The egg donor left on Sunday for Canada. She began a week of monitoring and drug alterations to get her eggs ready for the retrieval. We heard all week that things were looking good!
My IP's landed in Toronto on Tuesday to begin their adventure, do some sight seeing, and find all the cool places to show us when we arrive tomorrow. I can't remember if I wrote previously that the transfer happens in Canada? I've been told that it's a lot less expensive to have the transfer done up there, so that's why we are all traveling for the procedure.
I had a telephone call on Wednesday during lunch with Kim, from IARC, to discuss all the travel information that I needed to know. We were going to get an update that evening on exact dates for the egg retrieval and transfer. Between lunch and 4:00 there was a lot of information exchanged from our doctor to Kim. I'm guessing that it was a very stressful time for Kim. She was told that it was going to be a couple days until the "Trigger Shot" (to release the eggs in 36 hours) which was originally planned for that night. This would throw off all of our travel dates, but by the end of the day they said it looked like she would be ready to be triggered the next day. So, as of Wednesday we were thinking that the transfer would be July 11th instead of the 10th. That might extend my trip an extra day.
Yesterday we got news that the donor would be triggered that night and that the transfer date was scheduled for the 9th. I'm not exactly sure why we are doing a 3 day transfer instead of a 5 day transfer, but my IP's sent me a message that they are "over the moon!" I think everyone is just ready for this to really start.
|I walked through a rainbow on the way out of my appointment and it made me really happy, so I had to take a picture of my happy uterus!|
I had an early morning appointment today to have my uterine lining measured. There is nothing worse a 6' 3" gigantic creepy man to call your name when you are heading in for a trans vaginal ultrasound! Seriously, he would be the last person that I want looking up my pikachu. I'm really surprised that they even allow creepy men to work in those delicate areas! Anyway, I had to make small talk with the guy to make it less uncomfortable. It all turned out fine, other than the fact that he was really creepy. I was told I needed to measure at a 7 or above, and the lining inside my uterus is at an 11, baby! My body is really ready for this ;)
I spoke with Anne Marie from the clinic in Toronto this afternoon. She told me that I'll begin my progesterone vaginal suppositories on Sunday morning. I'll have to insert one in the morning and one in the evening until confirmation of pregnancy (except not the morning of the transfer), and then I'll be told what to do at that point for meds. She'll be sending me all the information on Monday with regards to the transfer instructions, times, etc. The transfer is TUESDAY!
This is the room where the transfer will happen
My IP's just sent this photo to me!
My IP's had an appointment with our doctor today. They learned that everything looks optimal- semen, egg development, and uterine thickness. Looks like we are going to be having a sticky situation very soon!
Tomorrow is a HUGE day. The egg retrieval is scheduled, fertilization will happen, and babies will start to grow! Also, Ben and I fly out early in the morning. We decided that we'd get up to Canada to do some sight seeing and hang out with our IP's for a couple of days before the transfer. We're even going to have an excursion to Niagara Falls for a day!
It's crazy the emotions that we're all going through right now. Yesterday I was feeling very nauseous and nervous. I think that reality was sinking in as we dropped off our kids. Today I'm a little giddy and excited. I'm thinking that these are all good emotions. My Dad told Ben and I, as we said good-bye, how proud of us he was. I'm so thankful to be surrounded by awesome support! This is more than helping a couple have a child. This is about creating a family! One day my IP's will be telling their kids how proud of them they are, and that's what this is about! Pay it forward...