Sunday, July 2, 2017

JULY 2ND, 2017 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA....THIS IS WHERE IT BEGAN...

9 YEARS AND 6 MONTHS AGO

Which WAS 114 MONTHS AGO

Which IS 3.469 DAYS AGO



The date was... January 2, 2008.  The Stevens-Ortiz's family became a Family of 5... The Triplets were born... healthy and ready at just 33 1/2 weeks!  Not bad for Triplets.  My work of growing and keeping the Triplets safe in my womb had come to an end.

I am very proud to be their Birth Mom. In our contract, I chose no contact after other then a request for a picture Christmas Card every year because I knew I'd be curious as to what they looked like.  (Mind you, I am not their Biological Mom.)  Having been adopted at birth, I always wondered who I looked like.  So I am thankful that their parents allowed me to change my mind because it has been incredible to watch them grow up... thanks to Social Media.  I know too that their dads wanted the Triplets to know about me, so that truly is a blessing.

The Triplets are greatly blessed, highly favored and deeply loved.  I am thankful that I was chosen to be the one to help bring them into this world.  I am not sure if I publicly shared this in my blog but one thing I really wish I had done after the triplets were born was to hold them and have closure. I am not sure if closure is what I'm trying to say but there was an emptiness (for a little bit) from not having that opportunity.  I assure you, it was NOT post-partum depression.  It was more like something I needed to do for myself.  I did go on to do another surrogacy and the family let me hold their baby after he was born... and I was totally fine.  I guess you just never know how you will feel in this situation until it actually happens.  It's the chance you take.

Honestly, I'm not sure if "emptiness" is what you call it because I know through being in contact since the Triplets were born, my life has been full of joy and happiness watching them grow up, being loved by a Village of Family & Friends. Maybe it was just one of those times where you think...I should have but now I know for next time.

I have to get going now... shower and get ready.  The kids and I are going to have dinner soon with the Stevens-Ortiz Family!  I anticipate LOTS of hugs!!!

Love, Hugs & Kisses,
Kerri - A Surrogate Mom

Sunday, January 1, 2017

JANUARY 2ND, 2017 - HAPPY 9TH BIRTHDAY!!!!



It's been 9 years gone by.  The memories still strong in my heart.  This is my story exactly 9 years ago at this very minute....

My water broke for baby B at 11 pm on Jan 1st. An hour later DH and I made it to the hospital. Wasn't having any significant contractions. Was hooked up to monitors and stuff. They did a test 3 times that came back negative, meaning my water never broke. LOL well there is NO way I would have pee'd like that on accident! And the nurses were telling me that their tests are quite accurate...best on the market. OK whatever. So they were going to send me home...but do an ultrasound before I went. So DH calls the IP to tell him false alarm b/c I knew that he probably didn't listen to me when I said to wait about flying out until I heard from the dr. lol DH said he did make a flight but couldn't get out until 6:30 am his time (which was 8:30 am our time). Anyways...the gal was having a hard time measuring fluid for the babies...the dr comes in and says baby B has no fluid....Prep her for surgery. LOL what? You just told me I was going home and we told the IP it was false alarm. ROFL So then I was super bummed b/c I was thinking I'd be going to Bingo that Saturday! lol DH called IP back and said it was time...for real! By this time, I think it was 2:30 am?? I think it took over an hour to get prepped and stuff.

And just like that...9 years ago on January 2nd...with 3 Teams of Nurses waiting...

AT 4:05 AM CST...XIA WAS BORN!!!
AT 4:09 AM CST.... RU WAS BORN!!!
AT 4:12 AM CST.... ZHEN WAS BORN!!!


I can still see images in my mind of the babies as they came out.  So beautiful and healthy. To watch them grow up through pictures and videos on Facebook has been a blessing.  The Triplets and their Dads are the luckiest people in this world, surrounded by many friends and family who love them dearly.  


I love you all....Xia, Ru, Zhen, Ru & Miguel!!!

Happy 9th Birthday, Xia, Ru & Zhen!!!

LOVE, HUGS & KISSES!!!
Kerri - A Surrogate Mom   



Friday, January 1, 2016

JANUARY 2ND, 2016 - HAPPY 8TH BIRTHDAY!!!!




EIGHT YEARS AGO...I was laying in the bottom bunk of the kids' bed...the only bed in the house that was comfortable sleeping on at the time...

EIGHT YEARS AGO AT 11 PM CST...I either PEED in the kids' bed on accident or my water broke!!!!

EIGHT YEARS AGO....I realized it was time...bag not packed!!!

EIGHT YEARS AGO I was calling Ru to let him know I was on the way to the hospital, then Chuck calling Ru to tell him it's a false alarm and then Chuck telling him again that it wasn't a false alarm and they were rushing me to the OR....

EIGHT YEARS AGO AT 4:05 AM CST...XIA WAS BORN!!!

EIGHT YEARS AGO AT 4:09 AM CST.... RU WAS BORN!!!

EIGHT YEARS AGO AT 4:12 AM CST.... ZHEN WAS BORN!!!

That Day EIGHT YEARS AGO ON JANUARY 2ND....God Blessed Ru & Miguel with 3 BEAUTIFUL BABIES!!!  And what a wonderful journey it has been for me to watch the triplets grow...watch all 5 of them and their family and friends... (lol sounds a little stalkish, doesn't it?!)  I can only imagine the journey it has been for you, Ru & Miguel!!!  I have enjoyed watching your beautiful family grow.  It brings tears of joy to see pictures of the triplets from birth until today!!!

I love you all....Xia, Ru, Zhen, Ru & Miguel!!!

Happy EIGHTH Birthday, Xia, Ru & Zhen!!!

LOVE, HUGS & KISSES!!!
Kerri - A Surrogate Mom  




Thursday, January 1, 2015

JANUARY 2ND, 2015 - HAPPY 7TH BIRTHDAY!!!!




SEVEN YEARS!!!  
I can not believe it's been SEVEN YEARS!!!

Ru & Miguel...  First of all....CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR WEDDING!!!  I am so happy for ALL of you!  The perfect family in my eyes!

The kids sure are growing up.  It's fun to read back on my blog about our journey and now your journey!

Please give the Triplets a huge hug from me!

I love you Ru, Xia, Zhen, Ru & Miguel!!!

HAPPY SEVENTH BIRTHDAY, RU, XIA, ZHEN!  AND HAPPY "BIRTH" DAY TO ME!!!

HUGS & KISSES

Kerri, A Surrogate Mom

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

JANUARY 2ND, 2014 - HAPPY 6TH BIRTHDAY!!!!

SIX YEARS AGO TODAY...around this time, it happened!  And right now I have tears in my eyes as I think about this special day that means so much to me!

My water broke and 5 hours later, THREE BEAUTIFUL MIRACLES WERE BORN!!!


Xia- (pronounced "sheeya") was born first at 4:05 am and she weighed 4 lbs. & 9.7 oz. measuring 18 inches!  
Ru- came next at 4:09 am and he weighed 4 lbs. & 1.6 oz. measuring 17-3/4 inches
Zhen- was last at 4:12 am and she weighed 3 lbs. & 15.7 oz. measuring 18 inches
AND SIX WONDERFUL YEARS LATER.....
Ru, Xia, Zhen

Ru & Miguel, I can not thank you enough for letting me continue to be part of your family.  To watch your beautiful family grow has been such a blessing!  The children and you are so loved and blessed by your family and wonderful friends!  You are truly the best parents in the world and are the true meaning of what a real family is today!  

I love you Ru, Xia, Zhen, Ru & Miguel!!!

HAPPY SIXTH BIRTHDAY, RU, XIA, ZHEN!  AND HAPPY "BIRTH" DAY TO ME!!!

HUGS & KISSES

Kerri, A Surrogate Mom


Monday, January 2, 2012

January 2nd, 2012 - Happy 4th Birthday!!!

HAPPY FOURTH BIRTHDAY!!!!




WHAT?!  4???  Can it really be that it was just 4 years ago that I was trying to convince the nurses and doctor that my water actually broke?!  4 years and 3 hours ago from right now, these beautiful babies came into this world.  They are the luckiest children with the best dads in the world!  I have enjoyed watching them grow up over the years and so thankful for their parents for sharing that with me, because it means so much to me.

I still remember telling the agency nearly 6 years ago that I wanted only to carry multiples...because, how else can you have the experience and not have to raise them?  It was just going to be the coolest thing!  lol  However, when I was thinking multiples...I was thinking twins!  Now I could never think of it any other way then...triplets!

Happy BIRTH day to me and HUGE happy BIRTHDAY to the Triplets!!!

Hugs,
Kerri, A Surrogate Mom

Saturday, January 1, 2011

January 2nd, 2011 - Happy 3rd Birthday!!!


Wow....three years old today!!!  Thank you R & M for sharing all the pictures of your beautiful children!  (I suppose I stole this picture from your FB page, lol)  It has been a joy to follow your beautiful family!  Your family is truly blessed.

Don't let anyone scare you that Three's are worst then the Two's!  As a parent of 4 (singleton) children...it's the 4th child that is the worst!!!  ;)

Happy Birthday Xia, Ru, and Zhen!!!

HUGS!!!

Kerri, A Surrogate Mom