Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Eggstravaganza

Throughout our Fertility journey, I have met many wonderful people, from the amazing doctors and nurses at Fertility Centers of Illinois to other hopeful couples also dealing with Infertility. Since I know firsthand what an emotionally and physically draining experience this can be, I have always enjoyed being able to connect with others. It is my hope that in sharing my story, others can find strength and hope when they are in the trenches of fertility treatments.

Greg and I learned very quickly how financially draining this process can be especially when you enter the world of Third Party Reproduction(Surrogacy, Egg/Sperm Donation). We were and are still so grateful to everyone who showed us emotional and financial support. We were truly overwhelmed by all of the support that we received from friends, family, colleagues, medical professionals and even strangers. It makes us happy to be able to pay it forward by offering support to others and giving back to causes which raise money for couples dealing with Infertility.

I met my friend, Michelle, a year and a half ago when we were taking a Yoga for Fertility class taught by a mutual friend. We hit it off right away and have been friends ever since. She and her husband have been trying to conceive a child for over 3 years. They have been to multiple doctors and have tried anything and everything to increase their chances of pregnancy. They are about to start their final IVF cycle in which they are pulling out all of the stops. They will be using their own eggs and sperm in addition to donor eggs and sperm and testing all of the embryos before transferring to Michelle.

me, Michelle and Dr. Beltsos before her last retrieval. I brought her wine and flowers.
Dr. Eve Feinberg, of Fertility Centers of Illinois, raised money for our cause last year by running the North  Shore Half Marathon in our name. In October, she will be running another Half Marathon to raise money for my friend, Michelle and her husband, John. We are thrilled to be able to support Michelle and John and will be at the race in October to cheer Eve on as she runs in their honor. We hope that you will also consider offering your support. Please use this link to learn more about this wonderful cause and help Michelle and John make their dream of parenthood come true. No donation is too small.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Hospital Pictures

We had some pictures taken at the hospital. Below is the link. Enjoy!!
Erin and Jack: Hospital Pictures

The twins have arrived!!

Greg and I are happy to announce the arrival of our twins. The babies arrived on the night of Tuesday, July 3.

             Erin Rose was born at 9:28pm, weighing 6lbs and measuring 19".

John(Jack) Cornelius was born at 9:29pm, weighing 7lbs 1oz and measuring 21".

Both babies were healthy and we were able to take them home with us on Thursday morning. We are so thankful to our GS and her family for caring for our sweet babies these past 9 months and making our dream of having a family come true. Below are some more pictures from our hospital stay.

Our little family
Going home

Thanks to all of our family and friends for the support that was shown to us through our journey to become parents. We can't wait for you to meet our miracle babies.