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I'm a wife, mom, and gestational surrogate. I've been blessed to be able to have 2 beautiful daughters of my own and 2 cute little surro babes for IPs. With the support of my WONDERFUL family and friends, I'm doing it again!! Follow me on my journey...

Friday, April 29, 2011

Whoa Momma!!

I was getting in the shower the other night and my 5 year old daughter barges in (as usual), but this time she kinda paused when she opened the door and proceeded to say "WHOA MOMMA! You're tummy is HUGE!"....I couldn't do anything but laugh. You should have seen the look on her face, it was priceless. I wonder what she'll say when it really gets big!? She's about the only person I'd take that comment from; she's never been one to hold back exactly what she thinks!
Anywho, I just wanted to share that, since it made me chuckle.
Here's a pic of my "Little Princess"

And just because, here's a pic of my "Big Princess" ☺

On the surro front, our NT scan was good, no sign of Downs! So hooray for that!! Although, my IP's and I were a little less than enthused by our u/s tech's lack of interest. My IPs and my IM's parents were all at the appointment, so it was obvious that everyone was excited for the chance to see the baby. Well apparently, "Little Miss Sunshine" didn't pick up on that because she came in, put the probe on my tummy, did the measurement, and that was it. Literally. There was no "here's the head, here's the arms...", just a 2 second comment that the measurement was good, printed out a couple "pictures" that looked more like blobs and then she left. My IM's mom was so funny; she was like "well, that was lame!" Lol! Thankfully, the Dr came in and did another u/s and we were able to see more of the baby and even got to see the profile. And baby was moving all around!
We all went to dinner afterward at a yummy Mexican restaurant! Mmmmm!! Baby likes enchiladas!  It was nice to be able to meet my IM's parents and get to chill with everyone. I wish Kevin would have been able to go though. :-(

Anyway, I'll leave you with my 12 week belly shot...I don't think there's any difference from 11 weeks. TTYL!


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

As promised...

...I said I'd post "belly pics" and to be quite honest, I've been stalling!

I've been a little self-conscious about showing so soon and believe me, I've heard some of the most rude comments about "how big" I am already and blah, blah, blah...
Listen people! Not that I need to justify to anyone, but this is my 4th pregnancy and apparently your body "adjusts" a little faster to being pregnant, which in turn makes you show earlier. So if you have something evil to say about my ever-growing belly then I'd suggest you keep it to yourself b/c I don't wanna hear it!
Now that I have that outta the way....ta da!!  (U can click on the pic to enlarge)

I'll be 12 weeks tomorrow, so I'll have a new pic, but I wanted to go ahead and post these. We also have our NT scan tomorrow, so I'll let cha know how that goes! Hey, maybe we'll get lucky and be able to tell the sex of the baby! Tee hee!


Monday, April 11, 2011

Ultrasound today (9w5d)

Just wanted to give a quick update on the appt today. It went very well!
My IM wasn't able to make it, but I did Facetime with her once the Dr came in the room. (Don't you love technology!?) So she was able to "be there" in a sense. We got to see the little olive and hear the heartbeat. It was so awesome!!! Baby was moving around and you could see little arms and legs wiggling all around. I have to say, I was really amazed, as I wasn't expecting to see that much movement. HR was 156, nice and strong!

Here's a pic for you to marvel at!
So excited!! It's starting to look like a little person now!

Dr said baby is measuring perfectly and baby's arrival should be around Nov. 9th - 11th. Wouldn't it be cool for the baby to be born on 11-11-11? I know, I'm a nerd! I'm sure I'll change my tune the closer we get to "d-day". I'll probably be wishing for a late October delivery, lol.
As always, I'll keep ya updated! Next appt is on the 27th. TTYL! ♥ 


Thursday, April 7, 2011

My sentiments exactly!

I was reading one of my fellow "surro-blogger's" posts and it struck a chord with me. She's over at Single, Surrogate, and Dating, you should go check it out!
Anyway, she was talking about the audacity of some IDIOTS that seem to think you must have it "made in tha shade" once you become a surrogate. Of course, she's a lot nicer than me, cuz I woulda probably had some expletives thrown in for good measure, but ANYWAY...I wanted to share what she wrote; I couldn't have said it better myself (even with a few F-bombs)

" I have a real issue when people ask me "how much are you getting paid?" or "are you getting paid?" or say something like..."man, you will be set now, huh?!!" First of all, you don't ask any person with a normal job if they are getting paid or how much they are you? At least I don't. Secondly, yes there is compensation for this "job" but if you add it up and divide it by 24/7 for approximately 12 months because you usally start the meds about 2 months before you get pregnant and then in case no has figured it out, not sure why they call it 9 mnths because you are technically pregnant 10 months, throw in there all the things you put on hold, all of the "inconveniences" you may or may not put your family thru, i.e. children, husband, or whoever else that helps out, all the possible risks that come with pregnancy, and then the aftermath of the "unknown", then I'm pretty sure it equals out to about $1-2 a day....who would "work" for that...pretty sure no one!!!

On another note, I don't think it's all the "public's" fault either because on some agency websites where you sign up to be a surrogate or intended parent or do the research, they make it sound like we get all this money. They have testimonies on there about what the surrogate did with her money or how much it helped out the surrogate's family which I don't really agree with either. A lot of people think surrogates are low class, money hungry girls just trying to make an "easy" dollar. However, I'm here to tell you I DEFINITELY don't fit into that class and all other surrogate blogs I follow don't either. We are all working mothers who enjoy being pregnant and who want to help another couple become a family. We must be a little crazy in some way too because who would want to "give up" their own child. Well we aren't crazy and we don't give up "our"'s all about Love and helping out. That's what I'm doing it for. I'm doing for the passion I have for kids, for all the love I have to give, to help out in a way many people will never understand and to be able to give the gift of life. So yes, we get compensated, but please don't be that person that asks how much or make snide comments on how much we must be making. Go do some research, find out for yourself if you want to know. There are plenty of helpful sites out there. Ok, that's my rant for the day....thanks for reading!!! LOL "


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

9 weeks!!

I don't have anything spectacular to report, but I just wanted to acknowledge that today is our 9 week mark! Woo hoo!!
Ready to see a crazy picture? Apparently this is what a 9 week fetus looks like in-utero:
Kinda freaky, huh?
"Morning" sickness is still kickin' my @$$, but other than that I'm good. I've actually been "semi-released" to my OB. I say semi because my RE's office said to go ahead and schedule my 1st appointment, but that they will still require the OB to send my appointment information over to them until I'm told otherwise. I guess once I get into the 2nd trimester I'll officially be released?
So our 1st appointment with my OB is on the 11th! Yay! Only 5 days away! And we'll get to see the little olive again! (Never get tired of that!) Then we have the appointment for our NT scan on the 27th! I have to say, I'm a little nervous about this appointment. It's super important and I just want everything to be okay, ya know? I'm sure it will be, but it just makes you a little more anxious.
I'll keep ya posted!

PS...I guess I'll start posting "belly pics" soon, since I'm already showing. YIKES!


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

It can only get better....right?

It's only 8:20am here and I wish I could just get back in bed already!
My sweet husband went on a food run last night for me because apparently I was going to die of starvation (of course I'm a little dramatic), but by the time he got back I wasn't hungry anymore because I was so nauseated. :-( I got ZERO sleep last night from being so nauseous, so of course this morning was a struggle. I woke my girls up, took a shower, and piddled around whinning to my 8 year old about how I don't wanna go to work...I don't think she cared.
Anyway, I went to the fridge to start making my daughter's lunch and BAM, it hit me. The smell. I had the bright idea last night that my *chinese* food that Kevin went to get me would be ok to save so I could take to work with me in the morning. BAD IDEA. It literally took less than 2 seconds for me to puke right there on the floor of my kitchen. Fun times.
So after cleaning that up, I had to hold my breath and breathe in and out of my mouth only, while making my daughter's lunch, so that I wouldn't smell that putrid scent.
When we finally make it into the car to head off to school, that's when I realize I haven't even done my damn hair...FML. Seriously, who forgets to brush their hair? Well we were already running late, so I just ran back in the house and grabbed a brush and some hairspray so I could attempt to fix my hair at work. My daughter said "why don't you just tell the people at work, What, you forgot it was crazy hair day today?"...somehow I don't think that would have worked out.
Thankfully there was a major traffic jam on the highway (never thought I'd say that) and it caused everyone to be late to work (except me b/c I come the opposite way!). So I was able to sneak in with no one seeing me look like I escaped from prison. No, really. I'm not kidding. I looked a hot mess. I fixed my hair the best I could in the women's restroom and now I just wanna go home!
It can only get better, right?