We find ourselves in this uncharted territory: we are expecting, for the first time, with very strong beta numbers. We had dreamed of being in this position but never reached it. Until now. It is just so surreal.
I remember my dear friend A.’s words: Things don’t change until they change. She said this to me in December when we ended the fifth year of our quest without a baby or pregnancy and this journey seemed to be never ending. A few weeks later, everything changed.
I woke up the day after second beta feeling tremendously grateful for this pregnancy, for the life or lives that the Lord is sustaining inside Annie’s womb, and for Annie herself who has been nothing but a blessing to us.
Annie is so good. She did her first prenatal workout the other day. I have 100% confidence in her that she will do her best to take care of herself and this pregnancy.
I am allowing myself to dream a little dream, that maybe this is really the time that we get to bring a baby home. On Friday, my heart was full and my stride was a bit bouncier and lighter.
I had some email exchanges with Dr. E on Friday and Saturday. I told her that I was still soaking in my joy and disbelief. I asked her for the record of the beta results, and which scans other than the 6.5 week appointment we should attend.
Dr. E’s response: “I love it!! ‘Soaking in your joy’. Life is good! The next big scan will be at around 20 weeks to look at the anatomy of the babies. That’s a great one to attend too.”
Babies?!? I know that our betas were high. But I ain’t too sure about “babies”. And what about the NT scan at 12 to 13 weeks?
Her response: “You already did PGS. You can skip the NT. You can go if you want. It’s just like the first scan. Not much different. Buuuut there are babies in there :)”
She seems to think that there are twins inside. I am emotionally not quite there yet. I am still at that stage where I am wavering between having confidence that we’ll see a heartbeat or two and the fear of a huge disappointment and devastation at the appointment.
The next day, I emailed Dr. E again to ask if 6 weeks 5 days would be a good time for an ultrasound, and if there are any other supplements she might recommend for Annie if she is indeed carrying twins.
Dr. E said that Annie doesn’t need anything right now other than all the support she can get to have a stress-free pregnancy.
She also said, “She is such a relaxed person at baseline. We are really very lucky. Stress is one thing that is consistently linked to preterm birth. Six weeks and five days is perfect. No words to describe how excited I am for you.”
I just love Dr. E.
An ultrasound has been scheduled for 2/6 at 6 weeks 5 days. Plane tickets have been purchased for both Bob and me to attend the appointment. A week ago we wouldn’t have dreamed of doing all of this.
There are definitely many emotions to sort through.
We are in general super happy and feeling super fortunate to get to this point. We celebrated with a deep-dish pizza dinner.
As requested, Annie bought a FRER and POAS’d just for my satisfaction of seeing a dark second line. It felt really surreal to receive a picture of that FRER. It was not my pee but it is SOOO my pee stick.
I don’t know how to describe the feeling of seeing a BFP that supposedly belongs to us but at the same time it is so far remote from our life here.
The long awaited BFP. I thought I would be jumping up and down in joy, but instead I felt a little jealous that the life/lives are not growing inside of me.
And then, there is a question of how much to check in with Annie about feelings or symptoms without being overbearing. I don’t want to ask her every single day how she is feeling, if she is feeling symptoms or tiredness, etc. Bob asks me everyday how Annie is feeling. I think he is gauging how pregnant she is on how sick she feels. He is probably feeling even more far removed from it all because he does not usually contact her directly like I do. It is even harder for him to navigate this new stage of how to care for our gestational carrier without going overboard. It is a fine line to walk.
As this news is sinking in this weekend, I suddenly feel a sense of loss. As much as I look forward to finally closing this chapter of our TTC life and moving on to hopefully becoming parents, I also feel this intense loss of not being able to carry my own child(ren). I know that it is a process to grieve and mourn this loss, and I shouldn’t expect myself to get over it at this moment. As I think about what Annie will be going through in the next many months, I feel sad that I am not the one who will have these precious moments with my husband. Bob will not be the one who comes home and puts his hands on my tummy waiting for his baby to kick. I will not be the one who would notice my belly growing bigger and bigger. As much as surrogacy is such a gift and an amazing thing, we still mourn the loss of these moments.
This sense of loss was so strong last night that I lay in bed in the dark with tears soaking my ears wet. In darkness, Bob held my hand and said, “It may be a good time for you to go talk to S.” S is my therapist. I am very thankful for my husband who is perceptive of my needs. Today, I emailed S and scheduled an appointment for the Wednesday after our ultrasound. I hope to have good news for her and at the same time have her help me navigate the complicated emotions involved in this process.
But then, sadness only appeared for a little. At church yesterday, I let myself daydream a little about it finally being my time to leave my baby or babies at the nursery.
This is my reality: constantly moving from being ecstatic to sad to grieving to happiness to hoping for the future.
This news is so fresh and it still feels very surreal. I just feel so blessed to be writing this post. I hope that I will be able to keep on delivering good news for the next many months. And hopefully as the news continues to sink in and the time goes by, I will feel more and more joyful and less of a need to mourn my loss.