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Pregnant!

I’m pregnant!  Okay, fair, we don’t actually know yet, but I’m thinking positive this time!  Well, trying to anyway…

Our embryo transfer this morning was a success, although the drive to the hospital and our attempts at parking were less than desirable due to the football fans.  I wanted to leave our home by 9:30am, an hour before our appointment, but at such time, Eric was still in the shower.  That man is going to be late for his own funeral!

We ended up parking in a valet spot, hoping not to be towed.  In our defense though, there were truly no other spots in the ramp we about had to break into.  As much as I love football games, it’s truly a shame the patients come second those Saturdays.  I guess healthcare don’t make the University as much money as football…

The transfer itself was fairly simple, having been through this once before.  My vitals were taken and then we were each asked to change, me into a hospital gown and robe (ultra-sexy, just how I always pictured getting pregnant) and Eric into scrubs.  Our outfits were completed with those awesome blue hair bonnets.  Eric looks slightly pissed in the picture of the two of us, but he must have been just focusing on taking the selfie!

And then we waited.  I had made sure to drink Vitamin Water on the way to the hospital, as instructed to arrive with a full bladder, but I didn’t expect my doctor to be held up in clinic with another procedure.  Of course.  We waited almost an hour in the procedure room, with my bladder becoming more and more uncomfortable by the minute.  Thankfully the doctor on today is super laid-back, the same doctor who did my first transfer actually.  I made every attempt not to pee on him, as he assured me it had never happened in the past, and I certainly didn’t want to be the first!

Before the actual transfer our doctor reviewed our embryos’ progress with us.  Again, the risks involved with a twin pregnancy were discussed…  My doctor highly recommended we transfer only one embryo, as the odds of twins with transferring two is 35%-40%.  There was a part of me that really wanted to transfer two, for a variety of reasons, but I trust my doctor, and Eric, and agreed to transfer just one today.  Somehow there is still a chance of twins, but very small.  Something about 5 day blasts much more likely to split.

Based on the grading, we have 1 embryo we can freeze for sure, a second that looks very likely to be frozen, and then one more which is a maybe, but no guarantees.  Ultimately, two of our six aren’t growing as they should and will be discarded.  I meant to ask why four fertilized abnormally, but forgot in the excitement of the transfer.

I’m okay with transferring just one today, although there is a tiny part of me that will feel bad if this doesn’t work this time, that will wonder if we’d transferred two if we’d ended with a singleton pregnancy anyway.  Time will tell…  Just so over these procedures.

The transfer was fast, a test catheter was used first to make sure placement would be ideal, the embryologist brought in our embryo, and then we watched on ultrasound as it was nestled into just the right spot.

 

After the transfer I was left to rest for ten minutes while Eric cutely distracted me from my extremely full bladder.  (Being a urologist, he enjoyed seeing it on ultrasound.)

I was finally able to pee, then we exited the procedure area and returned to recovery to dress and then were on our way.  No activity restrictions although obviously we weren’t going to the game, or tailgating.  We did stop at Hy-Vee on the way home, first at their Starbucks, yes, I got decaf, and then to pick up a few goodies to eat while we watched the game at home.

I’ve been resting on the couch, alternating between peeing and eating.  Eric was by my side all afternoon while the game was on, but he was paged to the ER two hours ago and still isn’t home.  Our plan was to grill out tonight, but perhaps we’ll save that for tomorrow.

I had quite a bit of cramping earlier this afternoon, but all seems calm now.  I assume this is to be expected, although I don’t really remember much pain after our transfer last cycle.  As for meds, all are finished expect for the progesterone injections each evening.  I’m used to them now, but still can’t say I enjoy them.  I tolerate them, and thankfully feel comfortable giving them to myself if Eric happens to be away some evening, which is very, very possible knowing his awesome schedule.

Eric is on his way home now, so I’ll leave you with a picture of our son or daughter, due around June 1st 🙂

Eric thinks boy ;)
Eric thinks boy 🙂

42 thoughts on “Pregnant!

  1. Fantastic news – I am so excited for you! I’m thinking positive for you, too.

    1. Thank you! I’m so positive I’m tempted to get my pregnancy tracker back out… Hum…

  2. Great looking embryo! Hoping this is just the beginning of a wonderful 9 month long, smooth, calm journey 🙂

    1. I sure hope so, thank you!

  3. awesome stuff. best of luck for the tww!

    1. Thank you, down to 10 days now!

  4. keep up the positivity! good luck.

  5. Yay good luck 🙂

  6. Yay! That embryo looks great! Congrats! Time to get pregnant. And yes, my husband is the same way about time. I always have to give him at least 15 to 20 min ahead of the intended departure time so I don’t go too crazy.

    1. Yeah, I went a little crazy in him this morning. All is well now!

  7. Good luck! I hope this one sticks and has a better outcome this time. Wishing for the best for you!

    1. Thank you, I really appreciate the well wishes 🙂

  8. So glad the transfer went well. You’re still in my prayers!!

  9. Yay for pupo! Hoping that this is totally it for you!

  10. Congrats on being PUPO!

  11. Very exciting and very positive procedure this morning! I’ll be thinking about you!

  12. Prayers continue being sent your way!

  13. Triple like!! Praying for you guys!!

  14. Awesome! Good luck! Sending lots of good vibes your way!

  15. Congrats Stefanie!! Praying for a sticky bean for you!! xoxo

  16. Yay!!!! So happy it went well!

  17. I wish I could like this post more than once!

  18. Any blast described as excellent sounds like a sticky bean to me! Praying this is it for you!

  19. BTW, I have to add that Eric looks completely *thrilled* in that photo of you two. Could he have looked any more serious and non-plussed? Maybe it’s the trauma of being in scrubs? 😉

    1. Yeah, it’s hard to get Eric to smile in pictures for some reason. I remember on our wedding day I kept yelling, ‘smile, show your teeth’!

  20. It only takes one 🙂 we had 2 transferred and I was secretly wishing for twins but only one took. Good luck during your TWW and enjoy being PUPO 🙂

    1. Thank you… A part of me felt like I was wasting one if we transferred two, but I get it doesn’t mean that. Just scared, these decisions are so hard!

  21. Glad it all went well! Continued well wishes!

    1. Thank you, I’ll take all the well-wishes I can get!

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