Saturday, July 16, 2005

Fair-weather embryos

Hard to type lying down, so I'll keep it brief:

Two of the seven appeared to have arrested, making it only to four and five cells. As for the rest, there were two sixes, a seven and and two eights, all grade two (scale of one to four with one being best). We agreed with Dr. FYC in his recommendation to transfer the best four and discard the rest. No hope-filled popsicles for us.

Turned out the embryologist only ICSI'd the best-looking six eggs, all of which fertilized, and left the lesser lights to mingle with Jeff's swim team unchaperoned. One managed to do the deed.

We had the superfluous high-order multiples talk and then went to transfer, which was surprisingly painful this time, but over quickly. Unlike our last transfer, he guided the catheter by ultrasound, which we could see, and showed us as the eggs were inserted. That was pretty neat.

We have decided, at Jeff's urging, to pretend that I'm pregnant till proven otherwise. (Jeff, when presenting me with a big bowl of lunch--penne with pesto and ham--said to dig in, since I'm now "eating for five." He is saying "when," not "if.") I feel sheepish but a little exhilarated by the charade.

Beta on the 27th.


Blogger Mudbug said...

Congrats! Breathlessly awaiting more news.......

3:51 PM  
Anonymous Jen said...

Oh, honey, I am so very full of hope for you and Jeff and your team o' embryos.

Best of luck getting through the bedrest. Thinking of you and wishing, hoping, praying for some great news on the 27th.

3:57 PM  
Anonymous Jenn said...

Sounds good. My last cycle we pretended I was pregnant until proven otherwise :)

4:05 PM  
Blogger chris said...

Of course be exhilerated. Hope is a good thing.

Take care and good luck.

4:31 PM  
Blogger Suz said...

Being around people with hope is marvelous.

4:42 PM  
Anonymous Leggy said...

My one and only cycle that was a success was when we transferred 4 not so great looking embryos, one of whom is now sleeping in the next room. So maybe 4 will be the magic number for you too.

Enjoy that bedrest!

5:33 PM  
Blogger Cass said...

I will continue to hold you, Jeff, and the Fab Four in my thoughts. In the meantime, enjoy Jeff's yummy food - that man should be a model for all partners when it comes to appropriate care and treatment while cycling. Really.

5:41 PM  
Blogger Susie said...

Best of luck to you! My fingers are crossed tight.

7:12 PM  
Anonymous Ollie said...

I am saving my breathing until the 27th.

7:25 PM  
Blogger Mellie said...

4 sounds like a bumper crop to me! Wishing you a fast two weeks to prove that you and Jeff aren't charading at all.

7:55 PM  
Anonymous Menita said...

Sounds like that Jeff of yours has a good head on his shoulders. And yes, by all means, continue to eat for five unless told otherwise. Thinking of you and hoping very very very hard for good news on the 27th.

9:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


And I'm exhilerated right there with you...crossing everything I've got and sending love your way (and tons of luck)!


9:30 PM  
Anonymous Patricia said...

Who knew the end of July could be so far away?

I'll hope for quadruplets and maybe you'll get twins.

10:38 PM  
Blogger Ova Girl said...

Hey...good luck to you and hope the waiting isn't too awful.

12:10 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

Here's hoping your waiting is easy and has a very very happy ending.

5:10 AM  
Blogger K|nneret said...

Here with you and Hope is here too ... wishing for eggzellent news on the 27th.

5:17 AM  
Blogger Em said...

It sounds very good...

6:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thinking of you, Bugs, and sending cell dividing vibes to your quadruplets. Lots of hugs for you and J!


8:02 AM  
Blogger wessel said...

Wishing you all the best, Bug.

Oh, heck, I'm wishing you TWINS!


9:11 AM  
Blogger PJ said...

That is awesome Bugs!

Everything is crossed over here until the 27th. I hope the time flies by and brings you with good news.

12:29 PM  
Blogger Anna H. said...

I love that Jeff and his 'when's.

Am hoping right along with him...


1:28 PM  
Blogger Internal Spring said...

Congrats on the results! I'm going to root for the one Jeff made on his own (okay, well sort of).

How amazing to see your quads so early in their lives.

The 27th is my anniversary so I have lots of good feelings about that day. Looking forward to hearing all about your beta.

2:48 PM  
Anonymous J said...

Beautiful --- congratulations on making it to transfer with your four embryos! Waiting and hoping...

3:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds marvelous, eating for five. I agree, dig right in and savor every bite. Congratulations. I'll be thinking of you and hoping for a speedy July. Heidi (lost and finding)

5:47 PM  
Anonymous Julia S said...

Fingers crossed.

(Also, ham and pesto and penne... I hope the embryos appreciated it. It sounds delicious.)

6:10 PM  
Blogger Bugsy said...

Good luck hunny. I am crossing everything for you that this time, this time, is a big winner. Take care and rest up. And Hugs to your hubby for being so positive and attentive. (of course, you deserve it, so it is to be expected).

10:46 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

This brought tears to my eyes. I'm so hoping for you and Jeff. So hoping!

5:36 AM  
Anonymous Molly said...


7:14 AM  
Blogger K said...

Congrats - I hope you're resting. My husband's exactly the same...

8:39 AM  
Blogger kristenL said...

This is all good news. Here's to be waited on for the duration of your bedresting!

11:25 AM  
Blogger JennaM said...

I'm with Jeff--eating for five is absolutely the best plan.

Bestest luck and all good wishes!

11:31 AM  
Anonymous thalia said...

We're clearly all going to eat for 5 in sympathy for the next two weeks, Bug! Congrats on four pretty good looking embryos. May they grow and develop and implant and grow some more.

**fingers crossed**

1:25 PM  
Anonymous Day said...

Undergoing PGD with our IVFs has taught us that the "not so great looking ones" are actually the ones that make it....I'm so excited for you and Jeff and your bumper crop- and like the Wessel, heck, I'm waiting for the the twins announcement!

5:48 PM  

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