Kevin and I were married in late spring of 2015. Going into our marriage, we knew that Kevin suffered from azoospermia; having a sperm count of practically zero, and having doctors tell us that there was a less than 2% chance of us naturally conceiving. Nevertheless, we knew that we were destined to be parents.
After six years of trying naturally, as well as becoming established in our marriage as just the two of us, we heard about embryo adoption from a family friend. We had never heard of this—so after a quick trip down Google Road, we came across the organization Nightlight Christian Adoptions and the Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program, which we thought might be right for us. After calling to get more information about the process, we felt the love from the very first conversation we had over the phone, and knew that it was the right decision for us to move forward.
Kevin and I both come from moderately big families, so we knew that our “perfect family” would have (hopefully!) five kids. We knew that no matter how they came to us, we would love and cherish them because God brought them into our lives. Our embryo donors that we matched with through Snowflakes Program were fantastic and we were blessed with 11 embryos!
After all the tests, doctors’ visits, and exams, we were ready to implant. I was terrified; I knew I wanted to be a mom—that I would do everything in my power to protect, teach, and guide this little baby. However, waiting those two weeks for the blood test to see if all our patience had paid off was agonizing. Finally, in September 2022, we FINALLY had our positive test! We were elated!
January 2023 we found out that were we having a baby girl, but that she was looking on the smaller side… Panic started setting in… so many prayers were offered to God to help protect her. The week of Valentine’s Day, I was admitted into the hospital with preeclampsia for monitoring and bed rest. My wonderful team of doctors decided that I would come in 3-4 times a week for monitoring, ultrasounds, and blood work to make sure that everything was moving forward nicely.
March 2023—what should have been a normal Friday appointment turned out to be anything but; as I was hooked up to the monitor, our baby girl’s heart rate dropped from 138 to 60. After watching the monitor for a bit and continuing to see her heart rate rise and drop, my OB said, “We are going to deliver right now.” (What?!)
We rushed to the hospital. We were at 31 weeks… All I kept thinking was, “She’s too small!” We had an emergency C-section, and that is when I finally heard it—the small but mighty cry of my baby girl. She was perfect!
After 55 days in the NICU, we were finally able to take her home. She had made HUGE strides; her doctors and nurses were constantly surprised at how well she did. They nicknamed her the “easy baby.”
She may be small, but she is a fighter, and she is everything we have been dreaming of our whole eight years of marriage! I thank God for helping protect her and make her strong. I thank God for the amazing staff at Snowflakes, and I thank God for the wonderful people who allowed us the opportunity to become parents through their donations! You have given us the most amazing gift!