Great Happiness is often Found in the Small Things, and Sometimes it doesn’t Come Alone
Hey there! Let us introduce ourselves. We’re Nicole (45) and Maria (36), and we reside in Hamburg, Germany. Our journey together started back in the summer of 2016. Actually, that’s not quite true. Before we became a couple, we had known each other for 10 years.
We Touched a Thousand Times, and Nothing Happened a Thousand Times. Then, after One Thousand and One Nights everything went Zoom.*
Off to Denmark
It quickly became clear to us that our little family should expand. We considered this decision for a long time, researching the different possibilities available to us.
In Germany, the legal situation regarding donor rights is still quite uncertain. So, we decided to seek treatment abroad.
We had friends in our closest circle who had successfully undergone treatment at Diers Klinik, so we turned to the internet for more information about the clinic. And finally, we took the plunge and scheduled our first appointment with Diers Klinik.
The initial consultation
In January 2018, we embarked on the journey to Aarhus for our first meeting.
Almost everything that could go wrong went wrong. Our trains were delayed, so the journey felt like an eternity. Thankfully, the hotel we booked for three days brought us some much-needed solace.
The next morning, fuelled by a mix of anticipation and nerves, we made our way to Diers Klinik. But guess what? As soon as we stepped through those doors, all our worries melted away.
The Diers staff welcomed us with open arms, instantly easing our anxiety.
They provided us with a thorough explanation of the treatment process, necessary examinations, and everything else we needed to know.
Overjoyed and brimming with anticipation, we left the clinic and headed back home to Hamburg.
Now it was time to find the perfect sperm donor.
First, we agreed on the donor category, and then we independently reviewed numerous donor profiles.
Believe it or not, when it was time to compare our lists with favorites, we both had the same donor ranked as number one.
Fate had spoken, and the decision was made.
IUI treatment – a rollercoaster of emotions
It took approximately 9 months until our first attempt.
I could hardly catch a wink of sleep the night before the insemination procedure. I was incredibly excited and nervous.
Fortunately, the experience from our first visit repeated itself. When we arrived at the clinic, we were greeted with the same warmth as the last time. Everything was explained once again, ensuring we were fully prepared.
After a short wait, it was time for treatment. Cecilie turned on the floor lamp and jokingly said, “I’ve provided the romantic lighting.” We all laughed, and the tension vanished. It was a very special moment.
Our first attempt wasn’t successful. We made our way to Aarhus for the third time in March 2019, and two weeks later, we received the news we had been waiting for – a positive pregnancy test!
Our world came to a halt for a moment, and we could hardly believe our luck.
In December 2019, we held our little miracle in our arms. Once again, our world turned upside down, and our hearts were filled with overwhelming happiness and love.
Expanding our family
It didn’t take long for us to realize that our son shouldn’t be an only child.
So, in March 2021, we embarked on yet another journey to Aarhus. The excitement and tension were just as intense as the first time, and once again we were greeted with warmth and hospitality.
To be honest, we spent most of our time catching up and chatting during this visit. Everyone at Diers Klinik were curious about our son and our new life as parents and eager to see photos. It felt like catching up with old friends, and the excitement soon eased.
This time, the 14-day waiting period seemed a bit more manageable. Our son provided plenty of distractions, keeping us occupied.
But when the moment of truth arrived, our excitement was still through the roof. And guess what? The pregnancy test was positive! After the first attempt! We were stunned and overjoyed.
Great happiness doesn’t come alone
AND, as you may have already guessed:
Great happiness is often found in the small things, and sometimes it doesn’t come alone!
During the first ultrasound, the gynecologist explained what we saw on the screen. After finishing her explanation, I pointed to the screen and asked, “And what is that?” The doctor’s response was,
It is what you think it is. Congratulations, you’re expecting twins!
I experienced the next few minutes as if I were in a trance. I could hardly believe it and was overwhelmed with joy. In November 2021, we were able to hold our twins in our arms.
Our oldest is now 3.5 years old, and the twins are 1.5 years old.
We often gaze at our children and feel an immense sense of gratitude. Grateful for our family, grateful for our children.
We are so thankful that Diers Klinik exists. Without you, our dream wouldn’t have become a reality.
Blogpost by Maria, proud mother of 3.
The quote marked with * in this blogpost is from a well-known German song called “One Thousand and One Nights“.