First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage. Er, unless you're Australian couple Aminah Hart and Scott Andersen. Because they had a baby together before they even met!
You see, in 2012 Aminah welcomed her daughter Leila via IVF using an anonymous sperm donor. Heartbreakingly, she'd lost two previous children, sons Marlon and Louis, when they were babies because they suffered from a genetic disorder called x-linked myotubular myopathy.
Thankfully, Leila was born healthy. And after her birth, the 42-year-old mom was inspired to track down the donor, because she feared having her daughter grow up without a father like she had.
Well, the donor turned out to be Scott, who'd always been open to meeting a child he fathered.
And in a real-life-is-stranger-than-fiction twist, the parents met in 2013, experienced an instant spark (could it have been of the biochemical variety that helped make them compatible for creating a life?), fell in love, and got married in 2015 in a beautiful seaside ceremony. Leila served as their flower girl.
Now, Aminah has written an e-book called How I Met Your Father. It is described on Amazon as "the extraordinary true story of a woman who overcame terrible losses to find love and happiness in a most unexpected way." I'll say!
You can also stay tuned for the film version of this couple's unconventional love story.
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.