The stunning Jamie Choike, Adelynn (almost 3), and Eleanor (9 weeks).
Jamie and her husband learned early on that they would likely never be able to conceive without the assistance of in-vitro fertilization (IVF). There is a lot of adoption in their family so it was an easy choice to adopt first. They took their adoption classes and were matched with a birth mother in Seattle soon after. They flew out for the birth, and spent four days in the hospital with the baby, only to have the adoption fall through. Going home without the baby they had thought was theirs was difficult and there was definitely a period of grief and mourning that followed.
A few months after they were matched with Adelynn's birth mom and she was born just 2.5 weeks after. Adelynn was born via scheduled cesarean and Jamie was able to be in the room. Holding her right away and being able to stay with her until she was ready to come home was a wonderful experience and they enjoyed easing into parent hood. They maintain a close and positive relationship with Adelynn's birth mother and Jamie says it's been the best choice for them in starting their family.
When the time came to grow their family, they decided to try a round of IVF after learning that their insurance would cover it. To their amazement they conceived on their first attempt and went on to have a healthy pregnancy with Eleanor. Because she had never expected to carry a baby, Jamie really focused on enjoying every moment she possibly could. She planned to deliver without medications or interventions if at all possible and was able to achieve that. Her water broke at home and she went into hospital but contractions hadn't started yet. The doctors wanted to start Pitocin but she asked to wait until morning and they agreed. Contractions picked up in the middle of the night and labor continued to progress without any issues. Eleanor was born without complication and is doing great.
Jamie's says that when they walk down the street her family may look different but they're the same as any other. She wants her girls to grow up as strong women, know where they came from and how they got here. She wants them to be proud of their bodies and their family and documenting this is an important part of that journey.