Monday, 3 April 2017

#atozchallenge Letters to my Embryos: B is for Blastocyst

Welcome to Day 2 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,

At the time of writing these letters to you, you're currently what is classed as blastocysts. That's a very important stage in your development, more important than learning to read, or write, or walk, or talk; before we could even think about you being able to do any of those things, you had to become blastocysts.

Everyone alive today, and everyone who has ever lived, was once a blastocyst. It only lasts for up to about four days at by the time it starts you're just a bundle of somewhere between 30 to 40 cells, each one of which is growing and dividing and preparing to become some important part of your growing body.

Each step of our IVF/ICSI treatment was about getting to the next step of the process, but once you'd been created, we suddenly had to put the responsibility for the next step on you. This was something you had to do on your own.

And thankfully you did. You were strong and for five days you thrived and grew.

And now we just have to hope that you carry on as you have when we're able to put back where you belong.

All my love,

Your Mum

48 comments:

  1. A very sweet post. So much potential in those little bundles!

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    1. Thank you. That's exactly how I think of each one, a little bundle of potential. Who knows what they may become? :-)

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  2. Beautiful idea to write to your as yet unborn children! They will treasure them and love reading once grown up enough to understand.

    Best wishes,
    Nilanjana
    From Madly-in-Verse

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  3. I just learned the word “blastocyst” a few days ago. I saw it in a book and didn’t know what it was, so I looked it up. It sounds very sci-fi.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. I love the word 'blastocyst' though when I first heard it I didn't think much of it. I had to have a ganglion cyst removed from my wrist once and it sort of brought back memories of that. :-)

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  4. Wishing you good luck on your treatment Cait!

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  5. Go little blastocyst go!

    <a href="http://findingeliza.com/”>Finding Eliza</a>

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  6. Good luck, tiny blastocysts! You can do it!
    http://bit.ly/2otD1C9

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  7. Such and amazing topic and journey. I'm enjoying your posts, and look forward to more!

    Trudy @ Reel Focus

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    1. Thank you, glad you're enjoying them. :-)

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  8. Good luck with your IVF process. I hope it results in a healthy baby for you.

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  9. I'm wishing you lots of luck with the future procedures.

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  10. Great post xxx I hope it all works out for you xxx

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  11. Birth is a miracle! What a lovely post, Cait!
    Hugs! Thanks for visiting my blog.

    Vidya Sury

    Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles
    Life Hacks for Happiness
    Life Hacks for Diabetics

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  12. Beautiful! I learned a new word today, too!

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  13. I can see this A to Z is going to be a nail-biter. that's OK. I'm with you.

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    1. Thank you. Hope you enjoy the ride. ;-)

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  14. The miracle of blastocysts - amazing.

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    1. Thank you, humans are so amazing before they even look like humans!

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  15. It's so touching to read these and see how much you already love them.

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    1. Thank you. It's weird how you can feel such a strong sense of love for someone who isn't really a person yet.

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  16. oh this sounds interesting. I want to follow along, and share your JOY. Very touching letter to the little blastocysts!

    Oh and thanks for commenting and visiting my post today. :-)

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  17. Good. I think we will come to know the 9 month growth process and in 26 posts.
    Prof. K.V.S.S. Narayana Rao

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    1. Thank you. Not in this series of posts, but fingers crossed for next A to Z Challenge. ;-)

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  18. This is such a wonderful thing to share your journey this way. Beautifully done. Hugs.
    Both Sides Now
    Annie at ~McGuffy's Reader~

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  19. I'm learning more about this process and I pray the best in your desire to have a child. It took us a long time and 9 months after adopting our son, a daughter arrived

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    1. Thank you and congratulations on your family. :-)

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  20. Beautifully written. Sending lots of good thoughts and feelings your way for your truly amazing journey :) Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

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  21. So lovely, and you are much more informed that most of us! I'm enjoying the journey!
    Many blessings to you and yours!

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Let me know what you think. :-)