Friday, March 29, 2013

Amazing News!!

Agh!  Where do I start.. I've been so stressed and very very discouraged these last 2 days.  I felt like I failed B & C.  I was so upset that my Uterine Lining was only a 3.5 mm on Tuesday, but today almost an 8 mm!!! Really?  In only a couple of days!! Hooray!  I'm just ecstatic! Can you tell?!!! :)  Sorry for all the exclamation marks!

I text C this morning when I was in the waiting room at my appointment and said, "Heavenly Father is probably sick of hearing from me!" LOL  Which I know isn't true, but I surely have felt that way lately!

The UCRM Nurse called me and said today was my last Lupron shot, Yay! But I do start the 2 ml of Progesterone today!  Still really nervous about those shots..  I know after the first one the fear will be gone.  I also still have to remain on the vaginal Estrace today as well as one more time in the a.m. tomorrow.  Then I just have to take it orally, half a pill in the morning and the other half in the evening. Wish me luck!!

But for some amazing news!!  We are scheduled to do the transfer on Thursday the 4th!!  Sometime in the morning.  We won't get an official time until Wednesday.  I'm so grateful that we are only pushed back a couple of days! :)  We are 4 hours away from Dr. Peterson so we will need to leave here on Wednesday.

We will also be in Salt Lake on Monday because my amazing husband went out of his way to get us Utah Jazz tickets for the game on Monday evening for my Birthday.  Which would've worked out perfect if we would've transferred Tuesday.  But his intentions were sweet!! Thanks baby!

**I had to edit this post because I forgot to post the picture I noticed in my bathroom right before I left for my appointment this morning.  I have my calendar hanging up behind the door and when I was feeling very discouraged about what the outcome may be at the appointment, this made my smile & gave me the strength I needed at that exact moment!  My 15 year old daughter drew it for me. :)**


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Not Good News

Sorry it has taken me so long to update...  I have been so emotional lately.  So, we had our vaginal ultrasound yesterday to check my ovaries as well as check the thickness of the uterine lining and so sad to say that my lining was too thin. :(  My ovaries looked exactly how they were supposed to, which is good.  Also, another positive thing was that the lining showed a triple-layer, which is also very good.  But I am still so upset because now our schedule is off and unfortunately this pushes our transfer date back.  So as of now, no transfer on April 2nd.  I feel like I did everything I was supposed to.  I never missed a pill or a shot, they were always taken/given at the exact moment they were supposed to be.  I talked to the nurse and she went over my meds again and verified everything I was taking was correct.

Yesterday would've been my last Lupron injection of 5 ml and I would've stopped taking the Estrace 3x a day, every 6 hrs & started taking a half a pill in the a.m. and a half a pill in the p.m.  But since my lining is too thin I now have to continue the Lupron shots, as well as continue taking Estrace 3x a day.  But now I have to add an Estrace pill vaginally (sorry if TMI), every 12 hrs.  This also means no Progesterone shots are being started.  We do have another ultrasound this Friday morning.  We are praying that my lining looks perfect then!  Prayers needed please.

You know, I talked to "C" yesterday and I was just devastated.  I feel like it's all my fault..  What did I do wrong?  What could I have done to change the outcome?  Stupid Uterus!!  They've already waited so long to get here and now to have to wait even longer..  But you know with those simple words from "C", "Remember, there's a reason for everything!" :) It made it all better!  I love her dearly!  Thank you so much C!

I do have to vent about something though.. Yesterday at my appointment, the doctor was struggling to find the uterine lining as well as "both" my ovaries??  I cannot believe how much pain I was in for 20+ minutes he couldn't find anything?  Really?  I have no ovaries? Say whaaat?!  After those excruciating 20 minutes the nurse (must've seen my facial expressions) excused herself to go & grab the Ultrasound Tech.  She kindly helped out and within 1 minute found them!!  Thank you really cute, young Tech!! :)  Unfortunately, this was not the first time this same Dr. has struggled doing that same job, with this same patient..

For those of you who aren't exactly sure about the Uterine Lining, here you go:

Uterine lining is routinely measured using the vaginal ultrasound in IVF cycles and is expected to be of adequate thickness for embryo implantation. An uterine thickness of 8-14 mm or greater is generally considered adequate thickness and less than 7 mm has been associated with lower pregnancy rates with almost no pregnancies observed with a lining less than 5 mm.

Often patients become concerned about uterine thickness during their IVF cycle. There is strong data to show that there is a trend towards higher pregnancy rates with thicker linings, but there is not a definitive lower or upper threshold where pregnancy does not occur. Another feature that is often overlooked is the endometrial pattern. Most fertility physicians would like to see a triple layer, or trilaminar pattern for the endometrium.  However, pregnancies still occur when there is a non trilaminar pattern.


Saturday, March 23, 2013

I love the Intended Parents!

So, I absolutely love the IM/IF!  Actually, I don't really enjoy calling them the Intended Mother/Intended Father, sounds so impersonal, so I will just call the IM (C) and the IF (B).  I usually talk or text C once a week if not more. :)  I adore her!  She is tender hearted, loving and motherly.  Every time I talk to her she is always worried about me and wants to see how I am feeling and always wants to make things as easiest as possible for me! :)  Thanks C!  A couple weeks back I received this beautiful card, I will cherish this card forever.  The words inside were so meaningful to me.  I loved it!

She also told me that her and B want to give Nick & I a relaxing couple of days at a bed & breakfast after the transfer!  I totally need this, more for the downtime for the transfer.  It would be so nice to not have to be a mommy for a couple of days and to be off my feet.  I want to just lay down and enjoy this moment & want no stress or any anxiety in my life, even if it is only for 2 days! :)  They are so thoughtful & considerate.
Now to figure out my kids schedule... o_o  Wish me Luck!


Friday, March 22, 2013

Could I possibly be anymore sleepy?

I am totally exhausted... I can't seem to get enough sleep.  I'm tired all the time, after I wake up, after lunch, before dinner, I even think I'm tired when I'm sleeping! LOL  I know it has to do with my medicine I'm on.  It's been worse since Wednesday, when I started Estrace 3x a day.

Also, I've been really crampy.  I'm hoping it's because my uterus is thickening and making it comfy for a beautiful little baby or 2!!  It's a really weird cramping, nothing I remember ever feeling before.  Hopefully its normal & is from the Lupron and Estrace I'm on. :)

Another thing I need to vent about is the lovely 11 lbs I've added to myself! Yippee, not!  11 lbs? Really??  The most I've put on with any of my babies was 18 lbs!  I'm more then half way there. :(  Actually, it's not that bad, just the fact that I have less clothes to squeeze into now! HAHA! All it means is I will have to work harder after their beautiful gift(s) is/are here!

Okay, the count down is on!  Lets hope that the ultrasound this Tuesday looks great so we could transfer in 11 days!!!


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

2 Weeks from today!!!

So, today as I am looking over my daughters Softball schedule on the calendar and it HITS me like a ton of bricks... 2 weeks from today we go in for the beautiful embryo transfer! :)  I cannot believe how fast these last 2 weeks have gone by!  I am so excited for the IP's!  I cannot do anything but pray & follow the Meds calendar to a T.  Everyday I catch myself praying, thinking, praying, hoping, believing & praying some more, that this transfer will go smoothly & will have an amazing outcome.  Heavenly Father, give me the strength to be patient, guide us & protect us.  You have blessed me in so many ways in my life here on this earth, you have given me an amazing loving eternal husband, you have blessed me 6x with the most amazing children.  Please watch over us as I want to give the same blessings to the IM/IF.  Life.


Sunday, March 17, 2013

Finally got scared!

Okay, so since day 1 of this journey I've been so positive, nothing has made me nervous, scared or made me second guess what I was doing.... Until today... When I opened up the package I received in the mail with my new meds.

So, this is not what scared me.  The Progesterone looked okay, a little like Vegetable Oil, I kinda expected that.  But what was in the packaging was this!

YIKES!  Are they serious?  This needle is thicker then a pencil led.. And they want me to poke myself where??  In my bottom?  Now I'm scared. :\  I'm not one to be scared of needles but my goodness sakes I might hit bone with that baby!

But then I decided to get smart and look over the packaging! :)

Agh!  Thank goodness!! Okay, so for those of you who are looking at the 2nd needle & thinking what!?  This 2nd needle is just as long as the 1st but it's 1/2 the thickness of the other one.  That actually makes me feel a TON better, a lot less scared! :)  So, apparently I use the thick needle to remove the Progesterone from the bottle, then I unscrew the large needle & screw on the thinner needle, then I inject myself in my bottom.

Here is a pic of both needles and the tiny little one is what I've been injecting myself in the tummy every morning with Lupron.  Those ones don't even hurt, unless you hit a vein on accident!

I will start the Progesterone shots on March 27th, wish me luck! Also, this week I started Estrace, 1/2 tablet in the a.m. & 1/2 a tablet in the p.m.  They are tasteless, tiny little blue pills.  The only side effects I received with the Estrace was a small headache the first two days.  I can handle that! :)


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Sorry it's been over a week!

Okay, it's been over a week since my last post!  Believe me it's been on my mind like crazy!  Honestly, I've been following some other Surrogate Blogs and on a couple of them these sweet Surrogates just barely found out that their Embryo transfer either didn't work or they are going through a chemical pregnancy. :(  I keep reading their posts and most of them say, "better luck next time, the first one never takes."  I don't want to hear this.. All we have is one shot.  My IM & IF only have 2 embryo's left to transfer...  I am praying for a Miracle!  I want nothing more but to give them the gift of life, to carry to term a healthy beautiful baby!  I will take the time this week to tell you a little more about the trials the IM/IF have had to go through.  From the best of my knowledge. :)

Although, I have started this blog, I haven't told anyone but my best friend as well as the Intended Parents... Maybe I should, but worried that people will correct me on my grammar, spelling, etc! LOL :D
P.S.  I do know that you cannot start a sentence with the word "And", but I like too, so don't judge me. :)

As for the Lupron, I'm doing pretty good on it.  No more side effects to report!  Although, this last Sunday I think I may have hit a vein or something!  I bled like crazy and instantly had an enormous bruise on my tummy! OUCH!


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Just a little more info on me!

As I addressed before, I am happily married to my best friend Nick!  He is my rock.  I've never met anyone in my life that has brought more happiness & laughter into it.  I couldn't have asked for a more loving husband & father!  I love that we can just sit around and do absolutely nothing but still enjoy each other by our side!  That & what can I say, he loves Sports!  Anything that has to do with sports makes us both happy!  Whether it's watching a game on T.V., enjoying our kids play, watching him coach, or even taking a quick trip to enjoy a 49ers game! :)  And did I mention, how amazingly supportive he has been through this life changing experience for not only the IM/IF (Intended Mother/Intended Father) and myself, but for my kids and everyone around each of our families!  Nick you are amazing in so many ways! I Love You!

We have 6, yep that wasn't a typo! 6 beautiful kids, 2 Boys & 4 Girls.  Our oldest son is 16, then we have 4 daughters, 15, 10, 8 1/2 & 7, then there is our little man who is 5 1/2..  And boy do they give me so much to smile about!  Each and everyone of them has a special place in my heart!  Each of them is so incredibly different from one another.  I've always heard people say this, after their 1st kid, "I love this child so much, how am I going to share my love with another kid?"  Heavenly Father only makes our hearts expand twice as large so we can give "Equal" amounts of our love to each and everyone of our kids!  Can you imagine how large my heart is??!! :)

I recently (as in 2 weeks ago) quit my job of almost 3 years as a server/waitress with a restaurant that I actually absolutely adore!  Everyone of our staff members was like family.  I was employed there since moving to St. George (from Salt Lake City) in 2010.  I just felt in my heart that it was time to move on.  With 2 daughters playing softball, 1 son playing baseball & our oldest daughter playing High School Softball, it was time to support, carpool & enjoy them in their hobbies.  They are only young once and I want to give them all the support I can!  Also, having this amazing "Blessing" in my life made me realize that I can't be on my feet for 8-10 hrs at a time! Yikes! :)

As of this moment not everyone knows that we have been "Blessed" with this beautiful "Service Project." :)  Nick & I have told both of our parents & siblings, some of our closest friends and also some ward members (from our church).  We recently told our eldest 2 kids.  I told my 16 year old son and his response was "You're gonna be a Baby Mama?!"   LOL I couldn't stop laughing!  His face was priceless!  :)  I love that he sat quietly listening to why I wanted to do this.  I told him, "Each of my kids mean more to me then anything else in the world!  I couldn't imagine life without any of them."  I could tell he was overwhelmed with emotion but most of all with so much Love, for me?!  You could see the proudness in his eyes and his smile!  He went downstairs for about 5 mins, I believe to ponder on this, then came back up and had more questions for me, good questions that I gladly answered for him.  It means more then anything to have his blessing! 

Now as for the other Teenager!! LOL :\  She is a little more immature then my 16 year old!  I should say a little more naive?  In a nice way..  She just doesn't have a natural instinct that other females have.  I still love her dearly but I for sure thought that "maybe" she would understand a little, maybe have a natural motherly instinct of some sort, but boy was I wrong!  When I first brought up the idea, she actually called me out on it!  She says, "Wait are you going to get pregnant with someone else's baby?"  I was shocked!  Apparently, someone at church had brought it up.  Which was totally okay, kinda broke the ice!  Actually, a couple months back I did try to tell our 15 year old daughter but she was absolutely clueless, so I dropped it.  :)  But back to the story..

So Nick & I are sitting there (Nick playing Mario Bros on the Wii) :), and she blurts out, "Wait, do you have to have sex with the dad??!!)  Sorry if TMI and especially sorry if the IM/IF are reading this, I was speechless!  Nick laughing in the background, I said "NO!!?"  And tried to explain how the process works and what the meds were for etc.  All she really had to say was, "Mom, that's weird, but hey it's your body!" :\

As for our 4 little ones we figured we won't say anything until we receive a positive pregnancy test, just for the sake of them & for the sake of us answering any unnecessary questions, if you know what I mean!  :)

Well that's us, in a short version, I'm sure I will Edit this more than once! 

Oh, yeah!  Today my side effects are barely there!  No headache to report or no nausea! :)


I received a gift from the IM!

Over the weekend I received a very sweet package from the IM & IF.  They researched and found probably some of the best vitamins out there!  Thanks you guys!! :)

Okay... I'm not going to lie.. The Omega vitamins are awesome, even smell like yummy strawberries!!  But the Prenatals, GAG, they are going to be rough to swallow. Ha Ha!  I know I will get used to them but they smell horrendous, also they are that type of vitamin that starts dissolving the second it hits your tongue. :|

So, I decided (since I have to be organized) to go and buy an old persons pill sorter!  At least that's what my kids called it when they saw it! :D  I'm only taking my Prenatals at breakfast, lunch, & dinner & my Omega's once in the morning & once in the evening, but I also have to remember my birth control every evening.. Anything to help me out!!  Have I mentioned that I love to be organized & I love Schedules!

Okay, update on Side effects.  I'm not sure if it is the Lupron, Omega or Prenatal pills, seeing as I started the Lupron Sunday & the Vitamins Monday.  I feel kinda nauseous, and have an enormous headache.. :(  Hopefully, it's just my body getting used to everything.


Sunday March 3rd, We Begin!! :)

Okay!! Can I tell you how ecstatic I am to start the Lupron shots!!  I know that may sound crazy to some of you, but I don't mind needles & I can actually tolerate quite a bit of pain.  LOL!

I was actually more nervous then I thought I would be.  Not because of the pain but just to make sure that I was injecting the shots accordingly.  Here is what the package of meds I received looks like:

I decided to give myself the Lupron injection every morning at 9 am!  It's easiest once I have all 6 kids off to school.  Doesn't freak them out! :D  It is a subcutaneous injection in my belly. The point of Lupron is to basically to put me into menopause. It will stop my body from producing eggs. Along with that, I will experience the lovely side effects of menopause, hot flashes, bloating, etc.

Shot #1 Down, Just a small little pinch!  As of now, no feeling of any side effects!

Possible Lupron Side Effects:

Common side effects include gastrointestinal issues such as constipation or nausea; dizziness or headache; hot flashes; bloating and trouble sleeping.


And the craziness begins!

So, I talked to UCRM nurse on Monday, February 25th and she emailed over my schedule!  Wow, talk about a busy month for me!  Trying to follow this calendar to a "T" is going to be tough!  But "of course" I will follow it Religiously!

Like all my highlights?? LOL  If you don't know me by now, I'm very organized!  I have to be in order to make my life structured & easiest for me! :)

I will only have to give myself a shot of Lupron every morning, starting March 3rd and take my Birth Control every night, as of right now.  But come March 13th I will start taking the Estrace.

I decided to explain what each medication is for:

Lupron (leuprolide acetate) is often prescribed for endometriosis because it dramatically lowers estrogen levels by regulating the body's production of follicle stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone. The uterine lining is highly dependent upon estrogen for growth.
It is also prescribed in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles. In IVF treatment, when a patient is on the "luteal Lupron" protocol she usually starts Lupron seven days prior to her next menstrual cycle. Dosages are adjusted based upon each patients individual response.

Estrace is a form of estrogen that can be administered orally to mimic the effects of estrogen normally produced by the ovaries.
During cycles for recipients and frozen embryo transfers (FET) the ovaries are being suppressed by Lupron. This makes it necessary to stimulate the endometrium with estrogen so that it is ready for implantation.
Estrace is taken initially as 1 mg twice daily, then 2 mg three times a day. After the Lupron is discontinued it is taken 2 mg twice daily.

Progesterone is recognized as a vital female hormone central to successful conception and a healthy pregnancy. In short, progesterone is a female sex hormone that is secreted by the corpus luteum to prepare the endometrium for implantation of the fertilized egg. Following implantation off the egg, the developing placenta signals the body to produce progesterone and prevent rejection of the developing embryo or fetus.

  • Helps create a fertile, warm environment in the womb and promotes the survival of the fertilized egg through healthy implantation.

  • Strengthens and maintains the secretory endometrium which sustains the embryo throughout pregnancy.

  • Prevents the premature shedding of the secretory endometrium (menstruation).

  • Alvina

    Sunday, March 3, 2013

    Things just started looking up!

    We got approval this last Friday (February 22nd) from the courts!!! Hallelujah!  No home study or court hearing needed!

    I cannot wait until Monday so that I could call Dr. Peterson's office to figure out where we go from here!

    I'm so excited I cannot even stand it!!  Taking Nick to lunch to celebrate!!


    Filed with the Courts!

    Got some great news on the 9th of February!  Our case was filed with the courts, keeping our fingers crossed that the judge makes an exception on the home study, if he does then things will move quicker!

    Another great thing is depending on the judge he could possibly not want a court hearing!!  If that's the case we could possibly start the Lupron shots the beginning of March & be pregnant in April!

    Lots of Prayers!!


    The Papers are signed!

    We received the Final Contract on January 22nd, 2013!  But unfortunately, we've had some family issues that were very important, so those priorities came first!

    Finally was able to send the contract signed by both Nick & I in front of a Notary on January 30th! :(  It just amazes me how life gets so busy all of a sudden.  I always think of that song by Alabama-I'm in a hurry & don't know why, I rush & rush as time goes by! Ha Ha  That should be my ring tone!

    Slow down, enjoy life, its way too short!


    Received a copy of the contract!

    Yay! On December 19th, we received a copy of the contract!  Nick & I have both looked over this and everything looks great!  We can't wait to finally sign!


    Writing up the Contract!

    On December 10th, I received a text from the IM, looks like contracts are being written!  Could I just say how crazy their list of things are...

    Blood work, urine samples, physical tests, character reference letters from family & friends, a 10 page biography of them, pictures of their home, background checks, and that's all just to be able to present the contract to the courts!

    So many things have to be lined up just perfect, for everything to run smoothly.

    Patience is a virtue!


    Moving right along!

    On December 10th, we got some good news that everything looked good in the psychiatric evaluation!  Thank goodness! :)  So, now we can finally move on to some new stuff, like blood work!

    I have an order to go and get some blood work done, a lot of blood!  It's always amazing to me how much they can remove from your body.

    Oh, and have I had a chance to whine about this birth control!  Yuck, I have gained 6 lovely, not, pounds on it!  Now I know why I had 6 kids, cause I hate birth control!  Just kidding! Ha Ha


    Psychiatric Evaluation! :\

    Yikes! Yep kinda scary.  So we've been told that we have to have a psychiatric evaluation on both parties, which honestly I think is pretty fair deal, right?  They need to make sure that we are all in the right state of mind, no crazies here!

    Actually, I was pretty nervous.. We had the evaluation scheduled for November 24th, Thanksgiving weekend, seeing as we would be up in Salt Lake with my family.  Okay, I just have to say... I felt horrible walking out of there.. :(  Just putting my life in perspective "out loud" made me question if they were going to clear me of being a normal person!  You need to know that my husband, Nick, has had an amazing up-bringing!  He comes from a very strong LDS family, Loving Family, his parents remained happily married, his childhood was just perfect!

    And then there's me... Never knew my biological father (actually he located me just barely months before this evaluation), didn't know all my siblings (now best friends with my sister Jessica), my step dad that raised me was in & out of my life, I was raised by my single mom for most of my life.  Just didn't sound as perfect as Nick's life did.

    But hey, she assured me that it only makes you stronger the trials you have in your life!  I could have probably talked to her for hours!  Luckily, we also decided to meet up for lunch with our dear friends so I knew an hour was all we had with the Psychologist!

    We met up with the IM/IF at some cute little quaint restaurant and grabbed a bite to eat and chatted for so long!  I forgot how much Nick & the IF (intended father) got along!  As well as the IM (intended mother) and myself.  I have to say watching our dear friends with their daughter (who was also brought into this world via IVF) just reassured me that we were doing the right thing!  Boy, are they so amazing, so charismatic & loving to her.  I couldn't have been more lucky to have this opportunity shared with anyone else, but with them!


    2nd Dr.'s Appointment

    We scheduled the Vaginal Ultrasound (sorry if TMI) for November 9th, also down here in St. George.  I was pretty nervous so I made sure that Nick met me at the hospital.  I wasn't going through this alone! Agh, he's so amazing for taking this ride with me!  Love you Babe!

    Okay, I have to say, I'm pretty modest, I've had 1 doctor deliver all 6 of my babies!  I even commuted from Utah County to Salt Lake County just so I didn't have to have another O.B.  I just felt very comfortable with him seeing as I had only seen him for 12+ years.  After having my last son I had him put an IUD in just so I didn't have a period, but I knew after moving down to St. George I would eventually have to find a new O.B. :(  No 4 hour commute to visit the O.B.  (I'm sure Nick would put a stop to this real quick!)  LOL

    ***Okay for all of those who don't know me, I have ADD real bad! Ha Ha, not only am I blessed with ADD I also have OCD! And it only seems to get worse with age! :)  So, I apologize if I go from one thing to the next, try & keep up!***

    Okay, back to the story..  I eventually found a new O.B. last year and of course had to have a yearly check up since it was over due.  But again, I am modest so embarrassment came into play!  Actually, I don't know if I have ever heard of any female stepping into the O.B. with her head held high, grinning from ear to ear, excited about going to this kind of appointment! LOL

    So, back to Dr. Peterson's office.  Honestly, no cutting to the chase! As soon as I got there they had me go back... Unfortunately, I still had my IUD in so that had to be removed. Ouch!  According to both Dr.'s everything looked really good.  Dr. Peterson actually said my ovaries looked perfect! Ha Ha!

    He wrote me a prescription for Birth Control so that my periods were tracked & on schedule.  He said now we wait for all the legal stuff to be excepted & approved!


    1st Dr.'s Appointment

    Once both parties were on board we needed to contact Dr. Peterson with the Utah Center of Reproductive Medicine.  This appointment was set up for October 12th, 2012 at 3pm here in St. George.  I love that his Infertility Clinic is in Salt Lake City, 4 hrs away and he actually came here. :)

    We met up with him and his assistant Dr. Strebel.  They went over common procedures, some which made us nervous and some which we knew were common seeing as I've given birth to 6 healthy beautiful babies. :)  I can honestly say that it's going to be a little tougher getting pregnant this time around then it has the last 6 times!  But I believe that I am a very strong person and with a little time & patience we will make this happen.


    Contacting the Intended Parents!

    Throughout the evening I tossed & turned in bed, unable to sleep, thinking of a way to start up the conversation with the Intended Mother (IM). I asked Nick what he thought I should say, how I should bring it up? And with that he said, "Just ask her if she has an enormous Service Project for you!" For all of you who are not members of the LDS (Latter Day Saints) Church you probably may not get it! :)

    So, that's exactly what I did! On September 21st, 2012 I did just that.. To try and break the ice I decided to only text her, this way it wasn't so awkward for the both of us.

    This is what my text read: 

    I hear you have an amazing service project for me??? :)

    And with that both parties ran with it!  We were immediately in contact with each other and talked for so long.  It was amazing!  It really reassured me that the decision I was about to make was the right one!


    How the Journey began..

    So, I've never blogged before.. I always wanted too but found myself so busy, All the Time! Ha Ha

    So the reason I decided to start this blog was because I have been so blessed to be asked... Actually, let me rephrase that.. The plan for surrogacy was actually "only" brought up.  Was not intended at that exact moment towards me, but in fact just brought up in a small conversation with my husband Nick, back on September 20th, 2012.  Honestly, all it took was him mentioning it to me over the phone.  I told him that the idea was for sure a possibility.  I believe I even shocked him at some point. 

    Although, throughout the last few years I had thrown out the possibility of me wanting to be a surrogate, I believe that in that very moment it was just as big of a surprise for him as it was for me.  You see, I'm not as young as I used to be! :)  I guess when I first mentioned the idea of my interest it was back in 2008.  So, now here we are almost 5 years later and the thought of some dear friends struggling to find a surrogate, came knocking at my door!

    With "a lot" of prayer and an amazing and supporting husband, I decided "I" as in Me, Alvina, Wife, Mother of 6, "busy" mother of 6, Working Mother, Softball driving, watching, CTR 8 teacher, Activity Day Leader (my Church Callings/Responsibilities) was going to give up 1+ years of her life to give this amazing family something that they could treasure for the rest of their lives!