- 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.
Friday, December 11, 2015
We've been in touch regularly and E&A are doing great. Of course everyone is adjusting to the new tasks and schedules but sounds like things are going well. They had a family photo shoot recently and I just adore the "Special Delivery" photo they shared. I'm hoping we get in some snuggles soon, I haven't visited in about two weeks so I'm sure they've already changed quite a bit.
|Welcome Home Emmett & Archer|
I'm doing well. I've been busy pumping round the clock to supply breast milk for the growing boys. I love that for the third time my IPs have allowed me to do this. It's a big commitment and requires a lot of time and dedication to stop what you're doing every 3 hours to fit in a pump session, but it is a nice transition from my role as their Surrogate. It helps me to continue to feel useful and it's great for my overall recovery and health.
This c/s recovery seems to be easier than the last. I have had very little discomfort in regards to uterus shrinking/cramping and I was able to use my abdominal muscle to get out of bed, off the couch etc much sooner than last time. Incision healing seems to be ok as well. The hardest part has been sciatica pain on my right side that I had for the first couple of weeks - it's progressively getting better. I did see my OB last week to follow up on the complications I had during delivery. She was very glad to see me doing so well, despite all I went through. My BP continues to stay elevated due to the preeclampisa so I'll continue to take HBP medication until my postpartum visit at 6 wks and reassess things then. I'm also taking BP readings at home once a day just to keep a close eye on it because at any time it could begin to stabilize and then the meds would cause me to have issues with low blood pressure.
I had really wanted to return to work soon but my OB feels that due to the hemorrhage and preeclampsia, I'm at a higher risk for postpartum complications and has insisted that I take the full 6 weeks and denied clearance. Considering the upcoming holiday and the time off I would have had already, it's not that many actual work days but January 7th still seems so far away! I'm a little stir crazy but finding things to keep me busy. I've been getting my holiday shopping done but I really need to do some more Christmas decorating, that's been slow going.
So for now I'm going to continue focusing on my recovery and enjoying this time over the holidays to spend with loved ones and just taking time to adjusting to life as usual again.
Thursday, December 3, 2015
|Final Belly Pic - 37w0d|
|Proud IM with Archer (L) & Emmet (R)|
Things were slow going and I was exhausted but, I finally got to meet and hold the babies and visited with J&W in my room for awhile. They were just so very precious and Mom and Dad had fallen instantly in love with their sweet boys.
|Surro-twins - two days old|
As my warning to the surrogacy community; Please, understand why so many experienced surrogates will warn against perusing surrogacy before your own family is complete. You just never know. I was at peace knowing ultimately what the outcome could be. My advice to you, be sure you would be too. The risks are very real.
I was told subsequent c/s recoveries are easier and I totally agree. Since coming home I feel stronger each day and the healing process has gone exceptionally well. I'm providing breast milk for E&A just as I have my other surro-babes so, the round the clock pumping keeps me busy. I've been able to spend some time with IPs and their new additions on several occasions already since all coming home and the boys are already changing. Mom and Dad are getting use to the new schedule and Big Brother is adjusting to having two new baby brothers.
So now I close a chapter. Jason and I had already decided that this would be my final journey but the outcome of this delivery has also sealed my fate physically - I am now a retired surrogate. I feel so very blessed to have had the amazing experiences that I have. Eight years, three families, five beautiful children. Jason, the girls and I have gained lifelong friends - extended family - through this amazing experience and I can't express how grateful I am for that. I often hear what a blessing I am, an angel etc but these relationships have been just as meaningful to me. Besides the emotional rewards, surrogacy has also afforded my family and I some wonderful material blessings we wouldn't have had otherwise. A huge thank you to my IPs, past and present, for everything!
I intend to continue to update so this isn't the end but, I am closing a chapter and starting a new one. I am excited to see what lies ahead as I refresh, renew and refocus my attention on the family that inspired my passion to help others - my amazing husband and four lovely daughters.
My heart is full -
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
On November 21st, 2015, Emmett Gregory (Baby A) entered the world and was 6lbs 5 oz and 19 1/2 inches at 2:00 pm. Just moments later at 2:02 pm Archer Timothy (Baby B) who was 7lbs 4oz and also 19 1/2 inches joined us. Babies were born at 37w1d via cesarean section healthy and alert making J&W the very happy proud parents of twin BOYS! Congratulations!!!
I had a very long night; hospital bed + round the clock monitoring + being very uncomfortably pregnant with twins = no sleep.
Just after sunrise on Saturday morning, blood work was run and before the 24 hr urine collection/results were processed it was obvious my condition was going to get worse before it got better so, since the only cure for pre-eclampsiais is delivery - it was go time. I excitedly called everyone to let them know we were being put on the OR schedule and to get everything in order and head up to the hospital. I was oblivious to the winter wonderland outside but after digging their way out and making their way down the slippery streets as the snow continued to fall, Jason as well as J&W all arrived at the hospital around 10:30 am.
A lot of excitement and silliness was in the air as we waited for the next instructions. Members of J&W's families came into say HI and wish us all the very best of luck and then made their way to the family waiting area, all very anxious and excited. Finally around 1:00 pm doctors and nurses stopped in my room to give instructions and answer any questions, shortly after I was taken back while J&W suited up in scrubs.
This was my second c/s so I was a bit more prepared for what was ahead. As I plopped my backside up on the operating table waiting for my spinal I looked around and took everything in. They kept reassuring me it was all going to be ok, when really I was just curious - not nervous. The spinal went in and within moments my feet, legs and all the up to my chest went numb. I was draped and readied as J&W were brought in and given their place to stand.
The OR and NICU teams were great explaining at each step what was happening. It only took a few moments and then - the world around us all changed as the first baby was delivered. Mind you IPs did not know the gender of either so, when the doctor presented them with baby and announced, "It's a BOY!" there were squeals and tears of happiness. The next baby was ready to be delivered and the OB thought it would be fun to have the team bring baby over to the warmer where J&W got to look and announce to everyone the gender of the second baby, "Another BOY!".
I loved watching and hearing all this unfold there in front of me - it's the moment we surrogates look forward to the most. The moment that truly makes them a family - finally all together - falling in love with precious little people that seemed like only a dream when this journey began for J&W over 3 years ago. And also in those same few moments, my beautiful journey as a surrogate was complete. It's bittersweet but I know it doesn't end here, because from these experiences I have gained lifelong enduring friendships with the three families I've helped. I can't wait to explore the next chapter as these precious baby boys grow in the arms and hearts of their parents, family, and friends - just as Giovanni and Ryan and Mason have.
|IPs and babies - 2 days old|
Love you all ~
Friday, November 20, 2015
Friday, November 13, 2015
36w1d (Saturday) - Woke up this morning feeling pretty rested despite spending a good portion of the night on the couch. The girls and I headed out to run around to morning activities (piano & gymnastics) and then home to do some light housework. After all that I was exhausted and ready for a nap. Later in the day bestie Daisy came and picked me up, she was my chauffeur for errands and then out to dinner. It was nice to get some of my running done that I'd been putting off and wasn't sure I'd get in before babies arrived.
Nothing new on the baby front. Tomorrow will mark the same gestation that I went into spontaneous labor with last surro-twins. However, there was one big difference about that pregnancy. Last time, Baby A was vertex or directly head down putting pressure on my cervix whereas this time, Baby A is more transverse, laying across the bottom of my uterus and Baby B is breech similar to shown here in the picture. This could very well be what keeps them in longer than I expected and really at this point there is no chance in them changing position. As long as they're comfy we'll just keep on going taking it one day at a time.
36w2d (Sunday) - Hi! Still here. That's all I gotta say about that.
36w3d (Monday) - Never in a million years did I think I'd carry these babies longer than last surro-twins but I have. I had an NST today and after getting stubborn Baby B on the monitor all went well. Good accel/decel episodes and a couple small inconsistent contractions. My BP has been elevated for what's normal for me the last two appointments so I'm supposed to keep a close eye on any possible Pre-E symptoms that could come up like headache, seeing spots, pain in my chest etc. Besides the annoying headache that lasted a few days back two weeks ago now, I haven't had any of those issues.
My days are good, I do what I can and rest when I want, but the nights are long. It's hard when you have a 6-8 hr stretch in front of ya where you know you should be sleeping, but just can't and you're up every 1-2 hours for this or that. Sometimes I'll get up and use the bathroom, then head back to bed - fall asleep - but when I get back up again I realize only about 15-20 minute have actually passed. I'm still dealing with the all over body itch I mentioned a few weeks back, it's enough to drive ya crazy!!! Soon, very soon.
36w4d (Tuesday) - I posted this on my Facebook page, thought I'd share it here too. I can't wait to experience these emotions again and share them with J&W as they welcome their lil ones.
36w6d (Thursday) - I had another long night of contractions last night, but again they fizzled out. Started around 11pm, at 1am I decided to shower and try and get some rest which didn't work out too well - contractions were causing round ligament pain so I was having a hard time getting comfortable. My plan was to time contractions and not wake the "team" until 5am as long as they reminded mild. They were about 8-10 min apart from about 3-4am but I was so tired I found myself falling asleep in between them .... eventually they must have went away because I was woken up at 6am by my alarm clock. Although frustrating that they went away, going up to L&D in the middle of the night was not really ideal either.
Today I had an OB appointment and J&W were able to join me. I was glad we were all able to meet up face to face with the doctor before the big day arrived. Babies looked beautiful on the NST as well as the BPP u/s. They were doing some great practice breathing and fluid levels were within the norm. They are hanging in there and apparently nice and comfy.
My weight has been fluctuating a lot lately due to water retention/edema. The other thing my OB has been noticing is my BP creeping up over the last couple of weeks. I usually sit around 110/70 and today's BP was 138/88, anything 140/90 is considered pregnancy induced hypertension (PIH) and reason for concern. I also had +1 protein in my urine. Initially Dr. K mentioned doing 24 hour urine collection to monitor but decided to go right to blood work that will check for liver & kidney function as well as platelet levels - all indicators of the severity of PIH. Depending on results, our c/s could get moved up without hesitation. Preeclampsia is not something to mess around with and can have a negative effect on both babies and my health. I'm not showing any other symptoms (blurred vision, headaches, etc) which is good but that doesn't mean the risk isn't there. I'm anticipating getting results tomorrow and we'll know more about the timeline then.
Friday, November 6, 2015
I think it's safe to say, we have arrived to the Final Countdown. Breaking things down day by day until babies come ....
35 Weeks35w0d (Friday) - I thought maybe, just maybe today was the day but, after several hours of mild contractions - a lil over a minute long each that started at 20 min apart and got as close as 10 min apart - they fizzled out. This delivery will be a repeat c/s, however it won't be schedule until we've reached 38 wks and I'm convinced I'll go into labor before then. Now that we're past 34 weeks, if contractions kick in that start to make cervical change (dilation) or my water breaks they'll take babies right away but otherwise - we wait. We very well could have a few of these false starts over the next few days, or weeks.
Last night we had made plans to go towards the suburbs for my best friend and fellow surro-sister Daisy's birthday, but decided after a day of contractions it was best to stay local. We had a nice dinner downtown to celebrate. I'm lucky to have such a great friend who's always there either for a laugh or to lean on. I couldn't imagine this journey through motherhood, surrogacy, and just life in general without her. Happy Birthday Daisy!!
|Surro-sister Bump Pic|
35w1d (Saturday) - I started the morning off talking to IM on the phone and checking in for the day. It's been quiet and uneventful. There have only been a few random BH like contractions here and there. For not doing much today I'm feeling pretty swollen though - face, feet and everything in between. I'm keeping my legs elevated and drinking tons of water but the swelling is inevitable at this point. I did fit in a nap while watching a movie with the girls so I'm feeling rested. It's about that time of day when babies get really active and then once they settle down for the night I'll hopefully get in a couple of good stretches of sleep.
35w4d (Tuesday) - Well, looks like another uneventful day. My feet started to swell in the last week or two when I'd be on them for long but now it doesn't make a difference, they're swollen all the time. It looks worse than it is, they just feel a little tight and itchy. Hey, at least now I have a good excuse to wear my beloved flip flops into fall. Overall not a bad day but, so very ready at the same time though.
35w6d (Thursday) - Nothing much happening here. I've been laying low the last couple of weeks to ensure babies made it to at least 35/36 weeks but I think it's time to get moving as much as I can again to convince them they should come out. Based on my history, I'd assume something would happen on it's own here soon but, we do have an official c-section date if not. Babies will be joining mom, dad and big brother at the latest Friday 11/27 at 7:30 AM. Two for one special on Black Friday!! I'm very hopeful however that these lil turkeys are here, and even possibly home already, for the Thanksgiving holiday and don't make us wait that long.
Sunday, November 1, 2015
I'm feeling good, just very cumbersome and ready for Mom and Dad to take over the sleepless nights. Besides slowing down a lot these last couple of weeks, my nights are pretty restless as I'm up every 2 hours or so to either change positions (which is no small task), use the bathroom, make a lap around the house to stretch out my hips or change things up by moving to the couch - where I can sleep a bit more upright. Most nights I can fall right back to sleep but I've had a few insomnia episodes where I find myself watching AFV at 3:00 am. Acid reflux had gotten bad at night again so I'm on a new medication to keep that in check. Babies are VERY active - the movement in a twin pregnancy is crazy - and I'm feeling lots of pressure, even pain at times at the "exit". I keep reminding these babes they'll be using the trap door so to please be kind and knock it off. LOL No real signs that labor is near. Braxton Hicks (BH) contractions have been frequent but rarely intense unless I have a full bladder. I had some minimal spotting the other day, may or may not mean anything though. I am noticing a bit more swelling in my hands and feet, but that's expected as we near the end. Besides the fact that some days - just based on my size - I'm convinced I'm about to burst, I think these babies are pretty comfortable in their cozy little rental space.
Our appointments are becoming very frequent, I'm being seen by the OB twice weekly now and we have what will probably be our last MFM appointment coming up on Thursday to check babies growth. They are still measuring big - as in big enough for the doctor to question whether or not my GDM was being well controlled. My sugars have been in check and pretty easy to manage with diet, as long as I pass on sweets and don't over indulge in carbs. However, she thought maybe my glucose monitor, which I'm still using 4x per day, was giving inaccurate readings because these lil ones are still in the upper percentiles. We ran some additional blood work and my A1C levels were within normal range - as I've said all along J&W just gave me big babies to grow. My OB would like to see us get as close to 38 wks as possible, lung maturity is the biggest concern right now, and each day they stay put the better for them. However, based on my history (delivered previous surrotwins at 36w4d) I'm not sure that that's gonna happen. ;) They'll continue to monitor me closely with the frequent appointments and weekly NST (non-stress tests) but there is no plan to schedule a c-section until we reach 38 wks.
Jason and I had the pleasure of spending an impromptu evening with J&W at their home last night. We stopped in briefly to get some paperwork squared away and ended up staying into the early morning hours just chatting and enjoy one another's company. The lower level of their house has been under full remodel for several months and now it's all finally coming together - just in time. The nursery has fresh paint and carpet and the crib is going together today. I love seeing their excitement as they get ready to welcome these two little ones.
You all have a little more time to get your guesses in for the baby pool, I'll close it out after Friday (11/6) which puts us at 35 wks (average twin gestation). Still hopeful to keep them baking another week or two, or possibly three but it's definitely just a matter of time now!
I'll update again later this week after our appointments. :)
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Sunday, October 25, 2015
It was a beautiful day and the kids had fun as usual running through the haunted house, jumping on the bouncy pillow, visiting the exotic animals and playing in the corn crib.
Mr. G is now in Kindergarten and the transition went well. He's enjoying school and making friends. IF couldn't wait to put Giovanni in soccer so he's being introduced to that now and having fun with it. The family also recently moved out of the city and more towards the suburbs closer to grandparents. We are looking forward to seeing their new space when we visit again in December, which will be here before we know it.
I have a few pics to add to the photo album, can't believe how big this special guy is. He's grown so fast!
Monday, October 19, 2015
Here are a few pics of our day.
|Mason taking the lead pony|
Friday, October 9, 2015
Yesterday evening the surrogacy community was rocked as news poured in that a fellow experienced surrogate from Idaho had just lost her life near the very end of her current journey. She was 37 weeks with twins, scheduled to be induced today, but suffered from complications yesterday and could not be saved. She leaves behind a husband and 3 boys. The surrotwins she was carrying, who were delivered by emergency cesarean, are in critical condition and fighting for their lives.
This outcome is rare, the first I've heard of in the eight years I've been involved in this process, but the news comes at a vulnerable time seeing as I am 31 weeks pregnant with surrotwins myself.
While we surrogates understand that there are risks involved when helping others expand their families, we make informed decisions along the way and have many backup plans in place just in case, knowing its all worth it to help ease the heartache of an infertile couple. Until the worst case scenario does happen. My heart is so heavy over this situation. Please keep this family, and the twins family, in your thoughts and prayers.
Monday, September 28, 2015
|Baby A (top) Baby B (bottom)|
Things are going well. I did end up not passing the 3 hr GTT so I've been diagnosed as having gestational diabetes (GDM). This is a first for me and although it comes with a few risks to myself and babies, if well controlled we all should do just fine. My OB suggested I start modifying my diet about 6 wks ago and that was going well but, unfortunately with the GDM diagnosis not only do I have to watch what I eat but I also have to monitor blood sugar levels so, on Friday I met with the dietitian and picked up my glucometer. I take my blood sugar readings 4x daily, once after waking up and then an hour after each meal and I also have to document what I'm eating throughout the day. If anything the dietitian was concerned with how infrequently I was eating so I'm being very diligent about taking in enough nutrients by getting in three decent meals and a few snacks while still keeping a close eye on my carb(sugar) intake. I follow up with both my OB and the dietitian in about a week to find out if the GDM is being controlled well enough by diet alone or if we have to consider medication. Fingers crossed for a good update.
Just for fun I'm adding a baby poll to this post and it will also be available in the sidebar with the full blog layout. Would love to hear your guesses. Remember, full term due date is December 11th but due to being multiples, if I don't go into labor on my own before 38 weeks (November 27th), my OB will deliver babies via c-section right around that date . Babies have been measuring big and we DO NOT know gender of either A or B. Have fun!!!!
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Giovanni started KINDERGARTEN!! Mom and dad weren't quite ready for this. Despite them both having jobs that keep them busy, they've been able to avoid daycare over the years and besides some help from Grandma Lou, he's been home with the two of them until this transition. We have a trip to the apple orchard planned in a few weeks and I can't wait to hear how everyone is adjusting. (Picture in GSx1 photo album)
This past weekend my family and I made our way to Chicago to help Ryan and Mason celebrate their 3rd birthday. I just can't believe it, three years since these beautiful little boys stole away our hearts and K & S were blessed by their arrival.
|Ryan (L) & Mason (R)|
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Yesterday I followed up with OB for a routine visit and to also take the 1-hour GTT. We had a quick u/s to check heart tones which were perfect. Despite a few days prior Baby A being transverse and Baby B being breech, yesterday they were both breech with heads up under my rib cage. Ouch. BP and urine were fine and I only gained 2 lbs the last few weeks. Yay! After my rapid gain of 8 lbs over a similar time span last check up, I was relieved to hear this news. I've been modifying my diet and cutting out/back on sugars and carbs and it seems to be working. Despite my efforts though, I still failed the 1-hour GTT. Although I'm not entirely surprised it's still a bummer. My result was 155, the guideline is typically under 140 but my OB actually uses under 135 as her cut off. So, I will head back in bright and early Saturday AM to have the 3-hour GTT done. Since I haven't passed the 1-hour my last four pregnancies now, this will be my 4th time taking the 3-hour. When you add up ALL the time I've spent taking this wonderful screening test over seven pregnancies, it comes up to be 24 hours of my life - an entire day! I'm hopeful the result comes back within normal limits otherwise we will be looking at a gestational diabetes diagnosis which I've never had before.
Overall I'm feeling pretty good, very pregnant but good. I am welcoming the cool down in weather that is coming and recently modified my work schedule by going down to part-time. The last few weeks had become rough working full days. Although I was doing my best to hang in there and work at a normal pace, I'd come home exhausted with no energy to offer my family. The change in hours will allow me a good balance between work, family and rest.
I am seeing the OB every two weeks now and we will continue our monthly MFM growth scan appointments as well. I'm hoping to carry these lil ones to 36 weeks, so another 10 weeks or so to go. I have no doubt with the frequency of appointments picking up here now as we begin the third trimester it will be here before we know it!
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
|Fraternal Twins 24 weeks|
|24 weeks with J&W's twinsies|
Sunday, August 9, 2015
We've had a great weekend and had the pleasure of spending the day with my surrofam at the zoo yesterday. It was nice to visit with my IPs and just chat about "stuff". The funny thing about them being so very local is that I actually probably spend less time with J&G then I ever did my first two sets of IPs. My first two journeys when IPs would venture from Chicago out our way for an appointment we'd usually make a day of it, but this time with them being right here in Rockford, we often go our separate ways after seeing the doctor. We still keep in touch via text/email often but our face to face time is probably less than I've experienced in the past. I have a feeling as summer comes to an end and things slow down, we'll get a few more of these longer visits in before babies arrive.
Their four year-old, big brother-to-be "G", enjoyed hanging out with our girls checking out the animals and exhibits. The highlight is always visiting the play zoo where the kids painted their faces and had fun dressing up as vets and caring for sick "animals" while the adults looked on. We ended our day with dinner in the parking lot of our fav hotdog stand.
|"G" (coyote), Lauren, Izzy (swan) & Chloe|
Friday, July 31, 2015
Just look at these two side by side pics. I'm obviously bigger than I was with the last set of twins at this point, and I feel that I got HUGE with them by the end. J&G gave me some big babies to grow. LOL I'll do my best!!!
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
|photo credit: Robert X. Fogarty|
Monday, June 29, 2015
|First Glimpse @ 5w6d|
I have a very obvious bump now and have moved into almost all maternity clothes. Along with the growing babies comes stronger babies and I've begun to feel subtle movements which is always an exciting milestone. Each doctors visit brings us a little more reassurance and things seem to be progressing as they should. We had a peek at babies again just last week and they are both measuring ahead by several days and had equal heart rates of 143 bpm.
Friday, April 17, 2015
We've had several betas to confirm and each has been perfectly positive, with a strong and steady rise. Continue to keep us in your thoughts as we make our way through the 1st trimester.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
|Fresh Blastocyst rated -|
4AB+ and 4B+B
Sunday, March 22, 2015
In other surrogacy news. I attended a taping of the Steve Harvey show at NBC Towers in Chicago this past week with a few surro friends. The opportunity came up when EMS, the agency that I do some consulting for, offered tickets to anyone in the area that wanted to attend. The show was doing a segment on surrogacy and the guests were a Surrogacy Together couple, Kathryn and Jordan and their surrogate Kasey.
As with most media coverage of surrogacy, one has to be very careful that the story isn't portrayed negatively. Yes, there are horror stories - on both sides - but overall surrogacy is an amazing experience full of emotional rewards, friendship and love. Kathryn, Jordan and Kasey did a wonderful job describing their experience and the blessing that it was to both parties. The "experts" that were brought in, a psychologist and lawyer, left something to be desired however. They made a couple of comments that left me frustrated but, hopefully since our lil group of surros was seated directly behind them, our reactions complete with eye rolls and looks of consternation, will leave them no choice but to edit that part of the interview out. LOL Overall it was a great experience though and I'm very happy I got to be a part of it.
|Here is a pic of all of us following the taping in the Green Room. |
(L-R) Jodi, Tiffany, Kathryn, Meredith, Kasey, Jordan, Daisy
You can find out more about the Surrogacy Together campaign or Expect Miracles Surrogacy by following the links below.
Expect Miracles Surrogacy - http://www.findasurrogate.com/
Surrogacy Together - http://www.surrogacytogether.com/
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
I stumbled across this poem today and while reading it, my eyes welled up and my heart swelled. I've been so blessed to have been part of making my former Intend Parent's dreams come true and I cherish that we have stayed close and continue to share a relationship. My hope is that this journey will end with the same feelings of love and friendship. Being just weeks away from our next transfer, our anticipation escalates ... praying this will be the one.
A Surrogate Mother’s Poem of Hope
Let me bring you peace and joyBe this baby girl or boy
Your dream to sing sweet lullabyYour precious babies healthy cry
Let me help you see the dayA child’s love takes your breath away
Reaching milestones like they doSeeing the world through eyes so new
You’ve tried so hard, your journey longMy heart for service, my body strong
When your faith in miracles is feeling weakI am that angel that you seek
Restoring hope inside of youThat wishes really do come true
As your baby develops and growsDissolving sorrows and healing your woes
Whose blessing is greater, we cannot be sureWe each had trials we had to endure
Replacing sadness with thanks and praiseA humble appreciation for those hard days
For once your baby is finally hereYour thoughts of me will always be dear
Whether time or distance should send us apartYou and your child will remain in my heart
A surrogate mother will always beA cherished branch in your family tree
Saturday, February 7, 2015
I added these lovelies to my medicine cabinet today. I start Lurpon on Friday (2/13) and we are anticipating transfer to be the last week of March. I'll update as this cycle comes together, but we are very optimistic that the new protocol, for this fourth and hopefully final attempt, will bring success and an exciting end to 2015.
Friday, January 9, 2015
The last several weeks have been busy for our family and my IPs as well, but that hasn't stopped us in moving forward with a new plan. Things are in the works and we will hopefully have some dates and another transfer to look forward to just before Spring. Since a year has lapsed since we first started this journey and finalized contracts, we have a few things to check off the list before we can cycle again but hopefully all those tasks will be completed soon. We are looking at the year ahead with renewed hope and faith that a successful pregnancy will be achieved, and maybe even a new addition to J&G's family before the end of 2015.
In the meantime, I'd like to share with you an article,
HELPING ONE FAMILY AT A TIME
that recently was published in the TEAM SURROGACY
magazine highlighting my previous journeys. I am so passionate about this amazing experience that makes dreams into families and I'm very honored to have the opportunity to help others - potential surrogates and intended parents alike - explore this wonderful family building process.