Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Triple Threat

We are home from transfer and we have 3 embies safe and warm!!!

It was a long day. We made sure we were scent free (per lab instructions, embryos cringe at scent), we left the house at 1:45pm and arrived in DC around 2:45. I was told to arrive with a full bladder and then had to sit in the waiting room for 1 hour! I thought my bladder might burst.

We were brought back to the transfer room and the Dr. went over our Day 3 report.

1 @ 8 cell, grade 1 - "perfect"

2 @ 5 cell grade 3 - slow growing/mid grade

1 @ 3 cell - don't know grade. I assuming a 5 - poor.

Dr. Transfer and the embryologist initially recommended tx 2, but Sean & I had already decided that if our report was still less then stellar, we were not settling for 2. Given the 2 embryos at only 5 cell (they should have been between 6 & 8 today)- we requested transferring 3. We explained that it was our 3rd cycle, (which this dr. and embryologist were not aware of) and that we were disappointed in our fert. report and embryo growth/quality.

Dr. Transfer said she understood and then gave us the spiel about risks of triplet pregnancy and asked if we conceived triplets, if we would be willing to consider selective reduction. We said we could not make that decision now, but if that ended up being the case we would seek out the best doctors and take everything under advisement. Dr. Transfer said she wanted to speak with the embryologist and fill her in on our history and see if she could contact our Dr.

The embryologist thought it was more than reasonable to do 3 given our history and Dr. M said to remind me that I was young and to make sure that I was given all the facts, but that he was ultimately ok with it, if it was what we wanted.

Dr. Transfer asked us to consider which outcome we could "live with". #1 - not tx 3, cycle fails, we are devastated and always asking ourselves if we made a mistake. OR #2 we get pg with 3 and have to weigh our options. Sean & I looked at each other and both knew the pain of another failed cycle would just bring too much pain and too many 'what ifs.' If it were to transpire that all three implanted, we will take one day at a time and seek out the best information we can.

3 it was! Assisted Hatching was performed and the embies were transferred into my beautiful triple striped uterus with a whoosh!

We just couldn't imagine choosing between the two 5 cells and having to leave one behind to likely arrest or be donated to science.

There seemed to be a theme of 3 today. It was IVF #3, a 3dt, we were scheduled for 3:15, we were put in room 3 (which we realized on the way out), my triple striped uterus, the artwork in the room was arranged in threes, & the 3 embies. Three was everywhere! We are big on symbols so we of course took it as a sign that we made the right decision! :p

Speaking of signs, one of my IVF anthems is Journey's "Don't Stop Believin" and it was the last song on the radio when we got the the clinic and the first song on when Sean flipped the channel when we got back in the car! Too funny.

I am on strict bed rest for 24 hours and then have to take it very easy for 2-3 more days. My beta is scheduled for December 4th which seems late to us, but one day at a time!

There is no better feeling then having your embryos back home safe and warm. I am hopeful. I am at peace. I am more than content with our decision.

I am warm and toasty on the couch. Sean is spoiling me and the embies rotten and Libby is snuggled up keeping us warm. I have fresh pineapple from Whole Foods, a pomegranate, & pomegranate juice all on the menu over the next few days. I bought Breaking Dawn this morning and plan to crack it open in a few. Looking forward to the next few days!

Thanks for all the wishes and good vibes today. I felt the love!

For now, I am thoroughly enjoying being "pregnant until proven otherwise!"

30 comments:

Just Another Infertile said...

I'm so happy for you. It must feel good to have made it this far. I think you made a great decision transferring three. The whole threes thing must surely be a sign, and Journey on the radio twice? Come on! Third's time's a charm. . .

Whitney said...

Good luck to you! We transferred 3 and got 3 and it has been absolutely wonderful! My 1st beta was 777 so I understand the power of signs. Praying for a quick 2ww and a BFP!!!

Lisa said...

Yay!!! Everybody in the pool!!! I would do the exact same thing - if I have a 3dt this time I will put 3 back if we have 3. I am so happy that your embies are home!!!

Have fun with the book!!

I am hoping really hard for you!

Leslie Laine said...

Thinking of you!!! Enjoy your rest and relaxation!!

Here's to 3s!!!!!!

M. said...

I adore "Don't Stop Believin'" too -- it was my bar exam theme song :) I can't believe it was on coming and going. And the 3 thing is so neat. I'm really excited for you guys. You did the right thing transferring 3. How would you ever have decided? Totally saying a quick prayer for you guys!!

Amber said...

I am so so happy for you (and for your joy at how the day went). I think you definitely made the right decision in transferring 3 (like my opinion matters, right?). I will keep my fingers crossed so tightly and hope that you and your three are on your way to a long, happy life together.

Jill said...

I love, love, love the symbolism of threes! I think it is an excellent sign. It sounds like you made the right decision for you. Get some rest and enjoy reading Breaking Dawn!

sprogblogger said...

Yay for 3 embryo transplants! You & I are cycle sistas for sure, now!

And three cheers (for good measure) for our beautiful, hospitable uteri! (You're right - uteri is a much cooler word than uteruses.)

The world feels like a good place tonight, and I'm very happy for you. I've been checking here all afternoon, waiting to hear how it went.

april said...

thinking good thoughts for you and the embies!! :)

bunny said...

i like that, "pregnant until proven otherwise." three is my lucky number, so hopefully it will be lucky for you too!

Lost in Space said...

I'm so happy that today went so well. Not that it matters, but I would have put all 3 back also. I love the symbolism of all the 3s. That has to be a sign!! Good luck to you.

nancy said...

Good luck! We put in all 4 of our embies, leaving the 3 grade c/d out which didn't make it to freeze. I felt bad for the 3, knowing they wouldn't make it, but still, putting 4 in was out of control craziness.

Good luck to the triple threat! :)

Lisa said...

Yea!!!!!!! Putting all 3 back seems like a no-brainer to me, but, hey, I've put 4 back and would put 5 or 6 if we ever had them! I'm glad you and Sean stuck to your guns. There's definitely something to be said for educated patients being part of the decision making process!

I really am thrilled for you and, well, you're definitely going to find Breaking Dawn very interesting.....!

Virginia said...

hip hip hurray. hip hip hurray! Three times the charm. What a fantastic post. What a great day you had. 1 top notch embryo and two more catching up is going to do it! So happy for you.

bb said...

Sounds like everything went great, so glad. And I totally would have gone with the 3 too! Wish you a happy distractingly good Thanksgiving!

Blue said...

Sounds like a great transfer day, I have everything crossed for an even better outcome! Good luck!

mylifechronicles said...

YAY for 3 embies and a bigger YAY for an 8-cell'd beauty!
I am happy for you! GL!

Kristen said...

Oh Emily!!! I am just so excited for you!!! I hope that your 2ww flies by quickly, and I will be eagerly waiting to hear from you on the 4th!!!!!

Cassandra said...

Best of luck! Hope the wait feels shorter than it is.

ashley said...

I am more than excited for you! I have a feeling that this is the one that's going to make it! Follow the doctor's orders and pray for the best, I know all of us are. Take Care!

Maria (MKC101103) said...

All of those signs gave me the chills...three is such a lucky number!!!!

I can't wait for Dec. 4th to come!!!!!

Somewhat Ordinary said...

I got chills, too! I hope third times the charm!

bella1021 said...

Awesome update!! 3 is my lucky number ;) Enjoy your rest- These 2weeks will fly by!

April said...

so excited for you and the triple threat!

hugs and high fives! (or high threes? three high fives? hmmm..)

Lisa said...

YAY!!! Your embies are home safe and sound. I put 3 in as well, on our 3rd try. I think 3 is the magic number for both of us!!!

I'm hoping we both finally get our BFPs!!!!!

Rest up!

I was told 48 hour bed rest, and it's just about over -- one more hour to go. I can't wait to finally get out of this bed and have a shower :)

GL!!!!! TONS OF BABY DUST YOUR WAY!

Bee said...

Not one, not two, but three blessings for you!

Clio said...

best best best wishes for you and your little growing embryos.
I'm holding you in my heart sending you positive energy.
enjoy your rest!
by the way, I'm also big into numbers and symbols ;)
your post could be called too "triple treat". ;)

Jill said...

I do love all of the signs. Gotta be good luck! Hope you are enjoying your book. Thinking lots of warm thoughts for you and your embies. Lots of hugs!!!

Jen said...

Yay PUPO!!! I hope the 2ww flies for you and you get the biggest BFP ever!

RMCarter said...

It sounds like things went really well! I will be thinking about you over the next two weeks.

Take it easy, enjoy your Thanksgiving, and I'll be praying you get a BFP!

(BTW - My hubby is a huge Journey fan. He approves of your 'theme song'! lol!)