My friend Jennie said I needed to update my blog so here it is :) A LOT has happened since my last post so I will try to summarize best I can.
Back in April I started my journey as a surrogate. Zach and I went to Mexico City for 5 days. We went there for my IVF transfer and it was AMAZING. The hotel was wonderful and so nice. The area was beautiful. We went to see pyramids and of course went shopping. We also met the Fathers Avi and Alone for the first time. Unfortunately the transfer did not work and I had to go back in May for another one. That time it was just me for 3 days. The transfer worked and I got pregnant.
After that we moved from our house in Rio Rancho to a house in Albuquerque in June. In August we were given a great opportunity to go to LONDON! Avi and Alone invited us to stay with them for a week. It was extremely hard to leave the kids but we had fun. It was a very very crowded place but so full of history and the parks were so amazing and beautiful! We also got to see Priscilla Queen of the Desert. It was such a funny play!! We also got to see Mama Mia. Not as good as the movie but still fun to see.
As soon as we got home from London Zach was offered a job as Operations Manager back in Utah! I can't tell you how happy I was. So we packed up once again and moved to Bountiful. Actually Lowe's moved us to Bountiful. We did not have to load or unload anything! It has been soooooo nice being back here.
We celebrated Kayden and Riley's 2nd birthday. It was a lot of fun. They loved opening presents. And it was so nice to be able to have family there.
After their birthday we started getting ready for Christmas. By this time I was getting more and more pregnant. I started to have really bad back pain. It was so bad I had to be prescribed Lortab just to get through the night and day. At 2:30am on December 13th I rolled over in bed and my water broke. I just couldn't believe it. I started shaking and woke Zach to have him smell it (gross I know) he was wonderful and actually did it. I was fluid not pee. I started crying, I was only 28 almost 29 weeks. I was so mad this was happening again and confused on why I couldn't even carry ONE baby full term, I mean that's what women were made for! So I took myself to the hospital and was then transferred to St. Marks (a bigger hospital) by ambulance. I was given the normal drugs to hold off labor and infection so of course i was sick groggy and miserable. After many blood tests I ended of having HELPP syndrome, which is really high blood pressure during pregnancy and can only be cured by delivery. So Monday I was given steroids for the baby's lungs (hurt like HELL) and all this time I was having my blood drawn every few hours and on Magnesium for holding off labor and controlling my blood pressure. My arms looked like I was an addict because of all the needle pokes. It was soooo hard being away from Kayden and Riley and Zach. He couldn't really be there with me because of work and the kids and luckily my family and his family were WONDERFUL and really helped out. On Wed. December 15 the Dr. finally decided to deliver me. So I was wheeled in for a c section and it was a much much better experience than my first one. Little Alfie Shtruzman was born 2 pounds 6 ounces and came out screaming. He did amazing for being so little.
I begged my Dr. to let me go home on Friday the 17th. Zach's parents came with Scout to help out. It was nice to have food made and a clean kitchen :). The recovery has been long this time but I feel so much better. Alfie has been doing amazing and surprising everyone with how well and fast he is growing.
So that's about it for now. Sorry for the extremely long post but now you are caught up.