Saturday, February 27, 2016

Welcome Baby S!

Preston Xavier S.
Born 2-27-16 at 8:42 pm
7 lbs 10 oz.
21.5 inches

Baby, Mama, Daddy, and GC are all doing well.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Friday, February 19, 2016

Playing the Waiting Game

This morning we had a check up at the doctor. 

The doc said that it looked like nothing is going with Baby S.  Our GC's cervix has neither dilated or thinned and it looks like Baby S. has not fully dropped.  Her blood pressure is good and she is doing well so it looks like there are no health issues on her part. 

Off to the ultrasound to see how things are going with Baby S. 

The ultrasound revealed that the placenta still looked good and there was plenty of amniotic fluid so no potential issues for Baby S. at this point.

The verdict - Baby S. was good where he is at and we go in next Friday for a recheck.

Our GC was disappointed - she was hoping for an induction next week.  She had been induced a little early with her two children.  I have to admit that I was a little disappointed too - I would like Baby S. here as soon as we can safely have him.

Now we get to play the waiting game......

Sunday, February 14, 2016

The Last Supper (as DINKs)

Tonight we went out for a nice romantic Valentine's night dinner.  As we sipped our wine and devoured our steaks a strange thought crossed our minds.....

This could be our last supper.

Well, last supper as DINKs (dual income no kids) anyway.

Baby S is 38 weeks now and could be here any minute.  This really could be our last romantic dinner our for a very, very, very long time.

The thought was sobering to say the least.

Were we ready for all of this?

We both gulped our wine uncomfortably for a moment and sat in silence.

We could tell that the other was deep in thought and seemed to be weighing our options.

After a few moments we both reached out for each other's hand and looked into the other's eyes.

We're ready :) 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Something Traditional for the Nontraditional Family

If you haven't already figured this out, I am a bit of a control freak.  Just a tiny bit of a typical Type A ambitious, rigidly organized, impatient, take on more than I can handle, want other people to get to the point, anxious, high-achieving "workaholic".

Like most Type A's I love lists.  I love making them and I REALLY love checking items off of them.

One of the items on my "getting ready for baby" checklist was to get a baby memory book.

I looked online for a while and found a book that I thought was really cute.  It was gray, had a spot for a picture and a baby footprint on the front.  It was preprinted with pages such as "coming home" and "1st birthday" so it would be easy to fill out an not miss any of the important things and dates.  It was also pretty reasonably priced so I ordered it.

(I also absolutely love online shopping and think that Amazon Prime is pretty much the best thing ever.  I may never actually "go shopping" ever again).

I watch the front porch and see a box from Amazon.  Yay!

I cut open the box and start flipping through the baby book.

But, as I looked through the pages, my glee started to fade in sadness and disappointment.

A very large portion of the book was set aside for my pregnancy memories.  Page after page of my pregnancy memories.  That would be pretty awesome if I had pregnancy memories.

I thought for a moment that I could have our GC fill out those pages with her pregnancy memories..... but that really was not the same thing.  I feared it would just remind me of the pregnancy that I was unable to have and make me sad every time I looked through the book.

I sadly closed the book, put it back in the box, and went on Amazon to get a shipping label for a return. Boo!

Now what was I going to do?  Yes I am fairly creative and can put together some decent vacation Shutterfly books, but I am not "do it yourself" scrapbooker material.  (Which I feared may be my only option).

Now, I know that there are only 1,000 or so surrogate births in the US each year, but surely that is enough that someone before me also sadly flipped through a baby memory book and found a way to make a traditional book for a nontraditional family.

Indeed I was correct.

I googled "surrogacy memory books" and found a web post from an intended mother who found herself in a similar situation.  She worked with a company that makes customizable memory books to have them create a series of insert pages for surrogacy.


In addition to a surrogacy insert series they have inserts for IVF, multiples, adoption, foreign adoption, two moms and two dads.

How awesome is that?

Our family that started out in a nontraditional way can still have the traditional memory book.

In case you are interested - here is a link to the company: