I am going to try and jam all the updates on Baby #2 in one post so bear with me…
Saturday March 28 – From the hospital we went straight to Dr. Patel’s office for my second IVF appointment. This was the first time Dr. Patel was meeting little Kitty. She said it always gives her goose bumps when she sees a little baby and to think that just less than a year ago this little being was just a couple of cells is mind blowing. This was truly a moment in which we affirmed that SCIENCE IS AMAZING!!!
My Day 5 ultrasound was uneventful and things were progressing as expected. I was to continue my meds, my egg retrieval was tentatively scheduled for Friday or Saturday (April 3/4) . That night my sister was arriving in Mumbai which was going to be very helpful with the baby considering all the appointments we had to get to.
Monday, March 30 – That morning I took my injections as normal but only this time it hurt 😥. I had been injecting myself in the belly but since I seemed to have been all injected out ion the belly, I decided to take my next doses in the thighs. My Day 7 ultrasound was uneventful everything was going as planned. Based on the follicle sizes it looked like I was going to get 10+ eggs this round.
Tuesday, March 31 – We had a pediatrician appointment, Kitty was doing very well according to the Doctor.
Wednesday, April 1 – We had our US Consulate Appointment first thing that morning and my Day 9 ultrasound that afternoon. I took my meds at the doctors office and they hurt like CRAZY, there were tears involved 😥 :'(. the ultrasound showed my follicles would be ready for retrieval by Friday. Like music to my ears, I would take my last fertility injection that evening.
After the appointment, we set off to go and have lunch at some place that Tusk had heard about. It was supposedly around the corner not too far from Dr. Patel’s office. Tusk was trying to get us a taxi for us but no one seemed to want to take us because apparently it was too close. It was blazing hot, I was carrying Kitty, hungry and my patience was waning. Everyone we talked to had said that it was just a 10-15 minute walk. I suggested we just walk it so Tusk, my sister and I with Kitty in tow set off on foot for this restaurant. As we were walking I started to feel really anxious and very emotional and to make it worse we couldn’t find the darn restaurant. Somewhere along the way I LOST IT in the middle of the street. I had a complete MELT DOWN, tears, snot and all and I could not stop crying. With everyone hungry, we had to abort the mission of finding this restaurant, go home and order in. Through all the IVFs I had gone through, I had never felt overwhelmingly emotional and anxious before. This round was really rough on me coupled with the exhaustion from taking care of a newborn 24/7.
Thursday, April 2 – nothing happened this day I stayed in with the baby while my sister and Tusk went out site seeing.
Friday, April 3 – retrieval day – Tusk, my sister and I with baby in tow arrived at Dr. Patel’s office. I guess my sister could have stayed home with Kitty but we all went. We arrived at 9am and by 9:30 I was under. As I was waking up, I am told I was saying a lot of random things :). About 2hrs later I was coherent and ready to go home. Dr. Patel gave us a report on the retrieval. Only 5 eggs were retrieved which was by far less than she had expected. A lot of my follicles were filled with fluid :(. I was disappointed to have only gotten 5, it seemed like a lot of effort, pain and emotional drama for only 5 eggs…but at the end of the day all we need is one good embryo.
That afternoon my sister left, I was sad to see her leave. it was incredibly helpful to have her come f0r a few days and help us with Kitty.
Saturday, April 4 – Tusk, Kitty and I set off for the FRRO early in the morning. We received a text from Dr. Patel that morning letting us know that all 5 eggs had fertilized. based on past experience we expected to have a 40% attrition rate but it was still too early top tell.
Sunday, April 5 – We had a wonderful lunch with our host from the last time we were in Mumbai
Monday, April 6 – We had a pediatrician appointment at the hospital in the morning, and after the appointment we got on a tuk-tuk to a restaurant Tusk had found on trip adviser. We miscalculated the distance, per the gps maps on our phones we thought the restaurant was 2 miles away from the hospital but it turned out to be a 6 mile ride on the tuk-tuk with Kitty in tow! I will have to do a blog post on things that Americans think are unsafe but totally normal in India.
Later that day we met Sita formally for the first time at Dr. Patel’s office – I will post a separate blog post on this.
At this point our little babies have been in the making for 3 days and had all survived which is so unusual and super awesome. Dr. Patel was going to cultivate the cultures to Day 5 and freeze all the embryos.
Fast forward to Day 5 Wednesday April 8… Dr. Patel let us know that all 5 embryos were Grade A, alive and being frozen till we are ready.
and there you have it…baby number 2 in the making
-Cat xo ❤