Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Long Overdue Update

I really need to start updating this thing regularly. I had been doing really well, then I got pregnant and, well...I forgot just how exhausting it is to be pregnant!

So I had another ultrasound. That's it over there. G & K swear it's a boy...and since I was wrong about the twins, and I keep calling it a girl...chances are they're right! Who knows though? We'll see in a few more weeks. I'm 10 weeks along today (so I guess it'll be more like 10 more weeks or so before we know what they're having!)

I tell you, I absolutely love seeing the look on G & K's faces when they see the baby on the little ultrasound screen. The sheer joy on G's face is wonderful!
Well, the sheer exhaustion I've been feeling seems to be lifting. Yesterday I was able to get laundry started, and unload, then reload and start the dishwasher. I also got the kids off to school during that time. Of course then I had to rest on the couch...but I didn't fall asleep! I know it sounds silly, but it's a huge accomplishment for me.

My kids haven't been feeling well. There has been a horrible flu bug going around, and they've all gotten it. Because of that, I've been up at nights. I'm still trying to recover from the lost sleep, but I seem to be moving in the right direction.

And lastly, on a sadder note, I was very hurt by someone I considered a close friend when they compared me being a surrogate to being a paid employee, and then, just seconds later to a whore. I knew surrogacy wasn't going to go over well with everyone in my life. My own mother seems to want to take the out of sight, out of mind approach. Never once though has she degraded me, or what I am doing. This "friend" managed, in less then 30 seconds, to say I had a job (to carry their baby) and then comment on how I was getting paid too much considering I wasn't on my back long enough. I have never discussed my compensation with anyone. No one knows how much or how little I am getting paid, or if I'm getting paid at all.

Sadly, that friend just called me (actually his wife called) she's at 7cm and is about ready to deliver and they need my help with some things. It hurts that I couldn't even get an apology from them before they demand things of me.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

How many calories a day extra?

Things are going well with the baby and I. I've been trying to get as much rest as possible, but I feel like I'm constantly exhausted! I wake up every morning and get the kids off to school, only to come home and fall back asleep on the couch.

Today, in addition to the exhaustion, I've added a somewhat new symptom. The way I eat. I got up this morning, got the kids ready for school and ate a bowl of cereal. I took them to school, came home, and ate a banana. I fell asleep on the couch watching Rachael Ray, only to be woke up by a bunch of screaming middle age women. (Did you know that New Kids on the Block had made a comeback?) And then I had half a cucumber. I talked with hubby, did some dishes, then ate the other half of the cucumber.

I'm getting ready to leave for school before too long, and I'll take a cut up orange with me, as well as a belly bar and a protein shake.

The point is, I'm not eating a whole lot at any one time, but a little bit through out the day. On the other hand, I haven't been having many issues with the nausea anymore, so maybe this is a good thing. I'm going to have to do some research though to find out how many extra calories a day I'm supposed to take in when pregnant.

Monday, October 6, 2008

The Ultrasound!

Well, it's been a long couple of days, and I've been so tired. I woke up this morning, got the kids off to school, came home to study some and ended up falling back asleep until 1030. I barely remember my husband coming home from work this morning at 9am.

So I had the official ultrasound on Friday. Despite what I thought, and what others had said, there is only one little bean in there. He has a strong heartbeat of 140bpm. The ultrasound technician pointed out where the brain was forming and you could see the heartbeat. She said I'm measuring a little ahead of where I thought I was. I am officially 7w5d today.

I would post a picture of the ultrasound, but my scanner isn't working right. I'll have one up within the next couple of days though. When I do, you will be able to see the cavity where the brain is forming, indicating his head, and the area where his heart is.

The look on G&K's faces when they heard the heartbeat, and saw the baby...that was priceless. K grinned a grin I had never seen before. It lit up his entire face. G, she became so...she was nearly speechless. Her jaw fell loose, and she stared at the little monitor in awe. She told me that she was proud of me...although I don't know what I did that was so special. I managed to get pregnant. I guess though, in this type of situation, that is something special and not to be taken lightly.

I have another ultrasound on October 17th and when that one is done I believe the RE will be releasing me to my regular OB. That means no more 3+ hour drives to get a check up.