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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.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Beautiful Buttons Transferred

We had the best 3-day transfer possible bright and early this morning. With IM's history we decided to transfer the three embryos that were viable, all which looked great/good for their "age" - a 9-cell and two 8-cell embies each with <5% fragmentation. We were pleasantly surprised to hear the buttons looked as nice as they did. I think this news brought back the positivity and optimism that had been wavering for all of us over the last few days. Statistically we were told 65% for a pregnancy, 30% for twins and less than 10% for all three. (Very similar stats to my transfer that resulted in Baby G) :)

K&S and a good friend of IM's were all at the clinic along with Jason too. K and her friend both came back for the transfer. It went quickly and then we were on our way to breakfast where we enjoyed some chit chat and the gorgeous sunshine on the walkway for a bit.

I'm home taking advantage of my "couch potato" orders today and enjoying the down time. Jason and I are both off work till Tuesday so looking forward to a low key long weekend.

With this being a 3-day transfer there will be no testing for at least a week and nearly two weeks will have passed before our BETA on July 8th. STICKY THOUGHTS!!!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Almost Time

Over the last couple of days the little embryos have been watched and 3 of the 4 are continuing to grow. I'm not sure of the details regarding number of cells and grade but the RE has recommended we do a 3-day transfer. Although a 5-day transfer at the blastocyst stage would have been ideal, since there are only a few viable embryos it's best to get them back into their natural environment and out of the lab. We are hopeful one of these "maybe babies" will be strong enough to implant and a pregnancy will occur. Tomorrow at 7 AM we'll head to the clinic for what we can only hope will be the last attempt at making K&S parents. I'll update tomorrow with more transfer news. Sticky thoughts appreciated!!

Thursday, June 23, 2011


We are in the countdown to transfer now. IM's monitoring appointments were going well, E2 numbers were great, follicles looking nice and then there was a bit of a scare that she might hyperstim (OHSS). She was put on some meds to be proactive and hoped there would be no complications. The cycle was even almost cancelled which would have been a huge disappointment but, then the RE said all was ok to proceed.

So her egg retrieval was yesterday and with the 18 ideal sized follies she had we were expecting it to be her best retrieval yet - however, they were able to retrieve only nine eggs. K was in quite a bit of discomfort this time around and emotionally disappointed in the results, but I tried to stay positive and hopeful - nine is decent if a good number of them fertilize. Well we got that report today and of the nine, eight were mature but only four fertilized. Not what we wanted to hear, but of course as they always say - it only takes one. The embryologist will continue to monitor them and a decision will be made tomorrow if we should do a 3-day transfer Saturday or hold out for a 5-day transfer once they reach the blastocyst stage on Monday.

Staying hopeful these lil "maybe babies" will exceed all expectations. Grow Embies Grow!!!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Coming Along Nicely

Today was another day for dual monitoring appointments.

I went into mine a tad nervous, it was at this point in the last cycle that they discovered the fluid and although it had resolved it's self - I was still worried. Well, I got a great update - NO FLUID and a nice lining of 12.3 mm with a triple stripe pattern (8+ is ideal). My estrogen levels look good too (238). So, my meds stay as is to keep me in a holding pattern till IM's retrieval.

K also went in today - she's on day 5 of stims and has had a couple of acupuncture appointments so far. Her E2 levels are high in comparison to previous cycles - estrogen levels are an indicator of follicle growth - so hopefully these numbers prove to show a nice number of maturing follies over the next few days. At today's appointment there were 9 follicles present measuring 8-10mm with a few additional smaller ones. She'll continue to be watched every couple of days and once these reach 18-20mm K will trigger for retrieval, likely sometime the middle of next week. The transfer will then be 3-5 days later.

We are getting close and things are looking good - positive vibes appreciated!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Great Start

Just a very brief update. K and I both had monitoring appointments today and all is looking good. I started meds a little over a week ago - tomorrow the estrogen protocol begins that will thicken the uterine lining in preparation for the lil buttons that we hope to transfer in a couple weeks. IM is now beginning her protocol that will stimulate her ovaries to produce multiple follicles, which we hope will result in a number of eggs to retrieve and fertilize. She's also trying acupuncture and massage this time around - figure it can't hurt. We are off to a great start and keeping everything crossed that this will be a smooth cycle with a perfect outcome. Keep us in your thoughts!