Port Orchard couple takes their pregnancy public on TLC reality program

Sophia and Kyle Okiyama of Port Orchard are among six couples chosen for a reality series on TLC. The same network that brought us Toddlers and Tiaras, profiles of pathological Horders and Jon & Kate Plus 8, is showcasing the ups and downs of the Okiyamas as they await their birth of their second child.

The show, “A Conception Story,” is conveniently sponsored by First Response, makers of an in-home pregnancy test, which enjoys not so subtle product placement in the series.

Available on the TLC website are written and video blogs from the Okiyamas and the other couples tracking their progress. Sophia, 23, and Kyle, 24, announced this summer they are pregnant again after a discouraging miscarriage. The baby is due Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day.

The couple are parents to a 3-year-old boy, Kekoa. She’s a “stay-at-home mom.” He’s a pipe fitter in the shipyard. Now into her second trimester, Sophia is starting to show and already nesting.

I predict this series will take off for the simple fact that most people, especially women, have a huge fascination with birth. Either they’ve had babies, and this gives them a chance to relive the process. Or they’re pregnant themselves or trying to get pregnant or thinking about someday getting pregnant.

Yeah, yeah, I know. Plenty of women choose not to have children. But trust me, for the millions per years who do, for those who have experienced the physical and emotional see-saw of pregnancy, labor and delivery … and for those who long to experience it, this series will be a hit.

You can see videos the Okiyamas have made so far below. And I’d invite readers to share their own pregnancy stories. Pickles anyone?

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