Saturday, September 21, 2013

So much to think about!

This surrogacy business really has my mind thinking a lot. And I don't mean "business" as a business transaction or anything. I really see this experience to be life changing. I mean to give the GIFT of a CHILD is just priceless. What a humble and amazing feeling! That's what makes this journey so exciting for me. Aside from having my own children, this will definitely be one for the books. I hope to find IP's (intended parents) who would like to keep in touch after the baby(ies) are born so that I can watch them grow up. But I completely respect those who choose not to keep in touch. I honestly respect a lot of decisions that these IP's have to make with surrogacy. It's a pretty big deal, huge decisions to make.

I've already met so many amazing women on Facebook surrogacy groups. Even local ones who will definitely become good friends. I love the community! So many women helping families grow. If all goes well, I'd love to be a surrogate again. Would be even more awesome to do sibling surrogacy! To give my surro baby a sibling.

I am constantly reading stories, researching different terms, processes etc. So much to learn, but I really do enjoy it. It's all about learning and the experience!

I better call it a night! I hope that my Midwife here in Portland will be able to send over my records soon so that I can get an approval from the fertility clinic. I do know that she is dealing with a huge tragedy in her life right now so I know that's her priority and I completely respect that.

Until next time my lovely readers!

Surro-Mama Angela

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Initial Interview with NWSC!

As if I wasn't already excited enough about this whole journey, we had our initial meeting with NWSC today! For some reason, I was a bit nervous yesterday but I wasn't sure why. I think it was merely because I didn't know what to expect but it went better than I expected!

We arrived at 9am. I thought we were going to be late because we didn't leave until 8:15am and of course there was a lot of traffic heading to Portland from Beaverton. But thankfully we made it on time. I really dislike being late. It's one of my pet peeves! But I've learned that with having happens. More often then I'd like to admit.

We were greeted by the Front Desk Receptionist, Georgia and she was super sweet! She gave my girls stickers, which they always love. We didn't wait very long before Amy and Molly came down stairs to greet us. Wonderful first impression! We went into the conference room and Molly went upstairs to grab a box of T-O-Y-S. So funny how she spelled it out so the girls didn't know what she was doing. When she came back down the girls were excited to have new toys to play with. We all sat down and began chatting about the process.

We discussed everything from what to expect, my needs/wants, they asked Brandon how he felt about everything, compensation, worse case scenarios, detailed information on the process, and just really getting to know each other. The kiddos did pretty good while we were there. Ethan slept half of the time and the girls played with the toys but had some tantrums here and there. But that's to be expected haha. 

Molly was very realistic and easy to talk to. And Amy is just a pleasure to chat with. We left even MORE confident in this decision to embark on this surrogacy journey. We laughed so much throughout the meeting, it was awesome! Once they receive my records from Ethan's pregnancy & birth they will send off my records for all three of my pregnancies/birth to the fertility clinic to get approved. Then I will go through my psych evaluation and apply for insurance if necessary. They will share my profiles with IP's (intended parents) and find me the perfect match. 

This is just the beginning of something beautiful! Stay tuned! ;) 

Surro-Mama Angela

Sunday, September 15, 2013

I'm going to be a SURROGATE!

I am SO excited for my first blog post! Thank you for following me on this amazing journey of becoming a surrogate. Being a surrogate has always been something I pondered over. I always thought the gift of a child, a beautiful miracle is truly the ultimate gift of all. I really feel that once I have the experience of being a surrogate, my life will be complete. 

Let's start with a little introduction....

My name is Angela and I live in Beaverton, OR. I am originally from San Diego, CA. I lived in Arizona for 4 grueling years (loved the people, not the state) and we (husband, Brandon and I) decided that we needed to plant our roots and decide where we want to raise our growing family. We took a mini vacation to Portland, OR in July of 2011 and stayed for three days. That's all it took, three days for us to know that this is where we belong. We absolutely LOVE the NW! 

Brandon and I have been married for 5 years this coming up November 22nd. And we have been together for 7 years. We have three BEAUTIFUL little beings that look a lot like us. Elora (4yo), Eliana (2yo), and Ethan (3 months). We initially wanted 4 children before we even had any. But once we had them, we decided three is an EXCELLENT number for us! I had three AMAZING home births and my pregnancies went really well. I had the typical aches and pains as I got further along, but nothing that I couldn't handle. I actually really, really, REALLY LOVE being pregnant! Call me crazy, but I really do. But our family is complete now which is why I have started my journey to become a surrogate. 

I am working with Northwest Surrogacy Center here in Portland. I've been working with Amy (who is amazing by the way!) We have been chatting since last year. She has been so helpful and has been a pleasure to work with. I finally get to meet her in person this coming up week which I am SO excited about. In fact, they get to meet my whole troop! Brandon and I will be bringing our trio with us so they can meet them as well. I'm pretty adamant that my children know what's going on. (as much as they can possibly understand at their young ages) So far we have completed their Questionaire and the background check. Everything is good to go to move forward! There are a lot of steps, but so worth it.

I will keep you all posted on this amazing journey! I'm staying optimistic until I know otherwise ;)

Blessings, Love & Health, 

Surro-Mama Angela

Photo taken on 8/31/2013 by Nicole White