It was just announced that some friends in our church had a baby.
I am delighted for them (and happy that my little girl will have a playmate close to her age in our church), but it was a pretty big surprise as there was no pregnancy and they hadn't mentioned anything publicly. I guess they told some people about a month ago.
So here's the long story: They had twins, a boy and a girl, 14 years ago. Their little girl died at age 10 in her sleep from diabetes complications - SO SO sad! I guess they still had embryos saved from that original process and decided that they were ready (even though they are in their early 50s) to add to their family. They used a surrogate (who happens to live in another state for whatever reason) and they just had a little girl. Here's a situation where this child with older parents was anything but an accident.
I'm not offended in any way that I was not "in the know" but isn't it a weird idea to be able to keep this a secret? I couldn't if I wanted to! And some days I would just rather be me and not "the pregnant woman" *sigh* And to be looking forward to your own baby's birth, but not have the baby growing in your own body! How strange would that be!
The weirdest idea to me is being a surrogate. Just imagine growing someone else's baby in your womb. Would that be easier if it was your first time or better if you knew what you were doing and how your body would change? I lean towards thinking it would be easier if it wasn't your first baby, because you'd know what kind of health issues you were facing and how hard labor can be, but then you'd also know about getting attached to the baby. I guess it wouldn't be that much different than deciding to go through a pregnancy knowing you were going to give the baby up for adoption, but somehow it seems so much stranger.
Crazy and so wonderful and amazing that people are able to do this nowadays. Just another kind of miracle.