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Hey, everyone!!

Sorry I’ve been absent for so long! I haven’t forgotten about this blog; I’ve just been VERY distracted. Here are some of the things that have been distracting me for the past couple of months:

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See? Lots of stuff. Some fun, some not. So let’s get to the reason you came here: all the updates.

Keto diet/weight loss

Weight loss is going slowly but surely. I’ve lost 15 lbs since I started keto and am officially at the lowest weight I’ve been since giving birth to Charlotte almost two years ago. I still have about 25 lbs to go, but I’m very encouraged by my progress so far!

My diet has definitely not been strictly keto as much. I’ve had a few planned cheat days, as this is the time of year when there are SO MANY DELICIOUS THINGS TO EAT. This past weekend, I went on a retreat and knew I would have a very difficult time remaining keto while I was there. Instead of beating myself up about it all, I decided to embrace those times. I want keto to be more of a longterm lifestyle anyway, so it’s important to give myself great and not get upset for not being perfect. This is a journey, and I’m still progressing.

I’ve been adapting more recipes to be keto. I found a yummy keto pumpkin bread recipe, and a couple of weeks ago, I really wanted stuffed squash, so I used spaghetti squash instead of acorn. It was delicious.

I’m also starting to focus on my exercising/activity levels. It’s been our weekend tradition for a while to go workout together on Mondays and Tuesdays. There have been a couple of times recently where we opted for going on a hike instead of to the gym. We’re trying to take advantage of the beauty of fall as much as we can before it’s gone. The girls and I have been attending a local forest school for a while now, and it’s nice to get some hiking in that way, too. I want to start making it to the gym on my own once or twice during the rest of the week too. We mostly focus on strength training, but after I’ve lost a little more weight, I’d like to do a C25k training program again.

Surrogacy

The big one!! Things are moving forward. About a month ago, Whitney and I chatted to catch up, and I reaffirmed to her that Jesse and I are still 100% committed. After that conversation, things started moving forward on the legal side.

Surrogacy is a very complicated situation, and it is absolutely essential for everyone involved to have legal representation and a contract. The contract ensures that the baby is always legally the intended parents’ child. It ensures that everyone’s rights are protected. It ensures that neither the surrogate nor the intended parents can take advantage of each other (not that this is something I’m worried about). It ensures that the surrogate is not stuck paying all the medical bills for the intended parents’ child.

Whitney’s lawyer has drawn up a first draft of our contract. I have contacted the attorney I want to represent me, and within the next few weeks, we should have a contract!

Whitney and I have been discussing the timeline of things. We had talked about making the transfer in early 2019. I’m not positive that I will have lost all the weight that I want to by January, so now we’ve got April 2019 as a goal, thinking that we might be able to make it happen sooner. One of the benefits of IVF is that we can roughly determine when we want the baby to be born. So if we want to avoid the Christmas season, we can. We’ll see what happens.

That’s it for right now! Thanks for reading!

If you ever have any questions about my surrogacy journey, please feel free to contact me! You can leave a comment here or send me an email if you don’t want your question to be public. I know that this surrogacy journey is not like typical journeys of surrogates who work with agencies. Many aspects are different. Let me know if you’d like to see a post about this!

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