embryo field trip


So before my lining check last week, I had to go pick up our embryos. We had to get a form notarized, call the long term storage facility and tell them when I’d pick them up. I coordinated it with my appointment so that I wouldn’t have to make a bunch of extra trips.

I could have paid a courier to pick up the tank, but we already had to pay $45 for “tank usage”. I don’t want to know how much it would cost to have someone else pick up the tank.

They pack the embryos in a “tank” that can keep them frozen for up to seven days. All I could picture was a propane tank. It looked more like a stainless steel trash can that they then wrapped in cardboard. I signed the tank and embryos out and lugged the 30+ pound tank out to my car. Tank in one hand, BabyHope on the other hip.

I strapped them in the back seat and drove them to the lab. Fortunately, a couple of the embryologists saw me coming and came out about half way to help me carry them. At least one of them recognized me and we chatted for a bit. He was amazed that BabyHope was already a year old. They said they’d “take good care of them”.

I left the tank there and headed over a couple of office buildings for my appointment. It takes them a little bit to get the straws out of the tank, I guess.

After my appointment, I went back and picked up the tank and dropped it back off at the long-term facility. I wish there was some clear indication that the embryos were gone – but there’s not, so I just have to have faith that they are.

They’ll thaw one. I think that will happen early the morning of the transfer. If it survives, great. If not, I gave them instructions to thaw and transfer the remaining two.

~ by Larisa on February 13, 2009.

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  1. I am so excited to watch this journey of yours! I love that BabyHope was with you for the trip!

  2. That must have been surreal. All the best to you!

  3. wow. I had no idea all that was required. I love the picture of BabyHope with the embies in the background. That’s a keeper for sure.

  4. Hello! I've been reading your blog since you were pregnant with BabyHope & have so enjoyed watching her first year. I have a 9-month-old son myself. šŸ™‚ Best wishes to you with this next phase!

  5. That is surreal. Having all four of your kids with you, but not with you at the same time.

  6. Hoping for a perfect thaw with #1 and a perfect transfer and a perfect BFP šŸ™‚

  7. You amaze me Mrs. Hope! I admire you for so many things and I’m excited to watch this next journey unfold for you!

  8. How did you feel? Was it strange having your baby and all the maybe-babies together in one spot? I hope BabyHope’s younger sibling will get to see that photograph… I hope all goes well.

  9. Nice tank….nice story….but that is one cute big sister waiting to happen!!! I hope to hear fantastic news very soon!!!

  10. Love it ! BabyHope taking her first ride with her brothers/sisters!

  11. Surreal indeed. It takes a very strong woman to realize the beauty in that moment and photograph it to have forever.I hope we will soon see BabyHope and an extra car seat in the back. Good luck this week!

  12. I have to admit that I got both goosebumps and quite the laugh out of seeing your precious cargo buckled into the backseat.

    I’m so happy that the embryos made it safely to the lab. Just one more destination to go tomorrow…and then in 9 months or so we can all celebrate with you.

  13. I love that big ol’ box strapped into the seat!
    Wishing you only the best best best of luck!

  14. good luck today!

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