A woman in Florida who lost her husband to cancer knew there was one thing she needed to do after his death—fulfilling their dream, and she called this “one of life’s most beautiful blessings.”
Kristen Tripson from Vero Beach, who lost her husband, Sam, in 2015 to stage 4 lymphoma, decided she had to fulfill their dream of having another child. She fell pregnant six months after his death through in vitro fertilization (IVF) and wrote on her Instagram on April 2, 2016, “Well. I’m pregnant. And, yes. It’s Sam’s.”
Already a mother of two kids, Jack and Alica Ann, Tripson explained in the post how she and Sam went through IVF after his first bone marrow transplant.
She wrote, “It was wildly emotional, physically taxing and truly a post for another day. But it left us with 4 frozen embryos. Alice Ann was our first. We tried again this past summer with another, but I lost it very early.”
Two weeks later, Sam relapsed and died three weeks after that.
“Though we never talked much about ‘the end,’ we did talk about our embryos. I know it’s a very personal, private subject, but to us, they were our potential children. On ice. It was always our plan, regardless of what happened, that they would have a chance at life,” she recalled.
“Over the past 6 months, there has never been a doubt as to what I was going to do. Even in ICU during his final hours, I knew what I was going to do. After he was gone, I laid next to him for a long time. I prayed for the strength I would need to get up and leave the hospital and eventually, when I was ready, to move forward with our plans.”
With her mom and her mother-in-law accompanying her, she had their final two embryos transferred on Feb. 9. “There were a lot of tears and so much love in that room,” she wrote. “I found out a few weeks later that I was carrying one strong baby. And that’s ok. The way I see it, I get one and Sam gets one. Of course, it’s bittersweet. And yes, a bit unconventional. But it was our decision and what I consider to be one of life’s most beautiful blessings.”
On Oct. 23, 2016, she announced on her Instagram account that she had given birth to their third child, Lillie Belle.
Unlike her first pregnancy when Sam was unwell, Tripson shared how carrying Lillie Belle this time round was “so slow and uneventful that I hardly know what to do with myself.”
“This is my first postpartum experience where I have nowhere to be,” she wrote. “No chemo. No doctors. No appointments. No hospital stays … Just baby and me.”