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My Journey as a Gestational Surrogate

Stay Tuned… July 31, 2012

For some news on the surrogacy front!!! ;o) I promise to share ASAP.

 

I recently got to go with one of my best friends Rachelle to her embryo transfer. It was such a great day and such an amazing moment to witness! Rachelle is a first time GS for Intended Fathers in Italy who happen to know my IFs! She also lives about 30-45 minutes away from me which is AWESOME because we get to spend a lot of time together 🙂   They transferred one beautiful little boy embryo and have had beautiful HPTs and two awesome beta #s! I’m SO excited for her and her IFs! They are at such an exciting place in their journey. On Thursday I have the pleasure of going with her to her first ultrasound to check the development of the embyronic sac! (If you have some spare time, click on her name to be directed to her blog and catch up on their story!)

 

In my own journey news – Esteban and Michele’s sweet little boys are already 7 1/2 months old! Where in the world is the time going?! It seems like just yesterday I was at my embryo transfer, first ultrasound, taking weekly belly pics, in the hospital, in the OR pushing for what seemed like years, handing Gabriel to his Dads, seeing them off at the airport when they went back to Italy, whew! The year is just going by SO quickly!

 

Esteban and Michele’s ADORABLE angels! <3<3<3

Until Next Time,

Danielle

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Reflections July 12, 2012

It’s been sort of slow evening at work and as I find time to get lost in my own thoughts (time of which I am in short supply,) I always find them drifting to my surrogacy. People ask me frequently if I am still in contact with Esteban, Michele and the twins, how they’re doing, how are they handling life with twins, how am I doing and will I do it again? Esteban, Michele and the twins are great – More than great in fact. They are the picture perfect family. I’m sure they are exhausted but everytime I see them, all four of “my” Italian boys are all smiles and no complaints. Esteban and Michele are amazing parents. Amazing.

 

As I sit here and reminisce on our amazing journey, I can’t help but continue to be thankful. Thankful that I was brought to such a wonderful journey. Thankful that I get to keep in touch and see my surrotwins grow. Thank ful that I have this amazing extended family across the world. Thankful that I might get to do it again. Just – Thankful.

 

You see, being a surrogate is about making a family. What people don’t realize though is that the benefits don’t just lie with the intended parents that we help. Yes, their dreams are coming true. Yes, we’re playing a part in that. Yes, they get to take home these amazing babies and love on them for the rest of their lives but the benefits to us as the surrogate are endless. I get to watch this amazing family and beam with pride at the small part that I had in helping them get to that point. What started out as four strangers meeting in a conference room has ended in this amazing extended family that I will cherish for the rest of my life. It’s no small task to ask someone to trust you to carry their baby (or babies.) To choose someone who will love and care for your child as their own but hand them back at the end of an amazing nine months…. But my IFs (and IPs everywhere) do this everyday. They trust someone else to love, nurture, care for and protect these small gifts from God until they are ready to go home. And to be able to do that, to be able to at the end of a journey hand someone their child for the first time…. I can’t describe it. I get teary eyed at the miracle that is surrogacy. I marvel at how lucky I am. How lucky we, as surrogates are. I will forever, for the rest of my life, get to watch this family grow. I get to watch two men whom I love so dearly, pass on that love to their two beautiful children. And if I’m lucky, yes, I’ll get to do it all again. Being a surrogate is not something I take for granted, and I think you would be hard pressed to find one of my surrosisters who doesn’t share that sentiment.

 

Being a surrogate is one of the greatest blessings I’ve ever received and I can’t wait to experience the miracle all over again.

 

❤ Danielle

 

Story Tellers July 8, 2012

Guess who I got to Skype with today?! And guess who is sitting up, rolling over, telling TONS of stories, smiling, giggling and just being overall adorable babies? That’s right, my surrotwins.

 

This morning I was lucky enough to Skype with Esteban, Michele and the twins. It was so wonderful to see all of them and catch up a little. I miss them like crazy and though I wish they were closer, it’s amazing how modern technology allows me to keep in touch with them. I’m so very lucky that Esteban and Michele keep me involved and send me pictures of the twins several times a week and make time to Skype. I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again – They’re the most amazing IFs I ever could have asked for. The twins are too cute for words and it’s hard to believe how big they’re getting and how much time has passed. Even though they are just under 7 months old, Gabriel weighs about 19 pounds and is wearing size 12-18 month clothes and Davide is right behind him wearing 9-12 month clothes! Gabriel is also in SIZE 4 diapers! That’s the biggest size our girls have ever gotten to before they potty trained LOL. There is nothing cuter in the world than two adorable, odds defying identical twins. I’m so in love with the family I helped to create. It makes me blush when people tell me what an amazing thing I did and I wish that I had the words to describe how amazing it is for me. I never know how to get across to people the emotions that just overtake me anytime I see the four of them together. It’s such a blessing to have been able to be a part of something so miraculous. Such a blessing. No matter how much time passes, I will never stop thanking God for taking us all on this wonderful journey.

 

I’m so looking forward to my future in surrogacy and what it might bring. Stay tuned, I’m far from “out of the game.”

 

I hope you all had a fabulous 4th of July and are enjoying your summer.

 

Much Love! – Danielle