11 Weeks

Weekly Update:

How far along: 11 weeks

How big is baby: Size of a brussel sprout…about 1.5in

IVF meds: Only 2 more days of meds! I’ve done 116 injections so far and have 2 more to go. I took my last dose of Delestrogen on Monday and lowered my dose to 1/2 cc of PIO. I have 2 more doses of PIO then I will be all done! I take my last dose of the low dose aspirin tomorrow as well so after that the only things I’ll be taking is my prenatals and my B vitamins. It’s going to be so nice to not have to worry about them anymore!

Symptoms: low grade nausea for most of the day. By the end of the day I’m so bloated it’s incredibly uncomfortable. I’m hoping that once I’m off the PIO for awhile it will get better.

Sleep: I’ve a couple nights where I had really weird dreams that have kept me awake a lot. This weekend I slept in late both days (Thanks husband for letting me sleep in). I’m trying to get to bed early, but I have so many things to do in the evenings that it hasn’t really happened.

Food cravings? not too many and the ones I do have are random and fleeting…these include watermelon, celery, pie, cheese its, cucumbers, and cheese.

Anything making you queasy or sick? getting too hungry or too full

Happy or moody? Mostly happy unless I’m tired

Best moment of the week? starting to wean off meds

Next appointment: OB appt on 11/25

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9+1

Weekly Update:

How far along: 9+1…a day late this week, which actually isn’t bad considering the week I’ve had

How big is baby: Size of a pecan, about 1 inch long

IVF meds:  1.5mL of Progesterone and .25mL of Delestrogen Mon/Fri Low dose aspirin and prenatals

Symptoms: still low grade nausea pretty much all day. Sometimes it ramps up a bit. If it does walking on the treadmill tends to help at least a little. Honestly it’s the best I’ve felt at this point in a pregnancy so I’m hesitant to complain, but not feeling 100% and having no foods sound good can be kind of exhausting. I’m still thankful that this little one has been kind to me in the nausea department. I’ve been pretty tired too, but I’ve also been a pregnant, single, stay at home mom since last weekend so that’s probably compounding the exhaustion.

Sleep: I told my husband that when he gets home I’m probably going to want to spend all of Sunday in bed, like literally all.day.long. That was before he hurt himself so I don’t think I’ll be doing that now….all that to say, yes I want sleep….a lot of it

Food cravings? not a lot, mostly aversions. Sometimes I crave apples which I’ve never had a craving for before. Yesterday I devoured a piece of cold fried chicken and it was the most delicious thing ever LOL

Anything making you queasy or sick? letting my stomach get empty, eating too much, not walking on the treadmill at least 20 min a day

Happy or moody? My patience has been a bit short this last week by the end of the day. It’s just from hormones and exhaustion so I’m trying to cut myself some slack.

Best moment of the week? Watching my son’s soccer games last weekend. He had so much fun and it was great to see him enjoying it.

Next appointment: I have an ultrasound and blood work next Wed. 11/13. Fingers crossed baby is still growing and happy in there!

7 Weeks

Weekly Update:

How far along: 7 weeks

How big is baby: Size of a raspberry

IVF meds: After my blood work yesterday the doctor adjusted my dosages just a little. I’m now on 1.5mL of Progesterone (was 2mL) and .25mL of Delestrogen Mon/Fri (was .3mL).  I still take the baby aspirin and prenatals

Symptoms: Yesterday was rough in nausea department. It was a combination of kids not sleeping pretty much all night and having to get up early. The short plane ride was absolutely miserable. Once I took a nap in the airport and did some walking I felt a little better. Today I woke up after a good night’s sleep and have felt really good. The only time I was a little nauseous was when I was hungry. After seeing the baby and its heartbeat yesterday I don’t have the nervousness about the lack of nausea and can just straight up enjoy not feeling terrible 🙂

Sleep: yesterday I was exhausted from not sleeping and travelling, but I slept great last night and am feeling pretty good today.

Food cravings? other than yesterday food in general just sounds good. Still wanting popcorn most nights.

Anything making you queasy or sick? not particularly. Every meal after breakfast makes me incredibly bloated thanks to the progesterone.

Happy or moody? mostly happy, just tired

Best moment of the week? Seeing baby’s heartbeat yesterday ❤

Next appointment: ultrasound 11/13

6 Weeks

Weekly Update:

How far along: 6 weeks

How big is baby: Size of a blueberry

IVF meds: 2mL Progesterone daily, baby aspirin daily, .3mL Delestrogen Mondays and Fridays. I had my progesterone check and my levels were nice and steady, but they’re keeping me on the same dose and rechecking when I’m at the clinic next week.

Symptoms: Sunday I wasn’t really tired or nauseous which was nice. The problem was because of that I stayed up too late and utterly exhausted on Monday. Tuesday the nausea returned and has been consistent most of the day since then. Other than that other symptoms are having to pee all.the.time LOL and being super hungry in the evenings even if I’m nauseous. I also wake up hungry in the middle of the night.

Sleep: all the time if I could

Food cravings? they’ve been pretty random. Popcorn, ice cream, cheese, Fruit Loops

Anything making you queasy or sick? not really anything specific, I just wake up nauseous and it comes and goes throughout the day

Happy or moody? mostly happy, just tired

Best moment of the week? Having good weather last weekend

Next appointment: ultrasound 10/23

5 Weeks

Weekly Update:

How far along: 5 weeks

How big is baby: Peppercorn

IVF meds: 2mL Progesterone daily, baby aspirin daily, .3mL Delestrogen Mondays and Fridays. I have a blood draw next week to check my estrogen and progesterone levels. I may get to cut my progesterone dose in half if my level looks good.

Symptoms: Tired in the afternoons. I’ve been too tired to walk on the treadmill for the last few days and have been doing to bed early. There are mornings I’ve been nauseous and mornings that haven’t been too bad. I wake up ravenous now which is not my usual MO. I can usually wait until I get to work or back home after dropping the kids off to eat breakfast, but this week I’ve been having to drink my shake in the car.

Sleep: all the time if I could

Food cravings? Popcorn (this is the same as my last surro pregnancy), yesterday I had to have an apple in afternoon. Mostly I’ve been so hungry in the afternoons that everything sounds good. I maybe have a week before everything starts to sound terrible so I’m enjoying the appetite while I can.

Anything making you queasy or sick? no, just a little queasy in the am

Happy or moody? mostly happy, just tired

Best moment of the week? Getting a good 3rd beta number

Next appointment: blood test for progesterone and estrogen levels, then ultrasound on 10/23

13 + 2

We had a very busy (but super fun) weekend so once again I’m a little late getting this written, but such is life!

Weekly Update:

How far along: 13+2

How big is baby: about 3 inches, the size of a peach or a clown fish (Hi Nemo!)

Symptoms: I’ve still been pretty tired, but spending 3 nights this weekend sharing a hotel room with two kids doesn’t make for great sleep. Nausea was off and on this weekend, not terrible, but not great either. This morning I’ve been feeling pretty good which has been so nice. I hope it sticks around!

Movement: I noticed this weekend with being so busy that I didn’t notice her movements as much. Last night and today while I’ve been more sedentary I feel her more often.

Sleep: Not too bad. I wake up a lot to pee and start sleeping more restlessly from about 4am on (the same as last week)

Miss anything? sleeping through the night (at least once she’s here I won’t have to deal with a newborn sleep schedule LOL)

Food cravings? not really anything this last week.

Anything making you queasy or sick? definitely eating too much

Best moment of the week? Spending the weekend going to Jurassic Quest and the coast

Next appointment: Next OB appt is on 3/28

Now a few pictures from our weekend. These kiddos had so much fun. We were in Jurassic Quest for hours, which included standing in lines to do crafts, go on slides, and other rides. They didn’t have one meltdown or even little fit. They were absolute rock stars which made it easier for us to enjoy it. It also helped that my parents met us there so we had extra helping hands.

The coast was great too. The weather when we got there Sunday was decent and on Monday it was sunny without much wind which is as good as you can ask for at the Oregon Coast. Wyatt is so in his element on the beach. He would happily stay there all day if he could. Eventually he got his pants wet and was stripped down to undies and his coat LOL He would definitely prefer a tropical beach where he could actually swim in the water, but he’ll settle for Oregon beaches over no beach any day of the week.

Ultrasound today

The ultrasound this morning went great! The tech was so sweet, she’s my favorite thus far (I’ve seen a ton of them in the last 3 months). She has a friend who was a surrogate and her sister is going through IVF so she had an idea about the whole process. She even mentioned that she has thought about being a surrogate, but thought her two c sections would disqualify her. I let her know that they wouldn’t if she still thought she would want to do it.

Anyway back to the actual ultrasound. She spent a lot of time looking at the sub chorionic hemorrhages. She said that she thinks one of the spots isn’t actually an SCH that she thinks it’s in the placenta which wouldn’t be any sort of issue. She also said they look they’ve gotten smaller which is great. Everyone I’ve talked to (OB, 2 ultrasound techs, and 2 medical assistants) have all been so surprised I haven’t had any bleeding. Sometimes I wonder if they think I’m lying about it LOL

Baby girl is measuring 3 days ahead which is great. She was 2-3 days behind before so she must have had a growth spurt. She was a bit lazy, but made one nice big flip to go from facing my back to facing my stomach. With moves like that it’s no wonder I’m feeling her already.

I can’t wait for her dad’s to get to see the ultrasound in person. I always send them the pictures that the tech prints out, but it’s definitely a different experience to see it in person.

I can only imagine how strange it must be to know that you have a baby growing thousands of miles away. It must feel a bit surreal so hopefully when they come for the anatomy scan it can feel a bit more real.

She’s a cutie already!

12 (+3) Weeks

Lets hope this isn’t the beginning of me forgetting weekly updates LOL I was waiting until after my OB appointment Monday morning to do it, but then I obviously spaced it (it’s not too early to use the pregnancy brain card is it?).

Weekly Update:

How far along: 12+3

How big is baby: about 2.5 inches, the size of a plum or a Roborovski hamster

Symptoms: soooo tired all.the.time. Nausea has been kind enough to ramp up this week. I spent pretty much all day Sunday in bed and have been nauseous most of everyday since then. I really hope this isn’t a new trend

Movement: I thought it would be much later that I would add this section, but much to my surprise I have been able to feel her moving around in there already!! It’s not consistent, but it’s at least a time or two every day.

Sleep: Not too bad. I wake up a lot to pee and start sleeping more restlessly from about 4am on

Miss anything? Not being nauseous and being able to plan dinner which I can’t seem to do right now b/c I don’t know what, if anything, will sound good at that time

Food cravings? Tacos LOL

Anything making you queasy or sick? everything LOL mostly just eating too much at one time

Best moment of the week? being able to spend Sunday in bed while the Hubs wrangled the munchkins

Next appointment: We have an ultrasound tomorrow morning 🙂

I had my first appointment with my actual OB on Monday morning. I have to say that I love her. She’s so easy going and laid back. She thanked me a bunch of times for only transferring one embryo as she has seen a lot of surros with twins have complications (in her experience more complications than twins carried by their biological mother). She also said that she wanted another ultrasound to check on the 3 sub chorionic hemmorages that they saw at the last ultrasound. (If you’re not familiar with that term it’s basically a pocket of blood that forms in the uterus. They’re are pretty common in IVF pregnancies. They generally don’t cause any problems, but can cause light to heavy bleeding which can be scary. Luckily I haven’t had any bleeding at all). After some back and forth that ultrasound is being done tomorrow morning 😁

11 weeks

After I copied and pasted this I realized I never actually finished changing my answers last week, oops!

Weekly Update:

How far along: 11 weeks

How big is baby: 1.5-2 inches, the size of a fig, a lime, or a Bee Hummingbird depending on what app you go by

IVF meds: I finally got the okay to stop progesterone injections woohoo! I took my last one last Monday and my backside is definitely grateful. Tonight is my last dose of 1mg of estrodiol so this section of the update will be saying goodbye after today 😁

Symptoms: fatigue, nausea off and on although it definitely seems to be getting better.

Sleep: I had another cold last week that made for a few very sleepless nights. It’s better now and I added 1 Tylenol PM to my bedtime meds, initially because my throat hurt so bad, but it has made me sleep soooo much better that I’ve continued it.

Miss anything? Not being constantly aware of my stomach and GI tract. It seems there’s always something going on in there and it always holds part of my attention

Food cravings? Cravings have mostly gone away this week. I can’t think of anything in particular I just had to have, but I have been wanting actual meals in the evenings as opposed to just snacking for dinner

Anything making you queasy or sick? Carbs/sugar, too many raw veggies. I mostly need to eat just protein if I don’t want an upset stomach.

Best moment of the week? The ultrasound on 2/12 and then hearing her heartbeat on the Doppler a friend sent me.

Next appointment: Wednesday I have first appointment at my OB office, but it’s just with the nurse. First real OB appointment is on 2/26

10 Weeks 1 Day

I have been so nervous about this day, way more so than I was with the ultrasounds for my own kids. There’s so much invested here. You’ve got three people who want this so much, not to mention the family and friends who surround all of us and are praying and sending good vibes. I don’t know why I put so much on this particular ultrasound. At the one three weeks ago we saw a heartbeat which was great, but it was still just a blob. Since the imaging center no longer listens to the heartbeat, they just measure it, it seemed kind of surreal. So without further ado here’s how it went….

It went great LOL She’s perfect, measuring on track with a heartbeat of 171 (still didn’t get to actually hear it though). I could see her little heart beating and she was wiggling around. I didn’t see the heartbeat at first, but she was wiggling so I knew she was okay. The tech had to show me on the screen where the heart was. It was so tiny that I totally missed it. Laying there watching this little girl dance around got me a little verklempt. I’m just so excited for her dads. She has no way of knowing it, but she is already so loved.

It’s a different feeling watching an ultrasound of a baby in my uterus that I have no maternal feeling towards. It’s not bad or anything, just different. I feel more like an aunt or something. Obviously I care about her and want the best for her, but I’m not her mother and I have no desire to be. She has two amazing dads that are going to love and adore her. People tend to say things like “I could never give up my baby” or “I don’t know how you can give up your baby” when surrogacy is mentioned. The thing is surrogates go into this knowing these are not our babies. We’re not giving them up, we’re giving them back to families who want them so badly and have waited so long. One of the things most surrogates look forward to the most is the moment the IPs (intended parents) see their baby (babies) for the first time. We’ve all been through it with our own kids and helping someone else experience that moment is an amazing thing. Obviously I haven’t made it that far yet, but thoughts of what it might be like are part of the reason I decided to do this.

Now it’s time for…

Weekly Update:

How far along: 10 weeks 1 day

How big is baby: about an inch or the size of an Eastern Tailed-Blue Butterfly (one of the apps I have let’s you choose what you want the size compared to, I chose animals LOL)

IVF meds: Estradiol 2mg 3x a day. 1cc of PIO each evening.

Symptoms: fatigue, nausea has been manageable. It comes and goes. I had a really rough patch Thursday afternoon and this morning, but thankfully they were short lived.

Sleep: it’s been okay. I think the unisom I take at night to help with the nausea makes me sleep crappy.

Miss anything? Not being nauseous and having food actually sound good

Food cravings? watermelon, cantaloupe, apples w/ caramel, carrots and ranch, cucumbers. Last night I had the first real dinner I’ve eaten in weeks. It was steak, pasta salad, and green salad. It was delicious, but I ate too much and got super bloated.

Anything making you queasy or sick? not drinking enough water. This seems to make the difference in how my day goes. Not enough water the day before and I’m super nauseous all day.

Best moment of the week? Having was weather this weekend and getting to be outside to enjoy it

Next appointment: ultrasound on 2/12, it seems like it’s been so long! I’m definitely ready to make sure everything looks good in there.