Well, I told myself that I would make a decision about a second journey by the end of summer. Labor Day (which is the official end of summer for me) has passed and my decision is yes, I would like to try another journey! :) I was reluctant after the c-section I had to have with baby Grace. I also wondered if I should put baby making in the past and move on to new adventures/phases of my life. After much discussion with the hubby and reflection, I think I would have regrets if I did not do a second/final journey. I gained so many emotional rewards doing surrogacy. I loved being part and helping a family become complete. I am 37 and don't really have the time to put this on a back burner and come back to it later in life. If I want to do it, it needs to be now. The agency I work with does not take women over 40 and other agencies stop at a younger age. I downloaded the 2 required documents from my agency to get things rolling. I e-mailed my contact person to give her a heads up and she is excited and happy that I am interested. She wants to call in a couple of days to talk prospective matches, time line, etc. HOLY CRAP! :)
Hi. My name is Carla. I am married to Brian. We have been married almost 10 years. We had 3 children in 2.5 years: Gareth (6-06), Zane (9-07), and Iris (1-09). Brian works as a web programmer. I used to be a social worker for people with developmental disabilities, but now stay home with our children.
In June 2009, we moved from a nice, cookie cutter subdivision to a humble, little, farm house, on 10 acres, in rural east central Illinois. We are interested in living a simpler life moving towards self sufficiency. We are interested in homesteading, gardening, beekeeping, and atheism/secular humanism/skepticism. I am a crafter of all sorts of creations - love to sew and quilt, and have many other interests, including weaving, pottery, painting, scrapbooking, among other things.
Our family feels complete - we are very done having babies for ourselves! My husband had a vasectomy to ensure that we would not be surprised with another baby.
I started thinking about becoming a gestational surrogate during my second pregnancy. The feelings I had did not fade, so here we are now. We were lucky enough to conceive quickly/naturally and have "easy" pregnancies. I have friends and have read about many people that have fertility issues and it does not come so easily for them. It saddens me that they can not fulfill their dreams. I was able to help a couple complete their family, delivering a baby girl, in December 2011. I am now on my second and final journey, helping 2 men from Argentina become daddies, with additional help from an egg donor.
Feel free to ask any questions. I tend to be an open book as long as there is genuine, sincere, respectful interest.