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My husband, David, and I had been trying to have a baby since November of 2007. After 'letting things happen', we got the amazing news that we were pregnant in June of 2008. Sadly, that pregnancy ended at 9 weeks with a natural miscarriage. After two more chemical pregnancies, we turned to fertility treatments in 2009. That decision was a disaster, with lousy medical care and poor monitoring. In December of 2009, we made the huge decision to move onto IVF. Things fell into place like magic and we began treatment on January 15, 2010. After a blighted ovum in March, we did a successful FET in June, only to endure another blighted ovum in July. We kept up and underwent another IVF in September/October of 2010 with the arrival of our son, Brogan in July of 2011! After our lovely success (finally) we decided to undertake yet another IVF treatment and hope for a sibling for our little red headed boy. Well... so far it's worked. Our story continues below!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Right On The Money

Well I said I wanted 20 eggs and we got 22.  I thought at least 15 should fertlize and that's what we got.  I'm gonna say I want at least 11 of them to get to Day Five - think I can manifest that one? 

I am thrilled with the 15 being fertilized.  All 22 were mature so I had a bit of a talk with David about his 'boys' not pulling through, and he said he would have a serious talk with them as to why they left seven of my 'girls' hanging. 

What they consider a normal fertilization can be seen in the photo to the left.  There are two little circles in the egg and those represent both the male and female nucleus.  Having only one nuclei means too much genetic or too little genetic material and the egg has been abnormally fertilized.

All 15 of our eggs had normal fertilization.  Somewhere in a warm lab there are 15 petri dishes with mine and David's DNA.  Freak-y. 

What we're hoping for tomorrow is that those 15 embryos will begin dividing and turn into two or four cell embryos.  Four is better than two.  So again, we wait and wait and distract ourselves until the all important phone call.


  1. How exciting! I love reading your blog, as you always explain everything so clearly, and I love it. I am learning a lot about IVF through you, and it is fascinating! I am thinking about you and hoping that the next few days will yield some wonderful things for you and your hubby.

  2. I have learned so much from you about IVF! Thanks for really sharing your story. I can't wait to hear about that phone call when it comes...

  3. Yay! 15! Grow embies grow!

    You mentioned your E2 levels being really high, but I found out that in Canada you use a different measurement for E2 that we do in the US. So, in reality your E2 wasn't very high.

    Grow Ebmies Grow!

  4. woo hoo... grow those ebmies!! I'm so happy for you!! Steph

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  6. 15 fertilized -- that is a wonderful number, congratulations! I feel like I am lucky to be reading entries these in the future or I would be dying of suspense right now. =)

    *hugs* 15 little embabies, wow!