Friday, May 22, 2009


It has been a pretty good day. We got to the hospital at 8:15, took my valium, and got drinking my water! Last time my bladder was so full, I actually had to relieve half of it before they could do the transfer so this morning, I only drank about 20 ounces. The biologist came in with a picture of the two embryos we were going to compacted (they don't grade these) and one 7-cell (grade 3). Then began the conversation of how the other three were doing. Two weren't doing so well - a 3-cell and 4-cell, but the 3rd one wasn't too bad...a 7-cell. Jason and I decided that we wouldn't talk to Dr. Jarrett about transferring three unless the fertilization report we got this morning warranted it. Since we really only had the possibility of freezing one (if it made it), I started asking questions. My basic thought was that I'm not sure about paying $600 to freeze one embryo knowing that we would have to do another fresh cycle in order to get more to freeze. And, who knows if this one lone embryo would survive the freeze. I could tell the biologist wasn't sure about three due to my age (31), but I also let them know that we have been trying for 5 years next week! Dr. Jarrett overheard our conversation as he was walking by so he came in to discuss it with us. I must have been pretty convincing because...he let us transfer THREE!!!!!!!!!!
So, here is what happens after a 3-day transfer:

1dpt ..embryo is growing and developing
2dpt... Embryo is now a blastocyst
3dpt....Blastocyst hatches out of shell on this day
4dpt.. Blastocyst attaches to a site on the uterine lining
5dpt.. Implantation begins,as the blastocyst begins to bury in the lining
6dpt.. Implantation process continues and morula buries deeper in the lining
7dpt.. Morula is completely inmplanted in the lining and has placenta cells & fetal cells
8dpt...Placenta cells begin to secret HCG in the blood
9dpt...More HCG is produced as fetus develops
10dpt...More HCG is produced as fetus develops
11dpt...HCG levels are now high enough to be immediately detected on HPT


Alex and Jill said...

YAY!! So excited for you. :)

Some tips that were passed on to me this last time.

#1 Keep the laptop completely off of your stomach.

#2 Stay on bedrest as long as possible (I did 72 hours and only took showers and went to the bathroom)

#3 Don't lift anything over 10 lbs, once off bedrest

That's all I will write. :) I'm praying this one works, girl.


Misty said...

It does sound like it was a great day. 3 woohoo! I'm totally rooting for you.

Dave and Elaine said...

How awesome you got to transfer 3!

Stuart and Sarah Creamer said...

That is great that you got to transfer 3! Praying for you and for those embies to stick!

Anonymous said...

Good luck!! I was 31 when I transferred three last year...and I am looking at three sleeping babies right now. Hope it works for you:)

I read you have Dr J...are you in Indy? I didn go to him but the name is familiar.

ANyhoo...sticky baby dust to you:)

Becca said...

Three embies - how exciting! Praying for them to stick!

Anonymous said...

i'm so glad the transfer went well, sending loads and loads of sticky vibes

twondra said...

Yay! I'm so glad they let you transfer 3!! Can't wait for you to announce your BFP. :)

Anonymous said...

wow, that is exciting, good luck!

Ashley said...

That's sooo exciting!! I'm glad you convinced them to put in 3;) Praying for you honey!! Get plenty of rest!!

A Mom in Jacksonville, FL said...

Congrats!! Hoping you get the BFP you've been longing for.


Callie said...

Congrats on what sounds like a really promising transfer!

I also have to say that I'm very impressed that you were able to go to the bathroom and just relieve half. I don't know how people do that! For me, it's all or nothing and it's by far the worst part of the whole transfer process.

I'll check back during your 2WW to keep you company and to see how things are going.

Good luck!

Michaela said...

Congrats on the great transfer!!! I am so thrilled for you and they all look great to me! I can't wait to hear about you BFP soon!!!! Good luck sweetie!

Word Nerd said...

I'm so glad your transfer went well. Sending hugs and LOTS of sticky thoughts.

Kristin said...

Good luck Amber! Hoping and praying a couple stick around for you!

Beautiful Mess said...

3 embies! That's great! Sending you lots of good juju for a BFP and a fast 2 ww

WiseGuy said...

Wow! Sending you a truckload of positive vibes!

Tell you what...three is going to be my number (again), whenever we do the IVF/wICSI cycle again...

All the best to you!


WiseGuy said...

P.S. Alex and Jill have given you fantastic advice!

Caroline said...

I am thinking of you and praying for a wonderful outcome. Hugs to you. xx

cady said...

that's so great that you got to transfer 3! i'm sending sticky vibes your way!

Mrz. Hannah Myhre said...

whoo hoo!!! this is Great!!!

Anonymous said...

Yay for a great transfer! I'm so glad that your RE let you transfer all three. Those embyros look beautiful and I hope that you get some great news in a couple of weeks!

Jamie said...

I can't believe he let you transfer 3!! :) I can't wait to hear some positive beta results in a few weeks! Fingers crossed!