A couple of days prior to egg retrieval, Salomé emailed to tell us what day they would take the donor’s eggs. These eggs would immediately be fertilized with Paolo’s sperm, which the clinic had frozen after our last visit. The next day, Salomé would call to tell me how many eggs were collected and how many fertilized. It was late November, and we were harvesting olives when my phone rang. Paolo knew who it was—after all, it was one of the most important phone calls of our lives—and he stopped picking and stood under a tree, watching me, as I walked off to take Salomé’s call. The news was not that great. Of the ten eggs collected, only four had fertilized. Ten eggs was a normal amount for collection, but a fertilization rate of under 50% is considered poor. Paolo’s sperm had checked out fine and we had a proven donor, so there was no ready explanation for the poor showing.