Couple Announces Pregnancy With Emotional Tribute To Fertility Struggles

After trying to conceive for almost three years, a Texas couple announced their pregnancy news with a tribute to their fertility struggles. On Feb. 9, Lauren Walker of The Woodlands posted a photo of needles and medication bottles encircling two baby onesies. One onesie has the words “Worth the Wait,” while the other reads, “and Wait and Wait and Wait.” In the caption, she explained that she and her husband Garyt are expecting twins, a boy and girl due in August. ”We prayed for 953 days...,” Walker wrote. “452 Needles. 1000’s of tears, 1 corrective surgery, 4 Clomid/letrozole attempts, 2 IVF rounds, 3 failed transfers and 1 Amazing GOD.” The mom-to-be explained she and her husband put a lot of thought into their pregnancy announcement. “Everything we could think of fell short of doing them justice. Doing ourselves justice, for every trial and tribulation we have been through these past years,” she wrote. “Taking out these needles by the handful to take this photograph was surreal,” she recalled. “There was a lot of pain, hope, and fear behind each of these needles.” She added, “Each one represents a different day, a different path, a different emotion. It’s a lot to take in. After a good cry, the more I looked at it, the more the needles started to blur together. Now all I see are these tiny onesies that so perfectly sum up our jour...
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Lee Rubin Collins had her first baby in the mid 1990s, and the whole experience was such a joy, she says, she and her husband immediately said, "Let's keep doing this!" They got pregnant easily the first time around, so she was surprised when they tried and tried... and nothing happened. Ultimately, it took two years of fertility treatment, five cycles of in vitro fertilization, and one miscarriage before Collins was able to have another child, making her one of the millions of women in the United States who face secondary infertility -- a condition that is seemingly as misunderstood as it is common. In honor of ...
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