The day Stephanie came down for the embryo transfer was a day I will never forget. We woke up that morning and got ready at a leisurely pace. I wanted to take Stephanie for a fancy schmancy breakfast somewhere, like Balthazar, but instead we went to a favorite neighborhood diner of mine and Jeffrey's called Utopia. We had a great breakfast together and then strolled down Broadway stopping in a couple of stores. We decided to make our way down to TJ Maxx, since we are serious Maxxionistas.
Half way through the walk, there was an older couple walking hand-in-hand in front of us. I couldn't help but notice that he struck a remarkable resemblance to Stephanie's Papa. I had only met Papa one time when we were at UMASS, but I remembered him as this tall, massive man. He seemed larger than life to me. Stephanie always remarked about his "sausage-like" fingers and although he had a burly exterior I remember his peaceful energy and kind eyes. He raised Stephanie and you could tell that he was so proud of her and all that she was accomplishing at such a young age.
So, when we saw this man in front of us, I took it as a sign of Stephanie's Papa watching over us that day. I felt like it was Papa's way of telling her that he is still with her and is so proud of the woman she has become.
Our leisurely pace found us scrambling for time to make the acupuncture appointment I made for Stephanie down in Union Square. I read that women who have done acupuncture before and after their embryo transfer increased their pregnancy success rates by as much as 50%!
Not only did I read that, but I also read about the benefits of bromelain, a natural extract found in the stem of pineapples! The anti-inflammatory properties found in bromelain have a positive effect on embryo implantation! So, while Stephanie was enjoying her treatment, I ran to Whole Foods to pick up some pineapple. Needless to say, I had her eat as much as she could stand! I hope I didn't completely ruin her love of of the fruit.
Shortly after the pineapple fiasco, Jeffrey met us at NYU and we got ready for the transfer. The three of us piled into a small room and waited eagerly for Dr. Noyes. As soon as she entered, we reminded her and the nurses that we didn't want to know the sex of the embryo (remember with Pre-Genetic Implantation Diagnosis you have the choice of selecting gender) and they were quick to tell us that the "thawing" process was 100% successful and we had a "beautiful embryo" ready to go.
Perhaps it was the visit from Papa, perhaps it was the PGD, or perhaps it was simply our time....
And, wouldn't you know....Baby G is as big as a PINEAPPLE!!!!
I can only imagine what Papa would say if he saw her today...