Sorry for the delay.. and the long post – but here goes!
Wednesday, April 27th – (Stims Day 8) The day I so desperately waited for – it was our first ultrasound!! We weren’t given any real numbers but were told it was a good start and my bloodwork finally checked out for once; no change to the meds and back on Friday!
Friday, April 29th – (Stims Day 10) Ultrasound went well – they counted 6 mature follicles and several not far off from hitting 14/15 mm which the nurse said could still contain a mature egg.. hoping another day or so of stims would give those babies a boost! She said she would call me later in the day once my doctor observed my results but to plan on another ultrasound the following morning and that Saturday could very well be our trigger. I crossed my fingers that they’d let me stim through Sunday night in hopes of getting more mature follicles!
Saturday, April 30th – (Stims Day 11) Ultrasound showed my mature follicles had grown to 22, 21, 20, 20, 19, and 19 … the rest were still small. I tried to remind myself quality over quantity! We were given the green light for one more Menopur injection that afternoon and to trigger with 10,000 HCG at 8:30pm – retrieval was set for Monday morning at 8:30! I would return Sunday morning for quick blood draw to confirm the trigger had worked.
Monday, May 2nd – (RETRIEVAL DAY) Ahhh – this day was met with so much optimism and anxiety. We were finally here! Everything went smoothly, but when I groggily awoke from the procedure, my doctor informed me they’d retrieved 4 eggs — 4 EGGS.. needless to say I was heartbroken and began to cry! I had already prepared myself for a much lower amount than I had hoped, but I assumed we’d at least have 10+ (counting all the small ones) and that those 6 would be mature. Obviously that was not the case as most the of the follicles were empty. I returned home sore, woozy, and somewhat sad… but refused to stop telling myself “Quality over quantity.” Now began the long 24hrs before our fertilization report!
Tuesday, May 3rd – We got the call!!!! All 4 eggs were mature & all 4 fertilized!!! Praise the Lord almighty! We were over the moon that all 4 embabies would have a shot! The clinic called later to let us know that on Wednesday they would be scheduling a tentative 3 Day Transfer for Thursday and that on Thursday morning the lab would call to give us an update on our embryos and let us know whether to head down for our transfer or not. At first I was hesitant about a 3 Day transfer, but after researching it and seeing it work for many women.. I realized why they chose it for us and that I too did not want to risk the few embryos we had not making it to Day 5 if they could possibly thrive after Day 3 within me.
Thursday, May 5th – Again, we got the call!!! Our 3 Day transfer was a go! We had 2 – 8 cell embryos, 1 – 7 cell, and 1 – 2 cell that they assumed had stalled on day 2. As sad as we were, we were still beyond thankful to have 3 still thriving and were about to bring 2 home!!! In the end the doctor decided to transfer the 7 cell which was in excellent condition, and an 8 cell with some slight fragmentation. Our other 8 cell will be watched until Saturday (tomorrow) to see if we have 1 embaby to freeze – we have our fingers crossed!
So here we are – PUPO!! We are over the moon and cannot thank God enough for this blessing! Hoping in the coming days these little embabies will snuggle in and get comfy for the next 9 months because we are so in love already! First Beta is on the 17th – the countdown continues!!! ❤