Tuesday, May 09, 2006


All last week when I’d leave work and walk across the plaza I’d have to stroll by the spectacle that was David Blaine and his silly “Drowned Alive” fishbowl. Last night in an attempt to break the world record, he apparently held his breath for 7 minutes, 8 seconds. People might think this is a daring feat, but I say p’shaw. I feel like I’ve been holding my breath for 2 weeks straight.

A few minutes ago, I finally exhaled. The IVF nurse called me with fertilization results. Yes – a nurse called me – not my RE. And, she called with actual fertilization results. Relief, hope and maybe some excitement seem to be washing over me. It’s pretty promising: of the 19 eggs retrieved, 1 was immature. They used ICSI on the 18 remaining and 17 fertilized. The nurse said I could open my own kindergarten.

So now, I wait. They won’t call me until the morning of the designated transfer day. It may be a day 3 transfer (Thursday) or it may be a day 5 transfer (Saturday). But surely there should be 2 transferable embryos. This is the closest I’ve ever come to being pregnant. I don’t know about David Blaine, but right now I feel like I’ve performed the biggest magic trick of them all.


Blogger MoMo said...

OMG Mellie..this is fantastic news..I've been hoping and praying for you. 17...wow, if I remember from a past post, you said 17 was a great number. I am so happy and excited for you. You go girl! Hugs!

May 09, 2006 1:05 PM  
Anonymous Jenn said...

WOHOO! That's fantastic!

May 09, 2006 1:32 PM  
Anonymous LisaGray said...

Congratulations! That's a really good start.

May 09, 2006 1:48 PM  
Blogger zhl said...

Woohoo. What great news. Hope those embryos keep growing!

May 09, 2006 2:06 PM  
Blogger Dramalish said...

Beautiful, delightful, excellent news! I'm so glad, Mellie. Let this is the start of something wonderful.

I'll hold my breath for you, too. David Blaine's got nothing on us.

May 09, 2006 2:21 PM  
Anonymous Amanda said...

Hooray for ICSI!! And Hooray for your future kindergartener/s!

May 09, 2006 3:19 PM  
Blogger Krista said...

That is very exciting news! Excellent start to what I hope will be an excellent treatment!

May 09, 2006 3:30 PM  
Anonymous kittylover said...


May 09, 2006 3:44 PM  
Blogger Susie said...

I'm so glad for you. Keeping everything crossed.

May 09, 2006 3:44 PM  
Blogger the waiting line said...


David Blaine - watch out!

May 09, 2006 4:05 PM  
Blogger Lut C. said...

Promising. Crossing my fingers that the promise is honored.

May 09, 2006 4:10 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

I'm glad you decided to exhale. What a wonderful result!

May 09, 2006 4:27 PM  
Blogger Larisa said...


I am SO happy for great news. Hoping that lots of them grow and grow and grow!

May 09, 2006 4:41 PM  
Blogger Mel said...

Three Cheers for 17 eggs! Hip Hip Horray! Hip Hip Horray! Hip Hip Horray!

May 09, 2006 5:01 PM  
Anonymous Molly said...


My day is made.

May 09, 2006 5:30 PM  
Blogger Hopeful Mother said...

YAY! I'll be holding my breath for you and your kindergarteners!

May 09, 2006 6:59 PM  
Blogger Sheryl said...

YAY!!! 17 is awesome!!!

May 09, 2006 8:12 PM  
Blogger Kellie said...

AWESOME fertilization report!


May 09, 2006 9:57 PM  
Blogger Mony said...

David Blaine got nothing on you toots.

May 09, 2006 10:19 PM  
Anonymous Mary Scarlet said...

wow, awesome! and so great

May 09, 2006 10:26 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

Wonderful, wonderful news! Can't wait for an update on your transfer.

May 09, 2006 10:48 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Wow, what fantastic news!! Congratulations and best wishes for a fabulous transfer. Keep us posted.

May 09, 2006 11:43 PM  
Blogger Thalia said...

Mellie this is AMAZING. How fantastic that the ICSI and your husband's treatment has made such a difference. I would stop worrying (haha i know that's impossible) now - you will definitely have some fab ones to transfer. I'm so pleased!

May 10, 2006 7:01 AM  
Blogger Chee Chee said...

This is great news!!!! I am so happy that you got such a good fert report. Hopefully, we can all exhale soon.

May 10, 2006 11:22 AM  
Blogger Fertility Faux Pas said...

Mellie, Just wanted you to know how thrilled I am to hear your awesome fert report! Keeping fingers crossed for continued good luck. Congrats!

May 10, 2006 1:18 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

such great news. but please don't forget to breath, it can be useful.

grow embryos, GROW!!!

May 10, 2006 1:55 PM  
Blogger fisher queen said...

YEAH!!!!! Great great news!!!!!

May 10, 2006 2:09 PM  
Blogger Pamplemousse said...

Can I say I told you so now? Hahaha. Just kidding. You must both be absolutely thrilled with that fert. report. You are so in the game now! Cue singing of "Take me out to the ballgame!!!

May 10, 2006 3:31 PM  
Blogger k #2 said...

Awesome news!!!

May 10, 2006 5:35 PM  
Blogger Spanglish said...



May 10, 2006 6:36 PM  
Blogger Just another Jenny said...

You have preformed an amazing feat. Congrats!

May 10, 2006 9:39 PM  
Blogger DeadBug said...

Stellar. Simply stellar.



May 11, 2006 12:35 AM  
Blogger sube said...

Fabulous news! Very happy for you.

May 11, 2006 8:48 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Mellie - this is fantastic! I am so very pumped for you!

May 11, 2006 10:30 PM  

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