We did a lot of paperwork over the last month. Our wills were officially signed and turned into the agency, and the latest documents that needed my John Hancock were to sign over mine and Ben's "rights" at the hospital. Those papers gave my IP's "temporary" custody, so the baby will be banded at the hospital with their names and will go home with them, THANK GOD! (wink wink) We'll have a court hearing ASAP after the birth of the baby for everything to be legal, blah blah blah...and my IPs are working on getting all the documents for the adoption ready to go. I've hear that that's a lot of work.
|OUR NEIGHBORS WITH OUR SIGNED HOSPITAL PAPERS|
|SUCKING HIS THUMB|
This ultrasound was more fun than the first. We were able to watch the whole thing instead of closing our eyes every time she was near his genitals. The little guy was sucking his thumb each time we saw his profile, it was so neat to see his little jaw moving up and down. He also had the hiccups during the ultrasound which was pretty awesome. We could see his little diaphragm spasm and I could see what I was feeling on the inside. During the ultrasound she was trying to get a good photo of his right foot which was up under my rib cage.
|RIGHT FOOT UNDER MY RIBS|
|Lydia and Mom with our bellies|
Speaking of wonderful experience, I feel like the farther along in this journey we get the more I'm surprised at how perfect everything is. Our match couldn't be more perfect, we're so lucky that I got pregnant the first try, he looks healthy, we've had a tremendous support system, I'm fascinated by the impact it's had on the people around us, we've been loved beyond words by our IPs and their families, our agency has been so wonderful, and it's been overall simply AMAZING! I had a telephone conversation with IP-A not long ago...I said, "I'm kind of sad that this will be over in 15 weeks. I feel like I'm on a trip that I've saved for my whole life and it's been everything I hoped it would be, and more, but I'm not ready for it to be over." (I realize most of you will never understand this feeling and probably think I'm sick, but I'm enjoying every second of this journey!) What IP-A said to me will stick with me forever, "You can think of this as a lifelong journey that is just beginning!" It confirms that we'll have an awesome friendship forever. Two families brought together for one little life, a little life that will do BIG things! He's one lucky little man!
There couldn't be an update without talking about food, right?! I've discovered that I can eat soft served vanilla frozen yogurt. It tastes okay, so I've only eaten a couple bites of the kids. I was just excited that it didn't taste horrible! Our youngest, George, is sugar free so I usually enjoy the sugarless foods that I make for him. I wonder if this will change after delivery? I did have a pretty strong craving for homemade baked beans that my IPs brought to a BBQ this summer. I thought it was a secret recipe, but when the surrogate needs those beans it's not hard to crack it. My sister was craving the same beans so she came over after I made them. They didn't taste as good as my IPs so I might request them at one of the baby showers that I'll be attending. I've heard that IP-B's aunt makes the best :)
PREGNANT SISTERS ENJOYING OUR FIRST TASTE OF BAKED BEANS
Believe it our not, Ben and I haven't watched Baby Mama! We finally rented it and are just sitting down to watch it together. The cover says, "Would you put your eggs...in this basket?" It's too late for my IPs. The deed has been done! I'll let you know what we think in next weeks blog. Merry Christmas!