The following is Part 5 of Heather and Rodney’s Embryo Adoption story. Their story is revealed in a five part series on the EAAC blog. Part 1-4 are posted on earlier EAAC blogs.

We decided to move forward with the transfer of our last little embryo.  This time, I wanted to do a natural cycle – no meds to control my reproductive system, just allow me to ovulate on my own and then transfer the embryo.  Our clinic was a bit hesitant to do this, but did agree to it.

It was so nice to not have to have the constant injections and to just let my body do what it was supposed to do! When I was ready to ovulate, they had me take a trigger shot to ensure they could time ovulation, and we transferred our final embryo.  Another perfect transfer and we knew that God had this under control, too.

This time, I didn’t test every day.  I wasn’t sure what to think. I didn’t want to get my hopes up too much.  I was scheduled for testing at the clinic at eight days past my transfer (the embryo was five days old when transferred).  That morning I woke up at 4 a.m. and decided to take a pregnancy test.

And there were two lines.

I remember staring at those two lines thinking I must be dreaming.  Was this really happening?  Then the difficulty breathing started.  I was in shock.  Rodney woke up to hear me in the bathroom and thought something was wrong.  When he came in, I just looked at him and shaking like a leaf said, “There are two lines…” and showed him the stick.  I had to make sure he could see them, too!

Sure enough, he could, and this was real.  We called my parents and brother at some crazy hour of the morning to tell them.  I went in for my testing at the clinic and sure enough, the results came back positive.

From there on out, it was smooth sailing!  We saw our little ones heartbeat around seven weeks, a sweet profile ultrasound at 10 weeks; and at 19 weeks found out we were having a girl.

Sweet Aubrey was born on November 1st, 2010 at 1:55 a.m.  She was absolutely breathtaking from the very beginning.  We are so in love and in awe of the gift we have been given in Aubrey.  Every single day she brings us laughter and joy.  She gives us reasons to smile when the rest of life seems so difficult.

Aubrey is now nine months old and continues to delight us with everything she does.  There are no words to describe the gratitude we have to both Nightlight Inc.’s Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program and Aubrey’s genetic parents.  While we do not have much contact with them at this time, we are forever thankful for their sacrifice – their willingness to donate their embryos so they could continue their lives and so we could be parents.

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