Wednesday, July 30, 2014

IVF #2 Egg Retrieval & Transfer

We left the house on Monday at 5:20am to make sure that we were at the surgical center at 7:30am. We left super early just in case we ran into rush hour traffic going around the city (Chicago)....which we did a little bit, but it was painless. We arrived at the surgical center at 7am. I filled out and signed some papers, used the restroom, sat down for about a minute, and then the nurse came and got us to go back. I changed into the lovely hospital gown and we went through the usual routine of the nurse taking my temperature and getting my blood pressure. As the nurse was getting ready to do the IV, I mentioned that they had a hard time getting it into my vein last time and that they stuck me like 3 times and I was very bruised afterwards. The nurse was glad that I mentioned that to her, because then she didn't even try. She just got the anesthesiologist to do it. The anesthesiologist put it in my hand with little trouble and I was good to go. The procedure went well. I vaguely remember waking up during the procedure (or at least that's what I thought) and I was wondering why I was waking up. I think I even asked for more anesthesia. Then the anesthesiologist said that they were wrapping up. Next thing I knew, I was being wheeled back to our area. The nurse asked me what level of pain I was in. I said 8. She said "8 is very high"....and then I said..."Oops. I mean 2" (darn anesthesia). We had a little laugh about that. She then asked me if I wanted a heat pack...and I did. Mike met me back in our little area a minute later (he had been off doing his thing). I had some Tylenol and waited about 15 minutes and then we took off.

We are ready!
Coming out of anesthesia.
I got the call the next day that they retrieved 27 eggs. 18 of them were mature. 17 of them fertilized.

Over the next few days I was super bloated. I also drank a lot of Gatorade and peed A LOT. 

Transfer day was on Saturday. The appointment was at 6:15am and we got there at 6:00am. We got called back at about 6:25am. The doctor came to talk to us at about 7:15am. We had 13 good embryos. He asked why we wanted to transfer 3. I told him that we have transferred 2 embryos two times now and NOTHING. I think it was about 8am when I went back for the transfer. We transferred 3 of our best embryos. I should be getting a call in the next few days telling me how many made it to the freezing stage.

Some of our embabies! Aren't they cute?! ;)
Filling my bladder.
The "hopefully" parents to be!
That lighting makes me look like I have no eyebrows. :/
The embabies are at home. Grow babies, grow.
 I took it semi easy the rest of Saturday thru yesterday. I have some big news to share (hopefully on Friday), but I have to wait until it's official. For now I am just going to say that I am having no problem staying busy during this 2WW. I am so high on life right now and I hope that the pregnancy test on August 6th puts me over the moon happy. Speaking of August 6th. On August 6th, 2003, Mike and I shared our first kiss. That is our dating anniversary. On August 6th, 2006, we spent our first night in our first home. Good things have happened to us in the past on August 6th. :)

14 comments:

Amy Beth said...

Love you guys and am hopeful that it is successful this time! ��

Amie said...

Ok I seriously wonder if we were separated at birth or something! For my last hysteroscopy the anesthesiologist had to put in my IV as well because no one else could get it in right..ugh! I always seem to have issues with IV's and blood draws. Seems like out of 3 at least one of those should make it through this process girl! You are in my thoughts and prayers :)

shay said...

omg totally rooting for you and saying lots of prayers!!! hopefully 1 or more of these embabies sticks! August 6th is a good day for you historically so i hope you get some GREAT news that day!

Amanda said...

I'm excited for you, Stephanie! Congratulations on the great numbers and the beautiful blasts!

holly said...

SO exciting!! Great numbers!! Hope you have some sticky little beans in there!

JoJo said...

I think u have a secret u aren't sharing with us yet. Praying and hoping one of those embabies stick. Aug 6th seems to be ur lucky day. Btw aug 6th is aunt bday. I'll be celebrating with u(:

The Run Away Stork said...

Wow - so many 5 day embryos! I wouldn't even know what to do with that number. Wishing you the best of luck during your 2ww with a positive beta and healthy baby on the way!

Just T said...

I can't imagine with embryos that beautiful that you won't get a great news in your two weeks. Maybe even times two?

Good luck!

Waiting for my miracle said...

Good luck! Hope you have got some good news to share soon!

Caroline said...

Excited for you!!!!

Ms DanL said...

So exciting!! Sending you positive vibes and peace during your wait. Looking forward to hearing more about your journey!!

Lisa said...

Your embabies are adorable! I am so excited and can't wait to hear the amazing news!

Aubrey said...

August 6th sounds like the PERFECT day for some good baby news!!!! Fingers crossed, my friend!

Non Sequitur Chica said...

Since I am so late in commenting you only have two more days until your pregnancy test! It sounds like August 6th has been a great day so far for you guys- I'm crossing my fingers that it continues to be a great day!!