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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Day 6 Post Transfer

Six more long long days till the official blood test to see if we are pregnant!! The wait is so hard. The first few days after the transfer I felt some achyness down south (aka cramps ;)  Which I am told is a good sign after a transfer. It means things are 'happening' and the embryos are hopefully burrowing into my uterine lining.
I speak to Carlos and Maria almost every day. They are trying to stay busy so they don't dwell on the wait. They are so sweet, and caring. I can only imagine what is going through their minds.....

I wasn't sure I wanted to add this but thinking about it for awhile I have decided to: My birthday was the day before the transfer and a day before that I received a birthday package in the mail from Carlos and Maria. This is not something they had to do, nor is it ever expected by me. It was very sweet and touching, a sign of caring, sweet and loving people.  I wanted to share this with you, so you get a little glimpse of who they are.

I promise to return in a few day with the results.......

PS. I have now promised the baby/s if they stay, chocolate! Who can pass THAT up!?!?

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sticky Thoughts

So it's done, I am officially babysitting! I went in for the transfer yesterday late afternoon. A couple hours before I arrived at the clinic I got an email from Carlos saying he spoke with the doctor and all was set to put in one embryo. The doctor said there was one excellent quality embryo and two ok/good quality ones.
So we get to the doctors office early and wait. While we wait my friend gave me some fun socks to wear during the procedure. They were knee high striped super hero socks!! She knew I would love these because of my blog tittle. So for awhile we came up with fun snappy sayings for my socks. The best one was; Super Sticky Sexy Surrogate Socks!
So it's time for the transfer and they take us back into the room. Oh I forgot to mention the Valium I had to take 45 min before the procedure. So as I got into the room I was still waiting for it to kick in. I was supposed to lay there for 30 min to relax.. I lay there trying to get Carlos and Maria on skype via an I Touch. Of course the Internet was not working in the procedure room so I sent my friend to ask for the 'secret' code. I told her to do what she had to to get it ;) Darnit I wanted Carlos and Maria there with whatever it took! Yes she got the code, and yes she said she had to be sugary sweet to get it. As I am trying to get my internet up who knocks on my door? Cora, one of the owners of the surrogacy agency! She had mentioned that she wanted to be there with me but that the time for the procedure was really late and she had another appointment. But she was planning on coming the whole time... sneaky girl! So I had a very good friend with me and was perfect and yes I ended up getting Carlos and Maria on skype so they were there too ;) It was wonderful.
Let me back up a a bit. When I finally got Carlos and Maria on skype the doctor walked in and asked if he could possibly speak with them since I had them on the phone. What he ended up telling them was that at this time (he had just come from looking at the embryos) he felt it was a better decision to put two embryos in. The reason he decided this was because, even though they still had one excellent embryo the other two he spoke to them earlier about worried him. He said he did not feel they would survive through a freezing if they were not used today. He suggested two be put in so the chances of pregnancy were higher the first time. He also said the two embryos in there would help each other survive or at least help the stronger one survive. Survival of the fittest it sounds like. So this was decided minutes before the procedure which was ok for me but I knew Carlos and Maria were worried about that decision. But they decided from the start that whatever the doctor recommended is what they would do. So TWO it is! 
The whole procedure lasted about 10 minutes and with no pain! After it was over I lay with my head lower than my uterus for about 30 minutes and then I was done! Could this be any easier? I don't think so.  So now here I am laying on the couch for the remainder of the day taking it easy and hoping these little babies will settle in for the next 9 months! I even promised the babies that i would provide entertainment and yummy food if they stay ;)

Oh,  note to self...Valium and trying to put an intelligent sentence together is not so easy! Better stick to grunting or uh huh's next time!!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Today is the big Transfer day! Woooo hooooo.

 As of yesterday the embryos were developing nicely. The more cell development the better, so as of yesterday 8 of the embryos had 8 cells. They wanted to see anywhere from 5 to 8 cell development, which they have!

I am so excited to start this journey for Carlos and Maria. I look forward to the day they can hold their baby in their arms and know their dream has come true! It's all about helping someone else achieve their dream.

Now lets get this baby nice and comfy and hope that he/she sticks like glue ;)

Time to become the 'babysitter'!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

3 DAYS!!!!

Time has flown and here we are 3 days away from the big day! Found out yesterday my IP's egg donor was able to produce 25 eggs!! That is a wonderful amount! So now the embryologist is 'growing' them, and come 3 days from now... the best shall be used. I will let you know if Carlos and Maria decide to put in one embryo or two. Carlos and Maria would really like one child, so they are hoping the doctor will only put one in. Let me just say most doctors usually put in two so that your chances are better that ONE will take. This doctor has already put one in a few surrogates I know and both girls have gotten pregnant. I really hope this will be my case. It is a one shot deal here! Yes I would try again for them if need be (not even thinking along that path right now..... only good and positive juju)
So I started my last type of injected hormone the other day. For fear I might go off the deep end with my choice of words to describe my feelings for this last shot I will leave it at ~ I rather do many other things. As you have read in my other postings I am not too fond of this part, yet I know how necessary it is. It is a double edged needle... I mean sword!
 The transfer day, one day after my birthday (has to be lucky right ;) is a painless transfer of the embryo/s into my oh so comfy uterus! I have so much to do before the big day.... breath in fumes at the mani/pedi place, dye my hair in an unventilated area (just poking fun ~ read past post) ! Till next time....

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Getting Closer to the Big Day!

We are only 9 to 10 days away from the big Transfer day! EEEeeee....gulp  At this point it still seems unreal that in just a few days I will be pregnant (so we all hope). Went to the IVF clinic yesterday and the doc found my uterus lining to be A~mazing. Just kidding. He said it was exactly how it should be at this point into the cycle. So I am to continue the injections till Monday when they will be checking the donors egg production. Depending on what they see, they will start me on the last medication and I will begin the countdown to becoming 'the babysitter'! Can't wait!

Today I was able to go with a friend, who is also a surrogate to her transfer appointment. It was such a wonderful, exciting experience to witness this miracle happening right in front of me. And to top it off her IP's were able to witness all of it via skype (told you skype is a wonderful tool)!

Carlos and Maria email every few days to see how I am and how the shots are going. I actually got a note saying they are getting 'a little more excited'....Woohooo

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Skype....such a wonderful tool!

  Just spent the last 2 hours skyping with my IPs Carlos and Maria. We have not skyped with video in months and this was their first time meeting my husband (he has been working in Cuba for the last year and a half). Soooo I am not sure if my husbands crazy humor scared them, confused them, made them feel for me, or if they actually enjoyed him?!?!
  They are such a nice couple. I love how when we talk about distance, height etc they break out their Ipad and convert as we speak so they understand what we are talking about. It seems, if they lived only a few miles away then a few airplane trips away we could easily sit around a table and enjoy conversation and some yummy wine. They are thinking about visiting in May. I really hope they can and it works out.
Well that is it for now....just about time to stab, I mean inject myself ;)

Friday, January 6, 2012

Well I started the big one..

  The hormone shot time is officially here..  I have just started taking Delestrogen to start padding my uterine lining to make a nice comfy place for an embryo to attach to. Now this shot is only taken every three days (no biggie you say) but this shot goes into your hip, into the fatty area of the hip which is sooooo hard for me to find (wink wink). But the not so fun thing about this shot is the size of the needle... I must take a picture for you all to see... words can not describe it. Also, as soon as they feel my hormone level is where it needs to be they will have me start taking Progesterone which is also another hormone shot into the hip every day with the same fabulous needle!
   Even though this is possibly the only hard/disliked thing about the journey it is only for a short period of time, when you look at the big picture. Yes, while you are in the shot process it feels like a long period of time but when you look back at this it really was a brief period to a wonderful beginning(at least this is what I will be hoping for again!) FYI... shots do not stop after you are pregnant. The injected hormones insure that your body is making the correct amount for the newly implanted embryo. And when the doctor feels like it will be stable without the shots (about 10 weeks after pregnancy) that's when he/she has you wean off of them.
   Oh I forgot to mention there is usually some weight gain that goes along with these shots I have begun taking and will begin taking. BUT I am pretty sure, according to my new years pictures I took, all the weight has found itself into my NECK! LOL.....good times!

Monday, January 2, 2012

So far so good!

So far so good. Shots in the tummy are going fine. Just one crazy bruise that showed up a day later. Not sure how that happened, I didn't even have any pain with that shot or really any of these as a matter of fact. Just a few headaches here and there which is caused by the lupron. Nothing a little Tylenol can't fix. Maria and Carlos seem to be getting excited, still apprehensive but allowing themselves a little more hope (seems this way to me at least).
My youngest daughter wanted to give me the shot but backed out when she realized how hard it is to pierce someone else. She has stepped up to become 'the pusher' of the medication after I do the piercing.
In two days I go in to do some blood work which will tell the docs if I am ready to begin one of the two hormone shots.
Can't believe there is a possibility we can be pregnant in 21 days! 3 WEEKS!