Monday, February 28, 2011

Four Dresses

Last week I mentioned my four new dresses. I love them so much I decided you should see them!

Dress #1 - I already wore this one to work with a black cardigan and tall boots.


Dress #2 - I love that this dress had pockets!

Dress #3 - This one has pockets too and is loose fitting. It will be so comfy on a hot summer day!

Dress #4 - This one is my favorite! I'm channeling my style icon (Charlotte York from Sex and the City) in this pink number with a white cardigan and pearls! Sweet and innocent just like me... right?!

New Testament Challenge
Mon, February 28 - Mark 13
Tues, March 1 - Matthew 24
Wed, March 2 - Matthew 25
Thurs, March 3 - Matthew 26; Mark 14
Fri, March 4 - Luke 22; John 13
Sat, March 5 - John 14-17
Sun, March 6 -Matthew 27; Mark 15

P.S. - I added a search bar to the blog. This came about because I wanted to make the lasagna I posted the recipe for months ago but I didn't write it down. So I had to search through my posts trying to find it. So - now you can search for all posts that relate to recipes... or fertility... or injections... or whatever.

xxoo

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Classy Establishment

Last night two of John's soccer buddies talked him into entering a water pong contest. It was held at a sportsbar which will remain nameless. Let's just say that I was a little afraid for my life a couple of times. The people watching was the most entertaining part of the night.

After a couple of hours though I couldn't take the smokiness anymore. Thank goodness most buildings have banned smoking inside! I feel like I may have lost a year off my life from the second hand smoke! I'll try to keep some dignity for my little blog site so I won't post all of the pictures (such as two very unappealing women kissing and a no less than 50 year old woman booty dancing on the bar!)


John and his buds.

Here's a picture of the game. You try to ring a ping pong ball in cups across the table. This game is typically played in colleges and the cups are filled with beer. Luckily, they only put water in these cups and we weren't forced to drink them!

Axle Rose/Bret Michaels/Vince Neil spotting!


You would think this picture is about the guy sitting at the bar... oh no. Look closely at the background. There is a "toad" from Super Mario Bros singing a hard rock song on karaoke. So weird!

I don't think I'll be going back to this establishment, amusing as it was. I had to take a shower as soon as I got home and I'm hacking up a lung this morning! It was fun for one night though.

xxoo

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Dental History

Thanks for all of the emails about my new grill. Some of you may be wondering why I had to get crowns so I'll give you the short version. Surprise... surprise... my body is weird and I was born missing the two teeth on either side of the front teeth. For you dental people, I'm missing teeth numbers 7 and 10. So I had huge gaps between all of my top teeth until I was 15 when my mom finally got them fixed with bonding. Well bonding only lasts 8-10 years and is quite porous so they stain easily. Therefore, I decided to remove the old bonding and go for all porcelain crowns. I can't wait until the permanent ones are back so I can see the finished product.

On a sad note: The father of one of my besties, Leah (aka. LL), passed away yesterday. Please pray for her and her family to find peace.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Revelation 21:4

xxoo

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Before and After

Three hours in a dentist chair and here's the result:

Before




After



xxoo

Monday, February 21, 2011

Scared

I'm so nervous about tomorrow. I'm getting my new teeth... I know this sounds very Alabama of me. I'm getting my top, front, 8 teeth veneered (actually porcelain crowns because I grind my teeth and I could easily pop off a veneer.) I am so scared that I'm going to end up with big, white, square, horse teeth! Breathe Jaime! Not to mention that I'll be at the dentist office having my teeth drilled for THREE hours! I don't know why I keep paying (a lot of money by the way) to be in pain! First fertility; now this!

Think about me tomorrow morning while you're enjoying a cup of coffee or bagel.

xxoo

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Beautiful Weekend

This weekend was gorgeous in the deep south! It game me a severe case of Spring Fever! I bought four dresses on Saturday. Four! They were also pretty and I just couldn't choose. It's so hard for me to find a dress that fits me well and somehow I managed to find 4! I just had to buy them all... right?

Friday night we went bowling with some of John's soccer friends. I beat one of the guys so I'm feeling pretty good about myself. Today I cleaned the house while John went to Tristan's softball practice, his own softball practice and then his soccer game. Busy day for him! Lexi and I went to his soccer game for a bit to show our support.

New Testament Challenge
Today, Feb 20 - John 11
Monday, Feb 21 - Luke 17:11-18:14
Tuesday, Feb 22 - Matthew 19, Mark 10
Wednesday, Feb 23 - Matthew 20-21
Thursday, Feb 24 - Luke 18:15-19:48
Friday, Feb 25 - Mark 11, John 12
Saturday, Feb 26 - Matthew 22, Mark 12
Sunday, Feb 27 - Matthew 23, Luke 20-21

xxoo

Friday, February 18, 2011

Why oh Why

I went to the doctor this morning and my LEFT side is ready to go. I'm only Day 8! I wasn't supposed to come in until Day 10 but I know my left ovary and I figured it would overachieve. If my left ovary would slow down then my right one would ovulate at the appropriate time... Day 14. I had two follicles over there at the appropriate size for Day 8 but my left ovary thought it was day 13! SO - it looks like this month will be a bust. BOOO. I suppose there is still that 1% chance that the egg will mosey on over to the right tube but I'm not holding my breath.

Next month I'll use Lupron to suppress my ovaries for a couple of weeks before my cycle. Then, hopefully, my ovaries will progress at the same rate.

xxoo

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Book Club

We had book club tonight for East of Eden. It was a great book and I highly recommend it! It's an epic battle of good and evil that is eloquently written with rich imagery and deep rooted characters. I walk away with a better appreciation for life and love. I was pretty bummed that I had to leave early to come home and take my injection. We were just starting to get into the juicy details.

xxoo

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

21 Days???

I went back to the chiropractor yesterday. She said she wants me to do a cleanse. I said, "Oh yeah! I can do that! I just did one!" She asked how long I did it and I very proudly said 3 days. She gave me that "you poor dear" smile and said I need to do it for 21 days. 21 days!!! HAS SHE LOST HER MIND? I told her that I almost died doing it for 3 days! She also said it's helpful if the spouse joins in on the fun. I'm sure my super supportive husband will do this with me.... right? Ummm no. He said he would only eat fruits and veggies in front of me though. haha.

I told her I have to wait until we get back from Canada. There's no one I can do a cleanse while we're there!

xxoo



Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wow! You guys have been blowing up my blog today! I've had over 150 hits just today! Without further ado here are my results.

I started off the day right with a sweet kiss from my hubby and then only one stick at the doctor's office. I had no cysts and my levels were better than they have been with any injectable cycle. For those of you who know about these things...

FSH = 7.8 (The lower the better and mine is usually around 9-13)
E2 - 48.1 (They want this under 75 so all is good!)

I start injections tonight!! Woop! Woop!

John got me these beautiful tulips and is making his famous spaghetti sauce. I made him his favorite last night (pizza) and I'm making dessert tonight. Also we went out to eat Saturday night. This Valentine's Day has been a three day extravaganza!

The below is a picture of me at dinner Saturday night. I was giving the hubs a dirty look because he wouldn't put down his phone. Since he got his new toy I can't get him to leave it alone for a minute! I realized he was about to snap a photo so I quickly turned it into a smile.


xxoo

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Lexi's New Friend

Our neighbors who help us with Lexi just got their very own puppy. She's so cute! Lexi doesn't really love her yet but I'm sure they'll be best friends before we know it.


New Testament Challenge

Monday, Feb 14 - John 7-8
Tuesday, Feb 15 - John 9:1-10:21
Wednesday, Feb 16 - Luke 10-11; John 10:22-42
Thursday, Feb 17 - Luke 12-13
Friday, Feb 18 - Luke 14-15
Saturday, Feb 19 - Luke 16:1-17:10
Sunday, Feb 20 - John 11

Friday, February 11, 2011

Lots To Talk About

I have about 4 posts that I'm going to try to combine into this one. Bear with me...

1st - It snowed again in the Deep South. It has been a particularly frigid winter and I'm ready for some sunshine and warm weather. It's supposed to warm up over the weekend and I'm thankful for that! Here are some pics of a white Alabama.

2nd - Tristan had her 7th Grade School Dance tonight. She looked SO beautiful!! After the dance they're going to a party at a friend's house. To wrap up the evening they're going to see the midnight viewing of the new Justin Bieber movie. (Like OMG - It's going to be epic!!) I can't believe she's growing up so quickly!


3rd - Fertility News - Mother Nature came calling this morning so I have an appt with Dr. H Monday. If all goes well I'll start injections that night! EEK! We're really doing this again. I haven't decided yet but I think I'm going to be a little more private about it this time. I'm going to really work on positive thoughts and relaxing this go round. And when I post about everything it stresses me out to think about letting you guys down. I'll let you know Monday though if this cycle's a go and then I'll let you know if I ovulate on the right side. But after that, Mum is the word until the blood test! I hope you understand...

4th - I went to my life insurance physical this morning. The woman was extremely rude but she got it the first try! Hey... I can handle rudeness if I only get stuck once! After she got it she stood up and said, "Whew! I've never gotten blood from that spot." I'm glad she told me after the fact!

xxoo

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Chiropractor

This wasn’t my first trip to a chiropractor. Actually I’ve been many, many times to 4 different doctors. It’s crazy that they’re all chiropractors but all very different. I did like this new lady. She took a lot of time with me to try to tailor something special to my issues. However, while I was waiting for her, I noticed that her regulars were filing in and out at the rate of about every two minutes! So when I become a regular I’ll be paying $35/visit for 2 minutes? My accountant brain can’t fathom that! Also, they only take appointments 9-5 which means I need to leave work 40 minutes early to get there because they are all the way on the other side of 280! I want to give her a shot but I won’t be able to go see her more than once/week tops. We’ll see how she reacts to that. My Tuscaloosa chiropractor spent a good hour and a half on me every time I went. I would get massaged, electrodes and adjusted every visit. It’s hard to go from that to two minutes. But she has a high success rate for aiding in pregnancies and all of her regulars who walked out of there had HUGE smiles on their faces. So they must not feel ripped off.

I cracked her up once. I had to fill out a questionnaire and one of the questions asked me to rate my health and vitality on a scale from 1 to 10. I said I was a 9. So when she started going over all of my issues she flipped back to that page and said “You do realize that you ranked yourself a 9!” I said, “Yeah! All of my doctor’s say I’m the healthiest sick person they know. I rarely get sick and I feel pretty darn healthy most of the time!” She laughed and said that I’m definitely not a 9 but she likes my spirit!

xxoo

Monday, February 7, 2011

Emma

Sorry I didn't have time to post yesterday. Gloria emailed me asking for her Bible verses. I hope I didn't throw any of you off too much.

New Testament Challenge Week 3
Monday, Feb 7 - Matthew 9-10
Tuesday, Feb 8 - Matthew 14; Mark 6; Luke 9:1-17
Wednesday, Feb 9 - John 6
Thursday, Feb 10 - Matthew 15; Mark 7
Friday, Feb 11 - Matthew 16; Mark 8; Luke 9:18-27
Saturday, Feb 12 - Matthew 17; Mark 9; Luke 9:28-62
Sunday, Feb 13 - Matthew 18

Saturday night I went to meet a couple of the Supper Club girls. We had a lot of fun and it was what I needed to pull me out of my funky day. Here's a picture of my new jacket and one of HT and Stace messing around.

Sunday John spent 12 hours putting in a vanity in the main level bathroom and I babysat Emma. Here are a few highlights of our afternoon together.

She's running to give me a hug in this one! So sweet!
Yes... she has oreo all over her face. Auntie Jaime gives her anything she wants.

Here is the before and after shot of the new vanity. Canadian family - let John's dad know that he put it in all by himself. He's Mr. Handyman!


Funny story about the vanity - We saw this lovely at Costco and decided we needed it. We bought it and went to Home Depot to get a faucet. Then we saw another vanity that was smaller and thought it might be better. So John took this one back to Costco and went back to Home Depot to buy it. While he was there he realized that it wouldn't work because the pipes would show. So he went back to Costco repurchased this one. By the time he got there they were closed. Poor guy. He was so frustrated. He had to go Sunday morning to get it. I'm glad we got this one. It's a very nice piece with real granite and non-slamming wood doors. I'm happy. We just need to change out the hardware to the oil rubbed bronze and we'll be done.

xxoo

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Booooo!

The lady tried 3 TIMES to take my blood but it was a no go. I jumped up and down, had a heating blanket on my arm and was drinking tons of water... but she still couldn't get it. She blew the vein in my hand so it's bruised and sore. So frustrating! She asked if I could go to the office one day next week to get someone else to take it. Booo! AND - they canceled my massage. I had to reschedule for next Saturday. Double bummer!

I hope my dinner date with the girls is still on to turn around this terrible day.


xxoo

Friday, February 4, 2011

Everybody wants my blood

Thanks for the comments ladies! I'm working on keeping the faith. I really hope I can post a success story this year for all of my supporters!

Tomorrow we have a nurse coming by for our life insurance physical. We need to up our coverage so they're making us have a physical. Boo! Why is it that everybody wants my blood?? I told John to call them back and tell them to send the best blood taker they have... but he didn't. Not only is it scary that some stranger will be digging in my arm tomorrow but it will be at my house. That just seems weird! That's at 12 so I booked a massage for 3 pm. I feel like I'll deserve it! :) Then I'm meeting some of the Supper Club Girls for dinner. It feels like I haven't seen them in forever so I'm excited!

Happy Birthday to my Grandmama Rose! We love you!



xxoo

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Optimism

My appointment with Dr. H went really well today. She put some surgical strips on my incisions because they are still oozing. It was either the tape or a stitch so I voted tape. She also said that she had to remove quite a bit of endometriosis. She said I'm all cleaned out now and my tube looks good. I can start trying right away! She said to come in when I get my period and she'll do an ultrasound and blood work. If they check out then I can go ahead with an injectable cycle! Yay!

There was one thing I wasn't prepared for: her optimism. I started asking her about donor eggs and embryos and she stopped me. She asked why I'm thinking about those things. I told her that we've been trying 3 1/2 years and I thought it was about time to start talking about other options. But she told me I've really on had a few cycles where I've ovulated on the right side so she is very optimistic that I'll get pregnant. I didn't expect that. I thought these were last ditch efforts.

So... I'm taking my supplements, made an appointment with a chiropractor, and I'm trying to keep the optimism.

xxoo

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

John's New Best Friend

John got a new friend yesterday...
Picture from quickpwn.com
He's like a kid in a candy store!

I was reintroduced to an old friend... the internet. It's been down for a few days and it's amazing how lost you feel without it. I had to call my mom one night to check my gmail.

Fertility News: Tomorrow I have an appointment with Dr. H. Both of my incisions are still oozing so she definitely needs to check those. I feel like 3 weeks after surgery they should be pretty much healed! I'll also find out all of the stuff that John couldn't remember after my surgery. Maybe we'll iron out a game plan for the next few months too.

Finally... Since the internet was down yesterday I couldn't wish my nephew a Happy Birthday! So Happy Birthday a day late Austin!!
xxoo


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