We have both been beyond excited today. Heck, we've been excited since we started the IVF process June 6th! I made my hair all pretty, like it was a date or the first day of school or something. Then as we were getting ready to go, we reviewed the instructions, and it said NO hairspray, scented lotion, or deodorant. Oops. So after we went shopping we both had to take showers. No cute hair for me :( Haha.
We had a nice lunch, and then I had to drink 32 oz. of water in 45 minutes, 45 minutes prior to the procedure. Here is what that looks like:
|This plus a third of this. I was dancin'.|
If you know me at all, you know that "holding it" is not my strongpoint. I don't prefer feeling like I have to "go". But, alas, I had to hold it from 1:00 until the procedure was over at 3:15.
So when we got to the doctor, I took a Valium (doctor's orders; not for recreation, lol!), which helped a bit with the dancing. At 2:15, they called us back and did a quick ultrasound to make sure everything was as it should be.
Then we discussed how many embryos we wanted to place. For my age group, the recommendation is 1 or 2, depending on quality of the embryos and the health of the uterus. We've been reading some new studies that have come out that say that putting one in instead of two is healthier if it's feasible, because having twins can increase the risk for ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, premature birth, etc. And the doctor said that usually his patients that end up with twins hate him for a couple of years, haha.
They grade the embryos on a 1-5 scale, with 1 being the best and 5 being the worst (however, an embryo with a rating of 5 can become a perfectly healthy baby; there is just a stronger chance for success with a 1) We had one embryo that was a 1 on the scale. Therefore, he made a strong case for going with one, and we agreed, so that's what we did.
|Here is a picture of two of our babies. The one on the left is the one we transferred today. The one on the right will be a younger sibling someday. :)|
I have to be on bed rest for the next couple of days, which I have been practicing for my whole life ;) Doug made a delicious eggplant parmesan for dinner tonight. My friend made a keen observation that we ate eggplant on the day of our EGG PLANT procedure. Har har!
All in all, we are SO stoked about all of this. For all intents and purposes, I am now technically pregnant, something I have never been able to say before in my life. I will have to take a pregnancy test in the next couple of weeks, so I'm praying that baby holds on and makes itself cozy!
This process has been hard, and it's still not over, but it's been so cool to see God's grace in all of this. Even with all the disease that is in my body, my uterus has remained untouched and healthy, praise God! With only one functioning ovary, I had 8 eggs, a pretty good number, considering! And even the doctor was surprised about how many of those eggs actually fertilized. Again, all God! And to have what he called a PERFECT embryo is so awesome! God has been orchestrating everything to go so smoothly, and I pray that continues! But we know that whatever happens, it is part of His perfect plan.