Gretchen Rossi is taking fans inside her ongoing journey with IVF. Over the weekend, The Real Housewives of Orange County alum revealed that she had egg retrieval surgery as she continues the process of trying to conceive a baby with her longtime partner, Slade Smiley.
"Yesterday was surgery for egg retrieval #2.....Thank you [to my doctors] for making every step of this arduous process so much easier. The surgery center's staff was incredible as well, and I am grateful for everyone taking such good care of me. Thank you guys for all your sweet messages yesterday.....today I am home resting," she wrote on Instagram on Sunday. "Slade is a good nurse."
Last month, Gretchen revealed she was undergoing her second round of IVF and later thanked Slade for being a "supportive partner" through the process. She also noted why she was making her IVF journey so public: "I just wanted to share this journey with you all because I know so many of you go through this as well and it's overwhelming at times, so I just wanted to share a diary of all the emotions."
Gretchen and Slade have been trying for years to expand their family. And Slade even had his vasectomy reversed in 2015 as a gift to his fiancée for her birthday. They are currently working with Dr. Surrey at SCRC, who she says has been "giving us hope." She added, “We are awaiting the outcome of our last IVF cycle to find out if we have any viable embryos in order to implant and hopefully become pregnant.”