November 8, 2010

The Time Has Come

I’m tired so I’m just gonna get straight to the point.

Yesterday, we got a call from the doc with a status update on our embryo babies. They grade the quality with A-D just like school. We had 5 at a B and 1 at a B+….I was told they rarely give out A’s so the B’s were great news! They told us since they were pretty much all at the same quality they were going to wait do the transfer on Wednesday (Day 5) rather than Monday (Day 3)….just to see if any of them jump ahead & progress more than others.

This afternoon I called to see if they had figured out a time that they wanted me to come in on Wednesday and this is how the conversation went:

Nurse: Hello.

Me: Hi!

Nurse: I was just thinking about you! How are you doing? I have an update for you.

Me:  I’m doing good! That’s one of the reasons why I called.

Nurse: Well, all 6 of the embryo babies are doing awesome! They are all still progressing the same. Everyone in the office is so excited!
(Hmm…Upon hearing this, it makes me wonder if this progression of embryo babies is not all that common).

Me: Really?! That’s great!

Nurse: I know! We are all so excited!
(Again, hmm….)

After discussing a few details of the appointment, we hung up. As I sat there, I began to tear up as I thought back to Friday morning when I woke up I began to pray that everything with the retrieval would go well and that the ones that fertilized would thrive so that the embryologist would have no qualms about freezing the ones that they didn’t consider viable by their standards. Another prayer answered

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November 6, 2010

Good News

I slept pretty good Thursday night but woke up several times. Was it nerves? Or maybe it was just excitement. Either way, Friday was just another step to hubsy and I becoming parents. When it was finally time to actually get up and head to the clinic, I was ready. I had a little bit of nervous but not too bad. I had prayed as I was falling asleep the night before that I would be calm and not too nervous the next morning. God answered that prayer.

We got to the clinic early so we had to wait a few minutes before being taken back. Once we got to the prep & recovery  room, the nurse started going over everything and started my I.V. I started to get really nervous & emotional. It was a quick procedure, about 30 minutes. When I woke up, they told me they retrieved 17 eggs. Once I was able to wake up enough to stand up, they let me go home and told me to rest for the rest of the day. On Saturday, they would call us to let us know how many of the eggs were mature and able to be fertilized.

Saturday morning we got the call around 9:30. They were able to retrieve 17 eggs (which we already knew) and of those, 15 were mature enough to attempt to fertilize. However, since I didn’t necessarily want to be the old woman who lived in a shoe, they only attempted fertilization with 10 of the mature eggs. Out of those 10 eggs, we have 6 babies (embryos)!! Because we don’t want to potentially have 6 babies at one time and the fact that the clinic will not transfer more than 2 at a time for my age group, we will have 2 transferred either on Monday or Wednesday….we’ll find that out sometime today.

It is all still so surreal and still hasn’t hit me yet. I’m not sure it will until I hear the heartbeat(s).Smile

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November 3, 2010

Tonight’s the Night

So remember on my last post when I mentioned that retrieval could be today? Well, that didn’t happen. However, it is now officially set for Friday morning!

After going in to the doctor every morning this week, I got the call this afternoon that after today, I was done! Done with the 3 injections every evening, done with the daily appointments, wahoo! I take my last two injections tonight and then I take the “trigger” shot that’s suppose to initiate ovulation for egg retrieval on Friday. Do you know what this means? This means that in the first part of next week, I will be going in to get (fingers crossed) knocked up! I’m still having trouble wrapping my mind around that. I feel like it’s all a dream…..that’ it’s not real. It’s hard for me to even to begin to imagine that by Thanksgiving I will know whether or not I will be a momma in approx. 9 months.

When we had our first consult back in July, our decision to have a September start date seemed so far away. Now the end is near and I can’t believe how quickly time has passed. My DH has been my rock through the whole process. There is no way I could have given myself those injections and he keeps me from totally freaking out about everything (I kinda have a fear of the unknown and am pretty much a big chicken). There has been lots of needle pricks and ultrasounds, crying and praying, discussing and crying, praying and discussing. It’s been a wild ride but a good one. We’ve learned a lot. A lot about ourselves, about each other and about our faith. No matter what happens, we are in a season of change and are looking forward to what’s next.

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