Wednesday, April 8, 2009

FET Madness - Transfer Day!!!

Transfer day is my favorite day of an entire cycle - I always feel so peaceful, content, hopeful and optimistic. I have my embies back home and that is the best feeling!

We called in this morning to discuss how many to transfer & the embryologist said there really wasn't much to decide on - we had 2 blasts and they recommended transferring both. Sounded good to us, but we are neurotic and had a billion more questions for her.

She explained that our mediocre blast from yesterday had actually expanded more and improved slightly though they were grading it a 4CC. You can read more about blast grading here, if you want to know more. 4 being pretty good, but the C's not so much. She said that they are changing so rapidly at this point that there could be improvement before transfer. They would be performing Assisted Hatching on this little guy to help him along.


The 2nd blast to transfer was a 6 BC - 6 being the best possible score. It was awarded this high score because it had already hatched on its own!!! Mommy & Daddy are so proud of you!

Another early blast had formed and they wanted to watch it for possible freeze, while the other early blast from yesterday had failed to progress.


We headed in with a full bladder for transfer at 11:30. Sean & I were feeling giddy with excitement that after 3 failed IVFs, we actually had some blasts to transfer. This is the furthest we have ever gotten and after a few anxious days, we are over the moon to have some blasts to put back!

Here's a couple pics of me before leaving for transfer today. The second one is me looking puffy and awful and downright giddy, but Sean says is cracks him up because it totally captures my joy over these little blasts. The first is of me and Libby, our first born, our best girl, the light of our lives...






They had more good news for us when we arrived, our little 4CC was changing and after using AH, they had improved their grade to a BC! While we are trying not to get too caught up in the grading system, we were still thrilled to see improvement. I have transferred perfect embryos before with no implantation and know of plenty of woman who have transferred ugly little ones and ended up pregnant with one, two or more. I am just beyond excited to have blasts - ugly, beautiful or anything in between!

Transfer was ultrasound guided and smooth as can be. Sean was able to come back with me and hold my hand the entire time, which was such a nice treat. Our clinic does not have private rooms for transfer, so if there is anyone is recovery from ER or also having ET, no husbands can come back for privacy reasons. We were late enough in the morning that it was pretty empty so we had the space all to ourselves.


Dr. P was thrilled that we had met our goal and grown 2 multi cells out to blast stage. He was optimistic and wished us well. The embryologist spent some more time talking with us and said they were really happy with the progression of the embryos and she put our odds of pregnancy around 40% or better. She said success rates for a regular FET with a multi celled embryo or thawed blast would be around 20%, so we effectively doubled our chances by getting the little ones to blast. She said it was as close to fresh cycle odds as we could get with the added benefit of FET being a much more natural state for the body to be in.

We got to see some pics of the blasts, though we did not ask to take them home. The clinic team has their own superstitions and they don't like to give pics to patients until a positive beta. In cycles 1 & 2, we bucked their system and took the pics, but this time, we are going with the flow and being superstitious right along with them :) We are nicknaming the blasts, but are torn between Jack & Diane and Ben & Jerry. Love them both. Thoughts?


I laid there for 30 minutes and was in agony by the end - I had to pee SO freaking bad it hurt. My blood work was in by time we left and my E2 was 249 and my P4 was 15.2. The nurse said those were perfect, though my P4 dropped off about 5 points since Weds, but if they are not worried, I am not worried. Anyone know what they like them to be at this stage of an FET?


I spent the ride home reclined in my seat and Sean has been pampering all day - he picked up white pizza and Greek salad for lunch which was yummy! He also bought me my favorite yogurt, fresh pineapple and bananas. I plan to stay flat on the couch all day today and probably tomorrow as well. The embryologist said my implantation window is 24-48 hours, so I should take it easy for the time being. We have a busy weekend ahead, so I plan to rest up while I can.


All in all, a very good day. Wishing my amazing husband, Sean, a very Happy Birthday today and hoping I can give him the greatest gift of all this year... I LOVE YOU!

Thank you ladies - your strength & support amazes me daily!

Beta in 8 days!

33 comments:

Susan said...

Oh I'm thrilled it went so well! What a fantastic transfer and will be anxiously following your blog these next 2 weeks - with fingers crossed! (I'm partial to Jack & Dianne, btw, which probably really dates me...) Here's hoping for the best success for you both.

MissMVK said...

Congrats on a perfect transfer day!!! Yes, take it easy, think sticky thoughts and I hope that Jack and Diane are nestling in for a long nine months. So excited for you!

Steph and Bran said...

Best of luck! Especially waiting for 8 days. I had to wait 2 weeks. So 8 days sounds like a walk in the park. But I know you don't want to hear that. :) I'm still planning on emailing you back. Just haven't got around to it yet.

bella1021 said...

AWESOME!!!!!
I am really praying those sticky thoughts!!!

i really want ben and jerry's right now ... so that is my vote ;)

the Centurino Family said...

Yippee - you guys have been on my mind all day long and I cannot stop thinking about y'all. I hope you are doing okay and feeling good. Get some rest and take care of you while you can. Let your family pamper you over the weekend - maybe you should pull a Phoebe and lie upside down in a chair for a bit - just kidding. I love you hon and I am wishing you sticky dust up the wazoo....

And happy birthday Sean...

sunflowerchilde said...

Wow, only 8 days?! I'm sure it will feel like forever to you, but still, it's great to know you don't have to wait 2 whole weeks. I'm sort of living vicariously through you and all the other bloggers who are expecting a result in the next week. Since I don't have much hope for myself, I really hope this ends with a BFP for you!

Just Another Infertile said...

Yay! I'm so happy your transfer went well. Enjoy your pampered bedrest!

Jennifer said...

Oh, it sounds like everything is going great. I am sending good implantation thoughts your way...Can't wait to hear how your beta goes.

Lisa said...

You look so happy in those pictures!! I love it!!!!

I am so so so excited for you! I am so so so hopeful for you (remember, it's the year of hope for us!)!

So many prayers are being said for you, my dear!!!

Oh, and Happy Birthday to Sean!!

one-hit_wonder said...

Thrilled for you!

Barefoot said...

Congratulations on your blasts!!! So exciting. I'm thinking good, sticky implantation thoughts for you.

bb said...

Yay for beautiful blasts and transfer day! Very excited for you!!

Carrie said...

Look at your embryos go with their dividing selves! They are over achievers if you ask me. :)

I am glad all was smooth and you are feeling comfortable, optimistic and ready to rest. Sounds like you and your hubby can celebrate in tonight, and you will have a big smile on your faces.

So, so happy for you!!!

Hugs,
Carrie

RMCarter said...

I was SO excited reading this! Enjoy your rest, and I'll be thinking about you. :)

kayjay said...

Good luck and enjoy all of the pampering and getting your embies to snuggle in. Your DH is a doll and I hope you can give him a fabulous belated birthday gift in 8 days!!!

squarepeg said...

Wonderful news! A hatching blast is a BIIIIIIIG deal :) HUGE! I'm so glad it went so smoothly and I'm glad to have a beta buddy!!

Kristen said...

I'm beyond thrilled for you, as it sounds like this transfer was PERFECT! ~*~*stick embabies, stick!~*~* I hope you relax for the next few weeks and remain positive during this 2ww! :-)

Busted said...

So glad to hear it went well - and I love your positivity too. Best of luck with your beta in 8 days!

Jill said...

Great transfer story! So happy for you and Sean. Please tell him I said "happy birthday!"

I live Ben & Jerry. A LOT. :-)

I went back and looked at my P4 levels, mine was only 3.7 on FET day, and they wanted it to be >6. So, that's when I started the PIO. Your levels are great, hon!!

meinsideout said...

great news!!! that is so exciting!!! we need a bfp from you girl!

momsoon said...

Yeahhhh!!! That is a great transfer day!! I am very hopeful for you guys and your little ones...rest up and take good care of yourself!!!
I'll be sending you guys a prayer for good news very soon!!!!!!!!!!

Lost in Space said...

This all sounds so perfect, Emily!! What awesome blasts you have growing there!!

My vote is for Jack and Dianne. That seriously just made me smile.

Enjoy your pampering as your babes snuggle in tight. (-;

mylifechronicles said...

I am soo thrilled and happy for you. Transfer Day IS indeed the most fun day of the entire cycle. My vote goes for Ben & Jerry... sweet and cute at the same time. Cuddle up, stay flat and take it easy. I am hoping that the embies are snuggling in and settling in for the long-haul.

Megan's Infertility said...

Best of luck to you!!! How exciting!

ashley said...

Yay!!!! I'm glad everything went so well!!! Counting down the eight days!

Lisa said...

GOOOD LUCK!!! No snuggle in little babies: )

piecemeal people said...

Uh, Ben and Jerry. No contest. :)

lifebytheday said...

SO glad it went well! Fingers crossed and lots of prayers going your way.

And I vote Jack and Diane ;-)

fmo said...

Happy to read that this went well! Great post. Fingers crossed for you.

R said...

Oh so excited for you...will be praying my butt off. By the way I'm partial to "Jack and Diane"

Clio said...

it's all looking so goood!! I'm super happy to see you this excited. Love the pictures, love your little dog!!! she's so adorable!
and congrats on your two beautiful blasts. Now... sending those guys all good wishes and vibes for them to find a home in their mama's womb. :))

Lorza said...

Just got to this one now!! Love the pictures!!! You look so happy. I am praying for you girlie!

Where's my miracle? said...

The FET sounded wonderful. I hope that your BFP comes very soon! Sean is treating you so nice!! Good for him!