Thursday, June 24, 2010


We were at the clinic at 5:45 a.m. this morning and by 6:30 I was under. When I woke, Dr. W said we had 14 eggs and enough fresh sample (from yesterday AND today) from Mr. Jem to fertilize them. I needed some extra pain medication, which made recovery time a little longer, but that's fine with me... was home by 8:30 a.m. and back in bed. I slept until 1:30 p.m., had a light lunch (home-made soup - recipe to follow) and chicken. Then back to sleep, Fluffy curled up by my feet. Bliss.

For IVF #1 we had 24 eggs. This time we got 14. I'm hoping for quality over quantity ("It only takes one" blah, blah, blah).

Thanks for all the words of encouragement.

Still a bit spacey, so I'll sign off. I'll report in tomorrow when we get the fertilization report.


Basic Veggie soup
1 TBS olive oil
1 large onion, chopped (I used 2 small fresh onions)
4 cloves pressed garlic 
2 celery stalks, chopped
1/2 bundle kale (or chard or 1/4 head cabbage), chopped
2 large carrots, chopped
1 potato, peeled and chopped (optional) or you could add a can of beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups green beans, cut in 1" pieces
1/2 tsp thyme or herbes de Provence
6 cups chicken broth (I used Organic, free range)
Sea salt and fresh pepper to taste

In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until nearly translucent. Add the garlic, but don't let the garlic brown and saute another couple of minutes.

Add the rest of the chopped veggies, sauteing for another minute or two. Add the thyme and salt and pepper while sauteing. Add broth.

Continue to simmer in the pot until the veggies are tender or transfer to a crock-pot, and cook on low 7-9 hours or 4-6 hours on low (timing may differ, depending on your crock pot).


One Who Understands said...

Congrats on 14 eggs! That is great news. Also happy to hear Mr Jem had plenty of fresh healthy swimmers. And the soup sounds great!

Nicole said...

Quality over quality, for sure!! I'm glad you're feeling alright and I hope tomorrows fert report is awesome!!

Anonymous said...

The recipe looks divine! I hope you sleep well tonight and the fert report comes back amazing!

Circus Princess said...

You said it, quality is more important than quantity. But 14 is a pretty awesome number!
Keeping my fingers crossed that among them is your golden one :)

Anonymous said...

You are totally right, it's all about quality over quantity. We got 12 eggs in our first fresh cycle. I was so upset initially because you hear/read/see all of these women getting 25-30 (+) eggies. But here you are looking for quality!

Sending you great fert vibes and I hope your recovery is going well.

Adventures in Baby Waiting said...

Quality over quantity! For sure! 14 is great! It's two more than I got! I am hoping you make a quick recovery for your transfer! Very soon you'll be PUPO!

Tracey said...

We only got 8 eggs for my successful IVF cycle, so you're in great shape!
Good luck!!!!!

Abby said...

Best of luck! I went from an IVF where they retrieved 26 eggs (which failed) to the second where they retrieved 15 - and got pregnant! I honestly believe it was because of the quality! Rest up!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on retrieval! 14 eggs sounds very promising :).

Michelle said...

Thanks for the recipe. 14 eggs sounds great. Looking forward to hearing the fert. report.

Gurlee said...

Yes, quality over quantity. Best of luck!!

HopeBPatient said...

14 is fantastic! Hoping for good fertilization for you and lots to pick from to transfer! Good luck!

babyattheend said...

Yay for quality over quantity! It was our one goal for IVF#3 and it worked :D Our first cycle I got 14 and for the last I only got 6, but it's the cycle that worked! Crossing my fingers you're doing well today!

daega99 said...

Congrats on your retrieval. Hope you're feeling a bit better.


R.J. said...

Um, 14 eggs is pretty awesome?! Congrats on a great retrival!