In this case, a lot of weight.
That’s it. That’s the number, #13971. The 50% of the magic needed to create my baby.
It’s one number that holds so much weight, the weight of life. I spent a few weeks searching and browsing baby pictures, adult pictures, stats, physical attributes, and more. A few weeks spent to choose the perfect one finally.
I obviously had not yet had any experience with cryobanks and wasn’t sure what I was in for. I imagined it was going through a book of pictures, choosing the one you like the most, and deciding. It’s quite similar but it’s all digital and you can browse them, even internationally.
I browsed California, Seattle, and NW Cryobanks. It’s a giant digital catalog of donors, all listed by number, with searchable attributes.
Choosing a Donor
This part was super interesting. You can search by attributes from physical, to education, to all sorts of things. The cryobanks provide baby pictures, along with a few other things at the unpaid level. Such as appearance, heritage, education, and clinical (blood type, pregnancies, etc). Although some do require a paid account to see more than 1 baby photo. I paid for an account at all 3. They’re run on a
I initially chose the beginning to an intermediate level that would get me access to more things such as the ability to listen to their interview, health/family history, adult photos, facial features report, and more. Once I narrowed down a few donors I was interested in, I paid to upgrade my account on that cryobank site so I could have full access to get to know the donor more before deciding.
Then, I found the one. He’s 5’11”, has medium blonde hair, and green eyes. He’s a filmmaker, he’s creative, and super driven. I browsed history to make sure there was no health issues to worry about and I browsed his personality test. I also listened to his interview which was one of my favorite parts. While the voice doesn’t carry on, I got to hear a snippet of his personality come out in the audio.
It’s surreal and amazing at the same time. He’s going to give me 50% of the magic I need to make my baby.
It’s not cheap. The route I’m going for this
The price starts to go up if you need to do insemination at the doctors office. I’ve chosen to do it 1 vial back to back days at home in April. That way should it not stick, I will have 3 more currently for the doctor to use.
The price continues to go up if you have to go the IVF route because you’re not only paying for doctors visits, but the shots to help you produce more eggs, the procedure of implantation itself.
The Shipping Process
So you bought sperm, now what? One thing I’d never thought I’d say, haha. Once you buy the sperm they hold on to it until you call and tell them what to do with it. I called and told them I wanted to ship 2 vials in April, and specific days timed around your ovulation. They then store the rest until you tell them what to do with it. When this one sticks in April, I can have them store them forever, which obviously costs money. Or I can utilize their buyback program, where they buy back for 50-70% of what you paid. Another option is selling them to someone looking.
Once you decide to ship, that’s where they get another cost. It was $245 to ship it to me expedited. I get it, it’s shipped in a liquid nitrogen tank and it’s heavy, but damn. They will ship it to you with directions for how to thaw and use if you’re doing it at home. You can also ship directly to the doctors office so they can get it ready for transfer.
Crazy right?! Don’t need a man here to make a baby at home on my own haha. We’ll talk insemination later. Leave me any comments or questions that I can address later.
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SuzieMarch 17, 2019 at 3:30 pm
❤️ So exciting! Love you Girlfriend! You’re gonna be an awesome mom, the feeling is undesirable how you will feel when you see the little person you made! Even now Chris and me look at each other and said how crazy it is that we made that little human…. ?? No morning sickness! ??
Katie SellerMarch 17, 2019 at 10:25 pm
Yes ?????? Because I suck at throwing up lol.
TeriMarch 17, 2019 at 6:51 pm
I am very excited and proud of you (and we have never met!) This is an empowering journey you are on! I had secondary infertility and went through the IVF process. There will be ups and downs but so happy you are sharing your journey! Good luck sister! Tons of us are cheering you on!!! Xo TC
Katie SellerMarch 17, 2019 at 10:25 pm
Thank you SO fucking much. That means a lot.
JessicaMarch 17, 2019 at 8:22 pm
This is such an interesting process!!! If it sticks and all goes well will you keep the remaining vials for future possible full blood siblings? Thanks for sharing your journey!
Katie SellerMarch 17, 2019 at 10:28 pm
I plan on holding them in storage (which you pay the cryobank to do) until I decide. I’m currently undecided on more than 1. So I can store them until I decide.
Kelli Ann SpinneyMarch 17, 2019 at 10:22 pm
2 of my really close friends did this & they have a Beautiful 7 year old boy! They also did it at home & it worked, first try! Best of Luck ❤ You’re going to be an amazing Mother! The love you have for your child is like no other & everything else that was top priority, goes out the window! You got this, girl!! I look at my 3 littles every day & can’t believe they’re mine, even my son that’s adopted(we adopted my brother’s son)! They’re my greatest joy & the light of my life! I can’t wait for you to share that same experience! It’s worth the ride! xoxo ❤❤❤????
Katie SellerMarch 17, 2019 at 10:30 pm
Thank you so, so much! That means a lot!
LenaMarch 20, 2019 at 10:13 pm
You’re brave and courageous! And so very real! Thank-you for that and for sharing your journey! Being a Mama was the best thing I ever done! And feeling that baby kick, giving birth, parenting and living, learning and growing alongside your baby os going to be phenomenal! I have a feeling you will be a fantastic & effective and loving mother! Best of luck Katie!!
Katie SellerMarch 20, 2019 at 11:02 pm
Thank you so much Lena. That seriously means so fucking much.
KeinoMarch 22, 2019 at 10:22 am
I’m right there with you felt like I was reading my own life!! And April it is???? For me too!! Let’s do this!!!
Katie SellerMarch 22, 2019 at 10:27 am
Yay!!! Follow me on IG so we can keep up! @bossladyandababy
KelleyApril 25, 2019 at 3:29 pm
Thanks for sharing your story. I just discovered your blog and am trying to catch up to hopefully see answers to all the questions in my brain. I have been debating my options for single motherhood and like the idea of starting with the lowest cost options and then going from there. Thank you so much for sharing!! Wishing you all the best!
Katie SellerApril 25, 2019 at 5:05 pm
Thank you so much! If you have any questions that aren’t answered, send them to me on Instagram. I want to make sure I answer as much as possible on the blog for people exploring this option. ?