Story time! Let me take you back to the Friday before Memorial Day.
I was having a usual day at work, though I was a bit antsy for the weekend. I had been looking forward to the extra day off work to catch up on some reading.
My sister-in-law and I were texting about weekend plans. Here’s the part of the conversation that stood out to me:
SIL: Going to see our fams
Me: Awww, wish I was there.
SIL: Not to make u feel worse but yah, i think u will wish it more tomorrow when we r in [the town our parents live in]
SIL: Lotsa stuff going on ha
Me: Wait, what? You can’t just say stuff like that…
Does that sound suspicious to you?
It did to me. All of a sudden, comments that she had been making for weeks came back to me, comments about being sick and how the holidays would be changing from now on. I obsessively looked through all our texts in the past month to see if it all added up.
And it did.
She must be pregnant.
I was dying inside. I couldn’t think of any other explanation for the cryptic comments. I talked it over with a couple of friends, and they confirmed.
But I knew I couldn’t ask Amanda out right. It was only right they told their parents, first. And I knew that I’d receive confirmation on Saturday, so it was a waiting game for me.
Needless to say, I was worthless for any productive work. Spent the evening with a friend who thankfully distracted me. Then spent a restless night before spending all day Saturday on my back, having my own SVU marathon (thanks to Hulu). I couldn’t even begin to concentrate on a book.
Finally, at 10 PM, I got the call from the proud papa-to-be. On December 26th, they’re expecting baby bean!
Y’all know how much I love children. I get excited every time one of my friends gets pregnant or adopts. So of course I’m excited for my SIL as a friend, but it’s so much more as this baby is my niece/nephew. (I’m rooting for a niece, but hey, a nephew’s cool, too.)
And now the real waiting begins. This Christmas brings a special new present to our family. =)