Daisy handed him the box with shaking hands. Raymond didn’t seem to notice. He was starving and wanted to sit down and eat, but Daisy had insisted that he take the box first. He fumbled with the little bow on top, trying to get it undone and all the while thinking to himself about how today had really sucked. He hadn’t eaten since breakfast, his boss had laid into him because he had been late handing in the proposal for the Drake Apartments, and his computer had gone haywire just as he finished the budget updates on another project. He was getting really frustrated with this stupid ribbon, but just when he was about to ask Daisy for help, his fingers finally cooperated and the ribbon came free. He pulled the lid off the box and inside he saw a pregnancy test and right there in the middle was a big plus sign. Raymond stopped breathing as what he was seeing began to register in his brain. All thoughts of food and his day left him.
“You’re kidding, right? Is this for real? It’s not a joke is it? This is yours? This is ours?” The questions tumbled from his mouth.
Daisy looked him in the eye and said,”This is ours. We’re pregnant!” She started crying and Raymond dropped the box and hugged her. They cried together holding onto to one another afraid to let go. Ten years of trying and finally it had happened. There had been so many setbacks. They kept saving for fertility treatments only to have to spend it on a new car or to tied them over when Daisy got laid off. Starting over and over and now the day had arrived. They had a little one on the way.
Raymond looked down at her and asked, “How long have you known?”
“Three months. I didn’t want to tell you or anyone until I had made it through the first trimester. I was so afraid of jinxing it. I was so afraid it was all a dream and I would wake up one day and poof it would all be gone, but it’s real. It’s really real.” Daisy smiled and tears started running down her face again.
“I can’t believe you didn’t tell me, but I understand. Is the baby healthy? Is everything okay so far?” Raymond asked hoping against hope that the answer would be “Yes”.
Daisy smiled from ear to ear and answered, “So far everything looks good and the baby’s heartbeat is strong. It’s such a wonderful sound. We have an ultrasound appointment next week so you can see and hear the baby. We won’t get to know the baby’s gender for another almost 2 months though I’m not sure I want to know. Do you? What do you think?”
“Right now, I’m just happy there’s a little one in there,” he said as he stepped back to rub her belly. “How about as the time gets closer, we’ll talk about our feelings on gender? For now, let’s just bask in the glory of passing the first trimester. We should go out to dinner and celebrate. We can go to your favorite place, Cheesecake Factory and get whatever you want. You can have Cheesecake for dinner if you want, I don’t care. We are celebrating and we need to take pictures and mark this occasion. WE’RE GOING TO BE PARENTS!” he screamed as he picked her up and swung her around.
Neither of them could stop smiling as they got ready to go. They walked out to the car and got in. Daisy sat back and relaxed. It was real and now she could finally share it with everyone. Raymond reached over and held her hand all the way to the restaurant. Today was the best day ever!