Today was embryo transfer day. The number of people who reached out with positive messages was invigorating and heartwarming. We transferred one gorgeous 3.5 day embie and we are hoping for the best. Hopefully the IVIG and neupogen wash help us to finally get our baby. I got to babysit my adorable 3mo old niece yesterday, and my little man came with me to “help”. He has always feared babies. I think he finds them unpredictable and really doesn’t understand them. He held a baby for the first time yesterday, and I got to see a totally different side of him. He was so attentive and kept checking on the baby and was being bossy about how to prepare her bottles. If he gets to be a big brother, he’s going to be damned good at it. The fingers and toes are crossed, and I am cautiously optimistic. Since the reproductive immunology crowd is all about “inflammation”, I will be sticking with the paleo. I had been cheating on weekends, and wasn’t really too concerned because I was still feeling decent (tired but no other issues). Since becoming more informed about inflammation and immune response (which I want to avoid) I thought it was definitely important that I not cheat at the moment and stay committed to foods that aren’t known to cause inflammation. Since I gave up the occasional cheat, I lost another five pounds in a week. Go figure. Again, I wasn’t trying for it, but I don’t mind the side effects of paleo.
My RE and RI also both felt that working out did not impact whether or not the embryo would “stick” so I am going to continue with the barre workouts. They are very low impact, and are good for circulation. This is my fifth cycle, and I have sat on my butt for the last four, so maybe this will help. Who knows. There are so many variables, that I think I just have to do whatever makes me the most SANE!
My appointment was at 12:30, and time was crawling by, so I decided to make Chorizo Sweet Potato Home Fries. These are for my husband as he has been requesting that I make paleo leftovers for him to heat at breakfast (and other meals). It was an experiment that went very well. I threw an egg on top and ate some myself so that I could take the morning meds. This is a keeper recipe. Would probably be even better with paleo ketchup.
- 1 large sweet potato (the japanese sweet potatoes are white on the inside), cut into 1 cm cubes
- 1 lb ground chorizo (check the ingredients for non paleo items–I found mine at Nob Hill)
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1 medium red onion, diced or chopped
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp sea salt (to taste)
Cook the chorizo over medium high heat in a skillet. While the chorizo is cooking, cut up the sweet potato and onion. Remove the chorizo and set aside. Add coconut oil (or other paleo oil) to the skillet and add the potato and onion. Cook over medium-high heat until tender (but not so that it falls apart when stirring) and lightly browned. Add all remaining ingredients (except chorizo). Add chorizo and cook for an additional minutes. Serve plain or with eggs.