Still feeling great about the whole experience. I’ve lost all pregnancy weight plus an additional 21 pounds! That’s a complete loss of 37 pounds. I’m pretty proud of my progress, especially with this having been my third pregnancy.
I still get regular updates on Benjamin and I will seeing him this Friday for the first time since he was born. I’m really excited!
The only downfall is that I still have big bruises on my butt from the shots and what I believe are broken blood vessels. Still a little sensitive and numb in that area too. Apparently that is normal though. It’s been almost a year since I started those shots so that seems odd that I still have that.
Everything is going great! Not sure that there is much left to say about this journey but that it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I get updates and pictures from the parents weekly. We are going to see Benjamin for the first time since he was born next weekend. Everyone is interested to see how he reacts- if he knows my voice or responds differently.
As far as my recovery, emotionally I feel fine. Physically, I can definitely tell it’s my third pregnancy and have to work WAY harder to get back into shape. But I’m dedicated and working hard.
I’m still bummed about the window on my uterus and the whole “you shouldn’t get pregnant again” bit. It’s one thing to decide yourself that you’re done having kids but for someone to decide that for you makes it frustrating. It’s also a risk I knew I was taking with having had multiple c sections so I can’t be too upset. Just something that bothers me every once in awhile.
2 months postpartum
Benjamin- 8 weeks old
Two weeks postpartum - Aug 12th, 2013
Lost 27lbs so far and am looking forward to working out (especially running) to see my run times approve with the weight loss. I’ve been calorie counting and it seems to work great for me. Still have no negative postpartum emotions about not having a baby and overall I feel awesome about having done the surrogacy! The parents continue to send me updates as well as pictures which really makes me happy. I still have some discomfort around my incision but it approved substantially by the end of last week. I can tell when I’m doing too much and need to slow down. Also I really have pain when I lift things that are too heavy (mostly Isaac- which I just can’t avoid that sometimes). Overall everything is going great!
Yesterday was one week since the birth of Benjamin. I had an appt to check on my mastitis which is clearing up. I was also weighed and have lost 20lbs! Not only am I below my pre-pregnancy weight but I’ve surpassed it by 5lbs! Considering I still can’t work out for another 5 weeks that makes me happy to already see that kind of progress. I still want to lose the weight I gained from the hormones but actually, I’ve decided my new goal is to be back down to my weight five years ago before I had gotten pregnant the first time and maybe even go past that. I’m going to start focusing on my body and getting back into really good shape. I will likely join a CrossFit gym after my membership to the YMCA expires. This is the start of my next journey (which will officially commence after 6 week postpartum).