When I first became a mother more than ten years ago, I took on the practice of lighting an extra Shabbat candle for my daughter. On our first trip to Israel together as a family, when she was just three months old, we went to see our friends at the Baltinester Judaica shop in Jerusalem. … Continue reading V’yikareh Shema B’Yisrael: And Let Her Name in Israel Be…
Jamie is nesting, big time. I figure that means it’s time for me to write a blog post. I went to the mikveh yesterday. It was my first time back in the water since the day before this fetus, in its smallest-ever embryonic form, was transferred into my uterus. A lot has changed since then. … Continue reading And Now… We Wait (Part Two)
The most recent blood test came back with the antibodies still too weak to detect. My obstetrician checked with the high-risk doctor and we’ve had a change in plans of the best kind: being this far along (now past 37 weeks), even if the antibody levels were to rise at this point, there wouldn’t be … Continue reading Bullet: DODGED
In my last post, I told you about the folks at FertilityIQ who have built a website that serves as a resource for people seeking reviews on fertility doctors. In order to help build their bank of information they offered to send a donation to Mayyim Hayyim for each person who filled out their survey … Continue reading How You Can Help, Part 2
Last week I went back for my second beta test. The clinic was hoping for my hCG to roughly double from the 386.6 where it started. More good news: the blood work came back with a level of 1166.8, a “fantastic rise,” according to the clinic. No more blood work needed (and it’s a good … Continue reading Why Jewish?
After they accepted my application, the agency told me they had a couple in mind who they thought could be a good match. So they asked if I might be interested in doing a second surrogacy journey in the future with the same intended parents, provided the first one went well. Whoa, whoa, whoa – I … Continue reading How Incredibly Rare
Okay then, did that. It’s been a surreal day. Then again, I’m not sure that walking into an office building to go get impregnated could feel any other way. We arrived right on time to find two men waiting with their surrogate and her mother to go in for their transfer. One of the dads-to-be … Continue reading And Now… We Wait
A quick update on where things stand since my last post… Yes, I definitely got ahead of myself. It turns out a “natural cycle” still includes twelve weeks of intramuscular progesterone injections, daily, following the embryo transfer. The doctor believes it can be normal for the Lupron I’m taking to need a little longer to … Continue reading Can Jews be Surrogates?