For couple who decides to get pregnant using a surrogate, finding the right person can be a difficult process. After all, there’s nothing more intimate than trusting someone to carry your own baby. So for one Texarkana couple, their it made sense to go with a surrogate they already knew quite well: the father’s mom.
Kayla Jones, 29, and her husband Cody always wanted a family, but since Kayla had undergone a partial hysterectomy when she was 17, surrogacy was their best option. Kayla and Cody had been searching for a suitable surrogate since their 2012 wedding, without much success. That’s when they began to consider Cody’s mom, Patty Resecker.
The whole idea started as a joke.
“My mother-in-law always joked about being our surrogate,” Kayla told Love What Matters. “After a couple of our surrogate options did not work out, we started to take my mother-in-law more seriously.”
Before they could move forward with the plan, Kayla and Cody had to make sure it was feasible, and to convince their skeptical doctor. Kayla did extensive research and learned that grandmothers had been surrogates before. Then, everyone had to undergo medical tests to make sure the procedure was possible.
But even once they got the green light, actually getting pregnant was far from easy. Their first attempts failed, and the couple began to feel discouraged. “We were devastated but decided to give it one more try. In May 2017 we found out we were pregnant!” Kayla said.
A unique pregnancy like this called for a unique pregnancy photoshoot, and the family delivered.
Kayla says most people have been supportive when hearing about the pregnancy. “For the most part we have had great reactions to our story,” she told Bored Panda. “Some people find it ‘weird’ but if they understood the process it might not seem so weird to them.”
Seven months after finding out they were pregnant, Patty gave birth to a boy, Kross Allen Jones.
Best of all, everyone is healthy and thriving.
“Patty is doing great!” Kayla said. “She starts back to work next week. She says she feels blessed to have been able to do the journey. She has been so great.”
It’s too early to tell if Kayla, Cody, and Patty might want to try this again, since the process is so expensive. But no matter what they all decide, they’ve got plenty to be happy about.
h/t: Bored Panda