Sunday, May 27, 2012

Air shows, travel plans and changes of plans

Hubster and I went to an airshow yesterday for Memorial Day.  It was 95 degrees and the sun was blazing.  Needless to say, we did not stay as long as planned but did spend 3 hours on the tarmac looking at planes and enjoying the show.  The air show turned out to be a joint venture between the Canadians and the Americans which I found pretty cool in light of my current joint venture with two Canadians. 

Speaking of which:  I have a flight plan.  I have a motel booked and a rental car booked.  Before I know it I will be on the east coast again, my third trip there in less than a year.  Enough already with the travel, let's move on to the pregnancy part.  Every time someone says that surrogacy is a "get rich quick scheme" I just laugh.  More like a "go crazy slowly" scheme.  The guys and I have been matched and cycling for over a year now and they still have no baby which really really sucks for them.  Hopefully third times the charm. 

Once again there have been a ton of changes in our lives in the last month (or actually the last week).  To sum it up, Joe is a stay at home dad again for awhile.  We'll leave it at that.  I'm happy about it, he's happy about it and so it's all good.  Change number two is that the back house is now empty again.  I miss Thomas but he's out on his own and that's how 19 year old's should be.  He moved into his own place and we are thrilled for him.  The back house is really just too old and run down to live in and I'm sure he was happy to get a better place. 

I guess that's it.  I'm hoping my next update in a month or so will be a postive pregnancy test.  Fingers and all other appendages crossed. 

Monday, May 14, 2012

4 years

4 years ago today I gave birth to the ESB's.  It was a momentous day at the end of a pretty crappy pregnancy and four years later those babies have grown into little men that can swim and ski and speak two languages.  Their dad's have grown into great parents.  A family was born four years ago today.  Happy Birthday Georg & Adrian.  May your lives be long and happy and full 

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Bad blogger, bad bad blogger

Has it really been a month since I posted?  How is that possible? 

The Swedish guys have found a surrogate.  I am thrilled for them.  Because of laws regarding insurance they had to use a surrogate in either Massachusetts or California and they found a wonderful one in Mass.  She is a first time surrogate who has never had a c-section so I'm hoping they will get to experience a vaginal birth for the first time since we ended up with c-sections for their three kids that I carried.  I would LOVE for them to get to experience a more natural birth. 

The Canadian guys and I are still here, still cycling.  Hopefully the third time will be the charm.  We are contemplating putting in two embryos this time since the SET (single embryo transfer)s have such a low success rate (less than 40%).  Not sure what the final decision will be.  I know I'm sick to death of flying to the east coast but I'm sure they're even more sick of footing the bill for me to fly to the east coast so I figure if they want to stick with SETs that is fine with me.  What's another cycle of cancer causing meds followed by a cross country jaunt, right? 

Boy #1 is still working.  I think he has a new apartment to move in to...a two bedroom this time.  He's paying all his bills and doing well.  He's still a 19 year old boy so he does dumb things sometimes but at least right now he's doing typical 19 year old dumb things.  He's still planning to go to college at night this fall.

Girl #1 has moved down south.  She is job hunting and is enrolled in school.  We miss her already. 

Girl #2 has finished her finals.  She is working overnights and likes it but misses her baby a lot.  I told her when she figures out how to balance working and motherhood to let me know because 20 years later I haven't figured it out yet.

Boy #2 graduated from 8th grade.  He gave the commencement speech and was really good.  He had us laughing and then crying.  He also won an award for an essay he wrote (clueless mom alert...I didn't even know he wrote the essay) and gets 100 dollars and a plaque.  His latest coup is he made the traveling varsity basketball team for the high school.  36 games in the month of June.  Can we say EGADS. 

Boy #1 graduates from 8th grade in about 2 weeks.  He's decided to do summer school for PE so he won't have to take it in the fall and get all sweaty and have to sit around stinky all day.  I was actually shocked he signed up for summer school but it's fine.  Probably better to be doing something in the summer anyway. 

Joe asked me the other day where all our money goes (not in a mean way...he was just curious).  As a demonstration I sent him to the grocery store.  He came home knowing exactly where our money goes.  The 7 gallons of milk the boys drink a week...that's 25 bucks right there.  Thank goodness we don't buy juice or soda.  Milk or water is it.  Can't imagine how much more we would spend it we bought juice and soda.

And that's about it.  I still go into the lab about once a week to finish stuff up.  I am still typing (FML note...I typed about 120 pages of affidavits on Wed/Thurs and then a power surge fried my computer and I lost all of them.  I am currently in the process of retyping...and I bought a surge protector.  Lesson learned.)

Joe still loves his new job.  He gets to be an IT geek, get paid to do it, and the kids can go to college for free.  Win/win.  He rides the motorcyle whenever he can and that saves us a ton on gas. 

Nothing else new. Until next time....