It was exactly a year today, January 12, 2014, that Chris and I first met Kerri & Jason. I remember being a ball of nerves on the way to meet them. Looking back, I knew in my gut that they would be the perfect match. I knew it from the very first conversations that Kerri and I had through Facebook. Meeting them solidified those feelings. And here we are today...we went from strangers to friends to family.
Kerri posted her thoughts on the birth of Jaden, and I thought I would share some of mine as well. That same ball of nerves I had on the way to meet Kerri & Jason for the first time was even bigger on the way to the hospital. We were induced, so I think knowing that this was the day intensified those feelings. As nervous as I was, I couldn’t help but think about Kerri & Jason and how they must have felt. Everything they had worked for the last 4 years plus was finally coming to fruition.
Having your own baby is the best thing in the world. Or so I thought until I was a surrogate. Having someone else’s baby for them trumps it a million percent. Being there, in that moment, is almost indescribable. Kerri had warned me many times that she gets extra chatty when she’s nervous. I’m the opposite. I told her and Jason that they would know when it was getting close to baby time because I would stop talking and get in the zone, so to speak. My other signs of impending baby crowning (aka holy hell, get this thing out of me!) are me asking for drugs (I don’t really mean it) and saying I can’t do it (like I have a choice at that time). Disclaimer – I am not anti-epidural or anti pain meds. I am pro women doing whatever works best for them and their baby. I am also, according to the nurse and most other women I know
stupid crazy. Needless
to say, I did ask for meds (which I didn’t really want or get) and I also said
I couldn’t do it, but I did. And like
that, it was go time. Kerri was holding
one leg, Chris the other, and Jason was very diplomatically at my head behind
Chris until both he and I basically forced Jason down by Dr. Ramani. Seeing the birth of your child is a
miraculous thing, and no way was Jason going to miss out on that on my
The mood in the room was excited, nervous, and beyond happy. It was euphoric. When Jaden was born and Dr. Ramani placed him on my belly, seeing Kerri see her baby for the first time was breath taking. The years of anticipation, heart ache, loss, worry, and sadness were replaced in that single second. This child that she and Jason yearned for so desperately was here, and he was perfect.
Don’t get me wrong, the birth of my three girls are three of the best days and times of my life, but being lucky enough to help create another family and witness the sheer joy and love that having Jaden brought to Kerri & Jason ranks right up there with my own births.
Anyone involved with surrogacy will mostly likely claim that there is no such thing as a “perfect journey.” I whole heartedly disagree, because from second one, this journey was. Not that is was 100% easy and worry free, but it was perfect. This last year I have heard many people say that Kerri and Jason were lucky to have me, but it’s simply not true. I’m the lucky one. Lucky to have a husband, children, family, and friends who support me 100%. Lucky to have Kerri & Jason as not just IPs, but as friends and family. Lucky to have their extended families and friends welcome me and my family with open arms. Lucky to witness the pure love, kindness, caring, generosity, faith, and perseverance of Kerri & Jason. Yep, I’m the lucky one.