I have been home in Asia for a few days now. My mom’s sister is also here from the States to take care of things for my grandma’s funeral and has been staying with my parents as well. I have spent a lot of time with her. There has been several times I wanted to share with her about the twins but have found it really difficult to open my mouth. I just don’t know how to tell her while sitting there watching TV. Do I go, “By the way we have a surrogate carrying twins for us” right after commenting on a drama series? Plus, telling my aunt means her telling her friends and my cousins. I somehow hesitate opening this can of worms fearing that misinformation would be passed along. I will tell her before I leave on Wednesday. I also have many chances to see my other relatives such as my dad’s siblings and some of my cousins. I still haven’t told anyone of them. How do I begin to tell relatives about my babies when I am not the one being pregnant? In theory it seems to be easy to tell because it is happy news, but in reality it has been very difficult.
I’m proud of my 97-year-old grandma. I told her the news. It took a little bit of explanation but she understood what I was telling her rather quickly. She looked very happy that we are finally going to have children although taking care of two will be a lot of work. I showed her the photos of our embryos, the ultrasound photos at various stages, and Annie’s bump photos. She was amazed at the technology that is available nowadays. She’s also very on top of things. She asked if others know. I told her not yet so she said she’d keep it to herself until later. I feel such joy to have a chance to spend time with her and share with her about the twins in person. This is my silver lining of losing my other grandmother who never had a chance to learn about the babies. Her passing gave me the opportunity to see my last remaining grandparent face to face. I suspect that after the twins are born, it’d be a while before we can travel overseas.
Last night, I tagged along my parents when they had dinner with their friends. One of the friends asked me if I had kids. I didn’t mind the question so I just said, “No yet.” He then asked if I planned on having kids. I was caught off guard by that question because most people don’t ask super private questions like that. So I just smiled and said, “Yes I do”. My parents both smiled politely without saying anything. When I came home, I thought about the future: how my dad and my mom are going to tell their friends and our relatives about the twins. If I were the one pregnant, it’d have been easier for them to just say that I was pregnant. If I were the one carrying the babies, it would have been a lot easier for me to answer those questions that my dad’s friend asked me. I would not hesitate telling my aunt. I would be joyfully telling my dad’s siblings and my cousins and showing my bump. It is because our way of building a family is so unconventional and the people with whom we’d share the news are so traditional that telling others has been such a chore. I am not at all ashamed of our need of using a surrogate to make a baby. This is why it’s surprising that sharing such happy news has been so tough.
I hope that it’ll be easier to share the news as we get closer to the due date.