How about some #FridayIntroductions!
My name is Josie, and I'm a second-time gestational surrogate from Northeast Ohio. I'm kept busy by my fiancé, two kids, two cats, and my budding photography business. At my best, I'm easily excited and everything is my favorite-- think Will Ferrell in Elf, with a little more social tact.
I was drawn to surrogacy as a result of my own adventures in healthcare. I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 14 years old. Before I even had a sense of what I wanted my adult life to look like, I was told I would very likely never have children. I spent the next five years completely devastated-- worse still when my long-time boyfriend and I got engaged and started talking about our future together. We considered what our options might be for building our family, talking through everything from adoption to IVF to surrogacy. Amazingly, though, we got pregnant unexpectedly, and I carried our daughter safely to term. (Now she's starting second grade and breaking my heart with the whole growing up thing)
When my now-fiancé and I had the conversation, he was very decidedly disinterested in having more children. His son was eight when we started dating, and my daughter was three-- that was more than enough for him. I had hoped he might change his mind later, but his will is much stronger than mine. So I had to consider whether that was a deal-breaker for me. Would I regret not having more children? Was it worth staying in this relationship? And after some deep digging, I realized I really just wanted to experience pregnancy again. I was so thrilled when I realized I could get pregnant, and so loved the experience, that once just wasn't enough for me. Our own family was complete, but I wanted the joy of kicking feet and tiny heartbeats again. .
I was already seeing a gynecologist at a specialized practice, since he had expertise in treating PCOS, so I mentioned it in passing during our annual exam. (As I was told later, this maybe wasn't the best time to ask). We had a consultation, and got things started. It was one of the most amazing years of my life, and I'm really excited to start the journey again this Fall ☺️