Thursday, January 15, 2009

Finally...Our Prayers have been answered.

YES, that means its official...

WE
ARE HAVING A BABY!


We received our first call Saturday, January 10th at 0832am and heard both Dr. Yashodhara and Dr. Sudhir's voices say those long awaited words. 'You are pregnant!!!' Almost one year to the day since we began this part of our journey to having a family through surrogacy in India.

We waited to announce it here on the blog until we could tell our family and we received our second Beta test, so I (not Gerry) could be somewhat certain that it wasn't a false positive.

So, here are all of the details:

Saturday January 10th - our first Beta was 134.
Tuesday January 13th - it increased to 336.
This Saturday January17th will be our first ultrasound and we should find out if the sac is in the perfect spot and how many there are.

Gerry was so very excited from word one! Me on the other hand, well, I froze and truly don't remember any of the details past those 3 magical words. I am still feeling very cautious and a little bit in a fog as I still can't believe it is actually true.

We told my Mom and Dad first as we could tell them in person since they are "snowbirding" in Arizona for the winter and kept asking if we heard anything almost every single minute of every single day. Here was their unforgettable initial reaction when Mom opened the 'YOU HAVE A NEW GRANDCHILD' card:














and then the tears began...













and then of course the celebration...



























and you know we couldn't forget our girl and new 'Big Sister', Frankie...

We had one unexpected last minute change that the Docs wanted to wait to tell us. We had to use our back-up surrogate. We had told them both from day one that we trust them 100% and whatever we have to do to have a family...make it happen. And so they did. Her name is confidential to protect her privacy, so we will call her KT for short.

Gerry has basically told every stranger in every store and anyone who will listen since he was sworn to secrecy until we told our loved ones first. We went to the electronics store this weekend and he tried to explain the concept of surrogacy to the store clerk, a teenage kid. We had to laugh as all the clerk could relate it too was, 'that movie, Baby Mama?' So in honor of how many of the strangers of the world will see our journey, here is one of our favorite clips:

YouTube - Baby Mama "Bun" - TV Spot

Another update on our parcels that arrived 1 month after dropping them off at the post office here in Arizona. We had meticulously wrapped and packed everything with such care only to find out that the customs folks in India had rummaged through the entire thing. The Doctors called up on the web cam and unpacked it all in front of us as all the gifts were unwrapped and all the names were no longer legible. But happily we were able to figure out what gifts were sent for each person and especially to see the joy on their faces as we watched from afar. Note to self...Do not send wrapped gifts to India if you want them to arrive in one piece!

We will certainly keep you updated as the days, weeks and months progress. Please keep saying those prayers for our surrogate (aka Baby Mama) KT and our little one or ones to remain healthy and strong along the way, and also continue with all of the positive comments that you have been leaving on our blog.

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18 comments:

The D'Eliso Family said...

Congratulations, Congratulations, Congratulations, Congratulations, Congratulations, Congratulations, Congratulations, Congratulations, Congratulations, Congratulations, Congratulations, Congratulations, Congratulations, Congratulations, Congratulations, Congratulations, Congratulations, Congratulations, Congratulations, Congratulations, Congratulations, Congratulations, Congratulations, Congratulations, a million times!!! We are so excited for you guys, and you know where to go when you need babysitters!!!

jojo said...

HOORAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is the best news ever!!!!!!

I'm dancing and my heart is doing backflips (the good kind) and I'm just so pleased for you both.

This is truly AWESOME news!!!!

Keep us posted...I'm so happy for u both. WEll done!

xxx

C. S. said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May God continue to bless you with the desires of your HEART....

Again, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

Tigerlilycat said...

Yay, yay, yay!!! So excited for you guys - and so glad to know that the 2WW is still only 14 days long and that the delay was simply you holding out. Keep telling that baby (or babies) to stay in the right place and no going sight seeing!!!

Kerrie and Mark said...

CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am SO thrilled for you! I teared uo when I read the post. Finally wonderful people get the gift they want.
All the best! Cheers!
Kerrie

Jackie said...

So exciting and sooo glad you posted FINALLY! Hip, Hip Hurray!

xxx

O&J said...

HOORAY! We're so happy for you.

Anonymous said...

Rhonda and Gerry,
I am sitting here reading your post, with tears running down my face. What amazing, amazing news!!! "Congratulations" seems like an inadeguate word for the joy and happiness (and terror) that you must be feeling. I am so happy for you guys!!
I can't wait to hear about the day that they put your baby(ies) in your arms! What lucky children they will be, to have parents who are willing to go to any lengths for them.

Enjoy every minute! ((((hugs)))) to you all!

Love,
Lori (NC)

Carrie Jo said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! I am SO happy for you both!

crystal said...

Congrats to you both. I'm sure you both will be great parents.

crystal said...

Congrats!!!!! It was been a long road for you two, and finally your prize is at hand.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to both of you.

Linda said...

Ohh Rhonda and Gerry, I don't have words, I'm just so happy for you! :D

I really miss you in the surrogacy forum, hope you will come back there again soon to share this exiting journey with us.

A BIG HUG TO YOU BOTH

Lots of love from Linda

Anonymous said...

HUGE CONGRATS!!!! I am so happy for you both.

Molly

Sarah said...

HOOOOOOORAAAAAAAAY!!!

Angela said...

As I was falling asleep last night, a thought passed through my mind: "Crap, forgot to check the blog." What a day for my memory to fail!! I'm soooo very happy for you guys. This is indeed wonderful news.

Brace yourselves for the next few months! If you thought the "two week wait" was long...

Can't wait to hear more wonderful news about your journey.

switzertwins said...

OMG Congratulations!!!! You guys deserve all this wonderous joy!!! We are so happy for you!!!!!

Brian and Lisa

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! You and Gerry have led so many of us through the beginning of this journey. How fitting that you will be sharing your journey to support our future steps as well.

Knowing that the two of you are expecting makes everything seem just right... perfect in fact.

Congrulations from the bottom of my heart.

Love
Joy