A story was featured in December about Tom Neal, and Mario Cruz-Lopez, and their success in becoming legally married in Illinois. The law to allow same sex couples to marry passed on June 21, 2014 and they were married on June 28, 2014, a mere seven days later.
The couple already knew that they wanted to be parents and had begun the process of finding an anonymous egg donor. The marriage gave them legal parental protection to move forward in their journey. They were blessed by the organization Surrogacy Together with financial assistance and were able to move forward with their search to find a surrogate to carry one of each of their embryos – a boy from Tom and a girl from Mario.
Being a part of the entire pregnancy was important to Tom and Mario, so they wanted to find someone close to them in Chicago. As luck would have it, they inadvertently found Anna through another surrogate and she only lived 35 mins away from them. In fact, Anna found them. She had been looking to surrogate for a same-sex couple and she wanted to meet Tom and Mario after reading about their story from Surrogacy Together.
They all hit it off right from the beginning and they all agreed to move forward. Contracts and medical proceedings went fairly smooth and by the end of November they were ready to transfer their two precious embryos.
On December 4, after their flight got delayed to Los Angeles, they made up for the hectic start by taking a scenic tour along the ocean in a convertible. Anna had never been to the West Coast and they were making sure she took in all the beauty. They took her to their favourite Spanish restaurant, and ended the evening tired and excited all at once.
Anna got up the next day, armed with green socks and a green scarf and was ready to transfer two embryos. They got to the clinic and it all started feeling very real for Tom and Mario. “We’ve put so much of our emotional energy into this,” said Mario, recalling how he felt when the time had finally come. They got to see a picture of the two embryos they were using and the couple got overwhelmed, looking at the two potential children that they might have.
The procedure went great and afterwards they asked the doctor if they should worry about anything. He said in return, “Only thing you have to worry about is changing diapers for two.”
After four days, Anna tested at home. The line was very faint, but it was there. The next day she tested again and it was brighter. She texted Mario and Tom and told them they were going to be Daddies! She sent the picture of the positive pregnancy test – it read ‘pregnant’. The guys were overcome with joy. They waited until after the beta to start telling people. The first numbers were 448 at 10 days, and then they jumped to 1013! They suspected twins, but wouldn’t be certain until the ultrasound.
Tom and Mario are pleased to announce to the world that their transfer was successful and on December 29 they had their first ultrasound. The first thing they saw on the screen was two tiny little dots. It was confirmed with two beating hearts that they were having twins! “It was the moment we had all been waiting for and we were suddenly so relieved.”
The couple have been spreading the good news to friends and family. They want everyone to share in their happiness. Mario sighs and says, “What a perfect way to start the New Year.”