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After two expensive IVF rounds, Rocky couple expecting baby

Ryan Shillington and Emily Holbert can't wait to meet their little girl, who was conceived through IVF.
Ryan Shillington and Emily Holbert can't wait to meet their little girl, who was conceived through IVF. Shelly Allsop

GOOD things come to those who wait.

Nothing could be more true for Rockhampton's Emily Holbert and Ryan Shillington.

In less than 10 weeks, the patient couple will meet their little miracle for the first time - a baby girl created thanks to the generous donations of their family and friends.

Having previously endured two expensive and unsuccessful rounds of IVF, Emily, who has polycystic ovaries, said they had "nearly given up".

Luckily, they didn't.

Emily and Ryan shared their heartbreaking IVF journey with The Morning Bulletin in August last year, after raising more than $2000 for their third attempt through a link on Facebook.

"It had to happen," she said.

"There was too much love and support involved this time for it not to."

Just before Christmas, the pair received the good news they were expecting.

"I don't know how to put it in words," Emily said.

"It was meant to be this way the whole time. I was overwhelmed with joy.

"She was our little Christmas present."

Emily said Ryan was busy putting the nursery together.

"He can't wait to be a dad," she said.

"He already reads books to her and she knows our voices."

Emily urged others going through the process to "never give up".

"It's a bit of a long and lonely journey, but it's worth it," she said.

"I've already forgiven the cards we were dealt.

"There's always a way."




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