Surrogacy Update!

Hey everyone! So glad you’ve stopped by. I have THREE very special people I’d like to introduce on the blog today. But first I need to give you a little update on my surrogacy journey.

In case you missed my announcement back in April, after several years of thought, research, and prayer I have decided to become a gestational surrogate! The process has taken several months and the last time I updated here on the blog we finally had a transfer date in sight! Let me fill you in on what has happened since then.

The embryo transfer was in early June. The intended parents have their embryos stored in their home state so Drew and I traveled there for the transfer (We counted it as a mini-vacation. No kids! Woot! Woot!). Everything went perfectly. We transferred one embryo and the transfer went smooth with no issues. We had a good visit with the intended parents and we even had time to explore a little bit of their home state. We left feeling cautiously optimistic about the outcome!!

During the week after the transfer, I resisted the urge to take an at home pregnancy test although I was dying to know if the transfer had worked or not. Failed transfers are not uncommon in IVF and we knew that there was a chance we would have to try for a second or even third transfer. But I didn’t want to get a false positive or negative from an at home pregnancy test so I waited for my first beta draw. Nine days after the transfer was my first blood test. I was feeling like I was pregnant (no symptoms to speak of, just a gut feeling!) and I was pretty positive that the blood test would come back with good news! I had my blood drawn at 8:30 in the morning and the nurse didn’t call me until almost 3 in the afternoon with the results. Torture!! But the results were worth the wait. I’M PREGNANT!!! Second beta levels a few days later also looked good as my levels continued to rise appropriately. The intended parents were thrilled and we all rejoiced at the good news!!

I had my first ultrasound at almost 7 weeks. Although the parents were not able to be at it, I was able to facetime the appointment with the intended mother which helped! At that ultrasound we saw one perfect little heart beating away!! Wahoo!!

I was able to stop my progesterone injections at exactly 9 weeks! Although I was getting used to them and getting pretty good at minimizing the soreness afterwards (and Drew was getting to be a pro at giving them to me!) it was very nice not to have to worry about those shots any more. =) I was able to stop my oral/vaginal meds a week later, so by 10 weeks I was med free!!

I was released from the fertility clinic that had been monitoring me thus far and at 9 weeks I had my first OB appointment. There was another ultrasound  at this appointment and again everything looked great and we saw a healthy baby with a strong heart beat!!

I am now 13 weeks pregnant and yesterday my sweet intended parents were able to come to my OB appointment with me!! They were able to see their little peanut on an ultrasound in person for the first time which was so special for them. The appointment went great, baby is looking perfect in every way, and so far all is going well. =)

We had such a great time visiting with the intended parents and they have given me permission to introduce them to you on my blog! Their names are Ben and Kristen and they are the sweetest couple! Here are a few pictures of us from yesterday:

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Believe it or not, this was the first and ONLY picture we took of all of us (not counting our goofy pose)! Everyone was looking and smiling and looked good after just one shot! What are the odds? I’m feeling some hope for our family pictures that we’re getting done next month… Maybe they’ll turn out after all! 
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Isaiah requested a silly face shot and Ben and Kristen got to see the true side of our crazy family!
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No, we are not sisters but I love how we look like we could be! 

There is also one more person I’d like to introduce you to…This little person is the star of the show! Drum roll please………..Meet Baby Berry!!

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Look how relaxed he/she looks in there! All comfy and cozy without a care in the world! Our hope and prayer is that this little peanut will continue to stay safe and sound in my belly for the next 6 months until he/she is big enough to go home with his/her Mommy and Daddy! ❤ We would love for you to pray with us for a continued healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby!

Our next big appointment is our 19 week appointment where we will find out if baby is a boy or a girl! Stayed tuned! =)

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