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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, August 9, 2015

22 Weeks

Please excuse my pity party from last week, I'm feeling a little better these last few days.  I had a light work week and more time to rest.  Everything just happens so fast with twins, and then even faster yet with the 2nd set and I was feeling a little discouraged.  In my singleton pregnancies it was always around 30 weeks that I felt the "slow down" and I'm guessing physically I'm right about there - but we are only 21/22 weeks.  It becomes a little daunting to think ideally we still have another 14-16 weeks left to go before these little ones arrive.  Only thing to do is keep listening to my body so that physically/mentally I don't push myself too far, and just continue to take things one week or one day at a time.  Mom and dad need every bit of the next 3 months to get ready for their twins arrival so hopefully we all - myself and babies - can just hang in there!!

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
I had really hoped IM/IF would have the opportunity to feel babies move - they are so wiggly these days -  but we just never really had a good quiet moment.  Hopefully there will be a next time soon. As we said our goodbyes "G" gave his new friends hugs.  IM pointed out to him that his new babies were growing in my belly but, he wasn't quite sure what to make of that. He's got a little time to warm up to the idea. LOL

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