First- I notice that even though my belly is still not quite to baby bump level, I am already walking like a penguin. This happened with my last pregnancy as well. I think my hips just feel the growth and turn into rubber instantly. It has caused a tiny bit of lower back discomfort, which I am certain will become pain later. It is nothing I haven't been through before, so I am prepared for it.
These little ones are starting to get bones now. This probably explains why I want whole milk ALL THE TIME. Every time I get thirsty I reach for milk. I have had to force myself to drink more water unless I am outside in the heat. They are about 5 inches long now, and given that my belly really hasn't gotten much bigger than before, that may explain why I occasionally feel Baby B (the one on top) moving. It has been a rare occurrence, maybe once every other day for the past week, but I know the feeling. It's pretty cool.
My cravings, aside from milk, include avocados, berries, and turkey sandwiches with miracle whip.
My symptoms include occasional headaches, some leg cramps if I don't drink enough water, heartburn, and going to the bathroom a lot at night. I also have been having more dreams, though I can't remember them.
I really do not feel pregnant. It feels weird to even say I am pregnant to people.
I will say that I have had great fun messing with people now that my belly does stick out a little. I do enjoy seeing peoples expressions when I say "yes, I am pregnant, but they aren't mine"
They give me a confused look to which I respond, "well you see, they're Chinese"
Another confused look. After which I explain that I am a surrogate. I also have been known to tell people I am pregnant but not keeping them because they are not my husband's. That gets some interesting responses as well.
I have to be able to have some fun with this, right?
I did get to have lunch with the intended mother last week when I visited Philadelphia for the Queen + Adam Lambert concert (which was OMG AMAZING). It was really very nice to get to see her and catch up since we don't get to see each other very often. The greatest part about this meeting is I was given permission to find out the babies genders if possible at our next ultrasound (Monday the 28th). I did not know if they'd want me to find out since they could not be there. I am excited that I might get to be the one to relay the news to them. It could go either way at 18 weeks whether the sonographer can figure out their genders, but I am crossing my fingers that the little ones will cooperate.
Again, I cannot express my gratitude enough to Tina and The Surrogacy Experience for handling all of the business aspect of this journey as well as matching me to such a wonderful couple. I have been hearing of some other journeys that are not as smooth lately, and it reminds me over and again how incredibly lucky I am to be where I am. If I do decide to complete another journey I will, without a doubt, choose to continue with the same agency.