Archive for August, 2010

Feeling Fantastic

August 27, 2010

This is the part of pregnancy that I love! I am now clearly pregnant, comfortable, and feeling fabulous. Summer is coming to an end and time continues to fly by. My kids and I, along with a friend and her daughter took a little end of summer road trip up to Monterey this past weekend and had a wonderful time at the aquarium, Dennis the Menace park, and venturing through Big Sur on our way back home seeing waterfalls, elephant seals and even the zebras roaming near Hearst Castle. My daughter starts Pre-K on Monday and is so excited for her first year of school. I can’t believe how fast they grow up.

At our check up last week, the doctor gave us a little peak at baby girl with a quick ultrasound just for fun. It is so nice to have an OB that is so accommodating with the surrogacy and treats both the parents and me with such kindness and respect. I have to go in for the glucose screening in a couple of weeks, then back for a regular check up mid-September. I’ve gained about 17 pounds so far, not including the 5 pounds of “water weight” I gained while going on and off birth control and taking numerous injections before the embryo transfer. After our next appointment, we start going in every two weeks. Only 16 weeks to go!

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“Hi Baby”

August 14, 2010

My little boy who just turned two has always been fascinated with my belly. He loves to stick is finger in my belly button which drives me crazy, but now he says “hi baby” to my growing tummy and gives it a slobbery kiss. My daughter has a thing for belly buttons too; she plays with her belly button when falling asleep, which started when she was just a baby.

Baby girl is now approximately eleven inches long and weighs a little over a pound. She can hear the outside world and has developed her sense of movement in the womb. While I’m not feeling regular movements yet, some of her kicks are big enough to see from the outside. I am truly enjoying this pregnancy and am so blessed to have the parents to be in my life. They are so thoughtful and caring and make me feel beyond appreciated. I’ve had people ask if I think I’ll be attached to this baby and my answer is “no”. While there will be a bond because I’m carrying her around for nine months and I do love babies, she is not mine. I do not want another baby and cannot wait to see the joy in her parents’ faces when they finally get to meet their little girl and take her home. I’m prepared for some sadness when we complete this journey, mainly because it will have been an entire year devoted to bringing this life into the world. I am looking forward to red wine, sushi, and restful sleep, while they can’t wait for their newborn and all the joys a baby brings.

My eating habits are pretty much back to the same as pre-pregnancy though I have developed a little sweet tooth. The other night my kids and I made symphony brownies and they were amazing. We will definitely be making them again!

Symphony Brownies

1 package brownie mix (oil, eggs, and water)

2 large symphony bars (milk chocolate, toffee and almonds is my favorite)

Prepare brownie mix according to package instructions. Pour half the batter into 8×8 or 9×9 pan.

Place bars over batter (there was a little space around the edges that the bar didn’t cover)

Pour remaining batter over bars and cook according to directions.

Once they’ve cooled, you can put them in the fridge to set.

Yum, yum, yum!

Home, Sweet Home

August 8, 2010

We had a wonderful vacation in Sandpoint, Idaho and my little ones were great travelers. I hope to make it an annual trip to Grandma’s house every summer. Two weeks flew by, the weather was gorgeous and we had so much fun spending time with family and friends in such a beautiful place.

We had twelve hours of travel on Wednesday, which included an hour and a half drive followed by three flights with a layover in Portland, OR and another in Sacramento, CA. My daughter slept the entire second flight and my son slept during the third one making it a pretty easy day. A lady on our last flight complimented my children on how well behaved they were, making me a proud mama after a long day of travel.

I’m feeling kicks from baby girl daily, most of them once I’ve settled down for the day or right after a meal. I’ve also reached the point where I’m obviously looking pregnant, gaining questions from co-workers and strangers alike. When I mention it’s a surrogacy, responses are incredibly positive. Overall, I’m feeling great and enjoying the second trimester. Only four more months and this little lady will be here!

View of Sandpoint from Schweitzer Mountain