Filed under: Surrogacy.
We did it! We transferred the embryos! Yup, two embryos. After a few days of thought and talking, we all decided that we wanted to go for it. Three of the embryos looked good, two looked the best, so we decided to try for both. There is a 40% chance of twins and I think the doctor said a 70%-75% chance of a pregnancy. We are all so excited! Here is how the day went:
I couldn’t sleep very well the night before the transfer. I was so excited and nervous. I kept thinking about everything that we all have been through leading up to this. So much time; so much work, so many emotions. It was all coming to fruition in a matter of hours. So I went to bed around 9:30 and couldn’t fall asleep until around 10:30 or 11. Then the unthinkable happened, my son woke up at 2am! LOL! Luckily, I think he may have been sleep talking. He just chattered away for probably a half an hour then went back to sleep…until about 3:15am. He was awake again, chattering away. He’s so silly. All in all I got about 4-5 hours of sleep, not too bad. My husband woke me up when he got home from work around 6:45. Poor guy, he didn’t get any sleep. I got ready, woke my son up and we headed to my grandma’s house to drop him off. After that, we were on our way to Stanford. I was so excited driving up there. I was getting all sentimental, I had driven there so many times, and this time was THE time. When we arrived, I was SO nervous! We went upstairs and were quickly taken to a room. They checked my bladder to see if it was full enough, I was told to arrive with a full bladder. It turned out I didn’t drink enough so they had me drink another two big water bottles. I had already had one. I chugged the first one like my life depended on it. The second one was hard to get down. My husband went out to the waiting room to get me more water and the IP’s were there. He brought them back to the room with him. I was so happy to see them! I hadn’t seen them in so long, it was comforting to be with them again. We chatted and hung out until the doctor was ready. They checked my bladder again and told me to stop drinking, that it was definitely full enough now! Thank goodness! I had to pee SO bad! Once the doctor came in we talked about legal stuff, signed papers and made the decision to go for the two embryo transfer. I was so happy for my IP’s, they looked so excited, and definitely nervous. Once all of that was squared away it was time to begin. The intended father left the room to give me some privacy and the intended mother stayed by my side with my husband. I was so happy that she was able to experience this with me! I laid back on the table and scooted down towards the doctor. It all started immediately. She inserted a device to hold me open so she could clean my uterus. She used cotton swabs and some kind of liquid to clean everything out. Meanwhile, her assistant was using an ultrasound machine to view the uterus. She had to press down on my bladder so the doctor could get a good view of my ovaries. Man did I have to pee! I kept thinking, ‘please don’t pee on anyone, please don’t pee on the table…’ That would have been embarrassing and unpleasant. The whole process was uncomfortable, but not bad. I would do it again no problem. The part when she was cleaning stung a little bit, but even that wasn’t terrible. After everything was ready she had her assistant let the other people know that she was ready for the embryos. They were brought in, inserted into my uterus and they were done. That was it? Wow, that was easy. Now, the most important question of all…can I go pee now?!
After finally being able to pee, my husband and our IP’s left Stanford to go get some lunch. They told me I could choose the place. I am one of the most indecisive people you will ever meet, so is my husband, lol! We got to the parking lot where the IP’s gave me a gift and grapes from their grape vine. It was so sweet and thoughtful! We drove to the down town and walked around. There was some sort of farmers market going on; lots of art work, some music, and food. After walking around for a little while trying to decided what we wanted, we found the Cheesecake Factory. Yum! We had a very nice lunch! It was such a wonderful experience getting to spend time with them, especially after we just put the embryos in. It was so magical. I will cherish these memories forever!
The only thing that I noticed was different after the transfer was on the drive home I was SO tired. (Lack of sleep…) So when we got home my husband and I took a well deserved nap. Other then that, I feel great.
What is the next step? Well, we will have a pregnancy test on September 4th. Any positive thoughts and prayers would be greatly valued! I’m a big believer in the power of positive thinking and prayer. Until then for me, its going to be the same routine. Injections, inserts, pills, and patches. And you know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way!