Monday, April 9, 2012

Think Happy Thoughts!

This blog post written by Tiffany Burke, Surrogate Mother 
This blog post is from April, click the HOME button to be brought to our most recent updated blog.

Today is five days after the transfer and I have been really enjoying my down time at home.  My husband and oldest son, Holland, flew to LA this weekend to The 3 Stooges movie premiere.  Holland was laughing the entire time!  I heard it is hilarious for kids, I will take him again this weekend.

In the meantime it has been little Blakey and myself at home.  Playing cars, building legos, maybe drinking and eating snacks out of legos as well.  Bubble baths, snuggle fests and when Blakey is asleep I have been wildly reading the Hunger Games books.   I'm a quarter way through book three.

I have felt different this time around, last time I was cramping right away for three to four days, this time not as much.  I have been eating my pineapple core each day, making my fruit/spinach smoothie and for good (sticky) measure, eating my organic peanut butter (straight out of the jar since no one's looking!).  The blood draw will be on Friday the 13th.  I feel like we may turn that into a very lucky day, I hope.

I feel positive and hopeful this will work, but still a little hesitant after last time of course.   I really just cannot wait to be pregnant, and take care of a baby in my belly so that my brother and sister in law can have their baby for life.

Here are some fun photos that were left out of last weeks post....   first of all, James and Natalie's embryos! They are so beautiful and what a cool thing to see how life starts.  These embryos are five days old in this photo.


          Little Lucich Embryos!



  Yes, I wrote that on my thigh!   A little humor for the doctor to see when we started the transfer. I feel a little humor goes a long way!   He started laughing and said, "In all of my 16 years.... I have never...."  













As always, please take a moment to share our story so other women can connect and not feel so alone.  It also helps us. I know Natalie and I received several emails after last week's post, and comments, that brought us to full blown sobbing fests.   We really appreciate all the readers and all the support.

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"Live your life so your children can tell their children that you not only stood for something wonderful you acted on it" ~ Dan Zadra


Sticky Thoughts!
Warmly,
Tiffany, Surrogate Mother




22 comments:

  1. sending you lots of love and hopes for new life! xox

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  2. BEST Picture EVER!! So funny. Fingers crossed for all of you. I, for one, think this Friday will be a very lucky day indeed. Doesn't hurt that it's my birthday, so I'm a little biased, but I'm thinking Friday the 13th should be a happy day and I'm betting those embryos found home! I mean, come on there were arrows and everything.

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  3. Ohhh, I love the welcome home message for the embryo! Always love a little humor in life. Sending prayers for success your way! This is a really neat story to follow. :)

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  4. Oh my gosh! SO awesome you wrote on your thigh like that. Talking about lightening up the mood. Pure entertainment.

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  5. thats so funny! I have not had fertility issues, but my heart and prayers are with you! I can't wait to hear good news on Fri (I am sure we will! So many stickey thoughts!!)

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  6. Crossing my fingers for you this Friday!!

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  7. Friday the 13th is going to be a very lucky day. We have our blood draw that day too. Twins are in our futures!!!!

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  8. I am sending sticky thoughts to you!!! I can't just "think" them, last time I did that for a friend, I ended up being the one that got pregnant, and you guys need this to happen! It's amazing what you are doing. An inspiration to others who feel the pang of infertility, and the ones who wish to do all that they can to help them achieve their dream of having a family. I can't wait until I can be a surrogate!

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  9. I just started following your journey...found your blog through mutual friends on FB. My husband and I struggled with infertility for 3 years - 2 surgeries, 2 fertility clinics,2 failed IVFs and 2 failed IUI's...finally leading to our miracle who is now 4 months old. Thanks be to God and the SRM clinic. Praying this is your sticky baby!

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  10. Embryos pictured are very poor quality and have little chance of implantation. Wonder what happened at freezing and thawing. Anything is possible but chances unfortunately are very low with this time around as well.
    RE MD

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    1. Perhaps instead of being so negative you could show some support. A medical degree doesn't mean that you're always right.

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  12. Dear Anonymous MD, thank you so much for posting your medical opinion. All supportive thoughts during this difficult process are encouraged at this point. The embryos pictured above were 5 day fresh embryos and never frozen or thawed. The quality of the embryos were fair and grade B, with a hopeful outlook. They were never once described as being poor quality by our amazing medical team. In our case, your medical diagnoses was a little off as we are now 13 weeks pregnant, with TWINS. So I think they were just lovely embryos!

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  14. I'm sorry if what I write comes across as arrogant or misguided.. But i am posting on this blog as I had just seen yalls story on CNN. I totally believe in surrogacy and what your doing for a couple whom which can't have a baby under normal conditions. However I cannot get over the fact that your doing this for a sibling.. It almost seems like incest to me...? Like your using your brothers sperm with your eggs to create a baby for his wife? Seems a little strange to me... How is this not considered incest?

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    1. Yeah I don't get it either? Seems kinda taboo!

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    2. She didn't use her own eggs. Natalie's egg and her husbands sperm are being implanted in Tiffany's uterus.

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  15. Thanks for your comments, but the embryos were created with Natalie's eggs not Tiffany's. Tiffany is carrying the babies For them but they are not using her eggs.

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  16. Hello Tiffany,

    I just read an article about you entitled "Carrying these babies for my brother - CNN.com" at http://us.cnn.com/2012/09/07/health/surrogate-sisters/index.html?hpt=hp_c1

    I just wanted to tell you that I find you really amazing Tiffany to do such a wonderful deed for your brother. He is surely very blessed to have you as his sister.

    Good deeds always bring unexpected good consequences in various areas of life for those who do them and it will be no different for you, Tiffany.

    Best wishes for your coming babies.

    Michael

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  17. Just read the article on CNN. What a wonderful thing to do! I am sure you will be a fabulous aunt to the twins, too!

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