Gerald had been watching his wife when she checked out the second-hand crib that he just purchased. To his surprise, she screamed in terror all of a sudden. This is the sort of sound that you will only hear in horror movies. He immediately ran over to see what the matter was. That was when he saw it. A lump formed in his throat as a feeling of dread took over his entire body. He did not expect this at all. Gerald knew that he had to do something about this as soon as he possibly could.
She Was Over The Moon
Valerie Smith was over the moon when she found out that she was pregnant. She was thrilled to begin a new chapter of her life even though she and the father were no longer together. However, she had no clue that her world was going to be ripped into two! This was not at all what she expected.
A Year After That
A year after learning that she was expecting a child, she decided to clear out the house and hold a yard sale. While going through her things, her eyes landed on the crib at the corner of the room. Chills ran down her spine at the sight of it. She instantly knew that she needed to sell it. In a couple of minutes, she already had a photo of it online for an advertisement. However, there was a terrible detail about the piece of furniture that she chose not to mention.
He Was On The Market For A Crib
Across town, there was an elderly carpenter by the name of Gerald Kumpula. He and Lorene, his wife, had a pregnant granddaughter, so they thought it would be the perfect gift. Based on the photo, it looked like it was a sturdy crib of good quality. They also liked that it was quite cheap. Gerald had no reason to think that anything was wrong with it.
Time To Pick It Up
Once he told his wife about it, Lorene agreed that they should buy it. They knew that their grandchild would appreciate such a thoughtful gift. Gerald called Valerie and told her that they would like to buy the crib and get it as soon as possible. The seller agreed, so he came over in a truck to pick it up.
When He Asked About The Baby
When he got to the address that Valerie sent him, he found her outside the house. As she dragged the crib towards him, he saw that it was in excellent condition. There did not seem to be anything wrong with it. But after asking the name of her kid, she paused and looked uneasy. Was she hiding something?
She Was Ill At Ease
Valerie avoided making eye contact with him, so he repeated the question. He was just making small talk, so it was not really all that big of a deal for him. She then told him, “Noah. That’s his name.” Gerald did not believe her answer for some reason. It felt like there was something off about this exchange.
Asking Him To Leave
He flashed her a smile, but she did not return it. As a matter of fact, she just asked him for the money right away and asked him to go. Gerald obliged and picked up the crib before resting it on his shoulders and walking towards his truck. He had no idea that the piece of furniture came with a surprise.
She Was Delighted At First
Gerald returned home and placed the crib in the living room. He wanted to show his wife that they got a good deal! He was certain that their granddaughter was going to love it. This would be the perfect gift! He clearly did not expect his wife to let out a scream of horror after she checked it out.
What Made Her Scream
After seeing her reaction, he raced over to see what was up. And then he saw what made her scream. He felt sick to his stomach, but he knew exactly what to do about it. Right away, he got to work before loading it onto the truck and driving back to the house of the seller. She needed to see this for herself.
He Returned To Her House
Once he pulled into the driveway, he knocked on the door. Valerie came out of the house a minute after that. She was confused to see Gerald at the door once again until she noticed that he had the crib. It had been several hours since the transaction. He told her, “I know about Noah.” He did not miss the sadness that took over her eyes. After this, Valerie finally shared the truth about the crib.
The Truth About Her Pregnancy
She had been halfway through the pregnancy when she started to get stomach pains and backaches. At first, she thought that it was nothing out of the ordinary. But she knew that this was not true after a few weeks. She was right about this. “All week I knew something was off,” she said, “I was very nervous.”
At The Hospital
Valerie decided to go to the hospital to see what was going on. As she sat in the waiting room, a hundred questions were running through her mind. She tried to compose herself by taking a deep breath. “Everything is going to be ok,” she told herself. Sadly, she turned out to be wrong about that.
She Was Heartbroken
She waited as the doctors conducted checks and scans on her. She was a bundle of nerves throughout the entire process. The entire time, she hoped that nothing was wrong. After some time, the doctors had her results at last. They told her that the umbilical cord must have gotten compressed, so there was no way for the fetus to obtain the oxygen and nutrients it needed. This meant that she lost the baby.
It Was Hard On Her
It is not easy to process the fact that you will no longer have a child after preparing for it for such a long period of time. We can see why it took a toll on both her mental and emotional health. The loss was too much for her. Aside from that, she had already set up a nursery. It was unbearable for her to see the empty room inside her own home.
She Only Felt Worse
She was devastated when she heard the news. It felt like a nightmare, and she would give anything to wake up. Unfortunately for her, this was simply the reality. As time passed by, she started to get even more withdrawn. She hardly ate anything and had not gone outside in weeks. As you can see, the loss of the baby pushed her into a deep depression.
No Matter Where She Looked
Valerie had no idea what to do with herself in the weeks that followed her son’s death. If things went according to plan, she should not be getting much sleep due to the baby. Instead, the house was silent. It did not help that she see reminders of the baby she lost no matter where she looked.
After Eleven Months
Eleven months after she lost the baby, she finally picked herself up. Valerie wanted to change the state of things. She knew that her child would have wanted this for her. On top of that, she missed laughing and smiling. The first thing on her to-do list was to hold a yard sale to sell unwanted items. She found the crib that she bought and felt a knot in her stomach. She no longer needed it, so it was best to sell it.
What They Really Saw
This was how Gerald found the crib through an online advertisement. He wanted it for his pregnant granddaughter. After paying for it and bringing it home, his wife wanted to look at the furniture piece. But when she leaned in, she saw something that made her scream! What was it?
The Name Of The Baby
After checking out the crib, she could not hold in a scream of horror. There was something in there that provoked such a strong reaction out of her. Gerald rushed over to see if she was all right. When he looked inside the crib, he saw something on the bottom of it. The scribble said, “R.I.P. Noah 2019-2020.”
He Felt Sad And Guilty
As soon as he saw this, his heart broke. He was shocked to learn the truth about the crib. Aside from that, he felt guilty that he bought it off her. It was clear that the crib meant so much to her! Gerald wanted to make things right, so he worked on it to transform it into something special.
Doing A Nice Thing For Her
Gerald and Lorene have fifteen kids. They knew what the loss of the baby must have meant to Valerie. They had lost a grandkid of their own, so they understood what something like that could do to a family. The two of them were in agreement that they should give it back to the seller. However, it did not feel right to return it to its current state. It is a good thing that he was an artistic person.
He Got To Work
He took the crib to the workshop and got to work. There were unfinished benches on the walls and pieces of wood on the floor. He also had an ATV made of PVC pipes, one of his most ambitious projects, in the room. Now retired, he spent his days working away in this space. It was time to work on the crib, so he cut, measured, nailed, and painted it as needed. Once he was done, he was happy with the result.
A Memorial For Him
With his skills, he was able to turn it into a gorgeous bench. No one would have guessed that it had a dark past. Gerald transformed it into a loving ode to a life that was taken far too soon. He thought that it was a good tribute to the baby that Victoria lost. “An unused crib is a sad reminder,” he said. “A bench is more of a memorial. It’s part of that sad happening, yet it’s not a reminder like an empty crib would be.”
Turning It Into Something New
After seeing what he did, she offered to give him money for his time and work. She wanted to pay him back for the kindness he showed her, but he turned it down. “It’s just nice to be able to do something for someone,” Gerald said. A lot of people consider the birth of a child a true miracle. Sadly, pregnancies can get very tricky and complicated. There are even times when people hire a surrogate to make things easier. This woman thought that it would be good to work as a surrogate. Sadly, things got very messy in a way that no one expected. In fact, not many people have any idea it was even possible!
Just Another Family
Jessica Allen was a regular American woman. She was married and had two lovely kids. Sadly, things were not going well for the family in the financial sense. They recently moved into a new house, but it cost more than they could afford. In the end, she decided to do something drastic to get them out of this mess. When she saw an ad that called for surrogates, she decided to give it a shot. As soon as she saw how much the compensation was worth, she knew it was too good to pass up.
An Emotional Job
It is not easy to be a surrogate mother. You can expect it to be emotionally draining. When she decided to take on the job, her family was not sure about this. Her husband did not know if she could take how taxing it could be. Jessica promised him that she was in a good enough headspace to cut the emotional ties involved with the pregnancy. However, she would soon find out that this was easier said than done.
Her Hubby Was Not Happy
To say the least, Wardell was not happy with the news. Jessica might have said that she could keep her personal feelings out of it, but he knew her. She loved their kids a lot, so he worried that she would also bond with the baby. On top of that, he was not happy that they would not sleep with each other until she was officially pregnant. Once she was expecting, the ultrasound had a surprise for them.
She Was Carrying Twins
As usual, she dropped by the clinic for a routine check. However, she was surprised to hear a piece of news from the doctor. They found something odd about the ultrasound result. They picked up on not just one but two heartbeats! Upon noticing this, they told Jessica about it right away. As she walked out of the room, she was in a daze. Right away, she called the couple to share the good news with them.
An Hour Of Bonding Time
The couple agreed to give Jessica a bonding time of an hour with the kids after the birth. It would give her enough time to say goodbye to the babies that she carried for nine months. She was happy that they agreed to this. After all, it was hard not to grow fond of them! She could not believe that nine months had already passed by. It would mark the bittersweet ending to this part of her life… or so she thought.
The Babies Did Not Look-Alike
As soon as she gave birth to them, she saw something strange. The face of one of the boys did not match. Even though she was a bit confused, she brushed it aside and enjoyed their company. After all, she only had one hour with them! She could not believe that the children had been inside her for nine months. However, she found it hard to shake off the feeling that something was not right. Once the hour was over, she returned the babies. Deep down, she knew that there was something off about this.
Time To Say Goodbye
At any rate, she had no choice but to say goodbye to the twins. Jessica did not find it easy at all. She started to feel better after a couple of days. After all, she did something incredible and felt good about that. Sadly, the feeling did not last a long time. As she was getting ready to hit the sack one evening, she heard her phone beep. Her heart fell as soon as she read the new message.
A Message From The Mother
It was an accusatory message that came with a photograph. As she looked at it some more, her fears rose to the surface. The truth dawned on her right at that moment. She could not believe that she did not figure it out as soon as she saw it. This marked the beginning of a huge problem for the family.
The Confusing Truth
“They are not the same, right?” the message said. Jessica had been confused about the twins when she saw them, but she was not alone in that. When the truth hit her, she felt a shockwave go through her whole body. A new message came in before she could even recover from that.
Why They Are So Different
“Have you thought about why they are different?” the second message asked her. In her heart, she knew the truth. She was glad that her thoughts had been right. Even so, it was still tough to come to terms with this revelation. On top of that, she had absolutely no idea how such a thing even happened.
It Was Very Clear
One of the twins looked a lot like her husband did. Jessica could feel her hands start to shake as she pondered the implications that came with it. She tried to set aside her fears in the meantime. It was awful to try to make sense out of what was going on. By then, there was only one thing for her to do.
They Took DNA Tests
Jessica and the mother kept talking about it on the phone. They tried to work out what would happen after this. They knew that there was not much else to do in the back of their mind but to take a DNA test. Jessica was perplexed at this point. A lot of things could happen, but how much say did she get in this? When the results of the DNA test came back, they simply confirmed her worst fears.
The Results-Only Confirmed It
In the end, the result simply confirmed the gravity of the situation at hand. Her suspicions had been right from the very start, no matter how unlikely it seemed. This was the worst nightmare of any mother. Jessica was shocked to experience this for herself. You see, she unwittingly gave her own kid away!
None Of Them Could Believe It
The results of the DNA test left all of them in shock and awe. One of the babies was the Chinese couple’s biological child, but Jessica and her husband were the other ones. No one could believe it. This was nothing short of a medical anomaly. After the embryo was implanted, Jessica did not stop ovulating. This was why she and her husband conceived while she was already carrying the embryo!
Letting The Truth Sink In
In the beginning, the couple could not believe it. What made it even worse was that they were already facing financial issues at the time. It was a good thing that the money from the surrogacy helped with that. They also started to feel excited about it. After all, this meant that they had a new baby! Sadly, it was not over yet.
Asking Her To Buy Him Back
They started to discuss bringing the baby boy home, but the couple told Jessica that they would not do it for free. She had to repurchase the baby from them! It meant that she had to give back the $22,000 or go through the legal process to adopt the child. Sadly, it got ugly really quickly.
Accusations Flew Left And Right
The couple started pointing their fingers at them. They accused her of not following protocol during the surrogacy. However, Jessica promised that she waited until the pregnancy’s confirmation before she and her husband slept together. The couple got more agitated and told her that she would not meet her son unless she paid money to do so. Luckily, the truth soon came to light! Whew.
The Only Thing She Wanted
Jessica found out that the surrogate couple was being influenced by the lawyer, who wanted to heckle her for money. The layer spun tales about Jessica and lied to them. He told them that Jessica was threatening to bring them to court for custody of the child. The truth was that she did not even think of this at all. At the time, she just wanted to be reunited with her son!
What Happened In The End
There was a lot of deliberation about the baby boy. We are glad that Jessica ended up getting him back! This meant that their family of four became an official family of five. They could not have been any happier. We are sure that the little guy still has no idea what it took to bring him home. At any rate, the important part is that he is now where he belongs! Good for him. We are relieved that things worked out for them in the end.