T'was the night before our retrieval and we were nervous, excited, and booming with positive vibes. It is best we narrate this story through our eyes...
5:30 am we spring (more Candace than Chris) out of bed, jump in our phone booths spin around a few times and POOF! We have matching Super-hero baby makin' socks (with attached capes as if you had any doubts).
Our super-socks had us ready for a successful retrieval on every level! Chris even donned his "Think Positive" boxer shorts. They would guarantee that his uhhemm, deposit, would be the best ever. With puffed out chests, we headed towards our fertility clinic.
We weren't going to the fertility clinic unarmed though. We had a secret weapon ... cupcakes. Every body loves cupcakes! So the night before retrieval we made cupcakes for the entire staff at our clinic as a "thank you" for all they do for us.
For those not interested in the homemade red velvet cupcakes, we knew they would succumb to our delicious pina colada cupcakes. Muah ha ha!
The dynamic duo of cupcake deliciousness! We figured that since all of the staff works so hard, they need a vacation, at least for their taste buds.
Two boxes, one for the upstairs crew and one for the downstairs folks. The upstairs folks are the ones that do the retrieval/transfer and embryo nursery type activities. The downstairs gang wield the ultrasound wand, take blood, and do all of the planning for the IVF process. It is a building full of heroes!
Our area of the fertility clinic was buzzing with positivity. Although, it could have been a sugar rush from the cupcakes. Either way, with super-socks on, we were ready.
It was a picturesque day ... sun was shining ... birds chirping ... Candace more than ready to start walking normal again. She had been waddling for a few days and was looking forward to having these awesome follicles retrieved.
Then the IV needle came. But, with her super-socks on, Candace did not bat an eye. It may have had something to do with the EMLA cream, topical anesthetic, that we put on her hand about a hour before she got the IV. Either way, it was super-hero behavior for sure!
Since we were the last to go that day, we contributed to the nurses' distractions by showing off our super-socks. Some of the downstairs team came upstairs for hugs and good luck wishes.
Here, one of the upstairs team is demonstrating two things. First, she is showing the true passion that the folks at the Jones have towards their patients. They truly nurture positivity and foster an environment of hope. Second, she is demonstrating the proper way for Chris to protect his goatee in case a diabolical razor went on a rampage. Thank goodness for the demonstration!
So, Candace does not like this picture. This is after retrieval. But, here is the face of someone that successfully had 14 eggs retrieved! Beautiful right? We did not have any worries though. The embryologists rock and we made sure they knew it. We gave them a magnet and cupcakes. These troopers are behind the scenes and have an incredibly important job. They are the guardians of our progeny. Make sure to read our embies bedtime stories.
The staff filled us with colorful stories and we talked about the food we were going to eat to pass the time until Candace could be released.
Candace, eggs retrieved ... Chris, deposit made ... now we wait to hear how many of the Chris bits played nicely with the Candace bits in the great sandbox of life. We swore we heard some Barry White playing as we left the clinic.
Chris, the lush that he is, celebrated the successful retrieval day with one of the beers that Candace gave to him in his IVF Survival Kit. Delicious and well worth the wait! 3 months without drinking was erased with one fantastic bottle. I still drool a little every time I think of that beer.