Monthly Archives: June 2016

Guten Tag Week 14

Go yodel it on a mountain, we’ve officially reached Trimester 2!

I also ‘officially’ announced the pregnancy to friends and family yesterday. It makes things easier when I run into folks and they don’t have to ask awkward questions like, “soooo, four kids, huh?” “Thinkin about starting up that family band, err, orchestra?” or a make a variety of other snide remarks about families who have more than two children and can clearly see another on the way. Vagina = clown car! Hardy har har!! Much hilarity and originality!!

Luckily most friends and family have responded positively to surrogacy (afaik) or at least they have the good sense to keep any nasty opinions to themselves. When it comes to opinions, there are only two I take into account: 1) my husbands and 2) my intended parents.

It was a relatively slow week here on the homefront as we get ready for a family road and camping trip in two. We’ve been enjoying some UEFA European soccer championships and you can venture a guess for which team we hope to win it all. Actually, the voting is split amongst the adults with one of us going for the Spanish, but the swing vote came from the kids who think Germany has the better uniforms. Silly kids!


Ni Hao Week 13

It feels like I’ve reached this place in pregnancy where it’s too early yet for me to feel any movement but the early symptoms and novelty of it all have faded, so I kind of have to keep reminding myself “oh yeah, I’m pregnant,” since I can go for several hours and it’s just not in the forefront of my mind. Carrying for someone else is obviously very different than when it’s your own child you’re expecting. I’m still excited, but it’s just like being excited when you find out your friend is having a baby. You’re super happy for them and hope you may get a couple cuddles in and watch baby’s milestones on social media but I’m not using this time playing around with different name combinations nor planning out homecoming outfits and wondering if I’m going to need to buy any new baby equipment. Nope! I get to skip all that part this time. However, it’s not like I’m completely disinvested–staying attached yet separate is…difficult to put into words. Somehow it all works out.

Seems fitting that we’ve hit the ‘awkward pregnancy stage’ when the weeks roll into the teens.

Something that I do have to think about everyday  but haven’t spoken about much on here is being Mom to a child with a chronic autoimmune disorder. It sucks. Managing diabetes is a 24/7 job. There are no breaks. Watching numbers rise and fall, puncturing my child’s porcelain white skin 4-6 times a day with shots. I would do anything to take this disease away from her. I get upset whenever a damn commercial for Viagra comes on TV and I think, “seriously? Companies are spending millions of dollars on advertising boner pills and my kid still has diabetes? WTF are the priorities in this country?” Ugh.

My daughter had the chance to be featured in a photo series called “Heroes of Type 1” so I went out with her for a fun overnight Mommy-Daughter adventure where we took a nice walk around a Chinese Friendship Garden the next day before going home. Here are some pics from our little getaway last week. Skipping a bump photo this week as that would require putting on pants and that ain’t happenin right now!! Much like an elevator riding to the top of the baby penthouse suite, Floor 40, we shall skip the 13th XD

Salaam Alaikom Week 12

Looks like I’m a day late on weekly updates, but some weeks everything piles on and happens all at the same time – as was the case last week. From turning in a big midterm paper, to last day of school parties, graduation ceremonies, dance recitals, and a family get together I wasn’t aware was happening until two nights before, things were pretty dang busy around here. The calm after the storm of frenzy has been a nice reprieve.

Still pregnant. Things are still trucking along fine in that arena. It’s hard to believe the second trimester starts next week!! Baby is 33% downloaded. I’m looking forward to the exhaustion going away and hopefully getting more energy back. Have our first OB appointment July 11 so that’s something to look forward to as well.

Yesterday was emotionally draining. Newtown happened halfway through my first surrogacy three years ago and now Orlando. I don’t know what else can be said, except when will we as a society say ‘enough’? Will it be when the politicians children don’t come home after a night of fun and enjoying life? I just don’t know. It’s all growing so wearisome. Be kind to one another this week. We all hope, dream, fear, and love alike. Peace. Here are some happy children.

Howdy Do? Week 11

Heeeeeeere she is, Miss Ameeeeeerica….

Kinda sorta? Our now 11 week baby girl seems to have mastered the pageant wave already. Or maybe she was just giving fistbumps to Mom and Dad for being awesome.

It was great to get a healthy report from our scan this Friday. I’m soooo glad I ended up waiting and doing this locally. The ultrasound tech I had was a sweetheart and took a bunch of photos. She was stoked on surrogate pregnancy and I wouldn’t have had quite the good experience had I gone to the LA clinic, so yayayay!

The fetal development that occurs between weeks 7 and 10 is absolutely astonishing. 3 weeks ago we were able to see a circlish blur, but now a person has definitely started to take shape. Amazing!

This is my kids and husbands last week of school before summer break – soooooo looking forward to a lot of swimming, zoo camps, and a road trip on the horizon. Baby Coco is in for a fun next couple months. I am also amazed at how much the circumstances of your life can change over the course of a full-term pregnancy, a lot can happen in 40 weeks and I look forward to reading back on all this 6 months from now seeing how far we’ve come.

I have to constantly keep reminding myself to continue to eating healthy and I’ve been doing a pretty good job so far  – check out these zucchini squash fritters with tomato and Thai basil chutney and lemony millet. Super delicious and healthy!

have a great week and if summer break is on the horizon for you too I hope it’s an enjoyable one!!