- Samantha and Mickey Clark, from Oregon, went through fertility issues before welcoming healthy triplets last summer
- The couple had several embryos frozen, but had to box them up to transfer them to a new clinic when they moved
- Along the way, they stopped to ‘play’ with the embryos in the park, introduce them to a dog, and walk them in a stroller
A young couple from Oregon managed to find ‘humor in infertility,’ and their funny photoshoot has charmed the internet.
Due to health issues, Samantha Clark, 29, had to freeze her embryos and later undergo IVF in order to get pregnant. But she and her husband Mickey, 32, managed to stay positive throughout the process.
So positive, in fact, that when they had to transport their frozen embryos during a move in 2016, they decided to make a few stops along the way to take some fun pictures with their unborn future children.
‘We knew I was going to have problems getting pregnant before we were married,’ Samantha told Scary Mommy. ‘I was diagnosed with PCOS, endometriosis and had a few other health issues. So we chose not to have an expensive wedding ceremony and started actively pursuing adoption, foster care, and infertility treatments.’
Eventually, they has several embryos frozen in order to be used for in vitro fertilization.
Then, in November of 2016, the couple moved homes. That meant that their cryopreserved embryos would need to move, too, to a new clinic closer to their new home.
‘They were going to mail our embryos via FedEx to a clinic closer to us,’ Samantha explained, before sharing her fears about the process. ‘We had just watched several viral videos of FedEx drivers throwing packages over fences… so I said NO WAY!’
Instead, the duo decided to ferry the embryos to the new clinic themselves. Their embryologist told them that many other couples did the same thing, and the embryos were then packed up in their metal container inside a cardboard box.
When the Clarks were on their way to pick up the package, they started joking about commemorating the moment.
They laughed over the idea of taking pictures of themselves with the embryos, and were cracking up ‘so hard’ that they decided to actually do it.
Since the embryologist told them the embryos would be safe in the tank for two days, they knew they had time — and all in all, only took about four hours to get them to the next clinic.
In that time, Samantha loaded the box up into a stroller to take the ‘kids’ for a walk. They took them to the park, where they went down a slide, swung in a swing, and were ‘taught’ by dad how to play baseball.
The couple took the box shopping for a Christmas tree, introduced it to a dog, and made a pit stop at McDonald’s for a Happy Meal.
‘It’s just one of those things where you think… we may never get a chance to do this again. These embryos really were and are our kids. They were just as alive to us as if they’d already been born,’ Samantha said.
Since then, they have been born. The embryos were implanted inside Samantha and in August of 2017, the couple welcomed triplets named Shepherd Thomas, Eleni Lynn, and Ayla Sue.
‘Aside from telling them how truly wanted and loved they were, I will tell them to use these photos for their Throwback Thursday posts one day!’ Samantha joked.