Welcome! I’m so glad you’re here.
I’m Jenn. My wife and I met in February 2013 over beers at a local sports bar. She proposed in November 2014 (I said yes!) and we went on to have our dream wedding in November of 2016.
We knew after our second date that we both wanted to have children. She made it clear that she didn’t want to carry, which worked out well since that’s all I ever dreamed of. We decided to pursue a process called reciprocal IVF to have children – a process which would give her a biological link to our babies, while offering me the opportunity to carry them.
We began the process of creating our family in January of 2017 (well, officially we started our family in May of 2016 when we adopted our sweet Cockapoo, Barley). We investigated fertility clinics before deciding on one with a staff we felt very comfortable with. A doctor at our chosen fertility clinic harvested my wife’s eggs (roughly 40 in total), fertilized them from donor sperm which we purchased from a large national sperm bank, and implanted one of the embryos into my uterus to grow.
We lost that first baby in September of 2017 in a miscarriage around the seven week mark. We then went on to have a second (ultimately successful) transfer in November 2017 which led to the birth of our daughter in August 2018 after a truly magical and relatively easy pregnancy.
We’re now documenting the journey of raising our daughter in a two mom family.
We’re thrilled to have you join us on this journey and hope that the documentation of this process helps other couples who may be hoping to pursue a similar journey. The ups and downs of our fertility journey – including rough costs – are all documented within this blog, but if you have an unanswered question or can’t find something that you’re hoping to know more about, please let me know in a comment and I’d be happy to help!
The fertility journey (and now parenthood) are incredibly emotional and full of challenges as well as absolutely beautiful moments. We’re just trying to work through the challenges and revel in the joyful moments as much as we can.
Love and light,