Sunday, January 30, 2011
John has a soccer game today and I'm heading over to see my beautiful goddaughter. After that it's back to work so I can get started on our taxes. Yuck!
New Testament Challenge - Week 2
Sunday, 1/30 - John 5
Monday, 1/31 -Matthew 12:1-21; Mark 3; Luke 6
Tuesday, 2/1 - Matthew 5-7
Wednesday, 2/2 - Matthew 8:1-13; Luke 7
Thursday, 2/3 - Matthew 11
Friday, 2/4 - Matthew 12:22-50; Luke 11
Saturday, 2/5 - Matthew 13; Luke 8
Saturday, January 29, 2011
The group after dinner. Anna made chocolate molten lava cake! Yum!
Me and Anna!
Look closely at this picture.... what do you see? Yes - they are wearing their shoes AND Scott B has his foot on the coffee table! John conceded to wearing shoes but I thought he might lose it when there was a shoe on the coffee table. He did well though... I guess the wine didn't hurt. I kept looking at him to see if he was freaking out but he was fine. Way to roll with it John!
Thursday, January 27, 2011
John called me at work today to ask if we could have a dinner party Saturday night for some of his soccer guys and their wives. That was fine with me... I'd have all day Saturday to clean the house. BUT they decided to do it tomorrow night. EEEK! I had to rush to the store after work to buy some food and then clean like a crazy woman all night. I'll be preparing shrimp and grits again, because it was pretty easy and tasty, with green beans and a ceasar salad. And John is grilling some chicken kabobs for appetizers. Yummy!
And finally - We would like to wish John's Dad a very
We love and miss you!
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
I only planned to detox three days so I'll slowly start incorporating regular food back in my diet tomorrow. I decided to do this detox to kickoff a lifestyle change. I'm already a pretty healthy eater but lately I've been dipping into the candy jar a little too often. I'm addicted to chocolate and bread! At least I can admit it. I'm going to try to keep lots of fruits and veggies in my diet and maybe cut out the coke.... maybe.
Good thing my soul cleanse is going better. I haven't missed a day of reading. Yay!
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Also of note, we got Lexi groomed today. Isn't she so cute!!!
Finally - I want to wish my beautiful niece, Julia, a very
Monday, January 24, 2011
Here was my menu for the day in case you were wondering.
Breakfast = 1 glass water w/ lemon, 1/2 cup 100% rolled oats with a few craisins
Snack = 1 cup green tea and a banana
Lunch = Black bean salad and 1/2 cup of blueberries and strawberries for dessert
Snack = 1 cup green tea, 1 Apple, handful of carrots
Dinner = 1/2 cup 100% juice; sauteed squash and zucchini; salad w/ avocado, walnuts, blueberries, cucumber, carrots and a homeade dressing of lemon juice, vinegar and olive oil; one slice 100% whole wheat bread (Dinner was quite large!)
In total I probably drank about 80 oz of water today. I visited the potty about 472 times! But it's part of the cleansing process so it's worth it.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
I mentioned that the last time I did this cleanse was over two years ago. It was July of 2008 and I remember it vividly. I had suffered my first miscarriage in April and had a D&C. The doctor didn't retrieve all of the placenta so for three months I had been bleeding and my hcg numbers were coming down way too slowly. He was threatening another surgery to go in and remove the rest of the tissue since my body wouldn't finish the miscarriage on its own. I decided to do this cleanse and see how my body reacted. Two days into the cleanse I passed the remaining tissue and a week later my numbers were back down to zero. I can't say with 100% certainty that my body finally got in gear because of the cleanse but I know it definitely didn't hurt. I can't think of a better way to kick off this final year of trying for a baby.
The second detox is of a spiritual nature. I've decided to try to cleanse my soul by accepting our church's "New Testament Challenge". Today this really spoke to me. I've been picking up my bible and putting it down lately because I just don't know what to read. Should I just start with page 1? I didn't know so I would put it off until I could research the best place to start... Well now the church has provided daily scripture readings that are in chronological order. They're about 15 min/day for 92 days. I'm so excited! I'll post the scriptures for the week every Sunday so feel free to join me if your soul could use a little Spring cleaning too.
New Testament Challenge: First Week
Sun 1/23 - Luke 1, John 1:1-14
Mon 1/24 - Matthew 1, Luke 2:1-38
Tues 1/25 - Matthew 2, Luke 2:39-52
Wed 1/26 - Matthew 3, Mark 1, Luke 3
Thurs 1/27 - Matthew 4, Luke 4-5, John 1:15-51
Fri 1/28 - John 2-4
Sat 1/29 - Mark 2
Friday, January 21, 2011
The host for last night's event is a local photographer. Of all the nights to forget my camera!! We had the party at her studio and it was divine! There was a swing in the living room and antique furniture everywhere. So artistic. Which brings me to my next point... most of the ladies were artistic. One lady plays the violin in the Alabama Symphony, another lady is an artist, there was a lady getting her doctorate in nutrition, a photographer and a lady who designs toys. Yes like the movie Big! I felt so out of place as a boring accountant! But these ladies were a lot of fun and welcomed me with open arms. I look forward to our next get together. Next book - East of Eden. Hopefully I'll do better with this book!
When Anna invited me to Book Club she told me that two of the ladies have been struggling to get pregnant. I was really looking forward to meeting them so I would have someone who relates to my pain. BUT - both girls recently found out they're pregnant so there was lots of squealing and hugging at the party. I hate to admit that I was a bit disappointed. It would have been nice to have someone to share infertility issues with. On the bright side, hopefully I'll be able to announce my own pregnancy one day with hugging and squealing!
Fertility Note - My incisions are still "leaking" so I went to the doctor today to have them checked. She said they're fine and to keep them clean and covered and they should heal soon. I've been moving around too much since I've been working 10 hours/day. So I'm planning to lay around this weekend and let these suckers heal!
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
How is it that 3 out of 3 ended? I thought only 25% of pregnancies ended in miscarriage! It's so scary. Especially for someone who's jumping back into the game next month! I guess all we can do is pray, hope and have faith that our time will come soon.
Monday, January 17, 2011
Now it's time to start eating right, taking supplements and boosting my immune system. The last time I had surgery to remove endometriosis I got pregnant two months later. Let's hope and pray that this time will be the same!
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
My parents brought me some chicken noodle soup and crackers a little while ago so I'm feeling much better. I just need to lie perfectly still and nothing hurts.
I really appreciate all of your thoughts, prayers and kindness. AND a special thanks to Jess for the biscotti and book! Dr. H has me taking estrogen for the remainder of this cycle to rebuild my lining. If my lining cooperates then I should be able to try an injectable cycle next month! Woohoo!
Friday, January 14, 2011
I really appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers!
Thursday, January 13, 2011
I have to take a shower tonight and then rub my stomach down with an antiseptic cloth they gave me. This is new to my surgery routine. Anything to keep me from getting another infection is fine by me though! I was hoping to have my book club book "Catch 22" so I could read while I was waiting but the library still doesn't have it in. Bummer. If you guys have read it maybe you could give me the cliff notes.
I'll try to jump on tomorrow afternoon to update. It's supposed to be outpatient but she told me to bring an overnight bag just in case. You never know with me!
Monday, January 10, 2011
As most of you know, the South was hit with a terrible winter storm yesterday. We did not get the expected 3-5 inches of snow in our neck of the woods but, we were confined to our homes all day due to the ice. About a half inch layer of ice to be exact. It is amazing that a half inch of anything could cause this much chaos. However, it was nice to spend a day with the Hubs locked down in our house. We both worked from home a little but mainly sat around snuggling and watching TV. I love a snow day!
Sunday, January 9, 2011
But again... Mother Nature showed and dashed all hopes and dreams of my seemingly perfect cycle. I was really hoping that I would miraculously achieve pregnancy on my own over these 4 months we've been on a break. I am so tired of surgeries and hormones! However, now that my 4 months are up and I'm not pregnant, I am looking to the future with positivity. I have my surgery next Friday and the possibility of a few more injectable cycles. Please help me pray that this works!
P.S. - If you're wondering about the "name day" part - John is Greek and was named after Saint John. The below is an explanation from wikipedia...
In Greece and Cyprus, a name day feast is celebrated in a similar way to a birthday. According to the Orthodox Church, every day of the year is dedicated to the memory of at least one (usually more than one) saint or martyr. If someone is named after a saint, then there is a big celebration on his or her name day.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
You thought it was going to be a picture of me didn’t you? Oh contraire! The Hubs is definitely the over-reactor in our household. Let me set the scene: I’m upstairs doing laundry when out of nowhere I hear a screaming string of swear words. I run downstairs anticipating something horrible... surely only a severed limb would warrant that type of profanity and screaming. I prepare myself for the gruesomeness I’m about to see as I round the corner and there he is; standing in front of the TV with the remote in his hand. I look around to see what could have happened when another scream comes from his mouth and the remote is thrown to the couch. “What is wrong?” I ask and his reply is, “The %*%&$ TV won’t turn on! That’s the problem!!” Really? Really? I almost tumbled down the stairs trying to get down here to call 911 because you can’t turn on the TV? Really?
Another example: He received a phone call and this was his side of the conversation in a low, somber voice... “Hello? What? Oh no. Really? Jesus Christ... how could this happen? (long pause with a deep breath) I don’t know; I’ll have to call you back.” A million different things raced through my brain... is someone hurt, is someone sick, is someone (gulp) dead? I waited for him to hang up and then gave him a hug. I gingerly asked what happened and he started yelling about a nail in my tire! Seriously?? I thought something catastrophic had happened but it was about my tire??
While he overreacts about dumb things, he under-reacts about big things. Case in point – When we found out I was pregnant. I couldn’t look so I made him go in the bathroom and tell me what the stick said. He didn’t jump up and down or do a dance. He just said “Pregnant.” It was so underwhelming that I thought I didn’t hear him correctly and made him say it again. Where is all of the intensity and passion that I hear when he stubs his toe or gets caught in some traffic? He’s a crazy man but I love him to pieces... even when he is firing a slew of profanities at the poor, unsuspecting TV.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Fertility note: My surgery is fast approaching. I'm starting to get a little nervous. I've had 5 surgeries in this trying-to-conceive journey but this one seems a little more invasive. She may have to make as many as 4 incisions. I will definitely have one through the belly button, one over the pubic bone and one over my right ovary. There may be another one over the left ovary which, in that case, would certainly give me one solid bruise throughout my entire abdomen. Ouch. But I'll endure it! This is my last year and I'm trying everything. I'm making an appointment with a recommended chiropractor and acupuncturist this month as well. No holds barred. It's on! I don't want to have any regrets for something I didn't try. If we find that we need to move on to other options I want to know that I did EVERYTHING! So please say a prayer next Friday (LL I know you're prepared) that I will come through surgery with a healthy uterus, right tube and right ovary so we can try a few injectable cycles this year.
On a different prayer note: For those of you who prayed for our anonymous family member suffering a health battle... this person is doing much better. This person still has a long way to go but we are very encouraged by the progress made. Thank you so much for your support!
Saturday, January 1, 2011
2010 produced some great moments and special memories but it also brought lots of heartache and turmoil. So I'm ready to start another year! Hopefully 2011 will be our year... the year we finally conceive, carry and give birth to a healthy baby. I'm shedding the hurt and fears from 2010 and ushering in 2011 with hope and optimism! Welcome 2011!!
Last night the hubs and I went to a friends house to celebrate. It was pretty low key... we ate some great food, played Rock Band, and had a special midnight toast.
You may have noticed that I'm wearing short sleeves. Alabama's identity crisis continues! Last weekend it was snowing and this weekend it was 70 degrees! Crazy!
Today we're watching Alabama roll over Michigan State, taking down our Christmas decorations and eating some wings and our lucky black eyed peas. We need all the luck we can get!!
Cheers to 2011! John and I hope that you and your family have a fabulous year!