Sunday, July 22, 2012

Embryos 2

These beauties are the best of the best! We ended up with 5 embryos that were viable. These two are tucked in now and so we wait.
In about ten days we will know if any took and then about 20 days after that we find out how many. :D

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Embryos

Sunday we had our egg harvest. They retrieved 26 eggs from me. (way more than we were expecting. We were expecting 10-15) Of those 26, 19 fertilized.

A little about this process... There are two methods ICSI is where they inject the sperm directly into the egg. Usually this is done when one or both partners has some defficiancy. Both of us had good quality retrievals so we did option two. This is where they put half a million sperm in with each egg and let them work it out. 19 is a great percentage for this process.

I got a call this morning with an embryo report. We have 18 embryos still progressing! Also great odds. Of these 18, they grade them in order to decide which to use. We don't have any grade 1. Bt she said that is pretty average. We have 7 grade 2. 2 five cell, 2 six cell and 3 8 cell. The rest are grade three. This doesn't mean they aren't viable, it means they might be a little fragmented or not progressing as fast.

Since everything looks so good we will be doing a day 5 transfer. That means that on Friday they will take the best looking embryos (although they will be at the blastocyst stage by then) and transfer custody to my uterus! So far so good! If you are curious about this and want to see pictures of what this all looks like here are two links.

http://http://www.ivf.net/ivf/embryo-development-o2591.htmlhttp://http://www.advancedfertility.com/embryoquality.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

California Girls

I don't know how to do this in the app on my phone, but here are some pics from our trip to Cali. We had a GREAT time!
The first pic is of a trying to kiss her uncle Dallen on the lips. He thinks it's gross which is why we keep telling her to try... But he is sneaky!
We hit the beach where Daddy fell in love with boogie boarding and k discovered billies. We can't remember how we started calling sand crabs billies but it has stuck. I think he could have spent HOURS catching them. :)
We also got to take the kids to their first Angels game! Being from Anaheim, you HAVE to be an Angels fan!

Best part of the trip? We got my moms old wallpaper down and repainted the downstairs! She got her red wall! Yay!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A little about the process...

For those who are interested... A little about the process. I have Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome. 
AKA: PCOS. 

What does this mean?  A lot, but long story short... Instead of producing one egg a month I form lots of little cysts.  This means that no one follicle ever gets large enough to rupture and produce a cute little baby.  :)

Right now we have been going through Ovulation Induction.  This means that I give myself a shot every day of FSH.  That forces my body to produce a lot of follicles in the hope that we have one or two that take off and get to be the right size.  

In a normal woman, this is what an ultrasound of an ovulating ovary would look like...
This is what I look like right now...
This is not what you want for a normal OI cycle, so guess what?  We are converting over to IVF... (lots of acronyms floating around, I know...)  

Now I will go in for an ultrasound every day to monitor me until they are ready to harvest my eggies.  At which point we get to make some petri dish babies.  Wish us luck!  More about the process as we go.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Big things to come... We hope

This post is for our family and friends. We are beginning another round of infertility treatments. We have had two failed cycles in the last year. We have not been making our attempts public this time around because we wanted a little privacy in the process this time, but I have come to realize how vital it is to let the people we love fast and pray for us. I have felt that strength in the past and have missed it.

This cycle holds a lot of uncertainty for us... It's a big risk financially and emotionally. Please keep us in your prayers and if you feel so inclined, fast for us and put us on the rolls of your temple.

As the month progresses, we ask that people not constantly ask how it's going. We will keep you apprised as we feel we can. And mostly, you can assume that no news is not good news. But even in that event, know that your love and support means the world to us and helps carry us through the failures.