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iPod Shuffle Bingo 6

Title: Sleep, Baby, Sleep
Prompt: Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Fandom: Original
Characters: Amber, Fritz, mention of Bernd
Word count: 407
Rating: G
Summary: Amber tries to get her infant son, Fritz, to sleep…
Author’s notes: Thanks go out to my beta, Kat, for pinking this for me. Please also note that Amber belongs to her.
Author’s notes 2: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” is a traditional children’s song.

“Row, row, row your boat… Gently down the stream…” Amber sang as she rocked Fritz to sleep. “Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily…” He cooed at her as she sang. “Life is but a dream…” She hummed the song as she rocked him. “You’re supposed to be going to sleep, Fiete.”

Fritz cooed at her. He was wide awake and wanted to play. When his mother tried singing another song, he started to cry.

“… The cradle will rock… Oh, Fiete, don’t cry,” Amber said softly. She wondered if she should go wake Bernd up and let him deal with it. With the way Fritz was fussing, it would be just her luck; he would go on an hour long crying jag, dashing any hope of her going back to sleep. “You know, Baby, it’s three o’clock in the morning and Mutti doesn’t do early mornings. That’s more your Vati’s thing. He has no problem, getting up at five and putting in a full day’s work, mucking out the stable.”

Fritz stopped fussing as he listened to the sound of her voice. It was soft and comforting, and if she did not want to play, he would settle for happily listening to her. When she paused for breath, he cooed at her.

“I know it’s hard to believe, but nowadays, he’s gotten a bit on the lazy side. After mucking out the stable, he comes back, grabs a quick shower and crawls into bed with me when he can and, get this,” she paused to lend weight to her words, “he goes back to sleep. Just like you should be doing.”

This time Fritz made sucking noises at her. His eyes lids even shut halfway.

Amber smiled. “Row, row, row your boat… Gently down the stream…” Amber sang. “Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily… Life is but a dream…”

Fritz sighed softly as he drifted off to sleep.

“Row, row, row your boat… Gently down the stream…” Amber sang it one last time. She stopped rocking and stood up. Fritz fussed a bit, but settled back down when she gently rocked him as she walked over to his crib. She hummed the song as she laid him down. Patting him gently on his back, Amber sang, “Life is but a dream…”

Amber waited for what felt like an eternity, praying her newborn son was asleep. When it looked like he was, she tiptoed from the nursery and headed back to bed.


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 8th, 2017 07:52 am (UTC)
At least she refrained from making up the "Go the Fuck Back to Sleep" song. Lol. So cute, Kira.
Jan. 8th, 2017 10:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah. XD Thanks, Kat.
Jan. 11th, 2017 07:39 am (UTC)
I wouldn't put it past her. LOL. You're welcome, Kira
Jan. 12th, 2017 12:19 am (UTC)

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