I don't know if you guys remember this post. It was a sad time for this special couple.
This is an update on that post...
The couple I talked about in the post above is my sister, Kiki, and her husband Aaron.
Here is their story...
Kiki and Aaron have a precious son named Owen. Owen is six and a half years old. They got pregnant with Owen after over a year of trying. They were getting frustrated and were about to begin some fertility treatments, when all of a sudden they found out they were pregnant with him! What a blessing!
As soon as Owen was born and they got the OK, they started trying to get pregnant again.
That was about six years ago.
Kiki and Aaron have struggled with infertility (or is it struggling with fertility?) for six years. They have had four failed IVF attempts, numerous failed IUIs, and countless other failed options. They have spent a small fortune on pregnancy tests that were negative, ovulation predictor kits, and other "no fail" pregnancy options. Not only was there a LOT of money spent, there were even more tears shed and emotions running wild at the prospect of a pregnancy that never came to fruition.
We were there for each failed IVF. It was awful for us. I can't even imagine how awful it was for THEM.
Not only that, but Kiki's sisters have had three kids since she started trying six years ago- Jill, Jay, and Charley. You can imagine how hard that is for her. There was a lot of anger and hurt over those six years. Questions to God wondering why it was happening to them. Disappointment. Resentment. The list could go on and on. There was talk of adoption, talk of egg donation, surrogates. Ultimately, there was just no baby.
So back in October our family took a trip to Hawaii to help Kiki and Aaron celebrate their 10th anniversary. The third day of the trip Kiki SHOCKED us all with a positive pregnancy test!!!!! NO fertility treatments involved! Blessing doesn't even scratch the surface of this!! We were all elated and had a blast celebrating them. It was FINALLY their time.
Over the next four weeks, there were problems. There was spotting, bleeding, cramping. At their 8 week appointment they discovered they had lost their baby. Their hope. Their blessing. I don't know if you can even imagine their devastation.
Kiki had a hard winter holidays. Not only that, but I was pregnant with Charley and due to deliver soon. More disappointment.
My mom and I went to Austin at the end of January because Michelle and Scott were in town and we wanted to visit with them. We met up with them at Stubbs when Kiki announced they were expecting AGAIN! No fertility treatments this time either!!!!! We were elated, but cautious.
Kiki and Aaron lived in fear for the next four weeks. Waiting. Any uncomfortable feeling in her tummy sent her head into a tailspin- and rightfully so. After 8 weeks passed there was a little tension lifted. But there were still another 5 to go until the "all clear" was given.
Kiki and Baby Fountain made it to 13 weeks. And 14 weeks. Then 15 weeks. And so on. She is now 20 weeks ALONG! Her belly is growing, and she is feeling so much better. Not only that, but they recently found out that they are HAVING A GIRL!!!!!!!! A sweet, perfect little sister to Owen, and a perfect little cousin to Jake, Josh, Jill, Jay, and Charley!
This is SUCH a deserving couple (aren't most couples?!). They are incredible parents. Owen is a fantastic, smart, kind, and loving kid. I honestly can't think of too many other couples that should have a baby more than them (but again, I'm a little biased). I am so beyond excited for them!! God delivers His blessings and fulfills His promises!
I wanted to write this post because I know there are A LOT of people out there who struggle with fertility. I have witnessed the hurt, devastation, frustration, and other roller coaster emotions felt by those directly affected. I have learned so much from them- what not to say, what helps, etc... It's definitely an education and a process that you can't understand unless you've been there (so I've been told- clearly I don't FULLY understand it).
My point is- DON'T GIVE UP HOPE. It can happen. It might not be on your timeline, but it IS on God's timeline. DON'T GIVE UP. Remember Abraham and Sarah. Remember my sister, Kiki. And DON'T GIVE UP.
Please continue to pray for this special family! :)