Remember the simpler times, before babies, when the fun was all in making the kids? I mean, don't get me wrong, I love every chubby inch of my toddler, but sometimes it'd hard not to think back on the days of trying to get pregnant. Or, TTC (trying to conceive), as all of those mom message boards and books have taught us to refer to that magical (annoying, heartbreaking, will-breaking, lesson-teaching) journey to creating a baby. It sounds so freaking bizarre, but despite the stress that accompanies trying to conceive a baby (and please believe, whether you're blessed with a total dearth of reproductive challenges, or a boatload, it's stressful), there is almost a nostalgic factor when I think about the excitement of the first pee of the day and the small fortune spent on pregnancy tests.
The whole "process" makes for an exciting time in general. You don't know when that sperm will finally make contact with an egg and even though you have to wait weeks to find out, it becomes something of a game. When you're trying to get pregnant in the conventional, man/woman, penis/vagina way, you're also letting everyone in your world know that you're having more sex than all of them combined, which probably isn't a feeling you particularly miss, but the sex itself at any random time wasn't the worst thing in the world.
Looking back, you probably can't believe you took all those afternoon romps for granted and almost abandoned some of the scheduled sex. Even though the end goal is a baby, the journey to that kid is what I find myself thinking about sometimes. It's the legs up in the air and peeing on a stick that stand out as some of the weirdest things you didn't realize you'd actually miss about trying to get pregnant. Who knew that the messiness and sometimes scientific aspects of trying to get pregnant would be things to look back on with heavy sighs of nostalgia?