Hi Everyone, I’m back! I apologize for not writing for so long. I can’t believe I haven’t written since August 1st, 2012, but for some reason I had it in my mind that I would post once our pregnancy was “safe”, due to that other traumatic experience, and then time just got away from me. I started working full-time again in Sept-end of Dec (which was agonizingly difficult for my body), had another breast reconstruction surgery in December, had my full hysterectomy in late January, been recovering, had our co-ed baby shower in early March and have been getting all the baby stuff and nursery together, and have just been waiting for our little miracle to arrive since a few weeks ago. I’ve just been paralyzed in a way that if it wasn’t about baby stuff or trying to distract myself, it was difficult for me to concentrate on anything else. I realize that a lot of people might have thought that we didn’t get pregnant from that last round of IVF because I haven’t updated my blog, but that is untrue. One of our embryos did take from that round, and is in fact still hanging out in our surrogate’s womb even though we all thought she would come a bit early. Her due date is Monday, April 15th (yup, that’s Tax Day!), but we thought she was going to be born as early as last Friday (April 5th). We are still at home waiting, on call every minute thinking everyday that “today is the day she will come.”
Because I’ve missed so much in updating, I will most likely go back and “backdate” some of our experiences as I have time and as I remember. The cool thing is that after the 1st Trimester, we were able to see an ultrasound every month which really helped my husband and I to feel close to our daughter even though someone else is carrying her. The reason we were able to see her every month is because she had a condition called “marginal umbilical cord” where the umbilical cord is close to the edge of the placenta; many times this condition corrects itself as the pregnancy progresses and is only a problem if the baby starts to decrease in growth. Luckily for us, even though the umbilical cord stayed about 3 cm from the edge of the placenta throughout the pregnancy, our baby was only a little bit lower in weight, at about the 20th percentile as of 8th month of pregnancy. Because she is nearing Week 40 (this coming Monday), our baby will probably be closer to 7 lbs if not more!
I was anxiously waiting for our daughter for the last week and a half, but my nerves have ironically calmed down the last few days which is why I was able to get myself to write today. I still feel a little bit of nerves, but not too bad. 😀
I think this is all I can write today….I will update once our surrogate goes into labor and calls us!!!