The next time I have to find new IPs, remind me not to do it right at the start of a new school year, mmmkay? Just kidding. But seriously – balancing the start of the school year and finding new IPs has been more to balance than expected. Much of my time the past few days has been spent reading and sending lengthy emails from potential intended parents. I am pleasantly pleased, though, because this is my fourth time going through the matching phase and I have received far more replies to my ad this time than I ever have before. I should restate that – I have received more appropriate replies to my ad this time, replies from people who actually engage in conversation and seem prepared begin their surrogacy journeys. I haven't received any of the customary, eye-rolling, uneducated one-liners like, "You seem nice I want to work with you but first how much do you charge?" With the exception of the couple who wanted to cycle with a clinic in the Czech Republic and offered the use of their time share in Malibu for a "much-deserved vacation post-delivery," each of the couples I have talked to thus far have been pleasant, organized, and respectable.
Several people commented asking for more information about this phase of a surrogacy journey, and I realized that while I've discussed at length many of the emotional aspects to surrogacy, I haven't yet delved into most of the technical aspects. I began composing a post this weekend and realized that I don't have enough time on my plate to fit it all into one entry. So, I'll chop it down into manageable chunks for a series that I'm going to call Surrogacy 101. I'll try to present issues objectively from both the surrogate and intended parent perspectives, then subjectively from my personal perspective. I hope to have the first entry posted by late tonight.
In the meantime, let me know what's going on with you in your world. I have nearly 100 unread posts in my Google Reader. I do plan on going through to read every one of them, but help a sista out and tell me what you've been up to lately. If this is your first visit or you're a lurker, now would be a good time to introduce yourself!