Today was the Nuchal Translucency screening. It is exactly 13 weeks and 6 days, so it was the last possible day to do it. Everything looked great. That is not the best part though. The parents of these perfect little humans got to come and see them on screen and hear their heartbeats for the first time. It is such a beautiful moment to get to be in the room and see the little ones moving on screen and see the expressions on their parents faces when baby B swallows.
The IPs got here Saturday night and we did meet up with them for a short while. We spent all day with them on Sunday. I don't know what they were thinking, but they wanted my three rambunctious girls to come visit too. My girls are 11, 9, and 4. They can be very sweet, but can also be quite a handful. I must say that it was nice to see how well my girls can behave when they are asked to for a set amount of time. I mean, my four year old had a little trouble towards the end, but she was happy energetic at least, not crying.
We went to the Newport Aquarium first, which the IPs were excited about because it took them into another state to add to their list. We in Ohio, but near the Kentucky border. In fact, you pretty much have to go through Kentucky to get to Cincinnati from where we live unless you want to take the long way. They enjoyed the aquarium and even let my girls pick out a prize at the aquarium store. Have I mentioned the IPs are very generous and giving? We went to the Art museum after that. My older girls handled it well, my 4 year old was a little too excited about the echo in that big, old building. My husband had to take her outside. The IPs just laughed at how much energy she has. HA!
I am honored just to be a part of this journey with them. I know that they could have chosen another surrogate, but they chose to work with me and give me the trust required to let another woman carry your child. I love being part of this experience, especially now that I have hit the end of the first trimester, and the nausea and inability to eat much has mostly passed. (told you I was by the book)
I am even more elated to say that they have agreed to allow the babies to stay in my hospital room if they are unable to stay in the hospital with them. They have also asked me to help feed the babies breast milk until they took them home. I am so happy about this. I do intend to donate breast milk once this journey ends, at least long enough to get the recovery benefits. I am glad that at least some of that will be going to the twins I helped bring into the world. I am very honored that they have asked me to do that as well.
I can't express enough how lucky I am to have been matched with these parents. They are sweet, intelligent, giving, caring, understanding, hardworking, and most of all, they handled my three minions for an entire day and still messaged me afterwards about how much they enjoyed them. They will make amazing parents. I love these people.