“It is a sheer miracle, a once in a lifetime chance that my children found each other.”
The tears started to fall as soon as Katie hung up the phone.
It didn’t seem to matter that the US mum was at the office, with co-workers craning their necks over their computer screens in concern – the emotions were just too overwhelming to control.
The single mum had just been told that her suspicions were correct – that her two babies, Grayson and Hannah, who she had fostered nearly a year apart were actually siblings.
She couldn’t believe the gift that fate had given her and her family.
“What if I had said no? What if I had said yes to one of the other placements I had been asked to take just days before? What if Baby Girl had gone to another family?” she first wrote on Love What Matters.
“The connection would have never been made! We would have never found their mother.
“It is amazing that my children found each other.”
Katie was overjoyed when she was able to adopt Grayson after 11 months. Source: Katie Page (left) and Rendition Studios (right)
“I thought to myself ‘You can do this, you have done it before’”
Although Katie knew her family wasn’t yet complete – she had waited nearly a year and half after Grayson arrived to start accepting other foster placements.
The little boy, who had drug exposure from his birth mum, struggles developmentally and physically, so she wanted to focus on him at least for the time being.
But when she formally adopted Grayson when he was 11-months-old, she decided it was time to look for another longer-term foster child, which she hoped would be a girl.
Katie didn’t expect to find one so soon – but just a few weeks later the phone rang and this time she didn’t feel like she could say no.
The baby girl was in the same hospital that Grayson was born in and had a similar medical history.
“My brain was telling me to say ‘no’ because it made no sense and was not in my plans, but something inside kept saying you have to say ‘YES’,” she said.
“I thought to myself ‘You can do this, you have done it before’.”
Source: Erika Zane Photography
“Was it even physically possible that they could be siblings?”
Just four hours later, Katie held her new daughter in her arms.
It was a short time later that she noticed the little baby’s mum had the same name as Grayson biological mum listed on her paperwork – and that the two women’s birthdays were only one day apart.
“My roommate and I were looking at each other wondering if we were thinking the same thing. ‘Could they have the same mother?’,” she recalled.
“From first glance – the children looked nothing alike.
“Also, Grayson wasn’t even a year old. ‘Is it even physically possible?!’ I didn’t even know what Irish twins were before that evening when I found out that it definitely was possible.”
It just felt right when Hannah arrived. Source: Ashley Creative Company Co.
As soon as I saw her I knew she was their mum
Katie contacted their caseworker to find out if they had any other information about either of the babies’ biological mums.
She wasn’t surprised when the caseworker laughed off the suggestion that the two babies could have the same mum.
But when she was able to meet her daughter’s mum – Katie knew straight away that her suspicions were correct.
“When we finally were introduced, I knew instantly I was looking at my own son’s birth mum,” she said.
“But at the same time, I had to act completely normal and not freak out!
“She gave me small insights into her life that broke my heart. She was beautiful just like my son.
“I wanted to know MORE… anything I could to help unravel this mystery and this crazy miracle. I wanted to know for sure.”
Katie, Grayson and Hannah officially became a family in December last year. Source: Katie Page
“It was a sheer miracle”
The confirmation came a few days later when Katie’s caseworker met with the mum in person and was able to work out that both Grayson and the newborn baby girl were indeed her children.
“But she called me shortly after the meeting and said, ‘Katie, I think you’re right! Her story breaks my heart and I can’t believe it but I am 90 per cent sure you are right and this is a miracle’,” she recalled.
“About 45 minutes later she called me back and said, ‘Katie now I am 100 per cent sure. We just found the last name she gave with Grayson’s birth for a relative of Baby Girl.”
“It is a sheer miracle, once in a lifetime chance.”
Through her joy and disbelief, the decision to formally adopt Hannah was an easy one.
In fact, just 12 months after she was born, the siblings’ biological mum gave birth to another little boy.
Welcoming the adorable sibling number three into her home was an absolute no-brainer for Katie.
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