Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Screens

No, not the things on your window.  The type that docs have to do to make sure you're not a disease laden freakazoid.

And ours is on Thursday!

We fly out tomorrow, come home Thursday.  A quickie, but so excited!

Kids will be well taken care of, our flights/car/hotel has all been taken care of--this is gonna be like a mini mini vacation!

Oh, and on Friday night, guess who I'm going to see.....MY FAVORITE BAND EVER...


It's a good week all around!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

iPhone apps?

I finally feel like I'm in the right century now with my phone.  A couple weeks ago my boss handed me a pretty little box that said "iPhone4" on it and said "here's your new phone".

Yeah, baby.

I had a Blackberry 8330 prior to that and thought I thought it was cool when I initially got it, by the time I said good riddance, I hated the thing.

Anyway, those of you that have an iPhone, iPad or iTouch (or even those of you that don't), I'm curious as to what your favorite and "must have" apps are?

I've downloaded a few, but I know there are thousands of them...

iThankYou.


Friday, June 24, 2011

New Babies Are Neat

(but I still don't want another one of my own, just for the record)

With her permission, I'd like to post about a dear friend of mine...

One of my very best friends in the world (K) announced her pregnancy early this year.  I was beyond excited for her and her hubby.  (due date was end of July)

Things had been going well for her until the last couple weeks--her blood pressure was creeping up quite a bit.  She sent me a text this past Monday saying she was admitted to a local hospital for urine testing and blood pressure monitoring.

On Tuesday morning, she let me know she was getting transferred via ambulance to a high-risk hospital in Milwaukee (a good hour away).  They had diagnosed her with HELLP (a very severe form of pre-eclampsia).  During this whole time, the baby was doing great--but K's health was getting worse.  She felt good, but they were pretty worried about her (as was I!!)

At 2:00 on Tuesday afternoon, K sent me a text that read "UPDATE!! Getting induced.  Should have baby in 24-36 hours."

WHAT?!?!  Holy balls!

(she was 34 weeks along)

I had to do so much on Tuesday night to keep myself busy and to not think about K getting induced and laboring (and to not keep texting her husband with "UPDATES! I NEED UPDATES!!!" all night long...).  I was worried, excited, so many emotions!

On Wednesday afternoon I got the text...

Baby Cora was born at 1:08 on June 22nd.  She was 4 lbs 1oz and 17 inches long.

She and mommy are doing GREAT!!

I was able to see K on Wednesday--seriously, I think after I gave birth I looked like I had just passed a piano through my va jay jay.  I looked like crap.  K, on the other hand, looked great!  She said her labor was actually okay--and she didn't get an epi or anything!

I wasn't able to see the baby because they were closely monitoring her and only immediate family was able to see her.  Yeah, I was bummed, but understood.

I was, however, able to see both K and the baby yesterday---K was doing even better-her blood pressure had gotten back to perfection! She looked awesome and said she felt good too.  Baby Cora was beautiful!! Tiny, but oh so cute!

And here she is--just one day old.

They're going to keep a close eye on her, but they suspect they'll be able to take Cora home in about a week to 10 days. :)

I am so excited for K and her husband. Parenthood is a whole new world that I know will be wonderful, exciting, challenging and everything in-between. I told K that I know the way and timeline Cora came into this world wasn't expected, but that's God's way of keeping her on her toes.  It was just prepping her for the rest of the time she needs to stay on her toes when it comes to being a mom. :)  K & N, words can't describe how happy I am for you and you're new little precious baby girl.  Welcome to the most awesome world of parenthood...

...and thanks for having a girl.  God knows I have enough girl stuff to pass down to you :)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Limo driver in training...

We start them early...limousine driver training begins at age 5 in our house...


We had some friends over last night and their children enjoyed a little trip around the fog-laden yard, courtesy of our youngest chauffeur.

This is what we call the "Mario" tractor, and this is what we do for fun.

I love the internet.


Without it, I wouldn’t have met such awesome people—2 of which offered to watch my kids for me so Jesse and I could travel for the med screening.

Seriously, I’ve been crying ever since.

You see, I’ve not met either one of these girls in person. Our “relationships” began on the web, through this blog, actually. Jeni and Kristal, the appreciation I have for what you offered to do for me is not something I can put into words. The idea that you offered to watch my children for me is truly amazing. I cry as I type this—to know that there are people in this world that I haven’t even met, willing to help me out is just awesome. Thank you for your offer and thank you for your friendship. I will treasure every bit of that relationship we have forever.

Fortunately, I was able to find someone locally to watch the kidlets for me (friends), so all is good.  I still feel awful having to burden someone else with my children--it's not them, it's me.  My kids are fine with other people and are really decent children.  It's just asking someone to watch 3 of them at one, especially for an overnight--I just hate doing that to someone.  Yeah, I need to get over that.

So, my med screening is concretely scheduled for next week Thursday (the 30th)! Jesse and I will fly out to NYC (closest airport to the clinic) on the 29th and come back the afternoon of the 30th.  A quick trip, but I'm really looking forward to it!  I'll be a nice little 24 hour mini-vacation for us, with some blood draws and a little looky at my uterus.
 
And in other awesome news, the guys have picked their egg donor! Ya to the Hoo!
 
I'm going to go back to what I said in my title.  I love the Internet.  You, my treasured blog readers, are awesome.  Jeni and Kristal-thank you again for your offer.  I'm surrounded by such amazing cyber friends.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Daddy-o

Some thanks...

To my dad:  Thanks for being the world's best drywaller.  (no really, he is).  His best quote ever:  "We're not building the Taj Mahal, we're just remodeling it".

To my step-dad: Thanks for making my mom happy.

To my baby-daddy: Thanks for making cute babies with me.  And thanks for teaching our children everything a dad should: how to build and start big fires with and without gasoline, how to fix the lawn mower, how to shine tires, etc...

To my father-in-law:  No comment (oh, that will deserve it's own blog-post some day when I have enough guts to do it)...

To T & H: I know you're not fathers yet, but you will be.  And you're going to be awesome at parenthood.  Thank you for letting me help make that dream come true.

And to all you men out there, whether you're a dad or not or not yet, thank you for being you.  And Happy Father's Day.

I leave you with a photo.  This is what my husband was doing bright and early on this beautiful day:
Nice PJ's.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Hurry up….and wait…then hurry up again…and wait…

That’s surrogacy in a nutshell.


"Help! I'm in a nutshell! How did I get into this bloody great big nutshell? What kind of shell has a nut like this?" Name that movie.

Anywho, my dear AF decided she didn’t want to show her face for me this month. So, I e-mailed the clinic (CFA) to see what, if anything, they/I could do about it. They sent me in for some blood work.

And the e-mail I got yesterday from the clinic was “It does not look like you’re going to get your period any time soon”.

Huh? What the heck?  AF-she's a mean one!

So, I was instructed to start my birth control pills last night and got some dates to schedule the med screening!

I’m in a bind at the moment because the dates they gave me are dates that I can’t seem to coordinate anyone to watch my kidlets. So, my weekend will be spent searching for someone. Ho hum.  If any one of you is down with watching 3 little angels for a 24 hour period in late June, let me know.  You'll be compensated nicely.

And yes, if you’re wondering, the idea of “could she be pregnant” did enter my mind too. And then it flew right back out of my mind. No, I haven’t tested. I will. But I’m about 807% sure that I’m not packing heat. That chapter is closed in my life. Do I want to be pregnant? Absolutely…for my IF’s.  And yes, precautionary measures are taken to ensure that I have no more babies in my home.  I'll keep y'all posted.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

O Creative Ones....I need your help!

When you own 3 stretch limos, you own lots of champagne and rock glasses.

Lots.

(Why people even dare to use these glasses is just beyond me.

Joking.)

After a typical weekend, we're I am usually washing all the glasses to get them ready for the next weekend. I don't usually count them, but it seems like I'm washing (HAND washing because our dishwasher is piece of crap) for hours.  Okay, that exaggerating, but I wash a lot of glasses.

Here's where we need your help:

Can you please come over and wash champagne glasses for me??

Ha Ha.  I'm kidding.
(maybe)

We don't have a good way to transport the glasses around--from the limo to the house and then back again.  We also don't have a good way to store the glasses (typically we have at least one extra set, washed and ready to go, in each limo because they're usually out doing multiple runs per day).

We need a way to transport and store 8 champagne and 8 rock glasses.

Here's our current set-up (and we do the same for rock glasses):
Not horrible, right?  That's 2 boxes of glasses (they come in a set of 4), duct taped together. (seriously, that stuff does work for anything!!)  This also allows us to put napkins in the glasses (which is important).

But, after some time, they look like this:

Yeah.

Your mission:  please-help us figure out a way to transport 8 champagne and 8 rock glasses at a time (with napkins in them)!

If your idea works best for us, I'll hook you up with some Wisconsin cheese or something. 

THANKS!!  Now, get creative!

(if you'd prefer not to use the blog comment feature for your idea, please e-mail me at jesserulli@yahoo.com).  I'll still hook you up if I like your idea. :)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Highway Love

So as I'm stuck in this little world of "hurry up and wait" (which happens a lot in a surrogacy), I thought I'd tell you a little story about how I met my husband.

This story is slightly better when I'm physically telling it (because there are some hand motions that go along with it), but I'll do my best.

Grab a cup of coffee, have a seat and enjoy!

It was August 1999.  I had just finished 2 years at Lakeland College (Picture a cornfield.  Then picture a bunch of buildings right in the middle of the cornfield.  That's Lakeland.)  Though I lived on campus, the school was only about 20 minutes from my house--so I decided to take a leap into something bigger and better (and farther away).  I applied, was accepted and enrolled at Auburn University (in Alabama).

Big jump.

2 weeks before I was to leave to move to Alabama, I decided to go roller skating one last time (if you remember, I used to be a DJ at a roller rink and I rocked the skating part).  So, I hopped in my Geo Storm (license plate was "DJ JESS") and headed down the highway to the nearest open roller rink (a good 40 miles away).

I had gotten all "cuted up" for the rink and was feelin' pretty good.  Jammin' out to Journey's Greatest Hits in my car, I looked in my rear view mirror and I saw a big white limo coming up behind me, in the left lane (I was in the right).  My first thought was "hmmm...I wonder if it's someone famous". 

Is my hair good?  Check.  Lip Gloss?  Check.  I was ready to be as cute as I could be for whoever was riding in that limo.

As the limo pulled up on my left, I looked over.  The driver was looking my way, making some weird hand gesture toward me (like he was doing the motions to "The Wheels on the Bus" song).  I smiled, laughed a little and let him pass (turning my head again to see if I could see anyone in the back).

He passed me, then came in my lane so he was ahead of me.  Then he slowed down.

Hmmmm....I guess I need to pass him (giggle, giggle).  So, I did.

When I did, I looked over to the limo again (by this time I determined that if there was anyone in the back, I wouldn't be able to see because of the window tint).  When I looked over, the driver was doing that thing again with his hands. I laughed again and at that point noticed just how cute this guy was, especially since he was wearing a tuxedo.

So, I passed him, got in front of him and slowed down.  You get the picture, right?  I like to call it "highway tag".

Now, I wouldn't normally do what I did next, but for some reason I decided to throw any sense of safety out the window.  I pulled out the Sharpie marker I had in the car (only God knows why I had a Sharpie handy) and grabbed an envelope that was laying on the seat--and I wrote my phone number down on it. 

I know.  I know.

I held that paper up to my window as the limo was passing me and I saw the driver frantically looking for a writing utensil.  He found one and proceeded to copy my number down onto whatever paper he had.  I then looked at my paper and realized I had put my mom's phone number down (this was before I had a cell phone).  "Crap" I remember saying to myself.  "Who's he gonna ask for--the chick driving the Geo?"  So, I frantically wrote my name down on the paper, held it up to my window again and told him to look at that.  He did, looked surprised and did this odd motion and I thought I saw him mouthing the words "me too".

So, he shuffled around a bit and pulled out a business card and held it up to show me.

Um, yeah.  I'm supposed to read a type 8 font size from where you're sitting in your car (still driving, mind you).

So, I motioned for this guy to get off at the next exit.

I know.  I know.

He slowed down and got behind me.  I looked up and realized we had about 10 cars behind us--didn't quite notice we were holding up traffic by our little flirt fest!

There was an exit coming up ahead, so I decided to pull off there.  I frantically looked for a public place (though he was pretty hot, this driver could have been a psycho for all I knew).  Right off the exit there was a Hardees-whew.

So, I pulled into the parking lot and the limo pulled in behind me.

We both got out of our cars and the first thing I asked was what he was trying to tell me with the "me too" thing--and of course he was trying to tell me his name was Jesse too.  My next question was if he had anyone in the back--and he didn't.

We went into Hardees and I exaggerate none when I tell you we sat there for 3 hours.  We talked....and talked....and talked.

And I knew about 20 minutes into our conversation that this was gonna be something special.

Here we are today, celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary this year with 3 beautiful children.

I'll leave you guessing on whether I moved to Alabama or not. :)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Elliot

This little guy:

"Graduated" 4-K yesterday.

I officially have a kid in kindergarten.

If someone knows where the last 5 years or so went, I'm dying to know. 

And just for cuteness sake...(and because he'd want me to make sure you knew about his Mario pajamas....)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Goose-A-Rama


We had a family of geese on our pond a few weeks back—a mom, a dad and some goslings (5). I may have shouted a few choice words their way due to their pooping habits, but I still thought they were a nice little goose family.

And then one day last week I was admiring the view toward the pond and saw this:
The little poopheads decided to have a party. With friends.

Yes, I'm annoyed.

Any suggestions to get rid of these things besides heavy artillery?

Saturday, June 4, 2011

They came...we met...

Going into our "real" in person meeting was like an Internet relationship that we finally took to the next level.

And it was everything I had hoped for--and then some.

They arrived at our house and it felt immediately like I had known them for years.  We went into "hang-out" mode right away and that's pretty much what we did for the first hour or so.  They had brought us some awesome gifts from their country--they even brought games and books for the kids (which the kids loved).  Oh, and chocolate--which my kids ate up like it was candy. 

Oh wait....it was.

But it was delicious.

At around 3:00, our limo driver came and we all hopped into the stretch and took off to see my mom.  You might think this might be odd to pull my entire family in on this visit but you have to understand that my mom, though she's had 2 strokes, is still my best friend and my biggest supporter.  She wanted to meet the guys so very badly and I really wanted them to meet her.  And though I haven't asked her yet what her opinions are about the guys, I'm sure she's just as in love with them as I am.

We visited with my mom for a bit and snacked on the gift they had brought for her (and if you're reading this, T & H, I think I may have to place an order for that stuff for your next trip here!!  YUM!)

After mom's, we headed to a local cheese place to get some samples and see what Wisconsin had to offer in the cheese department (we have lots LOL).

Snacking on some cheese curds on the way home, it was nice to have the opportunity to chat with them again (blocking out our whiny kids as much as possible...ug...We hit mega nap time on that limo ride--man, the kids were not the little angels I told them they needed to be...)

When we got home, T & H headed down to Milwaukee to check into their hotel and we had plans to meet them at the restaurant at 7:00.  With our babysitter armed with ammo (chicken nuggets, potato chips and Shrek), Jesse and I headed down to the restaurant and enjoyed a beautiful patio pre-dinner cocktail before the boys got there.

We had an awesome dinner here--I can't eat shellfish, but all the guys (T & H and Jesse) all had what looked like some amazing food!  My pasta was great, so I'm happy. :)  The company was what mattered, though, and that was pure awesomeness.

After dinner, we took the guys back to their hotel...I had to keep in mind that they were still a bit jet-lagged and by the time dinner was done, it was nearly 4:30 in the morning their time.  They did awesome with the time difference and I totally appreciate them accommodating their bodies and minds for Wisconsin.  I can't imagine that was easy.

We talked about what their ideal timeline is for transfer and I think we're all on the same page with fall-ish.  They want to make sure everything is right with their ED and don't want to rush anything, which is totally fine by me. 

Overall, I'm over the moon happy.  My husband and I got the awesome pleasure of just getting to know them better--and it solidified my gut feeling that this is so the right couple for me.  T & H are just perfect--perfect for me and my family, perfect for each other.  I am ever so grateful and blessed that this has all come together and cannot wait for "project baby" to get underway!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

My guys...

I can call them "my guys", right??  I guess that's a question for them...

Anyway, they are en route!!  They'll be entering the lovely state of Wisconsin sometime tomorrow morning!

Plans so far are: hanging out after then get here, going to see my mom in the nursing home (she REALLY wants to meet them-and we're taking a limo, of course), then we have dinner reservations at a very nice place in Milwaukee tomorrow night.  That's about it and if plans need to change, that's all good too.

I'm so looking forward to meeting them, hanging out with them, getting to know them better.  I just hope they dig me and my family :)

I'll update on how it goes!!