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February 11, 2012




On February 11, 2012 I had 27 eggs sucked out of my swollen ovaries. On that day those eggs met the Professor’s sperm and BAM – a slew of maybe babies were born.  Somewhere in the midst of those tiny fertilized egg was my Chicken. One year and one day later I perched on an exam table as we inspected my now 20-week old  baby who was made a year and one day ago in a lab in Kentucky. If things had played out differently and A.) I was not a hyper stimulating machine and B.) that one special Chicken embryo had been transferred fresh five days later, things could have been so different.

Instead, though, the Chicken was frozen with five potential other siblings. Two months later one maybe baby was thawed, transferred and took up residence in my womb for a few blissful weeks. Later the five remaining maybe babies were shipped from their home state of Kentucky to Ohio via overnight mail in a very high tech cooler. The next two maybe babies were bust. The buddy that was transferred with Chicken didn’t make it but the Chicken? Well, he or she is still trucking along and is making me a big, sappy pile of Belle right about now.

I’m just dumbstruck by this little baby’s journey so far, and he or she has not even been born. My baby, my Chicken, is a tremendously special little babe. I want him to know how fiercely he was wanted and how he came to be – in a petri dish in Lexington, Kentucky on February 11, 2012. I think we will celebrate his or her fertilization day every year in addition to his or her birthday. Nothing really big, but some kind of acknowledgement of the date in history that will be forever burned into my memory. The day that my baby came into being through an amazing act of science.



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  1. Magpie #
    February 13, 2013

    Conception day is an incredibly special day for IVF babies 🙂 I was tickled that my egg retrieval/conception day for my embies was on Halloween. It fits our Addams Family vibe ;D Happy conception day, Chicken! Keep growing and trucking along happily!

  2. jak #
    February 13, 2013

    frozen chicken, hehehe.

    i think it will be really cool when you can celebrate feb 11 with the chicken and show him or her what they looked like when they were just a highly organized and elegant clump of cells:)

    • February 13, 2013

      Oh, I can only hope our child will remain a highly organized clump of cells… I know his/her mother and father certainly did not!

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        February 14, 2013


  3. February 13, 2013

    This is so beautiful and made me tear up. Your Chicken is so hard-fought for, loved, and nurtured. I’m so excited for you to meet your baby in a few months!

  4. February 13, 2013

    I love conception day! Ours is 10/7/10 for both boys, so we’ll need to do something fun!

    Funny how chicken was the last one in the freezer! Same happened for my friend!

  5. February 13, 2013

    Gorgeous idea 🙂

  6. karaleen #
    February 13, 2013

    I always remember my fertilization and transfer days too. For our son…he was a July IVF baby (retrieval and fertilization day…July 26th 2007)….born the following April. But for our daughter we adopted embryos that had been frozen for about 6 years….so for us…that FET date March 11, 2010 is so huge…it was the day we received one of our greatest gifts. She is too young to really understand now, but I’m pretty sure we will always have little celebrations on those special days. I sooooo love modern science. Without it, I highly doubt I would have gotten to be a mother.

    And..February 11th is my mother’s birthday. We lost her to cancer 12 years ago and she never met my babies here on earth….but I know she is watching over them…So now I will always remember that date for you too. In my book…it is also a pretty fantastic day. So glad all is going well Belle. Continue to enjoy all the wonder that comes with this amazing season in your life.

  7. February 13, 2013

    Aw, that’s such a great idea! I never thought of marking down that date because it’s always just been “retrieval day”. But you’re right — they weren’t just retrieved, they were fertilized, and the “spark” of life really began at that moment (not getting all pro-life here or anything, just awkwardly poetic). I think Chicken deserves two “birthdays” anyway, considering how much he/she is loved. 🙂

  8. February 13, 2013

    So excellent! We are going to celebrate our children’s fertilization day too – which is Feb 11, 2013!!!! Since we have a donor we are going to celebrate by doing something kind, anonymously, for another person. I hope that wil help my children learn about anonymous giving, and as they get older they will be able to relate it to teh gift that gave me them!

  9. February 13, 2013

    I love that idea. Like having a birthday twice a year.

  10. aj #
    February 13, 2013

    What a beautiful post! I love that, fertilization day! Great idea!

  11. February 14, 2013

    Happy Fertilisation Day, Chicken 🙂 x

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