After a series of fertility treatments and two rounds of IVF, it was a grandma’s bingo winnings that helped this now mum-of-twins conceive.
$24 000 twins
Jaylyn Hosburgh shared her story with the Love What Matters website, revealing that a girl’s day out with her mum ended up funding her much-wanted babies. Jaylyn said she was pretty down in the dumps, having just got the news that the third round of IVF would cost the family $20 000.
“I called my mom to see if she wanted to go to bingo with me. She was sick and declined. She must have heard how sad I was as she called back and said, ‘OK, one session,” Jaylyn explained. “Once she got there I tried to convince her to leave but she wouldn’t. We buy our books and I buy 3 cards instead of my usual 2. My mom notices and does the same. This day changed the course of our lives forever. My mom won the $24,000 and gave us all the money to do IVF round 3!”
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We’ll take two!
Jaylyn commenced treatment, with much gratitude to her beautiful mum. Everything went swimmingly and on transfer day, the family decided to go all in, acutely aware of how frequently IVF can be unsuccessful.
“The doctor told us we had high-quality embryos and asked how many we were transferring. We obviously said 2,” Jaylyn said. “They even questioned us if we were sure. At that time we had 7 failed IUI’s and 2 failed IVF’s, and this was it for us. YES, we are sure, let’s do it. So we did.”
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What happened next was a lot of pregnancy tests, and by a lot, we mean a lot!
“I had an addiction to peeing on sticks,” Jaylyn admitted. “It’s a real thing. From the second day of the transfer, I was taking tests like a crazy person. On day 4, I saw a very faint line, my husband thought I was crazy so I thought nothing of it. Day 5 the line was still there but faint.”
Then they “bought a real pregnancy test, not the ones I bought off Amazon for $10 for 20 ( I told you the addiction was real). To our surprise, we saw our first positive pregnancy test EVER.”
“We cried and then my husband asked if I had any pee left and made me pee on the one that says ‘pregnant’ or ‘not pregnant’. He didn’t believe the lines.”
“Sure enough, I was pregnant. Little did we know our lives were about to change forever. Our bingo babies were conceived,” a triumphant Jaylyn explained.
“You’re having twins!”
Things escalated quickly when Jaylyn and her husband headed to the doctors for an official call on this possible pregnancy. Blood tests to determine her HCG levels were undertaken, but expectations were low, she says.
“They said, ‘don’t be surprised if it is low as it’s really early.’ They were looking for the range of 20. My level came back 71. At this time everyone said, ‘You’re having twins.’ I was in denial!” she revealed.
“March 10th was my ultrasound. Sitting in that waiting room was awful. ‘Is this a real pregnancy? Does my baby have a heartbeat? How many babies are in there?’ Then the doctor says, ‘There is one baby and here is the heartbeat, and here is another baby and here is the heartbeat.’ At first I thought he was kidding. Nope, meet baby A and baby B. TWINS!”
Jaylyn went into labour at 36 weeks, after a series of pregnancy challenges, but things got even trickier. Haemorrhaging after each birth she feared for her life.
“At one point I remember asking my mom if I was dying. I kept thinking, ‘How did I go through all this and not be able to see my babies grow up?’ I am grateful there was a high-risk doctor on call that day, he saved my life. Two blood transfusions later and a 5 day stay in the hospital, I was going home with my sweet babies.”
Baby Harper Christine Beverly Hosburgh weighed in at 7 pounds, 5 ounces. Maxwell Richard Joseph Hosburgh a more petite 6 pounds, 6 ounces.
“This journey was a rough one,” Jaylyn wrote, “but in the end I made it out with two wonderful babies to show for it. At most times I didn’t think I could continue, but if I gave up I wouldn’t have these two babies here — Our Bingo Babies.”
Read more of Jaylyn’s brilliant story – in her own words – at Love What Matters.