I am considered 7 weeks. The baby's growth is looking good, heart rate was at 150. I have a little blood spot next to the gestational sac that they want to monitor, but other than that everything looked good. Most likely the blood spot will just absorb, but if it pops open, I may have a little bleeding.
I have been told that this little boy's name will most likely be Jeremias Sebastion. :)
Here is Miss Grace. I remain in contact with her momma and auntie via e-mail and get occasional photos. I couldn't pass this one by without posting. She is surrounded by love. She will turn 2 years old in December. It feels wonderful feeling appreciated for my efforts in bringing her into the world.
As I embark on my 2nd/final surrogacy journey, I am often reminded of the 1st journey. It brings back many special memories and makes me look forward to making new memories with this journey.....
Disappointing news is that there is only 1 yolk sac. The good news is that the 1 looks great. They were able to determine a heart beat per minute of 114. Pretty amazing being able to see heart contraction less than a month after transfer. Pretty amazing, indeed!
Went this morning for blood work. Progesterone is at 24, they just wanted it above 10.
hCG: They wanted the 80 to double. Ummmm..mine is at 549!!!! Holy cow! I hope there are only 2 little boys growing in there! :) I return on Thursday and continue my medications. I have been queasy through the day, but nothing major. This is going along awesome!
Whoomph! THERE it is! Proceed with caution: Hope for high numbers on Thursday's blood work. During the monitoring appointments - hope for 2 healthy yolk sacs, a few weeks later - hope for 2 beating hearts, then making it to the developmental milestone of viability. and, THAT is JUST the beginning (well, for the parents that is). I hope those little boys stay nice and cozy and I nourish some healthy, smart, beautiful sons for a deserving family!
I have taken 3 HPT's that showed faint positive. I really think it should be darker (based on previous experience), but I will take it and be hopeful. I took a digital one a couple days before the faint positive ones that said not pregnant, but I think it was a bit early. I do not have any more digital...maybe I can talk the husband into picking me one up before coming home from work. I have had a few cramps and a couple moments of nausea. but not sure if they were hopeful imagining or genuine. I have blood work on Thursday. I am hanging in!
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.