From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

October 3

I ’m sorry, Mrs. Coe. The test was negative.” I’d known I wasn’t pregnant for the last week and a half. This had been our last in vitro fertilization attempt. I was numb.

What did I do to deserve this?

So we’d adopt. But since the agency hadn’t placed any babies in the last year, we’d have to find a baby ourselves.

One day the phone rang. A young woman wanted to give us a baby. Ultrasound showed us we were going to become parents of a perfect little girl.

Then the most unlikely of unlikelies happened. Another woman wanted to give us a baby boy, born just that morning. The papers were signed within hours, and we were parents.

But what about the baby girl? We decided to take her, too. So, exactly one month later, we became parents again. As inexperienced parents of two tiny babies, the next few months were harder than we’d ever imagined. But today, a door opens to a nursery school classroom, and two pairs of legs come running toward me.“Mommy! Mommy!” I kneel, my arms open wide.

What did I do to deserve this?

Cynthia Coe

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