Kristen Tripson lost her husband Sam late last year, now Kristen has undergone IVF and is 17 weeks pregnant with Sam’s child.
Announcing on Instagram last month Kristen told loved ones –
“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”.
“I know this isn’t going to be easy,” Kristen told Us Weekly. “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. He was so funny and so silly . . . and I love it when I see that in my children now . . . I get little reminders of Sam every day.”
Kristen is due on Oct. 28 and doesn’t want to know the sex of the baby, as the couple didn’t find out with their other two children, Jack, 5, and Alice Ann, 2.
“We never found out with any of our kids,” she says. “Will it be a little Sam? Who knows? But they’ll be perfect.”
She still aches for Sam every single day. “I’m a little uptight. I like a schedule,” she tells Us weekly. “He was so funny and so silly … and I love it when I see that in my children now, because I worry, oh my goodness, I don’t want these kids to be exactly like me. But it’s amazing how his qualities are in them.… I get little reminders of Sam every day.”
We wish her all the best.
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