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After an 8 year battle with infertility and countless struggles, our family is finally complete. This blog chronicles the journey it took for us to start and build the family we always wanted. Background on the blog (started in 2012, just days before I found out the embryo transfer for our son worked).... I decided to start a blog after realizing I have only been able to make it through my TWW's (two week waits) with the help of Google and with the openness of other women suffering from infertility sharing their own stories and giving others hope. I have time and time again found my exact symptoms on other women's blogs and felt an overwhelming sense of calmness they provided me. I thought it was time to pay it forward and hopefully provide this same thing to other women on their own journeys.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Transfer Day!

We made it!  Transfer #8!   Frozen transfer #6!   We had a nice and relaxing lazy morning.   I made breakfast in bed (third day in a row) for my men.  We got on the road around 10:20 for my pre-transfer acupuncture appointment.

Got to Cleveland at 11:45.  My acupuncturist, Anne Kinchen, is THE best.  Love her.   Wish she were closer to Erie!  She got me nice and relaxed for the transfer.

Got to Cleveland Clinic around 1:00.   Popped a Valium.   Check in wasn't until 1:45 so Mike and I chilled in their gorgeous lobby.   Mike ate his lunch (I ate mine on the drive down).   There was a book fair I perused.   Then, we took the mason jar filled with coins and dumped them into the wishing fountain.   We've made NUMEROUS wishes/prayers on that same fountain before. One of which was before Victor's transfer!   These are our last two embryos, so we thought it quite appropriate to use an entire jar of coins. 

We went up to the second floor around 1:35, checked in, and waited.   It was around 2ish when they finally called us back.   

I got naked from the waist down, put on the gown, and put on my new narwhal socks!   Mike and I took our customary pics of each other flashing the transfer number with our fingers.   

Met the doctor who was doing my transfer and then got wheeled back to the operating room (no operation required for this procedure tho). 

Once in the room the sonography we checked my bladder.  Looked good!   The doc then did a mock transfer to make sure the catheter would go in smoothly.  It did!   Then they flashed my embryos on the tv screen.  The little blobs looked adorable.   They handed the catheter to the doc.  He put it in and once he measured it to be a good distance in, he squirted in the puff of liquid carrying my babies!   The embryologist checked the catheter to make sure none were stuck in it (that happened to me once).  Clear!    They gave us a printed photo of our babies, the Petri dish they were thawed in, and wheeled me back to my room.

Only laid for about 3 minutes before I decided I just HAD to pee. 

Got dressed and back in the car for post-transfer acupuncture.   That session was amazing. Fell asleep!

Got back in the car and almost home as I type this!

Think sticky thoughts for my babies!!!  <3 <3 <3 <3 

Driving down!

Jar o' wishes! 

Our wishes working hard in the fountain!  (See video a the bottom.)

Mike and I in front of the fountain!

Flashing the #8 for transfer number 8!

Transfer #8!

The little dish they thawed our babies in.

Our beautiful boy and girl babies!  I am not sure who is who. These embryos were twice vitrified (frozen twice), and thawed twice (PGS normal)! I hope they're strong!

Thinking positive!!!!!!!!!!!



 each one is a prayer and a wish 
Posted by Lauree Sundberg Schloss on Monday, February 22, 2016

22 comments:

  1. Yay! I was thinking about you today! Sending prayers & *sticky* thoughts your way! Happy 2WW!

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    1. Thank you so much!! Prayers mean a lot to us!! ❤️❤️

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  2. How is it going so far? & are you following the old pineapple core myth? :)

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    1. Nah. One of the only things I'm not doing this time. Added wobenzym m and lovenox. Too much else and my head will spin right off!!!

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    2. Lol! I understand ya. I've never heard of those. I'll have to read up on them. I'm really thinking about the acupuncture, too :) We still have a couple months before we get to the nitty gritty, we are just coasting thru the preliminary testings atm.

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  3. I just had my transfer 2/19/16, so I'm 4dp3dt. This is my second IVF cycle. The first ended in BFN. I found your blog while searching for 4dp3dt symptoms because I feel nothing :/ Good luck with your cycle! I'll keep you updated on mine.

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    1. Good luck to you! My first symptoms always came at 8/9 dpo-ish. Good luck!!!!!

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  4. Hang in there, the 2ww is such a roller coaster. prayers for success

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    1. Thank you Carla. Your continued support has been amazing. ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

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  5. I am on vacation visiting my parents in Barbados. Stopping by to send positive vibes and praying for your bfp. I was also here when you got your bfp in July.

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    1. Awe Chantal. You've been with me through quite the long journey. Thank you for your constant prayers. ❤️❤️

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  6. I am on vacation visiting my parents in Barbados. Stopping by to send positive vibes and praying for your bfp. I was also here when you got your bfp in July.

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  7. I LOVE this update! You guys are so cute! I always tell my boys that wishes are like little prayers to heaven! We are also sending some prayers your way! May these two be THE ONES! ❤️๐Ÿ’™

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    1. ❤️❤️❤️ That you so so so much for thinking of me and all of your prayers. They mean the world to me!! ❤️❤️

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  8. Hey Lauree - how are things going? Any new symptoms or anything fun going on? :) Excited to see an update from ya!

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    1. Not a single symptom yet! With my past BFPs, the first symptoms showed up 8 or 9 dpo which is today or tomorrow depending on wether you treat this transfer as a 6 day transfer (or some consider even if the embryo was 6 days old - the transfer a 5 day transfer). If it really is 6DPT today, then I should be feeling something - and I don't. :(

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    2. You never know! Sometimes people just don't get any symptoms! The worst parts are over, just relax and enjoy these moments! :) *prayers!*

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  9. Hi! Transfer for me will be next week. 1st IVF was chemical, I'm using my frosties from that cycle. Wondering if you did anything special on the day of your transfer or the days after. I have read too many things like, pineapple, brazil nuts, warm feet etc,

    Thanks, Mabel.

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    1. I highly recommend Valium if your RE will prescribe it (I actually got mine from my dentist). Took one pill an hour before the transfer and another pill that evening. Keeps your uterus SUPER CALM and non-crampy long enough for those embryos to settle in! Good luck!!!

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    2. Thank you so much! Transfer will be tomorrow, i have all kind of feelings right now!

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