bump #63: eggs over easy

First of all, THANK YOU!!! Thank you for all the prayers, encouragement, and well wishes you have been sending my way. It is making a huge difference and I am so grateful for all the love! Every doubt and worry is washed away, and it may be the anesthesia still in my system, but I am on cloud 9. 

Our egg retrieval was this morning and it was a piece of cake, or a platter of donuts, as you'll see later.

I went to bed early last night... mostly because I didn't want to eat anything past dinner at 7 and I had nothing else to stay awake for :)  I woke up super excited to get these follicles out and get what's left of my waistline back. I quickly learned that they don't actually take the follicles out; they drain them to obtain the egg and then they fill up with water again leaving me still bloated. Que sera. At least I'll have great bump photos from day 1... "Here I am 3 days pregnant and already wearing maternity clothes!" Awesome. Anyway, we arrived at San Diego Fertility Center at 7:30, filled out final paperwork, took vitals, prepped for surgery, and I was wheeled off at 8:30. Everything was done and we were on our way home by 9:30. I took a zofran pill before the anesthesia and experienced no nausea at all. I woke up feeling like a million bucks. But I looked like this...

I'm quite the fashion plate in this hospital gown get up. It's a wonder Andrew could resist me. Honestly, after putting the hair cap on I burst into a round of "I'm so fancy, you don't even know." Keepin' it classy.

Driving in traffic to SDFC
I'm all smiles at 6:30 am, Andrew is still waking up :)
Our RE, Dr. Kettel, was amazing. I'm sure he especially appreciated me asking if he brought me kettle corn from the Del Mar Fair up the road. #whatdoyouexpectwithanamelikekettel? I was just proud of my restraint in not calling the kettel black.  I like to keep my racist rants to a minimum. At least I made one new friend today... Dr. Lozano, the anesthesiologist. He's my favorite. 

This was our latest ultrasound from Saturday morning. 
Saturday night was the ovidrel injection and with that all the shots are over! Hallelujah! 
 They extracted all 15 follicles, but only 9 of them had eggs. Of those nine, 6 look mature for fertilization.
Today is ICSI and tomorrow they will let us know how many embryos we have. Wednesday is "decision day" where they let us know if our embryo transfer will be on Thursday (3 day transfer) or Saturday (5 day transfer). Here is a break down of what is supposed to be happening each day...

I felt so great after the retrieval that I immediately filled out the patient feedback forms with a glowing review, watched all 4 hours of the Today show, caught up on all my favorite blogs, and sent Andrew on an errand for my favorite donuts after reading about Gourdoughs donuts at Allison's blog.

The retrieval was great and we're hoping our transfer goes just as well. Super excited that my mom will be here for the transfer! I can't believe it's all finally happening! Now back to my donuts!

UPDATE: The doctor just called to let me know that we have 7 fertilized eggs. Yay! Lucky #7 and next week 7-7 is our 7 year anniversary. Perfect!


  1. Yayyyyyyy!!! SO happy for you! 6 is a perfect number! I'm so hopeful for you, Bren! xoxo

  2. Wishing you all the very best of luck. Sending prayers!

  3. Eeek! I didn't knew you were already at retrieval! How exciting! So, so, SO hopeful for you Bren!

    1. I'm so glad I checked back for the update!!!! That's WONDERFUL news! 100% fertilization is awesome even with ICSI... looking good!

  4. Oh wow!! So glad everything went so smoothly today!!!

  5. Here's hoping those donuts do the trick! :)

  6. Oh how time flies! Retrieval already. Sending good vibes that all 6 keep growing.

  7. YAY so excited for you- will continue praying and anxiously awaiting GOOD news!

  8. This is so exciting! Praying!!!

  9. Oh my gosh!!!! I can't believe we are at the same clinic and cycling so close together. Wow. And we have Dr Hummel but he's been on vacay so Dr. Kettel will be doing the retrieval and transfer. Praying for great results for you…and BFPs for us both. Hopefully we can be pregnant together. When it your transfer?


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