Grab some tissues, sis, this story is a tearjerker. The saying “it ain’t over till it’s over" has a whole new meaning as a North Carolina couple welcomes their first child at ages 50 and 61, respectively, after being told they would never conceive. Susie and Tony Troxler wed in 2008 and assumed that they’d go about the business of having a child the traditional way. But then "one year turned into two, then three, and we were doing so many things that we honestly didn't notice it at first," said Susie in a conversation with her local news station. "But when it got to be nine, 10, 11 years, we were like, something is up, and we're not sure what it is," she continued. 

The couple began to see fertility specialists and were soon given news that made them fully doubt that they’d ever be blessed with a child that Susie wold carry herself. "I had a boatload of uterine fibroids," Susie said. "I was too old, and Tony had some medical issues, and between the two of us, there was not going to be a baby.” As with many Black women who suffer from uterine fibroids, Susie would have to undergo surgery but as time moved on the changes of a 50-year-old woman being able to naturally conceive seemed highly unlikely. "They always said it nicely, but bottom line, when you take away all of the official medical jargon, it was a no! They said, 'it's not happening, so you're going to need a whole lot of help,'" she added. 

The couple were lucky to find an OB-GYN who was willing to dream with them and went about the work of first getting Susie’s uterus healthy and viable for a baby then retrieving her eggs. The couple began IVF treatments at the beginning of the pandemic and found themselves down to their last embryo—and then the unthinkable happened: it worked!

"They bring me into the ultrasound, and the first thing they said was, 'Oh, she's moving!' And she was a teeny little thing in there! But I was like, 'Yes!' " Susie said. The couple’s daughter, Lily Antonia Troxler, arrived on September 29th weighing in at 5lb. 12 oz. "Before she was even born, she had me wrapped around her pinky," Tony said. "I love her so much. Every time I look at her, sometimes I find myself just staring at her. It's amazing!”

The Troxler’s and their miracle baby are just the heartwarming story we all need for the holiday season. We are wishing them all the best!