Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Special Past Family Moments.

Ya know. My family sings an awful lot for a family that includes me, someone who cannot carry a tune in a bucket... haha!

Which brings me to the next story...

My wonderful and oh so goofy family!

I am one of four children. Life was hectic. Especially when it was time for us to actually go somewhere, all six of us. {My parents did not divorce until I was 16 years old.} When one of us was running a bit behind, yes it was usually me..., the tune would break out and it would certainly motivate you to get your butt moving!

"Here we sit like birds in the wilderness, birds in the wilderness, birds in the wilderness. Here we sit like birds in the wilderness waiting on _________ to hurry up. Waiting on __________ to hurry up."

And you repeat. And repeat. And repeat some more. Heck. You repeat until the person gets their butt there! This little tune would certainly get annoying and sometimes pissed off _______ , the person being waited on.

Yet it is these otherwise stupid memories I have of my family that I love and hope to pass along to our children... The quirky-ness that comes in being in a family that enjoys life!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Make-Up.

At what age is it required that you wear make- up when going out in public? I mean, really? Is there some sort of rule that once you hit X age, you must wear at least the basics {Concealer, Foundation, Powder, Mascara, lip gloss/lipstick, a little eye shadow or blush}. Heck. I do not even know what the 'basics' are!

Here is my dilemma... Make-up and myself do not exactly get along. I've tried cheap stuff. I've tried the high end expensive stuff. Make-up HATES me! My skin itches after I've worn it for only a few hours. Certain mascara and eye make-up actually cause my eyes to swell almost to the point of inability to open them.

So. My question... Am I getting to the age where my morning routine exists more than just applying face lotion and going??? Should I start wearing make-up and just deal with the symptoms?? Do you realize how much money we have spent for me to "try" various brands??? AHHH!!!

Yes. I am starting to feel old once hitting this magic 25...

Monday, September 28, 2009

Double Oat Breakfast Cookies! {YUM YUM!}

I found this delicious recipe via Journey to Jose's post she made on September 1! I am so mad at myself for holding off on trying it for so stinking long!!! It is messy and it does look intimidating for a newbie cook like myself but totally worth the mess!

The original recipe does not call for Flaxseed but I wanted to add it anyways. {And we did not add raisins.} :-) The only other ingredient that would have made these absolutely to die for would have been chocolate pieces... We ate on these for a long while! So good and although we are on Phase 1 of the South Beach Diet, most of the ingredients are Phase 2 approved {will have to find an alternative to the white flour...} so we're excited to have them in the house again in a couple weeks! :-)


1/2 cup butter (softened)
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup water
1 egg
1 Tbsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup raisins
3 cups round toasted oat cereal

Preheat oven to 375. Mix butter and peanut butter together. Add sugar, baking soda, and salt. Beat until combined. Beat in water, egg, and vanilla until mixed. Add flour and oats. Mix by hand when mixer gets too hard. Stir in raisins and cereal. Bake for 10-15 minutes.

Store in air tight container for up to 5 days of freeze for up to three months.

Instead of making them into cookies, we cut them into bars. Eh. All tastes the same. :-)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Financial Peace University.

Thanks to Dave Ramsey, tons of people are reclaiming their lives and getting out of debt!

Charles and I started the Financial Peace University (FPU) back in April 2008 {Before we moved to MO}. Only like six weeks into it, we learned that we would be spending the next three months apart while he was in Oklahoma City, OK for training and I remained in GA and then in MO establishing a new home for him to come to.

We have finally, over a year later, dug back into it... This time, we just read thru it ourselves instead of attending the once weekly seminars and began putting into practice the worksheets. After many hours {yes, HOURS!} of figuring, re-figuring, and figuring again how our expenses and salaries work together yet against each other. I'm excited for this.

We have a new goal and although student loans will forever be there, we hope that other areas will be debt free and we will learn to make better financial decisions! :-)

As Dave Ramsey says, "Live like no one else now so that we can live like no one else later!"

Today was the first time grocery shopping while using the 'Cash Flow' plan. We have allotted ourselves $100 a week for groceries and toiletries. I have carefully planned out a week's menue (We're back on the South Beach Diet in hopes of weight loss and conception will occur!) so planning for three meals a day plus two snacks a day with an optional 'dessert' for his sweet tooth took just about forever to do! I did it though! Maybe I'll share the weekly menu on another post...

So, after having our menu and then scouring for some coupons to co-inside with the menu, we headed to Walgreens first. We were pretty excited when we walked out spending $9.27 on 15 items but we saved $7.18 by using coupons and sales! For our first time doing this, we were pretty excited and ready to hit up Schnucks for the rest of the items!

Then we headed to Schnucks... Me with the calculator, grocery list, and pen to write out the cost of everything next to the item so we could keep a running total to ensure we did not go over our $92.00 left for this week! Charles pushed the cart and calculated the cost of all the items. It took us a long while in there...

Unfortunately, we only had one coupon {it sucks that coupons do not exist -that I know of anyways- for fresh produce which is all we buy when on the South Beach Diet...} but still I think we did pretty good with the amount of fresh stuff we got! We purchased 37 items for a grand total of $85.15!

Now, I just need to stick to the menu that is planned and this week shall go rather smoothly...

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Worst Vote...

EVER! As in, this video portrays the most irritating commercial ever to me!!! This commerical just irks me! Anyone else??? I guess it's a good thing I do not have AT&T and thus ultimately profiting this commerical... :-)

Friday, September 25, 2009

My First Giveaway Winner!!!

Although the FIRST Giveaway is over, another giveaway will be held for some great items soon!


And the results are in! Congrats Melissa on winning My First Giveaway! E-mail {MSwann2003@gmail.com} me your information and start checking your mailbox for the items!

And don't forget! You can still get 10% off your purchase when you use Autumnblog at Fairhaven Health!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Missing my Pops...

One of my all time favorite stories is with my Pops {my dad's dad}. The little time that I remember having with him, was always fun filled! He would play 'Western' games with my younger brothers where you start out with your backs to each other, walk out X amount of steps and then turn to shoot the other person. Oh the boys loved this...

Since I was the only girl, I was privileged with getting my own room with a full size bed {The large bed was needed as I slept so crazy all over the bed that I would sometimes even fall out of bed. I know. Hilarious.} However, whenever we had guests stay over, it was always me who lost my bedroom and was demoted to sleeping on the floor in my parents bedroom. This always sucked as I had no privacy. As a girl with three brothers, I needed my privacy! Just some place to get away from those horrid ew boys! haha!

Well, when Pops and Grandma stayed with us, although I lost my bed I gained fond memories. All four of us kids {mostly just us three younger ones} and Pops would lay in the bed from oldest to youngest. We would all sing...

"There were Five in the bed and the littlest one said, Roll over. Roll over. {Out went Pops} So they all rolled over and one fell out, now there are four in the bed and the little one said, Roll over. Roll over. {Out went Matt, my oldest brother} So they all rolled over and one fell out there were three in the bed and the little one said, Roll over. Roll over. {Out went me} So they all rolled over and one fell out there were two in the bed and the little one said, Roll over. Roll over. {Out went Ryan, the middle younger brother} So they all rolled over and one fell out there was one in the bed and the little one said, Goodnight. {Baby Brother Daniel grins and snuggles into bed, owning it!}"

We would do this over and over and over again. Always with Pops. It was never the same when mom or dad tried to do it... Then Pops died. Oh how that day was horrible! I love this memory though and hope to one day share it with our children with their Pops {my dad}.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

My Vote for...

The Best Wedding Entrance, EVER!!!!

How much fun! And Unforgettable! And amazingly aweome is this???



And if that interests you... Check out the couple's website. Just real basic but neat that they are giving back from all the exposure their fun Wedding Entrance has given them!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Ferning!!! {And a Giveaway, my first!}

***GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED***

I decided that although we are on an obsession based break from trying for a baby, I still cannot help but wonder when I am ovulating and all...

I have picked up a few times the Fertile Focus Saliva Scope from Fairhaven Health I received a couple months ago just to see if anything is going on within this crazy body of mine. Lately, it's been big fat nothing! NADA. I began to wonder if I A) was not using it properly or B) I was broken or C) it was broken.

Then it happened!

This afternoon I decided to give it a whirl... I placed my saliva on the glass and took the dogs outside for a little sunshine {sorry to rub it in to those of you in the South who are being drenched with rain} and fresh air. When I came back, I saw it!

It was beautiful to look at!!!! Ferning like I've never {obviously} seen before!!!! It looked like little crystals before my eyes under a green light! I wish I could take a photo of what my ferning looked like but due to the high resolution and itty bitty eye opening, I cannot. So instead, you'll have to have a view of photos thanks to google image search. :-)

The top is what I have been seeing. Nothing. I never saw the transitional... Mine went right to a beautiful {much prettier than the 'fertile' ferning on this image} ferning image!!! I will continue testing over the next few days to see what happens but am pretty darn excited about this!!!!

Since I am so very excited, I'm going to do my very first giveaway!!!!

If you, or someone you know is thinking about trying to have a baby or currently trying to get pregnant, these resources are just what you need! The winner will receive a pregnancy wheel from Fairhaven Health and the book, The Ovulation Method: Natural Family Planning!

The winner will be chosen at random from an automated system. All you need to do is leave a comment {about anything really} but be sure to include an e-mail address where you can be reached if you are the winner!

Giveaway will close Friday September 25, 2009! Thinking Fertile thoughts!

***GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED!***

ETA: You can purchase items from Fairhaven Health by using the coupon code Autumnblog for a 10% off discount

Sunday, September 20, 2009

"Dreams are hard but dreams can live" - Ann Kiemel

Unfortunately, I went to Target tonight to pick up a heart felt sympathy card for a dear family member of mine who was recently diagnosed with Stage 3 Lung Cancer. In reading every single card, I accidently came across this sympathy card. Already with tears in my eyes with just the thought of my uncle batteling this and my aunt right by his side, I read more cards.

Then I came across this one... Really? Why?

"Thinking of you at this difficult time. Knowing how much this pregnancy meant makes news of your loss that much sadder for everyone who cares about you..."

Who in the world thought it would be appropriate to put a sun on the inside of this card? Really??

"Even though it feels like there isn't anything anyone can say or do to make the grieving easier, these loving healing thoughts are being sent your way."

*Insert full blown tears here*

I come home to read up on some blogs... I came across Kelly's Korner whom I do not actually follow. I occassionally read her blog as it always seems to be uplifting and real. I scrolled down a bit and came across her post entitled Never Give Up. She posted a link to Focus on the Family's broadcast with Ann Kiemel and her story on Never Giving up... It is just what I needed to hear right now! Listen. Amazing. Encouraging. A reminder of what I needed.

Click on the link below and then click Listen Now. Sit back and enjoy.

http://www.listen.family.org/daily/A000002160.cfm

Totally Bummed.

So I was supposed to leave Saturday afternoon on a jet plane to head to Florida for the week... I was going to spend time with my Grandma, my long seen cousins, one of my brothers, and my mom. :-(

Unfortunately {yet maybe, unknowingly, fortunately?}, I have not fully recovered from the "Adverse Drug Reaction" and thus did not feel comfortable enough to fly... So I cancelled my trip. I am so bummed about this.

I keep thinking that maybe God is protecting me from something that would have happened? You know. Like when you're running late and then get stuck behind a horrible accident that just happened on the Interstate and you can't help but wonder if you had actually left when you were supposed to, would you have been involved in that accident? Maybe, I'll never know, something would have happened but now that I am not going it will not... Trying to find the silver lining as I am pretty bummed about this... :-(

Hopefully sooner rather than later I will be able to get down there!!!!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Free Therapy = FUN!

Lately, I've been very interested in couponing and frugal shopping. Well, I was introduced just this last week to this wonderful website! Frugal Fun and Fortune. I LOVE the writer of this blog!!!!

Just today...

I marked my calendar for September 24, 2009 from 5 - 8pm Cold Stone Creamery is giving Free 3oz Jack's Creation Ice Cream when a donation is made to Make-A-Wish!

I got a free {okay, it is going to cost me $0.08 when it is delivered to my door on Monday!} item from Schwan's!

Got a year subscription to The Taste of Home for $2.00!!!

I printed out my certificate to The Picutre People {my once-upon-a-time-best-friend and I went there on a whim and got some great photos!} for a FREE Portrait Package to include one 8x10, two 5x7s, and eight wallet sized portraits of the same image {that is the catch...}! No sitting fees or session fees... Just FREE! {No new baby required. Good thing!}

I signed up for the Home Made Simple coupon book with $35 in savings!

I read more deals from Publix {yes, only Publix is participating in these certain deals} and had a moment of silence becuase I miss Publix dearly... Just FYI- for whoever said they spent more at Publix than Wal-Mart is out of their mind! We often spent about the same but loved the quality, clean-ness, and customer service you got at Publix! Now how I long for a Publix and their deals...

I printed out the following coupons from Target and hope to find the same items on clearance or really close to! {Talk about great stocking stuffers for all the kiddies in our life!}

Hasbro Hungry Hippos game (travel size) $4.99
Use $4 printable
99 cents after coupon!

Leapfrog Tag Reading System (on clearance at some stores) $12.48
$10 printable coupon
$2.48 after coupon

When I feel up to heading out, I'll stop by a pet speciality store to hopefully redeme my coupon I clipped from the Sunday newspaper a week ago for one FREE Freshpet Select Homestyle Product. {It's in a refridgerated section is says...} The dogs would appreciate a little treat and I would appreciate that it's FREE! :-)

I'm really starting to get excited about couponing and saving a ton of money! So go check out the Frugal Fun and Fortune blog and check out the links to the savings I have included on my blog! :-)

Metformin.

I finally agreed to give Metformin a go after the appointment with the new Endocrinologist {that I waited three months for} and Dr. Simkes {the new ob/gyn} both highly recommended I go on Metformin although my levels checked out. Me being PCOS {again}, this was the 'magic answer'.

I humored them. I hoped that this would finally be the missing piece and we would end up pregnant as close to naturally as possible. I mean, it is a $4 prescription. Ubber cheap unlike everything that has to deal with Infertility!

I started Metformin on September 4, 2009. I took it just after dinner. I was told to start with 500mg a day and if after a week my symptoms are under control to add another 500 mg a day until I am up to three times a day. Strict orders were not to move up until the symptoms were under control though...

Expecting the worst. I highly anticipated my time on the long weekend was to be spent in the bathroom going diarrhea. Instead, I was constipated. {I am Mrs. Regular! Constipation is not my friend, at all!!!!} I had extreme nausea where even the thought of food made me have to concentrate on not throwing up! The thought of food rarely came as I had absolutely no appetite! I hardly ate. Go figure the weight loss I experienced {12 pounds from the last Dr visit to Tues this week}. You do lose weight when you hardly eat...

These GI symptoms were fine for me to deal with. It began Wednesday, September 16, 2009 {12 days into the new meds} when I first experienced it. Shortness of Breath. I had never experienced this before and it totally freaked me out! I was at work and thankfully the boys were napping so I could have a mini freak out time. I had to really concentrate on my breathing. In and out. Thru my nose then out thru my mouth. I just did not feel right. The shortness of breath happened after any minimal exertion.

I said something briefly to hubby thinking it was a fluke. It happened again and again. Wednesday night, I decided to google the Metformin side effects to see if it was still normal for me to have the GI issues I was having and in such extremes. This is when I came across the information that Metformin had a direct linkage {unusual occurrences and mostly in those with predisposed medical disorders} with Lactic Acidosis. I was fearful I had this...

I went to bed and worked Thursday. Still feeling pretty bad but making it thru fine. I went back and forth on "should I go to the Dr or should I wait it out" thought process. I decided to go to the store and get some Smart Water as if I was having Lactic Acid issues, this would certainly not hurt.

Friday morning, I woke up and felt really bad. Just could not get the thought out of my mind about Lactic Acidosis and my shortness of breath... I called the Nurses' line with our insurance company. After several questions, rundown of my medical history, current medications, and current symptoms I was told to hang up and call 9-1-1 to be seen immediately. I was asked if I could just drive to the ER? She said no, I want you to call 9-1-1 and start treatment immediately. Wow. Okay.

I walk to the living room to tell hubby {he had Friday off} about the phone conversation. He was eating breakfast and was taken aback by it. He asked if he could finish eating. I said yes. He asked if he could get in the shower? I said yes. He asked if I was going to take a shower, I said no that I did not feel like I should exert anymore energy than needed.

We headed to the ER. {Yes. We drove. Against the Nurse's orders.} Me freaking out even more as I was not expecting to be told that it could be this serious. Thankfully we waited a whole 16 seconds before I was taken back. Immediately I had three nurses taking vitals and asking questions. The Dr came back and said it certainly sounds like the Metformin is the culprit to immediately stop it {I did that on Wednesday}. After blood work, chest x-ray, and monitoring my CO2 and O2 levels I was discharged and instructed to call back around noon for the Lactic Acid blood work results but that he did not believe I had it due to my CO2 and O2 levels remaining normal.

The Dr questioned when all this started... After much explanation, I reassured him {and myself} that I had the symptoms before I learned about Lactic Acidosis! I was not imagining the inability to feel as though I could get a deep breath. I was not imagining feeling just off. I was not imagining like I had no appetite. I was not imaging the nausea so much I would sometimes run to the bathroom dry heaving. None of this I was making up...

At noon I called and was told that the Lactic Acid results were indeed normal and again he said that it was an "Adverse Drug Reaction" and stay away from the Metformin. I was instructed to rest and keep hydrated and that I should be feeling much better before the weekend is over. I am very happy that it is not the Lactic Acidosis and something that just needs to run it's course. If it were not for the Shortness of Breath, I would not have worried about the side effects.

Actually, I read that when starting Metformin {Because this Lactic Acidosis is so serious}, you should have your electrolyte levels checked 1-2 weeks after starting it... Never once have I heard of people having their levels checked nor did any of my current better yet all the previous doctors who wanted to put me on it say anything about this side effect!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Adverse drug reaction.

Details to come later... Adverse reaction to a new medication i tried. Go figure. Thankfully not what i initially thought it was but that is a okay by me to have something less serious! Stopping that med and hoping for the best...

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Hypnosis for Fertility?

We may not be pursuing any treatments but that does not mean I can continue to read up and learn about Fertility improving methods, right? :-)

On the news this week, I head another story on how Hypnobirthing helped women get thru labor and delivery without any pain medications, just how they desired. This intrigued me as although I have like very little pain tolerance, I hope to have a delivery with little medical intervention as possible.

Back to Fertility improvements...

The story went on to say how these hypnosis can help with boosting ones Fertility too! Really? How??? Anyone tried this?? Success?? Thoughts?? I'm up for trying just about anything right now!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Cancer.

Cancer seems to happen in waves around me. In those I love and the loved ones of my loved ones. Sometimes the Cancer is fought and beat! Sometimes the Cancer is just too strong and takes the life of a dear loved one.

I have cried with friends and family when this dreaded C word is said. It is not fair!

I had my first, and hopefully last, scare with Cancer myself in December 2003.

I went to the Dermatologist as I had an abnormal mole on my upper right chest area that Charles had noticed and said it was cause for concern. After asking my PCP about it, was told it was nothing but to have it removed since it bled from time to time with the annoyance of my bra strap.

Early December, I had it removed and they preformed a biopsy. The phone call came very quickly thereafter.

I had Basal Cell Carcenomia. A form of Skin Cancer.

I just could not believe this! WHAT? How?

I am fair skined. Blue eyes. Would wear sun screen a lot of the time.

Then it dawned on me.

Just a few months earlier I had this weird rash on my body. After going to {a different} PCP I was diagnosed first wrongly diagnosed with a yeast infection and ultimately correctly diagnosed with a rare for of psorisis. He had to pull out the books and was comparing the photos to my lovely rash and everything. It was a great experience. haha!

Anyways. He said the best treatment would be for me to hit the tanning beds until it cleared up. {I had NEVER been in a tanning bed before!} I did. And only a couple times as I just did not like them.

I was told that the Basal Cell Carcenomia would not kill me itself. If I were to die, it would be becuase it got infected and the infection itself would kill me instead. It was suggested that I have Moe's Surgery to ensure that all the Basal Cell Carcenomia was removed without any additional scarring.

Needless to say, when I got off the phone, I bawled my eyes out! I was freaking out! How could I, at only 19 years old, have a form of skin cancer???

Just a couple days later, I was having my first surgery {outpatient but still! It was surgery!}. As I sat in the waiting room with my husband {of only 4 months}, my mom, and my dad I popped the Valium to relax me. I saw a guy walk in the back door who, to me, resembled Adam Sandler an awful lot! I verbilized that if he was the Dr doing Moe's Surgery on me that I was NOT going to let an Adam Sandler look alike cut me in any way!

It was indeed the Dr {Supposed to be a specialist who only performs these Moe's Surgeries} and in full medical scrubs he looked nothing like Adam Sandler. His assistant did have a horrid smell to him... You could obviously tell he had been smoking and did not let it all air out before coming back in to be five inches from my face!

Thankfully though, Charles was able to be back with me and kept me distracted and calm. :-) I believe only two layers were needed before all the basal cell carcenomia was removed and I was off to heal up. I {am supposed} to go once a year to the Dermatologist for a lovely skin analyzer for the rest of my life.

{{WEAR SUNSCREEN and AVOID TANNING BEDS!!!}}

Unfortunately, I know of people who are batteling Cancer that is much, much, more serious than I had a glimpse at.

My Grandma in particular.

Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers as she continues her chemo treatments and hopefully will beat this cancer once and for all! I am fortunate that I am able to head down to spend some much needed time with her this next week as it has been almost five years since I last saw her... And then, it was not under the best of circumstances due to other family member's health concerns.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

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Friday, September 11, 2009

I will never forget...

September 11, 2001 is a day I will never forget... I hope no one does forget.

I was a {Senior} in high school. Actually, I was sitting in {History of all classes} class when the news arrived. All the TVs were turned on as we sat in horror. I think that was the quietest I have ever heard my school get. Within moments, we heard disruption in the hallway. Our teacher opened the door to see what was going on when a girl student went screaming and crying down the hallway... Later we learned that her dad was supposed to be in the Twin Towers for work. I do not know how the situation ended though.

Changing classes... Here I did not really have a class as I was just an office helper so I spent this class sitting with teachers who were not with students this period as well. One in particular, he son was working in the Pentagon... It seemed as forever had passed as she attempted calling him at work, on his cell, and reaching him via e-mail. When the moment came and he sent her an e-mail saying he was okay, she completely lost it.

Later that day, I learned that my cousin was actually in the Upper East Coast area as he was on his way to the Twin Towers for work when he heard the news and promptly turned around. Thank God for his delay that day...

So many of the same stories yet each one is important as each and every person deserves to share their story.

The images. The voices on the 9-11 recordings. The loved ones.

I will never forget...

The victims who lost their lives that day. Will never be forgotten.

The heros who lost their lives that day. Will never be forgotten.

September 11, 2001. The day Terriorst hoped to destory our beautiful country. Instead, we became stronger and bonded together more. The beautiful United States of America in which I proudly live, was not destroyed!



Thursday, September 10, 2009

Happy Birthday!

Today is a very special day...

My mom's Birthday!!!

I hope you enjoy a wonderful dinner and am looking forward to seeing you soon in Florida!!!

It's much easier to sound good 'singing' while reading the words so here is your Birthday Song!

"Happy Birthday to You! Happy Birthday TO you!! Happy BIRTHDAY to you, HAPPY birthday to you!!!!!!!!!!!!" YEAH!!!! :-)

I love you mom!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

One Year!

Tonight's meeting marks the one year 'birthday' of the Infertility Support Group I facilitate at a local hospital!

Over the last year, we have had...

One pregnancy after she stopped her year long venture with Clomid!
One pregnancy via the science miracle of IVF with ICSI using MESA!
One mommy thru the miracle and selflessness of Adoption!
Two mommies currently in their first trimester with TWINS thanks to IVF!
One soon-to-be-mommy currently awaiting ER of her first IVF round!

We have had several hopeful mommy's with such different yet familiar stories...
Some have post-poned pursuing mommyhood for now...
Some have accepted to live life as is, child-free or with their child(ren) already...

One common bond. The desire to be a mommy that runs so deep it hurts. Literally.

Tomorrow is actually the official launch date of the support group. Tomorrow also holds two other significances for me and those close to me.

My mom's birthday is tomorrow. {Happy early birthday mom!}

Tomorrow is also the one year mark for when I found out, via wonderful text message as I'm walking to my car after spending the last two hours with five other women who so desire to become moms, that my sister in law is pregnant.

The first cycle they tried... {Hey. At least it was not an 'accident' is my constant reminder! It is such a blessing for them and such a beautiful baby girl they had!}

I survived this year!

One year ago if you would have told me that I would have survived and would be stronger becuase of it, I would have bottled my tears in a bottle and shipped them to you with a message pretty much saying some not nice words.

We have learned a lot...

New doctors. New diagnosis'. New treatment plans. New medications. New time frame. New friends. New found hope!

I hope that next year while celebrating my mom's birthday, this 'anniversary' of learning that sister in law is pregnant will be the furthest thing from my mind as I hold and cuddle our new baby...

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Healthy Lifestyles!

This past weekend, my husband and I headed to Olathe, Kansas to spend the weekend with my mother-in-law. It was a lovely visit and we are glad to went as they are moving back to Georgia this coming weekend!

While we were there, we chatted with a friend of hers and the friend's daughter. Come to find out, this daughter had just recently found out she has lots of food allergies. Ones that she did not know about until she sought medical advice on her continuous stomach issues.

I cannot remember her elaborate list of 'no-no foods' but do know it included Wheat and Gluten and Soy.

I exhibit some of her same symptoms and thus, it has me thinking... Do I have a slight food allergy? Or am I just being paranoid?? :-)

I try to stay away from Soy as I've read such bad ways it affects one's health. And did you know, a form of Soy is in practically everything we eat????? It's so frustrating going grocery shopping and becomes overwhelming to read the label on every single item I pick up...

Then we discussed Almond Milk as this and Goat's Milk are her only two options of a milk substitute. I heard about Almond milk a few months back from another blog and have been intrigued by it every since. Do pureed Almonds really taste like milk?

So I guess I'm looking for suggestions here. :-) It is very overwhelming to think that I cannot eat this or drink that as everything seems bad for you! How do you stay away from the pestisides, antiobiotics, growth hormones, and just general endocrine inhibitors like Soy?

What foods/ingredients do you stay away from? Why?

I am looking forward to the input!

Friday, September 4, 2009

The NY Times Health and Me?

Hello my friends!

I apologize for my absense lately... I've been processing things. Big decisions. More posts to come with the topics of: PCOS, Metformin, Massages, Money, and TTC... For now though. Something pretty exciting and interesting!

You all know about my lovely Tonsil Stone history from previous posts. Namely this one.

Well, I was contacted by Elizabeth Svoboda who is a freelance writer for the NY Times. After several conversation, check out this article!!!!

So tell me... What experiences, if any, do YOU have with these annoying things called Tonsil Stones???

Go read The NY Times Health Section for the article on Tonsil Stones!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

I was recently given an amazing opportunity from Barbara at Fairhaven Health! I was sent a few items to review and tell you all about! :-)

The first, and the one I was most excited about, is the Fertile Focus Saliva Ovulation Scope! I have wanted one of these for like the last two years and now I have the opportunity to test it out! I did try it the first day I got it and it showed partial fern which should have indiciated I was going to ovulate the following 3-4 days but since I was on a medicated stim cycle, this was not the most accurate of readings. Or. Perhaps I just need to learn to read it properly. :-)

Anyways. I'm looking forward to using this every single day this current cycle! It's one flat fee. No running out of strips to pee on and thus running the risk of having dye variance from different lots... I'm very excited about this!

This is my second favorite! It is the Bend, Breathe, and Conceive Yoga DVD. It was made specifically for those of us trying to conceive as there are specific poses that one should not do in Yoga that can harm instead of help a potential baby...

This Pregnancy Wheel is very cool to read! It will become my latest addiction, I am sure! :-) You just put the arrow where your mensus started and it tells your your estimated due date. This is so much easier to configure instead of going to my cell phone calendar and counting fourty weeks... Yes. I do this. And probably more times than I shall care to admit. {Blush} If only I could get my cycles to mimic the 'normal' 28 days every textbook mentions then it would also pinpoint when ovulation should occur and thus making the "baby making festival" that much less complicated!! Baby steps Meghan, Baby Steps...

Although I am very excited to really try these out, I am more excited about the giveaway I am putting together!!! It may, or may not, include one or all of these same items. :-) More news on that later!!!

For now though! Farihaven Health is offering all of you Ugly Ducklings a chance to get 10% off your order until September 1, 2009!!!! Just use the code Sunshine09 and Happy Shopping!

****Updated Discount Code! Autumnblog

Fairhaven Goodies Review!

I was recently given an amazing opportunity from Barbara at Fairhaven Health! I was sent a few items to review and tell you all about! :-)

The first, and the one I was most excited about, is the Fertile Focus Saliva Ovulation Scope! I have wanted one of these for like the last two years and now I have the opportunity to test it out! I did try it the first day I got it and it showed partial fern which should have indiciated I was going to ovulate the following 3-4 days but since I was on a medicated stim cycle, this was not the most accurate of readings. Or. Perhaps I just need to learn to read it properly. :-)

Anyways. I'm looking forward to using this every single day this current cycle! It's one flat fee. No running out of strips to pee on and thus running the risk of having dye variance from different lots... I'm very excited about this!

This is my second favorite! It is the Bend, Breathe, and Conceive Yoga DVD. It was made specifically for those of us trying to conceive as there are specific poses that one should not do in Yoga that can harm instead of help a potential baby...

This Pregnancy Wheel is very cool to read! It will become my latest addiction, I am sure! :-) You just put the arrow where your mensus started and it tells your your estimated due date. This is so much easier to configure instead of going to my cell phone calendar and counting fourty weeks... Yes. I do this. And probably more times than I shall care to admit. {Blush} If only I could get my cycles to mimic the 'normal' 28 days every textbook mentions then it would also pinpoint when ovulation should occur and thus making the "baby making festival" that much less complicated!! Baby steps Meghan, Baby Steps...

Although I am very excited to really try these out, I am more excited about the giveaway I am putting together!!! It may, or may not, include one or all of these same items. :-) More news on that later!!!

For now though! Farihaven Health is offering all of you Ugly Ducklings a chance to get 10% off your order until September 1, 2009!!!! Just use the code Sunshine09 and Happy Shopping!

****Updated Discount Code! Autumnblog