DALLAS—Have you heard of a snowflake child?
They are embryos—fertilized eggs—frozen for later use. And just like a snowflake, each one is different.
Meet 9-month-old twins Coen and Shiloh and 4-year-old Cade, who all started as cells given for adoption by a donor through Nightlight Christian Adoptions.
“We’ve always kind of had a heart for adoption,” mother Christy Trabun said. “We adopted 7 embryos from a family who lives in Oregon. With Cade, we transferred 3 embryos, got pregnant with him. Our second attempt, we found out that we were pregnant with Gage here, naturally. We moved here to Dallas, had 4 remaining embryos, 2 survived the thaw, and those 2 ended up being twins, Coen and Shiloh.”
The Trabuns keep in touch with the children’s donor family, sharing pictures and other information.
“I see a lot of similarities between our oldest and their son,” she said.
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“I wouldn’t say there’s any different joy about embryo adoption than being a parent in general,” Christy said.
“Wow, what a way you get to experience pregnancy,” her husband Mike Trabun said. “And then I like to joke, 'hey, we can brag about how smart or cute they are ‘cause they’re not our genetic material so we’re being subjective.'”