heading home from work one friday night back in febraury, i stopped off to pick a bottle of wine to go with our customary end-of-week pizza. incidentally, i also picked up a pregnancy test that night.
vino and a pregnancy test: a winning combination.
i hurried home with my impulse purchase and the excited anticipation of what it might reveal. our timing was on point though and andy pulled in right at the same time with august in the seat next to him. i raced them both to the door shouting over my shoulder that i was in a rush to use the bathroom. once inside, i frantically tore at the packaging, all the while keeping one ear at the door and the isolated conversation between andy and august on the other side of it. time slowly passed as i listened to august's curiosity on my whereabouts interrupted by exclamations of discovery over some found toy he had abandoned in the middle of the room earlier that morning. when three minutes were finally up, i looked at the test to find one bold line and another line - less obvious, but undeniably present - parallel to it.
i walked out of the bathroom barely able to contain myself. andy was around the corner in the kitchen and august was squatting over his buzz lightyear doll in the living room when he spotted me and through a wide smile gushed, "maamaaaa!" i beckoned him to come over, showing him the test stick to encourage his curiosity. when he finally ambled his way over i handed him the stick and whispered in his ear for him to take it to andy. a little confused, he slowly made his way in the direction of the kitchen while i watched and my heart pounded in my chest. i repeated my instructions again out load and said "give that to dada". upon hearing that, andy came around the corner to find august with something in his hand, but he couldn't tell what. before anything could register, he looked up at me for clarification and i think it was the huge smile on my face that made him realize what it was in august's hand. his eyes went big and started to glisten, then both of us - without words - just embraced. august came between our legs and wrapped his arms around both. we laughed and looked down at our little boy and my small belly that held our tiny second within.
we didn't drink the wine that night; for the last six months its sat on a shelf in the kitchen with a note wrapped around it. in five weeks (give or take (hopefully "take")), it will be opened in celebration of our new arrival, making that bottle of table wine the finest i will have ever tasted.