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Alison and Rebecca’s Birth….

Jessica and I met Tuesday morning at the OB’s office. I had been having some slight cramping and lots of Braxton Hicks over the past week or so but nothing major at all that signaled to me labor was on the way. We were both excited when the nurse asked me to undress for the cervical check!! J Dr. B. checked me and said “well, you’re a good 3cm”. Wow!! I had never been dilated before with my own kids (before going into labor) so this was new for me. She told us to go on over to the hospital to be monitored (we were headed over there anyway for a NST) and see if I was having contractions or not. So after a quick Starbucks run and several phone calls I was hooked up to the monitor to see what was going on. My contractions were all over the place yet I still felt nothing! The nurse “warned” us that lots of women walk around dilated for weeks (I think she could tell we were both pretty excited about the possibility of the babies being born that day). After about 2 hours of lying in bed being monitored, Dr. B. arrived and checked me again. I was 4cm!!  I was still in shock because I had yet to have a painful contraction. She told me to walk around some and see if we could get things moving more. So we walked the halls then came back to be checked again. This time my water broke as Dr. B was checking me. So after that I FINALLY started to feel contractions! We did more walking and sitting and around 5pm I got the epidural. J J J Now it was just a matter of time. Somewhere around now my mom showed up to join us in waiting. Around 6:30 Dr. B. checked me again and declared me “fully dilated”. This was it!! We had to go to the operating room (standard procedure for twins), another new experience for me. So as soon as I was declared ready for delivery, people started showing up from everywhere. After about 10 min or so of “prep work”, they said it was time. I had thought that I wouldn’t get too upset but just as they were getting ready to wheel me away I got all teary. We had waited so long (and Jess had an even longer wait) for this moment and it was finally here. Once in the operating room, I was moved to the operating table. There were nurses and doctors all around us and the all looked the same! (at least 13, maybe more…)I looked around for Jess and saw her standing by the door. They gave her a chair at my head and I heard them say they would “work around her”. J I am not sure what time it was but would say probably around 6:55 (because it happened SO FAST) I was told to push. With my first push Dr., B. said “that’s all you can do???” After maybe 3 pushes Allison was born. Jess and I were both crying like crazy!!! The nurse took Alison right away to be examined and then it was time to get Baby B out. Dr. B. had already warned me that she may have to reach in and get her since she was breech. And that’s exactly what she did. I could tell by the look on her face that she was not happy, and I started to get a little concerned. I could feel/see her pulling around in my belly, and then she got the feet out. However, as she reached for a towel, Baby B tried to pull her feet back in and I heard Dr. B say “no, no, no!!!”  Then she asked for (or more like yelled for) nitroglycerine-I had no clue what this was or who it was for. A nurse said “open your mouth” so I did. They sprayed it under my tongue and within seconds Rebecca was pulled all the way out. (Apparently I was having a contraction which was preventing Dr. B. from being able to get Rebecca out; the nitro was used to “relax” my uterus enough so that she could get her out). She didn’t cry right away and I could hear Jess saying “why isn’t she crying???” Then she started to cry-what a relief!  Alison Jamie was born at 6:57 and weighed 5lb1oz. Rebecca Riley was born at 6:59 and weighed 6lb5oz.

 

When I read Jessica’s email last Christmas saying how they weren’t sure of the future I just knew-this was something I wanted to do. And it couldn’t have worked out any better. It has been so much fun getting to know Jessica and her family better. I look forward to seeing the twins grow and am so happy to have been a part of this.

(I have not pictures to share because I forgot my camera!!)

12 weeks!!

Wow, we have FINALLY made it!! I know it seems even longer for Jessica, as she has been trying to reach this milestone for a lot longer than I have.  I am cruising right along, still no major problems.  The slight nausea I had is gone.  I feel as if I blew up overnight! I have already gained more weight than I had in mind, not a good start.  This seems to happen to me with every pregnancy.  Immediately my hips and butt just “expand”.  🙂 I know that I am eating a TON more than I normally do, so maybe that has something to do with it.  I am going to look through my “maternity stash” sometime this week and see what I need/don’t need.

I have spread the word to most of my extended family and friends and have gotten nothing but positive feedback from everyone!! It feels good to know that I am surrounded by loads of support. 🙂  We have an appointment on Wednesday at the Prenatal Diagnosis Center for some early testing.  And if the cards line up right we may even find out the sex of the babies then too!!! Can’t wait to see what they are.  Jessica and I are both thinking boy and girl.  Only time will tell……

Below is a “belly pic” of me at 12 weeks!  The babies are defiantly growing!!

How I’m Feeling…..

I figured it was time for an update from me.  Today marks 9weeks 2 days, if I’m correct. Weird but I feel as if I should be at least 12 weeks…… time seems to be creeping by!! My belly is starting to bulge out some, probably a combination of meds and the fact that my muscles are nice a stretchy after 3 pregnancies. 🙂 I had to buy some clothes a few weeks ago- I’m not ready for maternity clothes, but can’t fit into my regular pants.

As far as how I have been feeling, nothing major except for I seem to be hungry every few hours and will randomly have a wave of slight nausea.  My pregnancies were very easy with no problems so I am expecting for this one to be the same.  When I first mentioned doing this for Jess, the first reaction from my family was “aren’t you afraid you’ll be attached to the baby/babies?” I wasn’t concerned at all, I know these are not my babies and that just makes the whole experience different from carrying my own. And now that I am officially pregnant and progressing, my family agrees too.  It’s just different.

Yes, I am pretty freaked out about having TWO babies in my belly. But I am sure I am not as freaked out as Scott and Jess, since they will be the ones taking them home! 🙂 I think I have the “easy” job. 🙂 🙂

I am looking forward to our appointment Tuesday. And hoping my OB says no more meds!! I am not a huge fan of pills, plus it will be nice to just have to take a prenatal every morning, and not a million other things. More after Tuesday…..

It’s Official!!

After a lot of waiting, waiting, waiting……….we FINALLY had the first ultrasound. I am still not feeling any “pregnancy” signs yet but I’m not worried since I never had any major issues with my kids.  And my husband would defiantly add MOODY to the sweating and sleepy list. 🙂 He says the meds are making me crazy, I’m not so sure about that. Looking forward to hearing results of my bloodwork so I will know if anything needs to be adjusted.  I am also looking forward to moving on to the “regular pregnancy” phase and not having to worry about pills, patches, and injections every day. Oh, and exercising again!! Looking forward to that too. I need to be able to move a little so I don’t feel so lazy and bloated!! 🙂

Next ultrasound in a week to see heartbeat and what’s going on with smaller sac…… (I noticed the TWIN heading on the ultrasound pic too…how did I miss that yesterday??!!!)

testing, testing….

First of all, the transfer went GREAT. I was a little nervous that something wouldn’t be right, having heard a few horror stories.. But it was all “perfect” and “textbook” so now it’s WAIT WAIT WAIT. We went to lunch after, then I got treated to my FIRST pedicure and manicure!!!! 🙂 Spent the rest of the day relaxing (or at least trying to).

Going to start “serious testing” tomorrow.  And don’t worry Jess,  I have to do a target run so I’ll grab a ton more tests to make sure I have plenty. 🙂

I have been doing the lovely PIO injections for about 11 days now. The first week was great, no problems or pain. Then starting monday evening, my hip muscles hurt so bad I could hardly walk up stairs or sit down. Now I have two large “knots” on both butt cheeks (thankfully only visible to me!!).  I am going to try injecting higher up and see what happens.  Anyway, whatever the case, I can deal with this “minor” inconvenience for the sake of a baby!! And my pain tolerance is pretty high so I should be able to manage. My 2 year old is so used to watching me do them, this morning she pulled my pants down for me before I was even ready to start!! Too funny. 🙂

Going tomorrow for bloodwork to test progesterone and estrogen levels.

Will the 8th EVER get here????????????????????????????????????

Moving FORWARD

Figured it was time for an update from me! Tonight was my last Lupron shot, I have gotten so used to doing them will be strange to stop. I also had to change my patches today and it was much easier this time, thanks to the shower/baby oil method (thanks SMO ladies 🙂 ) . Starting the PIO shots Tuesday morning so we will see how that goes….. then my mother-in-law is picking me up Wednesday afternoon and taking me to the train station headed for PHILLY!!  Transfer is sometime Thursday. It has been a long 5 months for me, but I am sure it has felt even longer for Jessica.  Hope to have some good news in a few weeks.

I love pineapple!!

And french fries too!! 🙂 Seriously though, I am so glad to FINALLY be moving forward. I am trying not to think too much about the “what if’s” and just take things one step/appointment at a time.  I hope we do not have anymore set backs, and that all goes smoothly and as planned. Is that asking for too much?? I hope not. 🙂

It is strange how many people have asked me lately if Matt and I are going to have another baby. We keep saying “no”.  I guess we will have a lot of explaining to do in a few months!!

Introduction

I am very new to Surrogacy but am very excited about this! M and I tossed around the idea a few years ago about offering to assist Scott and Jessica, but were unsure if we were done having our own children. Then we ended up pregnant with our third, and Cassidy was born (they are 3 mo apart).  It was still in the back of my mind, and then I got an email from Jessica in December saying that they had to figure out their next step, and would possibly be seeking a new carrier. I knew immediately that I wanted to help. So M and I talked about it on our way to see the family (we too were in the car for a LONG time, 20 hours) and he said he was fine with it if I was sure it was something I wanted to do. So I finally got a chance to talk to Jessica about it and here we are!!

She has been so great at informing me of EVERYTHING in this process, as I am clueless about it all! We go in a few weeks for the physical evaluation, etc,  and then hope to be moving on to the next phase. I have had 3 uneventful and easy pregnancies and hope my luck in this department will continue! I want nothing more than to help Scott and Jessica complete their family.