Since no one besides our parents and a few close friends even knew Baby M existed, our trip was somewhat clandestine, done in as few hours as possible to minimize time out of work (gotta save those days for my non-existent future maternity leave!) and lies to innocent bystanders.
Oblivious to how stressful this one-day trip will turn out to be.
It was surreal to see our surrogate in person, baby bump and all. When she greeted us at the airport I just about lost it. Sure, she had been sending up bump pics all along, but to see it live – and touch it! – was pretty amazing. Her bump was small and round and perfect, and as I looked down, my stomach appeared equally as large from my airport dinner.
At our ultrasound appointment the next morning, we watched, eyes glued to the monitor, as the tech pointed and clicked and called out body parts and measurements. We had never made it this far in the process before, so we were cautiously optimistic.
"Yo, Mom and Dad!"
Just to be clear: we're having a boy.
We met with the doctor afterwards and that's when everything sort of went downhill.
To summarize: he unprofessionally scared the shit out of us saying horrible things like "not viable at 20 weeks" and "specialist" and "amniotic fluid levels", then referred us to a high-risk specialist, whom I disliked the minute I met (I have good instincts) and whose laissez faire beside manner earned her the name Dr. Earthy Crunchy Kookpot.
Dr. ECK talked about the kidney issue, signed us up for monthly monitoring, and said, "I wouldn't worry about it until after birth."
The we found ourselves rushing to the airport to make our flight home, thunderstorms threatening all around us (gotta love the south!).
A nice layover in Charlotte provided us an opportunity to enjoy one of our favorite IPAs (stress drinking).
Hey NoDa brewing, you got us through some tough times.
Care to send us a case of this goodness???
They thought they were getting the necklace reveal, but instead it was hidden in what they thought was my dad's birthday cake.
And here we are, one year later, with a happy and healthy baby (with one perfect and one not-so-perfect kidney), four infatuated grandparents, and two parents who couldn't be happier, or luckier.