Now for this IVF, I had that expectation of having an 8-cell from last time that I was nervous I was setting myself up for disappointment. I reminded myself that many people get pregnant with less than 8-cell embryos, that God is in control, and that I would be thankful for whatever he gave me.
The embryologist walked in, and I saw the pictures in his hand. One of them looked more like a blob than an 8-cell, so my heart sank a little and I figured it must be low-quality. However, he said that was a really nice looking embryo that had advanced to the compacting morula stage already!! Oh my gosh!!
Our morula, graded A/A-:
He then showed us our second embryo, which is an 8-cell! We are so blessed, I can't even believe it! This one does have some fragmentation, so it is not graded quite as high, but even if this is all we had I would have still felt so happy and blessed.
Our 8-cell, graded B:
I was also amazed at how perfectly smoothly the transfer went. Last time it went well, too, but this time it was incredibly quick and I hardly felt a thing. I also did not over fill my bladder like last time, so I was much more comfortable. The Valium really kicked in this time (I hardly felt any different with it last transfer), so I was super relaxed and actually fell asleep during the time they had me lay on the table after the transfer. DH held my hand the whole time and kissed my face.
I can't believe how blessed I am. I can't believe how hopeful I am. I am thanking God and praying he would continue to grow these two beautiful, precious embryos!