BIG Baby!

We are 8 months this week!  The weeks are flying by!  

Our appointment this week went great.  Surro babe is head down (yay!) and looks perfect! His heart rate is 155 which is awesome. He is measuring 6.6 pounds already!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  No wonder I feel so huge and squished! Check out his adorable chubby cheeks:  

I will be seeing my OB weekly now for the remainder of the pregnancy. Whenever a baby is on the bigger side, my OB does weekly ultrasounds and fetal non stress tests just making sure that the baby is thriving. Because of a marginal placenta we’ve been watching surro babe making sure he’s growing enough and now we’re watching him because he’s grown so much! Oh the irony! 

R and E are busy getting everything ready for their stay here (flights, short term rental, all the newborn gear, etc.).  So exciting!!!

Bonding From Afar 

We are 31 weeks!!  My babies all came 1-2 weeks early so we are anticipating the same for this birth.  That means that surro babe will likely be back in his daddies’ arms where he belongs in just 7 to 8 weeks!  In the meantime, surro babe spends his evenings listening to voice messages from his daddies and big sister (with the help of Belly Buds).  I play the messages every evening when surro babe is most active so he can bond with his family and know their voices when he’s born.  ❤️

Happy Father’s Day

Celebrating my husband today – our family adventure leader! He fills our lives with adventure (even though it’s a challenge with our big crew)!

I’m especially thankful for his support of our latest adventure, my crazy idea of becoming a surrogate. He didn’t hesitate to make my dream his dream. Never complaining about having to be home every single night to give me my hormone injections.  Picking up the slack at home when my first trimester exhaustion and morning sickness was in full swing.  Patiently listening to me whine during all the delays and frustrations we endured throughout our journey.  Making sure all my cravings are satisfied, no matter the time of day.  Making me feel beautiful throughout my hormone induced acne flare ups and weight gain.  Never complaining from being woken up at night as I toss and turn, trying to get comfortable with this big belly.  Putting up with all of my overly emotional dramatics that come with these pregnancy hormones.  Laughing with me when we’re out as a family and people stare at us like we’re completely insane, thinking we’re pregnant with our 5th.   And most importantly, for loving being a dad so much that he, too, can’t wait to help someone else become a father.

I love you Shane!  Thanks for being on this adventure with me!!!!!!!  xoxo

25 Weeks!

And so it begins….I just had someone ask me if I’m due any day now.  

This is familiar territory – I’ve shown early and fast with all of my pregnancies (my narrow frame combined with being short waisted means the belly has nowhere to go but straight out in front) so I’m very used to people asking me this endlessly for the last few months of pregnancy!

While at the pool yesterday, my boys informed me that when I float on my back, my belly sticks out of the water like a shark fin. 😂

24 Weeks!

We’re 6 months!!! My daughter was telling surro babe that he’s really lucky because he has two daddies so that means he’ll get lots and lots of tickles. Lol!!!!! Apparently Daddy tickles are the best! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

We had our 6 month appointment this week and everything looks great!  Blood pressure is low, hemoglobin is great, uterus is measuring at exactly 24 weeks, baby’s heart rate is awesome at 145, and I passed the glucose test with flying colors.  Yay!!!!!  

Based on my past delivery history, my OB predicts surro babe will be here in 14 weeks or so!  We are all so excited!