Monday, February 7, 2011

Today's blog-brought to you by the letter T (as in Transfer!)

Wow, what an exciting 3 days it has been!! I'm reporting to you, live, from my bed in Dallas, TX. In breaking news, two embryos are snuggling in deep for a nice nine month stay in Chez Cancino. :) The transfer was this morning and it was a quick 15-minute process that made it seem almost too easy!

Saturday morning, we got the call that we had 3 excellent embryos, 2 good embryos and 2 average embryos. My IM called and said we would see them in Dallas on Monday! Al and I dropped the kids off and headed to Bryan/College Station for one last hurrah with the gang.

Sunday morning, we woke up and drove to Dallas on Superbowl Sunday. On our way to Dallas, we had to go through Madisonville. This is where Albert and I started our lives together more than six years ago. We drove right by the Bed and Breakfast where we stayed on our wedding night and had the best ribeye I'd ever had! Luckily for us, they were having brunch so we popped in for a peek at the place.

We got to sit at "our" table and ate the most delicious brunch in the world!!

As we were eating, I mentioned to Al that it was the first time I had ever been there without being pregnant. He said, "Well, you're getting pregnant tomorrow!" And he was right! We snuck upstairs real quick to look at the B&B's old game of Scrabble. Al and I still enjoy playing that game together and I thought we might send E&J a quick message.

("Think Positive" was our new motto for the week!)

We arrived at the hospital, which is a couple of streets down from the RE's clinic, and checked into our rooms (they have guest rooms there). E&J got there shortly after and we all just hung out for a bit. We had dinner at Chuy's (mine and Albert's first time) and became immediate fans!

(Here are E&J, Albert and me. We're enjoying our margaritas!! It was a great "last drink" to have!!!)

So, with excitment and nerves, E & painted our nails green (for good luck!) and somehow got to sleep. We were both up pretty early, but she waited until about 10 to knock on my door. We got some breakfast and then headed to the clinic. Unfortunately, I have a cold today. My nose is runny, my throat is scratchy, but no fever!! So, on with the show. I got to wear a real slammin' outfit:

Then, it was time for the transfer!! The embryologist came in and talked to us about the two embryos they were suggesting we transfer. Everyone was in agreement about putting both in so we went for it. They got me up on the bed and then E, J & Al were put at the head of the bed. They had two monitors to watch. One was for the embryos and we all got to see them being put into the catheder and that was just amazing!!! The other screen was an ultrasound image of my uterus. We saw Dr. C thread that in there and one, two, transferred the embryos into their new little home. I shuffled onto another bed and they wheeled me into a room where we all waited for about an hour. I dressed and then we left. Presto!!

Now, I am on bedrest until tomorrow so I'm taking it easy, reading my Kindle and watching some TV. Our beta is not until Weds., the 16th, but E&J have given me the go ahead to start Peeing on a Stick (POAS) whenever I'm ready! I'm going to try and wait until Friday to do so though. Patience is not one of my strengths.

Until Friday, this is Carmela reporting. Think positive and, good day.


Surrogate, Single Parent and Dating... said...

awesome!!! Congrats..can't wait to hear the results. Sending sticky thoughts your way!

Courtney said...

OMG Carmela! That is the same exact Chuy's that my FIPs and DH & I went to not far from the hospital during my first journey. That even looks identical to our booth! Crazy!! Good luck...I'm a few weeks behind you :o)

TXSurromom said...

LOL, Love it!!!! :) Thanks for the good thoughts everyone!!

Courtney-can't wait to be pregnant along side you!!!!

MrsKnight said...

!! Yay! Think Positive!

You can get 10 HPTs for the price of 1 if you go to a dollar store. If both embryos stick then your HCG level may be detectable very early.

Kelly & Her Uterus said...

You make that paper hair net look GOOD! ;)

Sending you sticky thoughts!

momof4 said...

Sounds like a perfect transfer to me!!! STICKY thoughts :)

Andrea said...

I just LOVE all of your pictures, Carmela!!!! THINKING POSITIVE over here!!!

Jennifer said...

Can't wait to see the picture of the BFP pregnancy test. Sending sticky thoughts your way.

Jess said...

Good luck!! Lots and lots of sticky thoughts coming your way!!

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