Dear L, A and everyone else at the clinic where we had our IVF,
From the very first day my husband and I met you all at your open evening, I think it’s fair to say that we knew we would be in a relationship with you that will truly last a lifetime.
Although we haven’t seen one another for quite some time, there’s not a day that goes by without us thinking of you all. You see, you made our dream come true.
Our dream to have children together, and you didn’t just make it happen once. You blessed us with twins, and for that we will be eternally grateful. For without you, they wouldn’t be here.
You were all so friendly, positive and supportive throughout our treatment. You made us laugh and cry happy tears in equal measure.
When my husband had his surgical sperm retrieval, he was totally out of it on the drugs he’d been given. We took pictures of my him and joked about all of the things he’d said whilst high!
You made us cry tears of joy and disbelief. You’d manage to collect 17 eggs from my bursting at the seams ovaries which had expanded so much they were touching one another! The pain was totally worth it by the way! Out of those 17 eggs, 11 were mature enough to be fertilised and out of those 11, 9 fertilised normally.
You chose the best two and put these two beautiful little embryos back inside me where they belonged.
The next two weeks were the longest weeks ever! At 10 days post embryo transfer, my husband and I, gave in and did a pregnancy test. Before I’d even lifted myself off the toilet seat, in came my husband who stormed past me to get to the pregnancy test!
Those words from his mouth were the sweetest words I’d ever heard! I so desperately wanted to ring you to tell you, but it was the early hours of the morning! When I did eventually speak to you, I remember L saying, “I bet it’s twins!”.
You were right! Two beautiful girls! Born six weeks premature, weighing just 4lb3 and 2lb11, they spent a total of 27 days in two different hospital. Some of that time was spent in the intensive care unit.
Who would believe that in just a few weeks time, our girls will be five years old!
We really can’t thank you all enough for helping us become parents. There aren’t enough words or gestures to convey just how thankful and grateful we are to you all.
You’ll always be in our lives and our girls will know all about how wonderful you all are.
Twin Mummy and Daddy
This post was brought to you as part of TAMBA’s Valentine’s appeal. TAMBA is the Twins and Multiple Birth Association. This month they’re trying to push their Big Research Appeal which will fund research into multiple-birth conditions, such as prematurity and TTTS (Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome). They’re trying to raise £20,000. If you’d like to donate, click here.