Yesterday was the day we’d been waiting for: transfer day! Ever since getting matched with my IF’s (intended fathers) we have been counting down the days, and sometimes it has dragged on and on, and in other ways it was like POOF! Transfer time already!
I put on my lucky socks, and we headed out the door.
We had to arrive at the clinic at 12:45. Prior to arrival I had to drink 33 ounces of water in one hour to ensure that my bladder was nice and full for the procedure. That is a lot of water in an hours time, let me tell you.
Upon arrival we snapped a quick photo to send to the IF’s. I had my shirt made in honor of them... la vie est belle means “life is beautiful” in French. It felt perfect for this occasion. I brought my little Eiffel Tower to feel like they were there with us too. It’s nine hours later in France, but they were up and sending us messages before and after the procedure, so it was nice to feel like they were a part of it. We were all very excited!
I was taken back to my room, given a Valium to help relax my uterus, and a hospital gown to wear for the day. We started with some acupuncture. This was to ensure good blood flow to the uterus, and also is shown to help with relaxation. I’ve been doing it for weeks now, so this treatment held no surprises for me.
The embryologist came in to talk to me about the embryo they would be implanting. They thawed it that morning and she described it as a “beautiful, perfect 6AA embryo”. I’ve learned just a bit about embryo quality, and from what I know this is about as good as it gets. The higher the quality, the greater chance of a successful transfer. So this was great news!
They did a quick ultrasound to make sure my bladder was nice and full. I could have told them that it sure was 😂 but they checked anyway and all looked good. It’s important because a full bladder gives them better access to the uterus.
Next up, the transfer. They wheeled me out of my room on the hospital bed, and into a sterile operating room. The whole thing took maybe 5 minutes! It was so fast and completely painless. The embryo is implanted in the uterus via a catheter, and it takes no time at all. There was an image of the embryo up on a screen, which was neat to see.
Afterwards they rolled me back into my room, where I was told I would need to lay flat for 30 minutes before I could get up and use the restroom. During that time the acupuncturist came back in and did one more round of acupuncture. Then I was able to get up, get dressed and use the restroom, and then we were ready to go. They had me ride in a wheelchair all the way to the car, like right to the car door, which felt a little awkward but that was honestly the most uncomfortable part of the whole day! Luckily I had the best driver ever and we were homeward bound...
There are a few superstitions when it comes to IVF, and I don’t know why this is a thing, but they say eating McDonald’s fries after the transfer helps. And who am I to argue with such logic??
If the superstition involved eating, I don’t know, calf liver, I might have just passed that by, but I’m not one to say no to French fries. Especially since we're hoping for a French baby!
We got home and found that Finnegan had made the most adorable sign for me:
The kids were all worried about how I was and did it hurt, and Finn was surprised that my belly wasn’t bigger yet! I explained that we won’t know more until next week, and if it works it’ll be a little bit before my belly gets bigger. Although based on previous pregnancies, it won’t take too long for me to start showing, and my belly will in fact get WAY, WAY bigger. I’m not one of those cute tiny pregnant ladies with a little bump. I’ll look like I’m about to pop with twins when I’m in fact only 6 months along with one 😂 It will be interesting to see if this is different with a baby Brad and I aren't genetically related to.
So that’s where we are. At this point it’s a waiting game, first to see if the pregnancy sticks, and then to see if it’s viable and can be carried full term. It seems that often with IVF I am hearing of chemical pregnancies - where you get a positive pregnancy test initially but then experience an early pregnancy loss shortly after implantation occurs. These happen in natural conception too, but are often more known about in IVF situations because of the early blood testing. Next Wednesday I will have my first beta test, where they will do a blood draw to see if pregnancy hormones are able to be detected. 🤞
The rest of the afternoon yesterday and all day today I am on bed rest. I took a nap yesterday (the Valium made me sleepy!) and have watched some movies and done some reading today. The dogs have been keeping me company, and haven’t left my side yet!
Thanks for all of your stickiest thoughts, and please keep them coming! We want this embryo to stick and grow, grow, grow! ❤️