By the time you are old enough to read this, you will probably be well aware that I value education and learning. I'm looking forward to watching you make discoveries about the world around us, and making discoveries right alongside you too.
From the second you are born, you'll be being graded on a number of different scales. A newborn's responsiveness is checked, later you'll be graded on your height and weight, how you grow, and then you'll start school and face a whole lot more test scores and checks.
But you faced your very first grading challenge way back when you were just five days old. And I'm not talking five days post-birth here either! When I say five days old, I mean five does post-conception.
On the 18th of February you were taken out of the incubator you'd been happily growing in, the Embryologist peeped into your petri dish and she liked what she saw. You passed the test and you were declared 'top quality blastocysts'.
Her actual words were 'fabulous embryos' which I have written on my hospital paperwork from the cycle, like your first ever school report.
What's confusing when it comes to embryo grading is that different clinics do it in their own ways. Some give numbers, some give letters, some give both. And even two clinics that use the same process can differ; for some 1 is the best and 5 is poor quality, for another it's the other way round.
I'm not sure what your exact grades are. I was so happy to know you'd survived to Day 5 that I didn't think to ask. All I know is that you're better than all the ones that came before. The best we had before was 5BB, so you must be at least 5AB or 5BA.
And that's how our hospital grades you. You're given a number from 1 to 6 depending on your stage of development (a 6 means you're hatching and ready to implant). Then your 'inner cell mass' (the bit in the middle that became you) gets an A to C grade, as does the Trophectoderm (the outer bit that eventually forms the placenta which keeps you fed and oxygenated for the next nine months). A is the best too.
So I'm not too worried about whether or not you get top grades when it comes to school. I know you'll do your best.
Because you already have.
All my love,