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.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

11 weeks today! Update and life. #5 journey

Things have been going pretty good. The bleeding scare has been gone for awhile now. That didn't last long. Yay!!

I went to my OB last week and was slightly nervous, because you just never know. (as a surrogate/with IVF) I was still feeling nauseous and low energy, but I was worried that something "could" possibly be wrong. (Only because it's happened before) 

I think my Dr. was feeling the same thing for me. Hoping for the best, but not knowing what to expect.

We did a tummy ultrasound this time. I was 9 weeks, 6 days. I wasn't sure if we'd be able to see anything with a tummy ultrasound. However, he spotted Baby CeCe right away and said there she is and there's the heartbeat. Everything was measuring to perfection-9w6d. Her heartbeat was 170. I was so happy I could cry! Dr. T. was happy too.

Not the best pic. You can't see very much.

I have been blessed to not have very much morning sickness. That doesn't mean I haven't felt sick, and I've dry heaved several times. With every pregnancy, I have plenty of nausea, everyday, almost all day long.
I've had that this time too, but I've only actually thrown up a few times. I think that could have been part of why I was worried, because with my (surrogacy) miscarriages, I was nauseas and tired, but never got sick. 

The down side is- I usually lose weight in the first trimester. Not this time! I did 3 rounds of IVF last year with my previous couple. All those fertility meds plus this pregnancy has packed on some pounds.
Surrogacy weight has not been easy for me to lose. 

I started looking more pregnant than chunky last week and decided it's better to wear maternity clothes than to have people wonder if I'm fat or pregnant. I hate that stage. So here I am wearing maternity clothes for the first time this pregnancy-

10 weeks 1 day
I can't wait out to round out more. When I took this, baby was the size of a lime. Yet I look like I'm carrying a small watermelon.  ;-)

The best thing that's happened recently?
This was 5-6 days ago and I've definitely been feeling little movements since. That's always reassuring inbetween Dr. visits.

More great news- I get to stop shots and medications June 4th! Less than a week left. I will not miss this-
Or sore hips.

Well, I think that's about it for my journey.

 I've been working on some awesome changes with my agency. I'm bringing on two partners and I feel good about things. 
Although, I admit, at times it gets overwhelming, especially when I'm feeling so sick and tired. 

About 3 weeks ago, my husband graduated from college. He got an AAS in Diesel Systems Technology.
I helped with the online classes and any typing/essays, etc. We were both glad to be done. So proud!!
He got an awesome job offer and starts June 2.

Life is good!