Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween from my Surro-babe!

One year ago today we were in count down mode and one day away from my "due date". Today Peanut celebrates his first Halloween.

One year ago - Halloween 2012 - Peanut in my belly

Peanut's first Halloween - 2013
 Seventeen more days until this guy turns the big O-N-E. I just wanna kiss those cheekies!!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Follow your heart.

I knew in my heart that I wanted to help two families have a baby. This was my goal in surrogacy. I knew that this is what I was meant to do. I knew that I wanted to help gay couples as I felt this was a way for me to help out the community and to show my unconditional support for equal rights--all while getting to enjoy being pregnant, sporting a cute baby bump, and helping to create a family!

At the time, I was about two months postpartum, still lactating (because I was donating my milk to another precious family), and I wasn't actively searching for another couple to help. One of my surro-sisters, Kelly, shared a blog link in one of our private Facebook groups of a local couple that were searching for a surrogate to help complete their family. While reading through their blogs (they have two), I had an INSTANT connection to this couple. I felt drawn to them, really. While reading their open letter to their future surrogate, I felt like the letter was written to me. It sounds silly, but it's true. And I just had to meet them! So, I left a comment asking if they were interested, to contact me. Cause that's what you do when you want to have someone's baby, right?

A few weeks later we met in person and fell in love. The connection is hard to describe--we are synced.

I'd like to introduce to you, the daddies to be: Robbie and Allen!!

How cute are they!!
We've all had a few bumps in the road, because that's what happens in surrogacy--it's a roller coaster full of dips and turns and screeching halts and loops and....oh, you get the point.

Most recently we all went through medical screenings and had some things to deal with. Eric, my husband, tested positive again for HTLV and had to be further tested to find/prove that he is truly negative for the virus. We dealt with this last time, so we expected this hurdle to present itself again and knew how to handle it. What I wasn't prepared for this time around was some lovely scar tissue that was found on the inside of my uterus. I had to undergo a hysteroscopy and the removal of said scar tissue before I could be medically cleared to proceed with another surrogacy. I am happy to report the surgery went well and we hit the ground running with contracts and are now a week into medications leading to an embryo transfer!

This is me, Robbie, and my son Aiden after my hysteroscopy.
A big thumbs up for a successful surgery!

We have an exciting weekend ahead planned! My husband and I will be going to brunch this Saturday with Robbie and Allen, their egg donor, and Robbie's parents. I can't wait to meet their family and the egg donor. I foresee a pretty awesome photo op in the near future!! :)

Until next time...(And I promise to do better at updating my blog.)