Way back when I was pregnant with Alex, a good solid 14 years ago, I had this crazy dream. It was about cats. We’d be sitting in the living room and a couple cats would walk across the floor. Where did those cats come from? They were getting in somewhere in the house. Suddenly there were MORE cats. They were everywhere! I was picking them up and tossing them out the door and shutting it really fast so they couldn’t get back in. When I’d turn around though, there would be even MORE in there. I couldn’t stop the influx of cats! I remember that dream from time to time and laugh about it.
Steven brought it up last night. He said, our life is kind of like that dream with the cats, only it’s children.
About a month ago, after being sick, and tired, and late, I decided, against my better judgment (or so I thought at the time) to take a pregnancy test. You see, I’d had my tubes tied 3 years before when Oliver was born. But I thought, I can easily rule that out. So I headed over to Fred’s to get a pregnancy test. They’re only like $1.50 there and plus, I probably wouldn’t see anyone I knew, right? So I got two tests, and I got some pads too, just in case. At the checkout the girl looks at me funny, I said, “Well, I’m gonna need either the test or the pads, right?”
I had worked late that day, it was like 7:30 pm. I immediately took the test in the bathroom and bam, that thing was positive so fast. I was like, uh huh. I took the second one. Positive. These are cheap, I thought to myself. So I went back to Fred’s and got a trusty old EPT. The same girl was there. She just looked at me funny. I said, “I didn’t believe the others.” Guess what? It was positive too.
After some phone calls and a visit with a nurse, some of my initial fears were set to rest. I was afraid it was a tubal pregnancy, after all, my tubes weren’t even supposed to be connected to my uterus anymore, what if something went wrong? Thankfully, everything was where it was supposed to be.
The new reality? We’d been the recipients of a miracle.
That tiny little smudge with a heartbeat is a new family member. We expect his or her arrival in early May.
So you see, even though we childproofed my body, they still get in.