Playboy model Hope Smith has revealed that she expects identical twin girls to surrogate after she reveals her struggle to grow her family while fighting an autoimmune disease.
The 34-year-old MUTHA skincare founder shared her incredible news during the weekend and wrote for four Instagram reports on why and she and her billionaire husband, Vista Equity Partners founder, president and CEO Robert Smith, turned to IVF and surrogacy to help their families grow after fighting an autoimmune disease.
Hope, who has sons Hendrix, four, and Legend, three, placed a photo of her bewildered children holding up pink tutus to happily announce that she and Robert, 56, are not one but two babies. expect in January.
Surprise! Robert Smith, founder, president and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, and his wife Hope expect identical twin girls via surrogate in January
Available soon! Hope, 34, shared a photo of their sons Hendrix, four and Legend, three, dressed in pink striped pajamas while holding up a sign announcing the joyful news
& # 39; Miracles happen every day (sic) and sometimes if you want one miracle, you get two. IDENTICAL TWIN GIRLS coming in January 2020 & # 39 ;, she wrote.
Another snapshot of the heartwarming announcement shows that Hendrix and Legend are wearing pink and white striped pajamas while holding up a sign with the text & # 39; Girls: 0 Boys: 2 Tie Coming Soon January 2020. & # 39;
In the first report she wrote on Saturday, Hope admitted that if she felt & # 39; was keeping a very big secret & # 39; of its 243,000 Instagram followers.
She remembered how she had had two pregnancies without using IVF. It took her 18 months to become pregnant with Hendrix, while she and Robert became pregnant for a month after they stopped taking birth control.
& # 39; Hendrix was only 7 months old when we found out we were pregnant with Legend, & # 39; she wrote, noting that she had two home births and later became a doula.
& # 39; So why did I do IVF? It's not that I couldn't get pregnant. I think I probably would have. I was diagnosed with autoimmune disease in 2018, & she explained.
Too cute: in another photo we see the boys holding up pink tutus while looking astonished
Start of it all: Hope shared the news over the weekend and wrote four long Instagram posts about why she and Robert, 56, turn to IVF and surrogacy to help their families grow
Hope remembered that he & # 39; extremely tired & # 39; felt and suffered a & # 39; brain fog that would not disappear. She assumed she was just tired of being a new mother to two young boys, both of whom were younger than two.
The model said that suffering from an autoimmune disease and being a new mother hair & # 39; mentally, emotionally and physically exhausted & # 39; have left.
After visiting doctors at John Hopkins for more than a year, a Mass General doctor called her to believe that an infusion would put her autoimmune disease in remission.
& # 39; The side effects of this infusion are that you cannot and should not try to conceive due to severe birth defects and death, & # 39; she explained. & # 39; In March 2018, I went for my first infusion of a drug that would deplete my B cells and prevent my body from attacking myself, but also prevent me from carrying a third pregnancy.
& # 39; I knew I had to be healthy for my boys and so I eliminated the part of me that a third baby wanted and chose to treat the AI. & # 39;
Hope said her husband was nothing but supportive during what she & # 39; the second scariest & # 39; moment of her life.
Travel: After being diagnosed with autoimmune disease, Hope underwent medication infusions that prevented her from carrying their third child. They later decided to try surrogacy
Months of medicine: The model said they and their surrogate had to go through IVF rounds before they transferred her and Robert's embryo
The infusions worked exactly as the doctor had hoped; she said that her blood work is now perfect, and she is not taking any medicines besides her organic vitamins.
After going through the infusions, she brought the idea of surrogacy to her husband, who & # 39; fully supportive & # 39; used to be.
They called a desk that was recommended by a physician and underwent & # 39; many rounds of interviews & blood tests and psychological screenings for both them and the surrogates.
& # 39; 10 minutes after the first call with our potential surrogate, we knew this was the right family and wife to help us in this journey to bring our baby into the world, & # 39; she remembered.
& # 39; I was worried about having someone come close to us because I am very protective and didn't want to have an unhealthy relationship with someone who would carry our child, & # 39; she admitted. "This process has been a breeze and I really believe it is because the match was perfect."
After finding their surrogate, the woman had to start rounds of IVF to make her body think it was pregnant before she implanted their embryo. Hope said she and their surrogate had been taking medication for months as part of the lengthy process.
Although she and Robert considered using two embryos, they chose to implant only one after their doctors said that a single pregnancy is usually healthier.
Success: In mid-May, Hope heard that her surrogate was pregnant with twins, even though they had transferred only one embryo
Aww: Hope & # 39; s son Hendrix believes he has manifested the twins because he wanted two babies, one for him and one for his little brother Legend
Hope deliberately chose to have the embryo transfer done in May, because her great-grandmother's last name was May and her birthday was in May.
She said she was holding their surrogate in hand when the embryo was implanted in her, what a & # 39; very uncomfortable experience & # 39; before her.
& # 39; I cried because this was a great day that I knew it would eventually lead to meeting my child, but also because I was incredibly moved that this woman came into my life and gave our family a comparable gift with no other, & # 39; the mother explained.
& # 39; She gave us life. Bringing a part of me and a part of my husband to life. To me she is our angel forever. & # 39;
In mid-May, she said their surrogate was on an ultrasound appointment that she couldn't make. They tried to face her, but they couldn't get through.
Hope cut a mango for Hendrix in the kitchen of their Malibu house when her surrogate hair & # 39; Congrats x2 Mama & # 39; sms & # 39; te.
She had missed the videos & # 39; s and photos & # 39; s previously sent and immediately called her to ask what she meant by her text.
& # 39; She whispered softly and calmly: & # 39; There are two of them. & # 39; At that point, I lost all control over my voice or the words that came from my mouth, & Hope said. & # 39; I shouted: & # 39; But we stop one! Are you sure? There are 2? What do you mean, there are two !? & # 39; & # 39;
Hope's eldest son heard the whole conversation and he told her that he believes he helped manifest his unborn twin sisters.
The fate: the news was even more special because Hope & # 39; s mother told her that she & # 39; would be the one who has twins & # 39; since she was a little girl
Fame: Hope was named the Playboy Playmate of the year 2010 and later went on to battle with the Celebrity Apprentice later in 2011
& # 39; When I calmed down and said goodbye to our surrogate, Hendrix looked up and said: & # 39; So those baby & # 39; s are my baby & # 39; s, it's not your baby & # 39; s. Think about mommy? You said we have one baby and I said I wanted two babies, one for me and one for legend. So the baby & # 39; s are mine because I made them with my words. & # 39; & # 39;
The news was even more special because Hope & # 39; s mother told her that she & # 39; would be twins & # 39; since she was a little girl.
& # 39; Some of me also knew, & # 39; she said.
Hope, whose maiden name is Dworaczyk, found fame as a Playboy model and was the Playmate of the month in the April 2009 issue.
She was named Playboy Playmate of the year 2010 and later joined the Celebrity Apprentice in 2011.
Hope and Robert welcomed their first child, Hendrix, in December 2014 and seven months later married 250 guests at Villa Cimbrone in Ravello, Italy, on the Amalfi Coast.
In addition to their two sons and unborn twins, Robert has three children – Zoe, Eliana and Max – with his first wife, Suzanne McFayden Smith.
Exciting time: Hope & # 39; s baby news comes just a few months after she launched her mother's skin care brand, MUTHA. She is pictured with the founder of Violet Gray Cassandra Gray last week
Looking back: Hope, pictured with her son Legend, came up with the brand in her kitchen and tried to come up with a formula to prevent stretch marks during her first pregnancy
Hope & # 39; s happy baby news comes just a few months after she launched her mother's skincare brand, MUTHA, which she came up with when she was pregnant with Hendrix in 2014.
The expectant mother of four told DailyMail.com via email that she has had stretch marks since puberty and was looking to avoid them or at least minimize them during her first pregnancy.
Hope said she was advised to cover her stomach and chest twice a day with La Mer moisturizer and wrap her body covered with La Mer in cellophane overnight.
& # 39; I ordered the huge barrel of La Mer face cream and tore the cellophane off my body mid-night. It was so uncomfortable! & # 39; she remembered. & # 39; I knew there had to be something luxurious that was nutritious, but also natural. & # 39;
Because she couldn't find the skin care product she wanted and needed, she made it herself in her kitchen using raw ingredients.
& # 39; At the end of both pregnancies I was without stretch marks and had improved the structure of my existing stretch marks, & # 39; she said, explaining that she began sending it to friends and friends of friends upon request.
Proud: Hope has two children and proudly showed her baby bump in a photo shoot while wearing one of her sons
Opening: the mother-or-four-soon-launched skin care brand MUTHA a few months ago, after years of creating its own products to tackle stretch marks during pregnancy
Caution: she told DailyMail.com via email that she has had stretch marks since puberty and was looking to avoid them or at least minimize them during her first pregnancy
Get it while it's hot! The brand was launched with two products, a body butter of $ 95 (left) and a body oil of $ 105 (right)
MUTHA & # 39; s body butter, available for $ 95, is a mix of 100 percent natural ingredients: shea, cocoa, and mango butter, vitamins, fatty acids, and pure seed extracts.
Meanwhile, the $ 104 body oil is full of vitamins and 100 percent botanical seeds, including rosehip.
Hope said she strives for MUTHA & # 39; a source of the good & # 39; for women.
A percentage of her company's sales are donated to the International Medical Corps to help women around the world give birth to their children safely by training nurses and midwives in places where maternal mortality is highest.
& # 39; Becoming a mother made me appreciate that women are the most powerful beings on earth, & # 39; said Hope. & # 39; We create people and for years the world has been trying to focus our attention on what pregnancy has done to your body instead of stopping and appreciating that we create life and that our bodies are wonderful. & # 39;
And although her business is all about preventing stretch marks, she believes women should embrace the ones they've had.
& # 39; Life is about gracefully accepting the new cycles of yours, and if that means new stretch marks, that's good, & # 39; she said. & # 39; The most beautiful people on the planet have stretch marks and the most brilliant ones too. Change is constant and must be accepted. & # 39;
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