Their Lovin, My Oven

My Journey as a Gestational Surrogate

Gettin’ the Oven Pre-Heated August 31, 2012

Since my last post, I’ve passed a lot of mile markers on the road to our frozen embryo transfer of one or two of M&Ts little totsicles. Every new milestone brings with it a whole new level of excitement. I just can’t get over the fact that I’m going to be blessed with helping another couple complete their family once again – Who gets that lucky?!

 

A few weeks ago I received a GIANT box of fun in the mail. If you had asked me two years ago what I liked to get in the mail, I can guarantee my answer wouldn’t have been a box of medicine, needles, syringes, alcohol wipes and a sharps container LOL But now, as a surrogate, it’s an important day! Check out my goodies! (In the box, sheesh!)

 

Box O Fun!

 

Shortly after the box of fun arrived I FINALLY received my official calendar! For those of you not in the surro world, this calendar dictates what meds I take, either in pill form or injectable form, from now until transfer to give my oven the best chance of being properly preheated and ready to bake an adorable baby (or two.) Once you’ve got an official calendar, you’ve also got an official transfer date!! WE ARE TRANSFERRING ON SEPTEMBER 15th FOLKS!!!Β Here is our calendar πŸ™‚ And yes, I made it color coordinated so it’s easier to read and remember what to do each day LOL. I’m kinda crazy like that.

 

Time to make M&T parents!! ❀

 

The list of medications for this cycle is significantly different and much more extensive than my protocol with E&M. For that journey, I took birth control pills, doxycycline for 5 days before transfer, Estrogen injections and PIO (progesterone in oil) injections.

 

This time around we are doing the following:

1. Birth Control Pills – Only active pills, no placebo week

2. Lupron injections – A subcutaneous injection into your belly fat (which we know I have plenty of) to suppress the bodies normal hormones involved in ovulation. This ensures that none of my lil eggies make it down where they aren’t supposed to be while we’re trying to get ready for M&Ts lil embie to snuggle in.

3. Prenaplus prenatal vitamin with extra folic acid

4. 1000 mg of calcium per day

5. Folgard – An additional vitamin supplement with folic acid, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12

6. Dexamethasone – A low dose steroid that acts as an anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressant to aid with successful implantation of an IVF transfer

7. Doxycycline – An antibiotic taken as a preventative measure

8. Florajen – A probiotic to help restore the “good” bacteria that can be killed off by being on an antibiotic for an extended period of time (helps to avoid common GI issues associated with antibiotics)

9. E2V (Delestrogen) intramuscular injections – This injection (in my tush 2x per week) will help get my uterine lining aka baby hotel nice and fluffy and all ready for M&Ts totsicle

10. Baby Aspirin – Promotes positive blood flow

11. Lovenox – A blood thinner due to testing positive for both an A & C mutation of the MTHFR genes – Google it LOL.

12. PIO (progesterone in oil) intramuscular injections – This injection (also in my tush but daily vs 2x per week) will help my body produce the progesterone hormone needed to sustain a pregnancy until the placenta takes over hormone production at approximately 10 weeks of pregnancy

 

So yep, it takes quite a lot to make a baby for someone else LOL. Some of these things won’t be easy (like the Lovenox injections) but I am 100000% okay with whatever it takes to have our transfer be a success and to be handing M&T their sweet baby (or two) in May or June of next year. There are only 4 injectable meds so that’s not too bad at all =) Here are the pills I’m taking right now. In the morning, I take: Calcium, Dexamethasone and Doxycycline. In the evening, I take: Another Doxycycline, Folgard, Prenaplus, Calcium, Baby Aspirin and Florajen.

 

My pills (minus the florajen which is in the fridge)

 

Handy Dandy Pill Box

I am doing a Lupron injection of 15 units each morning, which will decrease to 10 units tomorrow. I will also start the E2V injections tomorrow evening. I can totally handle doing the Lupron injections myself – They use a teeny, tiny diabetic type needle and are injected into the belly fat…. However, I will never attempt to do my own E2V injection (or PIO for that matter) since those needles are no joke. They’re gigantic. My Hubby gets a little too excited about getting to stab me in the tush 2x a week and then daily once we start PIO as we get closer to transfer πŸ˜‰

In just over a week on 9/9, I get to fly up to SF to see M&T and have a visit with Dr. Zouves and the dildo cam for a lining check. I am fully anticipating my lining to be praised for being nice and fat (totally a good thing) because I reacted incredibly well to the E2V injections with my last journey =) Not only do I get to see and spend the day with M&T, they are being absolutely AMAZING and letting my 5 year old come with me!! She loves to look at planes in the sky and is fascinated by them so I am hoping she is as excited in real life as she is in my mind to get to fly there with me LOL. The best part is that she has NO idea! It’s a complete surprise πŸ˜€ I can’t wait! Even though my trip on the 9th is super quick (flying up there and back home the same day) in just a matter of days after that (9/14) I will get to head back up to SF and this time I’ll stay a little longer! I will fly up on Friday evening, transfer 1 or 2 of M&Ts sweet totsicles on Saturday and hang out relaxing and letting that sweet lil babe snuggle up until Monday afternoon!

We are getting SO close and each day the excitement builds more and more! It’s baby baking time, folks!

<3, Danielle

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3 Responses to “Gettin’ the Oven Pre-Heated”

  1. Meg Says:

    Woo Hoo! Loving everything about this post! ❀ We are SO grateful that you're 100000% committed to stabbing yourself multiple times a day. =) Can't believe we're almost finished pre-heating!!! Love you! ❀

  2. Talena Says:

    How exciting to be taking your daughter. Last year, I surprised my oldest with a trip to Ohio to see her aunt. I didn’t tell her until we were leaving for the airport. Don’t worry, yours is going to be SUPER excited!

  3. You are an amazing woman to be able to give the gift of a baby to a couple!!!


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