Now We Wait…..


There they are! My 2x five day old babies. How incredible is that? I must admit, I always think this is one of the very special things that an IVF offers, how many couples can say they saw their babies at 3 past conception and then again at 5 days past conception. Not too many.

This mornings appointment went well, Dr’s confirmed that the freezing of our 7 embryo’s went well and that we had 3 blastocytes (exciting knowing that at this stage they’re no longer just fertilized eggs, but are considered embryo’s) to consider for transfer. I was fairly keen to put back all 3 because of my age and history, I feel the chances of all 3 taking are low. However, W was hesitant and the Dr’s agreed with him. Dr felt that given the quality of our blasts, that the risk of triplets was too high and that the quality of the blasts cancelled out my age. So, although I’ll probably always wonder what would have happened with that third one, I went along with the Dr’s and we’ve transferred 2.

We did learn something VERY interesting today. Something that has once again made me furious with my previous clinic and with how I feel they failed me in their treatment. My current clinic do scan assisted embryo transfers, my previous clinic did not. The Dr doing my ET today, Dr J, asked if this was my first scan assisted tranfer ever, which of course it is. He then asked W if he knew what they’re taught in medical school is the average length of a woman’s cervix? Of course W didn’t know, the conversation went something like this:

Dr J: “We’re taught that the cervix is 2.5cm’s in length and that during ET, you push the guided cathetar 6cm’s into the cervix to ensure that the embryo’s go inside the userus.”

W: “Yes, that makes sense”

Dr J: “Yes, we used to think we were so cleaver, but that was before we started using scan assisted ET’s. W – do you know how long your wife’s cervix is?”

W: “2.5cms?”

Dr J: “No W, your wife’s cervix is 6.5cm’s, this means that we have to push the cathertar in much further to ensure that the embryo’s are in fact deposited inside the uterus in optimum position!”

I had always been concerned at my previous clinic that they could not actually prove to me that the embryo’s were in fact inside my uterus. Now that I’ve had a cervix measurement done, I’m really left wondering…..

I’m just so glad that my good friend convinced me to change to VL, even when I got so angry with her. Chantal – all the best for your 2ww!

So, I ‘ve had another intralipid transfusion today, had a rather odd side effect this time, no headaches, but hot flushes and pain in the bones of my arm where the drip was being administered. But you know, I”m hoping and praying that I get to experience it again in two weeks time because that will mean I’m PREGNANT!!!!


  • Yvonne

    March 17, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Awwww I’ve been waiting for this update all day!! Lovely post, and lovely pic – I’m really loving your two little beans and hoping they’re getting nice and cosy in there!!!

    WOW at the conversation you guys had today, very scary to think that in the past they might not have put the embies in the right place!!! Sheesh!! 🙁

    So glad you’re at a decent place now and that everything has gone so well! Hope you’re resting easy, and also that some of your discomfort from the OHSS has passed!

    Try to relax and enjoy (terribly difficult I’m sure!!) but for now you’re pregnant until proven otherwise…yay for you!!

    BEEG hugs!!!


  • jan

    March 17, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    oh wow thats beautiful!! May the irish luck of today bring you 2 little pots of gold in 2 weeks! maybe a pigeon pair ;-))))))) . going to pretzel myself now crossing fingers,toes and everything for you!

  • Lesley

    March 17, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    If you are reading this then you are out of bed! Go on, get your tush horizontal again.

    Good job Sharon! Glad all went as well as it could have.

  • monica lemoine

    March 17, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Shaz, I’m getting caught up on your story – what lovely, wonderful, hope-filled news. You deserve this so much. Fingers crossed for good things to come – thanks for making my morning with that ultrasound pic. You’re in my thoughts.

  • Tam

    March 17, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Well done sweetie, I can’t believe your em-babies are back where they belong now, it’s feels sorta like a whirlwind and has flown by, before you know it you’ll be getting that BFP!

    Like I said earlier, I think you made the right choice for you guys, I know how scared of multiples you are and with them being so good….

    I’m also so glad that you changed clinics, even tho you thought I had a cheek telling you that Vitalab was so good – hehehe (remember our first debate on FCare?)

  • Kirsty

    March 17, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    wow – interesting stuff!!! What a long cervix you have! Does it make you feel proud?? Ha Ha! the 1st time I had my cervix measured was when I had the Mirena fitted. It turns out that my cervix is shorter than average! I was v lucky to carry my babies to term, apparently!
    Your blobs look cosy in there…. will be keeping everything crossed for you!

  • Hollie

    March 17, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    SHAZ! I’m so friggin excited for you. The little sparks on the u/s look beautiful. It is amazing that we can see our children when they are SO YOUNG! I’m praying for nothing but the best for you in this cycle. (((HUGS)))

  • Elize

    March 17, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    I’m so happy and so excited for you hon!!!! Everything sounds great!!! I have a new nickname for you: Mega C (hahahaha!)

    Very disturbing at what our previous clinic got up to. I’m so glad you twisted my arm in leaving them! It’s the best gift you could ever have given me.

  • Lea White

    March 17, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    I’ve been waiting for your update! What a cool photo you posted!!!! I’m so very incredibly happy for you and just yesterday I read an update on another blog that proved that indeed miracles do happen. So I pray very very hard for you along with all these other people.


  • Elana

    March 17, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Well, ain’t that a kicker. I never knew cervixes (sp?) could be that long. My clinic didn’t do an u/s assisted transfer for us, but it didn’t matter cuz I think my cervix is only 3cm or so (according to ultrasounds done during this pregnancy). I have SUCH a good feeling about this for you. I can’t wait to hear about a BFP.

    I’ve had so many ultrasounds during this pregnancy that I started an album. The first picture in the album? The 3-day embryos of course!!! 🙂

  • Selmada

    March 18, 2009 at 12:17 am

    What a great transfer!!!
    My DE transfers were u/s assisted and I just assumed it was the norm until I heard people talking about it to find out it wasnt. But there are so many factors, cervix lenght, uterus shape and position etc. You’d think they’d check because it can only improve the odds.
    Here’s to 2 wonderful embryos snuggling in nicely for many months to come!!!!!!


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