These pregnancy photos are going viral for the sweetest of reasons

Today in Things That Make Us Endlessly Happy: these side-by-side pregnancy pics of moms Melanie and Vanessa Iris Roy. One photo is a pregnant Melanie with Vanessa, and the other is an expecting Vanessa with Melanie —each exactly a year apart.

In the first photo (dated January 2014), Vanessa is pregnant with their son Jax, in the second (from Januray 2015) Melanie is pregnant with the couple’s daughter Ero. Melanie and Vanessa posted these photos to Instagram two months ago to simply celebrate their growing (beautiful!) family — they definitely didn’t expect their images to go viral. But viral they went, thanks to reposts from a few popular LGBT sites, including a Brazilian LGBT activist Facebook page where they amassed over 160,000 likes.

“It’s crazy to see that people were referring to my family as an inspiration. We are still in complete shock,” Melanie told The Huffington Post. She added that she hopes other same-sex couples find hope and encouragement in these photos.

“The woman’s body is incredible. The way it creates and grows another human being is amazing. We hope that our picture is that sign that some women may need to encourage them to carry a child,” Melanie said.

This isn’t the only adorable post by these lovely ladies. Check out some of these Instagram photos and prepare to fall in love with Melanie and Vanessa’s awe-inspiring family!

Images via Melanie Roy/Instagram