GRABILL, Ind. (WFFT) - Stella Nickols is just six weeks old.
And her five-year old brother, Xavier, cuddles her everyday since she finally came from the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) after being delivered at 35 weeks.
The two share more than just a last name.
They're both adopted and biracial.
After Craig and Kristin Nickols experienced pregnancy difficulties over the past few years, they opted for adoption, though an option on their minds for some time.
Craig says, "My wife and I, we've always had it in our hearts to adopt at some point."
The couple was matched with Xavier through the Adoption Support Center in Indianapolis and was able take him home right after birth.
Xavier maintained a 'traditional adoption,' but the family keeps open communication with his mother.
Because of the desire to carry a baby however, the couple sought after an embryo donor through the National Embryo Donation Center for Stella after receiving a grant from the Tinina Q Cade Foundation, a non profit that supports families with infertility with grants of up to $10k for fertility treatment or adoption.
After countless hormones shots in an attempt to become pregnant, the Nickols put their faith in the NEDC.
Kristin says, "We'd already been through a bunch of heart ache, been through a few miscarriages. And needed it to either work or needed to give it up."
Stella's embryo survived nine years of being frozen, and the Nickols delivered her successfully on April 28.
The Nickols say they chose Stella and Xavier for each other.
In light of the social hardships children of color may face growing up in a predominantly White community, and among White parents, Craig and Kristin wanted their children to be able to support each other if needed.
Kristin says, "To be able to have each others' backs."
A sentiment she describes as the two almost being born for each other.
She says, "I think that there are unique things that come with different backgrounds, you know. We don't necessarily understand, but he [Xavier] can have that in common with Stella and they can be there for each other."
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