A little about my life during my first journey as a surrogate.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Walking on Sunshine
So I sent the request to make a few modifications to my contract and the agency's lawyer has already called me and said it won't be a problem. He's going to change it, send it back for review and then I can have my own counsel review it, if I wish. I feel really good about all of the wording and it addresses everything I was wanting to-or it will when these changes are made-so it almost feels like a waste of money to have my own attorney review, but if I've learned anything from the SMO boards and talking to other surrogates, it's that this is the place where you don't want to skimp. Now, let me clarify, if I didn't feel 100% confident about this being a good match and things being laid on the table and all parties being on the same page, I would not move forward. The contract is basically my safety net if things should change or if we need some guidance as to how to proceed with things we've discussed.I'm just trying to protect the emotional, financial, and physical well-being of my family and the interest of the IPs too! No one wants to add any more drama to an already emotionally thick situation, so it's good to have everyone's intentions laid out on paper and to be prepared for the unexpected as it may very well happen. Nothing is for certain in life, but it definitely isn't in surrogacy! :)
My psychological evaluation is set for June 22nd. That was the soonest I could get it. Blah. I guess it's not a big deal b/c I'm going to go out on a limb and assume I'm going to pass!!! haha. So, it's a "formality" in my mind...something we all need to do like a background check for a job interview. It does feel good to have a date circled on the calendar though!!
I'm a mom of three who is going through the process to be a Gestational Surrogate for the second time. I love to laugh, sing, read, spend time with my family and friends and talk to anyone who'll listen. Join me as I go through surrogacy's ups and downs, ins and outs and learn all about what it feels like to help create a family for someone else.
Sept. 15-start Estrace-2mg
Sept 10th-u/s-lining check-5.5 cms!
Sept 7th-AF (last one for 9 mths!!!!)
Sept 4th-last BCP
Sept 3rd-start Lupron 10u
Aug 15th-Start BCP
July 28th-start Estrace
July 19th-stop Estrace
July 15th-Start Lupron
July 8th-2nd u/s-lining check-11cms
June 29th-received final contracts and both lawyers approved!
June 25th-Start Estrace! Final drafts of contracts-almost there!!
June 24th-ultrasound-lining check-7cms
June 23th-AF arrived!
June 7th-received contract & sent revisions to IM
June 3rd-Flew to Dallas to meet RE & have hysteroscopy
May 31st-spoke to new IM
2WW: 2-Week Wait
AF: Aunt Flo -Your menstrual period
ART: Assisted Reproductive Technology
BCP: Birth Control Pills
BETA: Blood test for Pregnancy
BFP: Big Fat Positive (a positive pregnancy test)
BFN: Big Fat Negative (a negative pregnancy test)
CVS: Chorionic Villus Sampling
DE: Donor Egg
DH: Dear Husband
DP5DT: Days Post 5-Day Transfer
ED: Egg donor/donation
EDD: Estimated Due Date
ELV: Easy Labor Vibes
FET: Frozen Embryo Transfer
GS: Gestational Surrogate
GTT: Glucose Tolerance Test
hCG, HCG: Human Chorionic Gonadotropin
HPT: Home Pregnancy Test
IF: Intended Father
IM: Intended Mother
IP: Intended Parent/Parents
IVF: In Vitro Fertilization
LMP: Last Menstrual Period (start date)
PIO: Progesterone in Oil
RE: Reproductive Endocrinologist
ER: Retrieval (Egg)