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Our first little road trip…

Even though we’ve chosen to openly share what we’ve been dealing with the last 3 years, there’s still a whole lot that we only share with close family and friends. Like test results, or embryo genders, or images from surgeries. But sometimes, I wanna twirl around and shout things from rooftops! It could be because any little piece of good news we hear excites us OR it could be that sometimes, things are just too damn amazing and special to keep to ourselves. Whatever the case, this is one of those things that I just can’t keep to myself.

When we decided to switch doctors last November, it was mentioned that we’d have to move our embryos from our old lab to the new one. Being such precious cargo, I assumed there was a service that does this for you, complete with a suited man driving an armored car led by a police escort. You can imagine my surprise when I found out this was not the case at all! When I heard the other transportation options, a courier or us, I kinda flipped my shit. Some non-official delivery dude or nervous as crap us? Neither sounded appealing and I pretty much didn’t sleep over the matter.

When the time actually came to transport them, though, I felt completely different. I put my big girl mama pants on and was determined to figure it out. So, last Friday, Steve, the kids and I drove from Redondo Beach to Newport Beach. There were no car seats involved. Just a big ol’ tank filled with liquid nitrogen and tubes containing all of our teeny tiny embryos, driving down the 405 in the carpool lane. We looked a lot different than most families but for us, we were so proud. It was our little family, on our first little road trip.

We were so in awe of the whole experience and the fact that THIS IS OUR LIFE! that we didn’t document it entirely but here are some moments from our experience. I get so emotional just thinking about the day that I get to show our children all they went through before they grew in mama’s belly. How lucky we are to live in a day and age that such medical advances are even possible. How fortunate we are to have such a hardworking papa to afford such a miracle. I can’t wait for that day and I hope their eyes light up as much as mine do when I watch this.


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  • Heidi R. - This is so amazing and I’m all weepy now!!! Love you guys. Can’t wait to meet those kids in person.ReplyCancel

  • glady - ahhh. i just watched the video twice and have goosies. so amazing! love you cortez family <3ReplyCancel

  • Meg - you guys are the best … kisses for those little kiddos and their parents!!!ReplyCancel

  • megan - baaaaaaaah I’m weeping. love you little cortez bebeees!!! You have such an amazing mama and papa!! Cant wait to meet you!ReplyCancel

  • Lily - Ala!! This is AMAZZZZZING! I can’t wait to see you carrying these beautiful little babies in your belly! Love you guys!ReplyCancel

  • Carly Bass - This is so utterly beautiful! I am so in awe of both your guys strength! We pray for you guys every day and that you get to meet you little one(s) soon XOXO – CarlyReplyCancel

  • Natasha - Why am I crying?!?! I cannot wait for this to happen for you xxxxReplyCancel

  • Em - Amazing!!!!!!!! What a special memory you guys will always have and I can’t wait until you get to share this with your kids.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara - Loved the video! In anticipation of holding my future grand babies in my arms, I have such admiration and love for the strength, beauty and faith you both display each day. Your excitement, joy and hope over the next steps in building your family is heartfelt and zealous! Prayers, love and support forever. Nana ❤️ReplyCancel

  • Tina - Loved your video! I’m in the EXACT same situation as you right now, and it’s quite the wild ride, isn’t it?! Sending positive thoughts and vibes your way:)ReplyCancel

  • Laura Klein - This is so sweet. I hope this happens for you two this year! So excited and hopefull for good news :) You two will make great parents. Lots of love and hugs,
    LauraReplyCancel

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