The incredible tale of a mother who adopted two newborn babies four months apart.

“I went to have an ultrasound for tummy concerns when I was six weeks old, and they realised my ovaries weren’t joined up properly.” The doctor thought it would be preferable to remove them at the time. I discovered that I would never be able to have children when I was 13 years old. That’s when I started looking into adoption. As I grew older, my most significant concern was having to tell a future spouse that I would never be able to give birth to their children. After that, I met Jason. We fell head over heels for him, a single father of two adorable small sons.

Woman who is not able to have children sits on end of bed snuggled up to husband
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I revealed to him the essential secret before we got engaged. Only a few people were aware of my existence. As I informed him, I sobbed. He then snatched my face and told me it didn’t matter how our children arrived at our home. They’d be OUR kids, after all. We were allowed to adopt in June of last year. We didn’t want to go through an agency after doing a lot of research. There were just too many dubious ones out there, and after all, was said and done, they cost around $55K. So we decided to go it alone. We used the internet and social media to market ourselves. We created an adoption page on Facebook and paid-for targeted marketing. We have an Instagram page with images of our lives and an adoption.com profile. A few women contacted us, but most of them turned out to be scammers. Then we received a Facebook message. We received an email from a young woman informing us that her friend was pregnant and looking for a family.

We received a phone call from this woman in Missouri on September 1st, and we spoke for an hour and a half. Over the next month, we grew closer and more excited about one other. On the other hand, she never provided us with official proof of pregnancy. People are constantly faking ultrasounds and blood tests on the internet. My husband wanted to renew our adoption.com profile one more time, and I was ready to commit because I trusted this woman. On October 1st, we continued it, and on October 2nd, we received a message from another expectant mother. She was interested in meeting us after seeing our profile. We met two days later at a bit of café 20 minutes from our home. Just as we believed she’d duped us, a pregnant girl and her mother strolled in. We exchanged hugs, and she showed us ultrasounds of a tiny newborn boy. He then began kicking, and she asked me to feel her stomach. She asked us how we were feeling at the end of breakfast. She then requested if we would adopt her child and cherish him for the rest of our lives. Jason and I were both in tears. Smack dab amid a diner; I’m completely taken aback. We stood there for three weeks, watching our son Andy be born. I first took him in my arms and kissed his delicate hands. That was on the 30th of October, 2017.

Husband and wife stand arm in arm as they they their newborn adopted baby in hospital room
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Husband and wife hug in hospital room beside their adopted newborn
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Mother smiles in selfie with her adopted child laying on her chest
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Newborn lays on adopted mother's chest while she smiles beside husband whose finger is being held by baby
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I continued to speak with the first expectant mother we had matched with as we brought Andy home and adjusted to being new parents. She had never provided us with proof. She had also expressed her joy and informed us that her baby had found a new family. I was delighted for her, and we kept in touch regularly over the next few months. I received a phone call from this same woman in January of this year. She informed me that she had just told the other family that she did not feel comfortable with them adopting her child. She went on to say that she had a feeling this baby was meant to be ours. She texted me photographs of an ultrasound of the baby boy growing in her stomach while I stood there holding my 3-month-old newborn son. I couldn’t say anything. But I was also aware. I knew it deep down.

My husband and I prayed a lot over the next two weeks about adding another newborn to our family only months apart. The same resounding response was given over and over. We flew up to Missouri with Andy six weeks after that phone call and met a mother and three children the night before she was induced. We all clicked right away. The next day, we stood by her bedside, watching our baby Ellis be born. Jason was even allowed to cut the cord. I was the first to take him in my arms and kiss his tiny hands once more.

Adoptive mother and father lean over hospital bed where birth mother lays with newborn
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Woman sits up in hospital bed with newborn she is giving up for adoption and adoptive parents first child
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Mother smiles in selfie as adopted newborn baby lays on her chest
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Adopted newborn laying in white blanket
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We never imagined having two newborn babies just four months apart. Adoption is a beautiful thing. I became a mother due to a woman’s greatest sacrifice and selfless decision. I’m the proud mother of two of the perfect baby boys I could ask for.

Newborn and adopted newborn lay asleep with blanket over them
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Newborn adopted brothers sit on carpet beside crib
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Adopted newborns sit in bathtub with hair slicked up with soap
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We got a solid sense for contacting Ellis’s biological mother four months after he was born because she said they were going through a difficult time. Jason and I then decided to fly her oldest child over to spend ten days with us so he could spend time with Ellis. Sean had never flown or been that far away from home. We fell in love with this sweet boy right away. The ten days we were extended into the entire summer.

Young boy smiling with his birth parents
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He asked whether he might see his new buddies try out for football at the end of the summer. He was chatting to the coaches and asking if he could try out before we realised it. In his first year of organised sports, Sean made the top football team for eighth grade. He asked his mother if he could stay with her. She said everything he wanted to hear. Sean has been with us for six months, and his football team has advanced to the playoffs.

Teen boy sits on ground with his biological brother who was adopted and his brother
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We never imagined a year ago that we would be adding three additional children (all boys) to the two we already had in less than nine months. I haven’t given birth to any of the five sons at home. However, I am their mother. Andy and Ellis’ adoptions have now been finalised. They’ve been dubbed Orams. Our oldest two boys, as well as their mother, share custody of us. We also don’t know how long Sean will be staying. Blood isn’t required to form a family. It comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. All that matters is love. We’ve arrived. Currently, there are seven members in the family. We are deeply in love with one other. And they have a lot of fun together. It isn’t always straightforward. There are many highs and lows, as well as everything in between. But we wouldn’t change it for anything.”

Wife lays in bed with two adopted sons, her husband and his two sons, and her adopted son's brother
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Teen lays on ground with biological brother beside his brother and their step brothers
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