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04/17/2012

Belle

I have an embryo inside me! Y’all, this is the closest I have ever come to being pregnant and I’m STOKED!

The transfer went flawlessly. The first embryo thawed survived so we are 1 for 1 and still have five maybe-babies in the deep freeze. At 8:30 a.m. the nurse called us back and had me change into a delightful paper gown and even more fashionable paper booties. Into the transfer room we shuffled; careful, make sure my bum is not poking out of the gown (it was!); hop on a table; sling my feet into some moon boot stirrups and bada bing, bada boom, one 5AA embryo into the ute!

The entire transfer took about 7 minutes. We were back in the car by 8:50 a.m.

I was a little taken back that Dr. A did not want me to lay still for a while. He actually cautioned me about being lethargic, explaining that studies show that moderate movement increases implantation and decreases the risk of blood clots. Rather than doubt, fret and question his expertise, I took the Yoda path and trusted him. Mr. Husband and I made a quick stop at Sam’s Club for TP (still the scratchy type I’m afraid) and blueberries. We walked slowly and marveled over the fact that there was an embryo IN MY UTERUS! Astounding!

I don’t like calling the embryo “The Embryo” or just calling it “it,” so Mr. Husband and I mused on a name for the small clump of cells that might become our first child. I wanted to call it Herman, but Mr. Husband thought that was just horrid. He wanted to call it POI for Person Of Interest but I felt that was a little too cold. We finally agreed upon Pip. Simple, sweet and just right for our little blastocyst.

Now I’m home, resting on the sofa and catching up on blog reading. I might watch a little Netflix in a while, or perhaps I’ll work on the new Wiksten dress I’m sewing. I plan to chill in the house the rest of today and tomorrow, visualizing implantation and trying to keep nothing but positive energy flowing through my body. Thursday I’ll take a walk in the Arboretum and rest some more. On Friday I return to work.

Beta test is next Thursday. I’m still unsure if I’ll test before then. Thoughts?

Thank you all for the encouraging comments! I woke up to an entire string of them and it made my morning that much better!

xoxo,
Belle and Pip

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  1. April 17, 2012

    How exciting! I feel really good about this and an certain Pip is here to stay. What an amazing feeling you must have right now! Yaaaay!

  2. April 17, 2012

    Congrats on a successful transfer! Good luck!!!

  3. April 17, 2012

    Welcome home Pip 🙂 Hope you settle down to nice 9 month stay.

  4. Sarah L #
    April 17, 2012

    Yay for being PUPO (pregnant until proven otherwise)!!! I love the idea of Pip, especially since he/she is super small and about that size. Excellent Dickens reference as well.

    My opinion on testing (and based on my time on FF, I am most definitely in the minority), is don’t do it. For both my IVFs I waited for the beta test for the news (bad the first time, good the second time). Even when we were trying naturally I always waited until after AF was due to test. POAS becomes an obsession and I didn’t want to open that door. Frankly, and this will sound a little cold, either Pip sticks or he/she does not (I hope he/she does!!), and endless peeing on a stick won’t change that.

    Also try not to stalk the boards or Dr Google for “early pregnancy symptoms”. It’s impossible to tell and will just drive you crazy. Just act like you’re pregnant for the next two weeks and take it from there.

    Keeping all my fingers and toes crossed for you!!

    • April 17, 2012

      Oh I’m staying far away from Google and trying my damnest not to symptom spot. I caught myself tonight wondering if this abdominal pinching I felt was implantation, then realized it was too early for that. Five minutes later a huge fart visited and explained it all. An excellent reminder of how symptom spotting can drive you mad 🙂

  5. April 17, 2012

    U rock, congrats. getting all teary over here

    • April 17, 2012

      Aw, thanks Katie! I cried at the acupuncturist. I blame the progesterone pills 🙂

  6. April 17, 2012

    Yay! Welcome Pip! I hope you stick around for a while.

    My doctor gives the same advice about not being to lethargic. Actually, he said that I could go back to work immediately after transfer. I was too bloated and the office was too far away to do that…but that’s the advice he gave. I’m glad you’re being all yoda about it.

    • April 17, 2012

      My doctor also said I could go back to work. My job stresses me out a good bit so I opted to take the days to keep myself less stressed. Not so much for bed rest. Hopefully the PTO pays off!

  7. April 17, 2012

    Go Pip Go!!! I love that name, and am sending cozy implantation vibes your way.

  8. April 17, 2012

    Yay!!! Very happy it went so well. Pip, find a place to snuggle in and GROW!!!!

  9. April 17, 2012

    So happy for you!! Hope pip sticks around for a good nine months! You must feel so excited. I have to agree with Sarah L on the testing, just enjoy this time now and wait for the beta. Added stress is not going to help things! I love your positive energy, I think that will benefit you and Pip! 🙂

  10. sangela71 #
    April 17, 2012

    “Pip”. I love it. Here’s hoping Pip decides to stick around.

    FWIW, on our successful transfer, I rested for a couple of hours and then went about my usual (not-terribly-strenuous) activities. It worked for me. (Our RE told us there is no research to support bedrest following embryo transfer; he said “We do it to make ourselves feel better.”)

    Good luck! 🙂

    • April 17, 2012

      I’m so glad to know so many other women did not do bed rest! This makes me even less stressed 🙂

  11. April 17, 2012

    Yay! Good luck! My RE also stopped recommending bed rest. Blood flow is important.

  12. April 17, 2012

    Good luck!!!!!!!!! Settle in little Pip!

    Also I don’t know if I would test. There might be other things in the system skewing the results. And you don’t want to stress yourself out about it too much. The beta is on Thursday? As in, in two days? Or next Thursday?

    • April 17, 2012

      Yikes! Not in two days, as in NEXT Thursday 🙂

      • April 18, 2012

        Haha yeah okay I thought it was a little early to test in 2 days!!

  13. EmHart #
    April 17, 2012

    That is so exciting. I hope Pip is getting cosy in there.

  14. April 17, 2012

    1. I am SUPER excited for you
    2. We’re test buddies! I’m 4dpo and testing next Thursday too 🙂
    3. Pip is a super cute name and I love it!!!

    Everything still crossed!!!

    • April 17, 2012

      Yay for test buddies! Always good to know were are not alone 🙂

  15. April 17, 2012

    Grab on tight Pip! So excited for you guys!

  16. April 17, 2012

    Ooooh, this is so exciting. I got the “you can rest if you want to advice” because I think the RE is all zen about letting people rest if it makes them feel better. I had to take a valium for my transfer, which made me feel LOOPY (crazy stuff, that). So, I came home and passed out for a nice 90 minute nap. Now, back up and moving.

    I love the nickname Pip. Pip is gonna love his/her new home.

    I’m totally jealous of your test date. I don’t test until April 30 (13 days away!)

    • April 17, 2012

      You got valium for your transfer? I’m envious! I have the best naps EVER after a valium 🙂

      Hopefully we can keep each other sane during the long wait. I made a paper chain last time. Might do the same again this time!

      • April 18, 2012

        Oh, I did sleep really well. I think it was more like passing out.

        A paper chain? Like a link taken down for every day? Tell me more…

  17. April 17, 2012

    Congrats on being PUPO… hugs… xo

    • April 17, 2012

      Thank you, sweet Leslie. I read your post this morning and am sending you all kinds of positive thoughts. xoxo

  18. April 17, 2012

    Snuggle in, Little Pip! It’s a cool feeling, knowing that your maybe-future-baby is curently residing in your uterus! Keeping my fingers and toes crossed for an uneventful and quick 9 days!

  19. April 17, 2012

    Yay!!!! so great, glad it all went perfect! Hope PIP is getting cozy! I stressed a bit too about after transfer, but the last one was my least stresful, mostly hung out but walked around the house etc (first transfer I freaked if I had to leave bed to pee and was a total stress mess), and it was the one that worked! I am PRO testing. It is stressful no matter what and a BFN blows no matter when you get it. I waited with my first 3 and was devastated, #4 I started testing at 5dp4dt figuring I wouldn’t care until day 8 anyways so couldn’t hurt…..low and behold positive day 6! It was so great to just watch lines get darker each day and know that things were working, so much better than stressing for another 6 days! I would definitely do it again. BFN always sucks but that early BFP saves you days and days of stress!

    • April 17, 2012

      I think I feel the same way about testing, especially with Mr. Husband being out of town starting this Saturday. I’ll have a LOT of days to stress myself out with no one but cats to calm me down! I have 6 internet cheapie tests and one First Response test. I think I’ll probably use the cheapies starting around 6dp5dt and pull out the big gun the night before the test.

  20. April 17, 2012

    Yeah! Dig in little Pip!

  21. April 17, 2012

    Yay, I’m so excited for you! Such a great feeling, sending lots of good vibes your way.

  22. April 17, 2012

    Yay! Get nice and cozy in there PIP!

  23. April 17, 2012

    Pip, Pip, Pooray!

    I crack myself up.

    Settle in there, little one! You’ve got a great home!

  24. April 17, 2012

    Congrats on a successful transfer 🙂 You are officially PUPO (Pregnant until Proven Otherwise) I’m sending all of the good vibes I have!

  25. April 17, 2012

    Woo hoo! Fingers crossed!

  26. April 17, 2012

    I’m so happy for you! Sending all the positive vibes I can from where I am! Stick Pip, stick! xoxo

  27. Kate #
    April 18, 2012

    What an exciting time, good luck! On my third (and successful) transfer I took it easy but didn’t do bed rest BUT I did do AH, acupuncture, ate a load of pineapple, watched some funny movies (I read somewhere that helps) and lived fairly normally- sneaky glasses of wine and all. I don’t know what I think did the “trick” but during the acupuncture session a week after transfer was the only time I was able to visualise the embryo getting all cosy in there. I reckon there is something in that. I hope this works for you guys x

  28. April 18, 2012

    Great news!! I’m so happy for you that the first embryo survived the big freeze!! Sending lots of good vibes to both you and Pip.

    As for the testing, I’m would so recommend not to. It’s too early and you risk getting a false negative and thus put yourself through hell for possibly no reason at all. I stayed far away from the testing. It was bad enough having the first blood test a bit too early resulting in a low and therefore inconclusive beta. The waiting is hard, but it’s better to wait long enough and then get a proper answer. At least in my experience 🙂

  29. Mo #
    April 18, 2012

    congrats on being PUPO! Crossing fingers, toes, and eyes. 🙂

  30. April 18, 2012

    Yay! I am so happy for you! FX

  31. April 19, 2012

    STICK AND GROW PIP!!!! So happy to hear things going so well, I am sending you all my good vibes and will be thinking of you Thursday xxx

  32. veetamia #
    April 20, 2012

    Congrats!!! I was out most of the week due to appendicitis and am barely catching up with blog reading!! So very very happy for you!! Hoping that Pip finds a good home and sticks 🙂 Hugs!

  33. Kat #
    April 20, 2012

    Yay! Sounds like an awesome little embaby! Stay sticky little pip!

  34. April 21, 2012

    I am so behind! Dig in deep little Pip!

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