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They waited three months before telling anyone, wanting to be sure, wanting to absorb the news and make sure the fetus would make it through the first trimester. While the intent was not to keep their close friends from the excitement, they felt strongly that keeping this part of the journey private was best, especially given how devastating the earlier miscarriage was.
There was also a concerted commitment from both women to the relationship itself, wanting to maintain the stability they had worked so hard to achieve. Their time together in Vancouver was embedded in their very fibers, their DNA, their pulse. They had come dangerously close to a serious fracturing of their relationship and neither wanted anything like that to ever happen again.
Tina’s lab work was stellar, and her hormone levels gave every indication that their baby was thriving. And she felt it in every part of her body, from her emotions to the physical changes she saw daily. Maybe it was the great place she was in with Bette, maybe it was hopeless optimism but this time it felt different. It felt like their dream of a family was finally going to become a reality.
If Tina had been sick before, that was a walk in the park compared to this pregnancy. Violently ill in the mornings, the nausea would stay with her most of the day, making it difficult for her to eat or keep anything down. She actually lost weight, sending Bette into a flurry of research and ordering of cookbooks, she hovered, she pampered, she worried, she couldn’t contain her excitement. Equally weepy and elated at the same time she was there every time Tina needed her. Warm washcloths, small plates of crackers, smoothies and back rubs. Doctor’s appointments and middle of the night cuddles. She was there.
It wasn’t easy but say one thing about Bette Porter, say she never shied away from a challenge. It started with a subtle shift really, almost every smell making Tina nauseous, so Bette found every recipe and trick available online and in book stores. She started in the kitchen with soups and broths and blended juices. She googled and researched and shopped for ingredients, always managing to somehow come up with something Tina could eat and keep down.