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Today was a BIG day in Colorado… Governor Hickenlooper signed the Civil Union Act into law. This is definitely a step in the right direction for our state and for equality. This law will essentially offer same-sex couples and their families the same rights as heterosexual couples. When we finally do have kids, this will be one less worry.

Kids… well, we are still trying! Our second transfer is set for the first week of April and we are already putting much hope and faith that this IS the one. Needless to say, we were extremely upset when our first transfer was not successful, but we have slowly embraced the fact that it really is part of the game. We have received so much love from our friends and family (thank you!) and we also drank lots of wine, but we finally went back to the gym this week and feel like we are back in the saddle!

More to come in a couple weeks…

Christopher and James


Today we unfortunately learned that the HCG levels decreased which means the pregnancy did not take. This is very sad news for us, but we know this can be part of the process. We will do another transfer next month and hope for success.

Our friends and family have been so supportive and we are very grateful.

Two steps forward, one step back…

It has been a long two weeks and it seems that we were in India months ago not two and a half weeks ago. We have both been very busy with work and a few much needed wine tastings after work!  We woke up at 5:15 a.m. this morning to check our e-mail for the good news…

We received hopeful news at 3:26 a.m. that Kunti, our surrogate, has a HCG level of 24.1 which means we have a “weak” positive pregnancy.  For a woman to be pregnant her HCG level needs to be between 5 and 100… so we are pregnant!  Kunti will be retested in the next 48 hours, and if the HCG number increases we are moving in the right direction.  The emotional roller coaster to parenthood continues…

Often times many pregnant couples do not share this good news until 12 weeks because so much can happen in the first trimester.  For those of you interested in learning more about HCG levels you can check out the chart below or visit American Pregnancy Association’s website. (The internet is dangerous)

Guidelines to HCG levels during pregnancy:

  • 3 weeks LMP: 5 – 50 mIU/ml
  • 4 weeks LMP: 5 – 426 mIU/ml
  • 5 weeks LMP: 18 – 7,340 mIU/ml
  • 6 weeks LMP: 1,080 – 56,500 mIU/ml
  • 7 – 8 weeks LMP: 7, 650 – 229,000 mIU/ml
  • 9 – 12 weeks LMP: 25,700 – 288,000 mIU/ml
  • 13 – 16 weeks LMP: 13,300 – 254,000 mIU/ml
  • 17 – 24 weeks LMP: 4,060 – 165,400 mIU/ml
  • 25 – 40 weeks LMP: 3,640 – 117,000 mIU/ml
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