Have you been anxiously awaiting news on the surrogacy front? I’ve had this post rolling around in my head for a week now, but finding the time to sit down and write it has been challenging. It has been 2 weeks since I gave birth to a strong (yet quiet) little boy and I am quickly returning to my old self. He was a week past his due date, so my little bloggy break might be a little longer than I expected. Don’t worry though, I will be back before you know it!
As a gift for being a surrogate I received a bracelet with the word grateful beautifully stamped, front and center. The gift giver said she thought of me when she saw it, that the word described me. I was (and am) so touched…
and it’s true. I am grateful.
~ I’m grateful for the extra time I spent with the Mom and Dad to be. Had baby come on time we would have gotten a lot less “just hanging out” time. (Although I may have been grumbling about it a little bit that last week. 😉 ).
~ I’m grateful for the woman who runs the surrogacy agency (Creative Conceptions in case your curious) who held my hand through the entire surrogacy process. Having her experience and skill at the delivery made all the difference!
~ I’m grateful for the missed epidural. I didn’t need it but was afraid to not ask for it. Because the delivery was so quick the choice was taken away from me. I can now say I’ve done a natural delivery with no pain meds at all. (Flexing superwoman muscles… hee hee).
~ I’m grateful for my mom’s encouraging voice in my ear as I focused on each contraction.
~ I’m grateful for the super quick delivery. Only 2 1/2 hours of serious contractions.
~ I’m grateful for the happy tears I saw when the new Mom laid eyes on the baby she’s dreamed about for so, so long.
~I’m grateful for the two parents who clung to each other while they watched their big boy be weighed and measured. (8.11 lbs and 19 inches)
~ I’m grateful for the note Little M left in my hospital bag.
~ I’m grateful for all of the texts, Facebook messages and voice mail messages waiting for me. What an amazing feeling to have so many friends thinking about me on that special day.
~I’m grateful for car ride home from the super short hospital stay. Being with my Hubby and kids was just what I needed.
~ I’m grateful for Big M’s sweet comment two days after I came home. “Mom, I hope you can do that again. I like feeling the baby move in your tummy.”
~ I’m grateful for my bloggy friends, who provided dinner for our family. It was like a giant hug from all over the world.
~ I’m grateful for my sister (and nieces) who gladly helped me keep life as normal as possible this past few weeks and who took on this surrogacy as if it was a decision they had made.
~ I’m grateful for the family who is headed home today. Starting their life together in part because of me.
~ I’m grateful for a husband who not only allowed me to accomplish my dream but made it as easy as possible. Although he will take no credit for his part in this gift, I couldn’t have done it without him.
~ I’m grateful for the opportunity to live a life long dream.
And of course I am grateful for you, my readers, who have been so patient while I took this break. I look forward to coming back strong as soon as possible.