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I have to admit, I saved my positive pregnancy test -- and it turns out I'm not alone. A study commissioned by the makers of e.p.t. found that at-home pregnancy tests are among the top three pregnancy keepsakes women hold on to (ultrasounds and mementos from the birth, like hospital bracelets and footprints, are #1 and #2). Twenty-five percent of women who are already moms and thirty percent of to-be-moms still have those little pee-sticks as mementos. (Halle Berry kept 35 of them when she was trying to get pregnant.)
Since the company has found pee-stick-saving so popular, it has created a purple zippered case (with a card to log your memories) that you can get for free if you use an e.p.t. test. (You mail in your proof-of-purchase and a certificate you find in the box.) At least it sounds a little more sanitary.
I know it might sound gross to save something that you peed on, but I'll tell you why I did it. My second time around, I wasn't trying to get pregnant. I was hoping to soon, but my hubby and I had decided to wait a bit. Then my best friend found out she was expecting, and I realized I was insanely jealous. I wanted to be gleefully expecting my second child, too, so we could go through pregnancy together. I'd been having headaches, nausea, and gas -- and I chalked up the symptoms to "sympathy pains." I told my friend they were borne from jealousy and compassion, but nonetheless, she insisted I take a test to be sure. So I did.
When I saw that plus sign, I cried happy tears! I kept the test stick because it was a tangible reminder of that moment in time -- a joyful moment I was certain wouldn't happen, but did. Now, more than five years later, it still sits in a drawer in my bathroom. I see it every day when I reach for a brush, and though the plus sign has faded, it still brings me back to that amazing day.