Their friendship was purely intimate and affectionate but not sexual when they met. But, when they moved to the USA after graduation, their feelings developed.
"Whenever I'd hear Kelly talking about boyfriends, I'd feel almost jealous and started to realise that it was because I had romantic feelings for her," says Karina.
Karina explained that Kelly used to move around a lot until they both moved to Miami. "I was so nervous, as I had no idea how she would take it, but I had to tell her how I felt. Thankfully, she felt the same."
Initially, Kelly and Karina kept their relationship a secret from family, but eventually came out in 2017 just before they got married.
At home artificial insemination
The pair started to look for options for creating their own family, but soon realised that IVF clinics and sperm banks are expensive. Kelly explains, "some of the clinics would want thousands and thousands to find the donor. There would be insemination costs, medication, doctor fees and many other costs."
In 2018, they found an online company that offered 'at home artificial insemination kits' for just $89, or just over R1292,13.
This particular online company was affordable and would give then the necessary privacy they need as the insemination would happen at the comfort of their home.
The couple insisted that they know their sperm donors, as that was very important to them.
Finding a father
Even though that is usually pricey, the couple found an online network called CoParents.com, which matches couples with potential donors with a free registration, even though the members-only access is costly.
After outlining who they are and what they're looking for in their profile, they soon received messages.
Karina says, "Across the course of three months, we filtered the responses down to around 15, which we liked the sound of."
"Then we got to know them, sending questionnaires about their family history and genetics, and also what their motivation was for wanting to help."
"We wanted somebody truly generous, but unfortunately, not everybody out there is genuine. We narrowed it further and further down until there were just two donors. We would joke that it was like the reality show The Bachelor."
The couple arranged a meeting with the two potential donors face to face, and neither asked for money before settling on their final decision in October 2018.
After all three parties did the necessary genetic screening, the couple started trying to conceive. Shortly after that, Karina and Kelly found out that they both fell pregnant on their first attempt.
The pregnancy experience
Even though they understood each other during pregnancy, the couple says they faced challenges such as sharing a bed with two enormous bellies and wanting to pee every 5 minutes.
Karina states that people thought they would kill each other, being two pregnant women living in the same house with all those pesky pregnancy hormones flying around.
But the couple seems to be loving their shared experience, and the children, both healthy, are almost twins as they were born just three days apart.
Kelly's baby boy is named Leo, and Karina's baby girl is named Sophie.
Sources: The Sun
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