Sunday, 30 April 2017

#atozchallenge Letters to my Embryos: Z is for Zygote

Welcome to Day 27 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,

This letter brings me to the end of my alphabetical series of letters to you. We've come a long way together, you and I.

As you're reading this, a real live person with fingers, toes and the ability to draw breath, it's hard to imagine that you were every anything 'other'. That on February 13th, 2017, you were that earliest stage of becoming a human being, a tiny combination of one sperm and one egg; a zygote.

Thankfully you didn't stick at being one of those for long. You did just what we hoped you would. As we counted days, you became an embryo, a morula, a blastocyst, and more. Those days we counted became weeks and months and years as you became a fetus, a neonate, our child.

I know it's not been easy, for any of us. There will have been times when you probably wished for any other parents than the ones you got stuck with. I'm sure your friends' parents seemed cooler, or let them get with more than we did. I bet that you watched families on TV and wished that you could belong to one of them instead.

But I hope in the time since you became that tiny zygote we have shared so many happy times. I hope that when you are grown you will look back on your childhood and youth fondly. I hope that reading these letters, as you become an adult, that we have many happy days ahead of us.

My wonderful, incredible Bubbles, I can't wait to share them with you.

All my love,

You Mum.


  1. Congratulations on finishing a very unique A to Z challenge. I hope all goes well for you and the bubbles!
    Finding Eliza

  2. This has been a memorable journey with you. I wish you all luck with your new child!

  3. I hope you print these all out, put them all together with a pretty ribbon on them to give to them. They are priceless and I am sure will be appreciated one day.

  4. Congratulations on reaching Z! I missed a couple of posts near the end through being out of wifi / phone coverage but I've read most of them even though I didn't comment very often. Fingers crossed for your little bubbles.

  5. Congratulations - you have achieved - although I never doubted you would. Which is why I think those bubbles couldn't want for a stronger more resilient mother who will do whatever it takes. Wishing you all the best for the coming year :)

  6. Well done you for making it to the end. I kind of came to a grinding halt. Competing priorities although we had three long weekends in a row. Maybe I'll have a crack at finishing it all today!

  7. This was a very touching series of posts - I enjoyed reading them. Best of luck for the future!

  8. The A-Z is over with but I pray that you new life will continue to improve with bubbles!

  9. Keeping my fingers crossed for you that this tiny zygote will grow up to learn to read your letters! ♥
    Congratulations on completing A-Z!

  10. It's amazing how nature works. Such a complicated mechanism yet it happens so smoothly. I wish you all the best and hope Bubbles soon arrive in this world 😀

  11. Perfect Z ending, a happy one indeed. Congratulations on completing the challenge.

    @MeenalSonal from AuraOfThoughts

  12. Hi I'm Karine from Tropical Colours. I Came across your blog through Tamara's post. What a beautiful post! This actually made my night! I love reading heartfelt posts like these that have so much meaning to them! Followed on bloglovin' :) xx


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