Monday, October 31, 2011

Takin' the get free candy.

I do love Halloween. 

Sure, I like seeing my kids all dressed up in cute costumes and I enjoy the time spent walking down the sidewalk with my husband while they go door to door begging for candy. 

But that's not why I love it.

I love it because I have, at my disposal, three huge bags full of candy to choose from.  Three.

I was digging through Elliot's bag tonight (he seems to always get the good stuff-I taught him well) and he said "mom, that's my candy!".  And I, the perfect and caring mom I am, replied "kid, I birthed you.  I'm entitled to some of your chocolaty treats".

And somehow he understood what I was saying and handed over the bag willingly.

We actually kind of cheated this year.  We went Trick-or-Treating 2 days.  First, we went in my mother-in-law's neighborhood.  That was a bust.  Not sure why.  Mommy The kids didn't really get an opportunity to get a whole lot of candy.  So, the next day (Halloween) we hit up our own town.

In style:

There's nothing better than pulling up to someone's house in a stretch limousine asking for candy.  Yeah, we got some looks.

But mommy the kids scored.

I didn't go in costume this year, but my husband did.  He went as an eharmony reject:

Saturday, October 29, 2011

When Life Gives you Pumpkins....

Perhaps you make pumpkin pie?
Maybe you roast some pumpkin seeds?
I can do neither.

My guess to the culprit is a chipmunk or a squirrel.  Or, those little crappers teamed up on me.

I Googled this little debacle I'm in and got some unique ideas to stop the attacks.  Before I run out and get peppermint oil and Armor All, I thought I'd ask you--do you have any solutions?  Most creative wins a prize.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

"The ship is too big. If I walk, the movie will be over."

It's 8:50 PM and I've been working for the past hour (and will be working for quite a bit longer).

This has become a normal thing of late.  No, I'm not happy about it, but I love my job and love my clients.  If I have to work 13 hour days to keep them happy and to get something done, so be it.  This is my typical life in the 4th quarter.

Anyway, I always like to have background noise--whether its Pandora, my iTunes on shuffle or the TV in the background.  Tonight, I opted for a movie.


Call me a dork, but I think this movie is hizzle-arious.
I've seen it probably 128 times in my lifetime; I laugh every time.

"What's the matter Colonel Sanders?......Chicken?"


Okay...back to work.

Monday, October 24, 2011

A Story of Birth--from a fellow surro!

I wanted to share a fellow surrogate's birth story--it's truly a lovely one.

The Birth of Baby L

Krystal, congrats to you and your IP's!! So happy for you!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Lupron, oh Lupron....

How I really don't love thee.  At all.

I've been injecting 10 units of Lupron into my belly since October 8th.  A measly 11 days.  Yet, the headaches I have make it feel like I've injected an entire gallon 3 times a day.  Okay, that's gross, sorry.  But the deal is I have had a pretty-much constant headache in the front of my forehead for 10 days straight.  Not fun.

Here's the good news:  I had my first monitoring appointment today!  They wanted to make sure my ovaries were suppressed.  Well, they were!  So, as of today I start Estrogen pills (Estrace) and I get to decrease my Lupron to 5 Units!! 

Please help me and pray to the Lupron Gods that my headaches go away due to this little med change.  I thank you.

The next step is to stay on this little salad of medications until the egg retrival! 

I think I can safely say we're about a month away from transfer! 

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Some prayer requests

If you are the praying kind, I ask for you to add 2 people to your prayer list, please.

My surro friend, Tiffany has had a pretty rough year.  She did have a successful transfer this summer, which was great--ended up preggo with one little bean.  Shortly after she found out she was pregnant, she had to put down her family pet.  Shortly after that, her mom passed away.  Just yesterday, she was to have surgery on what she (and the docs thought) was a hernia.  Turns out she had placenta accreta (I think?) and ended up having an emergency hysterectomy and lost the baby in the process (16 weeks).  This is so tragic--for Tiffany, for her family and for her IP's.  Please pray for them all.

Danielle is another surro friend--she is pregnant with twins right now for a couple in Italy!  They recently found out that "Baby B" has 2 holes in his heart.  It sounds like it's something that can be surgically fixed or repaired, but not until the baby is born.  And, he may have some pretty significant delays in life because of this.  Please pray for Danielle, the babies and her Intended Parents.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Good Things

My life is surrounded by “good things”. Call me Ms. Stewart. 

The Lupron shots are going fine. I knew they would be—they’re easy peasy. Can’t even feel them. However—the Lupron is giving me MEGA headaches. Like migraine-esque.   Not cool, Lupron. Though this is not a "good thing", the fact that I'm taking Lupron is.  So, we'll roll with it.  I scheduled my first appt with my local RE (Reproductive Endocrinologist)—Dr. Doyle’s office basically sent them the order and they’ll just perform the ultrasound and lab work and send it back to CFA so we know where I’m at (make sure my ovaries are suppressed, for those that REALLY want to know).  I will only have 2 monitoring appointments locally--this one and another in the beginning of November.  Then, it's transfer time, baby!

I rescheduled my trip with Cole!! Yay!! We found a weekend that worked and there’s no backing out now-the non-refundable hotel is paid for. (And Jeni, we’ll so have to plan Denver for the next time fo shizzle) Cannot.Wait.

Brew-Crew, Pack & Badgers. It’s a good time to be a Wisconsinite! The Brewers are on their way to playing in the World Series (not quite yet, but getting there!!).  Beast Mode!   The Green Bay Packers are now 5-0 and the Badgers are kicking some University arse.  When our teams are winning, everyone in Wisconsin seems to be in a good mood.  So, keep it up, guys!!

Yours in good things,

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Meds have arrived!!

If you're a surrogate, you likely have a very similar photo somewhere in your library.  It's like a rite of passage in a way.

Looky what I got today!!!!

Yes, the average person may not get giddy or excited about seeing package after package of needles and pills--but this just brings it all home for me.  It's real.  We're doing this.  I'm gonna get pregnant for some great guys and am so.freaking.excited.

Mr Lupron, I will see you on Saturday.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

We have a timeline!!

I got the e-mail today I have been waiting for since April...the timeline.  The calendar.  The "Protocol for Fresh Embryo Transfer".

Alright people, can I get a "woo" and a "hoo" please??


It is, however, bittersweet.

You see, months ago (when the transfer was still targeted to be in October), I had made plans with my best friend (Cole) to meet up in Indianapolis for a long weekend--the weekend of November 18th.  It was perfect.  We could see each other (which we haven't in a year) and go see Twilight in its opening weekend together.  Looking forward to it was an understatement.  I was ecstatic.

And now I have to cancel on her.  And I feel terrible about it.

Cole, if you're reading this, I'm so sorry.  I know you understand, but please know how terrible I feel about having to reschedule.  I know you'll be cool with it because that's how best friends are and I thank you for that.  XO

(and we're already discussing "make-up" dates, so I WILL get to see her this year.  We'll just have to find other trouble to get into than hitting up a movie theatre.  Hmmm...a fun city with my best girl...what CAN we do???)

Back to the timeline:  Like I said before, I've never been so excited to shoot myself with a needle--and I get to start Lupron injections on Saturday!  That's when it all starts to become so real.  Thankfully, I know how Lupron affects me-and I'm happy to say I do pretty well with it.  I remember some headaches here and there, but nothing too wacky.  I'm ready! 

The donor’s egg retrieval is anticipated to be between November 14th and November 18th.  The embryo transfer will occur 3-5 days after the retrieval.

I will likely get those ++ pregnancy tests right around Thanksgiving!  (and I may have just bought 24 tests online....*blush*)

This is the start of something very amazing and wonderful and I couldn't be more excited!!  And if I'm this excited being the surrogate, I can't imagine how excited T & H are!

Let's DO THIS!!