Monday, August 30, 2010

Now for something totally unrelated.

I thought that now is a good time as ever to take a break from posting about surrogacy and start posting something a little lighter. Now for that music clip or two that takes be back to Year 10 at high school. This is a youtube link. It is amazing the stuff that you can find on youtube. The first clip was made 28 years ago and is representative of technology of the time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5zkpbZ3mmg.
I have no idea how to work my youtube grabber so you will have to copy the link. The band is transX - Living on video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RHTiXvELNg&feature=related
The Go Go's . They looked so young back then. It is only when you get older that you realise just how long ago this all seems.

If you like electronics this is the coolest site that you will ever come across in you travels across the world wide web.
http://www.radioshackcatalogs.com

Every now and then we must all digress from the topic at hand and have some time out. I find that reliving your youth via the music videos on youtube is a good way to recharge and start again. The next post will be surrogacy related.

One Week On

Well, one week later and we haven't received any emails or phone calls advising us that we have had any further complications with our surrogate mothers. We have now made it to 12 weeks and 2 days. Our Australian doctor told us that the chances of the pregnancies progressing to term become greater after the first trimester has passed.

One of the conditions of my employment is 2 weeks paid parental leave upon the birth of a child for you or your partner. I have previously asked about twins and I have been advised that regardless of number of babies (Twins/ triplets) the leave relates to the pregnancy. So now that it looks like both surrogate mothers may make it all the way, I requested clarification on the situation regarding multiple births from two distinct pregnancies. I think that the response will take some time as our agreement doesn't deal with this issue. I would love to be a fly on the wall when they open that email in the HR area tomorrow. WIll update the blog when I get further information.

Monday, August 23, 2010

My how things change

What a week. After the scare last week with surrogate mom 1 we received the 11 week scan from the Dr. As the surrogate mother lost one of the twins her pregnancy is now listed as being high risk. This means that there is about a 25% chance of the pregnancy ending within the next month however as time progress the risk reduces. There could be other complications later in the pregnancy however we have our fingers crossed.

Surrogate mum number 2 initially had some problems and we were under the impression that only one baby would progress however it appears as if both babies are fine and dandy at this stage. So it now appears as if we have a fairly reasonable chance of ending up with 3 children. The Dr said the as the pregnancies progress the chance of success increase as the babies become stronger.All of the them measure about 4 cm, which is about normal for their stage of development.

Due date - At this stage 40 weeks is about March 13 however we are assuming that they will come early and as such we are making plans to be ready from about the beginning of February. We are hopeful that they will make a minimum of 35 weeks however we will have no control of this.

Well, it looks like we may need a bigger car. I will wait until the 28 week mark before buying one. If there are 3 we are very limited to the type of car we need. We have been looking at the outlander as it can easily fit 3 baby seat across the back and it comes in a 7 seat version. Will add updates as we received them.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Journey update

Well, it has been a little while since I last posted. We have been waiting for the results of the eight week scan from the agency. I contacted the Dr as we were wondering when we would get the results of the scan. The Dr advised me that due to questions that had been asked she was now going to be providing scans monthly rather than fortnightly. So the next scans, the 8 week scans would be conducted at about 10 weeks. We needed to be patient.

We have 2 surrogate mothers under the care of the Dr at the moment. A few weeks ago we were advised that one of the surrogate mothers had an issue with her pregnancy. Unfortunately it looks as if the pregnancy will reduce from 2 to 1 however we will have to wait another week of so to see if this pregnancy will continue or it will end naturally.

We received an email today advising us that the other surrogate mother was admitted to hospital the day before with some bleeding. A scan quickly confirmed that the surrogate mother now only has one live pregnancy. Within the space of a few weeks it appears as if we have gone from 5 to 4 to 3 and now we have 2, one with each surrogate mother.

We now just have to be patient as we only have a few weeks until the 12 week scans. We are very hopeful that the results will be positive.

This journey is not just about us. it is also about providing future opportunities to the wonderful donor and the surrogate mothers and their families. Without their assistance we would not be in the position that we are in today and we for this we are eternally grateful.

Some very sad news today. Little Ben (Benjamin) has passed away. We have been following Ben's progress on this Dads blog, http://samandphilblog.blogspot.com for many weeks. We are both very sad at his passing and wish his parents all the best in their hour of need. All of you (Ben, Zac, Sam and Phil) are our thoughts and prayers.