Tuesday, September 30, 2014

{Here's to Surprises}

Ok, wow! I'm so excited. So sorry that I posted a teaser yesterday and then didn't do a blog post. When we got back to Cedar I kind of had a lot of homework I needed to do. I guess I should put school before blogging.... So I'll stop rambling.

First off, I'd like to take a second and just give everyone a heads up on the fundraiser. TODAY is the LAST day to enter for the drawing.( http://akstudiodesign.com/2014/08/garrett-chellcee-get-a-baby/ )I don't think I've said thank you enough. But really thank you. It's so touching and so wonderful to have so many people care. Not to mention this prize is pretty fantastic for whoever wins it! So share the news! We have also had a couple of other people approach us with some more fun ideas! So stay tuned for that!

Here's the latest:
Yesterday was our follow up appointment to the egg retrieval. Things went really great.                 Dr. Peterson had to check me to make sure my ovaries were going down in size and make sure my uterus was looking good for the next part of our cycle. Soooo... I have a cyst that's healing on my left ovary he said that's totally normal and will be just fine. So we have the green light to start the last part of our cycle!! Wawhoo!!

After he checked me he went over the results to the testing. We actually found out Friday last week the results but we wanted to confirm it with the doctor before sharing. So 2 out of the 5 are GOOD! 2 out of the 5 also carried Garrett's Marfan gene. And the last one he didn't really talk about. It had something to do with a development issue. SO we have 2 solid healthy viable embryos!! He said that those 2 were the best that developed out of all of them! As many of you may know, the sex of the embryo is already decided at this time and we were under the impression that we would be finding that out as well. The only issue was nobody could find the results. So our nurse, Jennilee called Natera (the lab) to figure out why we didn't have the results. Come to find out it costs extra to test for that! So we said no way! We don't want to pay for anything else and we're super happy it's going to be a surprise! It feels more like a normal pregnancy to do it this way too. So we're very excited about it.

Once we got done talking about the embryos we planned out the rest of our cycle! We have all the dates of when the next round of injections start and most importantly we also have the date of the transfer and the date of the pregnancy test. But that's it. That's all you guys get to know for now :) After this it's radio silence.Well... I'm going to try to be radio silent.
haha I really struggle with secrets and trying to surprise others. In fact I'm the worst at it. So I'm sure you could get it out of me eventually haha. But I'm going to do my best to keep quiet! Here's to fun surprises!!

Monday, September 22, 2014

It's Another Waiting Game

It's been quite the couple of weeks, with school starting, injections every morning, the egg retrieval, and the fundraiser! It's been so busy! However, we just want to again, thank everyone for the donations. We really can't say it enough! Thank you thank you! I still struggle with the fact that people have been so great throughout this whole process. We just want to again thank you! For those that don't know what's going on this is the last week of the fundraiser. It ends Sept. 30th. Abbey Kyhl is doing a $500 giving away for those that enter by giving money to our GoFundMe account. (abbeykyhl.com) She's been so amazing throughout this process. And even though we may not get to our full goal, the amount of money we've received has been so much more than we ever thought possible! So thank you all! :)

So as I mentioned, over the last couple of weeks I've been doing injections that have been progressing the maturation of my eggs.

Like crazy needle injections. No I'm just kidding they weren't that bad. 

WARNING: Kind of graphic???

Two weeks ago I had two ultra sounds and in just two days my eggs doubled in size. My ovaries were the size of a 50 cent piece then grew to the size of a tennis ball... It's incredible what medication can do! I took my HCG shot, which is a booster shot, Tuesday the 9th. And my egg retrieval was Thursday the 11th. That day they took 13 eggs. 9 out of the 13 were actually mature and ALL 9 fertilized! Yay! From there 5 out of the 9 grew to the blastocycst stage. And all 5 were biopsied. Biopsy means that they took a couple cells from each embryo, froze the cells and the embryos, then sent the cells they took from each embryo to be tested for the Marfan Gene. So the cells are in California, and the Embryos are in Salt Lake. Haha So now we wait. The testing takes about 7-10 days and then we should have the number of embryos that don't have the Marfan gene. Fingers crossed none of them  do :) Statically though, about half will have it because it's a 50/50 chance.  Hopefully though, none will have it!

Once we get the results we'll decide where we go from there. I'll either begin my next round of injections to prepare my uterus for the transfer, or if we end up not getting any viable embryos... Then we'll come to that bridge if we need to.

This will probably be one of my last blog post on this subject because from here on out things maybe needing to be a little more private. But I just wanted to say thank you to all of the people who have messaged me, texted me, or just left comments of encouragement. This really is such a difficult thing to go through and I would never wish it upon anyone. But to see and experience the kind of support and love people are willing to give amazes me. It really made the hard days not as hard and the happy days that much more happy. God worked through all of you to help me get through this. So thank you! :)