Saturday, November 29, 2008

Our Transfer Story

Our transfer went well yesterday and here are the specifics. We got there at 11:30am-- transfer scheduled for 1:45pm. I had to do a blood draw upon arrival to check my P4 (progesterone) and E2 (estradiol) levels. My levels came back last night and while my E2 was great at 697, my P4 was low at 3.7 (they want it to be 6). So, I am switching to PIO beginning this morning. Totally fine with me as I've had a really hard time with the supps. I had to go to the ER on Thanksgiving night due to having an acute bladder infection with lots of blood in my urine. I'm now on Keflex for the infection and am doing better, but needless to say, I'm glad to not be taking the supps anymore which I've felt horrible with since beginning them last Sunday. So, bring on the PIO lumpy butt (lol)!

We had acupuncture pre and post transfer. And I also got 10mg of Valium, so needless to say I was pretty relaxed when my transfer time finally rolled around. Thank goodness for sweet people-my ultrasonographer looked at my bladder and told me it was REALLY full and that I could go to the bathroom prior to the transfer. I don't remember feeling more "relieved" in my life. Between the bladder infection and drinking water to try to get my bladder full for the transfer, I was miserable.

Dr. Surrey then came in our room and informed us that both of our embryos survived the thaw at 100% and that both were already growing and hatching out of their shells after being thawed. Yeah! Then John (the embryologist) wheeled in a little incubator, just like you'd see in any hospital nursery, with our little embabies staying warm inside. I have to tell you that I'm a person who rarely cries, but I teared up at that sight. He also had a 20" monitor atop the incubator where he showed us their first pictures. I did cry then. They were just beautiful. We didn't take pictures for fear of the flash going off and disturbing them. John said that the little incision in the placental cells where they were biopsied for the genetic testing was the area they were now exploding out of and growing like crazy! Then, Dr. Surrey placed them inside my uterus. Transfer was complete.

We then spoke to John about the genetic testing results and we did find out the sexes-both were BOYS! So for now, I have 2 boys hopefully growing inside me. This is the furthest we've ever made it-5 day transfer with genetically normal blasts. I am in awe of them. Needless to say, we are so, so hopeful that this will be our turn. I am continuing my bedrest today, but all I can think about is our boys. Steve has named them Dallas (after his beloved boys-the Cowboys) and Denver (our new favorite place on the planet). So for now, that's what we're calling them I guess (lol).

Thanks again to each and every one of you for your amazing support. My beta is in a little over a week. I have a lot of anxiety already about it, so just know that I'll post something when I feel able to do so. For now, I want to focus on enjoying every moment of being pregnant with them.

39 comments:

Jill said...

I got chills reading your post -- I have such a good feeling for you! I hope Dallas and Denver snuggle in for a nice, long stay!

Lost in Space said...

Congrats on two boys and on such a great transfer!!! I love that they were both hatching out of their shells!!! So awesome and perfect!! Great names too. (;

Keep resting up and do whatever you need to do during the next week. We are here whenever you need us.

Anniep said...

Glad to hear everything went SO well !! You know, your whole transfer sounds awfully familiar. Down to the 2 boys! Good luck w/ the bedrest, and safe travels home. Denver and Dallas are going to be around for a while, I think... a long while...
congrats!!!

Karen said...

Jill, everything sounds like it just went so perfect. I almost had tears just reading your post, I am so thrilled for you, your husband, and your little boys. Rest up now and take care of yourself. I will praying so hard for you this week and hopefully time flies by until your positive beta.

shawna said...

I love everything about this post. I just wanted to with you good luck. I will be praying.

Just Another Infertile said...

I'm so glad your embies made it through the thaw. Dallas and Denver must be two very strong boys!

Seriously? - Erin said...

Hi Jill! It sounds like the transfer went really well. I am keeping you and the boys in my thoughts!

Rest up and have a safe trip home.

Cassandra said...

Fabulous! Best of luck, and enjoy the next week.

If my husband knew he was allowed to name embryos/babies after sports teams, he would be elated and come up with the silliest or most esoteric names imaginable. My guess for a pair of boys? Saskatchewan Roughriders and (now defunct) Ottawa Rough Riders. Or maybe he'd go for Negro league teams like Indianapolis Clowns and Indianapolis ABC's. This is a man who once came close to convincing friends of ours to name their baby Rocket.

Sky said...

Jill, I'm so thrilled for you! I know the moment of seeing the embryos on screen is pretty emotional and magical. You just saw your boys as young as they will ever be! :) Best of luck that you receive news that both boys stuck. I really believe you will. (Dr. Surrey is awesome, isn't he?)

Sky

Beth & Brian said...

This got me all teary-eyed!! I am SO happy for you two (now four!) and have a great feeling about this.

Rest up and take care of those babies!

Lisa said...

HURRAY!!!!

Your embabies are home!!!

And what an amazing thing to see them hatching! You must have been so overwhelmed. I'm hoping those two little boys snuggle in tight.

Rest up and keep the faith!! THIS IS IT!!c

Wendy said...

Awww...Denver and Dallas - how cute! I'm really happy for you, Jill. Get lots of rest and let us know how you are doing!

DAVs said...

Wow--that really sounds like a dream transfer!
Good luck good luck!

theworms said...

Great news! Praying your little boys are snuggling in tight. GL

~Jess said...

Congrats on your little boys: I'm praying they snuggle in good and stick around for a good long while!

Penny said...

Glad everything went well - it sounds really encouraging, the growing embryos! Hope they grow, grow grow in there.

Suzanne said...

Glad to hear the good news! Come on Dallas and Denver...settle in!

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Emily said...

I don't think I'll ever get tied of hearing your transfer story!

I am pulling for you and your boys!!!!

Chelle said...

What an awesome story. I too teared up when you wrote about seeing their first pictures... Take care of yourself, and Dallas & Denver (which I think are perfect names for your babies :))

Hope2morrow said...

Rest, rest, rest. I'm so anxious for your beta. Hurry up already!

MamaSoon said...

How truly amazing this process is. And I am so glad the thaw went perfectly and the transfer too. It must be such a relief. Sending good vibes your way. I am hoping for great great news very soon.

Kristen said...

What an incredible day you had. I can' t wait to hear how your 2ww goes and to hear your nice, strong beta number!!! Congrats!!!

Two of a Kind said...

Wonderful to hear. Hold tight, Dallas and Denver! Have you decided when/if you are going to test?

Leslie Laine said...

Sounds like a very happy Thanksgiving for you! What wonderful timing for everything! Thinking of you and praying fot the best!

M. said...

Jill, I'm totally tearing up right now reading about your awesome transfer. Go you and go embabies!! I'll pray this week for all of you guys -- and waiting excitedly for great news :)

Lorrie said...

What fantastic news, Jill! Everything has gone so perfectly so far, and I really think it's only the beginning. Hoping D&D snuggle in nice and tight.

ps loved loved loved this post's last line!

April said...

what great news!

thinking of you.

Mandy said...

Congrats on the transfer! I am sending you lots of hugs and positive thoughts!! Take care of yourself this week!!

Lea said...

So glad it went well. Sending every bit of good luck I have! I so hope that it is your turn.

hopeful #1 said...

I too have chills. This is such great news!

Grow, little boys, grow!!!

Heather said...

Congratulations! Wishing you lots of luck!!!! I love IVF! I'm about to burst as well. Our cycle did work and we just found out from our first ultrasound today that it's twins!!! My hopes and prayers are with you that Dallas and Denver stick around for a very long time!!!!

Polly Gamwich said...

Did you see the new movie out called "Four Christmases" ... the boys names are familiar!!

GL Jill ... I would have cried at the sight of the two wee ones all ready to go from their incubators.

Jennifer said...

I'm so happy everything went so well. I'll be thinking of you and keeping fingers crossed that your little Dallas and Denver hang around for a good nine months. GL GL GL!

Not Your Aunt Bea said...

Go Dallas! Go Denver! Grow, boys, grow!

beth said...

JiLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WeLcome to the CLuB!!!!!!!!! Today you are pregnant!!!!!
I am sooooooooooo excited for you fouR!!! D&D!!!!! I loVE it! Perfect names!!!!!! How are you feeling!!!!!
You are soooo smart to stay peaceful for as many days as possible thats exactly how to BE!!!!!!! Sounds like it was the perfect experience and the perfect beginning of this new chapter in yours and Steves liFe!!!!!!
I am JUST so happy for you cant wait to keep watching these next months unfold!!!!!!
HUGE loVE
B

Just Me. said...

Oh gosh! I feel like I'm so late for this party. Sorry, I've been away!!

Am happy to know that everything went well!!!!! Here's to Denver and Dallas!!!

Ok, "relax" now..we infertiles know what relaxing does to us... :)

Will keep continue praying for you guys!

(((((hugs)))))

MamaSoon said...

Still wishing you lots of sticky vibes!

Pink-CJ said...

COOL!! You'll have 2 boys like me!! So excited for you girl! Keep us posted!!

Me said...

OMG that's so awesome. If we ever get pg I want a boy so bad. This probably sounds weird but I want a little version of my DH more than I want a little version of myself. :)