Wow, are you kidding me?!? Has it really been 6 months since I had my surro girls?? I really can't believe that Lily, Eve, and May are already half way to 1 year old!! Happy 6 months, girls!!!
I get photo updates quite often, but I think it had been a couple weeks since the one before this one. It had to have been because they look so much different!! Their hair is really starting to darken and their eyes lighten. Love it!!! And don't you love how round and chunky those bellies look?? I'm proud to say that I had a lot to do with that =)
I can't wait to see them on Sunday. It has been about 3 months since my last visit, so I know I will be so amazed at how much they've changed. Pictures can only describe so much!!
Now that I have had months to recover (and well on my way to getting my body back), I've really had a chance to go back on forth whether I am ready for another pregnancy (surrogacy or my own) or not. I remember shortly after having the triplets, I really felt that baby itch. Of course the mind has no idea how to react when the body is pregnant with triplets, not taking any home, and then pumping breast milk for months on end without actually breast feeding a baby. I think my hormones were making me yearn for a baby and replace what my body felt was missing. I tried so hard to fight my urge to get pregnant again right away, and it was not easy. Now that I am looking back on the past 6 months, and clearly over the baby itch, I am glad I listened to my mind and not my hormones. I know I am not physically or emotionally ready to have another baby, whether it is a surrogacy or another one of my own. And, because I am just doing fantastic on this whole road to my ideal bikini body thing, I really LOVE not being pregnant for once in my life. I love being able to look cute and comfortable in any and all clothing now. I love being able to have a glass of wine once in a while and eat sushi anytime I want. And most of all, I LOVE my daily trips to Starbucks =) I know how a lot of surrogates feel out there when their journey is over and they feel so anxious to begin another one right away. But, I want to tell you that these feelings do end and soon enough you will understand that you can't be a surrogate forever. You need to experience those months of emotions where you feel very alone and unappreciated. Don't get me wrong; I still think about being a surrogate again all the time and continuously ponder about what my next IP's will be like (if that time does ever come). But, those emotions are definitely controllable now and I am appreciating the simple things in life in the moment.
So, when do I think I will try for another pregnancy?? Well, we are really planning for only one more baby to complete our family (that's all I can get out of the husband =). We don't want to wait forever because we would like our kids to be all close in age (our boys are 15 months apart) and we really want to have all our babies before we hit 30 (yes, I still have a few more years in my 20's =). So, the plan is to try for another baby in 2 years. And, if anyone has the recipe for making a girl, I would LOVE to hear it!!! Is that too much to ask after delivering 3 girls for someone else??? We will see!!
After having our third baby, and having a total of 6 kids (wow!!), I am not sure whether I will be a surrogate again or not. My body is limited on c-sections; I have already had 2, but my OB said I could take 2 more during the delivery of the girls. But, it all depends on how my next one goes and whether or not that doctor determines if I am physically able to do a total of 4 c-sections or not. And besides that issue, I have to get my husband on board as well. He was NOT a fan of what went on when I delivered the girls. The amount of blood that I was losing in the delivery room and the fact that I really was dying does not settle well with him and those moments gave him the scare of his life (mine too, but in the moment I demanded more drugs so that I didn't have to continue to hear the panicky chaos in the room). So, as of today, I am not saying whether I will be a surrogate again or not. I do have several more years of child bearing days ahead of me, so the decision definitely does not need to be made any time soon. Right now I am really happy with my life as it is today and I am appreciating all of the small things that I may have overlooked in the past few years.