Thursday, November 20, 2014

36 week update journey#5

Not much longer... 

I've had a few contractions here and there the past week. Today she was pushing down pretty good and I decided to add this song to my birthing playlist-

Also, my Dr told me not to go into labor over Thanksgiving since he'll be gone next week. Fine by me. I'm not ready to have her until at least December.

I need to pack! And then it's probably best to keep my bag in the car at all times. I was thinking about it today. We live 45 minutes from the hospital. But if we have to go home and get my bag, that's an hour and a half at least. And I've got a party in my bag (once it's packed, ha ha) so we don't want to labor without it.

I hope my IPs will make it in time. Because we aren't being induced, they'll just (hopefully) hop on a plane when I call them. I'm excited for my kids to meet them. 

My awesome friend wants to be there when Baby CeCe is born, do does my mom. I'm telling you, it's going to be a birthing party! 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Meet the parents, and friends and relatives (journey #5)

Wow, what an amazing weekend!

My IPs flew my husband and I to their hometown to meet IF, Big Brother, friends and relatives. We had already met IM and I was excited to see her again and meet the rest of the gang.

Lovely Rita (IM) picked us up from the airport with Hey Jude in the backseat. He kept saying hurry up Jill and John, let's go while we were still inside waiting for our luggage. He was a little shy at first with us though. 

Driving through their neighborhood was amazing. We saw some of the neatest houses. Their house was great too. I liked so many things about it inside and out. 

I finally got to meet Sgt. Pepper. He came down the stairs and straight to me. He even pushed aside a friend to hug me first. I believe at that point he told me they weren't going to let me leave, that I wasn't going anywhere.  And then he touched my belly. He jokingly said, I don't have to ask, right? And I said, nope!
I believe he then asked John, my husband if it was okay. Lol

They had some close friends over for dinner including the surrogacy counselor who helped facilitate things on their end and an awesome actor who had twins through surrogacy. (Not NPH)  Everyone was dressed up, so I went upstairs to put on my dress that I had brought "just in case".

Talking intently about something, must be surrogacy. Sgt. Pepper (IF) is to my right.

With the surrogacy counselor.

We ate Indian food which was a new experience for John and I. One of Lovely Rita's friends asked if she could feel my belly and I said of course. Everyone there was so nice and welcoming.

Cool fertility goddess IM had on their table.

After dinner and I believe after ice cream, we were chatting and baby was moving as Lovely Rita was talking, so I went to sit by her so she could feel baby move. It took a bit, but eventually she could feel her.

I brought the stork I had bought for IM. I originally was going to give it to her at Baby CeCe's birth, but I felt I should bring it now for her to put in baby's room. She loved it and eventually Hey Jude saw it and became interested in it. He ended up taking it to bed with him. 

Lovely Rita asked if I had seen my daughter Jessica's picture on the fridge. She had drawn her a stork when we mailed the ultrasound pictures to them. So sweet that it was on their fridge.

We stayed the first night in a hotel nearby. When we checked into the hotel right before bed, we had gifts waiting for us- a hoodie/jacket for me and a hat for John. I could actually use a jacket that fits right now and it fits great, plus it's cute!

Doesn't Lovely Rita have lovely handwriting?

We ate breakfast at a lovely bakery across the street from the hotel and then Lovely Rita picked us up and took us back to their house.
When Hey Jude woke up that morning he asked where we were. So sweet.
Back at their house, I got introduced to another awesome friend.

Lovely Rita and I

After awhile, we were headed out on a 3 hour drive to Lady Madonna's house (Lovely Rita's mom). It was great to talk and chat on the way.

We stopped to get pedicures and at that point I got to meet Lady Madonna. She took me to get a sandwich while Lovely Rita got started on her pedicure. Soon, it was my turn. I hadn't decided what color of polish I was going to do. When I saw the color Lovely Rita brought, I decided we should match. She said she'd be honored. I got to sit in a massage chair which was nice. My feet are sensitive and at some points, it tickled.

Then, we were off to Lady Madonna's house for dinner and to stay the night. What a beautiful house! We got to check out where we'd be sleeping. Lovely Rita told us we'd have some personal space in the basement with our own bedroom and bathroom. She didn't mention the theater room!
Oh my gosh! Their basement was amazing! It was pretty much everything I want to do to our basement, only on a much larger scale. 

Dinner was lovely and yummy and it was great chatting with more family. Lovely Rita's dad is awesome too. We'll call him Dr. Maxwell.
I have interacted with Lady Madonna since the beginning of our journey and already knew she was great. It was nice to finally meet her.

We also met Lovely Rita's brother whose birthday is just a day after mine. There are so many birthday coincidences (and other coincidences) between our families that I wouldn't be surprised if Baby shared a birthday with someone. She could easily share a birthday with my daughter, my twin uncles, my grandma or even Hey Jude.

We went for a ride in this awesome vehicle, the Jeepster.

Who can turn down ice cream? Then we rented a movie to watch in the theater room. John fell asleep early on and then I fell asleep and he woke up and finished the movie.

When I woke up on Sunday morning, Baby CeCe was moving and I just took some time to take it all in. I wanted to stay in the moment of it all.

Then we got up and went to brunch at Lovely Rita's aunts' house. We got to meet more family and eat more good food. John was loving the country atmosphere! Again, everyone was friendly and welcoming.

Lady Madonna is to Lovely Rita's right and then to her right is LR's brother. Dr. Maxwell is to the left on the front row. We have 2 aunties in the pic, one next to my husband, left top row, and one in the bottom middle. And then a cousin to the far left and nieces on the bottom row. You should know everybody else by now.

I absolutely love this picture!

My husband John with Hey Jude. 

Next stop, was back to Lady Madonna's for a quick break.
I got to sit down with Lovely Rita and have some belly time together. Sgt. Pepper joined us. They both got to feel baby move. So did Lady Madonna. I got to meet more family.

Oh, you don't cuddle with your IF? Just playing around.

Finally, Hey Jude sat on my lap and cuddled with me and baby sister. Yay! I got lots of loving in. Him and dad talked to her and dad kissed her through my belly, but big brother wasn't too sure about that.

I love his smile here.

We needed to get going. Sgt. Pepper was staying behind with Hey Jude, so it was time to say goodbye to them. I got a hug from them both. I even got an extra hug from Sgt. Pepper as he got a little choked up and thanked me. I can't even begin to explain the love I have for this family and I got choked up later as I told John and our kids.

We were running out of time and needed to stop for a quick visit to Lovely Rita's grandma. I decided she needed a nickname too. Lady Madonna suggested Eleanor Rigby- perfect.

We needed to eat before heading to the airport. Since we don't have a sit down Pizza Hut in Utah anymore, we thought that would be pretty cool. 

An hour later we were at the airport. John didn't have a seat and needed to check in with an agent. Anxiety was setting in. We were running behind and might not get to sit together or even get on the plane. We checked in and they had put us in the same row, but not next to each other. Luckily, someone offered to switch. 

Our next flight home was delayed getting luggage on. Ugh!

And then somehow our luggage didn't make it to SLC.
It finally arrived the next night.

We had a blast! Such an awesome weekend. I am so grateful to be a part of this journey. I will treasure these memories forever!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Phoenix Couple Seeking Surrogate

I am contacted by people in all aspects of surrogacy,: for advice, for help, to find a match, etc.

When I was contacted by phone via a sign language interpreter, I was introduced to a very touching story with the cutest/sweetest couple. They wanted me to help get their story out there and I'm happy to do just that. Their story is already spreading, let's spread it around some more.

They were recently on the news- Support pours in for Phoenix couple seeking surrogate

Check out their GoFundMe page where they share a cute video, and I'm sure you'll fall in love with them and their story, just as I did.

They are offering different reward levels for donations.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Sweetest thing ever- Big Brother can't wait! Journey #5

This is my sweet buddy, Hey Jude. (Baby's big brother) 

He's been asking questions and my IPs have been trying to answer them. They read him my book (which he is holding in the pic) and now he requests it at naptime and bedtime. He also won't go to sleep without holding a picture of me. Aw!

I've only Facetimed with him once the weekend of the transfer when I first met Lovely Rita in person. He is so excited and full of so much love for his baby sister. I feel so blessed to be the one carrying her for this family. Only 2 1/2 more weeks and  we'll all be hanging out together. Baby's still got awhile longer to finish cooking though. Lovely Rita says he's processing it all well! 

They recently got some girl hand me downs and he sleeps in the pile of clothes and cuddles with this monkey that LR told him is about the size of baby sister right now. ��❤️

He also knows that I'm coming and asks everyday if I'm coming today. So sweet.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

25 weeks update #5 surrogacy journey

Well, let's see, I believe last time I posted I was just barely starting to show.
I am now 25 weeks today and definitely showing more. Baby CeCe is getting bigger and I can feel and even see her movements more.

This was yesterday, lounging in bed, since I was feeling yucky. I believe I have the flu or something similar.

She was moving all over the place and I finally caught it on video-

Things are going good. Except for this sickness, I've been feeling better overall. The first 4 months were not so good.

I am so excited to be flying out to see Lovely Rita (IM), Sgt. Pepper (IF), Hey Jude (baby's big brother) and Lady Madonna (baby's grandma, IM's mom) the end of this month.

It's also my birthday on the 10th and anniversary on the 20th. September is awesome. 

Even the Beatles know! Lol

So, now that we're current, let's take a peek at what's been going on since my last post-

Well, it's technically true. (One of my designs)

12 weeks, 5 days 

Silly perspective, Dr. Appt selfie
14 weeks, 4 days

15 weeks

Car selfie, 15 weeks, 5 days

First bare belly pic, 15 weeks, 6 days

16 weeks

4th of July 

Pregnant (not fat) lol

16 weeks, 6 days

17 weeks, 2 days

Weekend getaway to Grand Junction, Colorado for hubby's birthday, July 18-20.

First pictures! And ultrasound confirmed she is a girl and everything is measuring right on track!

Her long legs and this pose made me giggle.

19 weeks, 4 days

20 weeks, 1 day

Pretty sure, she should be lower on my belly. I was able to customize the text, so it says "Hi! I'm a surrobabe!"

Taking Baby to see Lady Gaga with my son. He's kind of a big fan.

All pregnancies have cravings. Mine is a Mustang! 
This was a rental. But one day, I'll get my own.

A few days after the Lady Gaga concert, we went to see Paul McCartney!!

21 weeks, 2 days

I got knocked up for a good cause... Surrogacy! My design.

22 weeks, 6 days

Surrogacy is not a job. But it has some awesome benefits!
My design.

Car selfie after Dr. appt. They gave me the yummy (not) drink to guzzle before my next appt for the glucose/diabetes test. 
23 weeks, 6 days 

I still have days where my body says- REST!

Feeling like this belly just popped out even more the other day.

I thought this was a fun perspective.

That's about it. Now we're all caught up. Sorry for the picture overload.