So, after deciding to move forward with Carrie & Marc, and feeling in my heart that it was the right decision for us, our next step was to obtain the blessing of my OB - the same one that had mentioned uterine "retirement" and all.
I was nearing time for my annual "visit" so I scheduled a bit of extra time to chat with Dr. R, and brought Michael along. We talked for what equated to about an hour, discussing the pros & cons of embarking on another surrogacy, the possibilities of another high-risk pregnancy, the bigger possibility of another placenta previa, the guarantee of another c-section delivery, etc. etc. etc. It was a long, lengthy, detailed discussion. We posed questions, he answered without hesitation. And when we came to the bottom of our list, he gave his blessing!
When we left his office, I called Carrie and told her the good news. With Dr. R's blessing, we were all set to proceed. Our next step would be the contract. Never a fun step in the process, but a very necessary one.
It took us a few months of waiting, then back & forth between attorneys to find our common ground and make our final agreements, but we finally signed the contracts, had the attorneys contact the IVF clinic giving them the legal go-ahead, and met with the IVF NC (nurse coordinator) to sign our legal waivers, get our preliminary med calendars, and discuss any questions or concerns we might have.
Its been a long road and we are already experienced in the hurry-up-and-wait mantra - and seriously, that's exactly what surrogacy is all about, right? - and with the arrival of Aunt Flo for Carrie, we have received our official calendars and will begin meds within the next few days (the 22nd for me and the 29th for Carrie).
If everything goes exactly to plan, we will be looking at transferring Carrie & Marc's little embabies to me on either the 23rd or 25th of August! EEEEEEEKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!! Personally, I think August is a "fertile" month for me considering it was 4 years ago in August (2009) that we transferred two little embies for Allison & Doug, which resulted in little Emma Madison's birth in April 2010 :)