It's done! One little embryo has been transferred into my uterus!
For the detailed oriented: it was a 3-day, 8 cell embryo. And beautiful, I might add.
Janelle flew in last night, which was great. We got to stay up late, catch up and have a couple glasses of wine as we contemplated the future and what the following day might bring.
We got to the clinic for 10:00 the next morning and got ready to go. The clinic was really busy, so we had to wait close to an hour before they were ready for us. I was glad that we were both there, as the time went by quickly, and it stopped me from getting overly anxious. The worse part was my excessively full bladder, and it was getting increasingly difficult to maintain, with them running late. After a couple of ultrasounds to check the fullness of my bladder, I was able to 'let a little out' a few times, which is harder than it sounds. Over the course of that hour, I was able to let out five cups before we started the procedure and still have the full bladder required for the ultrasound. Apparently my bladder is an over achiever.
The procedure itself was quite easy, with only minor discomfort and was comparable to a pap smear, just a little longer in duration. The whole thing was pretty amazing. We got to see the embryo on the screen, which the embryologist described as "beautiful." We got to watch it all happen on the ultrasound screen, from the catheter being inserted, to the embryo being released.
When it was all done, we headed off to the recovery room with instructions to relax, and no talking while the doctor did some acupuncture. Very nice.
Here's some pics from our day:
Chugging water on the way to the clinic.
Our view on the way, with hula girl dancing all the way there.
Looking good in the blue booties.
Excited and nervous at the same time.
Their perfect little embryo.
Me with Embie on the screen in the background.
The bright white strip at the bottom is the catheter going in, and dropping off the embryo.
Janelle and first pic of their embryo in utero!
Hopeful future mama!
Acupuncture afterwards, with a heat lamp over my feet.
Wish I had one of these at home! :)
We came back home and had a pretty lazy day, which was heaven. Even got a much overdue nap in! I'm on doctor's orders not to do anything today or tomorrow, and then back to regular life on Sunday. Our official pregnancy test is on October 17th, so now comes the waiting. Not too sure yet if I might accidentally pee on a "stick" before that time. We'll see.
Thanks everyone for the well wishes and prayers! We're hopeful, and want to stay cautiously optimistic while taking nothing for granted.
Everything that can be crossed is. Fingers, toes, and sometimes even eyes. :)