Sunday, January 17, 2010

We've set a date!

Wow! What a whirlwind this has been lately. We've got the legal stuff out of the way and I have my calender with all of the important dates. So I began my injections and I should start by saying that I am truly a "sissy girl" as some would say. There is just something about sticking yourself with a needle that just doesn't feel right to me. I was willing my hand to do it, "Hand, put the needle through my skin." It wouldn't listen...I had to have my hubby do it for me. Meanwhile I held on, white knuckled, to the towel bar in the bathroom and thankfully, it wasn't so bad.

So, next on my calender, the final ultra sound to check out my "beautiful uterus". (I know what you're thinking, but I'm not the one who says I have a beautiful uterus it's my doc.) and then....
Finally, the big day! I can't stop staring at the bright yellow highlighted day with two little words written...EMBRYO TRANSFER. I'm so excited-nervous-anxious all at once. Only 2 weeks left! It has been such a long haul and I am looking forward to the next stage. Wish me luck!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Here we go

Let's start from the very beginning...

First of all, let me just say that I (Heidi) never thought in a million years that I would be sitting here typing the start of my journey as a surrogate. I 'd have to say the seed was first planted (interesting choice of words) when I watched an Oprah on surrogacy and I couldn't stop thinking about it. I was fascinated! The thing was that the surrogates featured were all in India and it made it seem so far removed.

A few months later, I started playing in a new bunco group and made up of local moms and wouldn't you know it, one of them (Stacie) was just beginning the process. Every month we played, she had something else to share and I continued peppering her with questions. Then Stacie brought a friend (Kelly) as a sub one night. Kelly had just delivered twins! Stacie delivered a healthy baby and they both loved it so much, they signed up to do it again. Now that I had seen that two normal moms could do it with a wonderfully rewarding outcome, (and be still be sane) I thought "Hey, I think I can do this too!"

So then I did my research, but by far the thing weighing most heavily on my mind was the fact that two women that I know had gone through the same agency (Growing Generations) and had great experiences. Word of mouth is always the best when it comes to these things. I won't go into all of the boring details of the application process,but let's just say, I first filed out the initial application in March 2009. They are very thorough...as they should be!

Here's the long and short of it...
So my hubby (Jeremy) and I flew down to LA did our medical screening, psycho test. Guess what? We passed! We're not crazy...at least not on most days. =) My thyroid was a little off so we had to adjust my meds and yadda yadda yadda. Got that cleared up, then we headed back to LA and were matched with a fabulous family. Yes I said family. *Side note they already have twin boys. (Just a little FYI I will refer to them as the Intended Parents to protect their privacy or IP's for short.)

The match meeting was like a blind date where you sit around and get to know each other and try to figure out when and where and how to get you knocked up the quickest. Awkward much? The IP's were so friendly and down to Earth though and Jeremy and I knew very early on that we wanted to work with them. Luckily they liked us too! Anyway, that brings us right about up to speed. We are now in the middle of the legal stuff.
I'll keep ya' posted...




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