Sunday, August 16, 2009

We're nearly half way there!

I have a confession: I've been thinking about my little embabies today. A lot, actually.

How are they? What are the up to? Are they getting enough nutrients? Are they too hot? Too cold? Yes, I am totally "momming" these babies already!

Someone on my clinic's forum posted a little embryo development outline, which I now find super comforting to check every day and to stop and think about the fact that our babies could be doing that very thing. Have a look-see...

This is what happens in a 5 day transfer (dt), though I have a feeling this would still apply to our 6 day transfer, since the development rate is equal to a 5dt.

-1dpt ..embryo is growing and developing
0dpt... Embryo is now a blastocyst
1dpt....Blastocyst hatches out of shell on this day
2dpt...Blastocyst attaches to a site on the uterine lining
3dpt (today).. Implantation begins, as the blastocyst begins to bury in the lining
4dpt...Implantation process continues and morula buries deeper in the lining
5dpt... (1st beta) Morula is completely implanted in the lining and has placenta cells & fetal cells
6dpt...Placenta cells begin to secret HCG in the blood
7dpt...(2nd beta) More HCG is produced as fetus develops

Yes, today our Tweedles were busy implanting! Go babies go!! I was thrilled when I discovered this because this afternoon as I was sitting in the recliner, watching one of the cutest movies ever (Matilda) and trying to catch up on some design work, I swear I felt the most mild pinches in my uterus. About six or so of them within a couple seconds of each other. My heart is so content to connect this with implantation, so I'm not going to fight it!

Besides that, I can't say I've felt any other "symptoms". However, as of today, all of the pain associated with ER is finally gone. Thank goodness! No more soreness when I urinate, walk around or sit. Still a little bloated in the tummy and I still have "love handles". :-) ER caused me to develop a very *nice* figure, very quickly that freaked me out a bit. Let's just say I pretty much looked about 3 months pregnant. I don't mind this at all if we get the news we're praying for on Thursday. Otherwise, me and ol' love handles are going to have to talk. ;-)

As today draws near a close, I feel fortunate to have had almost four days of little stress and to-dos post transfer. My parents and my mother-in-law came to visit on yesterday, which was sooo wonderful. Good to see them all, but also a lifesaver because it kept my mind off things. That can go SUCH a long way in times like these. My hope is that this next week back at work will be a good distration as well. Praying for no stress, but we all know how that goes when you take a few days off.

As always, thank you to everyone for your continued prayers. I find a great deal of comfort in knowing there are so many of you who genuinely care about and are praying for us and these little ones. Many of you, as my Mom reminded me yesterday, who I've never even had the privelage to meet. The fact that you all keep up with our journey to the extent you do is just amazing and extremely appreciated. We need as many cheerleaders as we can get!

Let's go Tweedles! Stick, stick, stick!

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Mel August 17, 2009 at 12:37 PM  

Just found your site while searching for information re: IVF. I'm certainly thinking about you today and through this week, and praying for you and your husband. I, too, lost an ovary and tube, and have just a portion of my other ovary. Unfortunately, I am much older than you. At 39, this is pretty much a long shot for me, but I'm willing to try it as I had an ectopic pregnancy early this year which indicated I still had something left in me :). I am scheduled for IVF in October in Seattle (I live in MT) and will be tuning into your blog for information and support. God bless you!

Lin August 17, 2009 at 12:55 PM  

You, DH and the tweedles are definitely in my thoughts and prayers!

Anonymous August 17, 2009 at 8:17 PM  

Good luck!

MRS.B August 17, 2009 at 11:29 PM  

So glad I found your blog! Count me in as an official Tweedle Cheerleader! Happy Thoughts!

Simple August 19, 2009 at 9:02 PM  

Grow embies grow! Sending positive, happy vibes & hoping we both have exciting news to share in a couple of weeks. :)

Waiting August 20, 2009 at 1:09 PM  

Thinking about you and Jay today!!

Jem August 28, 2009 at 6:08 PM  

You're going to have to change your blog name to "A Journey to Delivery"!

That's very happy news.


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