I am soooo late in posting about this. Some fun things have happened in the last several days! A week or so ago, Tracy from Liberating Working Moms and writer for BabyZone asked her tweeps for pictures of what they looked like after giving birth because she wanted to dispel the myth that the perfect pictures we see of celebrities after birth is what every woman looks like after giving birth. I sent her the link to the post I wrote on BlogHer a couple of years ago about our surrogacy experience because I wanted to make sure less traditional birth stories were highlighted too.
Last week, she published the post and pictures on BabyZone. Then a few other friends mentioned that they saw me on Yahoo Shine because the article had been cross-posted there (the comments are interesting – maybe the title could have been different, but I think overall they missed the point. And thanks to the people who said I shouldn’t have been included since I didn’t give birth.).
Then, on Tuesday I received an email from BlogHer saying they were going to feature “It Takes a Village,” the post I wrote on the site 2 years ago and the post linked in Tracy’s picture of me in her post! Did all of that makes sense? Unfortunately, I have been stuck in meetings, so I’m only now able to post about it. I appreciate every opportunity to present a positive, non-sensational perspective on surrogacy, so a huge thank you to Tracy and to BlogHer for including me!
The blogosphere was quiet late last week and over the weekend because more bloggers than you can shake a stick at were in NYC attending BlogHer 12, a huge annual conference with lots of swag, lots of brands, lots of parties and oh yeah, informative content as well. The 5000 bloggers also heard from notable speakers such as President Obama, Martha Stewart and Katie Couric.
Unfortunately I was unable to attend this mother of all blogging conferences, but do not cry for me, blogosphere, because it turns out my weekend was almost like being in NYC. A recap of HomeHer12:
I spent quality time with one of my roommates by helping him vomit in sanctioned receptacles and cleaning it up after he woke up with a “sour stomach.”
Always fun to start your day cleaning vomit
I encountered a few divas and catty behavior.
I took in a show.
I wore amazing outfits that were the envy of all I encountered.
I ate amazing food I couldn’t get anywhere else.
I braved the crowds and went shopping.
Tax-free weekend equals shoe shopping FAIL
I managed multiple devices during conference sessions while enjoying a glass of wine.
A few weeks ago, Fadra tweeted me with the link to Ricki Lake’s BlogHer contest about your Journey to Motherhood and suggested I should participate. I thought it sounded like fun, so I composed a post and submitted it.
The winner was announced today and unfortunately I didn’t win (the winning submission was very good so no sour grapes here). Obviously I posted about our unique journey to parenthood via gestational surrogacy. I posted the detailed version of Daniel’s birth story and the next day on this blog after he was born, but for the contest, I needed to shorten it.
It was a fun exercise since it had been over two years since that day, and it was interesting to explore our feelings and memories of that day now as compared to the actual day it happened. Some parts of that day are still very raw.