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Caledonia, Northern Illinois, United States
I am a Thirty-Something mother of four beautiful girls. My love for them, and the joy I've experienced during this crazy ride called motherhood, has inspired me to help make the dream of a family become a reality for couples through gestational surrogacy. I've proudly helped A&T, as their lives were forever changed when they welcomed a son in April 2010 and K&S were blessed as parents in Sept 2012 when we welcomed their twin boys. I completed my final surrogacy journey Nov 2015 when I helped a wonderful local couple J&W and Big Brother add their family with the birth of twin boys. I am so very fortunate to have wonderful relationships with each one of my surro-families and continue to share in their lives.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Familiar Territory

It's like déjà vu but new at the same time.  Cycling for our upcoming transfer at the end of the April has begun.  I started my meds today - VERY EXCITING for all of us!  The sub-q Lupron injection is as I remember - simple, painless, easy peasy.  I know I've mentioned it before but I actually like doing these shots.  We'll see if I'm singing the same tune when I start the intramuscular PIO injections just before transfer (something entirely new for me this time around).

So for the next few days I continue to inject 20u of Lupron daily, a drug that will suppress my natural hormones so that the RE is able to manipulate and time everything.  In a little over a week I'll have my first appointments to evaluate if my body is responding properly. If all is on track then they will begin the introduction of estrogen into my system which will help build up the endometrium (uterine lining).  I'll continue to update on how my monitoring visits go - keeping fingers crossed for an easy cycle and looking forward to transfer in a few short weeks!!

(Subcutaneous Tummy Injection)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Finalized !!!

Contracts are complete!  We got it knocked out in a little over two weeks with only a few hiccups.  I think we are all glad to have that part done and over with.  It can be complicated and having to communicate through two attorneys and not just sitting down face to face and and discussing everything makes it hard to effectively express your feelings and wishes without coming off as demanding.  Although I had a wonderful journey with A&T there were a few things going into this experience that I knew I wanted to change - so I had a few very specific requests - but overall I think we were all very reasonable with our expectations which has resulted in a strong well thought out contract.  It didn't come without a little compromise but I know for me personally I feel good about it.  We were able to finalize everything yesterday so now the signature pages will circulate and it will be official.

So excited to be moving forward with the fun stuff!


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

We Have A Date!!!

I HAVE A CALENDAR (almost)!!! Since RE/IPs decided against a fresh cycle and the plan is to now do a frozen embryo transfer (FET) with the two beautiful blasts that were vitrified we can move things along a bit faster. According to the nurse coordinator - my soon-to-be written calendar - will have meds starting approximately March 26th with a FET scheduled Monday, April 25th (the day after Baby G's first birthday). K&S won't be there unfortunately, they'll be in Hawaii. At first we hesitated thinking we might reconsider and push everything back to May but, I told IM it isn't so much them being there for the procedure that is important but more so sharing in the excitement, anxiety and all the other emotions that go with transfer. Since they were ok with it and I'm ok with it we decided to stick with April but plan to get together - face to face - in the days before they leave to share in all those pre-transfer emotions. I'm lucky that Daisy, my best friend and fellow surro, will get to be my companion and I can rub her twin belly for good luck. It will certainly be a nice distraction for IM to be sunning herself on a warm beach while we make our way through the TWW. I'm so hoping that the highlight of their vacation will be the news of a BFP.

Only catch is we have to get through contracts, which haven't officially even been started yet, and submit them to the clinic by March 23rd for meds to start on schedule. Praying we can pull it off!!