Transfer Day Eve, aka Groundhog Day

Nov 20, 2013

Tomorrow is embryo transfer day.

You could also call it Groundhog Day, even though it’s not February.

Back on December 9, 2011, when I had Peanut transferred into my ready-and-waiting womb, my day went like this:

  • Get relaxing massage
  • Go to embryo transfer
  • Have one embryo put in (and only one!)
  • Name the embryo on its way in and let the crew know its name
  • Listen to Norah Jones for 30 minutes while we wait for the go-ahead to leave
  • Go home (driven by my trusty escort, my mother)
  • Rest up all day and be waited on hand and foot

My plan for tomorrow:

  • Get relaxing massage
  • Go to embryo transfer
  • Have one embryo put in (and only one!)
  • Name it on its way in (I’m not telling you its name yet!)
  • Listen to Norah Jones while we wait for the OK to leave
  • Go home (driven by my trusty husband)
  • Rest all day and be waited on hand and foot 🙂

Am I being unreasonably superstitious? Probably. Am I going to chance it by doing something different than what worked last time? No frickin’ way.

Us gals going through ART are a superstitious bunch. Like basketball players who wear the same underwear for every game, or pro baseballers that refuse to shave as long as the win streak endures, we search for seemingly innocuous things to hang our successes upon.

Athletes are lucky — most of the time, they know why they won (or lost) the game. Talent, preparation, maybe a little luck. But we have no idea (most of the time) what made it work.

I have no idea what made December 9, 2011 work (while the September 2011 fresh cycle transfer failed). And to assuage myself from guilt if the whole thing goes south, I plan to mimic that day as closely as possible.

Hopefully, our New Embryo will snuggle in and make herself (himself?) at home.

Time will tell. Specifically, December 2.


About Me

Hiya! I'm Lydia. I live in Iowa with my husband and two children, both the result of iVF. I started this blog in 2011, so everything here's a wee bit... old. I don't do a ton of writing anymore... but I'm leaving the blog up, in case it's helpful for those who stumble across it.

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If you're going through infertility and want to see our journey, start in June 2011 (first two cycles) or January 2014 (third cycle). Hopefully reading about our rollercoaster with assisted reproduction brings you a little hope, and more than a few giggles. (Keep in mind that this information is over a decade old in most cases; please don't take anything you read here as medical advice. Consult your doctor for facts.)

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  1. Argh! The suspense is killing me!!!!

    I had a failed fresh transfer a few months after you and read how you named your next transfer and it worked. I named my next transfer (little nugget), and it worked! Little nugget ended up being a little girl. I will be doing a transfer in a few months and I have a name picked out already!

    • I’m glad that little trick worked for you!! 🙂 we originally named this first 2013 embryo Tater Tot but my husband hated it and made me change it. 🙂


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