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FET CD19: Transfer Day

What a day.  I am currently resting on the couch with two beautiful embryos resting well within me.  Today was our Frozen Embryo Transfer and it was a wonderful success.  This was our first frozen transfer, but it was vaguely reminiscent of our last IVF w/ICSI transfer.

Rocking my transfer booties

IVF #2 9dp5dt: Cramps and spotting

Hi everyone.

So, I am trying NOT to get excited.  I am also very cautious in sharing this.  I have been cramping off and on for the past two days.  I shared a couple of Instagram posts about it.  They haven't been filling me with a warm and fuzzy.  Tonight, the cramps reached a fever pitch.  I was on the verge of tears because they really hurt!  I told S. that I didn't think this worked and went to the bathroom because it was time to take my Endometrin.  I went to the bathroom first and upon wiping discovered pink blood that only appeared when I wiped.  I immediately thought implantation bleeding as I remembered this vaguely from my son's pregnancy a decade ago.  I used the vaginal insert tool and when I withdrew it after inserting the tablet, there was a scant amount of pink there too.  I wiped again and nothing.  Then, I thought...too late for implantation bleed, right?  Anywho...

I flew down stairs and told S. that this may have just worked.  He wisely told me not to get to excited, but was smiling himself as I explained.  I still have cramps but it is accompanied by back aches.  The cramps now aren't horrible, but they are still there.

I still have NOT tested and I will keep my promise to S. not to.  I hope to not be disappointed on #beta day, but I can't do anything but pray and not stress now.  I won't be sharing this news on IG in a post.  I also won't share it with my two "real-life" #ttc cheerleaders as there will be no point if this isn't good news.

For now, I'm going to enjoy being pregnant unless proven otherwise.  And I am going to continue to joke with S. about baby names just in case.

Have a great night everyone.

-K

IVF #2  9dp5dt: Medications
  • Estradol- 2 pills taken orally (1 AM/1 PM)
  • Endometrin- 1 vaginal insert 3 times a day
IVF #2 9dp5dt:Symptoms
  • Recurring cramps
  • Intense Cramps
  • Slight nausea
  • Pink spotting
IVF #2 9dp5dt: Developments
  • None to report
Next Appointment
  • Beta test day- 23 Dec 2016

IVF#2 4dp5t: Cramps...

Hello everyone.

Today is 4 days past 5 day transfer.  I've been doing fairly well with not hitting "Dr. Google" for every twinge and twang, but there are a few differences that I've noticed and am hoping mean great things.

Last night, I attended choir rehearsal in prep for our church's Christmas concert this coming Sunday. I noticed that I felt a small wave of nausea throughout the day, but chucked it up to the progesterone. While standing in the choir loft, I suddenly received a cramp so sharp and sudden that I actually said an audible "ow"!  I didn't feel it again for about forty-five minutes of so and then I felt a smaller one, slightly duller.  I thought that was odd, but didn't want to do symptom spotting.

I guess I had pregnancy on the brain even if I wouldn't admit it because I had some pretty vivid pregnancy dreams last night.  One that I remember well was the line progression on a series of four pregnancy tests.  Each day the line was darker.  I pray that's our truth.

This morning, I was awakened from my sleep with some pretty strong menstrual-like cramps.  Yep, it feels just like AF is around the corner and I was a bit disappointed.  I thought...so much for that.  But I decided not to dwell on it.

I've had those cramps off and on most of the day.  I am really hoping that means good things.  I have backaches and a small amount of nausea as well.  I know from experience that all of these can come from the progesterone.  But I won't lie and say I'm not hopeful.

I'm a bit tired tonight, so I won't hold you guys.  Have a great evening and I will write again soon.

-K

IVF #2  4dp5dt: Medications
  • Estradol- 2 pills taken orally (1 AM/1 PM)
  • Endometrin- 1 vaginal insert 3 times a day
IVF #2 4dp5dt:Symptoms
  • Recurring cramps
  • Slight nausea
IVF #2 4dp5dt: Developments
  • None to report
Next Appointment
  • Beta test day- 23 Dec 2016

IVF #2 CD 18: Embryos on board

Shh! I’m home and resting in our bed along with our two little embabies who are resting quietly within Mommy J. We are officially PUPO (Pregnant until Proven Otherwise). This is the second time I have been able to share these beautiful letters and I am praying these will into PASP (Pregnant and Staying Pregnant) this time.

Unlike my last transfer, I was much better prepared and didn’t have the issue with almost wetting myself over and over again. Instead of 20-24 ounces, nurse A. instructed that I needed only a minimum of 16. So, at 11:50, I started drinking my water. When I made it to my appointment, I was still slightly uncomfortable, but nowhere near where I was before. What a difference 8 ounces of water make!

It was so different.  I'd only sat a few minutes in the waiting room before having my name called and being escorted to the patient's waiting lobby.  I was asked to remove my boots and to put booties over my socks.  A nurse verified my name, DOB, and SSN and I was asked to wait for another minute before being directed to the transfer room.  This room was located on the opposite end of where our last transfer was.  The nurse directed me to undress from the waist down and reappeared in the room shortly after that.  She informed me that Dr. C. would be doing my transfer for the day and right on queue he knocked on the door.  The doctor came in and informed me that we still have 8 embryos dividing and were ready to transfer one.  After discussing S.'s numbers and our past transfer, we agreed to transfer two instead.

Our babies...


After confirming the two, in walked our embryologist R. who confirmed my ID once again.  R. then went to collect the embryos in the catheter while I was draped.  Dr. C. confirmed my bladder was full enough for the procedure and we went to work.  It was over in a flash of light and my beautiful babies were on board.  I laid there for five more minutes and received discharge instructions from the nurse.  Then, I went to the bathroom, voided, and was ready to go.  

On the way home, I stopped by McDonald's for the fries.  I then came home and rested wrapped up in blankets and comfortably warm.  And that was that!

So, now there is nothing to do but wait. I have been munching on my pineapple and do plan to continue that for the next five days. I’m also going to enjoy this time. I’m going to try very hard NOT to stress. We have a lot of people coming for Christmas Eve and Christmas and I don’t want to panic about it. I should be okay because I won’t really get groceries until the 17th of December and that won’t be stressful (I hope). I don’t plan to cook everything until the day before and we should already know by then whether we are preggo or not.

Looking forward to keeping you in the loop! Have a great and wonderful day!

-K

IVF CD18: Babies Onboard!- The Embryo Transfer story

DISCLAIMER:  This post was written on the day of transfer, 16 Oct 2016.  I fell asleep before posting.  So I am posting today on 17 Oct 2016.  Thanks!

-K
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Hello everyone!

Today was our embryo transfer day! Oh my, what a day it has been lol.  I have to tell you that I may have the new record for funniest patient in our clinic's roster.  I'll get to that shortly.

This morning, I woke up and lay beside S. just enjoying the quiet time with him.  He was disappointed that he wouldn't be able to join me because someone would need to be with our children and make sure the family made it to church on time.  (For those new to the blog, we have a 10 yo from a previous relationship (mine-ours) and a beautiful 2 yo through adoption).  None of our family are aware we are undergoing fertility treatment, so we couldn't ask any of them to watch the kids without a lengthy Q&A because it is extremely rare for us to miss church.  Since lying is out of the question, it just made more sense for him to stay with the kids.  We discussed and how many embryos we would like to transfer (we weren't even sure how many were in place at this point), and before you knew it was time to go.

I started drinking my 24-26 ounces in the car as directed and was more than ready by the time I pulled into the clinic parking lot.  Unfortunately, they were not lol.  I suddenly became aware that my sitting down was adding more pressure to my bladder and my walking around the lobby to prevent myself from going to the potty was not helping.  I finally went to the lobby and BEGGED if I could void just a bit because I didn't think I could sit for the estimated 30 minutes it would take from then to exit of the clinic.  The receptionist was kind enough to direct me to the bathroom with the instructions to count to five and then stop.  (I'd been through something similar in my past so I knew I could stop mid-stream).

Gotta go!!!

I did that and it didn't help at all lol.  But I managed to go into the back room when called and strip waist down and cover my nether regions with a sheet--for about five minutes.  Suddenly, I had to go SO bad that I was literally in pain.I got up and walked around the tiny treatment room talking aloud to myself that I didn't have to go and it was all in my brain.  (If someone were watching on a camera, they'd have thought I'd suddenly lost it.)  After five more minutes I couldn't take it anymore and I opened the door, peaked in the hall, and announced to the nurse that I needed to drain something or we would have a cleanup on aisle 4.  They laughed and told me not to empty completely, just take a little off the top.  This repeated itself twice.

Finally, the doctor came in the treatment room with the sonographer and went over the day's plan.  In our previous post, I mentioned that we had 12 eggs retrieved, 9 were were mature, and 4 fertilized. We knew that they were still dividing on day two but had no update since then.  Well, our RE now informed me that one didn't want to play and completely stopped.  One had reached blastocyst stage and was beautiful.  The last two were dividing albeit at a bit slower pace.  So, there were three in the game.

After much thought and discussion, I stuck to the discussion S. and I had this morning.  We decided to transfer two.  It just made sense when we remembered the low sperm count, the IUI failure, the success of only 33% of the eggs retrieved, and  so much more.  So, our RE gave us the risks and pros and cons, and then I signed the paperwork for two embryos (embabies) to be transferred!

Dr. G. (our RE) prepped me for transfer and confirmed that my bladder was the perfect amount of full for them to have a clear picture of my uterus.  While she was doing this our embryologist left to assist the second embryo in hatching and to collect both embryos in a transfer catheter.  The cool part about all of this is I'm watching the selection and capture on the screen above my sonographer's head.  I saw my name come up along with my patient ID number and then my beautiful embabies!

My beautiful babies
The catheter was then inserted in me and my babies deposited snug in my uterus with a gentle puff of air.  Snug as a bug!  The catheter was then removed and checked to make sure it was empty. Dr. G wished me good luck and congratulations, asked me lie down for five minutes, await discharge instructions from the nurse, and wished me a great day.  The embryologist came in with the above photo of our babies!!!  Yay!!! Two babies on board!  Stick, babies, stick!

The nurse came relatively quickly and gave me a bunch on post instructions.  No heavy lifting (>25 pounds), no high impact aerobics, low impact aerobics may only include walking.  No intercourse or orgasms for five days.  Nothing too stringent.  After she left, I practically ran to the bathroom to relieve my bladder (which hated me by the way), came back and collected my things and departed with two embryos comfortably riding.

When in the parking lot to go home, it hit me that for all intents and purposes, I am pregnant and carrying two little babies inside me.  I had myself a good cry and a good prayer time in the car.  No matter what happens, I thank and praise God for His provision.  We've come a long way in this journey.  We never would have made it this far without Him.

So, that's my transfer story.  I'll be waiting for a call to see if our remaining baby has made it to freezable.  And I'll be checking in during our TWW to keep you updated!  Have a great day!

-K

IVF CD18 Medications

  • Estradol  -   2 pills taken orally (1 AM/1 PM)
  • Endometrin- 1 vaginal insert 3 times a day

IVF CD18 Symptoms
  • Cramps in abdomen (probable cause is endometrin)
IVF CD18 Developments
  • Two embryos transferred today!!
  • TWW starts tomorrow (Booooo)
Next Appointment
  • Beta test day- 28 Oct 2016



IVF CD15: Grow, Babies, Grow!

Hi everyone!  I hope you're having a great day.  Things here are pretty tame.  Our lovely nurse, A., called me today with our embabies latest update.  On day two, all four embryos are still dividing like a champ.  I'm super excited about that!  The fertility staff leaves the babies alone for the next two days, so we won't know their progression until Sunday.  That's when we transfer!

Yep!  On October 16th, S. and I will be impregnated.  I'm so excited!

I'm also tired, so I'll just leave you with a development chart I stumbled across during Google Search.










Hope my babies are dividing properly.  Have a good evening!

-K


Appointments made

Yay!  I'm loving how everyday is a new opportunity to move a little bit closer to our IVF/ICSI cycle.

My IVF prep appointments have been made. Next Wednesday will feature a double header as I attend my mock embryo transfer that morning and the fertility injection class immediately after.  I'm a bit disappointed that S. won't be able to join me, but there are follow-on videos that he will be able to view instead.

I've been reading up on the mock embryo transfer.  Most sites say there isn't anything to worry about minus the discomfort of having to pee from the full bladder the clinic asks you to arrive with.  That's good news, but I have a tilted uterus.  Dang tilted.  That joker is backwards.  While my RE is aware of this, there is a minor chance that she won't perform the procedure.  Having someone new get into my goodies without a proper introduction doesn't exactly strike me with a warm and fuzzy.


Example of embryo transfer via Google/BocaFertility
As for the injection classes, I'm a bit more comfortable there.  I remember a lot of the guidance from the IUI.  There will be some new meds introduced, but I think I'll be okay.

This looks like it is really going to happen.

-K