Birth Plans

I am now 30 weeks pregnant. It feels like 300 weeks haha. I’m excited for the birth. That’s what makes us surrogates a little weird I think. We look forward to something most people fear.

But we look forward to the birth because it is so exciting for the parents! This has been 18 months of hard work and we can’t wait for that moment when they get to hold their child for the first time. Oh the emotions!

My doctor wants to induce me in the 39th week. According to WHO research, they have determined that pregnancies are not as safe for the baby to continue past 40 weeks. I have delivered all of my previous pregnancies at 41 weeks when I’ve gone into spontaneous labor.

I’m a bit nervous about getting induced. I try to take a more natural approach to things and I don’t want to force something early that’s not ready. My IFs feel pretty similarly. Obviously our doctor said she can only make recommendations and it’s up to us to decide what to do. We’re going to decide when it gets closer.

My IFs are coming to Minnesota at about week 37/38. They are staying in Minneapolis and have rented a pretty trendy condo. I can’t wait to see it and I’m soooo excited to see them again!

I decided to gift them a newborn photography session. This will be a surprise. I searched high and low for the perfect photographer and finally found her. She specializes in creating intimate images that really capture the emotion of the parents. I hope they love it.

I’m trying to decide if I want to do a maternity photo shoot. I’ve never done one before. Have you? Part of me feels it’s a bit silly to waste so much money on pictures of yourself. Then the other part looks at other people’s beautiful images and I want one of my own. This might be my last pregnancy so it might be a now or never situation!

What do you think? Do you recommend getting maternity photos taken? Send me your thoughts!

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