It isn’t always textbook…

Our family had no history of pregnancy or infertility issues.

When we began to add children to our family we immediately got pregnant. Unfortunately, the week we had our first ultrasound we discovered we were losing this young life. We were heartbroken! Our next pregnancy also resulted in a loss at 20 weeks. What was happening?

We decided to explore domestic adoption. After we completed all of the necessary documents and assessments, our posted profile was selected by a birth family quickly. We connected with one another and started to form a relationship that seemed solid – what could go wrong? However, after the baby was born the birth mother decided she wanted to parent. Circumstances eliminated our ability to get our family profile posted again. Our hope for a family felt out of reach.

As we grieved these losses we discovered we were pregnant much to our surprise! After a healthy and uneventful pregnancy our daughter was born.

A sister or brother (or more) for our daughter was our desire, but secondary infertility seemed to keep us from adding to our clan. Then we learned about embryo adoption through Snowflakes. It was very similar to our domestic infant adoption process and again we were surprised by how quickly we were matched with a placing family.

Our first two transfers were unsuccessful and we had no remaining embryos. We decided to go through the matching process with Snowflakes again. Ten embryos this time, which made us hopeful to have several siblings! I’m not sure why we had to go through six FETs before we had our Snowflakes baby, Slade – his name means ‘through/in the valley’. He is a beautiful, sweet baby and much loved by his big sister. We still have remaining embryos and hope to add to our family in the next year or two.

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