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The appointment with Dr. Wilson for their 8-weeks check-up was so different from their first experience as parents to be. Tina was just as far along into the pregnancy, but the previous two months had been spent with Bette by her side from conception, unlike with Angie when Tina had inseminated alone in the doctor’s office. She hadn’t known she was pregnant until Helena Peabody, her lover at the time pointed out the obvious changes in her body which then prompted Tina to take the home pregnancy test. Helena wanted to be there for the reveal, but Tina insisted she wanted to do it by herself in her apartment. If she was pregnant, she didn’t want Helena to be the first to know.
When she got the positive result Tina immediately called Bette who in the meantime had overheard a conversation between Helena, Alice, Shane and Dana when she’d stopped at the Planet for take-out. No one saw her as she approached the counter, but the distinct English accent could not be mistaken. Bette would have ignored them, but her ears perked up when she heard Helena say how excited she was that Tina might be pregnant. She told them that Tina was taking the test and she was anxiously awaiting the results.
Helena had an unnatural affinity to pregnant women made even more bizarre by the fact that she had no interest in having children. However, like most sociopaths she could feign feelings that she didn’t experience so played the part convincingly. When she got the news, she acted overjoyed about the pregnancy, but it had nothing to do with motherhood. She knew from Tina how much it meant to Bette to have a family, and the fortuitous situation gave her one more thing that she could take from Bette Porter in her efforts to ruin her very existence. Helena insisted that it was their baby and grew angry when Tina stood her ground. Regardless of their estranged relationship Bette Porter was the only other mother that Tina wanted to raise a child with.
Bette was confused as hell at this declaration given that she and Tina were not together as a couple and Tina continued to date Helena throughout the entire pregnancy. Still her happiness about the baby was genuine and heartfelt. Bette agreed to a new kind of partnership with her ex whereby they would be great parents to Angie. Now they were parenting as a married couple expecting their second child and nothing compared to how great it was to be whole as a family unit.