Today is day 5 post transfer of a 5 day blastocyst. By today our embryo should be completely implanted. If it is not implanted there is little to no chance of a continued pregnancy. What I would give to have a microscope to tell me what is going on in there! Has it hatched all the way; has it implanted? Whatever has happened by today will directly reflect the news we hear next week.
Everyday after the retrieval, we received a phone call that told us how our embryos were doing. They were watched and monitored. One of the highest graded one was chosen for the transfer. It was beginning to hatch out of its shell; which is gave us so much hope. I just wish I could get a phone call to tell me, “hey, I am still growing in here.” Just something to get me through the next week and a half. I have been experiencing twinges of pain in my lower abdomen. Could that be implantation? Sure, it could be. It could also be residual pain from the egg retrieval and some very pissed off ovaries. I am experiencing many symptoms that anyone would when they are pregnant. However, I have no idea if it is the pregnancy or the medications. At this point, it is most likely the medications. It is a cruel mind game at the most pivotal moment of your life.
I am consumed.
When we started our journey towards figuring out how we would have a family; I learned about the two-week wait. I thought it would be difficult just from reading about it. Now that I am experiencing it, difficult does not even define it. It consumes you. You wonder all day long; am I or am I not pregnant? How are things going in there, in my own body? I spent day after day watching my follicles grow at my daily appointments during stims. I saw progress everyday. I was proud of my body for stepping up the stress I was putting it under and providing us with what we needed. Now, I do not know what my body is doing. I just hope it is being nice to our embryo. I hope it is providing a safe and nurturing home.
Kevin and I have been through a lot in our lives and the past couple of months while planning and implementing this has been just as trying. Our dreams have always been to have children. We have a 1% chance of conceiving on our own. While IVF does not guarantee a live birth, it does significantly increase our odds. This process is everything to us. It is our lives; it is our future. So much planning, money, time, energy, and my own body has gone into make our dreams come true. This process has been everything but easy. However, it is something we would do over and over again to bring our child into this world.
So today is day 5 post transfer. In the infertility world it is often written as 5dp5dt; meaning, 5 days post a 5 day transfer. This means our embryo grew in the lab for 5 days and now it has been 5 days since it was transferred back into me. Today is a big day because it should be implanted today and if not, it probably will not happen. We still have over a week to go until we are able to find out if this actually happened. We are trying to stay busy. Last night I went to Paint Nite with some friends; that significantly helped a pretty rough day emotionally end on a good note. Now to continue to find things to keep my mind busy, my heart happy, and things to laugh about each day!
Please say some extra prayers today that everything is doing what we need it to! Pray for implantation to be complete! I bet you never thought that would be something you would read or pray for, I know I did not! Please know how much we appreciate it!
To our Embaby: We hope you are warm, safe, nurtured, and most of all we hope you know how much you are wanted and loved. Please stick! Love, Your overprotective, worry wort of a Mother and your unconditionally loving Father.