I said at the beginning of this cycle that I really wanted to be positive. I really want to believe that this can and will work. I've struggled with that (reasonably, I think) when things haven't gone as planned, but I'm a work in progress myself so I think it's ok for me to struggle.
Before I went in for retrieval, I said over and over to myself for days, "healthy sperm, healthy eggs, healthy embryos, healthy babies."
Over and over.
Of the 9 eggs retrieved, 9 were mature.
We did half ICSI, half unassisted fertilization.
Of the 5 that we ICSI'd... 4 fertilized.
Of the 4 we let go naturally... 4 fertilized!
We have 8 embryos!
healthy sperm, healthy eggs, healthy embryos, healthy babies...