Monday, November 5, 2012

8 months Pregnant Already!

This Blog Post written by Tiffany, Surrogate Mother


We are in the home stretch! Although neither me or the babies have much room for stretching! We have made it to 33 weeks and are just thrilled. My biggest goal is to get to 34 weeks so the babies can be born here in town. Otherwise I will have to be transferred to Seattle or the babies will after they're born. I have been contracting (Braxton Hicks) inconsistantly for a few weeks with some increases these past few days. Nothing that feels like labor. A few of the contractions have kept me up at night, but then they drift away. I am still throwing up and still sick, but I get more breaks here and there where some days, although nauseous, I don't throw up at all!  Lucky!  Afternoons are typically easier on me. I am still working (photography) and I have had the most amazing clients willing to work around my morning sickness.  We have found that if I sleep through the sickness in the morning, and work all afternoon and night, it is not that bad and for sure more bearable. 

The babies are growing perfectly. At their 32 week check up, they were measuring about 4 lbs each and around the 50th percentile which is incredible news; not too big, not too small! Baby A (the first baby due to come out) is a little ahead of the curve though: his head is measuring 34 weeks. Ha ha! Great news is that both babies are head down and my doctor is going to allow me to try a vaginal birth. Fingers crossed for that when that time comes!

Here are two updated photos of these beautiful boys! Both babies received 3D ultrasound photos but only Baby B was willing to cooperate, Baby A kept hiding behind the cord or moving too much.









Today I went to see a photographer friend of mine, Brea Bursch who owns CYE Photography. She did an AMAZING photo shoot of my belly. At first I was unsure if I wanted to do "maternity" photos, since these are not my babies. I never did them with my first, and a friend of mine did some in-home ones of our second that we loved. The more I thought about it, the more I thought - why not? I would love to remember my body during this journey as I carried these two little miracles, and I was super excited at the idea of getting my make up done and doing my hair like a fairy queen. Here is the photo from today that I just cannot stop looking at! My friend Brea is so talented, feel free to pin this photo and check out the rest of her work on her page!





In other news, we have something wonderful to share. Natalie has been taking supplements to produce breast milk for the last few months and it worked! She has been pumping and storing and has 40 + frozen bags ready to go. This means she will get to nurse her babies when they get here. How special to be able to have that bond! I will still pump and donate either to Natalie (if they get low) or to a local family up here that needs the milk.

Lastly, people are asking me a lot how I am feeling now that the end is near and if I am ready or sad. It is a little bittersweet for me, as this is my last pregnancy and I have enjoyed being a surrogate.  Since I am still throwing up and still sick, I am getting ready and excited to have my body back. I am mostly just so excited to see James and Natalie's faces when they meet their two babies they have been longing for. I think it will be one of the most incredible moments to witness and I have been really looking forward to it. I am looking forward to healing at home, visiting with friends, re-kindling my love life with my husband and love bombing my two sons to infinity and beyond.

As always, thank you so much for following our story and for all your kind supportive words. We feel so blessed to have such an amazing community of people in our corner during this journey.

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” 
― Ernest Hemingway


Warmly,
Tiffany Burke
Surrogate Mother

36 comments:

  1. That photo is simply stunning. <3

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  2. Holy gorgeous, that is one amazing photo! How wonderful. I am so happy to read about Natalie's boobs. Ha. That's weird, but how wonderful that she will be able to nurse the babies! It's also great that you might end up having extra milk to help people in need, that's such an amazing thing to do.

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  3. as always another post that made me cry :) I can't wait to see images of the babies with their mom and dad along with their auntie. What a blessing.

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  4. It has been such a blessing to follow your journey. Thank you for sharing it with us! Looking forward to seeing the culmination of all these many months of work and prayer! God bless you all!

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  5. Absolutely Beautiful! This whole story is beautiful and I hope your story continues for at least a year or more after the birth of the boys. Reading the journey has made me feel like a part of your family so I hope I can continue to read about how you all are doing. All of you, not just the babies :)

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  6. So, so amazing that Natalie is going to be able to nurse these babies!!! I cannot wait to hear about the amazing meeting of these boys with their parents <3 You are such a wonderful woman to be making this sacrifice for your brother.

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  7. I love that picture!! Beautiful!!

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  8. You are positively beautiful, inside and out.

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  9. for some reason this post made me weepy, in a good waY! Congrats to the whole family....

    Tory

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  10. Absolutely gorgeous photo, one of the best I've seen! Can you share more about the supplements,etc Natalie took to bring in milk? That is truly amazing. So very happy for her. :)

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  11. Wanting to give birth at St Joe's? I LOVE that hospital. They were incredibly kind to me. GL, I think of you all often!

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  12. That picture of you is beautiful. I love it!

    That is so cool that Natalie will be able to nurse.

    You have done a great job. I can't believe it's almost the end.

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  13. That picture of you is beautiful. I love it!

    That is so cool that Natalie will be able to nurse.

    You have done a great job. I can't believe it's almost the end.

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  14. Congrats on making it to 33 weeks!!
    Your pregnancy pic is GORGEOUS!!! I am so glad you decided to get these photos done!! You will cherish the photos!

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  16. Great news, and congrats on the birth as I just read! Can I ask, what supplements has Natalie been taking? (From someone who had supply issues and struggled to nurse only six weeks.)

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