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Story of How a Woman Chose Her Mother-in-Law as Her Surrogate Is Truly Heartwarming

The little boy, carried by his grandmother, was born on December 30.

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A couple from Arkansas named Kayla and Cody Jones are making headlines for sharing their beautiful story of welcoming their first child, son Kross Allen, into the world via a surrogate. And the surrogate just happened to be Cody's mother, Patty Resecker

Kayla, 29, had a partial hysterectomy at 17 years old that made starting a family difficult, so she and Cody had discussed and explored surrogacy. When a few of their other options didn't pan out, they started to seriously think about taking Patty, 50, up on her offer to carry their L.O. "At first I thought the doctors may think we were crazy, but as I researched I found other grandmothers who had been surrogates," she told Love What Matters. "After much testing, my mother-in-law was cleared to carry our baby!"

In October 2016, the couple started the IVF process, and then had their first embryo transfer in March 2017, which failed. "We were devastated but decided to give it one more try," Kayla wrote. "In May 2017, we found out we were pregnant! ... The day we found out was the second best day of my life (the first best day was the day Kross was born!). Patty left a urine in a specimen cup on her porch before she left for work. I picked it up and my husband and I tested at home. I cannot describe the feeling of seeing two pink lines. I just knew it was not going to work."

Fast-forward to December 30 when their baby boy Kross Allen Jones was born via C-section. Of the experience, Patty explained, "I've recently had the privilege of doing one of the most rewarding things: to carry my own grandchild for my son and daughter-in-law. This is something that has blessed not only me and my family, but also Kayla's family. A child is a lifetime commitment and I knew there weren't two more deserving people than them. To see them with Kross, and see the parents they're already becoming thrills my soul."

And Kayla couldn't agree with her mother-in-law more, acknowledging, "Having him via surrogacy was not always easy, and definitely not easy for Patty, but having him here makes all the hard days worth it."

Congrats to the happy family!