Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Apparently, 12 wasn't enough...

I called the RE's office today to check on our embabies. They put me on hold and then the embryologist chick got on the phone. She said she had peeked on them this morning and that all 14 were dividing. Ummm, what?? 14?

I said to her "14? They told us on Sunday that 12 had fertilized." She then went on to explain that sometimes there are a few late bloomers. FOURTEEN!! :) I then kept asking her (over and over it seemed) if they were dividing properly and that if she thought they'd make it to a day 5 transfer. She said "Yeah." Which I was happy to hear, but her lack of enthusiam kind of ticked me off :) She said that some were starting to fragment (which is good I guess?) and that some haven't yet. So as much as I was glad to hear the good news in it all, I'm not exactly jumping for joy yet. I still have a fear that we won't end up with any good ones for Thursday. I am fearful that we will show up on Thursday morning and I'll be sitting on the table in a gown and the dr will come in and say "Ooops, sorry. None of them made it. Thanksforcominghaveagoodday."

I know, I know, I have to think positive! As happy as we are with the news we've gotten over the last week, it still hasn't been easy. I'm still really crampy and now I think (TMI warning) that Im constipated from the anesthesia. My stomach is constantly aching. And it's no fun at all. Anyone else have these problems after a retrieval? Also, do tranfers hurt? I think they said they will give me valium. But will it be painful? Or just like an IUI?

Thanks for all your comments and support on my last post. This decision isn't an easy one, but we think we know what we're going to do. We have to do what we think is best for us and hope for the best...




19 comments:

Carpenters said...

I have to say..you produce overachievers! :)

Lauren said...

Oh gosh all I saw was your blog title at first and I was like aahhh what happened?!?! Happy that there is good news though! Sorry the nurse wasn't more enthusiastic, you would think a nurse in that position would understand that their words and attitude are so important to the person on the other end...
Can't wait for Thursday :)

Jill aka ThatMoxieGirl Designs said...

I agree with Lauren; at first I read the title and thought, OH NO! But then it was a YEA!

I recommend Senacot laxatives. My MIL bought them for me after my surgery and they have been a huge help now too. TMI, I know. But us girls got to help each other out.

Babydreams2011 said...

Some fragmentation is expected but it's not a "good" thing. It's just an it happens thing. The less fragmentation the better. Not all will have it and the ones that don't will be your "HIGH GRADE" embryos. 14 is PLENTY to make it to day 5 girlie, no worries!

Josey said...

Wow - 14 is awesome!! Congrats!

Liz said...

14 is amazing!! Congrats on the great news! Like babydreams said, too much fragmentation isn't great, but a little is fine.

How exciting. Transfers don't hurt any more than an IUI, I think there should be less cramping. The Valium is pretty awesome, it is just a muscle relaxer. Did you do a trial transfer? I had one and didn't even feel much.

Good luck, can't wait to hear how it goes!

JamieMoore said...

Yay for 14!!! Woot Woot! I am so happy for you guys. I think you have some strong babies fighting for you mommy to Be!!

I totally recommend senacot laxative. When I had Kaya I needed some help and its all natural and was fast and very helpful. Good luck!

I look forward to an update soon!

Candice said...

Great news! Things are going so well!!

Moe said...

Don't fret my pet!!! I really really have a feeling this is going to work. :) Yay for 14!! and Thursday will be here before you know it. :)

Also...read your email - no clue what is wrong with my blog. It's annoying me to no end! :) I tried to think of how to mail you some red velvet cake....but haven't been able to come up with a decent solution yet.

Guess you need to just come visit!

PS. perhaps give some activia yogurt a try... or a little "plum" juice.

Marissa said...

Ok, first: YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

FOURTEEN alive and kicking little embies is awesome! Go you!!!

Second, senna/senakot is *probably* fine, but it can cause uterine contractions (it stimulates smooth muscles, like in your bowel, but you also have that in your ute). You'll be cramping a bit after your transfer anyway. Personally, I would avoid it, but probably nothing bad would happen. (It's pregnancy category C.) My bowel routine (because I'm 84...and on Zofran) is 200mg Colace every day plus Milk of Mag, 4 oz, if I haven't had a bowel movement that day. Both are totally safe for pregnancy and OTC.

Third, if your RE works anything like mine, they'll talk to you before you gown up, so don't be worried about being surprised on the table. You can probably call them the morning of and ask for an update. :)

Fourth, HELL YEAH!!! Fourteen!!!

Sharyn said...

My transfers didn't hurt at all. The dr. used some extra-thin cannula that I wish they'd been able to use for IUIs because those were not comfortable.

14 is a great number.

amiracle4us said...

14 is amazing!!!! Some fragmentation is normal, but less is best. The lower fragmentation the higher the quality. Sometimes those nurses just don't show the enthusiasm we need huh?
The ET is easy breezy. RE1 didn't give me anything, RE3 gave me valium (much better bc it is a stressful time awaiting those babes). There is very minimal cramping or tenderness....pretty much the same as with IUI but with a full bladder (that was the worst part to me).
MIRALAX!!! It will help you go but won't cause extra cramping like other laxatives.

Faith said...

You shouldn't scare people with blog titles like that! Sheesh! Anyway, this is great news! Stay positive, girl! I know this hasn't been easy, but it is going ot be SO worth it:).

Amber said...

Well, I didn't have IVF nor am I an expert, but that sounds like great news!!! I don't know many girls who have had that many embabies at this point. I am so excited for you!!!

sunnyside up said...

I must agree, the title made me breathe deep, so deep my husband asked if I needed a brown bag.
Then I read the rest of the post!
You wascally-wabbit you! I am so darn flippin' excited for you! Like I am totally doing the happy dance! (Don't stop..get it..get it. LOL!)
I cannot wait this month is gonna be a great month for you! Beyond great! I just know it!
Awh! I'm sending you all the hugs my little arms can give from way up north!
I'll be thinking about you this week!

And yes, please do not cross your legs! LOL!!
Thank you so much for the well wishes, that makes my heart smile! How exciting would it be to have a blogger buddy to really start the next step with, you'll be my girl!

HUGS!!!

A m a n d a said...

14 is awesome!!! Sending lots of positive thoughts to those embabies of yours. With 14 I can almost GUARANTEE that you will have several to choose from on day 5, I just know it!!!

Beeker's Mom said...

The transfer didn't hurt me at all. In fact it was over before I even realized it - no meds needed for me.

Good luck to you. That is an amazing number of little ones!

Jenny said...

just read this post...thinking of you today...can't wait to hear what happened

Might as well, can't dance... said...

Not sure if I have ever commented, but I have been following your journey for several months and I just want you to know that I am saying big prayers for you guys...

Blessings from Hot and Dry West Texas!