Friday, May 13, 2011

A look back

Hi, stalkers! (But do you really even stalk ye olde bloggie anymore? I mean, what in the world is left that you might be hoping to see? Photos, perhaps....)

That was fun, wasn't it! Photos start at top left at 13 weeks and carry on near weekly to the end, 3 days before delivery, just shy of 34 weeks. Look at that thing grow! Seriously, if someone had warned me how GINORMOUS I looked, I might have put myself on house arrest much, much sooner. Isn't it scary to think what 40 weeks would have been like on me?!

But of course, you all have seen those photos along the way. You were probably hoping to catch a glimpse of the twins. My procrastination demons finally relented and I am able to share some sweet photo love with you all:

That was more fun, ya think?! Ok, so it's not the best photo, but trying to fit all 6 of us plus two tiny individuals on one hotel lobby couch was a feat we could not master well. Add in 2 temperamental boys of mine, and it was downright near impossible.Take what you can get, right. You'll have to squint to catch a peek at Baby Girl. But hey, at least sweet Baby Boy (formerly known as Baby A) was kind enough to give you all a wave. *Whassuuuuuuuuup*

That's all I got for you for now. Be on the lookout for another progess collage of post-partum belly pics, as soon as I get off my lazy bootay and snap one for this week. It's a work for sure!

Thanks to all you loyal followers who still check in on me ever so often; as for the rest of you, I can only assume you've found a life outside the blogosphere. I'm jealous. ;)

Monday, May 2, 2011

6 weeks, done

My (standard) 6 week post-partum checkup was a few days ago. I passed, yay! Of course, did you expect anything different? ;) My scar is healing nicely, although still has some ridging, due to the dissolvable staples that were used. I confess that I can't wait for that be FLAT finally - at this point, it looks as if my lower abdomen has a pouty bottom lip, ha! I'll spare you the photo. I am 14lbs away from the pre-pregnancy weight and I am cleared to return to full activity, meaning I can "get my butt in gear" at the gym. It's no fun wearing maternity clothes when you're not pregnant - Express jeans, here I come! I know, I know: this isn't a health & fitness blog, so I'll move on...

C & M's twins are doing marvelously well! Baby Boy recently weighed in 7lbs, 5oz; Baby Girl weighed in 5lbs, 2 oz. Yesterday, they turned 6 weeks old! By C's account, they are normal, happy, healthy babies as we knew they would be. My prayer for both C & M these days has been that they have a smooth transition into the parenting, going from 1 child to 3! They have their hands full to say the least, but from what I know of them, they're going to be great!

Unfortuntaly, I don't have any progressive tummy shrinking photos to share today. I have them, but they're just not really impressive, hehe! All of internal organs have returned to normal, so the rest is up to me. And since pregnancy takes it toll on the ab muscles (and the skin), it will take time and focus to get it all back to my normal. While I know this blog isn't focused on that, it is an important element in the post-partum period, for any woman who has given birth, so I'll include updates from time to time.

This blog will become a bit inactive as time passes, although I'll check in with you when I have something to say. ;) I wanted to use this as a place to chronicle my experience as a gestational surrogate and I feel I have accomplished that. I feel "done" with my role as a surrogate, but not done with my role in C & M's life.

Since delivering the twins and even before delivery, I have been asked if I would be a surrogate again. I will honestly say that I have thought about it, but am not willing to be more definitive in my decision at this time, considering I am still in the recovery process from this pregnancy and delivery. I'll save those thoughts for another post, just to keep things interesting around here.

Thank you all for following along with me and for all the prayers and words of encouragement. They mean so much! Until next time, friends...