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Part II

On February 23, 2007, Elena Cardona and Liz Quinones were one of the first couples in New Jersey to enter into a legally recognized civil union. They were also the first couple ever to be featured on the cover of RainbowWeddingNetwork Magazine! 2009 finds Elena, Liz and their family celebrating another exciting milestone. Congratulations, Quinones Family!

(For previous articles about Elena & Liz, including the Q&A from last issue prior to Baby Eli’s birth, visit us online at RWN Magazine (RWNM): Tell us a little bit about your relationship as it is today, now that you two have journeyed together through friendship, romance, a historic civil union celebration, been newlyweds... and now look toward your future. Elena (EQ): Since we had the ceremony for our Civil Union, life has just been wonderful. You never realize how much one day (meaning


our Wedding Day) really does mean to you until you have finally done it. I will never forget how Liz used to tell me when we were just friends that she would never get married, but if you ask her that same question today her answer would be that she would do it over and over again if we could. It meant that much. It wasn’t long after our Wedding -actually March of 2007, to be exact- that we started talking and thinking about adding a little someone to our family. I have Surrounded by friends & family, Elena & Liz celebrate their civil biological children of my own, union ceremony in February 2007. One of the first couples in who we are raising together and New Jersey to commit to each other under the then-newlyLiz has been in their lives for many enacted civil union legislation, Elena & Liz planned their celebration in just six weeks. Photo: Lauren Guiliano of Ultrax years. But we had never shared Disc Jockeys, Photography & Videography the experience from the beginning and Liz has no children of her own. stress of losing my only brother at just 27 years So we both decided that it would old, we also lost the pregnancy. be the perfect completion to our family. So our journey began. We decided it would be best to take a break   for a couple of months before trying again. We RWNM: What metaphor would you use to decided to switch doctors and start fresh. To describe the process of becoming pregnant? make a really long and tumultuous story short, What were some of the high and low points of after about 8 more attempts, several heartbreaks the journey to your successful conception? and so much more, our dreams were almost coming true. We found out that we were EQ: The best way to describe our process pregnant in July 2008! of becoming pregnant is a long, scary roller coaster, which we almost jumped off of plenty RWNM: Would you mind sharing a bit of times! We are so happy that we had the more about the process of conception and the courage to hold on. pregnancy itself? We don’t think that there was anything that EQ: It was something you can’t even describe could have prepared us for what was ahead. I guess, or prepare yourself for. I didn’t plan We decided to take Liz’s egg with a donor my other kids and here I am doing it the ‘right’ sperm and have me (Elena) carry the baby. This way (getting married, actively planning to have process sounds a lot easier then it really is. We both had to take shots in our stomachs everyday another child…) and we had so much trouble. And still, even trying 10 times like we did was for about two weeks to prepare our bodies for actually under the average. the process. We were extremely blessed to become pregnant after just two attempts. But ●● cont’d, p.52 our happiness was cut short when, due to the

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