Embryo Transfer Update

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Yesterday was our embryo transfer.  Going into it, we didn’t know how many of our 14 fertilized embryos had survived to 5-days.  Due to our history of 3-day transfers and failed implantation, we told ourselves we’d be happy with just one to transfer and we’d be extra-happy with one to freeze.

Well, ladies and gentleman, we hit the jackpot!


Shirt from Walk in Love

We had one Grade 1, and two Grade 2s!  Additionally, we had 6 embryos that they’re going to culture out a little further to see if they’ll freeze, too.  The RE feels confident that at least a few of those will make it.

Honestly, we were floored.  We’ve never had a Grade 1 embryo before, so we were thrilled about that.  And we were just STUNNED that we had two to freeze and multiple more that we might be able to freeze, too. 

embryo transfer

After some discussion, we decided to transfer the one single Grade 1.  We thought about transferring the Grade 1 and one of the Grade 2s, but the RE said he’s seeing about a 60% multiples rate with patients my age transferring two embryos of that quality.  As tempting as it is to romanticize twins, I know that is a rocky and dangerous road.  My ultimate goal is not a pregnancy; it’s a healthy, full-term baby.  We may have made a different decision if we didn’t have so many to freeze, but we were lucky enough that we didn’t have that pressure.


After the transfer, I went home and sat on the couch most of the day.  My husband got me some Panera tomato soup & mac-n-cheese, and I spent the evening working on the blog and watching Married at First Sight.  Don’t judge me.

Our first beta is on Wednesday.  Our RE doesn’t give us the results until after the second beta, which will be two days later on Friday.  I probably will not blog about the results until a few days after we receive them.  No matter the results, I’ll want some time to process and tell our friends in family in-person or on the phone.

We are so very grateful for all the prayers.  We’ve received dozens of texts, emails, and phone calls in the past few days.  We know of two friends who fasted earlier this week for us, and we know so many people are praying.  We are so grateful.  We ask that you keep up the prayers!

  • OMG! I am so freakin excited for you guys! AHHHHHHHHHHHHH! That is so amazing! I will continue keeping everything crossed for you!

  • Jessica Hiltz

    So happy for you! God is so good! Will continue to pray! 🙂

  • Ohhhhhh I am feeling weepy reading this. This is such amazing news! You deserve this so much. Stick perfect embryo, stick! Also praying for lots to freeze!

  • Congratulations Lisa that is wonderful news! I will continue to pray for a positive outcome with your beta! xoxo

  • April Matthysse

    congrats that is great news!! Love the lunch choice. My fav place and fav meal to get!!

    • They just opened the Panera few months ago here and my brother gave me a gift card for Christmas. I’ve been two times in the past week. So good!

  • CAG

    This is really exciting news. Keeping you in my thoughts!

  • So hoping that this is it for you. Saying a prayer right now.

  • Kaeleigh MacDonald

    Yay Lisa! How exciting!! What a perfect blast! Stick baby stick!

    • It IS a perfect blast, if I do say so myself. We totally high-fived when we saw it!

  • Amie Price

    This is all wonderful news!! Praying for your BFP!!

  • Aaaaaaagh, I just got my email for this entry and had to come read it right away! I’m soooooo excited!! God is so awesome. He really came through for you on this cycle. 😉 Now, I’m praying for that BFP. Yay! Congratulations on a great transfer day!!!

  • Monica Hilliard-Gilbreth

    So exciting!! Prayers!

  • I AM ELATED FOR YOU AND YOUR HUBBY! You show great restraint and practicality in only transferring one. I romanticized twins too – but you’re right there is an increased risk. As hard as it is to not get pregnant, I imagine that grief tenfold when I imagine loosing a baby. What a blessing that you will have some to freeze! Cannot wait for your BETA next Wednesday! xoxoxooxox

    • Thank you, Megan! Those were exactly our thoughts, too. The only thing worse for me than another IVF failure would be loss of twins.

  • Childless

    I am so happy to hear the good news! Good luck.
    I am in my 2WW first IVF cycle. I am watching re runs of Friends all day.

  • Amazing news! I’m so happy for you!!

    How was Married at First Sight? I really want to watch that.

    • Thank you! Married at First Sight is so bad it’s good. It’s just fascinating to watch people who would sign up to marry a stranger!

  • Diane Rodriguez

    So incredibly happy for you! Enjoy today’s blessing. Will pray for many more to come.

  • Jen

    Hoping the 3rd one is a charm! I commend your single embryo transfer as well.

    • Thanks, Jen. It was a tough choice. We initially said 2 embryos, but then thought better.

  • Oh, Lisa!! What wonderful, wonderful news!!!! I am SO hope-filled for you! I LOVE the T-shirt you chose to wear yesterday. I stand in faith with you believing that this is going to be the time your miracle comes to pass! Can’t wait to hear GREAT news!! 🙂

  • Bind My Wandering Heart

    Yay, this is so exciting! Praying praying praying! x

  • lisa

    Sending prayers!!

  • Chriw

    Praying for you!

  • Kindeshalb Kinderwunschberatun

    How exciting, I hope for you!!!

  • Ann

    Yay, so exciting! I’ll be praying for you every day!

  • Lois Flowers

    Praying for you and hoping with you …

  • Chrissy

    yay! fingers crossed tight, and sending sticky vibes!! 🙂 BTW I totally love Married at first sight as well!! <3

  • Amanda Miguel

    Yeay!! I’ll pray for you and for that perfect little embie to implant! The beta is super soon, I thought they still took the 2 weeks wait for it. Hoping the best for you!! I’m having my ER on Sunday but I hear it might be a possible freeze all due to risk of OHSS, so preparing for it mentally.

    • Thanks, Amanda. My RE likes to test super-early because that way he can catch a chemical pregnancy if I have one. Best wishes on your ER and your cycle.

  • Aly @ Breathe Gently

    What a beautiful emby!!! We had our transfer then too, though our emby was very slow. 🙁 Wishing you the best of luck!

  • Sara-Lynn

    Crossing my fingers! Just stopping by from ICLW.

  • I just read this again and got all of the same goosebumps! 😉 So excited for you!! Praying for that BFP.

  • Northern Star

    Good luck!!!! All the best as you wait!

  • Molly @ TheModernBelly.com

    I love your shirt – such a great choice for the transfer! I really really hope that when you feel ready to post about the results, it will be to share good news with us. Keeping my fingers crossed for you!