Couple Have Rainbow Tᴡɪɴs After 12 ᴀɢᴏɴɪsɪɴɢ Years Of Trying Share Their Journeys
When 32-year-old Katie McCarton and her engineer husband, Gary, 36, started trying for a baby in 2007, they were full of hope that they would soon have a family of their own.
Folloᴡɪɴg five rounds of I.V.F by 2015, Katie said they feared parenthood had ᴇʟᴜᴅᴇᴅ them, adding: ‘It was a really hard time, we had got to the point where we were thinking about ᴀᴅᴏᴘᴛɪᴏɴ. I just Fᴇʟᴛ ɴᴜᴍʙ to everything. It was ʜᴇᴀʀᴛʙʀᴇᴀᴋɪɴɢ. People don’t realise how hard I.V.F can be.’
Their luck changed when Katie’s sister-in-law Lauren Byrne, 35, a bookkeeper, sent a heartfelt letter to a women’s magazine ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴇᴛɪᴛɪᴏɴ and won a free round of I.V.F for the couple.
When the first cycle failed, the ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄᴀʟ ᴛᴇᴀᴍ at Nurture Fertility in Nottingham were so touched by their story that they gave them one free cycle and in February 2019 they ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇɪᴠᴇᴅ – after 12 years of trying. Then, on October 4, after a healthy pregnancy but a ᴛʀᴀᴜᴍᴀᴛɪᴄ ᴇᴀʀʟʏ ᴅᴇʟɪᴠᴇʀʏ, Kit and Margo – ʙᴏʏ ᴀɴᴅ ɢɪʀʟ tᴡɪɴs – became the rainbow miracles their parents had thought would never be possible.
Katie said: ‘It was a dream come true.’
Katie had always wanted to become a mum, so when she met Gary in ᴀ ᴘᴜʙ in 2006 and their love bʟᴏssomed, it was inevitable they would start trying for a family. The folloᴡɪɴg years were extremely difficult to the pair, with pregnancy ʟᴏss and a ɴᴜᴍʙᴇʀ ᴏF ᴏᴛʜᴇʀ ʜᴀʀʀᴏᴡɪɴɢ ᴍᴏᴍᴇɴᴛs.
Speaking about the sᴛɪʟʟʙɪʀᴛʜ they experienced, Katie said: ‘We had a sᴄᴀɴ and they thought everything looked ok, but then six days later I went into labour. By the time I got into hospital, I was five centimetres dilated. There was nothing medics could do to stop my birth and my tᴡɪɴs were sᴛɪʟʟʙᴏʀɴ. My little tᴡɪɴs, Teddy and Beau, a ʙᴏʏ and a ɢɪʀʟ, were so beautiful. It was ʜᴇᴀʀᴛʙʀᴇᴀᴋɪɴɢ.’
After that, Katie and Gary continued ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴍᴇɴt, but were despondent as to whether they would ever be biological parents.
Katie said: ‘When my sister-in-law asked if she could enter us in a ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴇᴛɪᴛɪᴏɴ for free I.V.F, I agreed, but I never thought we’d ᴡɪɴ. It just felt like it wasn’t meant to be.’
But not only did they ᴡɪɴ, they were also given a second free cycle and, at long last, became the family of four they had always dreamed of being.
‘I was in sʜᴏᴄᴋ, I couldn’t believe I was actually pregnant. It was a dream come true,’ said Katie.
The pregnancy went smoothly, but the delivery was anything but. When Katie went into labour at 34 weeks, doctors opted to ᴀɴᴀᴇsᴛʜᴇᴛɪsᴇ ʜᴇʀ ᴅᴜʀɪɴɢ ᴀɴ ᴇᴍᴇʀɢᴇɴᴄʏ ᴄᴀᴇsᴀʀɪᴀɴ sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ to birth the babies safely. The couple’s rainbow tᴡɪɴs continued to grow in NICU and just 18 days later, in October 2019, they took them home.‘It was just sᴜʀʀᴇᴀʟ. I was sat on the playmat as everyone passed them around. No one had been able to see them in hospital, so everyone wanted to see them right away,’ said Katie. The first night was out of this world. Everyone left and it was just the four of us together. It was magical.’
Now, 20 months old, the tᴡɪɴs are happy and healthy, and Katie is loving being a tᴡɪɴ mum, saying she is in a ‘special club.’
‘The tᴡɪɴs are doing amazingly. Margo is a sᴀssʏ ᴅɪᴠᴀ, sʜᴇ’s ᴀ ᴘʀᴏᴘᴇʀ little ɢɪʀʟ. She says lot of words and loves playing with her kitchen and Wendy house. Kit is just a typical ʙᴏʏ. He’s ᴏʙsᴇssᴇᴅ ᴡɪᴛʜ ʙᴜʙʙʟᴇs ᴀɴᴅ sᴛɪᴄᴋ man and just gets into anything and everything.’ said Katie.
The devoted couple love being parents to their bubbly duo and remain amazed that they won their babies in the That’s Life! magazine ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴇᴛɪᴛɪᴏɴ.
‘We have our dream family. We were eating in the garden the other day and I just thought, “Wow, we are so lucky. We never thought we’d have this. I’ve never known love like this. It’s the most amazing experience. I just can’t wait to see who they become and what they do with their lives.’