My husband and I had been trying to have a third
child for a while. Unfortunately, the day I was to
take a home pregnancy test, he was called out
of town on business. I had told our young daughters
about the test, and they were excited. We decided if
it was positive, we would buy a baby outfit to surprise
their father when he got home. The three of us stood
in the bathroom eagerly waiting for the telltale line to appear.
When it did not, my thoughtful seven-year-old
gave me a hug. “It’s okay, Mom,” she said.
“The next time Daddy goes out of town,
you can try and get pregnant again.”