Sunday, January 30, 2011

Lazy Weekend

This has been a low key, lazy weekend. It's been wonderful! John and I spent all day yesterday together doing a whole bunch of nothing. We walked around Costco, got a pizza, rented a movie and chilled on the couch. Sweet Bliss! I also had a massage today. ahhhh!

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

xxoo

Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Scotts

John invited two of his friends, Scott and Scott, and their wives over for dinner last night. I am so happy that I get along so well with these wives. Until recently, John and I have lived separate friend lives. I have my friends and he has his; the two rarely intermingled. However, I have recently become friends with Anna who is the wife of Scott F. She's the one who invited me to Book Club... (I'm loving East of Eden by the way)! They are fellow DINKs (Duel Income No Kids) which means they're free at the last minute to hang out or take a weekend trip. Also like us - they're trying to have a baby. She has a heart condition which requires a pacemaker so it's quite risky for her to carry a baby. It requires a lot of planning by her cardiologist and high risk OB. We had a great time so I'm glad John decided to have a last minute dinner party!

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!

xxoo

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Chocolate

I decided I would let myself have a piece of chocolate today. Just one piece... fast forward 30 minutes later and I was bug eyed and geeked out on a pound of chocolate covered almonds! Maybe it wasn't a pound but it was way more than one piece. Oh well... I'll try again tomorrow.

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
HAPPY BIRTHDAY
!


We love and miss you!

xxoo

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Day 3

Ok. Ok. I cheated a little... Just a little! I had a slice of cheese on my my 100% whole wheat toast! I know it's appalling! I wasn't going to cheat but John cheated so I broke. He took Tristan out for their date tonight and she wanted to go to Wings. So he's cheating BADLY. He's going down in flames! He did NOT enjoy his three days!

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!

xxoo

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Day 2

Two days down! Today wasn't nearly as hard as yesterday. I only wanted to cry three or four times for some chocolate and I barely even thought about a coke. I think I'm going to make it. I will beat this detox!

Also of note, we got Lexi groomed today. Isn't she so cute!!!
Finally - I want to wish my beautiful niece, Julia, a very
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

xxoo

Monday, January 24, 2011

One Day Down

I have one day down on the detox diet and I didn't cheat once. It got a little hairy around 3pm when I desperately wanted some chocolate. One of my coworkers came and offered me a Hershey Kiss. I might have been a little light headed but I could have sworn I heard angels singing as the skies opened and a ray of light shone down on her hand. Sweet, delicious chocolate! I don't know how but I resisted the temptation. Just two more days. I can do this!

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.

xxoo

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Detox

I have two new projects starting this week that both include detoxifying. First, John and I have decided to do a physical detox or cleanse for three days starting tomorrow. It's my own variation of a detox diet I found on an alternative medicine website. We can only eat fruits, veggies, nuts and black beans for three days. It doesn't seem like it would be too hard but I did this two years ago and it was REALLY hard for me. I'm used to drinking a coke every day and having some chocolate when I want it. None of that! John says he's doing it for a week but we'll see if he can make it that long. My variation on the diet includes one slice of whole wheat bread per day because I don't like cutting bread completely out of the diet... even if it is only for three days.

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

xxoo

Friday, January 21, 2011

Book Club

I went to Book Club for the first time last night even though I didn't finish the book. I tried! I really did! But Catch 22 was quite possibly the most boring book I have ever read! SNORE! So I got to page 55 and decided that life is too short to read one more sentence of this book! I went to Book Club thinking that I would be the only loser who couldn't finish. However, out of the 8 ladies who were there, only one of them finished! I felt so much better!

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!

xxoo

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Heartbreak x 3

Over the last two months I have learned that three of my friends/relatives were pregnant. Of those three pregnancies all have ended tragically. Two were miscarriages and one was an ectopic. Since I have had both a miscarriage and an ectopic pregnancy I know exactly how these women feel. Ladies, if you're reading, my heart aches for you and I pray that you heal emotionally and physically.

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.

xxoo

Monday, January 17, 2011

75%

I'm back to about 75% and hope to be even better tomorrow. I've been up, moving around today and worked from home for a few hours. I think I'll be ready to go back to work tomorrow.... if I have to.

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!

xxoo

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Daddy/Daughter Day

John took Tristan to Atlanta Saturday morning and came back this afternoon. They went to see Beauty and the Beast last night and then the Aquarium today. He said they had a GREAT time!


xxoo

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Ouch!

I think I may have spoken too soon yesterday. The local anesthesia wore off last night and I'm pretty darn sore. And this gas they pumped into me is still causing lots of pain. When I rollover from one side to the other, it feels like my insides are shifting. You can actually hear gurgling sometimes too. To top if off, the antibiotic made me sick this morning so I ended heaving the smoothie John made for me. It was definitely better going in than going out!

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!

xxoo

Friday, January 14, 2011

Still Kicking

Maybe I'm not literally kicking but I did make it home. She only had to make two incisions which was great but I'm still really sore. It's from that stupid gas they pump into you during surgery. It feels like my insides are shifting every time I move. However, the actual surgical sites aren't feeling too badly so hopefully this gas will dissipate soon..

I really appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers!

xxoo

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Surgery

My surgery is tomorrow at 5:15am! 5:15AM! Ridiculous! According to LL it's just better to go ahead and get it over with so I can start healing. I guess that's the way I'll look at it!

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!

xxoo

Monday, January 10, 2011

Ice, Ice, Baby



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!

xxoo

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Another Month Bites the Dust

I did it again. I let in the hope last cycle. It was all going so perfectly. I ovulated on Christmas morning (the day we celebrate a miracle birth) and I'm 75% sure it was from the right side. Usually I feel myself ovulate but last month I didn't. Then I remembered when we were going through the injectable cycles and how I could only feel the left side ovulate. When I ovulated from the right side I never felt it. So when my temperature rose Christmas morning I was elated. Then it snowed "magic" snow. Another sign! In my lifetime it has never snowed on Christmas Day in Birmingham. And the final sign was that mother nature was due to arrive on John's name day. What a wonderful present for him if she would have stayed home and I could have given him a positive pregnancy test!

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.

xxoo

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Meet the Over-reactor


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.

xxoo

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Busy Bee

The year has started with a frenzy! I have been smacked in the face with my first busy season in three years! I'm not used to this! However, it really doesn't compare to the ABSOLUTE RIDICULOUSNESS that was KMPG so I shouldn't complain. Working until 6:30 or 7 every night pales in comparison to the drama of working all night, going home to take a shower only to get back in the car to drive back to work. I just got spoiled at my old job by not EVER having to work overtime. I know that it's par for the course of being an accountant that you're going to have some overtime so I'll have to pull on my big girl pants and get it done.

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!

xxoo

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Hello 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!
xxoo

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