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Wanting a Second Child: Surrogacy in India and a Trip to Delhi

By Kerrie Olejarz

 

Recently I wrote about the bumpy road of IVF and surrogacy. It came from a dreary place in me, because we had just received the news that our latest attempt in India did not work. My trip to Delhi in July was an amazing trip. Sadly I left my husband and daughter at home, yet was fortunate enough to have my sister accompany me. Leaving Cailyn and Mark was heart wrenching, I...

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Surrogacy and IVF Can Be A Bumpy Road

By: Kerrie Olejarz

 

When you venture down the IVF and surrogacy road, it tends to add a whole new level of anxiety to the baby making process. IVF pregnancies are higher risk in general and there is typically more monitoring done in the first twelve weeks than with a normal, conventional pregnancy. Add to this a surrogate, an agency, and a whole lotta money and it becomes almost too much to...

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Parents: Comparisons and Milestones

By: Kerrie Olejarz

 

Aside from everyone guessing who Cailyn looks like -Mommy or Daddy -it seems everyone is concerned with milestones. There is an ongoing comparison of who’s child has hit which milestones, whether the child is early or delayed. Cailyn has reached most milestones early, like grabbing toys, rolling, using her thumb and pointer finger as a pincer grip, and talking. (Yes, she has...

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Our Surrogate Will Forever Be Part of Our Lives

By: Kerrie Olejarz

 

People often ask us why we chose India to do surrogacy and we have polished and fine tuned our answer. We quickly realized that going to what some consider a developing country to have a baby can catch people off guard. For us, and this is our unique opinion, we chose India for cost because the US or Canada were indeed cost prohibitive and secondarily we did not desire a long...

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Surrogacy Friends

By: Kerrie Olejarz

 

Isn’t it funny how commonality brings strangers together? In the world of Indian surrogacy you become immediately ingrained in similar people’s lives. You find blogs and forums on the most important subject in your life: having a baby in India. Most of our Indian surrogacy bloggers are putting their story out there for the world to read. Many assume an alias, but their...

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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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14 Weeks, Already!

By: Kerrie Olejarz

 

 

Cailyn was now 11 weeks old and started to laugh, a real hearty melt-my-heart-kind of laugh! Every new parent looks forward to the firsts, and the first laugh was just so enjoyable for Mark and me. The days started to become challenging as Miss Cailyn decided she was a girl who did not need naps. Some days I wished she would nap for at least an hour so I could either nap...

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Our Little Pumpkin

By: Kerrie Olejarz

Being at home with Cailyn felt like a temporary adventure.  The fact that she was with us was surreal and the thought that she was with us for life was difficult to wrap our heads around.  It is very difficult to explain this, but others who have struggled for years and finally had a baby understand this all too well.  As we continued to share our story on our personal blog,...

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Two-Month Check-up

By: Kerrie Olejarz

 

 

We had been home for a few weeks and it was time for Cailyn’s two-month check up at the doctor. We chose to stay with our family doctor and avoid a pediatrician unless absolutely necessary. We are fortunate that our family doctor does infant care, and that we really like her. I was excited to see Cailyn’s weight and length gains, but petrified of following through on...

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Are We Actually Capable?

By: Kerrie Olejarz

During our pregnancy we had people tell us that they would “help” us when we got home, that we would indeed need help. I took this personally, as in “you are not carrying the baby so how can you care for it?” Maybe taking it personally was my own insecurities and emotional challenges, but, regardless, I was quite fed up of being told we would most definitely need help. I could...

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Sharing a Little Wisdom

By: Kerrie Olejarz

 

After having been home for a while we started to be pleasantly bombarded with enquiries from local couples looking to see if this was indeed real. We spent our weekends proudly showing off our baby, meeting perfect strangers for coffee, brunch, and inviting them into our home. It was a true pleasure to share our success with these hopeful infertiles. We were more than happy...

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The First Few Days Home From India

By: Kerrie Olejarz

 

The first night home was great. Clean water, clean clothes, and a proper nursery for our little girl. We spent most of the evening just staring at her in awe, like most new parents would. We received phone calls and a drop in visit from friends. They wanted to see Cailyn but she was asleep in her crib. They could not get over how little she was, and this was surprising as...

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