I I had my babies in a time of my life when all of my friends were still out partying or just planning their weddings. Some say I did things backwards by having kids super young and before getting married but I like to think I was ahead of the curve and an overachiever.
Now that I am in my late twenties it seems like everyone around me is expecting, trying etc. Needless to say, as a divorced mother of two with an insane job and life, I am staying away from the community water supply which seems to induce pregnancy around here! With that being said, two very important people in my life must be drinking tons of this pregnancy water because both my sister and my very dear friend are expecting and due within days of each other.
One of my very best friends Leslie, who I worked with at Firefly Digital for over 5 years, has been trying for as long as I can remember. For me, who is as fertile as they come, this was heartbreaking for me to watch each month when she would find out that she wasn't pregnant. When she told me this summer that she was pregnant, I couldn't hold in the tears of joy. I was completely overwhelmed with emotion for my friend and honestly a little shocked at how this made me feel. I have never had anyone close to me have a baby and part of me felt like it was me all over again.
Next came my sister. She called me one morning, which was odd to start with, I am the one who calls in the a.m. to chat. She started the conversation with "I have something to tell you" which can only mean a few things, "I'm pregnant, I'm engaged, I'm dying etc" I was hoping for the first and I was correct! Once again I was overwhelmed with emotion, happiness, excitement etc. I never thought that I would have the same excitement for other people's babies that I would for my own and honestly I may have been even more excited than my own because I knew that I would get to experience this amazing baby without the challenges that come along with being mom.
Now with both Leslie and Jade (my sister) well into their second trimester I am enjoying the phone calls and questions "Is this normal? Is it supposed to happen like that? How much bigger am I going to get etc?" I take these questions with pride and a few laughs because I remember being this girl, nervous about every little thing, worried that too much fish would cause my baby to come out with a third eye and I love the fact that I can help while getting a bit of entertainment.
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