NASCAR’s Kyle Busch and wife, Samantha are holding out hope for a baby girl after years of attempting to get pregnant with a second child.
But the path has not been an easy one to walk.
For over eight years, the couple battled infertility, including a failed IVF attempt and, in November, a second IVF failure while using an otherwise healthy surrogate.
And as such, the stress of the process affected their marriage. Following Samantha’s miscarriage — the couple contemplated divorce.
“Kyle was my rock and it felt like I didn’t have that anymore,” Samantha, 34, shares. “We were spiraling. It felt like divorce was real and it was scary.”
The two first met in 2007, when Samantha, a psychology student at Indiana’s Purdue University, met the up-and-coming driver at a promotional event at a nearby racetrack.
Three years later, they were married and started prepping to build their family.
After a series of months in which Samantha failed to conceive naturally, the two decided to do IVF treatments, which eventually resulted in the birth of son Brexton in 2015. But the experience left their relationship in need of serious mending.
“Kyle was sad but not broken the way I was,” Samantha recalled her past failed attempts to get pregnant. “I was angry with him for being stoic.”
Now, Samantha and Kyle are ready for the next chapter of life. And while the couple has been able to work through their problems in therapy — Samantha underwent another egg retrieval and transfer under the expertise of Dr. William Schoolcraft with CCRM Fertility in Colorado.
“It’s what we’ve been working on, striving for, fighting for, for so long,” Kyle, 35, shares. “I know I should be worried, but I’m not,” Samantha adds. “I’m at peace. I feel better than ever and I’m so ready for this. Bring it on!”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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