This story of a woman who conceived her husband's child after he passed away is so moving.
Kristen Tripson found the most beautiful way to honor her husband after his death: She conceived his child, a baby girl who was just born.
We know what you're thinking: How is it even possible to conceive a child with someone who is, sadly, no longer around? Chalk it up to a miracle—and a round of IVF. After her husband, Sam, died from lymphoma in 2015, Tripson chose to go through with the couple's plans to get pregnant via the fertility treatment. She shared an Instagram post announcing her pregnancy 29 weeks ago.
Well. I'm pregnant. And, yes. It's Sam's. To make a very long story sort of short... In order to have more biological children after cancer treatment, Sam and I had to go through IVF. It was wildly emotional, physically taxing and truly a post for another day. But it left us with 4 frozen embryos. Alice Ann was our first. We tried again this past summer with another, but I lost it very early. Two weeks after that, Sam relapsed and three weeks after that, he was gone. Though we never talked much about "the end", we did talk about our embryos. I know it's a very personal, private subject, but to us, they were our potential children. On ice. It was always our plan, regardless of what happened, that they would have a chance at life. Over the past 6 months, there has never been a doubt as to what I was going to do. Even in the ICU during his final hours, I knew what I was going to do. After he was gone, I laid next to him for a long time. I prayed for the strength I would need to get up and leave the hospital and eventually, when I was ready, to move forward with our plans. It took months of prep work and evaluation. Both physically and mentally. My doctor didn't take this lightly, but he also knew us very well and wasn't surprised by my decision. So on February 9th, with both my mom and Sam's mom next to me, I had our final two embryos transferred. There were a lot of tears and so much love in that room. I found out a few weeks later that I was carrying one strong baby. And that's ok. The way I see it, I get one and Sam gets one. Of course, it's bittersweet. And yes, a bit unconventional. But it was our decision and what I consider to be one of life's most beautiful blessings. So I'm beyond happy and excited to announce our new addition is due in October. Jack claims he wants a sister. We'll see. Like with my previous pregnancies, I'll find out what it is in the delivery room. Or as Sam used to call it, "The Original Gender Reveal". ❤️ #MovingForwardNotMovingOn #ivf #ivfflorida
"With both my mom and Sam's mom next to me, I had our final two embryos transferred," Tripson wrote. "There were a lot of tears and so much love in that room. I found out a few weeks later that I was carrying one strong baby. And that's ok. The way I see it, I get one and Sam gets one. Of course, it's bittersweet. And yes, a bit unconventional. But it was our decision and what I consider to be one of life's most beautiful blessings."
Tripson gave birth to her third child, Lillian Belle Tripson, on October 23. The little girl is gorgeous, healthy and sure to serve as a beautiful reminder of her father's life.
We are so in awe of the mama's strength and we hope this baby brings her so much comfort. It certainly seems like she's taken an amazingly tough situation and turned it into something beautiful. “I know this isn’t going to be easy,” she told Us Weekly of deciding to have her late husband's child. “I’m not scared. I’m so excited to meet this little person. It’s hard to process, but just having a chance to meet another one of Sam’s children, it just blows my mind.”