Gladys and John

John and I met in 2002 and got married in May 2004. We started building our dream together of having a family and building lots of memories with our children. We tried getting pregnant for years with no success. After consulting different doctors we found out that I have Polycystic Ovaries, which is the main reason why I couldn’t get pregnant. We tried several infertility treatments but we failed over and over again until one of my friends mentioned Dr. Beth Taylor to me and we decided to have a consult with her. Dr Taylor presented us with different options and we opted to do the IVF. Our 1st try failed. It gave us so much heartache, but we didn't lose hope as we had a frozen embryo reserved for another transfer.

After the next transfer I found out in Dec. 2012 that I was pregnant for the first time. We were so happy and celebrated Christmas with so much joy and excitement. Then on the eve of New Year we found out that my pregnancy hormones dropped and were told the bad news that it wasn’t a viable pregnancy. Our hearts were crushed with so much sadness and grief; we couldn't believe that it was happening to us.

We moved on and talked to Dr Taylor about another plan. We decided that it was worth another try and in Sept 2013 we got pregnant again, another successful IVF. Never did I think that another nightmare was bound to happen. We lost our baby at 5 weeks of pregnancy. We were devastated, heartbroken! It was hard enough for us to lose one but another one really put us to the edge. Our moods suffered and even our relationship. I blamed myself many many times for why I couldn’t have my own child or why I couldn’t get pregnant and stay pregnant. We're not losing hope, that's what we kept telling ourselves, although deep down inside us we're fighting over the feeling of fear that we might have to accept it that we'll never have children of our own. I will never experience the fulfillment of breast feeding or will never hear a child calling us Mommy and Daddy. It was a scary thought but we're never gonna give up without a fight! We will defeat infertility. Hope is something not worth giving up for.

Then in December of 2013, I got an email from Dr. Taylor about a new game plan and a new protocol. My doctor never lost faith that I was capable of having a child. She wanted me to be in the best health condition before we started another cycle. In April of 2014, we started my new protocol. Yes another IVF cycle. People may think that I was crazy doing this again for the third time after multiple failed cycles but like I said we had Hope and we weren’t giving up without a fight. 

We continued on, we prayed and prayed for a positive result. We found out in the beginning of May 2014 that I was pregnant again. Fear never left me at this point but my numbers came back strong. We were so happy about the good news and couldn’t wait to do our first ultrasound. First ultrasound came along with Dr. Taylor and she found two heartbeats. We couldn’t believe it with our own eyes that we're having twins! John and I left the office and started crying for joy this time. But we knew this was not it, we had a long way to go. Another ultrasound at 8 weeks confirmed 2 viable babies! Another joyous moment with our doctor, of course we cried again. This time everything was starting to sink in that we're going to be parents of two.

I finally got discharged to an OB for follow ups. There were some hiccups along the way but my babies stayed strong inside me. We were so pleased to find out that we're having a boy/girl twins. We were expecting the twins to come around Christmas time but they decided to come early at 30 weeks and 5 days. We welcomed Brielle Kaley and Brennon Noel on Nov 5 2014, the happiest day of my life and the first day of being a Mommy. Both stayed in the NICU for a while and did really well. My boy had to stay longer as he was smaller and needs more time to grow. For the first time, in 10 years of being married with each other, we finally had a complete Christmas with our twins Brielle and Brennon. 

The twins are now healthy, happy, busy toddlers with minds of their own and a little bit of attitude! Lol I can’t believe how fast they are growing up. John and I will be meeting with the principal of their pre school to enrol them in September.