Friends! Thank you so much for celebrating our successful egg retrieval on Tuesday! We read every comment and were so encouraged by the amount of praises heading to heaven! God really went above and beyond what we could have asked for or imagined!
(Sidenote: I don’t know why I still get so surprised by answered prayers sometimes. As I processed the retrieval numbers, Matthew 14:31 came to mind: “Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” Lord, I don’t know why I doubt, but I am so thankful that even in it, You reach your hand out to mine, pull me up, and then prove yourself again. It must get so old, having your children doubt your goodness. Thank you for your patience and your constant provision!)
We got our embryo update and out of the 27 eggs, 25 were mature and 19 fertilized. I know, it sounds like a lot and we pray that these babies continue to grow and flourish. We now wait and trust as God continues to lead their lives, knowing that many will get to heaven much earlier than others. For those unfamiliar with IVF, these babes are really relying on God’s hand to keep them surviving and growing if that’s His plan. As we wait for them to develop, we rest confidentially knowing that He is in control and knows each one by name. Typically in the past, we’ve had about 15-20% survive to the stage where the embryo could be a live, developing baby and even then, it’s not a guarantee. Many embryos arrest naturally, lacking certain cells or having too many abnormalities to continue to naturally develop. There is nothing science can do to make an embryo grow – this is ALL GOD NOW! We have so much peace knowing that these babes are in the best hands possible!
We will share more in the coming weeks after we find out final numbers news ourselves and regroup with the doctor. Our plan is to do a frozen embryo transfer this summer, after a hysteroscopy and endometrial scratch. If we are blessed enough to have 2 embryos survive, we will transfer both. If not, we will be so blessed and grateful at the chance to transfer the one. If there are more than 2, they will get to be frostie babies for a while and hang tight until we transfer them later. This could be a sibling or a another attempt for a first if the first transfer fails. Again, to anyone questioning who is in ultimate control here, I hope you see how clearly everything points back to Him, the Author, Creator, and Sustainer of life.
We still have a long road ahead of us to get to a place where pregnancy is an option, however, we have seen His hand in it all and continue to trust Him in the day-to-day steps. Your words, support, prayers, excitement, check-ins and love mean more to us than we could ever articulate! My recovery was tougher than I remembered but I am turning a corner and it feels SO good to say that today. Regardless, I am so thankful that we have the chance to even be in this position – that God has brought us the opportunity to continue to try for a family when many don’t have that chance. So every pain, shot, and ache is BEYOND worth it. We truly are grateful.
This verse couldn’t be more perfect for us as we continue to be guided by Him. Can I get one big AMEN!? (PS – You can save this image and use it as a phone wallpaper! Winning!)