Our Baby

Dylan River Nichols


The Stats & Story

7 Pounds 21 Inches

Welcome home, Dylan!

Heather Nichols always wanted to be a mom. She got her wish on April 17, 2012 when Dylan River Nichols was born. Click here to read Heather’s story.


Proud Parents

Joe & Heather Nichols

Joe and Heather Nichols are the proud parents to a daughter, Dylan River Nichols, born April 17, 2012.  This is the first child for the couple, who married in 2007.


“Our prayers have been answered,” said Heather. “We went through years of loss and heartbreak to get to this point and now our little baby girl is here. I want to thank everyone for their well wishes, thoughts and prayers and our doctors and nurses who have walked along side us in this process. I know that we are going to love this little girl, and I am so thankful that she is ours.”



  1. on May 29, 2012 #

    Congratulations Heather and Joe on a beautiful baby and a story that will resonate with so many. You’ll keep dreams alive for all who come here.

  2. on May 29, 2012 #

    Dylan River is one blessed little girl ’cause you and Joe are pretty special souls. God bless.

  3. Jennifer Sims-Grubbs
    on May 29, 2012 #

    Congrats!!! She is absolutely precious!!!

  4. Jason Layne
    on May 29, 2012 #

    We are so happy for you guys!! God is GREAT!!

  5. Tamara Mannen
    on May 29, 2012 #

    Where can I start? The tears started to flow after reading your first sentence. My heart has ached for you over and over. For 20 years your faith, strength, determination and passion for life have inspired me. Now through this blog and your voice you can inspire and give hope to so many others the same way you’ve always done for me.

  6. on May 29, 2012 #

    Congrats to both of you on the baby girl, look forward to seeing you both out in Australia again some time soon 🙂

  7. on May 29, 2012 #

    Wow, Heather! I never knew you had been through so much! Thank you for sharing your journey. I’ve never struggled with infertility, but I have a family member who has. I can see in her that it is a very heartbreaking situation. I’m so happy for you that you now have your sweet baby girl. Praying that the Lord would be merciful to you if you decide to try for a sibling for little Dylan.

  8. Rhonda
    on May 29, 2012 #

    We love you Heather, Joe, and Dylan!!

  9. Jennifer Newman Steenland
    on May 29, 2012 #

    So very happy for you Heather, I’m so sorry you had to go through such great losses to get to where you are now. I have always knew growing up together that you had that special touch to be such a wonderful mother one day and now IT’S HERE. Life is not always easy, I know this raising a child for 12yrs that has type I diabetes is not an easy road, its shots and finger pricks every single day with the constant worry of complications but as a mom you do whatever possible to keep your child as healthy as you can. Please take care of yourself and that beautiful baby girl of yours.

  10. Trina
    on May 29, 2012 #

    I am so proud of this little gift from god.we all will love her dearly

  11. Melissa Kennedy
    on May 30, 2012 #

    Heather, your story is so beautifull, and I am so impressed with your strength in going through such difficulties and never giving up hope. You are an inspiration to the many women who struggle with infertility every day. Dylan is absolutely adorable and is a lucky little girl to have such an amazing Mommy 🙂

  12. Pat White
    on May 30, 2012 #

    What an amazing story, I hope it helps another young mother that refuses to give up hope!! You have been blessed with the most precious gift the Lord can ever give us….a child!! I loved your blog!!

  13. Carol Durrenberger
    on May 30, 2012 #

    Congratulations, Joe and Heather! Dylan is so lucky to have such wonderful parents! I loved reading your story, Heather. Am sending some things with Joe on Saturday, hope you enjoy them! You guys deserve the best — love ya! Miss Carol in NJ (heading to Ct on Saturday to see Joe!)

  14. Leslie Ritter
    on May 30, 2012 #

    Heather, I am so very happy for you and Joe! You are a sweetheart and I pray God will bless you and your precious family abundantly.

  15. on May 30, 2012 #

    This is Great Heather! You will be an inspiration to so many with your hard but, in the end rewarding story! Thanks for sharing!!

  16. Susan
    on May 30, 2012 #

    Beautiful website. Congratulations on the lovely little girl. A sad story with a happy ending. Best wishes

  17. Chastiti Horne
    on May 30, 2012 #

    Love you!

  18. Amanda Cook
    on May 30, 2012 #

    Wow heather this makes me wanna cry ! I had to have a hysterectomy at 21 so no babies for me ! I’m glad the Lord blessed you and I hope he continues to bless y’all. She is beautiful !

  19. Steven
    on May 30, 2012 #

    So Happy For You !

  20. on May 31, 2012 #

    She is gorgeous! Congratulations, Heather and Joe. 🙂

  21. Kim Cook
    on May 31, 2012 #

    Thanks Heather for this story. It is exactly what I have been going through. I am 31 and frustrated and sad. Your story gave me hope. I am going to take it to my doctor and see what he has to say. Hopefully, he will have an open mind and maybe in time I to will have a little bundle of joy. Thanks

  22. Stephanie
    on May 31, 2012 #

    Heather, I am so happy for you and Joe and your beautiful daughter! This site is wonderful and I think it will touch many women. I think that you truly are God sent. I thank and praise God for you, and that you and Joe have come so far in, really such a very short time in the grand scheme of things. Much love!

  23. Jessi Clay
    on May 31, 2012 #

    Thank you for sharing your story! I too had 5 misccarriages before my two miracle babies daughter 2.5yrs. and 7 mos old son. I went to doctor after doctor endocrinologist after endocrinologist! It was so depressing. I had a D&C in Jan 2008 and decided to take matters into my own hands I spent hours online in forums of women with pcos and asked question after question about what they had done that worked. I knew e couldnt afford IVF and I ended up doing baby aspirine, clomid , prometrium and metphormin. Finally I made it past 12 weeks and just as you said each ultrasound I was so fearful that there wouldnt be a heartbeat. Once I could feel my daughter move I felt so much better but then if I didnt feel kicks often I panicked. Ugh what a tough thing to go through. And it seemed like everyone around me was getting knocked up like it was so easy! 🙂 I thank the good Lord up above for my babies! Congrats to you and Joe. I actually work in radio and met him at KMPS in Seattle back in 2001 nice guy! GOd bless your family and again thank you for sharing your story

  24. Jen
    on May 31, 2012 #

    Congrats on your wonderful little blessing! I too have been through multiple miscarriages and know the fear of ultrasound results all too well. We have 3 beautiful and healthy children! God bless your family! <3
    ~I am a big fan of your husband's music…have been for years.

  25. Marla Keady
    on May 31, 2012 #

    She is absolutely beautiful……congrats!

  26. on May 31, 2012 #

    Heather, thank you so much for sharing your story! It is always nice to connect with others who know what you are going through. This journey of infertility sometimes leaves a woman feeling like she is alone, and it is so nice when another brave, sweet soul like yourself shares her story! Congrats to you and Joe on your beautiful baby girl.

  27. Michelle
    on June 1, 2012 #

    My husband and I briefly met Joe at a concert in Oregon two years ago. We had just adopted our baby girl and at 3 weeks old I think she was the youngest one in the audience. While signing autographs I asked if he would like to hold her. It was precious. He was so sweet and cautious, almost afraid that he may drop her. From that day I have been praying that God would bless you with a baby. The journey is often long and so painful, but Oh the Joy when you finally hold your child. 🙂 Blessings to you!


  28. on June 1, 2012 #

    Hello Heather, I don’t know if Joe has told you about us, but he lived at our home for several years before he got his big break. Even though his parting wasn’t on the best of terms, Joe made the effort to come visit us several years ago and that proved to me that he did indeed truly care.
    There have been so many times I have thought of him, wondering how he’s doing. Now, I see that his life is full of love and he is with someone who truly cares for him. Joe is like my “other” son, and it gives me peace to know he has finally found it himself.
    Your story truly touched my heart. What a brave and determined woman you are! You have a beautiful new addition to your life and, as a mother myself, there is no other love like that one between a mother and child.

    Give Joe our love.
    Cheyney and Jimmi

  29. on June 1, 2012 #

    thank you so much for sharing your story with the world…. Women often stay silent while TTC, and knowing that someone out there has a voice for all of us gives us peace… Joy when shared is multiplied, and grief when shared is divided… thank you for multiplying your joy through us!

  30. Erin
    on June 1, 2012 #

    You are a wonderful mother. Anyone who goes through all of that for their children is not only strong but selfless. Congratulations and good luck with raising your beautiful girl!

  31. Patty Willis
    on June 1, 2012 #

    Heather and Joe. I just watched your story on The View. Please accept my congratulations and best wishes on the birth of your beautiful baby girl. God is great!!!

  32. Amy
    on June 1, 2012 #

    Hello, I also have been diagnosed with high NK cells. This is my 4 th pregnancy and we are further then we have ever been at 9 weeks and 3 days!! This pregnancy I have been taking a shot every 4 days of a drug called Granocyte. I should also say that my husband and I are living in Germany and I am not sure where else this drug is offered. The doctors here very much are on the fence with the treatment. I had to do my own research after being diagnosed with high NK cells and ask to be treated. They never even offered me the Granocyte! They keep saying that it’s a controversial treatment. I’m afraid because they are now also telling me that I can completely stop the Granocyte treament once I’m passed the 11 week mark. Of course I would like to be off any unnecessary drugs but at the same time I am wondering if I am jeapordising this pregnancy?! Hearing you story on the view today brought tears to my eyes. To hear about this and knowing there are many other women going thru this, we need to spread the word so that these other women can have a chance also to bring there dreams of being a mother to life! Thank you for sharing your story! Wish ou and your beautiful family the best!!

  33. Miss Marilyn Jennings
    on June 1, 2012 #

    It was wonderful hearing that you and Joe are now parents of a baby girl and know she will add so much joy to your worlds. Thanks to Joe for singing ‘my’ song That Would Be Her today on The view. You all looked perfect there. ((Hugs)) <3

  34. on June 1, 2012 #

    Hi Heather, i am in tears reading your story, I have a genetic condition in which my body creates antibodies toward my babies too. I am HPA 1a negative, meaning i have a rare platelet type. I have a 7 year old boy who was born fine, then had 2 miscarriages after him, one being at week 19. When my 1.5 yr old was born we discovered he had NAIT (dangerously low platelets) and he could have hemorrhaged and died. He received blood and platelet transfusions and the antibodies cleared out within a week. I hope for prenatal screening for us moms! It would save us unexplainable heartache. Nait Mom’s also have to have treated pregnancies with IVIG weekly and steroids. I am so happy for you and your family on the birth of your baby girl! You are so brave to endure all the treatments. And you must have an amazing spirit. I am glad you found wonderful medical care. Congratulations on the first of sweet Dylan.

  35. Ann
    on June 1, 2012 #

    Congratulations !! I know your pain but not your joy. I’m 46 and have been through IVF and never concieved. I know I have autoimmune issues not diagnosed except for endometriosis. I would love to talk to your doctor in Chicago that helped you. Maybe I have the same issues. Please email me your doctors info. Thank you for sharing your story with everyone. That is a very brave thing to do and can help so many others. Enjoy your precious gift !!

  36. Kate
    on June 1, 2012 #

    Exact same problem that I have! Thank you for Sharing 🙂

  37. Sheila
    on June 1, 2012 #

    I am curious… I just found out I have PCOS as I am trying to conceive as well. Were there treatments given for this, and is this severely threatening to a new conception?

  38. Jillene Arrington
    on June 1, 2012 #

    Thank you for sharing your story. It inspired me, and I was able to share your website with some great women I know who are struggling to get pregnant. (Myself included). I am so happy to hear of your beautiful little blessing, Dylan!

  39. Brenda Helms
    on June 1, 2012 #

    Congratulations! What a lovely miracle! I am so happy for you and Joe. God Bless!

  40. Candi M.
    on June 1, 2012 #

    I just suffered my third loss in two years, and your story reads just like mine. I have an appointment with a reproductive immunologist and I hope one day things will work out for me.

  41. Charlie Tunstall
    on June 1, 2012 #

    I’m a friend of Courtney Wilson’s, and I just want to say that you are an amazing and strong woman! I had two miscarriages and thought my world was ending, I’m now 20 weeks pregnant and still pray that this one will be “my miracle” like your little Dylan. I am in tears from reading your story, but could not be happier for you, Joe and your families. Congrats & God Bless you and that sweet miracle!

  42. tascia
    on June 1, 2012 #

    I just wanted to say thank you for giving my husband and I hope on having our own little one. I’ve had so far 10 miscarriages but we haven’t giving up. Just watching you on the View today made me believe in myself more. Thank You.

    • Your Name (Required)
      on June 2, 2012 #

      Thank you for not letting me give up on myself.

  43. Michelle
    on June 3, 2012 #

    I cannot thank you enough for sharing your story. I am 32 years old, my husband and I have been married for 9 years. I workwith special needs students and my husband works for thegovernment? We have been trying for three and a half years and have had six miscarriages. We’ve tried aspirin, heprin, steroids, progestrone, and just recently intralipid infusion. Reading your story was like reading mine. It was comforting but also evoked the feelings all over again. The expenses are really beginning to add up and I’m not sure how much longer we can continue this. I pray daily for my six babies in heaven and hopefully for the one I will get to hold in my arms. I wouldnt wish this on my worst enemy. But I feel less alone when brave women like yourself speak out. Thank you!

  44. amy
    on June 4, 2012 #

    Congratulations on the new addition to you family! She is totally beautiful–may she bring you every happiness that children bring!!

  45. Sandy
    on June 6, 2012 #

    So touched by your story. God bless you and your beautiful baby girl!

  46. smiller
    on June 6, 2012 #

    Thank you for being so honest about your struggles,…I too swent through IVF… I just wish more celebs would be more open about their struggles…so many of us feel shamed for having fertility trouble….I am proof that you can get pregnant after two weeks, naturally, and then turn around and spend 4 years trying to have another…Iended up having to go through PGD and IVF….a 3 month old baby boy joins our family…God bless the three of you.

    • smiller
      on June 6, 2012 #

      Baby boy joins a 6 year old sister.

  47. Cheri Brittain
    on June 6, 2012 #

    I watched your story on Backstory and The View and cried both times. I do not have the Autoimmune disease you have and can’t even begin to imagine the tremendous high of finding out that you are pregnant and then turn around and be as low as you can be from suffering multiple miscarriages. Our son Donovan, who is 10, was 8 weeks early and spent 6 weeks in the NICU. He came close to dying many times. That was hard and thankfully he was a fighter. Your story is going to help many women. It’s going to help those that have the same symptoms you have and have no idea as to what’s happening. It will also help others that don’t have what you have but know something is wrong and either the doctor isn’t listening to them or they have been misdiagnosed. You have a gorgeous family. Cherish every minute of Dylan. They grow up way too fast.

  48. SaraBlalock
    on June 7, 2012 #

    So glad you are parents , I understand what you were going through I loss 4 babies before I had my first 40 years ago ,he is a health man now and he has 1 brother and 2 sisters .

  49. carole swanger
    on June 7, 2012 #

    Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful baby girl!! She is absolutely stunning already. I will pray for God’s continued blessings in your lives.

  50. Shannon Schwarz
    on June 7, 2012 #

    Your baby is beautiful! My husband and I have been going through infertility for over 9 years. We have also put an application in to adopt but the agency think a birthmother may have a prblem with a adoptive mother in her early 40’s. We are also trying embyro adoption and I undergo and HSG this Monday at Nashville Fertility Center. I pray this works. I am running out of options. God Bless you and your family!

  51. Cathy Myers
    on June 7, 2012 #

    I wish I would have had your courage 30 years ago. I was only ever able to get pregnant once and I was 19 and I carried for 12 weeks, I was healthy and did all the right things but it was to be. I unlike you caved in to all the bad instead of trying to fix it. It went on for years but the lord was watching over my husband and I because we were able to adopt this beautiful baby girl. She is now 22 and has given me a beautiful granddaughter. I hope that your story inspires many of the women who feel like there is no hope. I am so very happy for you and your husband. I have to admit even after all these years I still feel very sad when I let my guard down because I will never get to experience the feeling of a baby kicking inside me or the whole experience. I am now 48 but I had to have a hysterectomy at 26. God Bless your beautiful family and thank you for sharing your story and your journey… Cathy Myers

  52. Gayle
    on June 15, 2012 #

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful story! I too, suffer from infertility and success stories such as yours renew my hope. I lost my fallopian tubes to endometriosis and have been through 4 rounds of IVF all of which, except 1, were negative. The one time I got pregnant, I lost the baby at 6.5 weeks. I was devastated. We’ve been down such a long road with surgeries, procedures, cycles and complications and failures. My RE doesn’t believe in reproductive immunology but I didn’t let that stop me. My drive to have a baby is unstoppable. I became a mad googler and I discovered a reproductive immunologist in NY (I’m in California) who found I have elevated NK cells and Anti-thyroid antibodies which are causing my body to attack the embryo. We are going to start our next cycle soon – this time hopefully with success and a little one to cuddle at the end. Your story meant the world to me . Thank you and all the best to your litle one.

  53. on June 17, 2012 #

    Thank you for sharing your story. After 6 years trying for our first child, and 4 losses, it’s given me hope that one day I’ll be holding my baby in my arms x

  54. Sharon Singleton
    on June 19, 2012 #

    I love your website

  55. Blair
    on June 28, 2012 #

    Congrats on your baby girl! I know exactly how you feel. We had two second trimester losses. I have multiple conditions as well and know all to well about heparin bruising. Thank you for sharing your story!!!! <3<3<3

  56. 5th time charm
    on June 29, 2012 #

    Congratulations!!! I know how truly elated you must be. My husband and I have gone through the same thing and are expecting our miracle girl this August, thanks to Dr Kwak.

  57. on July 9, 2012 #

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  58. on July 9, 2012 #

    Good Morning, I just stopped in to visit your blog and thought I’d say I had a great visit.

  59. on July 10, 2012 #

    This article has inspired me to carry on focusing on my own blog

  60. Beth Ann Wilson
    on July 10, 2012 #

    Heather, ditto.

  61. Brittany
    on July 12, 2012 #

    Heather, I wanted to let you know how much your story inspired me. I just had my third miscarriage two months ago and I just want to give up. After reading your story and how you never gave up hope it gives me more hope than what I thought I had in me. Your story not only inspired me it brought tears to my eyes. I have told myself I can’t go through another miscarriage. So hopefully soon I will get some answers to all my questions just like you did. I want to thank you so much for sharing your story and pictures. Your an inspiration to a lot of women who dream of being a Mom one day. Thank You! Hopefully soon I can state that my dream finally came true! God bless you and your new bundle of joy.

  62. on July 16, 2012 #

    Hi cool article! i’m so excited and i add “Like” (facebook) to

  63. on July 16, 2012 #

    Congratulations- saw you at the springfield airport today and you look great

  64. on July 19, 2012 #

    Lord, i pray for heather’s cmotlepe healing and recovery. thank you, Lord, that it is your will to heal your children. we thank you in advance for heather’s healing. in Jesus’ name, amen.

  65. on August 6, 2012 #

    Heather, Dylan is beautiful! Thank you for sharing your journey to becoming a mommy as you endured such loss. Do you have a blog as well? ((Big hugs))

  66. Natasha van Erp
    on August 13, 2012 #

    Hi, My mum heard your story on the view. She said it sounds like our story. I am in the process of my 4th miscarriage. All my tests are fine, now they are wanting me to finally go to a fertility specialists, where they will look in to my eggs or maybe try IVF. I am so sad and so down by all this, it has been 16 months of heartache so far. I am sadden that my husband may never be a Father and I may never provide a grand child for our loving parents. I dont know how to go on, I may feel better after my D&C but right now I can not face anyone or anything.
    Your story is the only thing right now that is keeping me going at this time, it is hard both my best friends are due soon and we seem to find out everyone can have baby making it look so easy. I am sorry but I needed to share my story.
    Thank you.

  67. Jessica Olson
    on August 17, 2012 #

    I am watching your family on The View! I love your story. I went through the exact same situation without the thyroid issue. On our 4th pregnancy we finally made it to a birth! Through the heparin and heartache came out a beautiful boy! So happy for your family! Thank you for sharing your story!

  68. MB Baker
    on August 17, 2012 #

    You are so brave! I hope in the culture of stardom, that you and your husband can stay together and raise your little miracle.

  69. on August 17, 2012 #

    Congratulation! What a nice ending. I have a friend that is struggling with the same issues. I don’t believe she has ever being given a true diagnosis. What did the Drs tell you you had and what sort of treatment did you recieve. I know she was on heprin for the first round but that I know. This had taken quite a toll on her and when ever a new pregnancy is announced we try not to be overjoyed just because we know it really hurts her heart.
    Thanks for your story and your help
    Lois P.

  70. Kim Spann
    on August 17, 2012 #

    My husband and I are in the same situation that Heather was in. We have been trying to have a baby for almost 10 years. I have been pregnant a total of 12 times and have miscarried each time. After the 8th miscarriage, I had a number of tests conducted to see if something was wrong. I was told that everything is fine. I have seen several doctors/specialists. All have said that they don’t know what could be wrong. I have the pregnancies between 6 and 7 weeks with the exception of one which lasted 17 weeks. We are praying that God blesses us with a pregnancy and baby that lasts. We will not give up. I thank Heather for her story. This will be something else that my husband and I will look into.

    • on August 30, 2012 #

      Kim, i am so sorry for all you have been through. I understand the pain and confusion that infertility can cause. As you read i too had those early losses and for me it was several things that played a role in those miscarriages. Are you seeing a RE or RI?

  71. on August 18, 2012 #

    I just wanted to take the time and express how thankful I am for you guys sharing your story. I recently had a miscarriage at almost 14 weeks and am currently being tested for the factor 5 Leiden and Mthfr genes. I am currently still in the miscarriage process since it hasn’t completed 100% naturally after three weeks and most likely will need a DandC next week. Your story gives both hope and knowledge to others going through similar situations. Thank you for having the courage to share both the pain and joy of such a personal experience. God bless you both.

    • on August 30, 2012 #

      My heart goes out to you. My hope is that everything went well with your D&C and you are recovering. XO

  72. lynda k
    on August 22, 2012 #

    now that’s a pretty baby,…pretty miraculous! love to you all, wander what happened to joe lately. god bless you all. oh and like the 1
    song too

    • on August 30, 2012 #

      thank you! Joe has been touring most of this year and his new album will be coming out next year! God Bless

  73. Shelley
    on August 28, 2012 #

    I am so connected to your story. I can relate…I have a blood clotting disorder and have miscarried twice. So thankful for stories like yours to give women like me HOPE!! God bless you and your precious family! = )

  74. on August 29, 2012 #

    Hi nice site