A 50-year-old woman is expecting her own grandson after becoming a surrogate for her 24-year-old daughter who couldn't conceive.
After being diagnosed with a terrible auto-immune condition that has made it difficult for her to conceive, Chalise Smith, a Utah native, offered to carry her daughter's kid.
In 2019, her daughter, Kaityln Munoz, was diagnosed with Sjogren's Syndrome, an illness that damages healthy portions of the body, as well as endometriosis.
Fortunately, she was able to conceive and give birth to her first child, who is now two years old, via IVF before being diagnosed with the condition.
Chalise, a mother of eight, knows her daughter’s dream is to have a large family like hers and willingly offered to be her surrogate.
“I told Kaitlyn that everyone needed to be 100 per cent on board, Kyle (Chalise’s husband and Kaitlyn’s father), Miguel (Kaitlyn’s husband), and Kaitlyn herself.
“I was already 100 percent in, but if there were any single doubts from anyone involved in the decision, I didn’t want to keep pushing.
“Everyone agreed, and my husband was 110 per cent with me all the way through.
At my age, I had to go through a lot of health checks before I could get the all clear to become a surrogate.
“But once we were given the all clear, I had two embryos implanted in September, and that has resulted in me now being pregnant with my granddaughter.”
She is slated to give birth in May 2022, and the whole family can’t wait for the baby's arrival.