I took a sleeping pill last night to help me get some sleep. At 11:30pm I woke up in a panic because H wasn’t next to me. Of course she wasn’t, she was in her crib where I put her 3 hours ago.
Anyway, the rest of the night was fine but I woke up around 5am. Around 7:30am, Dr.L called. He always asks how I’m doing before getting into things. I usually tell him my answer depends on his news.
We had 5 embryos still chugging along. I was shocked. There were 2 clear leaders, one was a blastocysts and the other was a compacting morula. The other 3 were a little slower. After a lot of thought and discussion, we decided to transfer the 2 leaders. We will wait and watch the other 3 to see if they continue to grow and are a high enough quality to freeze. I will be pleasantly surprised if they are.
After the transfer, I went home and worked. M picked H up and has been taking care of her. In fact, he’s currently upstairs reading a book to her and making ridiculous animal noises. He’s funny about the transfer, he tells me not to pick H up and to basically just lay around. It doesn’t happen often so I will gladly listen.
Without much further ago, please meet Boo and Pumkpin (in the spirit of Halloween)!
And if you’ve never seen a transfer, this is what it looks like. The bright white line is the outer catheter. The RE sticks the embryo in an even thinner catheter and place that in the outer catheter. Then they push the embryos out with a drop of the media they were in. The transfer is That’s the little flash of white you see at the tip.
Hopefully they get nice and snug!
Day 2 Update
Here is what we are looking at:
8 -2 cells
2 -5 cells -one of which has about 30% fragmentation.
We are down to 10. Not bad, but I am not relieved yet. We still have two full days to go. We will hopefully have something left to transfer on Thursday morning.
Keep diving and doubling guys and girls!
Edit- I take it all back. These suckers should be 4 cells. Blah. Feeling less optimistic now.
We got the call.
Out of 17 eggs, 13 were mature and 11 fertilized normally.
I am a little bummed. I was hoping for 8 and I know should be happy with 11. My RE said it perfectly. If you get 10, you want 11. If you get 11, you want 12. I just know the more we have to start with the better our odds are to getting to day 5.
I looked at past cycles, and hopefully we will get at least 2 embryos to make it to day five.
I will get another call tomorrow to let me know how they are progressing. I expect some to arrest unfortunately but I have high hopes for this group.
I honestly think this part is harder than the stim part.
On the way to the ER I started thinking about worst case scenarios. I don’t know why I do this. I was hopeful for 8 eggs, thinking that would hopefully get us one embryo to day 5.
Our drop off usually starts on day 3 and my nurse told me yesterday that the clinic no longer provides updates on day 3. This makes me nervous. I mean even with updates I know there’s nothing we can do, but it still sucks.
I’m rambling now sorry. I’m still partly drugged.
Anyway, we got 17 eggs! When the nurse told me I actually said “shut up”.
I know they all won’t be mature, but I’m hoping maybe 10 will be and fertilize.
Now off to eat and nap!
I’ve been sorta lazy about blogging about this cycle.
I don’t know it’s because I am tired at the end of the day trying to balance work and family, or I just don’t have very high hopes and excitement this time.
My numbers looked decent at my last scan on Thursday and I got the go ahead to trigger. My ER is bright and early tomorrow morning so at least I won’t have to wait very long. Luckily my mom came up to take care of H tomorrow and Sunday. I can’t imagine I will feel like doing much, especially tomorrow.
I will forewarn the nurse that I am prone to anesthesia tears so there are no surprises. I guess I am hoping we get 8 eggs. I am trying to have low expectations given my numbers.
12 hours before we find out.