On September 21st, we had the 20 week ultrasound and found out that Lil' Snappies is a girl!!! We had no problem picking out a name. We both adore the name Coco. Our fashionista friends assume that we are naming her after Coco Chanel, but that is not the case. We just like the cute, two syllable names (like Nene).
We were thrilled. When Victor shared the news with his mother, I could hear her screaming on the phone all the way accross the room. I am sure we would have been just as thrilled if Lil' Snappies were a boy, but knowing the gender takes a lot of the mystery out of the pregnancy...almost like opening a present on Christmas. Some people like to open gifts on Christmas Eve, while others are very disciplined and wait until the actual day. We are clearly the former.
After the ultrasound appointment, we went over to Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks where Kira will give birth to Coco. We met with the hospital administrator and got a tour of the facilities. The administrator referred to Lil' Snappies as "your daughter" for the first time...and my eyes welled up.
Then we decided it was time to celebrate with some shopping! We had been holding off buying any clothes, decorating the room, completing the registry, etc, until we knew the gender. Kira pointed us in the direction of the nearest baby store and we picked out a couple of cute little outfits. I can't imagine how silly Victor and I must have looked coo'ing over little pastel pink onesies. This is going to be fun!
Kira is all ready for the embryos! Where's the doctor?
Home Pregnancy Tests (HPTs)
Well, lots of people in the surrogacy industry (doctors, & agencies) don't like HPTs. There is a chance that a HPT can indicate a false positive so blood tests are the best means of verifying pregnancy. That said, the 2 week wait between the embryo transfer and the blood test, is excruciating so many IPs (intended parents) and surrogates rely on HPTs to get some clue as to whether they are pregnant or not. HPTs can detect HCG (the pregnancy hormone) fairly early on, often several days before the surrogates missed period. 4 days after the transfer of our 6-day old embryos, our surrogate took a HPT and got a positive. As she has gone further along, the tests have gotten darker (that's good!). In the pictures, the control line is on the right and the pregnancy indicator line is on the left.
HPTs: 5/26, 5/27 & 5/28
HPTs getting darker...5, 6 & 7 days after transfer
HPTs: 5/29, 5/30 & 5/31
16 was taken just before our first beta test - beta was 305!
HPTs: 6/2 & 6/4
18 was taken the day of our 2nd beta test - beta was 985!
Chris, Kira & Victor after dinner
We had a great dinner at Cafe Firenze on April 2nd
We are two Dads documenting life with our wonderful daughters, Coco and Kiki and our two super cool dogs: Shih Tzu, NeNe and terrier poodle mix Snowball. This is going to be the adventure of a lifetime and we invite you to share it with us!