Our Surrogacy Story Part 1
After losing J and B I have never trusted a positive pregnancy test since. I am too guarded and to scarred from the stillbirths. This exact day 1 year ago I found out I would deliver Jude and that he would die.
An amazing, selfless friend stepped forward in our deepest grief and offered to carry some of our left over frozen embryos from Jude and Brinly's cycle. She asked for nothing in return and hasn't complained once (more on her in upcoming posts, this woman is a saint). Becky has given me a hope I never thought I would have again and has literally saved me from dying of pain for not having live children. We transferred two. Both stuck. Twin boys.
I have used this blog to mourn Jude and Brinly while hoping, praying, and trying to remain positive with a surrogacy pregnancy.
I was overwhelmed with joy to have the chance to have twins again but also extra scared knowing the risks. We kept this entire thing a secret from even our own families till she was 24 weeks along-minimum viability. We couldn't bare the thought of dragging them through the horrors of the slow week to week to make it to a chance of survival and keeping it a secret helped me cope too.
As posted earlier, we took family to Multnomah Falls for Jude and Brinly's memorial service. My entire family on both sides cried as we said our final goodbye's too Jude and Darren and I spread the ashes.
We then told our family we wanted a family picture at the base of the falls (our surrogate Becky, her husband Tom, and daughter-all strangers to our family-where at the base of the falls).
We got up there and everyone got in front of the falls and we asked a "stranger" (gestational carrier's husband and daughter) to take a picture. They were really filming. They counted to 3 and Becky, our surrogate, walked into the picture. Our families were confused by the stranger so I eventually turn around, touch her stomach, and say "this is our surrogate Becky." Here is there reaction in the video. I cannot express how much this woman and her family have changed our lives.