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After being diagnosed with fibroid tumors as a single 34-year-old, Kim Overton was advised to try for a baby sooner rather than later. That’s when the owner of Solo Starting began her path to motherhood on her own, welcoming her first child at the age of 39.
A few years later she was ready for pregnancy two, but as Kim writes in a touching blog post, “This is when things got tough.”
After many false alarms and an emotional roller coaster, Kim’s thoughts turned to surrogacy. She writes:
“When I was having an emotional conversation with my cousin about my infertility experience, I told her that I simply needed a new uterus! We both laughed. If only things were really that easy. But then we started talking about my cousin’s beautiful 26-year-old daughter, Cydnee, who was a mother to two little girls. I don’t know exactly what my cousin said to her daughter after our conversation, but later that night, Cydnee, like an angel, called me and said she would be more than happy to help. She would be my surrogate.”
After two embryo transfers and one pregnancy lost in early weeks, Kim and Cydnee decided to try one last time. In July 2015 they received the joyous news Cydnee was pregnant, and nine months later the whole family (which includes Kim’s husband, whom she met and married in the three years the surrogacy process took) welcomed baby boy Oliver into the world.
Check out the gorgeous images of his birth captured by Leilani Rogers, an Austin, TX birth photographer:
Kim: “Sitting at Cydnee’s side, we’re moments away from meeting Oliver.” (All images shared with permission from Leilani Rogers, Photographer)
“This picture captures the moment I first saw the baby’s head as he starts to crown. It all becomes real for me here and I’m simply overtaken with emotions.”
“Oliver makes his debut.”
“This picture says it all. Simply elated.”
“My cousin, Ericka, congratulating me as Oliver’s older brother looks on.”
“Mother and daughter love.”
Newborn baby smile
Meet your new brother
“The love in the room was incredibly intoxicating and overflowing. In this picture, Jason is telling Cydnee what an amazing job she did.”
“Spending more time with Oliver, skin on skin. Although it looks like I’m nursing him here, he’s just laying on me. For feeding, Cydnee hand expressed the initial colostrum then began pumping.”
“Oliver is cleaned up after our skin to skin bonding time.”
“I embraced Cydnee and began to cry three years worth of tears. I was beyond grateful for her incredibly selfless act, and relieved that the long haul was finally over.”
Though she’s got a new baby on her hands, Kim was kind enough to give us an update on how everyone is doing now. She told BabyCenter he’s now 2 weeks old, and everyone recently gathered for his baby shower.
“Our surrogate, Cydnee, was there with her mom and two daughters,” Kim explained. “This was her daughters’ first time meeting Oliver. It was super sweet. Cydnee continued dialog with her girls throughout the pregnancy, so they understood that the baby in mommy’s tummy was their cousin. In fact, Cydnee’s four year old referred to me as ‘Oliver’s mommy’ instead of ‘cousin Kim,’ Very cute! The girls are 3 and 4, and they get it.”
She went on to tell us that “Cydnee nursed Oliver while there. Initially, we both resisted the idea of allowing him to nurse out of concern of attachment. But we got over that really quickly and put the interest of his health above it all. He nursed twice during the party yesterday, was happy and full as can be. He opened his eyes for maybe 5 seconds during the entire party, he was so happy and full from nursing!”
The entire family is excited to have welcomed Oliver into their group, and the proud parents are thrilled to take turns feeding him and changing diapers.
You’re welcome to check out more of Kim’s story via her blog, as well as connect with photographer Leilani Rogers on Facebook. Many thanks to the family for sharing their story with us, and congratulations to everyone!
Photos courtesy of Leilani Rogers
This post was originally published in April, 2016
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