Meet Enrique and Ricardo from Argentina! They are in town to take care of some surrogacy business. Brian and I drove up to Chicago area to meet them in person. We had a relaxed meeting at the agency. These guys are genuine and sincere, with great senses of humor. I am excited about moving forward. They are comfortable with the blog and me using their first names.
My understanding is that the embryos will be frozen, then transferred to me. That way, I do not have to synchronize with another woman's cycle. I was told the egg donor is a beautiful, young woman who is of African/Peurto Rican descent. This will be her 3rd donation. Ideally, they will be able to transfer an embryo fertilized from each of them. They are going to have embryo genetic testing done and will even be able to tell the gender of the embryo. Pretty amazing. If possible, they would like to transfer 1 boy and 1 girl. This all depends on how the embryos thaw and what ones are in the best condition for survival.
If everything goes as planned, they want a transfer between February 23rd to March 2nd.
Next week, we travel to the fertility clinic for my medical and psychological exam. After I am medically cleared, we can iron out the legal contract and start on hormone injections.
I am ready for a second/final healthy and successful journey.
This is for Enrique's enjoyment: :) He was making fun and getting tired of all the Christmas music playing EVERYWHERE he went...even at the hotel pool. lol
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.