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My Journey as a Gestational Surrogate

Pssst… I have a secret August 4, 2012

Okay, I lied, it’s not really a secret…. Well, it won’t be once you read a little further in this post 😉







I know, I know, I’m a horrible person for keeping SO quiet lately, but I wanted to make sure everything was going to fall into place before going “Worldwide Web Official.”


I will be carrying a precious baby (or two) for an amazing set of IPs that live in Northern California. M (my IM) is in school full time studying Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture and T (my IF) is a online game guru. They are both AMAZING people and I’ve been blessed to have built a wonderfully close relationship with M through a surrogacy forum that we’re both members on throughout the last year. She was a wonderful support during my pregnancy with the twins and I am SO very blessed to be able to help them on their quest to have a sweet little angel in 2013! They were previously working with a wonderful surro, C, who I am also good friends with but unfortunately due to a DQ-Alpha incompatibility, they can no longer work together. (Google it, it’s crazy rare and too complicated for me to try and explain.) Though they can no longer work together, we’re so lucky that C is our biggest cheerleader and we’re all in this journey together 🙂


So, let me fill you in on what’s been happening lately… After an agonizing 2WW (before transfer, what the heck?!) for my DQ-Alpha “#s” to come back, we got the ball rolling on getting me approved through M&Ts RE, Dr. Zouves. I had a few visits with the vampires to have several blood tests run and gathered all my medical records, etc. We also got in contact with our respective attorneys to get the ball rolling on contracts. Yesterday (Friday) my DH and our girls took me to LAX bright and early so I could fly to San Francisco. After a few delays due to weather, I finally landed safe and sound. Getting to meet M in person was AMAZING after feeling like we already had this super close relationship online. Shortly after I arrived (and met their two adorable kitties) the three of us headed to Dr. Zouves’ for my official medical screening. They took my blood pressure, height and weight and then I had a consult with the Dr. He asked me the usual questions about my pregnancies (Had I ever had any blood pressure problems? Gestational diabetes? Preterm labor? Etc) and then we got down to business. M&T came back and we started the exam with a lovely visit from the weenie wand… Dr Zouves said I would be an excellent candidate for being an ED since I had 15 little eggies hanging out in each ovary resting peacefully. He got a good look at my uterus (which had “accomplished so much” — his words, not mine LOL) and then explained how the SHG would work. It was the first time I had ever had one so it was definitely interesting but not at all uncomfortable or painful. He said my “experienced” cervix looked wonderful for having recently carried and delivered twins. After several measurements and checking the flow of the saline, he said everything looks GREAT and he can’t wait to work with me!! YAY!!!


We went back to one of the cycle nurses offices and got down to business. We already had our final draft of the contract ready to go so the three of us signed it (DH had signed before I flew out) and gave them the copy so they were good to go on that. There was a little snafu with the format that my lab results were in (they’re a little picky) but I’m going to get that all fixed on Monday and then we will turn the “mock” calendar into an official one!!!!! Since I should be able to get the records on Monday in the proper format, we don’t anticipate any changes. As of right now, I am set to start Lupron injections on August 19th (the day after my birthday) and then we will go from there! I will fly back to SF for a lining check on September 9th and transfer of M&Ts sweet little totsicle is tentatively set for September 15th!


After the appointment, M&T treated me to a delicious lunch (of things I had never tried, I was so brave!) and then an even more delicious dinner! I had been dieting pretty heavily in the last two weeks so it was just what I needed! M & I even enjoyed an adult beverage 😉 We went back to their gorgeous condo and talked the night away before turning in. This morning we got to hang out longer than expected due to another flight delay and it was truly wonderful to just get to know them better, talk about things to come and enjoy each others company. (I won’t lie, it was REALLY nice and quiet in their condo since I am so used to the chaos of my two princesses LOL. They kept apologizing for the quiet and I was like no, no, it’s wonderful trust me hahaha.)


The three of us are SO very excited and I am SO lucky to have this amazing second journey happening! M&T are just truly wonderful and I really feel blessed to have a great relationship with them already. <3<3<3


So, no more secrets – This baby oven is getting warmed back up and all ready to bake another precious baby for two AMAZING people! ❤

Until Next Time… Danielle


4 Responses to “Pssst… I have a secret”

  1. Jeni Says:

    Yay!! So excited for you! And maybe just a teeny tiny bit jealous?!?! 🙂 I absolutely cannot wait to follow along with this next journey. Congrats to all of you. <3<3<3

    • babyoven Says:

      Thank you so much love bug!! I feel so very blessed to be able to help not one but two amazing sets of IPs! Is there a 2nd journey in your future anytime? Hmmmm? LOL ❤


  2. Jesse Says:

    Yay!!! I had a smile on reading this entire post!! So excited for you!! Eek!

  3. Yay Danielle!!! That is so great!!

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