First songram video, part 2

In this video, Rita zooms in to the fetus to look for a heartbeat. She sees the heartbeat, which she points out with her pointer tool. Then she swiches to a split screen that show the heartbeat on the left and her tool for counting the heartbeat on the right. The machine calculated 155 beats per minutes, which is just fine.

So, to sum up (hope I don't get sued)

  • Twenty or more trips to Lubbock… 6000 miles on the car
  • One in-vitro fertilization procedure… $13,000 +
  • The look on your wife's face when she sees her baby's heartbeat for the first time… Priceless

First sonogram video, part 1

Cilla and I had our first sonogram on Wednesday. Everything seems to be going well. Our nurse, Rita, saw one fetus (not three 🙂 ).

The clip below shows the fetus, from top to bottom (click the film strip icon to see the video). The large black bean shaped object is the amniotic sack. The fetus is the white object to the left in the amniotic sack. The round item at the far far left of the amniotic sack is the yolk sack (I thought it was the head). The video pauses as Rita measures the fetus’ length at 10 millimeters from crown to rump.


As Cilla’s post said, we got a positive result on our first pregnancy test. What fantastic news this is. I think we’re still getting used to the idea of being pregnant.

We left for Lubbock early this morning (March 20th). This weather this morning was beautiful. The air was crystal clear. We’ve had a few days of rain in Texas which cleared out all the dust in the air. I’d bet the visibility was 50 miles. The view east from the caprock at Post, Texas, was amazing. We heard a song on XM from a band called ‘The The’ called ‘This is the Day’ that has line in the chorus that says ‘This is the day… Your life will surely change’. This seemed to be a nice omen for what was to come. Cilla and I got a bit more nervous as we got closer to Lubbock.

We got to the doctor’s office 2 minutes late, the first time we’ve ever been late to an appointment with this Doctor. We got even more nervous as we sat in the waiting room for a few minutes. Finally we were called back for Cilla to have her blood drawn for the pregnancy test. We anticipated the test would take 5 minutes or so. The nurse told us the results would be ready in an hour or two. Disappointed, we went to lunch.

We ate a good lunch at McAlisters. Cilla didn’t get sick this time although we were both nervous enough to be nauseous. We hadn’t heard from the doctor’s office so we drove around Lubbock looking for an outlet store. We had the address but couldn’t find the store. We finally decided to give up our search and just as we were pulling into Linens & Things we got our good news from the doctor’s office. We ended up waiting about three hours for the call from the doctor.

The weather in the afternoon was very different from the morning. A dust storm blew up in the early afternoon so we drove back under a brown sky. At times the dust was blowing over the road, almost like a thick fog. In Texas, a very dusty day can sometimes create a little rain since the dust will ‘seed’ rain to fall out of clouds. Cilla and I saw a very faint rainbow at the end of the drive back to Abilene. The rainbow was a wonderful visual reminder of God’s promises. I know God’s promise to ‘Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life’ is very different from our situation. But his promise ‘Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart’ seems to be coming to fruition.

We’re obviously very happy. The day was tiring because of the anticipation. We know not all pregnancies carry through the first trimester, but we have no reason to believe this pregnancy will be anything but perfect. I already feel myself falling into ‘protective’ mode. I feel myself thinking things like ‘did Cilla put salt on her food?’ or ‘should Cilla be lifting that’. We’ll see in a few weeks or months if I’m grating on Cilla’s last nerve.

Cilla and I appreciate and are humbled by your prayers and concerns. Thank you for being with us as we begin this exciting time in our lives.

P.S. Our faithful Ford Explorer turned 100,000 miles on this trip. Kinda cool. We bought that car with 28,000 miles more than 6 years ago. It is still running strong.

The Results Are In

Well, today was THE big day. After 1 year and 3 mos. of treatment in Lubbock, we found out today that WE ARE PREGNANT! All of my hormone levels are great and we are more excited than ever! It has been a long and exhausting day! What a relief to finally know one way or the other. We also just found out tonight that our expected due date is November 25th- Gulp! So, that means today I am 4 weeks and 2 days! Yea!

We want to sincerely thank everyone who has been reading this and praying for us. We greatly appreciate your concern and devotion. God IS faithful and I know that He heard each and every prayer.

waiting and new features

Cilla and I are patiently waiting for Monday when we go back to Lubbock for our test. Our collective fingers are still crossed. Cilla seems to be doing fine, except she want to eat pickles all the time.

I added a new feature to the website. You should see a random image on the right side menu. The pictures link to our Family Gallery. If you are a family member or close friend to the Wyatt’s I’ll be happy to create a gallery for you if you want an online place to store your pictures. Flickr may have more features, but I’m free 🙂 Just let me know.

Implantation images

This is a picture of the sonogram that was taken just after the implantation. The white arrow is pointing to the white object which is the embryo. Around the embryo you can just make out a lighter colored ring which is the endometrial space. The embryo is supposed to be right in the center of the space, which it is. So this picture shows the embryo was implanted in just the right spot.

You can see a slightly different view here.

The Big Day

Today was the transfer. It was a beautiful day outside and everything couldn’t have gone more perfect than it did. We were both a little anxious, but that was soon absolved for me by the wonderful reflexology facial/massage I received just before the procedure. I was completely relaxed and surprised we even had begun! I truly felt like I was at the spa all morning.
The doctor and the embryologist came in first thing and confidently reported that 6 were blastocysts and 2 of the 6 were perfect in quality. So, they both suggested that we just implant one. Without any doubt or hesitation, Will and I agreed and proceeded with the implantation. It was completely painless and the most pleasant experience yet.
Now I have to lay in bed for 3 whole days! O, darn!

Day 4 Update

Time flies 🙂

So, the recap:

  • Day two had ten fertilized eggs.
  • Day three had nine fertilized eggs. Seven of the embryos had eight cells each. The other two had seven cells. All are progressing normally.
  • Day four, today, we still have nine embryos. Eight had just entered the morula (fourth pic down) stage. Today (day 4) and tomorrow the cells in the embryo will continue to divide until there are 30 or so cells in the embryo.
  • Around day 5 some of the cells will move towards one side of their shell, called the zona pellucida, leaving a fluid filled sack, called the blastocele, in the middle of the embryo. The cells will start to clump into two groups. The inner group becomes the fetus and the outer group becomes the placenta. Amazing.

That’s all for the biology lesson for today 🙂

p.s. I forgot to mention that we did not have to do ICSI. Cilla’s eggs were fertilized naturally, if you call being fertilized in a dish naturally 🙂

Day 2 update

We went to Lubbock Thursday, Friday, and Saturday morning. Cilla’s retrieval procedure went as expected. They harvested 21 eggs (which is nice and high). 18 eggs survived the retrieval.

Yesterday 10 of the 18 eggs fertilized successfully. Today, all 10 fertilized eggs have divided into 2 or 4 cells. Our embryologist said 4 or 5 of the 10 eggs looked ‘good’ and 4 or 5 looked ‘average’ which he said is normal for an IVF retrieval.

The Retrieval

The retrieval was today and it was successful. Will tells me (I was drugged with Versed and Demerol) that we harvested 21 eggs with 18 of them mature and viable. The doc said that was alot! I have slept most of today and repeatedly asked Will the same questions over and over. I am doing fine with only a few aches every once and a while. Will, also had a good day. His sample count was the best it has been thus far. So, for now, we wait until they fertilize for approximately 5 or 6 days and then the big day will be here the middle of next week. Yea!!