While announcing a pregnancy on Facebook has become a common occurrence, few pregnancy posts have touched so many people around the world as one American couple’s.
When Lauren and Garyt Walker announced they were expecting twins after years of IVF, they wanted to share their experience in a way that paid tribute to their journey.
The couple had been through two rounds of IVF and had three failed embryo transfers.
So Lauren created a photo of two baby onesies, surrounded by all the needles and medication she had taken throughout the process.
“We thought about how to announce our two miracles to the world,” Lauren wrote on her Facebook page.
“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.”
According to Lauren, the hardest part of this journey wasn’t having to do IVF.
“Getting to that fork in the road is heartbreaking and difficult for anyone, but it was not my darkest hour. My darkest hour was going through an entire cycle and losing embryo after embryo; 5. Coming so far only to miscarry. Getting to where all the hope, the money, all of what could have been your children was gone.”
Then, success. The couple are now expecting twins.
“When I saw that first ultrasound and held their picture I remember crying.. shaking,” writes Lauren. “Looking at them and saying over and over ‘Mommy loves you. Mommy loves you both so so much.’ I could barely get the words out.
“Mommy and Daddy cannot wait to hold you in our arms, for we have carried you in our hearts for a lifetime.”