Baby Steps (pun intended)

I changed the name of the blog because earlier this week, the wife and I were sitting and discussing the big endeavor we’re about to undertake and she said, “I’m going to call this Project Tiny Human.” I like it.

Warm thanks to all of you who gave advice after the last post! It was greatly appreciated. We decided to go ahead and start the process with the fertility center, but hold off on buying sperm until some tests are done. And our first insemination will of course wait until April or May, after our Asia trip.

So my OB referred me to the fertility center and I had a phone consultation earlier this week! It was a small but exciting first step. It feels solid, now that we’re officially in their system. The nurse practitioner wants me to start with Day 3 blood work to test my estrogen, FSH, and LH levels. From there, we’ll be guided by whatever the results are. As today is CD19, just 12-sh days until we start checking in with the plumbing down there!

In the meantime, I’m preparing my body for the roller coaster ahead. The wife and I both joined a gym recently and I’m really liking the classes they offer. It makes for a nice stress reliever and break from my mostly sedentary, but crazy-busy job. On the food front: I’m a pretty healthy eater already, though I do have a wicked sweet tooth sometimes. As a long-time vegetarian, I’m now focused on making sure I’m eating enough protein and cutting back on processed foods. The coffee thing, sigh, that’s the hardest. I have a deep, intense love for coffee. I’m down to only one cup each morning and damn, it’s painful. Especially around 2pm when I would normally have another one. I’m drinking herbal tea, but man, it’s just Not.The.Same. I am not looking forward to cutting out caffeine completely. Any advice on pre-conception fertility foods?

Super stoked that we’ve started this process, though I’m glad we’re doing it at our own pace. As much as we’ve been looking forward to this, it does get a little scarier the closer we get to the reality of starting a family. Because of that, we’re trying to make time for lots of date nights, lazy Sundays, and weekend getaways while we can!

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10 thoughts on “Baby Steps (pun intended)

  1. I like the new name! I also like puns, so.
    God, i get you on the coffee front – tea is just not the same. And decaf doesn’t have the same taste/mouth-feel either. I’ve given up coffee for a substantial time frame three times now and there is just nothing that can replace it. My only advice is to replace the habit with your fave herbal tea (rooibos is tasty and TTC safe as far as I could find) and don’t pretend it’s coffee. Good luck on cutting back!

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  2. If you do dairy, whole milk products are supposed to boost fertility. Both times around I had whole milk yogurt every morning for breakfast. I don’t know if it really did anything, but it was quite the treat!

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