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Gestational Surrogate Becomes The Milk Lady

By: Kelly Rummelhart

My surro baby, Alexander, made it out of the NICU July 8th and then headed back to his home July 13th. He is doing so well and is even up to six and a half pounds! One of the issues with international surrogacy is that you can’t ship breast milk (it would melt and go bad during shipping/in customs). However, I was able to pump for Alexander for the first two weeks.

Here was my...

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When Do You Feel Like a Mom?

By: Kerrie Olejarz

 

After all we had been through it was difficult to feel like a mom, whatever that was supposed to feel like. I cared for this little girl with love and concern, but did this make me a mom? I often felt like Cailyn was on loan to us, not ours to keep. Finally at the six-month point we decided to have professional photos taken of Cailyn and us. It was at this point, seeing the...

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Oh How Quickly Things Can Change

By: Kelly Rummelhart

I am 31 weeks along in this pregnancy. In my mind, I know that pretty much anytime after 36 weeks I could go into labor. I say 36 weeks because that is the earliest I have ever given birth. I also know that it could be as late as 39 weeks, when they will schedule my c-section . . . but as I move my business and move my house I’m trying to not over do it so I don’t push myself...

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Ahhhhh, They Love Me!

By: Kelly Rummelhart

We’ve made it to 25 weeks and to celebrate, my awesome IPs sent me a gorgeous bouquet of flowers and some chocolates. It totally made my entire weekend!

Time is flying by this pregnancy. Before I know it I will be placing their little man in their arms . . . brand new parents. They are getting really excited and plans for a baby shower are being laid out. Of course, I can’t...

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Time Flies!

By: Kelly Rummelhart

Once I had my own children, I was amazed how quickly time went by. Even now, Ruby is ten years old and I swear it feels as if she were born only a few years ago. I think about my marriage . . . I spent thirteen years with my R. and now in the “remains” of it all, it didn’t feel like that long at all. Hell, my twenty-year high school reunion is this year and NO WAY has twenty...

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99.996789% Paternity!

By: Kerrie Olejarz

Knowing the DNA test results would take about a week, and then an additional 3-4 days for Cailyn’s passport, we knew we were in for a long 10 days ahead of us. A couple days after the DNA test, a local couple invited us for lunch at the “Embassy”. We were really stoked to get out of the B&B and meet Chad and Doug. We were not quite sure what they meant by the Embassy so we...

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Waiting and Waiting and Waiting and Waiting . . .

By: Kelly Rummelhart

Okay, so maybe I have failed this whole “patience” thing. I don’t do well just waiting. I was supposed to fly to LA Thursday and be back Monday, however, our egg donor was not ready so we got pushed back about four days. We have our revised dates. Looks like I’ll be flying down Monday evening and transferring either Tuesday morning or Thursday morning. Yes, that’s Thursday,...

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Screening Time!

By: Kelly Rummelhart

 

So I have made my decision to proceed with a third, and final, surrogacy.  Since I’m no spring chicken, time is of the essence.  I actually have several years before I can no longer be a surrogate, but I’d rather not be pregnant at my twenty-year high school reunion (which is coming up sooner than later), so it’s time to get the process started.

At the end of June I flew...

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More Than a Village – a Tale of Procreation

By: Kelly Rummelhart

More Than a Village- A Tale of Procreation

Last week, I talked a little about the lack of positive media regarding surrogacy.  It is an ongoing battle and one that I hope to change bit by bit, the more I blog for The Next Family and at my own blog, Just the Stork. One of the things I do on a weekly basis is check out what people are saying about gestational surrogacy. I have...

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Happy Father’s Day . . . and Happy Fathers’ Day!!!

By: Kelly Rummelhart

 

I LOVE the third weekend in June for several reasons:

*For the last 37 years I’ve taken part in celebrating my father on this weekend.

*For the last 10 years I’ve been celebrating my husband’s fatherhood.

*Half of my son’s birthdays in the last eight years have fallen on this weekend.

*For the last seven years, my daughter’s dance recital has been the third weekend of...

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It’s Almost June and You Know What That Means . . .PRIDE!

By: Kelly Rummelhart

Pride 2010 surro girls

Specifically for me: San Francisco Pride. Last year a few surrogates met up in San Francisco and we had a blast. My best friend Stacie and I drove up and met our online surro friend Heather from Chicago. All three of us had finished our first surrogacy journeys with Growing Generations and were moving forward with the second. I was 22 weeks along with my wonder twins, Stacie...

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Happy Mother’s Day?

By: Kelly Rummelhart

Surrogate mom on Mother's Day

This year marks my 10thyear celebrating Mother’s Day as a mother, 11th if you count just being pregnant. I have celebrated Mother’s Day with my kids since I gave birth to my first child, Ruby. This year, I will not be with my kids on “my day”; instead, I will be celebrating with my own mother. Even though I won’t even be in the same state, I know I can count on a phone call...

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