IVF #1 – the morning after transfer

5 cell day three embryoMeet Rocky. Rocky is a Day 3 embryo with 5 cells. If you ask Dr Google about this he will tell you that 5 cells is considered to be slow developing for day 3 but my clinic seemed fine with it.  Continue reading


IVF #1 – And then there was one

You can probably guess from the title of the post where we are at. None of the other eggs fertilised in the extended timeframe and of the two that we had, one went a bit crazy with the dividing overnight and had to be discarded.

So we have one. And you only need one. Right? I’ve been calling it the 5000 dollar embryo. Ha. (IVF costs about double that here but between private and public health you get down to the $5k mark for a full cycle).

And as we only have one they are going to do a day 3 transfer which is tomorrow. I am booked in for acupuncture before AND after transfer and we have a friend watching our little monkey so we are good to go.

I’m trying to be really positive about it all but truly, I’m in a bit of a funk. I feel a bit like this.

bitching meme

I’m all irritable and short tempered and grumpy with the existing child so I know I’m a bit depressed about it all. Plus I’m exhausted. It’s hard to muster up the energy for anything and I have the world’s most energetic child. This morning we went to playgroup for 2 hours (great mega running around outdoor session), went to the shops, came home and it was “I don’t want to stay home all day, Mummy”. I figure I’m not going to be able to be so active with him next week so after 1 hour at home I asked him “What do you want to do? We can do anything you want”

“I want to ride my bike to the park”

The park is 15 mins fast walk away. If you’ve ever tried to traverse that sort of distance with a toddler on a bike you will know that it is much longer than 15 mins. Anyway, we did that and stopped for icecream on the way home. We get home having been out a good 2 hours and I get “Do you want to kick the ball with me, Mum? Do you want to come outside?”.

I am so pleased he is an energetic athletic little thing but man oh man, some days it is just too hard. Like today.

keep calm ivf quoteSO. Transfer day tomorrow. Hopefully our little buddy (Rocky I’m calling it) is a fighter and ready to get in there and snuggle up close and tight. My current little monkey is off for a weekend at Daddy’s so I’m looking forward to some relaxed chilled time. I’m going to do some meditations and see if I can’t get this baby to stick.

Keep it real peeps.


IVF – #1 – the hurdle I didn’t think we’d stumble on

Today is fertilisation day. What does this mean for those of you not playing the IVF game at home? Well it means that today I find out how many of my eggs were actually fertilised by sperm after spending 24 hours hanging out in an incubator.

I had 16 eggs in my harvest if you recall. Continue reading

IVF #1 – Egg count is in

I made it. The eggs made it. We are all still here and separate now.

We got 16 eggs! Yay! Everyone seems really excited about this number. Apparently when Eric arrived at the clinic to do his bit they were all excited over there too and announcing “She got 16 eggs! This is such a great result!”.

So, yay!  Continue reading

Egg Collection Day – IVF #1

Today is freaking Egg Collection Day and I am soooooo ridiculously excited which in itself is dumb. There is no guarantee that this will go perfectly so I want to try and moderate my emotions so there is less distance to fall if something goes wrong but gosh darn, I really can’t help it.

I’ve spent the whole night dreaming that I forgot I was supposed to be nil by mouth for the anesthesia and took a drink of water or ate whatever my dreams were filled of so although I am well rested it has been a bit of a crazy sleep. I think I might be operating on a fair bit of adrenalin right now.

The hormonal tiredness has finally lifted and I’m feeling bloated but good. I am ready for this hurdle.


I’ll be back later with my stats.

Adios Amigos!

Haggered, Horny and Huge: This is me on IVF

Before you start IVF you wonder a lot about how it will effect you. Will the hormones make you crazy? Will you breeze on through? Will you produce lots of eggs or hardly any eggs? Will you hate the needles and cry through them every day? Or will it just plain suck? Continue reading

IVF #1 – CD11 – We had a few wins!

Wooo! Always like to start a post with a whoot and not a whine.

I had my second scan yesterday and there was good news. All is progressing well but not quite so well that I’ll have my egg retrieval tomorrow…we are waiting until Monday instead. This is what I was secretly hoping for as it means my Dr will be back from his time away and will do my egg retrieval. YAY! It also means three more days of needles but I think it’s an OK trade off. Continue reading