This soon-to-be dad had a heartwarming reaction to a pregnancy announcement 17 years in the making.

Dana Griffin-Graves and her husband, Arkell Graves, started trying to have kids shortly after they got married 17 years ago.

Like many young couples, they thought they wouldn't have trouble starting a family and never expected the challenges that came next.

Four miscarriages.


A stillborn birth at six months.

It was a seemingly endless stretch of heartache.

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For women in their childbearing years, the chances of having a miscarriage are anywhere from 10% to 25%. And women who've had previous miscarriages have a slightly elevated risk of having another one. It's a sadly common, heartbreaking experience that many don't discuss.

Five years ago, the couple decided to stop trying to conceive. They didn't want to go through the heartbreak again.

But in September, Griffin-Graves learned she was expecting.

She'd started walking with her friends but wasn't losing weight. When she went to the doctor, she was surprised to learn she was five months pregnant.

Now the fun part: telling her husband.

She placed a bag of buns in the oven next to a photo of her sonogram and filmed his reaction to share with family.

In less than a minute, Graves goes through a range of emotions.

From shock:

To joy:


To so much love:

But when he learns his wife is having a boy, Graves is beside himself:

He is overcome with emotion, crying happy tears into his shirt. It's a beautiful, moving display of love and gratitude.

Congrats to the happy couple.

Wishing you a smooth pregnancy and many wonderful years to come.

Grab some tissues and watch Griffin's heartwarming reaction in its entirety.

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