IVF #3 – 3dp5dt

I haven’t blogged much the past few days because not much has happened. It’s kind of a let down. All these weeks and months preparing for the moment of embryo transfer and now… we wait. You know that feeling when finals are finally over but you find yourself feeling like you can’t relax because you keep thinking you’re supposed to be doing something? That you must be forgetting something? That’s how I feel.

I did almost forget to do the 10 IU Lupron booster shot the day after transfer but remembered when it was time for the progesterone shot.

It was nearly impossible for me to sit around and do nothing for 2 days after the transfer. I kept forgetting that I was supposed to be relaxing and not doing anything that might make my uterus contract. I have no idea what makes a uterus contract, but resting should help prevent it.

I’ve POAS every day just like I wanted to. All 3 tests have been negative, as expected.

I don’t think I’ve felt any twinges or anything that might count as implantation pains. For the first day or 2 I had some pain that I think was in my bladder. That’s gone away now. Even if I did feel anything I wouldn’t trust it because the progesterone side effects include cramping!

So… we wait.

We went to dinner at a friend’s house tonight. Even though her own sister struggled for years with severe infertility she doesn’t get it that it’s rude to ask people all the time about when they’re going to have kids. Before dinner she bugged us about it and the other couple that came to dinner. And then during dinner, out of the blue, “I’m ten weeks pregnant with baby 3. We weren’t even trying.” Blah blah blah.

I hope these babies stick. I’ll feel like such a failure if they don’t.

IVF #3 – Embryo Transfer Day

9:15am
I can’t believe we’re finally here! I’m excited to hear how all our little embabies did yesterday and overnight. I hope they’re still growing strong. I’m taking a few pictures during the drive because I want to document this day.

I woke up this morning to a text message from my sister, “Happy Getting Knocked Up Day!! Woot woot!” Which made me laugh and definitely started my day off right!

And then I saw this article about researchers growing retinas from stem cells and I thought, “What an amazing time we live in to witness such discoveries and accomplishments!”
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IVF #3 – Day 3 and Day 4 -Still Ten Embryos Growing

Tomorrow is Day 5 transfer at 10 am. So nervous/excited! When the embryologist called to make my appointment he said that the doctor would give me the stats on the embryos tomorrow before the transfer. I said, “Can you tell me anything about how they’re doing? Are they still growing?” He said they don’t look at them on Day 4, but that on Day 3 all ten were still growing strong.

I can hardly wait until tomorrow! Prayers are welcome!

IVF #3 – Ten Growing Embryos

At 12:34 pm today someone from the Andrology Lab (didn’t catch his name) called to give us an update on our embryos. My first thought was, “Oh my gosh he said ’embryos’ – that means at least one fertilized!”

He said they retrieved 11 eggs and 10 of them were mature. I was grateful to hear that because I thought that 10 were retrieved and some of those wouldn’t be mature.
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IVF #3 – Retrieval Day and Progesterone Shots

We got up early today to go to the egg retrieval. It was mostly uneventful, except for the training for the progesterone shots. I’m scared of those. A freaking 22 gauge needle is way too big to be going inside someone’s body. And she said if he hits bone I won’t be able to feel it! WHAT??!! If he hits bone?!
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Day 2 of POAS Every Day

I did another home pregnancy test this morning. By the end of the 5 minutes I couldn’t see a second line. A few hours later when it was completely dry, I could totally see a line.

I’m surprised that the hCG was out of my body already. I expected it to last at least a few days, but I guess it’s because I only used 2,500 IU for my trigger.

I’ll keep doing it every morning and report anything interesting!

IVF #3 – Stim Day 11 – Part 2

I want to buy a satellite phone.

If you’ve been following my blog this week you know it’s been one heck of a week. Every single day has had something.

Even yesterday I didn’t write about how my mom and I spent forever searching for some forms that Mr.E and I were supposed to sign for this IVF cycle. It turned out that they were in the car that Mr.E took to Boy Scout camp. I want to buy a satellite phone. It’s so annoying not to be able to reach a person!
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