The last time I blogged I told you about the couple I matched with in CA...well, let's just say that some things fell through with that and I found myself "back on the market", so to speak. It's funny, this whole world of surrogacy, you never really know what's ahead of you, try as you might. But I'm a firm believer that all things happen for a reason, so no love loss there.
So after the "break up" with the CA couple, a few weeks later one of my surro sisters contacted me saying that she had a couple in mind that she thought I'd like (at this point I was like "yea whatever") but I gave it a shot. I reached out to the IM via Facebook ( isn't social media awesome?!) and we chatted back and forth a few times then decided that we liked each other enough to talk on the phone. Thankfully neither of us deemed each other bat shit crazy and then we did a Skype call. She was soooo sweet and extremely down to earth, easy to talk to. We decided that we both wanted to move forward and got the ball rolling with the clinic (CCRM) and attorneys.
Sunday, Kevin and I flew to Denver (as well as the IPs) so that we could have our "one day work up" done. CCRM is extremely strict and thorough and run you through a shitload of test. I mean, seriously, I'm surprised I didnt have to give them our 1st born.
|We kinda like our 1st born|
Anyway, Sunday night we got to meet the IPs in person for the first time and they were just as sweet as they were on the phone!! It's always nerve wracking to meet IPs for the 1st time, it's like a 1st date. Do you tell a joke? Will they get it? Do you bring flowers? Do you just nod and smile and agree with everything? There are just so many random questions that pop into your mind, but it was actually very easy to talk to them and be ourselves, thank god!
So yesterday was our 'one day work up' and I had 6 appointments today (see, thorough!). Appointments started at 10am and the last one was at 2pm. I have to admit, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be and it ran quite smoothly.
Here's what the schedule looked like:
Ultrasound + Doppler
Standard or Extended Workup Labs, Communicable Disease, Genetic Screening Blood Tests
Hysteroscopy, Annual & Regroup
I knew everything would be okay though because it was October 19th ("Baby L's" 4th bday!) AND on the way to the appointment we saw a double rainbow! Both those things have to be good luck, right? ☺
Everything went very smoothly and the dreaded hysteroscopy wasn't bad; the ultrasound was actually worse because the tech kept pushing my stomach in (and I wanted to kick her!).
No issues with the labs drawn either...(if you've read any of my blogs before, you know those don't usually go well!)
|What a good hubby :)|
Oh and they were nice enough to prep the stirrups for me...
|Ready for baby baking?? At least they were my favorite color...|
|Pink paper clothing...look for it on the Spring 2016 runways|
I got the preliminary "all clear" from my ultrasound and hysteroscopy and then Kevin and I met with the psychologist. I think we fooled her into thinking we are sane. (Kidding!!...maybe) 😜
After that, I took the PAI, Personality Assessment Something...it's a 300+ (ridiculous) question assessment. Seriously, if you don't pass this test then you seriously are not the sharpest tool in the shed.
I was literally laughing out loud at most of the questions, so then I decided to take a pic of some of the ridiculousness because I knew some people wouldn't believe me.
|What?? I'm not even sure how to answer this so that they don't think I'm a lunatic.|
|Quite possible, but what does that mean about me, exactly?|
|Now, this question confused me by the way it was worded...maybe I'm a little slow.|
|Yes, Yes, I do. Problem?|
|Aren't we all though?|
|And WHY is this relevant?|
All I can say is, the PAI was entertaining, but I was glad to get it over with.
So after everything was complete, we headed back to the airport with the IPs (they are from Seattle), we said our "see ya laters" and flew back home.
Now we await the official results from the clinic and then we will finalize contracts, yay!! Hoping for a transfer by December at the latest.
Keep your fingers crossed for us and I'll keep you posted!!
And happy 4th birthday to my 1st surrobabe "Baby L", who's not such a baby anymore! ❤️