3rd Ymiden, 718
The twins were fussing this morning, so Teia took charge of Kaien in order to allow her to deal with them. It didn't take long for her to learn that they both needed clean diapers. Lei'lira left Tiran and Taerin with Teia briefly so she could get the things she needed. The house they were staying in was equipped with a changing table, so she had an ideal place to work when she was ready.
Tiran was the more demanding of the twins, so Lei'lira started with him first. He seemed to understand that relief was coming, so he lay still when she lay him on the changing table. Gaining access to the dirty diaper was easy enough thanks to the "dresses" she used for the twins; all she had to do was lift up the skirt part of the dress. Lei'lira quickly removed the soiled diaper, and set it aside so that it could be washed later. Then she tickled Tiran's sides, and blew kisses into his chest as a reward for being so good. He chortled and shrieked happily, completely distracted from the task at hand.
Cleaning him up was the next step. It was easier a task than it could have been since there was no poop this time, but unless he was playing in it, Tiran hated the feel of water on his skin unless it was nice and warm. Since Lei'lira hadn't had the time to warm the water she was using first, he fussed a little. Fortunately, she had learned that the twins loved the sound of her voice. So she sang softly as she worked, and Tiran settled down fairly quickly. It didn't seem to matter what she sang as long as she did, and since the only songs that came to mind at the trill were lullabies, she sang a series of nonsense words at her son.
She used a damp cloth to clean her son up, making certain to wipe him from front to back. The healer who had helped her with her first pregnancy told her that by doing so, she could prevent the area from getting infected. She told Lei'lira that this was more important for girls than boys, but that she should do it for both. It was better to be safe than sorry when children were concerned. As she cleaned her son up, she checked for signs of chafing, and the redness and inflammation that would mean that he had diaper rash. When the twins were first born, she'd learned that both could easily be prevented by changing soiled diapers as soon as they were soiled. It was why checking them several trials was so important, and why smell couldn't be relied on as the main indicator of a soiled diaper.
Once she had finished cleaning Tiran up, she made certain to wait until his skin was dry before putting a clean diaper on him. By then, Taerin was quite insistent that it was her turn, so she and Teia traded twins. Kaien's diaper didn't need to be changed yet, so it was breakfast time. This time, it was Lei'lira's turn to watch the kids while Teia cooked. That way, she could nurse Kaien while the meal was being prepared. Once the food was ready, the twins weren't going to want to wait to eat. Lei'lira couldn't help but sigh in relief when her milk came readily when Kaien began to suckle. The tea that Faith had given her had really helped, and she continued to drink a cup each trial just to be safe. It helped that she enjoyed the flavor, and it made a good drink to go along with breakfast.
The meal was a simple one, and the two adults made short work of cleaning up the dishes afterwards. Tiran and Taerin tried to "help" by patting their hands in the dirty dishes before they were brought to the basin to be washed. Lei'lira allowed it for a few bits, knowing that it let them think that they were helping her, and that was important. It was also very amusing...even if it did make more work in the end. When everything was finished, Lei'lira and Teia bundled up the kids, and made their way to the clinic. Lei'lira had an appointment with Faith. She was somewhat nervous about the appointment because talking about what had happened to her in the past was very painful for her. But her experiences with the healer she'd worked with in Rharne had taught her that it really did help. And with Faith, she already trusted the other woman enough to talk about things that were deeply private because of everything the other woman had done for her.