A video of a Virginia man breaking down when he learned his wife is pregnant after years of trying is warming hearts all over the internet.
Dana Griffin-Graves said that she and her husband, Arkell Graves, started trying to have a child soon after their wedding 17 years ago.
She said they assumed they wouldn’t have issues having a family. “We had everything planned,” she said.
But the couple struggled. Griffin-Graves said that she delivered one stillborn baby at six months and had four miscarriages. About five years ago, she said, they decided to let go of their dream of getting pregnant.
“It just didn’t work out, so we kind of gave up,” she said.
But recently, Griffin-Graves was shocked when she discovered she was five months pregnant. She said she got a clue something was up when she started walking with her friends but wasn’t losing weight like they were. She went to the doctor and learned she was pregnant. After finding out how far along she was, she began scheming with her family as to the best way to tell her husband.
“I was ecstatic,” she said. “We hadn’t planned anything, we weren’t trying.”
She decided to surprise her husband by putting buns in their oven and putting the baby’s ultrasound picture next to the buns. She then filmed his reaction to show their family later.
Griffin-Graves told her husband to look in the oven. At first he didn’t get it, but then it dawned on him. He seemed stunned, with a huge grin on his face. “You’re pregnant?!” he kept saying. His wife then tells him she’s five months along, and that the baby is a boy. Unable to contain his emotion, Arkell Graves breaks down.
Griffin-Graves said she has been shocked by the reaction to the video, especially since she only sent the YouTube link to eight people.
“I thought that this was going to be for family only,” she said.