Growing … Excitement, Friendship and a Belly!

*This is the fifth piece in my surrogacy story. Thanks for following along! The embryo transfer was on May 11 in Miami, and my bloodwork appointment was early in the morning on May 20 in Gainesville. Nine days of trying to just go about our lives. Nine days of praying (at least 20 times a day) for God to bless this sweet couple with at least one child from the two embryos that were transferred. Nine days of knowing in my gut that I was pregnant but trying to be calm, just in case this time my gut was wrong…

Strange Psych Evaluation and a Surprise Surgery

*This is the third piece in my surrogacy story. Thanks for following along! In preparation for a surrogacy, you have to be evaluated both physically and mentally to make sure your body and mind can handle all that will take place over the next year+. I had never been to a psychologist before this. I imagined the office (and the doctor) would be warm, calming and inviting. Yea, not so much. First, I was given a 500-question personality survey on a clipboard, and asked to sit on a hard bench in the waiting room to complete it. An hour…

Welcome to My House!

Yes, I’m singing Flo Rida’s “My House” as I type this and laughing at myself. Is that the most addicting song or what? (I bet you sang along as you read the title too, didn’t you?) 🙂 Well, here is my crew. Miles, Carson, Sawyer and Finley. They are my busy, hilarious, loving little guys, but also each very different, which is awesome to witness. (I’ll share more about each of them from time to time, to give you a peek inside our little world.) When someone imagines four boys in the house, I…

A Kennedy Space Center Adventure (With Sixth Graders!)

When you become a parent, you get to enter school field trips in your travel log. They count! Many times, they are destinations you might not plan to visit on your own, and it’s definitely a whole new experience traveling with and caring for several children your child’s age. One of the coolest trips I’ve gone on was with my oldest son to Kennedy Space Center in Titusville, Florida. The day started early, but we needed every minute of time we had there to explore the complex. We arrived at the school at 6:45 a…

Share What You Have

“But give that which is within as charity, and then all things are clean for you.” Luke 11:41 This photo makes me so happy! After my surrogacy, I pumped for the little guy while he was in the hospital. Miraculously, he was able to go home after only five days in the NICU. Yay! But, by then my good milk had come in. I foresaw that happening and had planned to donate the breastmilk I would pump over the next few weeks or months. Then, while chatting with my little sister, I realized she needed my milk for her…