parent line in nct:
johnyong: veterans. poster couple of Peak Parenting Skills. hands-on, kids are overachieving, they're active on the PTA. taeyong's cookies are sold-our during bake sales. johnny volunteers to carpool for the kids' soccer matches.
kunten: newbie parents. its their first kid and kun wants it to be perfect, while ten wants him to chill out. it's like a vodka mom meets a neurotic dad, but they make it work. their kid is the sassiest and knows words a kid probably shouldnt know. thanks ten.
doyu: doyoung is keeping everything together. a wine mom. president of the PTA despite the fact that his husband sometimes forgets he's a dad and not a kid himself. epitome of doting mom and chill dad. its like doyoung has another kid, and this one acts like the youngest.
Please don’t forget single father Taeil, born of chaos, helps with everyone else’s kids but with his it’s like fuck it you demons do whatever the hell you want. Similar to Ten but not as hip and groovy
Ditto | Dojae au 📌
fashion designer ten hand-embroidering a cute lil family portrait on the hem of his neurosurgeon husband kun's doctor's coat
neurosurgeon kun coming home from work to his husband, fashion designer ten, sitting on the floor, lab coat in hands, skilled fingers busy with high quality threads, an embroidery pattern close by
fashion designer ten finishing the embroidery at the same time his husband, neurosurgeon kun, finishes with preparing dinner. he cheers, calls for his husband with a cute "baaaaaaaaabe!"
neurosurgeon kun happily modeling the doctor's coat his husband, fashion designer ten, lovingly customized for him; striking dorky high fashion poses while ten almost fails to catch good photos from giggling too hard
their kids, a shy but sweet four-year-old xiaojun and a smart and chatty three-year-old yangyang, waking up from their afternoon nap to the sound of their dads' having fun in their living room.
xiaojun and yangyang nodding to each other, a wordless agreement to go and join the fun. xiaojun runs and clings to ten's legs, while yangyang leaps into kun's already waiting arms.
sometimes, a perfect family portrait is just a cheeky fashion designer, a neurosurgeon who had to ask for ten's hand ten times (ten out of ten!), and their two loveable kids who are equal parts sugar, spice, and everything nice.
in which yuta is the coach for the national soccer team and he's grooming his son to be the next soccer superstar. lucas is more than happy to oblige his dad, really
the above pic is yuta giving constructive comments abt his son's play style, what he can improve and what he can keep to enhance his play
aside from his own son, tho, yuta's also training another future soccer superstar in mark, johnny and taeyong's eldest
the above pic are the twins coming over to support their eldest bro on his first !!! televised !!! game !!
nana's legit not telling lulu he also has markles' banner with him tho
doyoung's a best selling author of crime mystery and a couple of other standalone novels and the one following his footsteps (in one way) is nana, who dreams of becoming a famous screenwriter
jeno, on the other hand, has always been attuned to science, and is working hard to become a mechanical engineer
when he was a kid, he'd always hold his twin's hands and go "im gonna build a world stage for you"
the twins wanted to make sure they would be in good hands during their adoption. imagine cheeky little three year olds (mostly nana) writing up a contract all in crayon, which basically says their maybe future dads should give them love and make good mac and cheese
dodo and yuyu were floored.
doyoung almost cried when jeno, who hasn't said a word the entire session and communicated exclusively through jaemin, went down from his chair and asked if he could sit on his lap.
"do you really make good kimchi fried rice?" he asks, voice small, almost inaudible, but doyoung has laser focus on the kid.
"mhm. i do. yuta can vouch for me"
jeno leans back on his chest. doyoung implodes, but keeps his cool.
"that's cool. i like kimchi fried rice."
the contract, written by jeno and dictated by nana, says something like
- we like mac and cheese
- jeno is picky about kimchi so we hope there's always good kimchi
- jeno likes cats and i like it when jeno is happy
and more absolutely adorable things
before doyoung and yuta leave the adoption center, the twins walk them out and jeno finally speaks loudly enough for everyone to hear: "we hope you like us. we like you too, uncles." and jaemin is grinning.
doyoung almost couldn't wait to get in the car to BAWL
it takes at least 2 months for the adoption to be finalized, but dodo and yuyu make sure to be hands on even before that. nana and nono don't take long before they start calling them "dad" and "papa" and the pair are just, weeping into their hands.
do's really keen on being a good parent, so he and yuta take the kids out on an ikea date so they can pick out the furniture for their room
as luck would have it, they lose jeno somewhere between the plushie racks and the couches
jaemin is unconsolable. doyoung is hyperventilating, on the brink of a full blown panic attack. yuta's doing his best to keep his family together, but he also feels like crying.
they've looked everywhere. but jeno's nowhere to be found.
their unexpected saviors come in the form of johnny and taeyong, with their four year old son, mark, in tow.
yuta's trying his best to calm nana down, even carried him in his arms, but it's no use.
johnny remains casual, though.
johnny is quick to act, though, and takes nana from yuta's hands, too accustomed to make crying kids stop crying. it works, like a miracle, and nana is down to silent sniffles.
taeyong is quick to console his bestfriend, who's doubled over on the floor, trying to breathe.
"care to tell us why we didn't have invites to a baby shower? if i assumed correctly and you two didn't just kidnap a kid"
"no, god, johnny--we're in the process of adopting twins and...we kind of lost one of them?"
johnny really just stares at yuta in disbelief. "remind me to give you the code for 2 for 1 trackers in babyneeds dot com"
"i'll explain later. we look for your kid first" and johnny just turns to nana "is it your brother, lil' guy?"
basically nana leads the way to retrace their steps, mark holds doie's hand to keep him from having another break down ("you're a grown up, uncle do! you can do this!)
and they end up near the plush toy rack where they last saw nono, then they're interrupted by loud beeps
it's johnny's phone.
"oh, that's hyuck--guess baby bear's done with exploring ikea, i'll be right back"
so johnny nyooms to look for his kid, thanks for this app he has on his phone which he'll totally recommend to do and yu
and when he comes back, he has two kids in tow
doyoung and nana scream at the same time. nana immediately runs towards his brother and tackles him in a tight hug.
"you're full of snot," jeno whines, but pats his brother's back anyway. "geddoff me"
"never" nana shakes his head. "i thought i lost you forever!"
"we can't have that" jeno sounds serious. "i still have to be an engineer and invent a worldwide stage for you."
beside jeno, hands tight on his dad's finger, is baby bear hyuck, glaring daggers at jaemin.
"hey, i found him! >:c"
nana simply grins at this other kid. hyuck huffs, puffs his cheeks.
"thanks for finding nono!"
hyuck stands a bit straighter, hands on his hips, chest out. johnny wants to facepalm, really.
"wah, you're full of snot--but that's okay! you owe me a life debt now!"
doyoung stares at the exchange in horror, whispers to taeyong "wow. he's really your son." "what's thAT SUPPOSED TO MEAN DONGYOUNG"
nana is unfazed.
"that's not how it works ^u^"
"it is so! do you even know what a life debt is? a life de--"
hyuck is silenced.
anyway, jeno is too casual about everything, and he has this big-ass cat stuffed toy in his arms. he just waddles to yuta and raises the toy, going "want"
what was yuta gonna do? say no?
the ikea chaos is solved, johnyong with their sons mark and hyuck, and doyu with their future sons jeno and nana go out to eat in a family restaurant and all is well until further notice.
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the fun hasn't even begun we haven't even gone through how nana and nono get a big brother a year after their adoption was formalized
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see, see, doyoung and taeyong are bestfriends who have been competitive since university. honestly, do's still shocked tee landed himself A Johnny Seo from the Seo Business Group, but that's a story for another day.
so when he learns that johnyong are getting a third kid...
this sense of competition just burns in him and he asks yuta if they can adopt a third one
"you want to adopt another kid?"
"we're fully capable of raising another kid, you know that"
"yes, but, it's only been a year since nana and jen. do you really think?"
there's an argument, but the couple decides to put the matter behind them. the decision remains: it's much too soon; yuta fears that jen and jaem haven't fully adjusted yet, and having another sibling might affect their growth.
yuta's bound to eat his words, tho.
during off-season breaks, yuta bides his time with coaching a little league team filled with junior soccer players, aged 7 to 10.
the team's ace is their youngest, wong xuxi, and yuta wonders how he hasn't seen this boy's parents.
something about going pro, in the future.
yuta gets his answer an afternoon where lucas volunteers to help clean up the field. (a good boy)
"the sisters at the orphanage said i was a gift," lucas begins, voice small, hesitant. "but i know they're just being nice. i think it means my real parents abandoned me."
yuta is floored, but he simply ruffles xuxi's hair instead of having a breakdown then and there.
"well i do think you're a gift. you're a really good soccer player, you know that? i was hoping i could convince you to go pro."
xuxi beams, and yuta thinks they can totally handle one more kid.
he drives xuxi back to the orphanage, sends him off with another head pat.
back at home, doyoung is washing the dishes, while the twins are on their late-afternoon nap.
"dons," he calls. "about adopting."
doyoung stops wiping the plates, carefully arranges them on the rack. "oh, don't worry babe, i know i was being petty and--"
"what if i told you i found the perfect kid for us to adopt?"
doyoung takes less than 3 seconds to engulf his husband in a hug.
"look, okay, it's not about taeyong hyung having a third kid--i just really think we could st--"
yuta keeps his litany away with a surprise peck, earning him a light smack from his husband.
his grin remains ethereal, though.
yuta takes doyoung to his league's next game. dons sits by the stands, umbrella in hand, shielding himself from the noontime sun.
truth be told, doyoung wasn't really impressed with the soccer ting xuxi has going for him, but boy, when he reveals he's a STEM awardee.
they talk to xuxi after a week, and the kid practically breaks down crying when they reveal he's getting adopted.
even more so in the next week, when they reveal he'll get not one, but two baby brothers.
it was pretty easy to break the news to the twins, though they were pretty confused that it's gonna be a hyung, and not a baby brother.
jeno's coolest with it though, but nana's putting up a petty front.
"he got that from you," yuta tells doyoung, earns him a whack.
"look, what if he's mean to nono? what if he doesn't like cats?"
doyoung immediately pulls out his phone and shows a picture of xuxi under a literal catpile of all the orphanage kitties. a prized one.
jeno immediately raises a thumbs up. he wants this hyung. now.
when the twins meet xuxi, jeno's simply himself, while nana makes it a mission to be a spoiled lil brat.
"you have to prove to us that you're gonna be a good hyung!"
good thing, xuxi came prepared. he has a paper presentation, and milk and cookies for everyone.
"i'm wong xuxi, and i promise i'm gonna be the best big brother you can ever ask for!"
the paper slides flip, showing reasons on why this is true.
"i'm a math and science awardee! i can help you with homework!"
flip, another page. jeno's already sold just from that, though.
"i'm a big and strong guy!" he play flexes his arm muscles, earns a laugh from nana. "if you have bullies, i can totally protect you."
"oh and you're both tiny, i think i can carry you both"
the twins waste no time in tackling their new big brother, testing his alleged strength. xuxi stumbles a little, but manages to hold them both against his form, lifting them off of the ground with little effort.
nana decides he'll ask for a hundred piggy backs soon.
it's nana who makes the ultimatum.
"i guess you can be our older brother," he motions, huffs.
xuxi beams, wide and happy, engulfs his new baby brothers in a bone crushing hug.
doyoung almost misses to take a picture, but yuta has him covered.
"WE'RE GONNA HAVE SO MUCH FUN!"
they do have a lot of fun.
sometimes, a happy family is a bestselling author, a national soccer team coach, a loud boy who dreams of being a soccer superstar, a quiet boy who wants to be a mechanical engineer, and a coquettish boy who longs to be an award-winning director.