Monday, May 14, 2012

Some Exciting News!

This blog post written by Tiffany, Surrogate Mother

First things first, let's get to our big announcement we have been waiting to share:   A CNN producer was so touched by our story that she spoke with CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta who wanted to learn more.  Dr. Gupta and his team will be telling our story over the course of the next year on his show, Sanjay Gupta, MD which airs on Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings.    Since we have already been filming our documentary on this, we were more than happy to continue to share our story in hopes it reaches more women (and men!) affected by fertility issues and also, those curious about surrogacy.  Really excited as my husband can share his footage from our movie with them. Filming for CNN should start in a few weeks, we will keep you posted for sure!  

An update on the twins!  Today's 8 week ultra sound went amazing, both babies had grown and are exactly where they should be with really strong heart beats!  It was such a relief to see them in there and growing so well, we got to see their little head, yolk sacs and even little arms forming.  It was really so beautiful and comforting.  Here are some lovely drawings, courtesy of Baby Center, of what is developing in the twins so far, an up close of a singleton and a drawing of twins both at 8 weeks.  And yes, that is EXACTLY what my butt looks like right now. 

Here are James and Natalie's twins, ultrasound from this morning at 8 weeks:

I have been still so very sick.   I have tried all the natural items I can think of, from preggie pops to ginger gum, ginger tea, seabands, morning sickness spray, the bean diet, and more.   Unisom seems to help control the barfing, so I can keep food down and get nice and plump.   But I have 24/7 nausea and in bed all day.  I am ready to hit week 12 with fingers crossed the nausea train will leave this station stat!   The good news is, each time I lose my lunch, or as my grandpa used to say, toss my cookies,  I know those babies are growing nice and strong inside of me.  I have just a few weeks left on my medications, Estrace, Estrogen Patches and Progestrone and then the pregnancy can sustain on it's own.

We are "graduating" from Seattle Reproductive Medicine, today was our last appointment with them.  Although that is great news because we are pregnant and healthy, we are sad to leave out team that we have been working with for over a year now.  Dr. Paul Lin and Lindsay Wood have been the most amazing team working with us through the loss of the last embryos, to the joy of this pregnancy.  They really felt like part of our family and we were sad to say good bye but so grateful for all they did for us!    We loved ALL of our team at SRM and will miss doing this with him.

Once again, thank you for following, for all your letters and stories.   Your stories and words of encouragement have been so amazing during this journey.   We are happy to have you along with us! 


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  1. What awesome news! How exciting! Great to hear the growing little munchkins have graduated to your reg. OB! I'm actually an intended moma,we too just graduated to our OB at 11w3d! Yeah!
    Have a Suneday!
    Carly @

  2. Great news all around. Please post dates when info will air on television. As for the N/V talk to your doctor about Zofran (Odansatron). It comes in an SL, liquid and tablet form. I have a very severe GI disease that causes N/V, 24/7 and I have had it, officially for 10 years. I have a very severe form of the disease. The best way I can explain it to someone is to tell you that what I deal with is like having the very worse case of the stomach flu, food poisoning or pregnancy sickness everyday of my life, every minute of the day, I even wake up in the middle of the night vomiting. Even on SIX anti-emetics daily through either a PICC Line or my G/J tube and I still deal with symptoms. They are just a little bit better (I also have a pacemaker in my stomach to help). But my point to all of that is too tell you that there are medications for N/V out there safe for hyperemesis. Some can be make into creams that you can rub into your wrist. I am thrilled that everything continues to go so well. Please keep us all posted and please, try getting some medication to ease the sickness. Happy thoughts to all of you!


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