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So I've been wanting to tell this story for awhile, it happened in January! However, I had to hold off for a little while. But it's just too cool of a story for me not to share, and really, I want to have it here so I can remember it.
I've talked many times before about a group of my friends and their families. The four of us girls have been friends since high school. See this post for introductions. We all lead pretty busy lives, but we try to get together at least for birthdays and Christmas. At Christmas, we've taken to having a gathering of all the family, with our spouses and kids. So in January, we made a plan to get together at Gabby's house for food and presents and fun. Gabby and Pat have three year old little boy named Logan and Pam and Clif have 1 year old Harley. The kids love to play together and we all get a chance to catch up.
This time we were cooking pizzas and waiting for Pam and Clif to arrive. Mandy and I were standing in Gabby's kitchen and talking. Mandy and Nate have been trying to have a baby for awhile, but it hadn't been easy. I had wondered if she might have good news to report that day, not sure if that was wishful thinking for a "feeling" but I was disappointed that I hadn't been right! She has PCOS, as well as something called a bicornate uterus. So we were catching up on that, since I spent quite a lot of time reading up on various infertility subjects. At one point, she casually mentioned that her period was actually late. I pressed her for details and she downplayed it, saying her periods were irregular. I pointed out that she was taking medication for her PCOS, and hadn't she been pretty regular since starting on it. She admitted she had. I was trying sooo hard not to get excited, but it was hard! I know how much Mandy and Nate have been wanting to start a family and I just wanted it so badly for them.
After a few minutes, the others started overhearing our conversation and Mandy started to get kind of nervous about the whole thing, so we started talking about other things. I took her aside later and asked, very quietly, if she wanted me to slip out and go buy a test. She said yes, so I ran to the grocery store under the guise of needing more chips. I came back, slipped into the bathroom to hide the tests in a drawer, and returned to the party. Not wanting added pressure for Mandy, we tried to act casual and she slipped off to the bathroom.
A few minutes later, I heard the door open and Mandy said my name quietly (yeah I was totally lurking close by). I joined her and she looked anxious.
"I think there is a second line but I don't know, because it's so faint!" she told me.
I peered at the test (First Response) and I could definitely see a second line. Then I looked closer.
"The line that's faint is the control line! Your test line is using up all the dye! You're pregnant!"
Omg can I just say it was the coolest thing in the world to be able to tell someone that! We basically freaked out together in the bathroom and then I asked if she thought Nate (Mandy's husband) would be made that I found out before he did! She said no and we laughed and hugged. Then I went to get Nate. At this point they probably knew something was up and I was totally determined not to give it away, so I just told him Mandy needed to talk to him.
Then we all just celebrated! It was just so special for them to find out that way, surrounded by friends and I felt so totally honored and blessed to be apart of such a special day in their lives! Mandy is now 13 weeks pregnant and everything is going well! I'm so excited to meet my new little honorary niece or nephew!
And I'd be lying if I said it didn't give me a little bit of baby fever!!!