Friday, October 29, 2010

Dear Lupron~ Please be nice to me!

 Today I had a mock transfer done. I had to down a gallon of water to make sure my bladder is beyond full while they guide a catheter through the cervix and measure depth to the back of the uterus. And thankfully I didn't pee on the Dr in the process! That went fine and baseline sono was great too. No cysts and lining was thin-2.97mm (which is what we want for now ).
 I start Lupron tonight (injections with a tiny insulin needle). Granted it can make you act like you have severe PMS! Thankfully I don't tend to have a bad reaction to it. So fingers crossed : ) Or in case I'm mean to you I blame the meds!! LOL! The nurse is sending in Rx's for all the other meds and my last BCP is Tuesday. Back again on the 17th for sono and E2 level check.

  Let's get needle happy!!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Ready...set....go...!!!

  Signed contracts are in the mail and it looks like we will be starting meds by the end of THIS week!! OMG!! : ) I go in this Friday for a sono, mock transfer & to go over meds. If all stays on track we'll be looking at a mid-December transfer. December transfers seem to be my thing..lol
  I can't think of a better Christmas present!!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Legal Smegal

  Contract is 3/4 of the way done!! Hubby is getting his part done tomorrow and then *maybe* we can get started on the fun stuff in the next week or 2 : )

Thursday, October 21, 2010

It's a match!!

 It all started with an email from someone who knew my FIM. She asked me if I would consider doing another surrogacy and told me about her SIL who has CF. (This is probably where that list of acronyms comes in handy :)) I really don't remember much from that time..it was a couple years ago but somehow we got back in touch last year. After talking for a while with Carrie, (my IM) and getting to know each other via email we waited to see what her Dr's decided on whether she could carry herself or not. The main concern was her lung function during pregnancy and how it would affect her post-partum as well. In the end it was decided surrogacy was their best option and here we are : ) Collin (my husband) & I met Carrie & Craig for dinner a few months back to chat and go over basics..make sure we agreed on things too. They are exactly what I was hoping for...it's a match!!
  And to bring everyone up to date: We've done all our lab testing, made sure the four of us aren't crazy via psych testing. I really think whoever came up with the MMPI test must have been a little nutty themselves! I had a HSC done to make sure I could carry again safely, mainly because I have had four c-sections and we all want the best possible environment for these embryos to implant in. The RE said everything was perfect and we moved on to the legal fun.
  As of today contracts are done and we should have them all signed and ready to go within the next few days! Once the clinic receives a copy of the contract we can get to cycling! Here's hoping for a November/December transfer!!

The time in between then & now


 Since my 1st surrogacy we did try again with a 2nd couple. We had one transfer with low grade embryos that did not take. Having to tell my IP's it didn't work was absolutely heartbreaking :( Distance didn't make things easy and we moved on. They have since had 2 healthy children via another carrier. I also did 4 anonymous egg donations, 2 before and 2 after my son was born. I also got married to the love of my life in 2003, about 7 weeks after the twins were born! We've dated off an on since we met at my sisters 13th birthday party. Who've thought after all that here we'd be : )   We have 2 daughters and a son. Michaela is 11.5, Greyson is 5 & Kailyn is 15 months.

My 1st journey

  I will try not to write an entire novel but I feel I should share my first journey since it is what led me to do this next one. I met S&K through an online surrogacy forum in the Fall of 2002. We were an instant match and by November we were cycling. Friday the 13th in December brought the best of luck for us. We transferred 2 perfect little blasts. Within days found out we were pregnant and after a small bleeding scare @ 7wks found out that not only was nothing wrong but there were 2 healthy little beans growing inside me. S&K were going to be parents and it was one of the happiest days of my life! We had a pretty easy pregnancy for twins (aside from an episode of kidney stones..OMG!!). Towards the end my IM would ask the Dr every visit when the boys would be coming. He would go and grab a Magic 8 Ball and tell her to ask it..LOL
  At 34wks5days labor hit and with one call to the Dr they said this was IT..the real IT this time would be delivery day! I was especially excited because the twins were supposed to be a VBAC. But after no further dilation and quite frequent contractions (& back labor) we all agreed to do another c-section. Just after 9am on 7/23/03 two healthy boys were born and two very special people became parents.

  I am extremely blessed for the time my family & I got to spend with S&K and the boys. We stayed in contact and were able to watch those precious babies grow into handsome young boys. Tragically in Spring 2007 my FIM's cancer came back and on May 12, 2007 she became an Angel. Although she took a piece of my heart with her that Mother's Day morning I found out she'd passed, I've made a promise to her that I would do whatever I could to give one more person the blessing I was able to give her.