Couple laugh in face of heartbreak with fun ‘infertility announcements’ after struggles to conceive

spencer-and-whitney-blake-mainWhether adopted, fostered, conceived on the first try or after a long and rocky road, behind every family lies a story personal to them .

For Whitney and Spencer Blake, their journey took longer than they hoped.

Despite this, they found a way of documenting it that was both poignant and funny.

The couple from Idaho had been trying for a baby for a year, when they were diagnosed with unexplained infertility, which is when standard fertility testing has not uncovered what’s preventing natural conception.

One in seven couples in the UK struggle to conceive, and of the overall number, unexplained infertility is thought to affect up to 26 per cent.

1. Scrabble

Spencer and Whitney Blake shared a series of pictures to announce whether they were pregnant or not on their blog which they started after several years of infertility. Pictured - Spencer and Whitney announcing the pregnancy
The scrabble announcement has become a lovely way of breaking happy news (Photo: Spencer and Whitney Blake)

In the wake of the diagnosis, as the couple told BuzzFeed , they decided to undergo a series of fertility treatments .

However, after three years and no success, they decided to consider an alternative way to building a family, telling BuzzFeed:

Spencer and Whitney Blake shared a series of pictures to announce whether they were pregnant or not on their blog which they started after several years of infertility. Pictured - Spencer and Whitney announcing they are not pregnant
So Spencer and Whitney came up with an alternative (Photo: Spencer and Whitney Blake)

“We both pretty quickly felt a lot of peace with the decision to finally draw a curtain on fertility treatments and focus our attention on growing our family through adoption.”

In 2012 and then in 2014 they welcomed their sons to their family. The adoption process inspired them to blog about it, which in turn, later on a car journey, planted another idea in their heads.

2. Prego sauce

Spencer and Whitney Blake shared a series of pictures to announce whether they were pregnant or not on their blog which they started after several years of infertility. Pictured - Spencer and Whitney announcing the pregnancy
Spencer and Whitney got pretty inventive with their photos (Photo: Spencer and Whitney Blake)

Based on the pregnancy announcements popular on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook, they came up with their own different take, creating “infertility photos”.

The couple recall, “We were cracking ourselves up as we brainstormed in the car; it ended up being a really fun project for us to bring to life.”

Spencer and Whitney Blake shared a series of pictures to announce whether they were pregnant or not on their blog which they started after several years of infertility. Pictured - Spencer and Whitney announcing they are not pregnant
And managed to find the humour in their situation (Photo: Spencer and Whitney Blake)

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The timing of their project was also especially poignant, as they posted the brilliant photos to coincide with Infertility Awareness week.

Adding how humour was a crucial tool in helping them cope, they explain:

3. No bun in the oven

Spencer and Whitney Blake shared a series of pictures to announce whether they were pregnant or not on their blog which they started after several years of infertility. Pictured - Spencer and Whitney announcing the pregnancy
Bun in the oven? (Photo: Spencer and Whitney Blake)

“We realize that is not how everyone deals with challenges, but for us personally, for this particular problem, we found that having a sense of humor made infertility a bit more bearable.”

Many of their riffs on pregnancy announcements are instantly recognisable.

Spencer and Whitney Blake shared a series of pictures to announce whether they were pregnant or not on their blog which they started after several years of infertility. Pictured - Spencer and Whitney announcing they are not pregnant
Or not (Photo: Spencer and Whitney Blake)

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And their photos have resounded with other couples coping with the same issues.

“We hope we’ve been a support to people, just as perfect strangers have been a support to us by sending us emails and messages telling us they appreciated the sentiments.”

4. Pregnant: the movie

Spencer and Whitney Blake shared a series of pictures to announce whether they were pregnant or not on their blog which they started after several years of infertility. Pictured - Spencer and Whitney announcing the pregnancy
You’ve seem the film-style announcements (Photo: Spencer and Whitney Blake)

Demonstrating the effect fertility treatment – especially when unsuccessful – can be, coupled with their joy at being parents, Whitney and Spencer have written under each photo:

“We are the happy parents of two little boys who joined our family through the miracle of adoption after we had struggled for several years with infertility.

Spencer and Whitney Blake shared a series of pictures to announce whether they were pregnant or not on their blog which they started after several years of infertility. Pictured - Spencer and Whitney announcing they are not pregnant
Here’s Whitney and Blake’s alternative (Photo: Spencer and Whitney Blake)

“Though the infertility is still there, the struggle is mostly not. What used to be such a consuming, challenging part of our life is now usually more of a passing thought.

“We are so grateful to be parents, but we have not forgotten how lonely and horrible infertility can feel, which is why we thought we’d create something to connect with others who are going through what we went through.”

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