Arriving by Pelican

I took it in person on my cell phone, but this is probably still the best photo I’ve ever seen. I did share our teeny, yet immense news last week on standard social media, but I wanted to wait to scrape my words together more effectively before writing a blog post. I actually made a…

It’s Not a “Journey”

We’ve been travelling in infertility circles for a long time. I’m coming up on eleven years, since my medically-indicated hysterectomy, the decision that left me unable to be pregnant. The Electrician and I have been together more than eight years, and while we’ve been working toward parenthood through gestational surrogacy for more than five of…

The Off-Site Bakery: Green for Go

For those of you following along at home, The Electrician and I have been working with surrogate number two, whom we have fondly nicknamed “Auntie Pelican,” for a several months. Our previous experience with the wonderful Auntie Stork was one I was able to share with a fair level of detail. She lived in another…

The Pelicans

The last time I wrote, I shared that PiP (Person in Progress), died during gestation. While I like to plan for potential outcomes, thinking ahead about miscarriage beyond a superficial level was too scary to manage. Certainly, creating an outline for how we might handle losing our potential child was a possibility we avoided, probably…

PiP

The last time I spoke to our case manager at the fertility clinic, she told me the blood work was excellent and indicated a strong pregnancy. Our baby was due October 28. For several weeks, we planned for the child that was finally, finally on the way, our PiP (Person in Progress). We made PiP…

Please Approach the Starting Line

It feels surreal to actually be typing this. We are only ten sleeps away from sending our first little embryo on a tour of Auntie Stork’s uterus. He or she will decide if a 40ish week tenancy is the plan. If Auntie Stork’s uterus, which has been very carefully prepared, feels homey, our wee PiP…

For the Ones Waiting

All over the place, mothers are celebrated today. They deserve every bit of it. Mommin’ is the hardest job there is, and I’m glad there is a chance to recognize all the love and sacrifice moms pour out to their nearest and dearest. How awesome is it that on this earth exists so pure and…

Crap!

As many of you know, The Electrician and I started fostering dogs with Second Chance Animal Rescue Society (SCARS) back in our dollhouse days. We currently have a super-cute houseguest named Charlie. Charlie is our 23rd foster dog, provided my math is correct. So far, he’s been a delight in so many ways. He’s gentle,…

The Off-Site Bakery: The Home Stretch

You know, one of these days I will get to write a post announcing a pregnancy. Today is not that day. Trust me when I say I have planned many different options for how to tell the blogosphere we are finally expecting our baby, but until I get to put one of those plans into…

The Off-Site Bakery: Green Light

After months years of frustrations and setbacks, we finally made major progress this week. The Electrician, Auntie Stork, and I attended our mandatory counselling sessions. It was nerve-wracking, particularly driving there alone with a six thousand and four nervous thoughts in my head, then parking in a very busy area downtown, but it went very…

The Off-Site Bakery: Progress

It had to happen sometime, lovely humans. Wait. Slow down. No one is pregnant yet. Well, actually lots of people are pregnant, but at the current time our embryos are still in the freezer. Oh God. I just had a vision. The embryos are kind of like those pre-formed dinner rolls you can buy at…

Mammal Mondays: Norman

We have another foster dog. This time, our houseguest is a large male something or other. The “something” is probably Akita, and the “or other” is anyone’s guess. He’s remarkably handsome. See? He’s a genuine stunner. Check out those golden eyes. He also looks like he’s wearing guy liner. All has been going well with…