Friday, September 25, 2009

Pictures & Updates

This is Jenn:

In case you don't see it, the 1st picture has a label in the upper right corner showing a heart rate of 171! An old wives tale would indicate this little baby is a girl...hmmmm..... These photos were taken yesterday of Baby O - we are 8 weeks 3 days today and the baby looks spectacular!

And OK, I've been told that I need to update, so here we go!

Within the last week, I've developed what I lovingly refer to as "night sickness". Its no fun and totally ruins an evening of laying around watching TV :( I haven't actually thrown up tho, so that's a positive right? I just feel like I could/should/would if I didn't concentrate so hard on not doing it. I HATE getting "sick" so I exhaust myself concentrating on not running to the toilet.

And another relatively new eating patterns are totally bizarre too! I have to eat what sounds good, which means that I eat at weird times and in weird combinations. And we have been eating out ALLOT lately too. I have a fridge & freezer full of food, but when it comes time for dinner, what I want is usually not what I have on-hand. So, we've been doing allot of take-out and restaurant hopping. I've discovered (the hard way) that if I eat what is here, or what isn't my 1st choice, I end up feeling very sick. The family is already very tired of Tex-Mex...Alex informed us tonight that if we were going for Mexican, he wanted to take his own turkey & cheese sandwich. Lucky for him he got pizza :)

The other day my meal plan was as follows:
Breakfast - chicken minis & hash browns (from Chick Fil A)
Lunch - Cheetos and a nectarine
Late Lunch - Croissant BLT and a Cherry Limeade (from Sonic)
Dinner - Pappasitos bean soup and Cheetos

On another day I ate an entire pineapple (like the ENTIRE THING!) and a can of Double Noodle-O's soup (yes, the whole thing!). Just totally weird.

A good piece of news is that I stopped my PIO shots today! With a healthy baby and a good report on the ultrasound, the IVF nurse told me that I could stop with the projesterone injections and begin using projesterone suppositories. I'll take gross & inconvenient over the pain of the PIO any day! My poor, red, swollen, knotted-up booty is going to appreciate the reprieve :)

Well, I think that's about all of the "news" I have for now. The baby is growing, I am surviving, and Allison & Doug are parents :) Yep, that about sums it up!!

Sunday, September 20, 2009


I'm feeling huge already, and we're only 8 weeks tomorrow!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


This is Allison, the wonderfully happy mama tonight

Baby Obert. Today was unbelievable. Today was our 6 week U/S. I think we were all a little nervous and excited all at the same time. We got into the room and the nurse warned us before getting started that 50% of the time they are unable to see or> hear the heartbeat. I was a little discouraged to hear that, but she quickly said that it doesn't mean there's not a little one there if we can't hear it. She then proceeded to get started. A little round thing came up on the screen and she said, there's one sac. She looked around a little more, but that was the only one. She then focused in on that one and all of a sudden you could see the little small rectangular looking white blip on the screen. It was pulsating. She said, there's the heartbeat. It was so amazing. Then she said, let's see if we can hear it. And all of a sudden it was like whoosh, whoosh, whoosh. I was very teary eyed. It was so awesome, I was trying not to cry. Then she said that the baby's heartbeat is 117 and measuring at 6 weeks 2 days. She said it's the size of a grain of rice right now. Then she said, do you want to hear the heartbeat again. Of course. :) Words just do not express the feeling you get when you get to see and hear the heartbeat.

It's really coming true. All the hard work, research, pain, tears, struggles, financial struggles (that one should be capitalized by golly)..........all of it is so very worth it. I'm just being bombarded with all kinds of emotions right now. And realizing that this is so real. I could sit around and feel sorry for myself that I'm unable to carry my baby, but I'm not going to. I am just so thankful that I found the most perfect awesome person to carry it for me. What a blessing! Jenn will never know how grateful I am for her taking care of our little precious one. As I'm sitting here in tears, I want to thank you Jenn!! You're awesome! SNIFF SNIFF

Monday, September 7, 2009

Tomorrow's Appt

This is Jenn - the nervous surrogate!

Tomorrow is finally our ultrasound day, and even tho I know I shouldn't be, I'm nervous. I am praying that we not only see a little flutter of a heartbeat on the screen, but that the little flutter is healthy and growing right on target! And yeah, maybe my nerves have something to do with whether we see 1 flutter or 2, but we'll cross that bridge when we get to it.

For now, please say a prayer for all of us tomorrow, and either Allison or I will update :)

Sunday, September 6, 2009