Did you guess yet? Have you figured it out? No cheating. Give up?
♥♥♥♥ 4 ♥♥♥♥
Yes! We had a successful transfer of four embryos yesterday at the RE’s office. Just as a reminder, after my LH surge problem, I had to take my HCG shot early. Out of 18 follies, we got 10 eggs (I was bummed). The good news on Day 1 was 6 were mature and all 6 fertilized using ICSI (Yay!). On Day 3 we discussed with DrL whether to transfer 3 or 4. Due to my age (40), our MF and the quality of the embryos, we decided to transfer all 4. All were at least 8 cells. One looked great, two and three looked good and 4 was looking a tad fragmented, but not out of the running. We decided to give the li’l guy a chance and included him too. The transfer went off without a hitch. I will write in a future entry of the whole day to document the process and my perspective.
So what prize did you win? First of all, my gratitude for stopping by. It means so much to me. Not enough? If you email me “ifoptimist-at-gmail-dot-com” I will grab my Nikon and take a photo from somewhere beautiful or something special. Then I’ll email it to you for a desktop or screensaver picture (if you know the dimensions of your computer desktop I can customize it to fit perfectly). I’ll include the GPS coordinates and a little information about the photo. I thought this would be a good way to pass some of my time during the dreaded two week wait. I love photography.
I’m so excited. I know that I’m not out of the woods and the odds are still a bit against us but this is just another step in our journey to having a family. I’m not Pollyanna. I know the possible let downs, but I have decided to be upbeat and stay optimistic. If things don’t work, there will be plenty of time and tears to spend on the necessary sorrow and grief.
Today, I choose to celebrate. The potential is there. It’s ginormous. I feel lucky to have gotten this far. I see this whole thing as walking a path. I take one step after another. Sometimes I traverse a great distance in a day’s journey and other times I can only seem to walk a few feet. Yesterday, I feel I walked 40 miles.