Thursday, December 30, 2010

I lied. One more post =)

I am in awe at how many people have viewed my blog since I first created it back in September. It's amazing to see that not only are my friends and family following (yes, I can tell who's checkin' out my blog--i see you!), but people from all over the world have been reading my posts, too! Very cool.

Here's a screen shot I took today that shows how many viewers to date and from which Country. Neat! 

United States
United Kingdom

I hope that my blog (thus far) has provided even the slightest bit of support to other surrogates and IP's out there who are searching the web as I did, and still do, for support. If it wasn't for other surrogacy related blogs that I have come across (and so very thankful for!), I wouldn't have the knowledge and support needed to get me through this journey. I wanted to take a quick moment to say THANK YOU for following my blog and THANK YOU for your comments. Your thoughtful and encouraging words truly mean a lot. 

For those of your who are "silent" viewers/followers, please don't be shy; introduce yourself. =) I'd love to know what brought you to my blog.

One last thing. To all my new surro-friends---YOU ROCK!! You "get" what I am going through like no one else does. You help to calm my nerves when I'm starting to freak myself out over nothing (most recently, my upcoming medical eval.). Your blogs have provided so much support for me and I just LOVE reading all about your journeys and viewing picture updates of growing bellies and babies.

Well that's it. My final and last post of the year--For real this time, haha! Happy New Year everyone. May this upcoming year bring you all Peace, Joy, Love, and Happiness.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

My last post of the year

It's kind of weird saying that this will be my last post......of the year! I'm am sooo ready for 2011. It's going to be a great year, that's for sure! I am very excited about whats to come in this surrogacy journey.

Here's what I am looking forward to:

  • A smooth, stress-free medical evaluation with nothing but GOOD results.
  • The signing of our contract.
  • Building a great, solid friendship with Eleazar and Angeline.
  • Starting injections. 
  • Successful 1st cycle and a positive pregnancy test.
  • Meeting up with other local surrogates.
  • Attending doctor appointments with Eleazar and Angie.
  • Witnessing the joy and happiness that Eleazar and Angie share together during our first ultrasound of their baby/ies.
  • Introducing Eleazar and Angie to my family and possibly meeting their family as well. (their family are all up North, so might not be possible) 
  • Carrying their baby/ies to full term with no complications.
  • Handing their baby/ies over and witnessing the instant love and overwhelming happiness that Eleazar and Angeline have been longing for.
  • Watching their baby/ies grow up. 

That's a lot to look forward to.....and I'm ready for every bit of it!!

A quick, short and sweet update on my journey:
My medical insurance has been approved and will go ACTIVE 1/1/2011!!! I have scheduled my medical evaluation with Eleazar and Angie's Fertility doctor for Wednesday, January 12th @ 2pm. Eeeek. Nervous!!! I have been waiting for the day that I finally had this appointment scheduled. But, now that's it's scheduled, I don't want to go, ha! And to top it off....i'm going by myself (Hubby has to work). Maybe I'll have my Nana come with me to help ease my nerves a little. I'm sure she'd enjoy a trip to Los Angeles for the afternoon. Maybe we can even grab lunch together.

Last but certainly not least, I wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!! Christmas for the Muehlhaus' this year is going to be big. We went above and beyond for your kids this year and are anxious to watch them as they tear through all of their gifts. Our son, Aiden, has been counting down the days---"4 more days, Mom!!!!!!!"

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Another beautiful birth story to share

Congratulations to my surro-friend, Ivy, on the birth of her surro-daughter, Taryn, last week!! What an amazing accomplishment--I can't wait to be in her shoes very soon!! Ivy wrote a beautiful birth story on her blog and also shared some pretty amazing pictures. Get your tissues ready!! My favorite picture is the one of  the IM (Intended Mom) showing her oldest daughter their newest addition (baby Taryn!), and in the background the grandparents' faces are priceless!!

WELCOME TO THE WORLD, BABY TARYN!!! You are already loved and adored by so many.  

Birth story, CLICK HERE.
Pictures, CLICK HERE.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Meet my IP's!!!!

I am so very excited to introduce to you,

Eleazar and Angeline
My Intended Parents! 

I will no longer refer to them as "E & A" on my blog (although it is easier and quicker..hehe). They have gladly given me permission to use their full name going forward.  :)

For those of you who may have noticed: YES they are me!! 

We have reached another big step in this surrogacy journey: The exchange of information! We now have each others contact information (address, phone, email) and we have been emailing back and forth for a few days now. It's been nice to receive emails from them. I have given them the link to this blog and they have already shared with me that they've thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I am so glad. I've heard of other IP's not wanting their surrogate blogging about the surrogacy for privacy reason, so I am relieved to know that Eleazar and Angeline are ok with it. Blogging about our journey not only helps to keep my family and friends up to date with the latest, but also allows their family and friends to stay connected as well. 

A little bit about my Intended Parents: 
Eleazar and Angeline are high school sweethearts. It was love at first sight when they met during high school and while working at a local K-Mart in Northern California, about 20 years ago. They went on to attend different colleges, but their relationship continued to flourish since both colleges were local. 

Soon after graduating college, Eleazar accepted a full time job with a major aerospace company here in California. This meant relocating to Southern California and eventually settling down with Angeline in Orange County (side note: They are only about 15-20 mins away from me, which I think is fantastic!!). Eleazar has been with the same company for just over 16 years now and is once again back in school pursuing another graduates degree! In his free time he enjoys going out with Angeline or just spending quality time at home with her. 

Angeline suffered complete kidney failure as a teenager, which required her to have a kidney transplant. Since then, she has had 3 more kidney transplants. For this reason, Angeline has decided to be a Homemaker. Her last kidney transplant is doing very well, thanks to the advances of modern medicine. However, carrying a child is not an option for Angeline due to potential risks associated with her transplant and the medications she takes on a daily basis to prevent rejection. In Angeline's spare time, she loves to cook and try new recipes (this could be good because I love to eat!). Angeline also loves to decorate. 

Well there you have it--my Intended Parents!! They are wonderful. I am very much looking forward to getting to know them more. I am honored that they chose me to be their gestational surrogate. I am honored that they have chosen me help make their dream come true of one day (very soon!) having and baby.....or two. ;)