Wednesday, February 1, 2012


Well, 22 to be exact...but we got 16 mature eggs!!  We are beyond grateful for such a successful retrieval.  This could be {quite possibly} the best birthday present EVER.

We drove downtown bright and early this morning for our 6:15 start time.  My nurse took my blood pressure, temp and weight and walked us back to our room.  I changed, donned my FABULOUS striped knee socks and gown, took a few pics (okay, a LOT of pics) and signed more consents.  My anesthesiologist came in, introduced himself and complimented my airways and veins (behave, sir).    Moments later, my nurse came and got me and I hugged my hubby was go time.

I walked across the hall, climbed onto the table, got an IV (ow)! and the rest is history.  Actually, the rest is that I love anesthesia...I mean LOVE.

After about an hour of digging around in my ovaries, we were done.  They wheeled me back into my room where my husband was waiting.  What was the first thing I asked?  C'mon, you many???!!!  I teared up each of the EIGHT times he told me.

After catheter removal, Coke, Chee-zits and a delightful small, white narcotic, the cramps began to subside.  I was wheeled down to the car and we headed back home.

What now?  We wait...we pray.  Our little eggies are being ICSI'ed this afternoon.  We'll find out tomorrow morning how many fertilized and tomorrow afternoon if we'll do a 3-day or 5-day transfer.  To be continued...

I appreciate all of the well wishes...this group of someday mommas is the best!


  1. First off...Happy Birthday! and secondly...16 mature eggs, what an amazing number! I have my fingers crossed for a fantastic fertilization report.

  2. Just a few days ago I started reading your blog, and got enchanted by your journal (I will be soon taking this path and first IVF cycle). I have been thinking of you today and asking for a succesful retreival. You made it 16 times. This is owesome! Hope you get a lot of eggs fertlized and all goes well through a succesful BFP. Hang in there, and thanks so much for giving us out here some releife every day. I almost forgot: Happy Birthday!

    1. Hi JM! Thank you so much for your sweet comment and thanks for reading. It's been a roller coaster for sure, but if it ends in a take-home baby, it's well worth it!!! GL to you. Keep in touch!

  3. 16 eggs is awesome, hoping for a great fert report for you tomorrow! Happy Birthday!

  4. Congrats on the 16!! Hoping you have great fertilization. Kinda jealous of your delicious snacks and narcotic pill but not the catheter. They only gave me some juice boxes, but boy were they delicious.

  5. Yay!!! Sounds amazing. Love love love the anaesthetic, one day in their whole mess that passes quickly :).
    Happy birthday, I hope all your wishes come true, and sounds like so far so good!

  6. Thank you for the encouragement and birthday wishes everyone!!! xoxo