|Here we go!|
About 30 minutes before the procedure, I took a Valium. Doctor's orders. Not gonna argue with that. With all the poking and prodding that this whole process takes, I see it as a little bonus. It made me very relaxed. But the real reason for the Valium, aside from being a reward for being a human pincushion for a few months, is that when you have that much water, it makes the bladder contract, and the Valium prevents that.
We watched some "House Hunters" in the waiting room, and I felt giddy. I looked in my periphery at the other people in the room, and like I always do, I wondered about their stories. Infertility is a tough journey, and has many origins and many different endings. I hope their journeys through this fire-swamp end soon, and end happily.
Soon, they called us in to our room. A room we were familiar with. It is where I have had many ultrasounds, as well as my egg retrieval. I like to think of it as the luxury room, as it is at least twice as big as the other rooms. Boo-ya. But I still had to sit on an uncomfortable table with a paper drape on my legs. Not so Kardashian after all.
They brought in a picture of our baby. I think this one looks a lot like me. Ok, so it's only 5 days old--at the blastocyst stage. But maybe this one will have some of my traits?
|First picture. Hopefully the first of many! Technically, this is the 2nd picture of this baby.|
They kept asking me if I had to pee a little bit. They'll let you go a little bit, but I didn't really want to mess with it. It was tolerable. But they kept asking. That made me think about peeing. It was a little irritating!
After all of the talk of Niagara Falls, we had to verify our names and dates of birth and say how many embryos we were implanting and which one. That way, we didn't end up with someone else's kid or 8 embryos or something like that. I stand behind that protocol.
|The white dot in the middle is where the embryo is.|
(Singing to the baby, working of the rest of the Valium, and trying to distract myself from nature's call.)
Doug and I grabbed a bite to eat afterward, and then picked up our little one. We headed home where I had to be on bed rest (I know; poor me) for 2 days. Nora was very cuddly and sweet during this time. Maybe she knows something we don't?
|Do I look pregnant yet?|
We have to wait a week or so for our first pregnancy test. We will keep all 4 of you readers updated! ;)