Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Siblings

Why I so long for Little Miss to have a sister... I am one of four. Three brothers I have. One older. Two younger. I tortured every single one of them making them play dress up, dolls, and every other girly thing imaginable with me! I wanted a sister. I knew then how much I wanted a sister but as an adult I really see the impact it has had on my life...

Most of my adult life anyways. 4 years of infertility had me thanking the Good Lord for brothers who were not in a position to make any type of pregnancy announcement. It was only then that I was thankful... Yet even then I was slightly envious at those who did have fertile sisters who actually were surrogates when needed. If we were going to go the surrogate route, I loved the idea of it being a sister carrying our child.

When asked how many kids I want, I've always had a crazy "big" number. You know, because 8 is unheard of. Compromised on 4. God may have different plans. That is our hope though. To have two boys and two girls. That, to me, is the most ideal scenario one could have. The family is complete. Siblings have one another, both same sex and opposite sex. Win-win.

Though for now, I'm hopeful we have a second child... I'm hopeful baby will be a sister for Little Miss... If a boy it is, I'm hopeful we have more children and give each of them a sibling to bond with.

Fertility factors set aside- what is YOUR ideal family?

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Vitamins

In attempt to rid our household of all things soy {do you realize how difficult that is?!}, I'm on the hunt for new multi vitamins for myself and Charles.

I have come across Super Nutrition Prenatal Blend and Super Nutrition Men's Blend but curious if anyone has taken either of these and what your thoughts are...

The only downside I see so far is the multiple pills to take a day BUT that's worth it for quality vitamins! I like the added benefits in the blends versus the one a days.

And in hopes of getting my thyroid back in line, today is day 1 back on Armour Thyroid... Fun.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Two week recap

The last two weeks we spent traveling-

1 flight to Atlanta.
3 days with in-laws.
4.5 hours of driving to Charlotte.
30 +/- houses physically seen in 3 days.
0 purchased.
36 hours of food poisoning. Me.
7 lbs lost.
2 new hotels stayed in.
1 new molar cut.
2 molars coming through more.
1 townhouse rented for six months.
4.5 hour drive back to Atlanta.
7 days with my family.
1 engagement.
1 pregnancy announcement.
1 family member's death.
10 dogs played with.
1 newborn held.
5 new beds slept in over 16 days.
7 lbs gained.

1,000 laughs, laughed.
500 tears shed.
700 hugs given.
50 pictures taken.

16 days forever in the memory book!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Rotten!

Life in a hotel has perks- the perks may also be the very down fall we've wanted to avoid.

All the attention Little Miss gets is fantastic! She bounds happily from one adult to the next and clearly has favorites. She knows no racism... As long as you hold her while vacuuming, you are her BFF!

The down fall you ask?

Because we are not millionaires, we cannot afford a house full of staff members and thus when the glorious day arrives and we are back in our own house we will have a rotten little girl on our hands without anyone else around to give distraction.

She'll have her own room and bed {which we hope to transition her to once settled}. She'll have lots of room to throw dramatic fits when not getting her way {and give mommy and daddy a good laugh!}. She'll have to go on a hide and seek hunt to find the dogs as surely they will find a hiding spot perfect to finally get a moment of peace!

Anyone have any tips on transitioning a toddler from non stop attention living on top of each other hotel living to single family residence with room to spare??

Friday, February 10, 2012

You are what you eat!

I'm on a role... Because I'm passionate about it.

And because Little Miss clearly has shown her love for fresh fruit and veggies.

We're raising a rabbit.

Seriously.

She screams in the grocery store not for a cookie but for a celery stalk.

Seriously.

She's happiest munching on a carrot stick than a handful of teddy grahams.

I'm thankful for this. It encourages me to reach for those healthy snacks too. Charles too.

Apples have become a staple in our house. Right along side blueberries, strawberries, bananas, and raspberries.

And let's not forget the carrots and celery.

Little Miss stands at the fridge and when we open it she reaches immediately for whichever fruit or veggie she wants to snack on.

It's awesome!

Besides the obvious of keeping these foods in the house, how does a parent continue to encourage this type of eating behavior without forcing it?

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Hair Care

I've ditched my regular shampoo and conditioner, awhile ago! I recently read an article that 100% of breast cancer had parabens in the biopsy. Wow. Out those must go! I was on the hunt for something better... Something to give my hair umph again. Pregnancy and beyond didn't exactly leave my hair beautiful.

I started with going "no 'poo". I stuck it out for 2-3 months. My hair never got over the shock of not being washed every day. I tried doing a baking soda wash and apple cider vinegar rinse. Talk about a tangled mess! My latest was a conditioner only wash which was okay but not head over heels about.

At Whole Foods I asked some random employee for his guidance and that is how I was introduced to Hugo Naturals... I'm in love! I got the "smoothing and defining" shampoo and conditioner to help with my wavy/curly hair along with a body wash. My hair is oh so very soft! It feels clean. My head doesn't itch like some left it, nor is it too dry.

And the body wash... Yeah. It's my favorite so far and I've tried my fair share! Used it to shave my legs this morning and worked beautifully! I tried Alba shaving cream last and I did not like the way it felt for comparison.

Hugo Naturals compliments my Olive Oil/Castor Oil face wash and Coconut Oil face lotion routine nicely! :-) What is your favorite go to natural beauty tip???

Monday, February 6, 2012

Feeling Good!

After the horrid ovary ultrasound, Charles and I immediately decided we were done with hotel foods! We made a grocery list and for the first time, we went shopping at Whole Foods!

I cannot even begin to say how much of a relief it was in knowing that each and every single item we placed into the cart was good for us, well, maybe not the Ben and Jerry's ice cream... No preservatives. No "bad" things. Grass fed beef. Organic turkey and chicken. Lots of fresh and organic fruits. We walked out with our heads held a little higher knowing we are making positive changes not only for us but Little miss too!

Two highlights of the trip? Tomatoes and black beans in cans... NOPE! Boxes!



I'm so that mom... I figure why do something half way? I want to get rid of her plastic feeding items and get the Duralex shatterproof kid sets, test our dishes for lead and replace as needed along with her toys and bath toys... That's my starting point. I want to be healthy. Have a healthy home. Raise a healthy daughter. These are the little things that I can control unlike so many other things in life.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

My Ovaries know...

So many titles will be appropriate for this blog but I am sticking with this one. It's true though. My ovaries cannot be fouled. As seen yesterday. :-(

So after having "cyclical" cramping every 30-45 days without a period for the last 6 months, I decided to had to the wanna-have-a-baby-Dr {AKA RE} to have a check on what's going on inside there... I knew deep down my lack of period was not related to extended breastfeeding but something more. And I was right.

That, my friends, is exactly what each of my ovaries looked like. Like a sack of different sized marbles where my ovaries once were. :-( No wonder the cramps. The bloating. The discomfort. My ovaries have not been that enlarged since we had to cancel our last Follistim cycle due to 10,000+ estrogen levels! That sucked. This sucks worse though as it isn't going away! At least not as things currently are...

Back when our infertility journey first began in 2006, I had no clue what my body was doing. I hadn't reached the "in tune" stage yet. When I had my yearly appt at the gyno later that year, the ultrasound showed a very similar cystic ovaries. I immediately cut out all estrogen packed foods and every ultrasound since then was normal. {Another blog post on that one...}

Since living in the hotel we've been eating their foods. Breakfast 7 days a week, dinner 4 days a week. Obviously, they use the hormone packed foods because they are cheaper. I get that. But boy are they destroying my body! I can't imagine what they are doing to Little Miss' growing little body...

So Charles and I decided right then and there that we are no longer eating crap and will be back 100% on organic, all natural foods. I'm hopeful that this in itself will get me back to "normal" and we can thus begin our full on trying to conceive a sibling for Little Miss! I'm hopeful anyways...

Friday, February 3, 2012

Fasting 101

I managed to learn the hard way that ending a fast must be done gradually... When I talk about this I think to myself, "Duh! Why wouldn't you?"

Yeah... Ending a 21 day Daniel's Fast left me with what I have self diagnosed thanks to Google with acute Pancreatitis. Ouch. That hurt. Seriously. Like labor pains. 8 days of it. Then Google saved me. No joke! Aloe Vera Juice and Papaya to the rescue!

So lesson learned- don't over load your body with all the crap you've fasted from be it 3 days or 40 days or else your body will let you know of its disapproval!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

This and That Vent

This last week has been C-R-A-Z-Y for us! Too many health concerns from too many Swann's!

But even more crazy has been this whole house searching we've been actively doing! Where to live... That's the million dollar question that we don't have the funds to finance for! :-) We hear some fantastic things about one place so we begin searching only to later learn it's a big fat no-no! Scratch all the hours spent looking there. Ugh. On to another city... Same thing.

We think we have some good areas now to look around at but with the previous not so good places means we had to cancel our hotel reservation we had there and find another hotel {using our Hilton Honors points of course!} in a different location. Argh.

Don't get me wrong- I'm super thankful to find all this out ahead of time so we don't waste time when we do get there!

I'm thankful that 90% of our stuff is packed already. That's a HUGE burden lifted!
I'm thankful Jack seems to be responding to the Thunder Shirt so hopefully he doesn't completely flip out during the move.
I'm thankful for parents that are willing to help us out how they can.
I'm thankful there is a light at the end of the hotel living tunnel!

I am so excited to check out our new home and leave with a feeling of accomplishment that we know where we will be living {of course this is if all goes according to our plans and we know how that is...}!