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McGee entered the lab and stopped. Abby sipped noisily out of a Caf-Pow cup as she stared at the phone. On the desk next to her, there was a row of four Caf-Pow cups.
"Did you drink all of that this morning?" McGee asked looking at his watch.
"You're not going to sleep for a week," McGee commented.
"What?" Abby looked at him. "Oh McGee, the waiting is killing me!"
The lab doors opened again and Tony stepped in.
"No news yet?"
"No." Abby replied.
"How long do these tests take anyway?" Tony asked.
"Results on a qualitative HCG test are usually out within an hour of the blood sample being taken." Abby said.
"What time were they seeing Dr Coleman?" McGee asked as the lab doors opened.
"8am I believe." Dr Mallard said.
"So it's been about an hour now."
"We should be hearing something soon, then" Tony said.
"Yes, Ziva promised to call me as soon as they knew." Abby said. "But what if she is too upset to call?"
"Now, now Abigail. We should not jump to conclusions." Ducky said, patting Abby on the shoulder just as the lab doors swished open again.
"I thought I might find all of you here." Jenny said.
"Have you heard anything?" Abby asked.
"No, Abby." Jenny replied. "And I don't expect to for at least another hour or so."
"Why?" Tony asked.
"Because, whatever the news may be, Jethro and Ziva will need time to absorb it. So I suggest everyone get back to work now. As soon as anyone hears anything, we will convene in my office and share the news." Jenny said before she turned and left the lab.
"The Director is right." McGee said.
"I know." Abby replied.
"I'm going out to get coffee." Tony said. "Call me when you hear anything."
"Get me another Caf-Pow," Abby said to his retreating back.
"Actually my dear, I do believe you have had more than enough. Why don't you join me for a cup of tea, rather." Ducky said leading Abby out of the lab.
"I sure hope it's going to be good news." McGee said once he was alone in the lab.
Back in Dr Coleman's office, the tension was palpable.
"Doctor?" Gibbs demanded.
"Just give me a moment, Agent Gibbs." Dr Coleman said as she scanned the report.
"Jethro...." Ziva squeezed his hand tightly. She was on the verge of tears. The question was, would they be tears of joy or tears of pain.
A moment later, Dr Coleman looked at them.
"Jethro, Ziva," she started. "Congratulations!"
They sat still, frozen in that moment. Ziva could hear her every heart beat, her vision blurred as tears flowed, her mouth was open as she struggled to draw a breath. Jethro's face broke out into the most amazing smile. His eyes sparkled with tears of joy, he pulled Ziva close, hugging her, kissing her face and repeating how much he loved her.
Was this really happening! Was this real? Could it really be.... ?
The world seemed to have tilted on its axis... and black spots danced in front of her eyes.
"Take deep breaths Ziva." Dr Coleman's words broke through to her. She was now lying on her back, her legs elevated by pillows, Jethro kneeling next to her, stroking her hair.
"Did I faint?" she asked.
"You did." Gibbs replied, smiling adorably.
"Oh.... Jethro.... Did she say," Ziva swallowed against the lump in her throat. "Did she say, I'm pregnant!"
'She did." Jethro smiled. "We are going to have a baby!"
"Oh God." Ziva smiled, even as tears streaked down her cheeks.
Gibbs took her hand and placed it over her pelvis.
"We are having a baby..." he said in awe.
"We are having a baby!" Ziva shouted and laughed as she wrapped her hands around Gibbs neck and pulled him close for a deep kiss. It was only the sound of Dr Coleman clearing her throat that drew them apart.
Once they were seated again, Dr Coleman said, "I'd like you to come in for a scan in a week's time. We should be able to see your baby then. Now all I want you to do is relax. You are likely to feel tired and the nausea will continue for the next few weeks. Also no strenuous activities and no field work."
Gibbs looked at Ziva and was glad when she nodded at Dr Coleman's instructions.
When they left Dr Coleman, Gibbs took Ziva straight home. Both of them were smiling and laughing. They were so happy. She was about to head upstairs before he took her hand and led her down to the basement.
"Jethro?" She asked once he forced her to sit on the couch.
"I've been working on something." He said as he opened a closet in one corner of the basement.
Ziva frowned as she watched him. He lifted a large piece of wood out of the closet and set it down. Then he looked at Ziva.
"Oh Jethro! It is beautiful!" Ziva whispered.
It was the shell of a baby cot. It had carved corners and a delicate inlayed pattern on each panel. It was smooth to touch and it's mohagany colour made it look warm, inviting and safe.
"I still have a lot of work to do."
"There's no rush." Ziva whispered.
"Oh Ziva." Jethro took her into his arms. "Today is one of the happiest days of my life!"
"Mine too." Ziva smiled before kissing him deeply.
The incessant ringing of Gibbs' phone finally pulled them apart.
"Gibbs, its Abby."
"Oh I promised to call her with news...." Ziva replied.
Gibbs handed the phone over to Ziva.
"Gibbs is Ziva ok? Are you ok?" Ziva heard Abby asking.
"Abby," Ziva said. "We are fine."
"You are sure?"
"Yes, and you can tell the rest of the team that ..."
"That!" Abby demanded.
Hoots of laughter and shrieks of joy filtered over the line. Gibbs and Ziva laughed too.
Could life get any better than this?
A week later, Ziva lay on the examination bed, Jethro next to her. The last week had flown by and Ziva was loving every moment of being pregnant. Everyone at the office pampered her and did things for her, even Tony. Most of all she loved being so thoroughly loved and almost worshipped by Jethro. He was so attentive, so giving, so loving and so amazing.
Dr Coleman entered the room and smiled.
"Let's take a look." She said as she prepared the ultra sound arm and inserted it.
"Here we go." She said adjusting the settings on the monitor. Gibbs and Ziva stared at the screen.
Then they heard it, the rapid fluttering.
"That's your baby's heart beat." Dr Coleman smiled. Ziva looked from the ultra sound monitor to Gibbs.
"Oh Jethro!" She gasped. He took her hand and squeezed it. He was too emotional to speak.
"That's your baby." Dr Coleman said, drawing their attention back to the screen. It was just a little curved mass, with a rapidly moving flap. But that was their baby.
Dr Coleman moved the ultrasound arm, magnifying the image. "And what do we have here?"
"What is it?" Ziva asked, concern creeping into her voice.
"Doctor?" Gibbs looked from Doctor Coleman to the screen.
"I do believe we have a second heart beat. Listen to it." Dr Coleman said.
Gibbs and Ziva listened and they heard it, one flutter a nanosecond before another.
"Twins?" Gibbs asked, his eyes widening in awe
"Yes, twins." Doctor Coleman replied. "There it is, almost hidden by the other baby."
"Two babies!" Ziva sobbed reaching out to touch the screen with one hand as her other stayed over her pelvis.
"I thought this would never happen." Ziva whispered. "I thought I would never be pregnant."
"I know."Gibbs kissed her forehead. "But it has happened and we are going to have two wonderful babies."
"Oh I love you Jethro. Thank you ...."
"Thank you ....for making this happen..."
"Shh.... I love you too." Gibbs said his hands cupping her face. "I should be thanking you for giving me this chance to be a father and a husband again."
"Everything looks great Ziva." Dr Coleman said. "Stick to the vitamin regime I've given you and I would like to see you again in two weeks time."
Dr Coleman removed the ultrasound arm, covered Ziva and left the room.
Gibbs moved to lean over Ziva. He lifted her chin and looked into her eyes. Then he laced his fingers with hers over her pelvis and let his fingers gently stroke her flesh.
"I love you." He whispered.
Her reply was to pull him close and kiss him deeply.