Wednesday, July 22, 2009

SF seeks Mr.Right

The S of course, stands for shallow. Searching for a new donor has definetely brought out my superficial side. When Elizabeth and I were trying to use a known donor, or a donor that has identity release at 3 months, it was all about personality. Anyone who seemed like a nice guy was a potential donor in our minds. Appearance didn't matter all that much, we just wanted someone who would be good for our child. 

But now that we're using a traditional sperm bank and our child will have to wait until s/he is 18 to meet the donor, we've given up on the Mr. Nice Guy. I'm embarrassed to admit it, but this time it's all about appearance. Anyone under 5' 11" is automatically out. (I'm only 5' 2" and I want to give my kid some chance of being tall).  We're using Cal.ifornia Cry.obank, which lets you view staff impressions of the donors for free. If the staff member writing her impressions of the donor goes on and on about his sense of humor and politeness, I assume it's because she has nothing noteworthy to say about his appearence, so that donor falls to the bottom of my pile.  

Sometime this week, the CCB website began listing "celebrity look-a-likes" for each donor. Each donor has about 3 celebrities that they supposedly resemble listed on their profile. One of our donors who had looked good up until that point received the ax because the celebrity he resembles is Tom Hanks. Yikes. (On a side note, the celebrity look-a-like feature did provide some entertainment last night. The website also lets you select from dozens of celebrities, and will provide a list of donors that look like your chosen celebrity. Is there REALLY anyone out there who wants a donor that looks like Chuck Norris? ). Anyway, I discovered this new feature just one day AFTER I had shipped two vials of our new donor to the clinic. Fortunately, our donor supposedly resembles some good looking celebrities.  

At the scan this morning, I had a few good follicles, and my estradiol was at 876. So I trigger tonight, and have a date with my vials of Mr.Handsome at 6am Thursday morning.

13 comments:

Pufferfish said...

I love your honesty! When we were picking a donor from CCB, chicken wouldn't even consider them unless the staff comment had something about them being good looking! Ha! We also went with over 5'11 because we are also both 5'2.
You are not alone in this game!
We also called and talked to different staff members because it was very interesting to compare the responses they would give on the same guy...
I hope Mr. Handsome does the trick.

Lisa said...

Danielle and I are both tall and are snobs about guys under 5'10". Hey what ever happend to the girl who approached your male friend at a bbq to ask him to be a sperm donor (that was you right? I get my blogs mixed up sometimes).

poppycat said...

You totally lost me at Cal Cryo has celeb look alike matching. Now I have to go there NOW and find out about our donor. Check ya later!

poppycat said...

Ben Affleck and Brody Jenner. Not bad, not bad. That's a crazy feature! I held my breath as I looked it up. Yep, totally shallow I suppose.

Sarah said...

LOL my gf required 6'0", but apparently my engineering skills don't include converting inches to feet because we kept thinking our donor was 6'1" tall, and he was really only 5'11". Oops. He also had to have attractive-ish staff comments. My requirements were a little different. He couldn't sound like a moron in his essay, and his "hobbies" couldn't include anything like women or weightlifting. Fortunately, my gf didn't get pregnant the first time we tried (our chosen donor wasn't available so we had to make a last-minute decision). That donor's hobbies were 1) women 2) wine 3) weightlifting. Eww...the guy had to at least be someone I'd want to have a conversation with!

Pufferfish said...

OK, I went to CCB and checked our guy out. My opinion? No one I've ever heard of, but Smokin' HOT.
I love this feature!! Thanks for telling us about it.

alimis said...

I hope that your date went very well this morning and that you will get an positive stick in about two weeks!
I love that sperm banks do the whole staff impression thing. That is what I always looked at first when looking at any donor.

thebao said...

Oh my gosh I saw that feature too in their newsletter and RACED to Cali Cryo to check our donor out. Nada. I guess there are not a lot of famous Chinese men. Oh well. I guess I will have to go with the opinion of one of their staff people, who, when I asked about our donor, pulled up his pic and said "OH! He's one of our *good-looking* donors!"
I'm with you--the reverse sitch is kind of bizarre--searching for a donor who looks like a certain celebrity. Unless, I guess, you think your partner looks like a famous man.

thebao said...

Ack I just looked at your post again and saw the last paragraph. Hope your insemination went well, and I'm glad we'll be doing our TWWs together!

A said...

We use the CCB. Maybe my donor will have a look a like. That is very cool.

Jersey said...

omg...i didnt realize ccb had the celeb look alike! talk about hours and hours of fun entertainment (at work no less!!)

thanks for stoppin by and for sharing some great humor in your posts.

-jersey

Gayby Rabies said...

Hey Lisa-

Thanks for asking. Yeah, I was the one who had some guests at the BBQ ask a male friend (and my former potential KD) if he would be their donor. At the moment, he's avoiding them. Fortunately, he lives out of state so it's not too hard for him!

Growing up Clangley said...

i loved this post! we used fairfax and one of the questions they asked was if you resemble a celebrity and he said david duchovny - this was fine until the sex scandal! :)