This week I’m linking up with one of my favorite blogs, Kelly’s Korner. Her “Show us Your Life” Friday feature is for grandmothers 🙂 It was almost exactly one year ago that I became the grandmother of twins -long awaited, much loved and prayed for, special little people. For several years, my son and dear daughter in law tried on their own, and also through fertility treatments, to have a baby. They were finally told that it would take IVF (in vitro fertilization) for their wish for a baby to come true. Son and dear DIL prayed long and hard about what to do…. and then one day they learned about embryo adoption. It was truly an answer to prayer. This was perfect for them! It was not only less expensive than IVF, it would possibly give a chance at life to a frozen embryo (which we personally believe to be a little person). Families who do IVF, sometimes have left over frozen embryos that they do not want or cannot use themselves and they may have an option to put their “left over” embryos up for adoption. Our embryos came to us through a Christian embryo adoption agency. It is much like adopting a baby… you have a caseworker, fill out lots of paperwork, pass thorough background checks, have a parenting plan, and then you get “matched” to a family. To make a long story short, the first try at transferring the frozen embryos was unsuccessful. A few months later, another attempt was made and this time, everything was just right. We rejoiced to learn that dear DIL was indeed pregnant. We rejoiced even more a few weeks later when we learned -via ultrasound- that twins were on the way! Here are a few photos…
Isn’t it amazing to see both our babies at only 7 weeks along?
Then we watched dear DIL “blossom” as well….
The pregnancy didn’t exactly sail along in smooth waters… at 26 weeks, dear DIL had to be admitted to the hospital for pre term labor. She spent approx 6 weeks in the hospital on strict bed rest and then two weeks at home – also on strict bed rest. Then…. when she was 33 weeks and 2 days, her water broke. We knew the babies were coming early, but we were also so thankful that she had been able to keep them safely inside for 33+ weeks. Let me insert here that I’ve been a neonatal nurse for over 30 years, and in my heart I knew that there could be ALL SORTS of complications with babies born even 7 weeks early. Thankfully, the twins had a typical and normal course in the NICU.
Here they are, Jake and Katelyn, 6 days old. They were both around 4 pounds and 6 ounces at birth, Jake being a few ounces bigger than his sister. You can see they have feeding tubes in. Premature babies need to mature before they can take all their feeds on their own, so this is very typical.
Here they are, sleeping in their isolettes.
After about 3 weeks, we had our precious twins at home. Grammie Suz went to spend a couple weeks with the new family – precious days that will never be forgotten. Our babies thrived and grew and grew! Even though they were preemies, they learned quickly how much they loved to nurse. No, I won’t be posting a photo of that! But it was impressive, how quickly they caught on and went from all bottles (and dear DIL so busy, pumping, pumping, pumping) to simply nursing and loving it.
In about two weeks, we’ll celebrate their 1st birthday. On that day we’ll send up special prayers to thank God for bringing these special, darling, and oh-so-loved babies into our lives. 🙂 I can’t say enough wonderful things about embryo adoption. What a wonderful answer to many prayers!