When Katie went to work that day, she had absolutely no idea what was going to happen. Then she spotted her husband in the corridor – where he told her something unbelievable. From that moment on, in fact, their lives would never be the same again.
Matt and Katie had first met as college undergraduates. Matt was helping to move a fellow student into his room when he got lost. And, as fate would have it, it was Katie who gave him directions to find his way back.
Thinking she was cute, Matt then returned to Katie and invited her to come and play soccer with him. That decision would turn out to be a fateful one, as soon afterwards the pair would start officially dating. Then, three years later, Matt and Katie got married, becoming Mr. and Mrs. Curtis.
And like many young couples, the newlyweds, who live in North Carolina, decided that the next step for them would be to have kids. Naturally, they then started trying for a family. But, unfortunately for them, the process wasn’t a straightforward one.
In fact, the couple struggled to conceive – so much so that, in time, they realized that it wasn’t likely to happen naturally for them. However, by this point, they were dead set on the idea of becoming parents.
So, they talked to their friends and family and read books that people gave to them. Then another idea “came onto the radar,” as they described it in a 2016 video interview for Genesis Media Solutions.
The idea was adoption. Realizing that their options were limited, the couple seriously started considering it as a way of growing their family. In fact, it wasn’t such a foreign concept for Katie.
That’s because she already had adopted siblings from Bolivia and Mexico. Not only that, but she had foster siblings from other countries, too. So, her family were already used to the idea.
And although Matt’s family didn’t have any experience with adoption, Katie said that they were nevertheless “equally as excited” to see the two become parents. Furthermore, the couple had yet another great source of support behind them.
Specifically, their church community pulled together when Katie and Matt told them about their plans to adopt. And, within a month, their house was filled with all the things they’d need to start a family, donated from locals.
In the interview with Genesis Media Solutions, meanwhile, Matt even admitted that he was “looking forward to the mess” that comes with having a baby. He did, however, suggest that his and his wife’s quest to become parents hadn’t always been plain sailing, adding, “Some of the best things in life are difficult.”
And, indeed, at this point, the pair were waiting anxiously to hear whether their wish would be granted – a situation that can’t have been an easy one to endure. Then, one day, Matt got an important call. In it, moreover, he was told something that would change his and Katie’s lives forever.
What happened next was caught on camera by the production company the couple had asked to follow their story. Matt headed to find Katie to tell her the news: the baby that would complete their family had been born. And it was a girl!
That was a double whammy for Katie, who was at work at the time. Not only had their baby been born, but she knew the gender, too. She started crying, clearly overwhelmed by the big news.
Through tears, Matt revealed that their new baby weighed in at 7 pounds, 9 ounces and had been born in Raleigh, North Carolina. However, she was going to be taken to Charlotte that very Friday, ready for her new mom and dad to collect her.
Then he told his wife that the birth mom had “already revoked her rights,” meaning that everything was in order. The happy pair were only a few days away from taking their daughter home.
A heartwarming video showing their story was uploaded to Vimeo and Facebook, where it was viewed thousands of times. The camera also follows Matt and Katie as they tell their family and friends that they’re parents.
The video even documents the emotional moment they meet their new baby girl, Natalie. Matt takes her into his arms and poignantly says, “I’m your dad,” before handing her over to Katie. Understandably, she can’t fight back the tears as she holds her daughter for the first time.
And, unsurprisingly, the video sparked a great reaction online, with positive comments flooding in for the new parents. “I’m so happy for you both,” one user wrote. “What a magical video to have forever. Welcome to parenthood… you are going to be amazing!”
Naturally, the couple look ecstatic in the video, as the family that they had wanted for so long was finally made whole by little Natalie. They made it clear, though, that Natalie’s birth mom will always be a crucial part of their lives, too. “The birth mother needs to know that she’s part of our story now… we care about where she ends up, too,” Matt has revealed.