Friday, November 26, 2010

We have embryos!!!

So, "Black Friday" came early for us this year.  We'd learned that our clinic would be posting the profiles of newly acquired embryos on Wednesday, so we diligently checked the website every hour.  2 profiles were posted ~11:30am; by the time we got through to speak with the Coordinator, only 3 embryos were left.  Those 3 are ours - one or more of those tiny clusters of cells could be the child(ren) that God has planned for us to raise!!
      I'm a little nervous b/c there are only 3 - and they've been frozen for many years.  (Does that affect success rate?)  I'm hoping that all 3 survive the thaw so we can implant all 3 of them.  And I don't even remember which traits it has b/c the profiles are all mixed up in my head.  (They were taken off the website once they were claimed, so we have to wait for the paperwork to see them again.)  There is nothing alarming about either of them.  We were actually kind of hoping for a mixed race baby, but these are Caucasian.  I think we'll still adopt internationally at some point.
    We've only told our immediate families - we don't want to answer everyone's questions until we know that there is really something to share (i.e. until we know if it's successful.)  But already, my mom is asking about baby names and my sister is thinking about the nursery.  I'm trying to withhold my excitement at this point.  There is a very long road ahead of us - a road that may or may not end up in pregnancy.  Still, I am thrilled to actually start walking down that path that I've only so far watched others travel.  (Thank you EA bloggy world - I so appreciate you all sharing your journeys!)  I know the road will be bumpy and there  may be setbacks, but I'm still excited to be going somewhere.
        I had to get a Rubella vaccine - apparently those teenage boosters aren't good for life as I'd thought. My fertility clinic told me when they first started testing that I'd need it, but I didn't think about it at all until this week.  They won't start a cycle until a month after I'm vaccinated.  I did that today, so - yay - I'm doing something productive.  (The nurse was all cute, trying to hide the needle so I wouldn't see it - I thought "lady, you have no idea what's to come." lol)  
     We'll set up an appt to meet with the doctor once we turn in the forms on Monday - I may be a little overly anxious, but I'm hoping we could even transfer in my Jan cycle.  Or maybe Feb.  I'll keep you all posted.
   Start praying for those three little embryos.  God knows the plans He has for them, as well as for us!


  1. Yay! I'm so excited for you guys! I think the only reason embryos that have been frozen for a long time might struggle more is because freezing techniques have improved in recent years, so it isn't quite as traumatic on the embryos now as it used to be. There's no evidence that embryos can be frozen for "too long." Lots of children have been born even 10+ years after being frozen, so I wouldn't worry about it. God is in control here!

    Praying that everything goes smoothly and that God gives you peace throughout the process!

  2. YAY!!! I am so excited for you!!! Doesn't it feel great to be dong something? Praying that the process speeds along and all embies survive the thaw. And you get a BFP!

  3. Congrats on your embryos!!! I can't wait to follow you on this! I'm not sure what you mean by frozen for many years, but my embryos were 6 years old when I got them, and one of them is getting ready to make his entrance in about 6 more weeks!

  4. Thanks gals! Diane and Heather, thanks for your encouragement - our embies have been frozen for about 10 years - but I shouldn't let that worry me. If one (or more) of these are the kids God has planned, then I don't need to stress about it.