Yesterday I had my embryo transfer and it went better than I could have possibly imagined!
My step-daughter is in town so she and DH dropped me off at the clinic and went GeoCaching. It sucks that he wasn’t there for the transfer but it would have been really boring for her, and we don’t want to tell her what’s going on. Right now we just say that I have something wrong with my tummy, it doesn’t work quite right, and the doctors are trying to fix it.
Anyway, I got my acupuncture (the needles in the ears hurt like a mofo!!) and then they sent me into the operating room and sat me in that weird “hang upside down by your feet with your legs spread” contraption. As I was getting settled the doctor said,
Dr: “I have some good news, but we have to talk. 5 of your 6 embryos made it blastocysts (!!!), and 2 of them are perfect 5AA blasts. You and S had mentioned that you want to transfer 2. I need to warn you that these embryos are of excellent quality, and if you transfer 2 you have a very good chance of getting pregnant with twins. A good chance like 55%. Is that still what you’d like to do?”
Me: …..Valium stare…..
Dr: “I would advise that you transfer 1, but I understand if you want to transfer 2. But I need to know that you understand the risks that we previously discussed.”
Me: “2. Yes. We want 2. The path of least regret for us is 2.”
Dr. “Ok.2 it is.”
Then the embryologist comes out and tells me that in addition to the 2 perfect little guys who are already hatching and are going into the oven today we also have 2 4BB embryos and an early blast that they think will progress nicely and be frozen along with its siblings. So, 2 go in and 3 go on ice!!
My bladder wasn’t quite full enough (easy for them to say) so the transfer took a while, but I finally saw the 2 little dots of light on the ultrasound go into my uterus and settle in. I can tell you as a fact that I once worried that I wouldn’t feel like donor eggs would be mine – that the children wouldn’t feel like mine – but I felt every bit as protective and excited about those little dots of light as I did when they were from my own eggs. The only difference is that this was tinged with an almost overwhelming gratitude for our donor, who made this possible. If anything, it added to the feeling of wonder.
They wheeled me out and then I had more acupuncture (ouchie ears!!!) and then home for a Valium induced sleep.
I am still tired today, and my stomach is upset from the antibiotics and all the other meds, but I am over the moon!! 2 in the oven and 2-3 as a back up!! Better than I could have ever expected! I’ve included a photo below of our 2 5AA hatching blasts. Sorry for the quality – it’s a phone picture of print out so whaddyagonnado?
Because I’m a POAS addict, and because we have a back-up plan and because I live right next to a Dollar Store I’ve decided to start testing on my own pretty early, probably 3dp5dt, PM. I feel like with hatching blasts people usually get a BFP (if they’re going to get it) starting around 5-6dp5dt. In the meantime, I’m just going to try to relax and stay off the internet (yeah, right).
*On a different note – we’ve filed an emergency custody order to get my step-daughter away from her pregnant druggy mom who (3 days ago) threatened suicide, again. We have her for the whole week of Thanksgiving so it’s likely she just won’t go home again (of course, her mother is currently homeless so she doesn’t actually have a home to go back to). We could go from 0 kids to 3 kids in 3 weeks! Wouldn’t that be something.
Steph Mignon said:
Awe! That is absolutely wonderful news! I had a very good feeling that your embryos would be awesome. So thrilled for you guys and fingers crossed that they snuggle in nicely. Also happy to hear about the stepdaughter. The sooner you can keep her away from psycho mom the better.
Snuggle babies snuggle. I am so positive for you.. This Thanksgiving rocks 🙂
Um WOW those are some good looking embryos! I am no embryologist, but I have seen a few in my day and those look just like they are supposed to! Congrats! 3 on ice will be awesome as well! So glad this cycle has taken such a positive turn!! I will be thinking of you!!!
(And I totally agree – the second our donors eggs became embryos they were mine! I felt very connected to them! I am glad you felt the same!)
Yay yay yay! Such good news! Congrats on being PUPO!!
Beautiful embryos! And so glad you are going for custody of your step-daughter. She is lucky to have you.
This is awesome news! Now THAT’S a good donor…so many blasts! Good luck with the wait!
The infernal infertile said:
Finally… some wonderful news for you!
Great looking embies… sending you the stickiest thoughts possible so those little fellas bed in nicely and stay the distance.
Great news wishing you so much luck x
Best news ever!! And your embryos are beautiful 🙂 What a wonderful way to enter into Thanksgiving, you guys will have so much to be thankful for and love, love, love, that you have your Step-daughter to share the holidays with! I can’t wait to hear your POAS stories!!
This is fantastic! 5 out of 6 making it to blast is crazy good. You have some beautiful embryos!! And I hope everything works out with getting custody of your step-daughter. I also like your pee stick strategy! Wishing you the best!!!
Bachelor's Button said:
Amazing. How totally wonderful! Keeping fingers and toes crossed that they implant! X
BEAUTIFUL embryos! Hope they (or at least one of them) snuggle in for the long haul! Thinking positive thoughts for you.
PS – I love geocaching!