Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Some Details

Ok, we've been asked for details so here they are. First off, I think the black blog template one was starting to look too severe so I've changed it out to this one. More welcoming? So our adventure. I'm sure everyone wants to hear the baby adventure more than the Cincinnati adventure first so here it is. We had a first try, as you know, back in October, but the pregnancy didn't take so we had to go back to the beginning. Luckily, we had left enough, ahem, genetic material in India, so we chose a new egg donor and a new surrogate and started again in February. We waited so long for many reasons. First and foremost, on the advice from the great folks at Rotunda, to use a proven donor that we liked. We really thought this would be our second and final attempt at this, so we went with someone that came highly recommended. Secondly, a November birth (God willing) fits in the school schedule much better than a September or October birth. So here we are, planning on a birth for which I have to take off the least amount of days. We're at Rotunda with a EDD between November 19 and the 24. We have a singleton, and all looks good, though we had a bit of a scare with a large subchorionic hematoma, something it seems most IVF pregnancies carry. Our surrogate's clot is fairly large and shrinking only slowly, but she's no longer in the hospital, as they feel all's stable. We are still a bit in shock, haven't yet swung into full baby stuff buying gear yet, but also excited at the same time. So that's the story. I'm just starting to get back into the blogosphere so that I can make plans with other intended parents that will be in Mumbai at the same time as us. I think that will make it all seem even that much more real. There are many stories to tell about Cincinnati, and I will get those out as well. Just know that Mark Twain was truly brilliant when he made the comment about the place, "When the world ends, I want to be in Cincinnati, because everything happens there 10 years after it happens anywhere else."

And here's the first baby pic.


  1. Ok, the Steve's are forgiven! Just really happy for you on your second attempt! So it looks like you are six weeks in to this wonderful adventure?? Thanks for sharing you's always great to hear how those are doing that didn't have the absolute perfect first attempt at pregnancy and are still trying. Thanks for carrying the flame! I think I can see it all the way here in Hawaii and it's motivating me to keep moving forward....but boy it's tiring. :-)

    So just curious who is at Rotunda these days? I heard Dr. Kadam had left and Goral is still there? Tell her we said hello, really liked her.

    Anyway...we'll be keeping posted and I want all the Cincy details. I also found a great t-shirt vendor online at've got some great Cincy vintage shirts. Check em out...

    Peace Out.

  2. Hi Guys, We are also with Rotunda, same time-line as you guys! What's your email address so we can have a chat? All the best, Will & Michael

  3. Hey Doug-
    Just caught up on your story. Glad you guys are keeping the hope alive and trying again. I'm sending lots of good vibes your way, both out to Hawaii and to the East Coast. Yes, Goral is still there but Dr. Kadam left. I tried to find out why, as it seemed abrupt. Now we're working with a Dr. Soumya Ramesh whom we have yet to meet in person. We're actually 12 weeks in, first trimester complete. And thanks for the link!
    Be well.

  4. Hey Guys,

    Yeah, looks like we are on the same time plan......though with our twins we might just get to Mumbai before you in November.

    Hope to meet then!

  5. Thanks Steve...we need all the help we can get. And thanks for the update on Rotunda. Take care.

  6. Yeah, glad to see you back in blogland, and the happy news will let us forgive you for being gone so long! All my best wishes for an uneventful pregnancy!

  7. What a beautiful scan! Sweet little baby.