Gay dads Justin Ruehs and Adam Smeets of Chicago became fathers for the first time this summer — to triplets, no less! The two fathers chose surrogacy to create their family and in a stunning twist of fate, they both became biological fathers.
Embryos with DNA from both dads were implanted into the surrogate and they both took. Twin girls Harper and Collins are biologically related to Ruehs, while Emmett, their son, is biologically related to Smeets. Pretty amazing turn of events for these two dads.
Ruehs told CBS Chicago, “They’re genetically half-siblings. They’re going to look alike. I think it will be good for them.”
The triplets turn three months this month and it has been a whirlwind for the two dads who were able to take off work for these first months.
“The technician told us that we had three heartbeats and embryo A had split into twins!” Ruehs told Gay Times.
“Out loud I said, “What do you mean there are three? We only put in two?” After the initial surprise wore off we were elated and thankful that we were pregnant.”
The fathers had gone through five IVF rounds, a miscarriage, and three surrogates before the birth of their healthy triplets.
Smeets told Chicago CBS, “We represent that gay couples have families, and families are not defined as just one thing or another. It comes in many different shapes and sizes, too.”
Check out the interview with the dads below.