It began with Emily coming to me and saying, "I think we need to do in-vitro again, as it will probably be the last time we will be able to do it before dental school, and then we'll be too old to do it again." Being the wonderful husband I am, I replied, "OK." Let me say here that my wife is the most amazing person I know, she began to get everything together, talking to doctors, talking to siblings, etc. There is a wonderful In-Vitro specialist here in ABQ, and we were very tempted to go to him. However, we just felt that we needed to go to the doctor that helped Dagmar (our sister-in-law) get pregnant with all of her babies. I don't know why we thought that, given that her doctor, Dr. Sherbahn, works in Chicago.
Now, I am not going to get into every single little detail about how plans were made, and appointments were scheduled, let's just say that Emily did it ALL (she is amazing). She began to take her little shots, every day to get her hormone levels up so that her eggs would mature for the retrieval process. At the appropriate time (again, I will spare the bloody details) we made our way to Chicago. This was my first time ever to be in Chicago, and being the nerd that I am, I told Emily to take a picture of the skyline:
We got to Gurnee, IL (about 45 min north of Chicago) on Saturday evening, Cinco de Mayo 2012. We had to be at Dr. Sherbahn's office the following morning for a blood sample, and then we were off to church, where we went to sacrament meeting. The doctor's office called us later that day to let us know that the levels were looking good, and that the egg retrieval and insemination would take place on Monday morning. So we decided to take advantage of the day making a short trip into Wisconsin (again, I am a nerd and I take pictures of state signs):
While in Wisconsin, we went into the Jelly Belly Factory in Kenosha, WI. It was a great time, especially because it was free! While we were there, it was raining like crazy, just walking to the car it made me feel like I had just jumped out of the pool. Then we drove by the Great Lake Michigan! That lake is huge!! The shore that we went to was really beautiful, even if it was raining.
As we were driving back to our hotel, I was bound and determined to find a shot glass from the state of Wisconsin (again, nerd). Unfortunately, the guy at the first gas station told us, pretty much word for word, "This is Kenosha, we don't care for souvenirs here in Kenosha." Who wouldn't want a souvenir from Kenosha, WI? They need to be a little more proud of their city!
The following day was our retrieval, we went to the doctor's that morning and got ready to go. When Emily got rolled into the procedure, they sent me into the "donation" room. Embarrassing moment alert: The lady told me to ring the bell when I was done, and I did, 10 minutes passed nothing happened, so I rang it again. She came in and asked if I had been done for awhile, and I said, "Yes, I rang it like 10 minutes ago." She told me that she didn't hear it. Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures of the room, or else this is where it would go (it was just a bathroom, nothing to exciting).
After my "deposit", they took me back to the room, where I saw Emily laying there on her gurney (in Gurnee, haha). She was so very out of it, waking up from being under anesthesia. It was sad to see, and the first thing that I thought was that I remember her looking exactly the same when she did the retrieval with Cooper. Against her wishes I will put her picture here:
While we were waiting for the anesthesia to completely wear off, the doctor was doing his thing with the eggs and sperms. They had to do what is called ICSI, which is where they actually have to inject the sperm into the egg. My little swimmers have 2 left feet or something and can't swim straight, so they get a little confused by themselves, they need a little bit of help. It was quite a surreal experience, 4-5 more days until the transfer, we are a little scared because the doctor said that the chances weren't the greatest, but the insemination went well and that we should hope for the best. The waiting game begins!
Once Emily finally got out of her little funk, and had sat there for awhile recuperating, we decided to take on the city of Chicago. She was such a trooper, because she was in so much pain from the egg retrieval. Unfortunately I had to catch a flight that night, so we didn't have too much time, but we were able to hit up the Chicago Temple:
While in Chicago, there was one place on my bucket list that I had to go to: Wrigley Field, we didn't catch a game, so I still have to do that, but it was still awesome!
After these few places, we went to the airport and I had to catch my plane back to ABQ. Unfortunately, I had to leave Emily in Chicago for the next week so that she could get the embryos transferred back into her. I will leave it here for the time being and catch up later.