The week before was a stressful one. I was trying to finish up everything at work and on Thursday the 12th both C & I were overwhelmed with if we were going to have my membranes stripped or not on Friday the 13th. I had decided early on I did not want Pitocin because I have a bad reaction from it. But the more we both thought about it the more we both got uncomfortable with the idea of stripping my membranes. Just unsure of the unknown. Will I go quickly right after they're stripped? Will it even work? What if B & C aren't here? Am I seriously starting to come down with a cold?? Yep, I started feeling like I was getting sick and this was the confirmation I needed. So, we decided it would be best to induce on Monday the 16th.
Of course, I was a wreck that whole weekend. Running around getting last minute things done, laundry, house work, etc. But Sunday night rolled around and I was calm and relaxed. I was able to spend that evening with Nick. I was able to ponder on my whole pregnancy, my whole experience, my amazing year that I had with this miracle and I also thought about how much closer C & I had gotten. I sat and thought about how much stronger this experience has made me. And most of all how much I cherish and love my family. How lucky I am to have each and every one of them in my life.
At this point, we weren't exactly sure when we were getting admitted. They told me it could be as early as 6:30 am, but as late as 6:30 pm & to keep my phone close by. Well, of course I couldn't sleep I was full of excitement, nervousness, sadness and happiness! My phone rang at 5 am asking us to come in at 6:30! Got showered, ready and was out the door!
I knew this was going to be an amazing experience for not only Nick & I, my family, B & C and their family but also for the staff at my hospital. This was there very first Surrogacy experience! The nurses were absolutely amazing!! So loving and caring. And they had so much excitement in every one of them! :) Of course, I got there on time and got checked in. Immediately got all cute in my gown and climbed into the bed. I was so mad because I forgot to have Nick take one last belly pic. :( By the time we got the paperwork and vitals out of the way it was already 8 am. I had sent Nick home to help get all 6 of my kids get ready & off to school. B & C were going to join me about 8:30 am.
|Lets do this!|
|~Nick & I~|
|Introducing the Amazing & Loving B&C!|
|~The Whole Team~|
|My Beautiful, Amazing & Supportive Mother in Law!|
|Melanie, my favorite nurse out there!|
|She was as excited as we were to experience this Miracle!|
|Patiently awaiting a Miracle|
|The Boys being patient|
I pushed, and pushed and pushed some more, lots more! And nothing.. "Come on Baby Boy, lets go. I'm finally ready! Your Mommy & Daddy have been waiting for such a long time for you! We want to see that beautiful little face and hear that beautiful little cry!" I took breath after breath, waited for the next contraction and would give it my all again.. I could hear all those amazing nurse's, Linz, my mother in law & Nick cheering me on. I know I was so close, but after 20 minutes of pushing... I was exhausted & weak. I have never pushed so hard in my life! I took one more long deep breath and pushed and with that we witnessed a Miracle..
|C's face speaks for itself|
|She was handed her baby boy!|
He is beautiful.. He is big! My first intuition was to look at C's reaction, it was beautiful! It was everything and more then I anticipated. This is what I worked so hard for and it was worth every second, if not more! :) Everything was Priceless! Everything was Perfect! I sat back, held Nick's hand and enjoyed and savored this moment. It was a very special moment, one I will cherish forever.
|Showing him off!|
|Proud papa moment!|
The moment I finally got to hold this handsome and precious little gift. I was overwhelmed. He was perfect! He melted my heart and put an instant smile on my face!
|~He's worth it all~|
|Little K meeting her brother for the first time!|
|Grandma C (I love her by the way!) meeting baby A for the first time.|
|Grandma C, Thanking me a million times! Such an amazing lady!|