Tuesday, 4 April 2017

#atozchallenge Letters to my Embryos: C is for Conception

Welcome to Day 3 of the A to Z Challenge, an April blogging challenge where you aim post every day during the month following the letters of the alphabet (with every Sunday bar the last one off).

In the past I've used the challenge to blog about my infertility and the IVF process. I'm following a similar theme this year as we wait to begin the process for a Frozen Embryo Transfer, having completed a Freeze All IVF cycle in February.

We currently have nine embryos sitting on ice, my little bubbles, and this April I am blogging to them about the process of how they came to be.



Dear Bubbles,

I don't mind if you skip this letter. I'm sure most kids don't really care to hear about how they were conceived. Most people don't want to even think about their parents doing the nasty; I have a friend who insisted her parents only 'did it' twice, once for her and once for her brother.

So it may actually come as something of a relief to you to learn that your father and I had absolutely no physical contact in order to conceive you. In fact, we weren't even in the same room as each other when your conception was taking place. Oh no, your conception was handled by a skilled Embryologist in a Glasgow hospital.

Many people don't have any idea when they were conceived. There's usually some idea of the rough date when it probably took place. You're one of the lucky minority where we not only know the date, we know the approximate time as well!

My eggs were collected at around 10am on the 13th of February and shortly afterwards they were introduced to your father's contribution to the whole affair. So I can say with some certainty that by about 11:30am on the 13th of February you'd been conceived.

And even if the whole thought of your own conception squicks you out, my Darling Bubbles, you have to admit, it is kind of cool to know exactly when it happened.

All my love,

Your Mum.

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  1. I suppose most people are not privy to that kind of detail. Nice, in a way!

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    1. Hehe, no, but it's kind of cool to know. :-)

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  2. And here I thought it was a big deal to know exactly what time I was born. This takes scheduling to a whole new level!

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    1. Hehe, well I like to be very well organised. ;-)

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  3. I can just hear you bubbles complaining about this info being online in ten years or so. "But Mo-om--you're embarrassing me!" Just tell them that's the best part of being a parent.

    C is for Church Committee: Intelligence Abuses by the CIA

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    1. Hehe, definitely! I'm stocking up early on the embarrassing tales. ;-)

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  4. LOL, that's what we tell the boys, only happened twice!

    Amazing!

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    1. Hehe, so my friend's not the only one with slightly celibate parents. ;-)

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  5. I love the first line of this letter. Yeah, thinking about your parents doing the nasty is . . . disturbing. :)

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Hehe, I know. I thought this one would be a tricky one to write (and read)!

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  6. Excellent! You are right it is very special that you know the exact date and time! :)

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    1. You know, almost every Monday since then, around that time, I've taken a look at the clock and thought 'X number of weeks ago'. I hope it's a date and time I'll always remember. :-)

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  7. I had a cousin who told me she was conceived in somewhat the same fashion as you are describing - happened in a doctors office etc. It didn't. I wonder if that's what her mother told her.
    <a href="http://findingeliza.com/”>Finding Eliza</a>

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    1. Hehe, I suppose it saves the trouble of answering some tricky questions.

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  8. I think kids should always know how they were conceived. Beautiful post.

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    1. Thank you. Mine kind of won't have a choice but to find out. ;-)

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  9. It is kind of cool! These are very touching letters.

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    1. Thank you, and it definitely is. :-)

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  10. I think it's cool to know when it happened. Thanks for sharing :)

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  11. Enjoyable read - great topic for the challenge.

    NotesinaBook

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  12. It is interesting to read what all goes into this procedure as someone who's never done it.

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    1. Glad you're finding it all informative.

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  13. Your grown-up-baby is going to love reading this series of posts!

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  14. Oh my goodness, this is so neat!! What a cool thing to someday share with them. When does the next step take place?

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    1. Thank you. :-)

      We officially start the first lot of medications for the next stage next week, and then it should take about a month from then until we do the transfer.

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  15. This is just such a beautiful gift to the future. I look forward to your journey, wishing you the best.

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  16. Yeah, this might just be TMI for them ;)

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  17. Awww. That IS pretty cool to know!

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  18. Bubbles will probably cringe reading this (at first), but it's a cool thing to know you're so wanted.

    Anna

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    1. I'm sure they will, but it's a mother's prerogative to embarrass her children, hehe. ;-)

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  19. February 13, around lunchtime - that's a pretty cool fact to know!

    When I was little, and my Mom tried to explain HOW I was conceived I thought this was a difficult process for which they needed to go to the hospital, just like for my birth 😂

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    1. Hehe, I suppose conception is a tricky idea to get your head around. ;-)

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  20. This is so sweet. I don't think I'll ever share Gage's conception story with him so it's nice that you can do so without scarring your kids for life :)

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Let me know what you think. :-)