They couldn’t believe this. After so many years of trying, it was finally happening. She and her sister were laying side by side in the hospital, about to give birth.
It felt like a dream! They couldn’t believe that they were both about to deliver twins on the exact same day. But no one else knew that they had planned it this way all along.
Years Of Trying
For five, long years, Annie and Joby Johnson tried everything they could to have a baby. They tried every expensive fertility treatment, and now, they were getting close to giving up on their dreams of becoming parents.
Their hopes were high after the first round of treatment, they waited in anticipation for the call that would hopefully change their lives forever. Eventually, they finally got the call, but the news wasn’t what they were hoping for..
Growing up, Annie and her sister, Chrissy, had always been close. They were like two peas in a pod, and they were each others’ best friends. Annie was struggling with the bad news, which was why she decided to call Chrissy for help.
Chrissy was there for Annie when all the treatments failed. She was there to comfort her during the worst time of her life, wiping her tears and providing emotional support. But little did Annie know that her sister had a plan.
Tired Of Fighting
“In 2008 we tried, and in 2009 also; in 2010 was the in-vitro, and on paper, everything looked great, but we got the phone call with the bad news that I was not pregnant after that round, and that was the hardest call ever to receive,” Annie said in an interview.
Annie was now convinced that she wasn’t destined to have children, and she was tired of fighting this fact. She finally decided to give up on her life-long dream. But she had no idea what was about to happen.
More Bad News
When the final in-vitro treatment failed, Annie’s heart was shattered. She always wanted to be a mother, but sadly, it seemed she was unable to conceive.
When Chrissy came over, Annie gave her the latest round of bad news. This was when Chrissy decided that it was time to take matters into her own hands. She couldn’t let her sister suffer like this any longer. She approached Annie with an interesting proposition.
They Shared Everything
“If there was just anything I could do to help, you know, I would do it,” Chrissy told Annie. Just then, it became clear to Annie that her sister would do just about anything for her.
Growing up together, they had always shared everything. But despite this, Annie just couldn’t wrap her head around what her sister was suggesting. Surely she couldn’t go through with this, right?
A Family Of Her Own
Annie might’ve had trouble conceiving, but Chrissy certainly did not. She had a small family of her own. She shared two wonderful sons with her perfect husband.
Motherhood came easy to her, and she went through two pregnancies without any complications. Chrissy was well aware that between the two of them, she was the lucky one. She was devastated for her sister. No one deserved to go through infertility. So, what was she planning?
Chrissy managed to get Annie to give it one last try. Soon after, the doctor implanted two embryos, and Chrissy knew that it would work this time.
The treatment was a success, and by some miracle, Chrissy was pregnant too! Finally, their dream was coming true! It all seemed like an incredible coincidence. But it wasn’t.
It Didn’t Stop There
The sisters went to their first ultrasounds together and that’s where the doctors shared some incredible news.“They found one in me and then they moved over and saw another little sac with another flickering heartbeat, and we knew that we still had Chrissy left to go,” Annie recalls.
They then learned that they were both expecting twins!
Since Chrissy had given birth twice before, she was happy to let Annie take the spotlight. After all, she had been trying and struggling for five whole years, but now, it was her time to shine.
But the fact that they were both pregnant with twins at the same time wasn’t the only, weird coincidence. Before they knew it, their secret pact would unravel before their eyes.
The Big Day
One day, Chrissy went into labor. She couldn’t have been more excited to welcome the babies into the world. Tears rolled down Chrissy’s face when she finally got to meet the twins.
Annie, as always, was there by her side throughout the birth. But then, she felt something strange happening. Because the whole day had been so exciting, she chalked it up to nerves, but she was wrong.
A Searing Pain
As Annie sat by her recovering sister’s side and helped her with her babies, she felt a sharp pain jolt through her body… then another. The searing pain in her hips was nothing like she’d ever experienced before.
“This can’t be happening,” she whispered as she rushed to fetch a doctor. But it was happening.
The doctor checked Annie over and couldn’t believe it. She was in labor too! Annie and Chrissy gave birth to two sets of twins on the very same day, just hours apart. Chrissy delivered two healthy baby boys, and Annie gave birth to two beautiful girls.
Four babies came into the world that day. But when their father came to visit his daughters, he demanded answers.
After Annie’s final round of in vitro had failed, Chrissy had an idea. She approached Annie and offered to be her surrogate if she would give it one more try.
At first, Annie was reluctant. She couldn’t put her sister through all that. But after discussing it with Joby, she decided to give it a try.
How It Happened
Chrissy wanted to be a surrogate for her sister. She went to get two of Annie’s embryos implanted, and Annie went along. As luck would have it, Annie was also at the right point in her cycle, so the doctor implanted two of Annie and Joby’s embryos inside her, too.
The sisters didn’t know if Annie’s pregnancy would take, so they decided to keep it hushed until they were sure.