We made it back from India in one piece. I can see why people love India and our one regret is that we weren't able to explore as much as we wanted to.
When we landed back in the states, we received an email from Dr Shivani that 18 eggs were collected and 16 were mature. The donor had only 8 eggs collected the last time she donated to a previous couple, so we were really excited to hear 16! Of the 16 mature, 15 fertilized. Of the 15, 14 survived the following days. Of the 14, all 14 were grade I! Of the 14, 10 were frozen. We're very, very happy with the results! This means we have enough for 3 1/2 tries. I was so worried that we'd only have enough for this first round!
Four of the eggs made their way into our lovely surrogate yesterday, so we're officially in the two week wait! We're very excited to be at this point of the journey into parenthood - it's surreal that we're already here! Let the nervous anticipation begin (er, continue).
While in India, we had the chance to meet our surrogate. When asked if we wanted to meet her, I almost hesitated, but I'm so glad that we said yes. She didn't speak any English, but we had a translator help us just say the basic things like "thank you so much for doing this for us", "we're very excited", etc. It all happened in what seems like two seconds, but I will forever remember her using her sari to cover up her beautiful, nervous smile while we were meeting. It was an incredible experience.
Right before we started aggressively pursuing surrogacy, I had a dream that we had a two year old son. I was sitting down on the floor and he was climbing all over me and hugging my neck. In the dream, there was a song playing. This really stood out to me because my dreams never have soundtracks. The dream was so vivid and felt so real and I woke up knowing that I was ready to be a father. On our last night in India, the night before the egg collection, Brent and I were sitting in the lobby at the hotel day dreaming about our future as a family and that song started playing. The singer, Jonsi, is a pretty obscure artist from Iceland, the song is a couple of years old, and I've never heard his music on the radio. That link to my dream and the fact the it played at that exact moment really felt like the universe was sending us a message.
I can't believe we're here already.
A few quick photos from the trip:
|Egg collection day - so excited!|