them in, so it's like a collection of pregnancy drabbles.
First Trimester & Telling Rhodey
The first few months of Pepper's pregnancy were hard. There were tantrums and crying and vomiting, and that was just from Tony. Pepper suffered her morning sickness with all the poise and decorum that people had come to expect from her, she would work through the day and shout at her husband who had gone back to his pre-wedding self of being largely unorganised, despising meetings and not wishing to do anything that would ease Pepper's professional life.
"Tony we've got a doctor's appointment." Pepper said from the door of Tony's workshop.
"A real appointment or the kind where you trick me in to a board meeting?" Tony asked not looking up from whatever it is that we tinkering with.
"We did have a doctor's appointment that time. There was just a board meeting after…" Pepper argued
"Is there a board meeting?"
"No Tony not today." Pepper was exasperated and Tony figured that right now it would be best if he did as he was told and put on a clean shirt and pants.
They were leaving the doctor's office, being assured that everything was progressing nicely for the first trimester. "We can tell Rhodey now right?" Tony asked, Pepper had forbade him telling anybody about the baby until after the first trimester, he had argued that she told her family, but apparently it was different.
James Rhodes was invited to the Stark Mansion, for the coolest thing ever according to Tony. The man built Iron Man, it was probably pretty cool. So he parked up by the door and when he got inside Pepper informed him that he was in the man cave working on his latest project. Rhodey descended the stairs to Tony's workshop and found the billionaire talking to his robots and when he moved closer he was surprised to see what Tony was building.
"Tony is that a..." He started.
"Crib? Yeah it is." Tony smiled.
"You're building a crib?" Rhodey's mind was beginning to connect the dots in his mind and his look was going from confused to happy.
Tony on the other hand, had the biggest shit eating grin ever. "Well of course I'm building a crib. Pepper wouldn't let the baby sleep in a draw in our room."
"Pepper's pregnant." It wasn't a question, it was a statement.
"Yep." Tony was smiling bigger, if that was at all possible.
"You're having a baby? You and Pepper?" Rhodey asked Tony nodded.
Rhodey's face broke out in a huge grin and he hugged Tony. "Congratulations man." The two went upstairs and Rhodey hugged Pepper.
"A baby, I just can't imagine it." Rhodey said.
"Really, because I've been feeding, clothing and bathing him for the better part of 10 years." Pepper laughed, then Rhodey laughed and Tony despite being vaguely offended also laughed.
"Tony." Pepper poked her husband in the shoulder. He mumbled something incoherent and brushed her hand away.
"Tony." She tried again, only to be met with a similar response.
"Tooooonyyyyyyy" She whined
"What?" He finally asked looking at a clock it was 3:30am.
"I'm hungry." She said, sitting up and switching on the light.
"So go and get some food." Tony said, reaching for the light.
"I can't we don't have it."
"Don't have what?" Tony asked
"McDonalds Chicken Nuggets, some chilli cheese fries and a double double from in-n-out and a strawberry milkshake." She finished the list.
"What do you want me to do about it?" He asked
Pepper looked pointedly at the door. Tony sighed; this was not something he was looking forward to about Pepper's pregnancy.
Clearly he was taking too long to process the idea of leaving his bed in the middle of the night for food.
"Tony. Baby. Food. Hurry." So he got up and left, travelled all the way to Santa Monica for her burger. When he returned she was waiting for him in the lounge and as much as Tony Stark loved his wife watching her shovel burger and milkshake down her throat at the same time, was slowly killing his love for the American cheeseburger.
"Hey Tony?" Pepper asked as she took a break from eating in order to breathe.
"Yeah Pepper." He replied
"I love you." She said and then returned to demolishing her night time snack.
"I love you too." He smiled and went back to bed.
Boy or Girl? And Names
"Hello Mr and Mrs Stark." The doctor greeted as she walked in to the office.
"Do you think we'll have any luck today?" Tony asked, Pepper was now 25 weeks pregnant and the baby it appeared had inherited its parent's stubbornness. Whilst Tony quite liked the idea of it being a total surprise (not that he would mind knowing what he was having), Pepper on the other hand refused to allow her child to spend the first few weeks of its life dressed like a gender confused chicken (surprisingly her words, not Tony's).
The doctor chuckled "We'll see, this baby doesn't seem to want to cooperate."
"I wonder who the baby inherited that from?" Pepper said sarcastically "Why would a Stark try and make my life easier?"
At this point Tony wanted to point out, that at 4am he drove all the way to Hollywood Boulevard because the taco stand there was the best 24 hour taco place in the city or that he'd woken the manager of Pepper's favourite pastry shop because of cravings, but wisely, he decided against it.
She shivered as the gel was placed on her stomach, the room was filled with the familiar whooshing noise of the baby's heartbeat. "Ok…" The OB said "Everything appears to look great, developing nicely and an excellent heartbeat." Tony and Pepper let out a collective sigh of relief. "Are we sure we want to know what we're having?"
"Yes." They said together, before grinning like they always did when something like this happened.
"Congratulations." The doctor said turning the monitor to Tony and Pepper "You're having a little girl."
Tony Stark looked at the monitor and cried. It wasn't manly and it wasn't becoming of Iron Man, but he didn't care. He was having a daughter.
They were sat on the sofa later that evening, Tony talking to Pepper's belly about how he was going to spoil her, and that she was destined to be a daddy's girl.
"We should think of names." Pepper told him softly, not wanting to interrupt this incredibly sweet moment.
"Virginia." Tony said before resuming his quiet conversation with Pepper's bump.
"No, I'm not too fond of that name. Kids are cruel, with a name like Virginia, you're asking for bullying." Pepper argued, she wasn't ashamed of her name it was just a little too easy to use against her.
"I was thinking of having it as a middle name." Tony pointed out, like it was the most obvious thing in the world.
"Ok, Iron Man…" he liked it when she called him Iron Man. "What were you thinking of as a first name?"
"West." He said seriously. "Honestly Pep, do I have to do all the work?"
"West? What kind of name is West? West Virginia St…" She slapped his shoulder, whilst he howled with laughter as she realised what he'd suggested. Pepper couldn't help herself she had to join in too.
Engineers vs. Crib
Lieutenant Colonel James Rhodes was a smart man, he had an engineering degree from the Air Force Academy and his best friend was the foremost engineer on the planet. Tony Stark graduated MIT at 17, he was a genius he miniaturized impossible technology to keep himself alive, built the Iron Man suit in a cave after being tortured. Yet here were two very intelligent men staring at the pile of wood like it might bite them, they'd spent 3 hours looking at the pile of wood and trying to create the very nice crib that Pepper had bought.
"Jarvis, scan and show me a 3D rendering of how this should look." Tony asked his AI, who complied with his orders immediately.
"I don't get how that's meant to go." Rhodey looked at the pieces and the images.
"Have you considered reading the instructions?" Pepper who'd been hovering unnoticed (impressive for someone with a baby bump like hers) at the door suggested. They looked at her like she'd grown an extra head, she placed the two coffee mugs down next to them and shook her head as she left.
"We could try the instructions." Rhodey said.
"Yeah? I won't tell if you don't." Tony agreed. The crib was complete 45 minutes later.
"Give me your credit card." Pepper stood with her hand out expectantly in the workshop
"What happened to not wanting to spend all my money? Using your own, being all independent?" Tony responded, he was of course going to hand over the plastic, he loved to spoil his wife.
"My clothes don't fit and it's your fault. I can't wear the shoes I like and it's your fault and I really really really want a taco from the food truck." Pepper sulked and Tony took in what she was wearing; his oversized sweatshirt and his sweat pants. He thought she was beautiful and was quite happy for her to continue to wear his clothing, although if Pepper wanted maternity clothes that looked good then that was what Pepper was going to get. So he handed over the card as well as ten dollars to cover the food.
"Put pants on." She demanded.
"Why?" He asked, there was no need, he was in his workshop and had the day off work and since Pepper was nearing the end of her pregnancy Fury stopped giving him missions so that he wouldn't miss his child's birth.
"You gave Happy the day off and my big fat pregnant belly won't fit behind the wheel of my car."
"Your pregnant belly is beautiful." He said as he pulled on a pair of previously discarded pants.
Two (stressful) hours later Tony carried in Pepper's purchases with the help of Dummy and Butterfingers. Women are meant to be tired in pregnancy but it appears to have had no effect on her shopping stamina.
"Who ever thought squeezing a person out from down there was a good idea is destined for a painful death!" Pepper seethed as she pushed through another contraction. Tony was convinced his hand was broken as she squeezed his finger.
"I want the DRUGS!" Pepper shouted again, although she knew it was no use, between feeling her first contraction and getting to the hospital her pregnancy progressed too quickly for an epidural. "Why is it that most women's first baby take forever and mine seems so eager to be in the world."
"When we Stark's decide to do something, we decide to do something, we don't beat around the bush." He thought he was being helpful but the look the nurse and his wife gave him told Tony Stark that this was not the case. So he went with what he thought was best, slowly stroking her hair and holding her hand.
"No! You don't get to touch me anymore!" Pepper hissed. The doctor gave him an apathetic look, even the strongest of women cave in to the pressure during labour.
"Ok Pepper it looks like we're ready to push." The doctor said and Pepper got a steely determined look in her eyes.
5 minutes later there was a baby in Tony Stark's arms, not a sight anybody ever thought they'd see and to top it all off, Iron Man was crying.
"She's so perfect, looks just like her mommy." He said as he handed the baby off to Pepper, who was also crying. They had a baby and she was perfect.
Rhodey and Happy were the first visitors to the room. "What's her name boss?" Happy asked staring at the wriggling bundle in his bosses arms.
"Elizabeth Maria Stark." He said quietly. "After her grandmother and Pepper's."
"She is going to be heartbreaker." Rhodey added as Tony handed the baby to Happy.
"No she's not. No boys ever." Tony said determinedly, causing Pepper, who nobody had realised was awake to giggle.
"There will be boys Tony." She told him
"Not if I can help it. I have a hulk…" he would've continued ranting but a small noise from the bundle, now in Rhodey's arm drew him immediately to the baby.
"Got you wrapped around her little finger already huh?" Rhodey asked.
"Yeah, they do." He said, meaning Pepper as well.
Life was perfect right now, he had his friends, his wife and his baby. All was finally well for Tony Stark.
"I'm not going to waste it." He said rocking the baby back to sleep.
Yeah not sure how this has actually worked out =/ but I've got loads to get through, but it's not like I'm trying to rush the story I was just struggling to write a whole chapter about each of the ideas I had for Pepper's pregnancy.