Sunday, June 27, 2010

BiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiG NEWS!

Almost 26 weeks and all is well - and lots going on!  Many of our readers know that I am not a native Californian - love it as I may, our palm trees and endless days of sunshine and cool breezes - I left my heart in Texas.  I was born, raised and educated there - and then, I left - 16 years ago.  Off to build a career, I set off on a series of moves that would take me from Texas to Miami to Atlanta and then to LA.  Our life here is amazing on every level, but there is one big missing element - family.  My family is still in Texas and Steve's in Atlanta.  We own a small, 1925 spanish home in West Hollywood, right off Melrose, walking distance to just about anything you could want - it is a duplex and we rent one side and call the other side our own - our side is 2 bedrooms, 1 bath - and when I say 'bath', I mean 'shower'.  We knew when we began this journey thru surrogacy that our home was going to be a challenge for raising a child - we share a wall with our tenant and the 'baby's room' is adjacent to her room.  And did I mention, NO BATH TUB?!?!  We have debated an extension to the home, but there is no easy way to do it.  We have debated moving to the burbs, but I can't stand the idea.  We have also talked about moving back to Texas one day - where your $$ goes 5 times as far.  It just so happens that we are doing just that...moving to Texas.

Long story short - I am the national sales manager for a company headquartered in LA, but with showrooms in 12 cities.  I am fortunate to work for a very generous owner who understands the importance of family.  Immediately after presenting the idea, she offered her support.  The fact of the matter is that I will be more centrally located in the country which will cut my travel time in half when going to DC, NY, Boston or Miami.  We will be within 3 hours of my parents which is priceless.  We purchased twice the home for 1/5 the price...the list goes on.  We are actually going to have a nursery!!!!!  We leave this Friday.  Steve's family is thrilled as they are now within a reasonable driving distance or 1 1/2 hour flight.  I am not looking forward to the oppressive temperatures that Dallas sports in summer, but other than that, I am just about happier than humanly possible.  We will miss our life here, but we have a new one that is just getting started - and the access to two expert baby helpers - my mom and dad.

And, now, for more big news - check out this baby bump!!!!

Looks like we better get to Dallas quickly and get that nursery together!  Our shower is July 22 here in LA so we will be back for that...

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

New Pictures - Can You See Their Faces Now?

I actually got these last week at 22 weeks, but I haven't had time to post.  One is looking down and one is looking up.  We are 23 weeks now.  Just a couple more weeks until they are viable!  Trying not to worry, but it isn't working.  Our surrogate was hospitalized a couple of weeks ago with mild uterine contractions, but was treated and released a couple of days later.  We are so lucky to have such great medical care! 

Congrats to George in Australia on the birth of his twins!  We all started this journey together last year and it is so amazing to see it coming to fruition for so many of us!  Many more to come in the coming months.