Embryo transfer day and the end of our IVF journey

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

[In case you missed it, you can read all about our May 5th, 2016 egg retrieval here.]

After egg retrieval I felt like death for about 7 days. They got 44 eggs which is A LOT. After going back and forth on whether or not to do a fresh transfer (5 days after egg retrieval) or freezing all embryos, waiting 6 weeks for my body to recover, and doing a frozen embryo transfer, I decided to wait. I was so sick of shots, I had OHSS, and I just didn't feel like my body was a healthy environment to be putting one of our embryos back into. It was a tough decision at the time because that meant 6 more weeks of waiting, starting oral estrogen 3x a day, weekly doctor's appointments to monitor, and starting progesterone shots again. In the end I am super thankful we decided to wait. I honestly don't know if we would have had these results had I done a fresh transfer.

Starting 2 weeks after egg retrieval I began going back to the doctor weekly for ultrasounds and blood draws to make sure my body was ready for transfer. I began taking estrogen 3x a day and a progesterone shot at night. [By the way, PIO intramuscular shots are the WORST! Thick, progesterone in oil that leaves a lump under your skin. I had to take both the estrogen and progesterone shots until 10.5 weeks pregnant. My butt was covered in bruises ouch!] At our appointment on June 17th we officially got the green light that we were ready to transfer an embryo on June 24th!


June 24th, 2016

We woke up bright and early feeling like kids on Christmas morning (but even more excited!). We made the all too familiar 2 hour drive to our fertility clinic and then stopped for breakfast. I had to drink 24oz of water before transfer so that I had a full bladder during the procedure. That was TOUGH! I hate the feeling of having to pee! I got all changed into my gown, booties and hat then we were taken back into the procedure room. We watched as our perfect little embryo was transferred from a petri dish and into my uterus. Ultrasound showed us the whole thing on a big screen on the wall. It was amazing! I will never forget my doctor telling me, "Everything went perfect. You should be cautiously optimistic!"


Despite my doctor reassuring me that the embryo was not going to "fall out", I decided to lay there for a little while, still terrified of losing this very expensive embryo. I was officially "PUPO"-- pregnant until proven otherwise! We made the 2 hour drive home and the rest of the day was spent relaxing on the couch (doctor's orders!), eating a whole pineapple (core included... supposed to help with implantation), and doing everything possible to make that baby STICK!

Our first family picture

I was told to wake up the next day and go about my normal routine. We spent the day running errands, hanging out, and had a date night that night... my first night ordering a "mocktail" instead of wine which was pretty exciting! My blood draw to confirm whether or not I was pregnant was scheduled for 9 days post-transfer. I already knew I would test at home before then because let's be honest, patience isn't my best quality. My husband tried to convince me to wait until the blood test... sorry babe.

June 29th, 2016

5 days post-transfer. I knew multiple people who tested at home on 6 days post-transfer and got a faint positive. I woke up on day 5 and just couldn't wait another day. With hubs already at work, I ran into the bathroom and was fairly certain I was going to die of a heart attack right then and there. My heart was pounding out of my chest. Never in my life have I been so nervous/anxious/worried/excited. I peed on that expensive stick and walked away. When I came back into the bathroom my world was forever changed. The first time I'd ever seen two pink lines. Holy shit. Now what? Pee on a digital one obviously. Yes +.


I flew to my husband's work and texted him to come outside. I said I "forgot to give him something"... worst excuse ever. When he got to my car I shoved a gift bag at him full of daddy-to-be books and positive pregnancy tests. He lost it, bless his heart. I knew he would! I was still in shock and unable to cry. He did enough crying for both of us :)


Every day until our blood draw I peed on a stick like a crazy woman to make sure the lines were getting darker. And they were! On 9dp5dt (9 days post 5-day transfer) we headed to the hospital at the beach for my confirmatory blood draw. We were at the beach for 4th of July weekend so my doctor's office allowed me to have it done there and have the results sent to them. I will never forget the phone call I got a few hours later from my amazing doctor. "Hi Owen how are you? I'm amazing because YOU ARE PREGNANT! We want your HCG level to be above 50 and we are thrilled if it's above 100. Yours is 270! Congratulations momma!"

Talk about the best phone call of my life. We had to return back to the hospital 2 days later for one last blood draw. They like to make sure your HCG is doubling every 48 hours and it was! Grow baby, grow! What a whirlwind 2 weeks. We were still living on cloud 9 and in disbelief that it actually worked, that our miracle baby was finally in my belly. So many answered prayers, sleepless nights, shots, thousands of dollars all worth it.


We are so very lucky and blessed that we had success after our first round. We definitely had a long road to get to where we are now, but we are also well aware that some people go through multiple rounds of IVF without success. We will never take any aspect of this pregnancy for granted! And for those of you trying for your own miracle, do not give up! If you have any questions about IVF don't hesitate to email me at davisduoblog@gmail.com

31 comments :

  1. Hugs!!! I'm so excited for you all!! So glad that it was succesful!!

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  2. I'm so happy that y'all were able to get pregnant on the first round. IVF sounds like a full-time job with all the shots, doctors appointments, and procedures. It's neat seeing how the second line on the home test gets stronger with every passing day. The picture of the embryo is so fascinating! Love the first family selfie, congratulations again!

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  3. This just makes me smile reading the whole thing! I'm so happy for you guys!!!

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  4. so so happy for you two! this is just the most amazing journey and i love that you are brave enough to share with us :) all the hard work and waiting was worth it :)

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  5. This makes me SO happy!! Really neat to see God answering prayer :) Beautiful first family photo too!!

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  6. I seriously loved reading every single word of this. I am so incredibly happy for you guys! I don't blame you one bit for taking that pregnancy test on day 5, I probably would have too! And love that Garrett lost it when you told him, so sweet! Can't wait to continue reading about this journey! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  7. This is such a wonderful story; thank you for sharing.

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  8. Very excited for you!! You're only like a week behind me which is awesome!! What is your due date.

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  9. I'm so very happy for you, such wonderful news. You two are going to be such wonderful parents.

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  10. OMg this makes me so happy and I almost cried (almost because I'm at work and have to keep it together lol) I can't imagine the excitement you felt the day of the transfer!!! I am just so happy for y'all! You're going to be the best parents!!

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  11. I had tears in my eyes reading this! I am SO HAPPY for you!!! God is so good!

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  12. Owen this is amazing news! I am so thrilled for you both!!

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  13. Ahhh tearing up reading this. So excited for you too - just so happy!

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  14. Soo happy for you guys! I seriously cried reading this. As a mommy to twins boys via IUI after TTC for 2 years, I love hearing happy stories like this. I will keep you in my prayers for healthy pregnancy and baby! Hugs Momma!

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  15. This was the best story to read!! So excited for you and love following along your amazing journey!

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  16. If I had tears welling up in my eyes reading your egg retrieval post, they are falling now! Oh how awesome! I know that I don't know you, but I can feel your joy radiating through this post. Congratulations, congratulations, congratulations!

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  17. Congratulations Owen!!! Reading this made me so EXCITED for You and your husband!!!!

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  18. Yay I am so happy for you two. Congrats. Do you guys know the gender of the embryo transferred or did you decide to wait to find out?

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  19. CONGRATULATIONS!!! So exciting!! I loved reading this post, I don't blame you for testing 5 days after, I'm sure I would've done the same. So happy for you!

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  20. Yay! I am so so so happy for yall! Your blog made my cry on multiple occasions! Love you sweet girl!

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  21. I'm so so happy for you both!! It was quite the journey for you and I'm so thankful that you have this blessing! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  22. Genuine tears of joy over here for you and your growing family! I would be the same way girl peeing on a stick every day to see the progression. Thank you for being so open about your journey. I cannot wait to follow you along during this pregnancy!!!!

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  23. Congratulations to you and your growing family! What a blessing. Sending all the love and positive prayers your way. xo

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  24. Bless your heart with the "very expensive embryo" comment and the multiple days of pregnancy tests looking for a darker line! Can't imagine all you've been through - you are seriously a rockstar!!! So very happy IVF was a success and CONGRATULATIONS again on your soon-to-be bundle of joy :)

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  25. A little behind on my blog reading, but YAY!!! So glad you shared this post with everyone and couldn't be more excited for y'all!

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  26. woooooowwowowowoowoowowow this is incredible!!!! i love love these detailed updates. generally, i feel like people who don't go through all this have no idea what people actually go through when they have to undergo fertility treatments. i mean... i didn't know! and like, you're pregnant! it worked!! CONGRATS!!!! ahhhhh. and doesn't it kinda make you wonder... wtfff??? why did this work but it had to be THIS way? the human body is way weird. i also 1,000 percent believe that our society is so covered in poison these days that soooo many people are in their 20s and going through this scenario and it breaks my heart to hear it every time someone says they're going through it, too. but my heart is so happy for YOU guys so YAY YAY!!! sorry that i just made this comment a spew of thoughts, but i am really thrilled for yall!!! it's blowing my mind!! and your beach photos are GORGEOUS!!

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  27. Oh my gosh congratulations!! I was literally crying reading this post and your "first family picture" definitely gave me all the feels! I'm so happy for you guys!
    Evelina @ Fortunate House

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  28. To say I am SO happy for you, would be such a huge understatement... So much joy, dear friend!!

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  29. very very cute couple... I wish them good luck for future.

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  30. You have well described about embryo transfer and IVF technique for Asian Egg Donors. Thanks for sharing helpful post.

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