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Transfer day!!!!

Today, August 7, was transfer day. 

Missi picked me up around 8:45. We had to be at the clinic by 9:15am. My only instruction was to arrive with a full bladder. 

Sporting our transfer shirts (etsy) we headed to the clinic. 

When they called my name they took us back to the dressing rooms. I was to change into a gown and because Missi was coming in as well, she had to wear sterile clothing as well. My outfit was WAY better than hers! 😂

sporting the lucky socks!
hazmat suit?!
sister selfie

They then took us back to the procedure room. I was given a warm blanket. Dr M (our reproductive endocrinologist) came back. She was the Dr that was going to be doing the transfer. She told us that we had 3 embryos that made it to day 5!  Three out of 4 is not bad!  She said that she was comfortable transferring two based on the stage of the embryos. She stated that both of the better quality embryos were morulas. She said that 1 was on the cusp of being a blastocyst (what we want). She said the 2nd embryo was a little bit behind the first but still looked good. 
morula vs blastocyst
meet the embryos

The embryo on the right is the little bit better quality one. The one on the left is following closely. 
The embryologist stated that she performed “assisted hatching” which means she goes in and scrapes the cell lining a bit to encourage it to hatch. An embryo doesn’t implant in my uterus until it hatches. So that should help speed up the growth of the embryo…hopefully! They also said they put the embryos in “embryo lube” which is basically like glue. Once inserted into my uterus, the glue may help it implant. 

So, now that we’ve agreed to transfer two and we’ve signed the consent to do so it was time to enter the procedure room. At this point, I felt like I was going to pee if anyone touched my belly lol. 

I climbed up on the table and put my legs into GINORMOUS stirrups. The nurse tried to keep me covered but…nope..vagina showing to all in the room! Lol. 

I was cold, nervous, and had to pee. Lol. I was shaking. I’m sure that’s from the nerves. 😏

Dr M came in and started the process. It was supposed to be a quick 10 min process. She inserted the speculum. Then she threaded a tube up through my cervix into my uterus. Later, the embryos that are placed into a thin catheter like tube are thread up to my uterus through this first tube. 

Well, apparently my cervix is wonky. And she couldn’t get the first tube threaded through my cervix. She kept moving the speculum and trying to thread it through. It didn’t feel the best lol. She said something about having to take twists and turns.. 😳

Finally, she wiped all the lube off, took the speculum out, and had me go pee. I almost kissed her right smack on the lips!  I was so happy to pee. She told me she believes that my bladder was TOO full and it was hindering the tube going in process (yes, that’s the technical term). Having her move the speculum so much and then the gal pushing on my belly with the ultrasound wand…they were lucky I didn’t pee everywhere. 

She told me to go pee some, but not all. Oh boy. If any of you ever tried that, it’s not easy to stop! Lol. I tried!! 

So I came back, climbed back up on the table, and spread my legs… again. Dr M reinserts the speculum. It felt much better already!  She even said “that feels better!” 😳

A couple more minutes and she had the first tube threaded through my cervix and into my uterus. I felt very little… Maybe a little cramping. 

transfer process

Once she got the first tube in, she called for the embryos. They brought them in in a tube (catheter seen in image above). She threaded that through the first tube and into my uterus. Then she “squirts” them in. Missi was able to watch all of this on the ultrasound monitor. My view was obstructed by the ultrasound tech. That was it!  Speculum out!  I’m done!  The process took probably 20-25 min vs 10. But that’s ok! 
They were able to go back and play a video of the embryos entering my uterus. It was really cool!  They showed me my uterus and the tube on the screen. Then you could see just a little flicker. That was the embryos being “squirted” into the uterus. 

My only restrictions are to take it easy, no high impact stuff, and no sex. 

Afterwards we got dressed. The gals at the clinic were thrilled with our shirts and socks!  

proud surrogate

Dr M loved them so much she had to take a picture 😀 This is the same Doctor I mentioned in my previous post. The one that hugged me and cried about my car accident. Well, when she read the back of my shirt today she hugged me again. She’s such a nice lady! lol 
So now I’m home and relaxing. Missi came over and hung out for a few hours. We grubbed on chicken and noodles and chocolate! Mmmm!  

I feel pretty good. Some slight cramping but I think that is normal. 

Now we wait….. Positive thoughts, prayers, and lots of sticky baby dust! 


Stay tuned!!!!!

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Embryo update

Okay so here is your update!  Today is day 3 for our little embies that are growing. We were nervous we were gonna lose some… But all FOUR are still growing strong!!!!! 

We won’t know more until Sunday when we arrive for transfer. And embies can stop growing (and not be viable) at any time… But having  4 on day 3 is fantastic!!!! 

Here is a picture to help clarify what our little embies look like: 

My family has been waiting on pins and needles all day. Instant relief!  

Transfer is scheduled for Sunday the 7th at 9:15am!!!

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Grow embies grow…

Well we got news from the clinic today. Not as good as we had hoped but we are remaining positive. 

They retrieved 9 eggs from Missi. 7 matured. 4 fertilized. Right now we have 4 embryos. 

We won’t hear from the clinic until Friday (day 3) and we are HOPING the embryos are still strong and growing. 

There is a chance that we may end up with only 1 on transfer day. Or worst case scenario – we have zero. 

If we don’t have any embryos to transfer, obviously transfer is cancelled and we start the med cycles all over again. Try again. 

Please, pray if you pray. Hope if you hope. Cross your fingers if that’s your thing. Any positive thoughts we can get, we will take!  

Stay tuned….

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Retrieval day! 

Today, August 2, was Missi’s retrieval!  Also on this day, I start progesterone. 

progesterone suppository
Progesterone in Oil (PIO)

My shot was a lot less eventful this time around 😀
So at 7:30am, Sophie and I jumped in the car and headed to pick up Missi. Sophie stayed at Missi’s house while we went to her egg retrieval. Missi’s dog, Kali, and Sophie like to play 😀

Missi quickly did my PIO injection and then we headed to the clinic. After calling us to the back, the nurse told me it would be a 2 hour wait. They put Missi under anesthesia for this procedure. The reason is, a needle has to be inserted into her uterus and then go THROUGH the uterine lining to reach the eggs in the ovaries. 

egg retrieval process
Missi is dressed and ready to go!

After about an hour and a half, someone called me from the waiting area. She took me to a small waiting area. She introduced herself as Dr. Maclin. She did Missi’s egg retrieval. I shook her hand and asked if we got lots of eggs. She stated that they retrieved 9 eggs. 
She then went on to say that she just “had to meet me.”  I was confused. She stated that she had heard about my accident and that I hit a semi head on. She stated that she couldn’t believe that I was ok and that I had 8383883282 guardian angels looking out for me. She stated that I walked away from the accident for a reason. I agreed with her and told her she was very sweet. I then noticed that she had tears in her eyes!  The doctor was crying. This escalated quickly! LOL. She then reached out to hug me and said through tears, “I know I just met you but…this is amazing.”  I told her it was great to meet her and that she is so sweet. She was a very very nice lady. Apparently word of my accident had spread through the whole office! 😂 

So, they retrieved 9 eggs. This afternoon they will inject the mature eggs with sperm. 

Tomorrow, August 3, they will call and update us on how many eggs matured and how many fertilized. Then we wait. The key is getting embryos to make it to day 5 when they are a blastocyst. 

growth of an embyro

The day 5 embryos (sometimes day 6) will be either transferred to me or frozen and saved for later. Obviously the number that are frozen depends on how many we transfer.  We won’t know how many make it to day 5 until TRANSFER DAY!!! 
We are now announcing that the transfer will be on Sunday, August 7th!  Less than one week!!!!!  

Missi is home and is resting. She is being cared for by the best nurse in town! 

Nurse Sophie

I will update when we know how many eggs matured and fertilized!

Stay tuned…..