March 2, 2010

Successful Transfer!

We had a very successful transfer this morning, and now I'm comfortably cuddled up back in my bed for some "embryo implantation" time! =)


We arrived at the hospital at 7:30 this morning, and by around 8, the embryologist came in to let us know the status of our embryos. She explained to us how the embryos were frozen and how they thaw them. It is SO incredibly amazing to me that this is all even possible! Before freezing the embryos, they remove all the liquid out of the cells (so it doesn't become ice crystals with sharp edges that could damage the cells) and they kind of collapse into themselves. When they thaw them, the fluid kind of reconstitutes, and then they let them grow to see if they continue on with the cell dividing/growing process. Remarkable, isn't it??!! The transfer went off without a hitch, and by 10am, we were on our way back home!


We had three embryos frozen after our IVF last year, and the plan was to only implant two. The first two of the three that they thawed seemed to come through well, and so there was no need to thaw the third one. The top one in the picture actually went down in quality, from a C before freezing to a D (with A the highest rating). The dark cells you see in it are actually dead cells, but she explained to us that there were a lot of remaining live cells , and so they determined that we could proceed with it. She said that sometimes they are surprised and that embryos like this do go on to become a healthy baby! So we are believing that it will!


The second embryo was definitely our All-Star! It went from a C rating to a B+ rating!! She said she actually wanted to call it an A, but since it was only a C at freezing, she thought that might be too much of a jump in rating. As you can see below, it looks completely different from the other embryo. It is already hatching out of it's shell, which is an AWESOME thing! In order for an embryo to implant in the uterine lining, it must first hatch out of the outer shell. She said that this was one of the best embryos she has seen after freezing and thawing! It ended up being better than the two fresh ones we put in last October! What a miracle!!! I'd heard that most embryos after freezing either stay the same quality or go down, but we had one that just about became the best quality embryo you can have!! Thank you Jesus!!
Our "embabies" as I like to call them =)
As you can see in the B+ embryo, there are a few dead cells near the top of the hatching site, but she said it was very few. I attached the picture of the two C quality embryos that we implanted last year. Notice they were sort of egg-shaped, which means they were on their way to hatching, but not to the actual hatching process like the one today.

So overall, Justin and I are just thrilled! Everything went so smoothly today, and we are so at peace with this process, knowing that God is in control! I'm believing for our miracle this cycle, and have hope that this will be the time we become pregnant, stay pregnant, and have our baby/babies!!
I'm all set for my bedrest, thanks to my sweet friends at work. They secretly put together a bedrest kit for me this past week and presented it to me yesterday! It was full of chocolate, chips and queso, apples, yarn (I love to crochet!), magazines, a word search book, candles, a movie, my favorite Almond Joy candy bars, and so many more little goodies. Thank you ladies for such a sweet and thoughtful gift!! It is going to make the next week and a half fly by!! My sweet Daddy is bringing us meals, starting with a yummy lunch today! Thanks Papa!


I'm so grateful for all the people supporting us, praying for us, and loving on us through this whole process. I am truly blessed!!




"For I know the plans I have for you... plans to prosper you and not to harm you... plans for a future and a HOPE!!" Jeremiah 29:11

21 comments:

Amy said...

Yeah! I'm so happy that everything went so well. I can't believe that your frozen baby ended up being even better than the last time. Maybe his/her middle name should be Snow or something like that! We miss you but we are so happy that you are home letting those little guys/gals burrow in and stick. Keep eating your velveeta, glue, and corn starch!
Love you!!
Amy

Marie W said...

I am believing with you! Rest up mama! Praying, praying, praying.

Joy said...

Burrow, burrow, burrow, tiny niece and nephew! Burrow away!!!!!

Cristina said...

I am so glad that this cycle is going to well!!! Try to rest as much as you can and take care of yourself and those precious babies!!!

Anonymous said...

Lurker here! I just wanted to tell you that I have followed your journey for a while now and I have been thinking of you all day! I am so glad the transfer went well and you are in my prayers!

~Nicole in NY

the ericksons said...

so cool!!!!! i love that kit-wish i had thought of that!!!!! i'll give you a jingle tomorrow to see how you are doing!

Audra said...

I've been waiting for an update all day. Thanks for letting us know how everything went. What a day for you! That is amazing to see the babies and how they are growing. You know you are in my prayers, you and your miracle babies. And their daddy too! Love you, Audra

carolinagirl said...

You and Justing have been on my mind all day today. I'm so glad to hear that the transfer went smoothly with no complications and better than expected.

I will continue to pray for you these next 2 weeks.

Candie said...

I'm feel so honored that you're sharing such detail. I love learning exactly what all this entails. It is AMAZING. So cool, Alyson. I can't wait until next Friday!!!

AROSS said...

I am so happy for you guys! Will be praying for you the whole way...

Weddzilla Aaron said...

We are rooting for them both! Especially the little guy....you can do it!! Hatch, hatch, hatch hatch!

Gene Steiner said...

We are so thrilled for you and believe with you that this is your time! God is faithful. We agree with your prayers and continue to trust the Lord and His promises. You are blessed and highly favored. Now get some rest as your babies grow and grow! It is so awesome to see everything happening, too. Thanks for sharing.

Michelle Harmon said...

This is wonderful news! I am praying and believing in your miracle babies too!

Diana said...

I just wanted to tell you that we are praying for you guys. HE is Good!

Riley Kai said...

I BELIEVE these are your miracle babies! Praying that He agrees with me=)

Anonymous said...

Yahoo! I am so very excited for you and will continue to pray that the next week and a half go by quickly and result in the healthy pregnancy you so deserve!!!! God is good!
Hugs coming your way!
Love,
Brenda

Knight said...

We're thinking about you in Tennessee, too, Alyson. Deep breaths, much love, and peace.

Jodi Sue said...

yeah!!! what wonderful gift!!!

Lianna Knight said...

GREAT news!! I am praying right along with you...this WILL be the time, I believe it. You should too!

Jodie said...

Alyson,

Praying for you and such a good blog to read...Love you so much and enjoy your quiet time...talk to the "embabies" and Jesus a lot this week!

Love you,

Jodie

Sarah said...

I am SOOOO excited for you guys!!! You have some cute embabies!!