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Friday, July 18, 2014

our baby blasts

first of all, thank you for all of the well wishes for k. she is doing great.
also, thank y'all for your prayers for our embryos. i don't know where i'd be without all of your love and support. 

this is already such a different cycle. i'm not used to these high numbers. if you recall my cycles were: (IVF #1) cancelled due to no response to stims, (IVF #2) 7 eggs retrieved, 4 fertilized and 0 normal embryos to transfer, (IVF #3) 8 eggs retrieved, 3 fertilized, 0 normal embryos to transfer. knowing i am doing IVF with fertile eggs this time gives me so much more hope that i will actually make it to a transfer.


here's the haps with our 23 fertilized embryos.

day 2
embryos dividing and usually have between 2 & 4 cells
embryology called with a very good report: (3) embryos at 5 cells, (11) embryos at 4 cells, (9) embryos at 2 cells.

day 3
embryos should continue development and have between 4 & 8 cells.
embryology called to say that we have (3) embryos at 10 cells {my overachievers}, (12) embryos at 8 cells, (2) embryos at 7 cells, (2) embryos at 6 cells, (3) embryos at 5 cells and (1) embryo at 4 cells. all embryos are good/fair quality with minimal fragmentation.

day 4
embryos should begin compacting and forming morulae.
embryology called to tell us that 7 completed morulae stage. 10 are beginning to form morulae. the other 6 are lagging behind.

day 5
embryos should be at blastocyst stage.
we have 17 embryos that made it to blastocyst for PGS (genetic screening). they were biopsied and sent to the Genesis lab in Arizona for testing. results come back in the morning right before the day 6 transfer. 

holy moly…17 made it and now hoping for lots of normals!!! 
this cycle is truly remarkable.

about PGS
my hubby doesn't ask for much on this bumpy road to baby that we've been on for almost 6 years. but he has asked every time we've done IVF that we do PGS (pre-genetic screening) to test for genetic abnormalities in the embryos because he wants the best chance of having a healthy child. i spoke to our doctor about whether it was a waste of money since we are using an egg donor.

dr. h said he doesn't think it is a waste of money at all because even using an egg donor, it is likely that 1/3 of the embryos will be abnormal. he said that he thinks a few years from now, performing PGS on embryos will be the standard of care with IVF. while it doesn't increase pregnancy rates, it does decrease miscarriage rate substantially because you aren't transferring abnormal embryos with no chance of viability. 

since we burned through all of our savings on our previous IVF cycles, we had to take out 3 different loans to pay for this donor cycle. i figured we'll be paying off debt forever anyways…why not reduce our risk of miscarriage and grant hubby the one thing he asked for in this cycle. so all 17 embryos are being tested for genetic abnormalities. 

i'll update on the results and transfer tomorrow….


45 comments:

Anonymous said...

Amazing numbers right there!! I am so happy for you and your husband! I will be thinking about you! Xoxo

Just T said...

So excited to hear your results!

Sarah said...

go blasties go!

A Few Good Eggs said...

17! Wow! Here's to many normal embryos as well and then a successful transfer for you. Thinking of you and so happy to read this good news on Friday!

Amie said...

This is all wonderful news!! Can't wait to hear the results :)

shay said...

SO amazing! I know your take home baby is in that bunch!!!

Amanda said...

I think you're going to have some really good numbers… 17 blasts out of 23 is a great ratio! I'm so excited for you Jessah, and so thankful for K!

Brianna said...

Oh,wow! 17 blasts!!!!! That's great. Even if 1/3 come back abnormal, that's still 11 blasts to work with. Of course, I hope that less than 1/3 come back abnormal, but wow.

Jessica Elyse @ Memoirs of a Mommy said...

17!!!! Yahoo.

Ashley Sanderson said...

I was JUST thinking of you! These numbers are AMAZING!!! Praying that they all pass the PGS. Almost time to transfer!!! I know you are just so excited!

Elisha Kearns said...

Well as you know 17 is one of my favorite numbers (hehe) so I think this is a good sign! Praying for you sweetie! xo

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ADSchill said...

Oh boy J!!! 17 is amazing! I can't wait to hear the report. Congrats and best wishes!

Little Misadventures said...

So excited for you guys, and I'm glad that K is doing better :) can't wait to hear about the results and transfer :)

Sarah J said...

Great results!!! Will be thinking of you and wishing this cycle is it for you!!!

JoJo said...

Such great news! Prayin that more than half are normal. (:

Lisa {Amateur Nester} said...

Glad K is doing well. I love the little sheet your clinic gives you about what each day of development involves. Very cool!

Susan said...

How exciting! I'm waiting for the emotional updates. I can only imagine how writing this has you feeling.

Northern Star said...

This is so great!!!!!!!! Eeeeekkkk!

Weylin said...

Thinking of you Jessah. Almost there.

Charity said...

Glad things are going well Jessah! You and A deserve good things!

Amy said...

What an incredible cycle so far!! Wow! You couldn't pray for more! This is really happening!! 😘

Cristy said...

17!!! Wow!!!' Fingers crossed for great news from the PGS!!

Sarah said...

Oh my goodness! I have goosbumps :) praying so hard that everything goes just perfectly!!! So happy for you!! Xo

Jennifer T said...

Words cannot express how amazing this is! It only gets better and better!
Can I ask how much you pay for the genetic testing for so many embryos?
Can't wait to hear about your next update!!!

jAllen said...

I'm so excited for how well things are going! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on PGS, I know I'm biased on the subject, but it bothers me when REs dismiss the need for PGS testing with donor eggs, why risk any additional heartbreak?

Isabelle said...

Wow!!! I am so hopeful for you this cycle girl!!!! Yup keep dreamin'!

jennifer tuttle said...

Wonderful update! Keeping you, K, hubby, & embryos in our prayers!

Elena Ridley said...

Beautiful!! Wow 17 to blast?! That's amazing!! I only had 7 of my 21 make it to blast! I agree with the genetics testing too. Totally worth it! If Joe had been positive for CF carrier like I am, we wouldve had our embryos tested too! Soooo happy for you!!

Aubrey said...

Wow! I just love this update! Can't wait for the next one :). XO

Ashley @ Life on the Parsons Farm said...

Great numbers and praying for great pgs results. This is it mama!!

Endo_Life said...

Fantastic numbers still, looking forward to todays update x

Brittnie said...

Awesome results!!

Infertile625 said...

Happy tears!!!! You will be in my thoughts, even more so today! You deserve this. Praying for sticky blasts to settle in for the next 9 months. xoxo

SmallTownFamily said...

This makes my heart happy!! Can't wait for the next update!

Gypsy Mama said...

Good luck girlfriend! I am so excited for you :)

waiting and wishing said...

I am so very excited for you!!!!!!

Lisamarie said...

Amazing. I'm praying for the best if everything for you.

Dream Chase said...

This is AWESOME so far!! Hoping fro good news genetic testing and lots of sticky dust and prayers on your transfer. So glad K is doing well!! *hugs* Lots of prayers and good thoughts to you!

Lauren said...

Great news!!

Fwiw, we did PGS on our donor egg embies at SDFC too. When you're spending that huge sum of money, an extra few thousand seemed like good insurance. After my miscarriage, I never wanted to experience that again--and lemme tell you, those scary first weeks were softened by knowing I had a normal embie growing. Best money for peace of mind ever!

Laura Rahel said...

Yes, yes, yes <3 operation bring home baby sounds good and well!

Just T said...

I've been checking all day long!!!

Stephanie said...

Yay yay yay! Love all these amazing numbers! Prayers that the testing goes well.

Finley S said...

Go you good things!!

Kandie Walker said...

Congrats!! So excited for you!

Court @ Sweet Home Alabamian said...

Oh I can't wait for the next update. 17 is FANTASTIC news!!

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