FET day! WOOHOO!!!! August 4, 2016 – hopefully we will forever have a special place in our hearts for this day.
The transfer was scheduled at 12:30pm (for some reason they schedule FET’s during the lunch hour) so we headed out around 11:30am to arrive 30 minutes early like the asked us to so we had time to double check consents and get prepped in the surgery center. To prepare for the transfer I had to drink 32 ounces of water between 11:15-11:30 so I chugged a couple gigantic cups and then we headed out, leaving Kim in charge of the kiddos.
We arrived at the clinic and got prepped for the procedure. They asked me some questions, gave us our gowns, and gave me some valium to relax my uterus. Gary’s getup was way cooler than mine.
Then the embryologist came in to talk to us about the embryo that we were transferring. She showed us a picture and then explained the grading. She said our little embaby defrosted great and recovered beautifully. She also said it originally was graded AB (first letter grades the baby, second letter grades the shell part that becomes the placenta), but that after looking at it that morning she would downgrade the baby part to a B. My question was “Why aren’t we using one of the AA embryos? And also, we didn’t have any embryos graded AB.” (Needless to say I was NOT happy).
So she went and got the chart and apparently it was just written down wrong. The embryo they defrosted was one of the AA embryos, the one that had already begun hatching out of it’s shell, which was the one I figured they were going to use. She explained that in the picture she couldn’t see the part that was hatching, but that could be because of the angle that the picture was taken at or because when the embryo was frozen it shrunk a little bit. I was disappointed that in her opinion the baby part was a B, but it was still graded excellent quality either way, and at this point there was no turning back because you can’t refreeze an embryo – so we stood on the solid belief that the Lord makes babies and left it at that. Later when we got into the OR she said that the baby part had expanded more and the embryo was back to being AA. So YAY!
The black blob is the part that becomes the baby, and the surrounding shell is the part that becomes the placenta.
First family picture 🙂
All ready to go back to the OR!
The procedure was pretty quick and painless. They used a small catheter to place the embryo in my uterus. I didn’t feel a thing! It was the easiest part of IVF actually. The whole thing was recorded so after it was over, the doctor replayed it and pointed out the exact moment the embryo entered my uterus. SO COOL! Getting pregnant via IVF is not fun or glamorous even in the slightest, but the silver lining is stuff like this – getting to see embryo pictures and knowing the exact moment you get pregnant.
This is me, officially PUPO (pregnant until proven otherwise)!!!!! For the first time in my life, there’s a baby in there, and I am OVERJOYED!!! At least for the next week and a half, I can cherish the little life inside me – what a miracle.
Now we wait. I’ve posted the timeline for a 5-day transfer below. (5-day transfer meaning that the embryo was 5 days old when it was frozen).
10 days after transfer I’ll go in for a blood test to test my HCG levels. If that goes well, I’ll go in for a second blood test to make sure my HCG levels are rising. After that, there are sonograms and all that fun stuff, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself! We fully believe the Lord makes babies and builds families, and we’re praying we’ll be granted the gift of meeting this baby face to face on this side of Heaven.
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