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1 Year Later

I can’t believe it has already been a year since giving birth to a child that wasn’t mine.  One full year later and I’m in still in awe of the journey called surrogacy.  I’ll forever be grateful for the opportunity to experience something so incredible and for being just a small part of Zachary’s story.

surrogacyAlthough my surrogacy journey is over, I am still in contact with the family, which I absolutely love. I receive emails and text messages often with pictures of little Zachary. I always get excited to see a text come through from his mother because that means there is a picture to follow. I adore being able to watch him grow up through pictures.

The big question everyone asks me is “so how are you doing now?” And the answer to that is simple. I’m doing fantastic.  It was a rough road there for a few months, but I went through the valley and I’m finally on the mountaintop again.

zacharyI’ve received many emails, Facebook messages, Twitter DM’s and more about my journey and I always get so excited to share about my experience. If you or someone you know has any questions about surrogacy, please feel free to reach out to me. I’d love to answer any questions you many have and to point you to additional resources about surrogacy.

Other posts on my surrogacy journey:

About Crystal

Crystal Reagan, the owner and founder of SimplyBeingMommy.com lives in Small Town, Texas with her husband and 3 children. Crystal and her website have been featured on local and national news stations including Channel 2 Houston and ABC News. She has also appeared on BetterTV as a Mommy Expert for VTech.


  1. 1

    How wonderful that you still have a relationship with his parents! What an amazing story to be a part of.

  2. 3

    Thanks for sharing your story! He is amazing! My friend just used a surrogate and is in love with his little man.

  3. 5

    I’m so glad you are doing so well now! He is one handsome little kid, and what you did to help him come into this world is nothing short of magical.

  4. 7

    Wow it has been a year, what an adorable little gift you gave another couple, such a beautiful person you are!

  5. 9

    He is darling! What an amazing feeling to know that you helped this family achieve such joy.

  6. 11

    He is such a sweetie. Surrogacy is definitely a great thing to be a part of, I am grateful I had the chance to be part of it and help a family be complete.

  7. 12

    Wow, I can’t believe it’s been a year already!? Time sure does fly. He is such a cutie.

  8. 14

    He’s beautiful. What a wonderful gift surrogacy is. That’s wonderful!

  9. 15

    I can’t believe it’s been a year since that beautiful boy was born. Still so proud of you, Crystal.

  10. 16

    Happy birthday, Zachary! What an amazing blessing you gave to his parents.

  11. 17

    He is so adorable!

  12. 18

    He’s so stinkin’ cute! And, I seriously can’t believe that it’s been a year already, time sure does fly.

  13. 19

    wow I can’t believe its been a year already. It really is amazing . He’s ever so beautiful and such a blessing

  14. 20

    That’s amazing that you still have a relationship with his parents. I’m glad to hear you’re better. What a journey!

  15. 21

    He’s so adorable. I can’t believe it has already been a year.

  16. 22

    I really loved following your story, it was very touching. What a wonderful gift to give a family who couldn’t have a child on their own. Zachary is a beautiful child and boy has he grown. Wow! Time sure flies.

  17. 23

    What a cute little guy. Awesome that you got to take part in bringing him here & that his parents have the opportunity to love him 🙂

  18. 24

    I’m so glad you are feeling fantastic and such a wonderful journey in which you have made a big difference in many lives. He is adorable what fantastic photos.

  19. 25

    I cannot believe he is 1 already. Great that you are still in contact with them!

  20. 26

    I can’t believe it has been a year already! He is absolutely precious!

  21. 27

    Zachary is gorgeous and it must be such an amazing feeling to know you helped create a beautiful family. Thank you for sharing such a personal journey with us!

  22. 28

    I can’t believe it’s been a year already! Wow. He’s adorable. So glad you are doing great with it all and have the privilege of staying in touch with Zachary’s parents. What a blessing.

  23. 29

    I’m so glad you’ve come through the toughest part of the journey. Being able to watch this little peanut grow up via photos has to soothe your heart and soul a bit. You gave a lovely gift, my sweet friend!

  24. 30

    Time does fly by so quickly when they’re this little. He’s adorable and I think it’s awesome that you’re still in contact with the family and everything.

  25. 31

    What a cutie pie!!! I think surrogacy is a great way for many people!! Nice to see and read about your journey!

  26. 32

    He is such a doll baby. So glad you are doing well and that you are “back on the mountaintop”. It’s so nice that you still get to be part of his life.

  27. 33

    I’m glad you are doing well…he is so beautiful, and it’s amazing you helped bring such a wonderful being into our world 🙂

  28. 34

    Oh my gosh Crystal, I can’t believe it’s been a year. I am so glad you are doing well. He is growing so fast.

  29. 35

    I can totally think that surrogacy would bring some insane hormones after the fact. I love that you are still involved in some level with this little boy, he is simply adorable btw. I believe I could be a surrogate only if I still was able to have some involvement with the child, or at least the parents to know how the baby was doing. I am glad to hear that you are doing better now, I saw you were having a difficult time at first and I couldn’t imagine. Combine hormones with the fact that surrogacy is probably difficult as a whole, it’s no wonder you were in a valley for a bit. Perfectly natural, you realized it and worked through it though. Kudos and way to go girl!

  30. 36

    Wow! He is absolutely adorable! Surrogacy is nothing I would be able to do personally but I praise those such as yourself that are able to do such an amazing thing. Thanks for sharing the update.

  31. 37

    Happy Birthday lil’ man! I’m so glad to see you’ve found your way with your experience 🙂 He is amazing and handsome! I’m glad to see Mommy & Daddy have great taste and put him in cute Gymboree too! lol

  32. 38

    You gave that family such a wonderful gift! I’m glad you’re doing better with it now, too. He’s a cutie pie!

  33. 39

    He is precious! You are a wonderful person!

  34. 40

    He is absolutely adorable. I am awe over the whole situation. I am so glad that you get to be a part of his journey in life too.

  35. 41

    You did an amazing thing for that family, I imagine it was hard but being able to receive updates and photos must be so awesome.

    I am not sure I could do what you did.

  36. 42

    Wow. It takes a really incredible person to do what you did for this family. Thank you for sharing your story, I am sure it has been a lifeline for many others going through the same thing. He is just a sweetheart 🙂

  37. 43

    I am still in awe at your selflessness. What a blessing you are to that family!

  38. 44
    Carolina says:

    It fills my heart with tremendous joy, what you did for this couple! As someone who faces infertility and struggles through to the core of my being daily, I cannot tell you how much it means. I could only be so blessed to meet someone like you if my road ends at surrogacy. You are truly incredible and the love you have given them is so selfless and beautiful. Thank you.

    • 45

      I’m so sorry to hear about your infertility struggle, Carolina. Thank you for your comment and your kinds words. I truly wish you the best and hope that you’ll be holding a baby in your arms very soon.

  39. 46

    You’ve heard it before, but you are awesome! That’s really nice of them to keep in contact with you and to share their happiness with you!

  40. 47
    Freda Mans says:

    You are an admirable woman to give someone else the gift of life. God bless you.

  41. 48

    He is beautiful!

  42. 49

    It is such a great gift that being a surrogate gives.

  43. 50

    I think it’s awesome that Zachary’s parents are sharing his life with you. He is a beautiful little dude!

  44. 51
    Ailee Petrovic says:

    Crystal, I am so glad to have found your blog! I love it. What an amazing article too. Sweet little Zachary is adorable. I can’t wait to read more. xo

  45. 52
    Jaime Grigsby says:

    I admire every woman that has the gift of surrogacy in their heart. I am currently in the possible to be a gestational carrier myself and will be going for my second transfer end of January/ beginning of February. Our first embryo transfer did not take and I too like you are pro-life. I pray this next and last one is the embryo(s) that take. Please be in prayer of my IP’s and my husband and he has been a true blessing of support. Do you have any helpful hints or tips that you would give to prepare my body for this second transfer?

  46. 53

    How is he doing now? I haven’t seen an update in a while and I sometimes wonder about him 🙂

  47. 55

    Wow, he got big fast! He’s super adorable though!

  48. 56

    I was commenting on another post and saw Surrogacy at the top of your page. What a strong woman you have to be to carry a baby for another couple. I have struggled with infertility and 2 stillbirths so I can imagine the strength it takes to carry a baby and then place it in the arms of another family. I have much respect for you and other women who are surrogates!

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