About Me

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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.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Contracts Done, Cycling Has Begun

Things came together quickly and we are moving forward full steam ahead with the new journey.

After Jason and I got our med clearance it was immediately onto contracts.  We were able to work out the details within a couple of weeks time but not without a few revisions and compromises - which is to be expected when negotiating something so complex.  We made it just under the wire, legal was due to the clinic by 4:30 PM on Friday the 17th in order for me to start my med protocol the next Monday.  The final changes were approved just after 4:00 PM and Jason and I were signing our copy of the documents to be faxed minutes before the deadline.  It was a little intense.

We've also run into some challenges when it comes to verifying that I can use the maternity benefits under my insurance policy to cover a surrogate pregnancy.  You'd think that they would simply be able to tell you "yes" or "no" but as with most things related to insurance, that's not so easy and getting it in writing is near impossible.  We finally were able to get documentation that will hopefully satisfy the requirement, but it was not without a lot of hassle and headache.

Meds began on Monday and all is well so far.  I am experiencing some headaches from the Lupron but they usually don't come until late evening and at that time I just head to bed and sleep them off.  My first monitoring appointment is this upcoming Wednesday which is for a baseline u/s and bloodwork.  If all looks good we will continue to move forward with the protocol.

Ryan (left) & Mason (right) - One year photos
On a side note. Today marks two years since two little embryos were lovingly transferred to me for safe keeping.  Can't believe that much time has passed by already and that they are 16 months old now.  Many hugs to my sweet surroguys Ryan and Mason.  XOXO