Adoption Journey

Adoption is complicated

but it is also rich with

narratives of strength.

Adoption is complicated but it is also rich with narratives of strength.

As most of you know, we have been struggling with infertility for a while now, both before we got pregnant with Remi and since he was 12 weeks old.

I was diagnosed with PCOS and endometriosis in the summer of 2019, and in January of this year, I had surgery to try to correct both of those things. As you know, they were successful and we conceived in March.

After losing our baby we jumped back into treatments and tried more aggressive measures, none of which have been successful. We’ve been through every test, surgery, and tried several different medications. Every month became a cycle of waiting that almost always led to great heartbreak.

Three months ago, we decided we were at peace with not “trying” for any more biological children, and we both felt God was leading and preparing our hearts for adoption.

I think it’s important to share both Justin and I have had a heart for adoption long before we started trying to have children. I can’t help but smile when I see how God orchestrates everything, because when I was in my darkest place, someone asked me if I’ve ever considered embryo adoption.

I had heard of embryo adoption but hadn’t done much research into it. As I slowly started researching, I felt this is exactly the road God wanted us to head down.

For those of you who aren’t familiar, when a couple goes through IVF they could end up with several “extra” embryos. These embryos are either destroyed, kept frozen, or donated. In the case they’re donated, they go into a bank and can be adopted out.

This process is biologically very different than traditional adoption because if the embryo transfer is successful, I will get to carry and birth the baby which is ultimately my dream.

Though it’s biologically different, it is similar in the sense it’s still an adoption, with lots of paperwork and can be a long process. We are asking for prayers through this whole process that Gods hand would be in every aspect! Our initial appointment is coming up in January in Knoxville, TN.

♥️ Alethea & Justin Sheehan
Dec 12, 2020

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