When I was pregnant with both of my children, I learned as much about pregnancy and childbirth as anyone could. It became a passion. I became knowledgeable about everything related to pregnancy and childbirth. One might say I was obsessed. I quickly fell in love with the female body and it's amazing power to conceive, house, and expel a tiny human being. It's all very fascinating to me.
I've since given birth to two of those little beings. They've become my newest "obsession" but I haven't lost my passion for pregnancy. After the birth of my second child, I really missed being pregnant. I told Josh "I want another baby!" He assured me I didn't want another baby. I just wanted to be pregnant.
He was right.
Thus began my research on a new topic. Surrogacy. Knowing all I knew about pregnancy, labor and childbirth, certainly I could carry someone else's baby, right?
I spent many months researching Surrogacy. I wanted to be sure I was done nursing my youngest before proceeding with anything so I spent those months learning everything there was to know about it. When I finally felt it was my time to become a surrogate, I found an agency I really liked and applied to be a Gestational Carrier. I had a phone interview with the coordinator, who was absolutely lovely, and she quickly accepted me!! She assured me it would take at least 6 months to match me with IP's (Intended Parents).
Two weeks later I got a call from Jesse that she was presenting my profile to a set of IP's! I couldn't believe it! Could it really happen this fast? A few days later I received another call from Jesse!
They picked me!!! WHAAAT???
I was truly astonished. My heart raced and a million questions started going through my mind. Who are they? What are they like? Where do they live? Why me?
As soon as she told me a little bit about the couple, I knew it was right. We scheduled a conference call a few days later and I talked to my IP's for nearly 2 hours on the phone. Within the first five minutes of the conversation, I knew this is what was supposed to happen. It felt right.
The next couple of weeks were filled with emails back and forth between IP's, Jesse and myself. A lot of things needed to happen . Josh and I needed to do some testing: blood work, psych evaluations, etc. I needed to have a few more tests to make sure my body was a good house for someone else's babe.
Everything checked out and we are now in the contract phase! We should be signing any day now.
Some say it's a selfless act. I disagree. While it's maybe 90% selfless, a little part of me feels like I'm the lucky one. I love being pregnant. I get to do what I love while helping another couple add the only thing they need to complete their family: a baby. Something they wouldn't otherwise be able to have. I feel truly blessed to be able to offer this to 2 amazing people.