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I’m pregnant with my own son’s baby

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A pregnant mother is expecting … her own grandchild.

Nancy Hauck, 56, can’t wait to give birth to her granddaughter. “I never planned for it, but I am so glad I chose to carry my son’s baby,” she told SWNS.

The grandmother offered to become a surrogate for her son Jeff, 32, and his wife Cambria, 30, after her daughter-in-law had a life-saving hysterectomy following the traumatic birth of their second set of twins.

“I just suddenly had a feeling a few months after that I should offer to do it,” she explained. “I told my son, and he teared up and was shocked — I hadn’t even told my husband at that point. But he was really supportive.”

The young couple had struggled for six years before they welcomed twins, Vera and Ayva, now three, and then, Diseal and Luka, 11 months, via IVF.

Jeff and Cambria dreamed of having more children but weren’t sure what path to take when Cambria was advised to undergo a hysterectomy after her last pregnancy in September 2021.

“I felt grateful to have such a selfless and loving mom that was willing to make that kind of sacrifice for my family,” Jeff said.

“Having experienced over four years of infertility treatments, I knew how complicated the process can be and doubted that it was possible for her to carry a baby for us, but I was very moved that she would even offer.”

Hauck was mentally prepared to become a surrogate, but she wasn’t sure that her body was capable. “I told them I was willing but that I thought I would be old. But to my surprise medics said I was healthy and could do it and here I am.”

The family, who lives in Utah, had to act quickly before Hauck began menopause. And despite having just welcomed their second set of twins, Jeff and Cambria immediately decided to take advantage of the moment and try for their fifth child.

Nancy has had five healthy pregnancies in her life. Some of her other children were a little anxious for their mother’s health, but have all warmed up to the idea and are excited for their family to expand in this special way.

She started her hormone treatment in January 2022 and injected herself every day for 12 weeks with the help of her husband and Jeff’s dad, Jason, 59.

In February 2022, Hauck had the fertilized embryos that Jeff and Cambria collected from their other rounds of IVF transferred, and they immediately stuck. Hauck was pregnant with her grandchild.

“It was a bit scary as it had been 26 years since I’d had a baby,” Hauck said.

Jeff was “humbled and amazed” when Hauck became pregnant just a few days after having the embryos transferred. “It felt like a miracle even though I had administered the dozens of shots that had prepared her body for pregnancy,” he said.

In May 2022, the family was overjoyed to learn that they were expecting a girl.

Cambria feels gratitude for her mother-in-law’s gracious offer. “She is sacrificing so much for us, and our family and we just feel so grateful,” she said.

“She has been nothing short of amazing and filled with so much light and grace. They say pregnancy comes with a glow, but Nancy’s is a full-on lighthouse.”

The family is all in this together and Jeff and Cambria do their best to express their gratitude for Hauck’s sacrifice. They communicate constantly in group texts, sharing funny tidbits, special moments and messages of encouragement.

Cambria buys Hauck presents and cooks her favorite meals while her and Jeff beg to rub her feet or accommodate her in any way possible.

“We cannot wait to meet our daughter,” the expectant mother shared.

Hauck’s granddaughter is due on Nov. 5 and will be born with Jason, Jeff and Cambria in the room.

“There is no repayment for something like that — all I can do is follow the example my parents have set and try to give that same level of love and devotion to my own family and to others,” Jeff said.

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Wallings Nature Reserve defies Gov’t request to hand over signage

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The government will surely have to find another way to retrieve the signage from the management of the Wallings Nature Reserve (WNR) because its Executive Director Refica Attwood says she’s holding onto the property of the organization.

Attwood said earlier this week that the WNR was officially pulling its services from the National Parks site including all signage.

But Information Minister Melford Nicholas said the signs that were contributed by corporate sponsors were taken and ought to be returned.  He said the site was never leased, nor was ownership passed to anyone; it was a voluntary arrangement that has now come to an end.

But Attwood said there will be no voluntary return of any signage, saying that none of the signs were donated by corporate Antigua.

“Wallings Nature Reserve Inc bought and paid for the signs. The 32-foot sign is the company’s sign we just did not put it on the usual board as was the norm. That was one of the first things we had to do to ensure people knew where to find us. Ironically the capital letters were hand painted at a value of 10,000 USD per letter so the painting cost 30,000 USD. The artist loving the fact that we followed a popular sign from the U.S donated her work to the company for free,” she said on Thursday night.

Attwood said the green signs bearing our logo, tagline, email address, website, and the designer and support were also not donated.

“The trail map and directional signs were also bought and paid for safety reasons for hikers using the space as an easier way for us to stay at base and assist hikers with getting on and off the trail. I walked the trails and mapped them with a GPS. The trail map is my idea! You should see the rough sketch with me making lots of X’s because I joked to the designer that I can’t even draw a proper stick man,” she said.

Additionally, Attwood said that had the signs been donated as the article claims it would have been clear as day as a part of the design.

“The colored trail flags were paid for in installments getting a company here to understand our financial struggles and building a tangible relationship with them to be constantly replacing the signs. We purchased cloth ropes to protect the trees and stand up to the weather. That idea came from coloring in a book and having to follow numbers and I figured it would be an ideal way to distinguish the various trails. They were printed back and front for safety reasons,” she added.

The flags were designed for people that can tell color but cannot read, for people that can count but cannot read, and for people that can read, identify the color and count with the company’s logo so you know who to call if you need help. The purple trail was supported by a hiking group and the flags had their logo, according to Atwood

“I’m not surprised by the actions of clowns at this point. So for clarity, the signs belong to the company and we have no reason to put them back as we have moved peacefully from the space. Additionally, our partner’s page on the website clearly states who our partners are. It is a requirement that we must honor,” she said.

The WNR had a temporary arrangement with the Agriculture Ministry but something permanent was in the works, and late last month the ministry said a legal officer was working to settle an agreement with the company.

However, Attwood posted photos and videos to social media on Monday showing the removal of signs and other WNR property from the area.

She remained adamant that the organization does not want to enter into a public-private partnership with the government, and stated that the “exceptional” program should continue without the involvement of the government.



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Willikies man fined $19K for possession of gun, bullets and weed

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A recently executed search warrant at the home of a Willikies man led the police to the discovery of an unlicensed firearm, ammunition and cannabis plants.

The homeowner, 28-year-old Casim Watson, was arrested and charged with possession of the gun, possession of five .32 rounds of ammunition, possession of one .357 Magnum hollow point bullet, cultivation of seven cannabis plants, and possession of the same plants.

On Tuesday, the police found the gun under Watson’s pillow loaded with five bullets, while another round was found in his kitchen cupboard.

The plants were discovered in his yard.

The defendant appeared before the All Saints Magistrate’s Court yesterday and admitted to the crimes.

Magistrate Ngaio Emanuel-Edwards then fined him $12,000 with a default prison time of one year for the gun, $6,000 for the ammunition with the possibility of imprisonment for six months if he fails to pay, and $1,000 or one month in jail for cultivating the controlled drug.

He was reprimanded and discharged for possession of the plants.

Watson, who was represented by Attorney Michael Archibald, was given six months to pay the fines.

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An Illinois couple will have a few more days to celebrate their anniversary in Antigua after Hurricane Ian grounded their flight home

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WTHR: As Hurricane Ian hammers Florida with high winds and heavy rains, many Floridians and Hoosier natives traveled back home at the last minute to avoid the storm.

Others, unable to travel, are finding themselves temporarily stuck both in the Sunshine State and around the Caribbean as the storm grounds air travel in and out for the next few days.

“We’re on the edge of a hurricane and we’re sitting here where there’s 85 degrees and sunshine,” said Joe Johnston.

With clear skies and warm weather from their Sandals beach resort in Antigua, Johnston and his wife, Connie, thought they’d dodged the stormy weather when Hurricane Fiona swept through the Caribbean last week.

But now, as Hurricane Ian barrels down on Florida’s Gulf Coast, their plans to fly back home to Mahomet, Illinois through Miami and into Indianapolis have hit the brakes.

“It looked like it was going to go more to the Gulf side. Well, then it kind of changed directions and came back in a little bit.  So when I was looking at it today, I thought, ‘This isn’t good.’ And then we got notifications that our flight was canceled,” Johnston said.

As the Sunshine State braces against Ian, Johnston said he and Connie, along with other U.S. travelers in Antigua are stuck a few extra days, unable to fly home until Friday at the earliest.

“You know, at the end of the day, there’s going to be people in Tampa that are going to lose their homes and hopefully nobody loses their life,” Johnston said. “So it’s kind of hard to think, ‘Oh, poor us,’ when there’s all that to think about. But yeah, we’ve gotten lucky over the years and this year, not quite as lucky. But we’re not facing anything like what hundreds of thousands of others are facing.”

Visiting Antigua to celebrate their 34th wedding anniversary at the end of September together, Johnston said he and Connie have always lucked out in traveling the Caribbean during hurricane season. And while the delay in getting back home wasn’t planned, he said they’re still feeling lucky in avoiding Ian’s hardest hits.

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