“I always knew that I wanted to be a mother,” Gretchen says.
“Slade knew that it was something that was very important to me, but he also told me he had a vasectomy.” Although a vasectomy reversal can be successful, it is not guaranteed to restore a man’s fertility, and the procedure comes with a lengthy recovery process.
Andy asks Gretchen if her engagement to Slade was an attempt to stay on and she threw her arms up with a big “no.” “No! Rossi had some eggs retrieved and a sperm extraction was performed on Slade. I need to regroup, feel strong, and mentally prepare to do this again.” Slade already has two sons, but hates seeing his fiancee go through so much pain.
Up to this point, Slade and Gretchen have undergone surgical procedures to help with conceiving a baby.
The couple says they had concerns about waiting too long, because Gretchen already had surpassed the ideal age to conceive.
“We just decided that in-vitro fertilization was a much quicker way to make things happen for us,” Gretchen explains.
Since that time, they have been busy planning their wedding, as well as their future family.
She gushed on Instagram: "Thank you @sladesmiley for the last five amazing years!
We have been through so much together & our love always pulled us through, despite all the people who claimed we wouldn't make it.
Gretchen had some of her eggs surgically retrieved and Slade had surgery for testicular sperm extraction, and while doctors were able to fertilize 14 embryos, none of them survived long enough to be implanted.'It’s cliché to say it, but I’ll be happy with either because I haven’t had children yet,' she confessed.
Tenure: One season, guest appearances Tagline: "Eighty-five percent of the women around here have had breast implants."Remember Kimberly? She spent just one season on The Real Housewives of Orange County. She has a Twitter account, but hasn't posted since August 2013. Tenure: Two seasons, spin-off Tagline: "I deserve only the best... "The first housewife who wasn't actually a housewife, Jo De La Rosa left the show after Season 2, when she broke up with her fiancé Slade Smiley and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a singing career (yes, she was the ORIGINAL singing housewife! The former couple reunited in 2008 for a spin-off for Bravo, the aptly titled Date My Ex. as the national accounts director for Empire Digital.