Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Life Begins

Does the power of positive thinking work?  Why not?  Everyone please focus on happy, healthy fertile thoughts.  We are transferring two embryos to our one incredible surrogate on Friday afternoon.  She has a nice fluffy uterus ready for embryos!

Here's the stats on  our embryos:

  • 23 eggs were retrieved from our (generous, intelligent) anonymous egg donor
  • After one day, 20 eggs fertilized (10 mine, 10 my husband's)
  • On day 3, 16 embryos (8 mine, 8 my husband's) made it!
  • Of the 16 total embryos our doctor expects ~ 8 to 10 to make it to day 5
  • We will implant two embryos on Friday afternoon!
I continue to be excited, nervous, thrilled.  It's going to be a fun journey!

Friday, July 10, 2015

It's Time

Six months and six figures later I was clobbered with the sudden awareness today that we're a few days away from creating life!   After many months of trying not to think about July, in order to avoid the restlessness of anticipation, we are now living ten days into July.   The exact moment on the calendar I've been trying to avoid thinking about no longer can be avoided.  The question I have been asking myself this afternoon, can I ease into this moment without walls around my emotions?  Is it time to be giddy about baby making?  I'm scared.  I'm excited.  I'm nervous.  I'm impatient.  It's a complicated web of emotions covering my individual self at the moment.

I could hardly focus this afternoon after reading the email update from our agency coordinator;  the anonymous egg donor is flying to the clinic tomorrow.  Tomorrow.  The anonymous egg donor will be checked daily until our doctor finds the ideal time for him to perform the egg retrieval.   The moment the eggs are retrieved they will be fertilized.  Hopefully they'll all grow into healthy embryos that will be transferred into the loving womb of our surrogate as early as Tuesday, July 21.

That date, July 21, also happens to be the day in 1980 my 24 year old mother gave birth to her gayest son!  What a gift it will be to transfer embryos on my birthday or during my birthday week.

It's time.  This is starting to feel tangible.  And away we go!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Let Freedom Ring

America turned 239 (years old) while my husband was 103 (degrees Fahrenheit) and the 'sac was 100 (percent fun).

Yes, our neighbors rented the newest, best water slide bounce house thingy.  It was spectacular for the neighborhood kids (and a few non-sober adults).   We have lived in this area since we purchased our first house in 2005, however this is the first time we've stayed around for July 4 weekend.  Since the Lakewood Country Club puts on a thirty minute firework show our neighborhood is hub of activity.  There's lots of block parties, tailgating, and a parade.  I love a community that parties together.


"Larry, when I was 14 I thought I was going to have to hide who I was for my entire life.  Three days ago my black President turned the White House rainbow."

- The Nightly Show, June 29, 2015


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