Celebrity fitness guru Shaun T and his husband Scott Blokker are defying stereotypes by raising twin boys in an interracial marriage.
The same-sex couple was eager to start a family after marrying in 2012. However, their path to fatherhood was long and complicated.
They went through twelve attempts, six egg donors, five surrogates, two doctors, and one miscarriage before beginning their parenthood journey.
Surrogacy was used to Deliver The Twins
Fortunately, they were able to have twins through surrogacy in November 2017. In December 2017, the couple shared photos of their sons, Sanders Vaughn and Silas Rhys, as well as their surrogate on Instagram.
They shared the post after the children were released from the hospital due to their early arrival at 32 weeks gestation. The children were kept in the NICU for nearly a month because they were born prematurely.
“Please welcome our SURROGATE, Ashley!” Shaun wrote this alongside two stunning photos of their surrogate and her children holding the newborn babies.
He emphasized how “UNBELIEVABLE” it is that one person can completely alter one’s life. Shaun T described how many people helped them and Ashley along the way, including Ashley, who volunteered to bear their twins.
Many of those people gathered behind her to express their love, support, and encouragement as she prepared to welcome our two boys into the world.
“The excitement they felt when they first touched and kissed the babies was unbelievable and unimaginable,” the 43-year-old continued.
Shaun T also thanked Ashley, her husband Michael, and their children for their assistance in building their family! He described the surrogate as a brave, strong, empowered, driven, powerful, dedicated, and incredible human being.
In a 2019 interview with Parents, the gay couple admitted that their first months as parents were difficult and stressful. “It was awful,” Shaun recalled.
His husband Blokker revealed that they had more fights than ever before. “I even wondered if having children had ruined our marriage, but it wasn’t the children.” It was the lack of sleep!”
As he embarked on the journey of fatherhood, the creator of the Insanity exercise program received two brilliant pieces of advice. Blokkers’ father told him that they are not entering the world of the babies, but that the babies are entering their lives, which made him eager to show them around.
Another piece of advice from his grandfather was to never go to bed angry, which the couple still follows.
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The Twins Celebrated Their Third Birthday
The boys’ fathers are overjoyed that they will turn three in November 2020, especially after everything they’ve been through.
The fitness trainer took to Instagram to share a series of photos and videos from the family’s early morning birthday celebration. “We can’t believe these boys are already three,” he captioned the photo.
While the first photo was a family portrait with the fathers holding number three balloons, the subsequent clips showed the twins opening their birthday presents.
Shaun also shared videos of the twins cutting the cakes and enjoying the special day the next day.
The fitness guru has been posting updates about the twins on social media since they were born.
He shares everything with his followers, from wearing superhero costumes to their swimming lessons to learning about the solar system and painting rainbow nails.