First, a quick recap: we decided to start a family in 2013 and when that didn’t work out, our GP referred us to our local hospital for fertility treatment. We’ve been going there since February 2015. This is our first IVF cycle (with blastocyst embryos created and frozen last November).
And finally, transfer day arrived – truly, one of the happiest days of my life. For our box of memories, I recorded our conversations on the way to the hospital and on the way home…
9.50am, on our way to hospital:
Mum 100 (M): How are you feeling?
Dad 100 (D): Excited. It’s an historic day.
M: Historic! That sounds very grand. Well, we certainly have some lovely English rain for transfer day – it’s nice to be cool. I have to say, I am very excited too.
D: It feels like a big event.
M: Like Christmas times fifty. I hope they’re doing well, our blasters. They should be thawed out by now.
D: I’m picturing them as actual babies.
M: Tell me what you’re seeing.
D: They’ve got bald heads like me! Their eyes are half open. They are small and pink with tiny hands and fingers.
M: Aaaaah, that’s so lovely. What’s been the best part of this process for you?
D: Right now. This process has gone on for so long that it has felt remote at times – but now it’s transfer day, it’s very exciting.
M: In my hypnosis session this morning, I saw our cartoon family. I am so glad I’m doing this with you. You’ve been a good friend along the way. You’ve helped with the injections and made our medication wallcharts. You’ve put up with Edgy McSpark.
D: Good old Edgy.
M: Final thought, before we get to the hospital – what’s in your heart, right now?
D: That our blasters are healthy and happy. I’m picturing the outcome and I do feel a warm connection to them – it’s an ‘aaaaah’ kind of feeling!
M: Oh yeah, I have that feeling too. I feel so proud of our blasters and their incredible journey across 240 degrees, to come back to us today. Please let them be safe! I can’t wait to bring them home and feed them lots of nutritious food – that their Dad is going to cook for us.
11.38am – driving home from hospital:
M: How did you feel in there?
D: Quite emotional actually. I felt very proud of you and I had a very happy, warm feeling towards our babies. I was welling up in there.
M: So was I. What an amazing team, three brilliant women – our nurse, embryologist and doctor. They were so calm and friendly.
When the embryologist told us she had thawed out two of our four blastocysts, I felt complete joy. One embryo was exactly how it was before going in the freezer :-). The other embryo had ‘collapsed’, but apparently that’s okay – we’ll take her word on that!
D: The embryologist was so smiley, wasn’t she? She seemed so happy our blasters made it back.
M: Yeah, she was so lovely. The whole team there really enjoy their work, which makes me feel very confident.
I can’t believe my bladder was too full when the doctor first went in. There I was, downing water in the waiting room before we were called. I was worried I hadn’t drunk enough.
D: You had to go and let some wee out. Haha!
M: I was in the loo thinking, ‘is this enough? do I let out more? am I about to ruin everything?’ Talk about pressure pee!
Thankfully, second time around my uterus was in the right position. On the monitor, we saw the first catheter going in – a white line against the grey – like a super highway for our blasters! Then the doctor called through the embryologist. She brought in a very thin catheter with our babies inside. Our babies!!
D: Another ID check, just to make 100% sure.
M: I felt so happy and emotional at that point. I gave my name and date of birth and I squeezed your hand so tight. Did you feel that?
D: I did.
M: I said a little prayer as our blasters were transferred – a prayer of acceptance, handing it all over to Mother Nature. What did you see when you were looking at the screen?
D: Lots of grey blobs! And when they did the transfer, I saw the bright liquid come out of the catheter. Our blasters, landing inside you!
What about you?
M: Just that bright light, like a shooting star. The doctor said she put them back near some thick lining. I think our embryos hatch and implant over the next three days.
D: Is that what they do?
M: Yeah, they settle in. Aaaaaah, I love our blasters. They made it back from the cryosphere.
D: And when the embryologist checked the catheter afterwards, to make sure they’d definitely been transferred – that was brilliant when she gave the thumbs up.
M: Pure delight. I could have kissed them all!
D: And now, we’re bringing them home. There are four of us now. We’ll say a prayer for them everyday.
M: Let’s do one now.
D: Please look after our little embryos and help them embed into the lining. Let them grow over the next two weeks, so that when we go back for our blood test in two weeks, it’s positive. Please help them thrive in there and grow into healthy babies.
M: Aaaah I feel so happy!
D: I am very proud of you.