Families are stitched together in a myriad of ways, with the unbreakable thread of love.
For James and Andrea Valentine, the path to starting a family of their own was fraught with sorrow and fear.
Miscarriage became the heartbreaking, expected outcome for Andrea time and time again, resulting in five long years of trying to conceive a baby.
But this fall, the Valentine family doubled in size. Their story is filled with beautiful, unexpected twists, ending with two healthy babies born just weeks apart.
It all started when a neighbor, knowing that James and Andrea only had a few embryos left, offered to be a surrogate mother for the couple.
The Valentine’s were stunned at the neighbor’s sincere offer.
“Unknown surrogates are like $10,000 to $20,000 and we don’t have that,” James Valentine told KTRK. “She offered out of the kindness of her heart to be surrogate for us for nothing.”
So the couple moved forward and were delighted to learn that the surrogate’s embryo implant worked. They delighted in knowing that they were finally going to have a baby.
Then, just days after their good news, the Valentine’s received the shock of a lifetime: Andrea was pregnant, too.
“We were excited, shocked, and just nervous because I miscarried so many,” said Andrea Valentine.
But each woman’s pregnancy progressed beautifully, and over the summer, James and Andrea found out their babies’ genders: one boy, and one girl.
“Of course, I wanted a boy. My wife wanted a girl,” James said.
Their son, Britton, was born first. By that time, Andrea was heavily pregnant and the couple scrambled to take care of their newborn while preparing for their second baby.
When Britton was just three weeks old, his sister Kinsley was born.
The Valentine’s are still marveling at their two miracles, grown in different wombs, but loved with the same hearts from the beginning.
Andrea knows her story is unique, and not every infertile mom will see their dreams of holding a biological baby come true. But she has a message for couples struggling with infertility:
“Just try to keep your faith,” Andrea said.
“It’s OK to cry, and just keep your eye at the very end of that goal.”
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