Final Post

I can’t believe this is my last blog post about being a gestational carrier. What a journey it has been. I want to start off by thanking all of you for support and prayers.

The last month of the pregnancy was very long! Remington took up every inch of space I had. I went into the hospital about a week and a half before Remington was born with severe contractions. I was at the hospital for about four hours. That day started out normal and then as the day went on the contractions got worse. I called my mom and she went to the hospital with me while Tyson stayed at home with the kids. They hooked me up to the monitors and watched the contractions. I was progressing slowly and then all of a sudden the contractions just stopped. Dan & Keva were waiting on pins and needles curious as to whether they needed to get on the road from Fort Worth. The hospital sent me home since the contractions stopped. The next two weeks I hardly had any contractions at all.

Dan & Keva were very ready to meet their little man. Especially since Dan’s mother was very sick, they wanted him to arrive before she passed away. Unfortunately, Remington had other plans. Dan’ mother passed away the Monday before Remington was born.

That last week was full of prayer, getting everything ready for my kids to spend the weekend with grandparents, packing my bag for the hospital, cleaning my house, and just trying to relax as much as possible.

We had an induction planned for December 21st. Dan & Keva came in that Friday evening with her parents. My family and I went out to eat with Tyson’s family for Tyson’s dad’s birthday. My kids spent the night Friday night with my in-laws because we had to be at the hospital at 6am. I cried when we left them!

We arrived at the hospital at 6am on Saturday morning ready for baby! We got into our room and they started the Pitocin at around 7. When we arrived at the hospital I was at a 3 and 60%. So, after having the Pitocin going for a bit, Dr. C came in and broke my water at 9:20. When he broke my water I was at a 4. I had received my epidural at around 8am, so I was feeling pretty good. We were all hanging out in the room talking and watching tv. I started feeling a lot of pressure and told mom that she really needed to go find the nurse because it was taking everything I had to not push. The nurse came in and said, “Honey, it hasn’t been that long since he broke your water, I really don’t think you are ready, but I’ll check you anyways.” She barely got her hand in there and stood straight up, called the nursing station and said, “We need to get doctor here, this room is ready!” She was shocked that I had progressed from a 4 to a 10 in less than two hours. At this time they start bringing in all the baby equipment and we start getting anxious. Dan didn’t want to be the room when the baby was born just because they had had so many heartbreaks in a delivery room, but they were able to talk him into standing behind the curtain. When it was time to start pushing, Mom and Tyson were on one side of me, and Keva and her mom were on the other. My dad was in the room, Dan was behind the curtain, and I believe Keva’s dad, my brother and his wife were in the hall. I only pushed four times and little man was here! All the heartache, sickness, scares, were melted away in one second. Dan & Keva now had a beautiful, healthy baby boy. Keva cut the cord

I was a little worried about being sad about not taking a baby home with me that I had carried for nine months, but as soon as I looked down and saw him and he didn’t look like my kids I knew I was gonna be ok. Thank God!

They took Remington over to the warmer to start cleaning him up and at that Point Dan came in and just held Keva while they stood there and admired their baby boy.

Meanwhile, Dr. C was sewing up for a LONG time!! Apparently, Remington came out side ways!! Dr. C said he came so fast that he didn’t have time to try and turn him, so I tore really bad. But, it was all worth it looking over at how happy Dan & Keva looked. Keva and I were able to share an amazing moment when she hugged me after the baby was born. I will cherish that forever and I’m grateful Tyson was able to capture it with the camera. Dan also gave me a hug and they both said Thank You over and over again.

After I was all situated and resting, the hospital was able to give Dan & Keva their own room so they could spend time together with their baby.

I was able to leave the next day, but Remington had to stay for a few more days due to me being a carrier of Group B strep. He was healthy, weighing 7lbs 14 oz. He is perfect!

The new family headed back to Fort Worth on Christmas Eve after coming to our house to let the kids meet him. Brayden didn’t care at all, but Blakeleigh was so excited to meet him and take a picture with him. We said our goodbyes and then they were gone. It was a weird feeling seeing Remington leave after him being a part of our lives for the past nine months. I do miss him, but I know that he isn’t mine and that he is where he belongs. I don’t think you can go through what I went through and not miss the baby that you carried and delivered.

I’m so incredibly grateful for this entire experience. The good, the bad, the painful, and the extreme joy. My life is forever changed. This has caused me to love my children more and to be so grateful that even as uncomfortable and painful pregnancy, labor, and recovery is I am blessed to be able to do it and to give this gift to someone else.

This last week since Remington was born has been full of many emotions. I have been in extreme pain from the delivery, an infection in my breasts from letting my milk dry up. I have been sad from missing Remington and his parents. I have been excited knowing that I can go back to giving my all to my kids. I have been overjoyed knowing that Dan & Keva are soaking in every moment with their little miracle. I have felt grateful for all the support and love I have received from family and friends. I am a little sad that is part of the journey is over, but I can’t wait to watch Remington grow up through pictures and occasional visits.

You guys have been a true blessing and I know all of your prayers have helped me through the rough times. You will never know how grateful I am for your prayers, encouraging words, and help. I love you all and thank you for going through this journey with me!!!

 

Long time no blog!!!

Ok, I am SO sorry it has been so long since my last post. The website I use has been down and wouldn’t let me post. So much has happened since my last post too. We are now a little over 32 weeks along. Remington is estimated to weigh 4 lbs 5 oz. My family and I moved into our own home in September so life has been busy. Blakeleigh started 1st grade and Brayden is in Mother’s Day Out two days a week. Brayden just had surgery two weeks ago to fix his circumcision. He is all healed up and as wild as ever!! We had a baby shower for Dan, Keva, and Remington a few weeks ago. It was so awesome to be able to bless them and there little miracle. It was great for everyone close and special to me to be able to meet Dan & Keva. I was recently diagnosed with gestational diabetes. I didn’t have it with my other two pregnancies so being on a strict diet is very new to me. Every thing I crave is a no no!! So far I think I have done pretty good. I have only gained 11 pounds through the whole pregnancy so I’m excited about that. We had a sonogram about a month ago and they noticed that the baby had some urine backing up into his kidneys. They weren’t too concerned but wanted to keep an eye on them and make sure it didn’t get any worse. The next sonogram showed that the amount of urine had gone up a little bit so my doctor wanted to send me to a high risk sonogram doctor at Texas Tech to look at them further. I had that appointment this morning. The doctor there said that with Remington’s gestational age the average amount of backup should be between a 4 and 7. One kidney was 7.1 and the other was 7.2 so they were barely over the norm. She said she didn’t think anything needed to be done until he was 2 weeks old. At two weeks old she recommends that he have another sonogram of his kidneys just to make sure everything looks good. This little guy has kept us all on pins and needles since day 1!! He is finally head down which is another check off our box of concerns!! I can’t believe we are already this far in this thing. It seems like just yesterday I was shooting myself up with all sorts of hormones to get ready for this adventure and now we have less than 2 months and he’ll be here. If you weren’t able to come to the shower but would still like to get something for Dan & Keva they are registered at Babies R Us and Target. I love you all and thanks for your prayers for all involved!!

3rd Trimester

Well, it’s been awhile since I have written a post! I’m sorry. Life has been super busy. Tyson and I just moved into a new house and are finally feeling settled! Blakeleigh started 1st grade and Brayden is in Mother’s Day Out twice a week, which is amazing!! We have officially entered the third trimester. Little Remington is growing and perfect. We do have to go in for another sonogram this Friday, the sonogram we had two weeks ago revealed that there was a small amount of urine backing up into his kidneys so Dr. C wanted to recheck in three weeks and make sure the amount of urine backing up isn’t increasing. He wasn’t concerned, just wanted to check. Dan & Keva will be in town Friday for the sonogram and then I am throwing them a baby shower on Saturday afternoon. I am so excited for everyone to meet them! So many people have been praying for them during this journey and it will be great to finally put a face to the prayers. Remington is a very busy baby boy. He loves his little oven he is in. He is getting the hiccups pretty often now too. I went two weeks ago and did my one hour glucose test and failed so I went back this last week for the three hour glucose test. I am still awaiting those results, but I’m praying they come back normal. Both the kids are loving feeling the baby move. Brayden calls him “Keeba’s baby” lol. It took him awhile to stop calling him my baby. I don’t think he understands what is going on, but its cute to see him hold my belly and feel the baby move. Blakeleigh is pretty understanding of everything. I think she is glad we aren’t keeping him! One little brother is enough for her!! Well, I hope you are all doing well and I want to thank you again for all your prayers!! A little over 10 weeks to go!!! 

3rd Trimester

Well, it’s been awhile since I have written a post! I’m sorry. Life has been super busy. Tyson and I just moved into a new house and are finally feeling settled! Blakeleigh started 1st grade and Brayden is in Mother’s Day Out twice a week, which is amazing!! We have officially entered the third trimester. Little Remington is growing and perfect. We do have to go in for another sonogram this Friday, the sonogram we had two weeks ago revealed that there was a small amount of urine backing up into his kidneys so Dr. C wanted to recheck in three weeks and make sure the amount of urine backing up isn’t increasing. He wasn’t concerned, just wanted to check. Dan & Keva will be in town Friday for the sonogram and then I am throwing them a baby shower on Saturday afternoon. I am so excited for everyone to meet them! So many people have been praying for them during this journey and it will be great to finally put a face to the prayers. Remington is a very busy baby boy. He loves his little oven he is in. He is getting the hiccups pretty often now too. I went two weeks ago and did my one hour glucose test and failed so I went back this last week for the three hour glucose test. I am still awaiting those results, but I’m praying they come back normal. Both the kids are loving feeling the baby move. Brayden calls him “Keeba’s baby” lol. It took him awhile to stop calling him my baby. I don’t think he understands what is going on, but its cute to see him hold my belly and feel the baby move. Blakeleigh is pretty understanding of everything. I think she is glad we aren’t keeping him! One little brother is enough for her!! Well, I hope you are all doing well and I want to thank you again for all your prayers!! A little over 10 weeks to go!!! 

3rd Trimester!

Well, it’s been awhile since I have written a post! I’m sorry. Life has been super busy. Tyson and I just moved into a new house and are finally feeling settled! Blakeleigh started 1st grade and Brayden is in Mother’s Day Out twice a week, which is amazing!! We have officially entered the third trimester. Little Remington is growing and perfect. We do have to go in for another sonogram this Friday, the sonogram we had two weeks ago revealed that there was a small amount of urine backing up into his kidneys so Dr. C wanted to recheck in three weeks and make sure the amount of urine backing up isn’t increasing. He wasn’t concerned, just wanted to check. Dan & Keva will be in town Friday for the sonogram and then I am throwing them a baby shower on Saturday afternoon. I am so excited for everyone to meet them! So many people have been praying for them during this journey and it will be great to finally put a face to the prayers. Remington is a very busy baby boy. He loves his little oven he is in. He is getting the hiccups pretty often now too. I went two weeks ago and did my one hour glucose test and failed so I went back this last week for the three hour glucose test. I am still awaiting those results, but I’m praying they come back normal. Both the kids are loving feeling the baby move. Brayden calls him “Keeba’s baby” lol. It took him awhile to stop calling him my baby. I don’t think he understands what is going on, but its cute to see him hold my belly and feel the baby move. Blakeleigh is pretty understanding of everything. I think she is glad we aren’t keeping him! One little brother is enough for her!! Well, I hope you are all doing well and I want to thank you again for all your prayers!! A little over 10 weeks to go!!! 

New Milestone!

I thought I would post a quick entry to let everyone know that Keva sent me a text this morning that said from here on out it is new pregnancy territory for them. With their past pregnancies the farthest they have gotten is 21 weeks and 3 days. We are 21 weeks and 4 days today! She said she is breathing easier even if it is only one day past. Please continue to pray for them and for this pregnancy. We go to the doctor again on Thursday. Love you all!!

Half way there!

I will be 21 weeks tomorrow! I can’t believe it. On one side it feels like it has taken forever to get to this point but on the other side I feel like the time as flown! The placenta has moved so I haven’t had any more spotting, Thank God! My main stress right now is my three year old son! Every day it is something! I think I am just going to go ahead and dye my hair grey now and save myself the depression of watching them come in slowly. We go to the doctor again next Thursday and are going to have our high definition sonogram to make sure little man is healthy, which we already know he is! Dan and Keva have a few names picked out but don’t want to officially name him yet. I am asking everyone that reads this to please pray hard and often for Dan & Keva. They are both understandably nervous because this is the point in the pregnancy where they have delivered three babies. I just pray peace over them, and they can start to get excited about this busy little life inside me. They have been through so much heartbreak, I am just ready to hear/see excitement from them. Please pray for my sanity as I try to survive this last week before school starts back!! I am planning on throwing Keva a baby shower in October and I want anyone and everyone that wants to to come and celebrate with us. I am going to need some ladies to help me host so if you are willing please let me know!! I love you all and thanks for your continued prayers for all involved!!