star Pat McAfee and his wife Samantha have announced they are expecting their first child together.
The commentator – whoas he focuses on his College GameDay commitments – and his wife revealed the amazing news on social media, while Samantha detailed their ‘challenging’ IVF journey leading to her pregnancy.
She wrote: ‘For those of you who haven’t followed along with our parenthood journey, we have lost two pregnancies, I almost lost my life both times with internal bleeding, resulting in losing both of my Fallopian tubes which has caused us to not be able to conceive naturally.
‘In July, . It’s hard to put into words what all comes with IVF. It is physically demanding and emotionally challenging for the both of us. Pumping my body with so many hormones, the anxiety, the hope, truly being a human science project.
‘Also despite my many tattoos, I absolutely hate needles so getting shots everyday (sometimes 3 in one day) was not easy on me or for Patrick to have to cause pain to me. I would like to believe IVF has made our relationship stronger.’
She noted her post wasn’t meant as ‘a trigger’ for couples in similar positions, as she instead wanted to offer some ‘hope’.
‘Dear women and couples trying and battling, I hope this isn’t a trigger but rather serves as hope. Hope that you too can over come the battle of infertility. You will be parents! And remember that after a storm, a rainbow can occur,’ she continued.
Meawhile, McAfee released his own statement and described his wife as ‘an absolute badass’ throughout their struggles.
‘From the emergency surgeries, both of which I was told that I might lose my wife (those were wild days) all the way thru this entire IVF process.. you’ve been an absolute badass Sam,’ he said.
‘Your persistence and resilience has been nothing short of inspiring… it certainly hasn’t been an easy road but, nothing worth having comes easily. I can’t wait to be a parent with you. I love you.
‘We appreciate the hell out of all of the support from our friends and family thru this all. My parents, Sam’s parents, her friend group, my dudes… literally everybody in our universe has helped us thru this. We are eternally grateful.’
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