We are at the end of Five for Ten. I have enjoyed this round as much as enjoyed the last round. I have made many new friends, read many inspiring posts, and cried many times. Thank you Jen and Sarah for hosting this and for all those who have participated. It has been a blast! The last topic for this series is "Yes."
I got up, intending to take the test discretely. The crinkle of the wrapper as I opened it woke Ben. He knocked on the door and asked me if I was taking it.
I can't hide anything from him.
I took the test and he came in as we waited for the results. In a few seconds, two lines appeared.
I looked at him, eyes glowing with happiness, and asked him if he was ready.
Nine 1/2 Months Later--Midnight
The contractions were getting stronger. I squeezed Ben's hand as another contraction started. He started packing the bag.
Bag in hand, he looked at me and asked, "Are you ready?"
The Next Day, Around 2:00 pm
The midwife checked me again. "She's crowning. You can start pushing."
Ben and I looked at each other, eyes blurred with exhaustion, hearts aglow with happy anticipation, the unspoken question hanging in the air, "Are you ready?"
10 Minutes Afterward
The nurse cleaned the baby while the midwife stitched me up. Ben alternated between holding my tired hands and staring at our beautiful angel.
When the cleaning was done, the nurse came over. Holding our squishy faced newborn in her arms, she looked at us and asked, "Are you ready?"
We looked at each other, looked at our baby, and excitedly, emotionally, responded, "Yes!"
Kristen at Motherese is hosting an on-line book club at the end of this month. The chosen book is our friend Aidan's rookie novel, Life After Yes. Having had the opportunity to read it, I am proud to join Kristen in offering a free copy to a lucky ready. Leave a comment on this post before 6:00 am on Friday, May 21 and a winner will be randomly selected and announced that afternoon.
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