Saturday, December 22, 2012

Glucose results

I passed the three hour glucose test. My numbers were no where close to having gestational diabetes. That is a relief. I try to eat pretty Healy, but I have a big sweet tooth.

Let me just say that the three hour test is no joke. I had to fast from 9:00 pm the night before. We finished dinner at 7 and at 9 I wasn't then I was only allowed to have sips of water until after my test. I needed up not eating until close to 12:15. I was beyond hungry.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

1 hour glucose

So, I FINALLY got the results of my glucose test from last Friday.  I failed by 2 measly points.  So, tomorrow I get to go have the 3 hour test done. 

Here is the schedule:
   8:00-8:15 - blood draw/drink glucola
                      one hour later blood draw
                      one hour later blood draw
                      one hour later blood draw.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

So, about that nesting...

Here is the list of items that Jeff and I did today. It is no wonder that it is 7pm and I am ready for bed.

Grocery store
Put away all groceries
Washed, folded and put away 8 loads of laundry
Changed sheets
Moved 3 boxes from our bedroom
Hung Christmas wreath above the fireplace
Made a batch of Toll House cookies
Cooked dinner
Bathed and dried both dogs
Cleaned our bathroom
Got lunches ready for tomorrow
Got Jeff's breakfast ready

I can't wait to go to bed, in my nice clean sheets!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

week 25/26

How Far along?  25weeks, 5 days
Baby Size? 25 weeks - Acorn Squash  26 weeks - length of a zucchini
Total Weight Gain? 8 pounds
 Maternity Clothes?  Mostly all maternity, some regular tops fit
Stretch Marks? No
Sleep? okay.
Miss anything? Running, Wine, Bacon, Vodka Martini
Movement? yes,
Food cravings?  SODA!
Exercise? no, but still climb the steps at work
Eating?  Good!
Labor Signs? No
Symptoms? Tired - off and on, HEARTBURN
Wedding Ring On or Off? Off
Belly Button in or out? In
Mood?  Good
Looking Forward to? We had a dr appt this week heartbeat is great and she is kicking away.  Next visit I will get another Rhogam shot.  Christmas is 10 days away!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

24 weeks - 16 weeks to go!

Hey...WOW a picture!  Looking huge!

How Far along?  24 weeks, 3 days
Baby Size? length of an ear of corn
Total Weight Gain? not sure...dr appt next week, let me tell you I feel like I have gained weight!  Maternity Clothes?  Mostly all maternity
Stretch Marks? No
Sleep? okay.
Miss anything? Running, Wine, Bacon, Vodka Martini
Movement? yes, especially about 3 am.  I hope that isn't a sign!
Food cravings?  SODA!
Exercise? no, but still climb the steps at work
Eating?  Good!
Labor Signs? No
Symptoms? Tired - off and on
Wedding Ring On or Off? Off
Belly Button in or out? In
Mood?  Good
Looking Forward to? we made it to viability!!Invitations went out for the shower in Youngstown!  pretty excited!  I scheduled our Maternity Tour at OSU.  Next week dr appt and glucose test.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

23 weeks...5 days

I am getting really bad at this!

How Far along?  23 weeks, 5 days
Baby Size? Grapefruit
Total Weight Gain? 6 pounds
Maternity Clothes?  Mostly all maternity
Stretch Marks? No
Sleep? okay.
Miss anything? Running, Wine, Bacon, Vodka Martini
Movement? yes...she has dance parties often!  We saw her move while watching Shrek - Christmas Special
Food cravings?  SODA!
Exercise? eh,
Eating?  Good!
Labor Signs? No
Symptoms? Tired - off and on, heartburn, started 2 nights ago.
Wedding Ring On or Off? Off, but mainly because my ring was always a little tight, I am afraid it is going to get stuck, so I haven't been wearing it
Belly Button in or out? In
Mood?  Good
Looking Forward to? Monday is viability!  Dinner with Yvonne and Marty Thursday night...Christmas! MARCH!

Friday, November 23, 2012

22 weeks, 4 days

How Far along?  22 weeks, 4 days
Baby Size? spaghetti squash
Total Weight Gain? 6 pounds
Maternity Clothes?  Mostly all maternity
Stretch Marks? No
Sleep? okay.
Miss anything? Running, Wine, Bacon, Vodka Martini
Movement? yes...she has dance parties often!  Jeff felt her last Saturday, very exciting
Food cravings?  SODA!
Exercise? eh, does three flights of stairs count?
Eating?  Good!
Labor Signs? No
Symptoms? Tired - off and on, heartburn, started 2 nights ago.
Wedding Ring On or Off? Off, but mainly because my ring was always a little tight, I am afraid it is going to get stuck, so I haven't been wearing it
Belly Button in or out? In
Mood?  Good
Looking Forward to? Nursery furniture is here.  Thanksgiving was yummy.  Dinner with my parents tomorrow,  getting closer to viability!

Monday, November 12, 2012

21 weeks 19 to go

How Far along?  21 weeks
Baby Size? the length of a carrot!
Total Weight Gain? If my scale is correct 6 pounds total
Maternity Clothes?  Mostly all maternity
Stretch Marks? No
Sleep? Better the past week, I am sure working is helping my sleep!
Miss anything? Running, Wine, Bacon, Vodka Martini
Movement? yes...she has dance parties often!  I can't wait until Jeff can feel her.
Food cravings?  SODA!
Eating?  Good!
Labor Signs? No
Symptoms? Tired - off and on
Wedding Ring On or Off? Off, but mainly because my ring was always a little tight, I am afraid it is going to get stuck, so I haven't been wearing it
Belly Button in or out? In
Mood?  Good
Looking Forward to?  Nursery Furniture is to be delivered tomorrow!!  Visit to see the doctor tomorrow!  Kendyl's 1st birthday party!  Thanksgiving is one week away!!

Sunday, November 4, 2012


How Far along?  20 weeks
Baby Size?
Total Weight Gain?If my scale is correct 6 pounds total
Maternity Clothes?  Mostly all maternity
Stretch Marks? No
Sleep? Better the past week, I am sure working is helping my sleep!
Miss anything? Running, Wine, Bacon, Vodka Martini
Movement? Pretty sure Princess is moving around.  I feel her if I am laying down.
Food cravings?  SODA!
Eating?  Good!
Labor Signs? No
Symptoms? Tired - off and on
Wedding Ring On or Off? Off, but mainly because my ring was always a little tight, I am afraid it is going to get stuck, so I haven't been wearing it
 Belly Button in or out? In
Mood?  Good
Looking Forward to? I *think* our nursery furniture will be delivered this week.

Yesterday Saturday, we went out looking for a Christmas tree for the new house.  We first went to Hobby Lobby.  We ended up buying two lamps for baby girl's room.  They are both pink and very girly!  We also were at Home Depot where we finally bought the Christmas tree and we looked at paint samples, we brought some home.  So we shall see.  I would really like to have the room painted and furniture in place before January 1st.  If we wait much longer, then we get into my showers, birthing classes, hospital tours, etc. Jeff has quite a few days off planned, so he should be able to get these things done and still have plenty of relaxation time!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

19 weeks - 21 to go

well, I just typed this all out and somehow it deleted.  I am too tired to redo it.

Baby Girl is doing good.

I am doing good.

I started a part time job on Monday.  It wiped me out today.  I am going to be busy, but I think I will like it.  Until I get used to getting up at 5:45, I am going to be exhausted.  Dinners this week are gonna suck...Trick or treat, yeah well, I gotta go buy the candy tomorrow!

My regular hours are 8-3 but today I worked until after 4 so I didn't get home until 5.  Like I said I think I will enjoy, just gotta get used to no afternoon nap...up early, super early!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Day 26

I missed yesterday.  I went and did one of my registries yesterday.  That wore me out.

We ordered the furniture for Baby Girl's room on Wednesday and even though the description of the product clearly states Free Shipping in the contiguous US they were charging us $100 bucks because a truck had to bring it.  Well, this momma wants the $100 bucks to go buy more pink!  So, I spent quite a bit of time arguing with them about the money.  They wanted me to call the trucking company.  I told them that I most certainly would not.  That the trucking company is sub contracted by them and they needed to argue with them.  She did.  They couldn't take the shipping charge off BUT they could take $110 off the nursery set.  Okay.  It should be delivered in a week or so.  I can't wait.  This took quite a bit of time and REALLY wore me out.

Last night was my mom's group.  I enjoy going every week.  I am learning quite a bit from these knowledgeable women.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Day 24

WOW!  What an exciting day! We had our anatomy scan this afternoon!  Baby is perfect!  We are so excited.  We are having a little girl!  SO, excited.  here we go!  Pink, hairbows, painted toes!  So happy!  She is very clearly a girl!

Now we need to get on the names!!!

We sent our families a poem:
This will make you all go wild,
We know the gender of our soon-to-be child.
The baby is a GIRL, we are just so glad,
That we're almost officially a mom and dad!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Day 23

Wow!  My life is just so not interesting.  I have been researching Baby sleeping, baby fed weaning, breast feeding, baby registry...ugh.  Exhausting.

We are less than 24 hours from finding out whether we are having a boy or girl! 

Things are about to get real.  I have withheld shopping for anything but diapers until now...but as of tomorrow, let the games begin!

I am going on Thursday to register at Babies R Us.  I started a registry online and I am going to finish it up then.  I will wait until mid-November or early January to register at Target.  Although I have a feeling I will have to go earlier than January.  My first shower is Martin Luther King weekend.  I can't wait!

I am trying to live more in the day rather than wishing my days away, but I am just so excited!  In my MOMs group we have been discussing this and enjoying the moment, phase that we are in rather than rush it away.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Week 18 ~ 22 to go!

How Far along?  18 weeks
Baby Size? A bell pepper
Total Weight Gain? 5 pounds
Maternity Clothes?  Still always pants, and regular shirts
Stretch Marks? No
Sleep? Better the past week
Miss anything? Running, Wine, Bacon, Vodka Martini
Movement?  I don't think so.  Not sure.
Food cravings?  SODA!
Exercise?  Well, this week I stalked Columbus Marathon and the Youngstown Peace Race.  Counts Right?
Eating?  Good!  (Dr says weight gain is perfect!)
Labor Signs? No
Symptoms? Tired - off and on
Wedding Ring On or Off? ON
Belly Button in or out? In
Mood?  Good
Looking Forward to?  Anatomy Scan on Wednesday!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Day 20

I have nothing to report today. We are having a low-key day as hubby had to work from 3:00am-6:00 am.  His sleep pattern is going to be messed up.  I predict him to be asleep by 4 tonight.   So far today, I have read a baby magazine and eaten breakfast and peed no less that 10090222000 times.  Seriously, I am going to ask if the baby is right on my bladder.  Tomorrow I want to go to the Columbus Marathon and watch the finish line! I don't know if it will happen or not, but it would be fun.

How is that for a very boring post? 

Friday, October 19, 2012

My favorite charity

I am linking up with Kelly at Kelly's Korner  This week's topic is our favorite charity.  This was super easy for me.  My favorite charity is An Orphan's Wish.

I have volunteered for AOW for a few years now.  It is a wonderful organization.  From the website.

An Orphan’s Wish is a unique project situated in the Guangxi Province of China. We are located just outside of the picturesque city of Guilin. And the home we provide is a very special place for the orphaned children that reside there.

Orphaned children are top priority.
It is our goal to create a loving environment where orphaned children are the top priority. Individualized care, medical attention, therapy and education combine to enrich the lives of these children. Hope and encouragement are part of their daily routine, and your sponsorship and donations allow our efforts to continue.
An Orphan’s Wish specializes in healing and helping children with special needs, medical conditions and cerebral palsy. We provide specialized care for orphaned children in need of:
  • Specialized Care – For children with medical needs or requiring specialized care
  • Clubfoot Casting Care – For children with uncorrected clubfoot
  • Residential/Cerebral Palsy Care – For children with cerebral palsy or other special needs that require long-term care
At An Orphan’s Wish we believe in creating awareness through training and educating our Chinese staff and partners. It is our ultimate goal that this project be completely run by the citizens of China. Currently, we have an amazing and dedicated Australian couple, Brian and Kirsten Trower, who oversee and direct our entire Chinese staff.
We promote and encourage the partnership of the local Guilin community and local businesses. As we strive to increase their awareness of the needs of these children through education, we are seeing a steady increase in this community’s commitment and dedication to helping these children.
Throughout the United States and other countries, we have established a wonderful network of volunteers who dedicate their time and energy to helping these orphaned children.
An Orphan’s Wish is an all volunteer foundation, which means our overhead costs are extremely low. Over 98% of every donation we receive goes directly to our programs which aid these children. We are so grateful for every donation we receive. We provide all of our donors with quality and timely reports and value your trust in us to be good stewards of your donation.

These children are just beautiful.  I love giving the time to God's precious gift.

Day 19

Today was my appointment at the regular dr.  Everything is going very well.  Heartbeat was 149 and sounds so strong.  I just love hearing that heart beating.  I go back in a month and have the anatomy scan on Wednesday.  I also had blood drawn for the quad screening.  I should get those results early next week.  So excited for next week!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Day 18

Happy Birthday to my dad!  I am kinda sad I am not there to celebrate with him

My cousin is stable, so that is good.  We are planning to go see her on Saturday.  I think that will make me feel better!

At the consignment store, I got three 'sleeping bras'.  Let me tell you they are so comfy.  They feel soft and wonderful.  The were new with tags, so I don't feel yucky.  I also got a black cardigan all for $25.00.  Pretty darn good.

I have thrown up again this am.  I think it might be the pre-natal vitamins.  I first got sick last Thursday, when I opened the new brand...I have gotten sick about every other day since I have been taking these.  I am going to try taking them in the afternoon.  Hopefully that will work.

It is such a dreary day...I just want to go to sleep!

I bought a set of hot rollers, I think it will help me cut down my 'hair doing time'..maybe!  I need to get a heat protection styling spray.  Anyone have any advice on a product that is just fab?

I didn't really think that this was going to be a 'bullet style' post, but that seems to be what happened.

As I mentioned, I voted yesterday, I wish somehow they would know that and stop the political ads.  UGH.

Dr appt tomorrow am. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Day 17

Well, today has been a whirlwind of emotions.  I got a phone call this morning my cousin, Liz is in the hospital, ICU.  Apparently, she was running on the treadmill and started getting a headache.  She told her husband she as going to lay down.  She didn't lay down and decided she needed to go to the Emergency Room.  Her husband started driving her.  Before they even got off the street, she said she wasn't going to make it, she needed an ambulance.  (Thankfully she did)  She was diagnosed with a bleed in her brain, one of her veins ruptured.  They had my Aunt and Uncle call my other cousin in from out of town because they weren't sure she was going to make it.  Thankfully, the bleeding stopped on its own, but she has a pool of blood still in her brain.  They 'believe' that she will just absorb this blood.  The doctors said that if she would have driven in, she probably wouldn't have made it.  Going by ambulance was the smartest thing.  She is expected to make a full recovery.  I am going to try to go see her on Saturday.  We have seen miracles happen. 

On a different note....

I went to vote today.  I am not thrilled with any of the candidates.  But I voted my conscience.  I guess we'll see how that works out!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Day 16

Maternity Clothes is my topic today.  I need some.  I have two pair of jeans that fit.  Several tops.  One pair of Yoga pants.  I hate to spend a fortune on clothes that I will wear for 6 months.  I have stopped at a couple Good will stores and I am getting ready to head out to a consignment store now.  Thankfully the consignment store is close by, so I can stalk the  deals and racks.

I would like a couple of cardigans, yoga pants, leggings, and a few tunics.

I will stop back after my Consignment outing...wish me luck!

Monday, October 15, 2012

17 WEEKS - 23 to go!

How Far Along? 17 weeks
Baby Size? Onion, Average size
Total Weight Gain?  A bit scared of this...I go to the dr on Friday.
Maternity Clothes?  Always pants, sometimes tops.
Stretch Marks? No
Sleep?  Well, since I have been sick since Wednesday, I have slept pretty well.  Still tossing and turnings quite a bit.
Miss Anything?  Running, Wine, Bacon, Champagne
Movement?  Still not sure, I think some of the bumps I am feeling are the Baby, but I am not sure.
Food Cravings?  the soda keeps on...What the heck?  It needs to stop, it isn't good for me of Baby.
Exercise?  Ironman was Saturday.  I stalked times for two friends.  I seriously think this should count!
Labor Signs?  No.
Eating? I am eating well, too well the past two weeks, I think.
Symptoms? Tired, constipation.  The acne seems to have cleared, knock wood.
Wedding Ring on or Off?  On
Belly Button in or out?  In
Mood?  Good
Looking forward to?  Dr appointment on  Friday morning and then in eight wake-ups we have the anatomy scan.  I just want a healthy baby...

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Day 14

Last night was so much fun.  We had our neighbors over to watch the OSU game.  What a great time!

Today was just church and relaxing together.

I still have this head cold/sinusitis/crud.  It is getting old and can really go away.  I wish I could take a Nyquil so I could go to sleep.

So regular doctor appt on Friday and 10 days until the anatomy scan.  It will be five weeks since we have seen the Baby.

I spoke with my two cousins about a baby shower down there...looks like it will be MLK weekend.  I spoke to my mom about a shower in the YO.  Looking at early February. Exciting stuff coming up!!!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Day 13

Can I just say how much I puffy heart my home doppler.  I have had it a week now and I love that anytime I want I can find the Baby's heartbeat.  It gives me such peace of mind, especially since I had such an awful first trimester.  I am now in the waiting period for feeling Baby kick.  I like having that extra feeling of security of hearing the 'galloping horses'.  For $60 bucks, it was an investment that is WELL worth it in my mind!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Blogtober - I suck

Today should be Day 12, but I got the 'crud'  All I could have written about for the past couple of days of how there is no medicine that will really help while you are pregnant and you have the 'crud'.

Last night I went to bed at 6:30.  I woke up and watched the debate.  Then I went back to bed until 7 this am.  I woke up and felt better.  I hadn't felt that sick in quite awhile.

On the mend today, just in time for the weekend!

I am only 12 days away from finding out the gender of our little one.  I just cant wait!

Monday, October 8, 2012

16 weeks - 24 to go

How far along? 16 weeks
Baby Size? avocado ( just realized I have been spelling this wrong for years!)
Total Weight Gain?  I think 3 pounds
Maternity clothes?  just pants
Stretch marks? No
Sleep?  Much better this week.  I have only woken up 1-2 times this past week
Miss Anything?  Running, wine, bacon
Movement?  Still not sure.  I felt something early this am, very low...almost like hiccups, maybe?
Food Cravings?  Not really.  I am drinking more soda than normal (decaf) not sure what that is about, since I have gone years without soda...
Exercise?  I think about it.  I looked at the results from the Chicago marathon yesterday!
Labor Signs?  No
Eating? I can't seem to eat much at one sitting, would rather have smaller snacks.
Symptoms? Tired, Acne, constipation
Wedding Ring on or Off?  On
Belly Button in or out?  In
Mood?  good
Looking Forward to?  Well, I am enjoying the Doppler.  I like hearing the baby everyday.  We have the gender reveal in 16 days! Not baby related but we get new couches delivered tomorrow!  I am very excited about that!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Day 7 of 31

Today is pretty low key.  I went to church.  I think the 12:15 mass is the one for me.  I found a parking place pretty easily.

When my parents were year Friday night , they brought the baby socks - Bengals, UK and Ohio State.  My teams (except the Reds) are accounted for!

My mom also mentioned that I am starting to show.  I guess, I knew I could tell but I didn't think it was noticeable quite yet!  Then I saw a picture from the zoo last weekend and yes, there is a bump!  HA!  I should have cropped the pic but I am just really too lazy!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Day 6 - another Babies R Us

So, we went to buy new couches for the main living area today. They will be delivered on Tursday!  I am so excited!  While we were there I saw a Babies R Us.  I convinced Jeff to go in.  It was funny to see him pushing a stroller!  Even funnier was watching him struggle to get the car seat off the stroller!  He finally figured it out!  This BRU is much better than the other one.  People were friendlier too.

Friday, October 5, 2012

My Experience at Riverside Methodist Hospital

Please bear with me while I type this up.  I am hoping by writing a review that I might save someone else from a horrible experience at this hospital. Please remember that this is MY EXPERIENCE, based on two visits in three days.

Let me start from the beginning. I am a forty-one year old, pregnant by IUI.  I used a specialist in Cleveland prior to our move to Columbus.  I had miscarried our first child a year prior at 7 weeks 3 days, due to a physician who would not listen to me.  I vowed at that time, not to be intimidated by physicians, I have to speak up for myself and my unborn child and do what I know is right for both of us. Because of these circumstances, I freely admit that I am a nervous first time mother.

I woke up on Monday, August 13 and noticed some spotting.  I was concerned, as I had some spotting on Saturday and had been put on bedrest by my specialist at that time.  I knew based on my blood type I needed to get a Rhogam shot, if I indeed was miscarrying.  So, my husband and I went off to the Emergency Department at Riverside.

We got there and the Physician's Assistant immediately did a pelvic exam and said she saw blood.  They ordered an ultrasound but the technician wouldn't be in until 6:30.  In the meantime, she did an abdominal ultrasound in the ED.  She said that they would want a better one done but at least we could check the heartbeat.  We found a heartbeat which made me feel so much better.

Once the Radiology tech got in I had an ultrasound done and while we waited for the results I got my Rhogam injection.

The ultrasound results showed that I had two cysts, which I knew about but the baby was perfectly fine.  I was told to take it easy, drink lots of fluid and call my doctor.  Okay.

We go get breakfast.  Then home and I napped the afternoon away.

Tuesday, August 14 was non eventful.  I didn't do much, my aunt came and brought me lunch and then hung out with me for the afternoon.

Wednesday, August 15, started out just as our normal days go.  About 11 am, I was sitting at the kitchen table filling out forms for my appt at the new OB.  I stood up to let the dogs out and there was a huge gush of blood.  I freaked out.  I went to the bathroom and put a pad on and started getting dressed.  I had to go back to the bathroom because I felt like I needed to change the pad already.  I passed a clot the size of my fist.  Now, I was beyond freaked out.  Jeff was on his way home.  I was waiting for him on the front porch.

We decide to go back to Riverside, since I was just there they could compare ultrasounds if needed.

We go in, they register me, I do the bloodwork again.  The doctor comes in and says that because I was just here there is no indication to do a repeat ultrasound.  The doctor didn't want to even check for a heartbeat.  I was furious.  I pulled out the cell phone number for the specialist that I was seeing in Cleveland.  I tell him to call the dr.  He leaves the room and comes back a little bit later.  He says that they are going to do another ultrasound, even though they just did one and if I did miscarry there was nothing they could do.  He also stated that he and his wife had been through fertility treatments and sometimes you just need to throw in the towel and realize that you aren't going to have children.  Then he followed up with chastising me on my misuse of the Emergency room.  The ER is for emergencies only, not for routine ultrasounds.  I needed to find a doctor closer so that they can deal with these sorts of problems.

They do an ultrasound,  the technician was wonderful and told me very quietly that everything looked good with the baby.  Amen.

I get back to the ER and the doctor came in and said that the ultrasound looked good.  There was a heartbeat.  I asked what the heartbeat was and he told me that they didn't notate it.  He told me that I had a subchlorionic bleed.

The nurse came in with my discharge papers and to take my blood pressure again.  While she was entering the information into the computer, I asked about the baby's heartbeat.  She looked and said it was 155.

We left Riverside with peace of mind that that the baby was great.

Fast forward to  Saturday, September 29th.  I got a letter in the mail from Riverside Medical Center, telling me that the "Emergency Department Physician has reviewed your US-Pelvis from your last visit and noted LT ovary with atypical features and recommends a follow up ultrasound in 8-11 weeks".  I contacted my now established doctor to see if they had gotten the reports and find out what the issue was.  The nurse requested the reports on Monday and they received them on FRIDAY.

The nurse contacted me this afternoon with the results.  On the ultrasound from Monday it noted two cysts on the left side. There was no issue with the baby.  On the ultrasound on Wednesday, it noted that there was bleeding from most likely a ruptured cyst.  there was only one cyst noted and the baby was perfect.

Let me review the problems I have with the visit on August 15th:
  • They never did a pelvic exam to see if the cervix was closed
  • Bleeding through a pad an hour is cause to go to the ER.  I went through two pads in 10 minutes.
  • The dr should never have told me his issues about his experience with fertility.
  • The dr should not have reprimanded me for misuse of the ER, while I was there I heard someone come in to get a sports physical for high school.  In addition, Since I have spent 17 years in the medical field,  I know when it is appropriate to go to the emergency.  I know an emergency and when there isn't.
  • I told the doctor that we had just moved here and I was not established yet with a new doctor.  If I were back with my regular doctor, he would have had me come in to his office for an ultrasound ASAP.  
  • The doctor didn't even look to see if a heart rate was notated.  He just wanted me out of there.
  • Moreover, I thought the goal of a hospital was to make money, you would think that in this day and age, if I wanted an ultrasound, the doctor would be thrilled to bill away my insurance.  (Interestingly, I had more done on Monday and my bill for Wednesday was higher...I am too tired to research that, but I am certain there is fraud somewhere.) 
  •  it took 6 weeks for the ED Physiciam to read the ultrasound? 
  • There was no subchlorionic hemmorhage.
  • My specialist told me that the dr at Riverside was adamant about not doing an ultrasound.  He had to basically tell him to do the ultrasound.  Also, he asked the dr to call him back which he never did.
  • It took Riverside five days to get the reports to my doctor.
  • Lastly, I am going to copy and paste directly from Riverside's Website (I am going to put my editorial comments in Red)

Our mission

To improve the health of those we serve.

Our vision

Where people want to work, where physicians want to practice and, most importantly, where patients want to go when they need healthcare services. (I certainly don't ever want to go back there, nor do I want anyone I know to go there.)

Our cardinal value

We honor the dignity and worth of each person. (Interesting, I didn't gt that feeling)

Our values

  • Compassion (HA)
  • Excellence
  • Stewardship
  • Integrity (HA, HA!)

Our pledge

As a member of the OhioHealth healthcare system, WE honor the dignity and worth of each person.
Our first responsibility is to the patients we serve. We respect the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of our patients and find that compassion is essential to fostering healing and wholeness.
Patients and their families deserve the best possible healthcare experience. We are committed to the pursuit of excellence in all that we do. Teaching and learning are fundamental in our efforts.
We are accountable to our communities for our stewardship. We have a special concern for the poor, and are committed to making quality healthcare available to all. Our decisions will serve our communities in the present and preserve our mission into the future.
Our actions and decisions must reflect a faithful balance of our core values. We will act with absolute integrity and expect the same of those who work with us.
Our people are the source of our success. Our organization must reflect the rich diversity of our communities. We will respect, embrace and derive strength from our differences. We are committed to providing a work environment that enables our employees to fulfill their professional, family and community responsibilities.
Spiritual diversity within our organization must be respected and celebrated. Our relationship with the United Methodist Church grounds us in a strong moral and ethical foundation. Throughout the organization, we exist to serve others.
Our every action must advance our mission: To improve the health of those we serve.

(This entire pledge is laughable. )

Day 5

Well, today I am 15 weeks 4 days and I puked my guts out this morning.  Shouldn't morning sickness be over?  I was hoping that was the one symptom I somehow missed.

Thanks for the responses both via comments and texts or e-mails.

Here are some of the items I have picked and why.

Bob Ironman Stroller (Yellow)This is the BOB IRONMAN stroller.  It is pricey but the reviews I have read from 'runners' both professional and amateur say it really is the best.  I would really like to train for another marathon after baby - either Columbus, October 2013 or Flying Pig May 2014.  If I can't do a full I want to do a half.  Plus, Jeff says he would like to try to run with me, so baby will have to go out with us...I think this is the best ride  I am trying to find one on Craigslist or a consignment store.

This is the Chicco Cortina Travel System.  This stroller claims to be the best for a tall parent, plus gets great ratings.  I like the red.

Those are the big items other than nursery furniture, I think I have a pretty good list going.  I just know how Jeff and I are so if I don't have a clue when we go register, it will be a disaster.  We registered for the wedding in about 45 minutes, because I lost patience and Jeff wanted things like lunchmeat slicers.

I guess I will be having three smaller showers.  One with my mom in the YO.  One with my family and one with Jeff's family.  This is the part that really sucks about not living near any family.  I will have to travel to them.  I am a bit nervous about my mom's and Jeff's mom's showers since they both live in snowy areas.  I hope we will be able to get to them.  I am hoping to space them out from the end of January to mid February. so that gives me time to get anything else necessary before March.  I am hoping to have everything done by March 1.  We think we will register before Christmas, just in case anyone wants to buy Christmas presents for us from our list!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Day 4 - I suck

So, I obviously missed yesterday.  Not sure what happened.  oh well, yeah, I do.  I got my Fetal Doppler in the mail yesterday and had to find baby's heartbeat.  I used it once yesterday and then this am.  I really feel so much better that I know I can hear the heartbeat whenever I want.  I felt like I really needed this at least until the baby starts kicking, then I can obsess with that!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Day 3 - Baby Furniture

I have been researching darn near everything - strollers, cribs, pack and plays, swings, bottles, the list goes on and on...well, I thought, I should go to Babies R Us and do some hands on research.  I am pretty sure I have a nice stroller, jogging stroller, car seat and swing picked out.  My issue is Nursery Furniture.  The cost for the dresser, changing table and crib are ridiculous and the quality is awful on many.  I don't have issues with most of the cribs, but the dressers are awful, they have that horrible cardboard bottoms in many of them.  They won't last very long at all.  So, so I am back to the drawing board.  I really like a set from Penny's but I can't get my hands on a sample.  I like to see and touch what I am buying where furniture is involved, they do deliver and have free that is a bonus.  Anyone out there?  what kind of nursery furniture did you get?  Please don't say Pottery Barn.  My husband is against PB, for some reason.  Should we buy a crib from one place and then a dresser from a furniture store?  Ugh...

(Although, really if this is my worst problem, then I really need to look outside my world!)

When I went shopping I had to find a bathroom twice.  I was only gone an hour and a half.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

2 of 31 15 weeks, 25 to go!

How far along? 15 weeks, 1 day
Baby size? Orange
Total Weight gain? Not sure, haven't gotten on the scale
Maternity Clothes? Just pants
Stretch Marks? No
Sleep?  Better this past weekend...I think being exhausted helped.
Best Moment of the week? um, Jeff finally ordering me a fetal doppler
Miss Anything? Running, Wine, bacon,
Movement?  Maybe.  I felt something different last week, but haven't felt anything since.  Hopefully the movement will be more reliable soon.
Food Cravings? No
Exercise? Well, I walked all over the zoo on Saturday.  I guess that doesn't count!
Labor Signs?  No
Eating?  I have been the bottomless pit.  I am trying very hard to make good choices and have a bit of protein at each snack
Symptoms? Tired, acne, gassy, constipation
Wedding Ring on or Off? On
Belly button in or Out? In
Mood?  Good
Looking Forward to?  The doppler Jeff ordered for me should be here Thursday or Friday.  My parents are coming on Friday for the night...on their way to Cinci.

Blogtober...1 of 31

So, I missed day 1.  But I wasn't feeling very well and I had to take Sammy to the Vet. That is my excuse and I am sticking to it.  For the month of October, I am going to write each day about my crazy pregnancy.  There really has been nothing normal about my symptoms thus far. 

For example, I spotted again yesterday.  It was dark brown and I am certain it is because I walked all over the zoo on Saturday and didn't drink as much water as normal.  I was also crampy, which I still am today...but I think that is coming from the fact that I am constipated.  The dr said to take Colace, so I had two doses yesterday and one so far today, so I am hoping to get some relief.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

week 14

How far along? 14 weeks 1 day
Baby size?  A lemon (aren't peaches bigger than a lemon?)
Total Weight Gain? 1 pound!
Maternity Clothes? Just pants.
Stretch Marks? No
Sleep? I sleep great until 3-5.
Best Moment of the Week? Hearing Baby's heartbeat last Friday-150
Miss Anything?  Running, Wine, BACON
Movement?  Not that I can feel...when the doppler was on my belly, Baby kicked the doppler many times.  Dr chuckled about all the movement!
Food cravings?  Nope. 
Exercise?  I plan to start walking...seriously!
Labor Signs? No thank you.
Eating?  This week has been better I have been trying to eat something every couple of hours, I seem to feel better
Symptoms? Tired, Acne, gassy
Wedding Ring on or Off? On
Belly Button in or Out? In
Mood?  Good, I think.
Looking Forward to? Well, not pregnancy related but Brad, Kerri, and Addie are coming to visit as well as my Aunt and Uncle.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Let's Recap the first Trimester

First, I am totally confused about the start of the second trimester...some places say Week 13, some week 14, some even week 12...well, I am going with 13.3 weeks.  Mathematically, I find this the most accurate.  Forty weeks divided by three is thirteen weeks, three days.  That, my friends, is TOMORROW!

July 13 positive beta test
July 14-15 - paint the new house
July 15 beta increased!!
July 23 - repeat beta since I lost all symptoms
July 26-29 - Family reunion to Rock Island, IL
July 31 - CLOSE on NEW HOUSE!!
August 3 first see our little Bean with a heartbeat
August 3-4 - MOVE!
August 11 spotting - RE put me on bedrest
August 13 first ER visit - bean's heartbeat is nice and strong - given rhogam shot
August 15 - Second ER visit - passed a clot the size of my fist.  Kitchen floor looked like a crime scene.  Bean still growing and heart is still strong.  (Praise God!) Diagnosed with subchlorionic hemorrhage  - Modified Bedrest.
August 23 - first visit to new OB.  Bean looks great.  No sign of SCH.  See in one month.  Made appt for NTscreening
September 13 - NT screening - Bean is perfect.  Risk of abnormalities is that of a twenty-two year old.
September 18 - called dr at 2am for spotting.  No more signs of spotting, but told I could spot throughout the pregnancy. 
September 19 - feel pretty good today.

It has been a whirlwind first trimester.  I am thankful that it will be over quick.  I am patiently waiting for the days of glowing skin (ha) and waiting for Bean to kick.  Why is there no pregnancy book that gives you the 'real' pregnancy facts?  I feel like suck an anomaly,  the only thing that I have not done is throw up consistently - I have had nausea. 

Here is to the Second Trimester being fabulous - Visitors - Halloween - Thanksgiving.  I hope it goes quickly (I didn't add Christmas to this list as my Third Tri begins on Christmas Eve!)

Monday, September 17, 2012

13 weeks - 27 to go

How far along?  13 weeks!
Baby Size? a peach
Total weight Gain? 1 pound
Maternity Clothes? I wore a maternity outfit to church yesterday.  Boy, jeans are sooo comfy.  I think that might be the end of regular pants...shirts I can still wear.
Stretch Marks? Nope

Sleep? yes, please.  I am still very tired.  All. The. Time.
Best Moment of the week? I can't wait until Thursday...SECOND TRIMESTER...a totally different kind of TRI than I am used to!  I also get to stop the could be the last day, but I am going to take one until Friday.
Miss Anything? Running, wine, appetite
Movement? Not that I am aware of.
Food Cravings? Not really...
Exercise? I wish.  Hoping Friday I will be off restrictions
Labor Signs? No
Eating? Most of the time I am not really hungry.  I force myself to eat...

Symptoms? Tired, ACNE, gassy
Wedding Ring on or Off? On
Belly Button In or Out? In
Mood? I think Good, but I think we should ask Jeff!
Looking forward to? See best moment of the week!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Nuchal Translucency Screening

Yesterday morning was our NT screening.  About a week prior, I had done my science fair project and overnighted it to the lab so that we would have all results at the ultrasound.  We got to OSU about 8:40 for our 8:45 appointment.  We were first called back by a genetic counselor and went over family backgrounds.  Then we were called back for the ultrasound.  It was the first time I had an abdominal ultrasound.  That was rather nice.

The baby was all over the place.  He/she would not be still.  The technician commented about how long the legs were already.  It was amazing to see the legs and hands and feet even the fingers were visible.  Truly a miracle. 

Baby finally cooperated and we were able to get the neck measurement.  Jeff got to hear the baby's heartbeat that was measuring 155.

The doctor came in the room and gave us the results...the odds are very low for down syndrome, trisomy 13 and trisomy 18.  My odds jumped for being very high (primarily based upon age) to dropping very low to equal to a twenty-two year old.

The first picture is the profile.  
This picture is the legs!

Dr appointment next week and second trimester begins on Monday!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

12 weeks 3 days - 28 to go

How far along?  12 weeks 3 days
Baby size?  Plum
Total weight gain? one pound!!
Maternity clothes?  no, but it wont be long because everything is super tight.
Stretch marks? No
Sleep? good until 3 am...then I toss and turn
Best moment this week?  NT scan and seeing baby again
Miss anything? running, wine,
Movement? not yet
Food cravings?  I 'needed' a hot fudge sundae...but I blame Paula Deen for that...she made hot fudge sauce on her show that day!
Labor Signs?  No
Eating?  okay, sometimes  I still don't feel like eating, but I do anyway.
Exercise?  no allowed, hopefully, I will get the all clear next week
Symptoms? tired, nausea, acne
Wedding Ring on or Off? On
Belly Button in or Out? Innie
Mood? Good
Looking Forward to?  End of First Trimester on Monday!

Monday, September 3, 2012

11 weeks - 29 to go!

How far along?  11 weeks
Baby size? Lime
Total Weight Gain? not sure..who knows where the scale is
Maternity Clothes? Not yet, but most 'real' clothes don't fit.  Wearing lots of elastic waist pants
Stretch Marks? No
Sleep? Good
Best Moment this Week? um, it is over and closer to the promised 13 weeks!
Miss Anything? running, wine
Movement? no
Food Cravings? not really
Labor Signs? no
Eating? sometimes I don't really feel hungry, but I force myself to eat
Exercise? not allowed...waiting for the 2 weeks without spotting, then I can walk
Symptoms? tired, nausea, nails growing like crazy, acne
Wedding Ring On or Off? on
Belly Button In or Out? in
Mood? good
Looking Forward to? NT scan in 10 days!

On Saturday afternoon, after doing quite a bit of moving around I had some very brown spotting, which I was told was normal.  I immediately went to my couch and began pumping water.  I have not had any more spotting since.  I am not really nervous any more.  I was initially but I feel much better.  I have really been taking it easy again. 

Monday, August 27, 2012

10 weeks

No picture, because I forgot to have Jeff take one before he left for work.

How Far Along? 10 weeks
Baby Size? a kumquat
Total Weight Gain? so far nothing
Maternity Clothes? nope
Stretch Marks? nope
Sleep? I sleep great until the first pee break, then I have a hard time getting comfortable to fall back asleep
Best Moment this week? getting to see baby and hear the heartbeat.  (172)
Miss Anything? running, wine
Movement? not yet
Food Cravings? not really
Anything making you sick or queasy? it depends on the day - nose is very sensitive
Gender? no way to know yet.  Appt set for Oct 24th
Labor Signs? no
Eating? fine
Exercise? not yet, I am supposed to wait another couple of days before I am allowed to walk after the SCH
Symptoms? exhaustion, breast tenderness, highly emotional
Wedding ring on or off? on
Belly Button in or out? in
Mood? good
Looking forward to? Level 1 screening on September 13th.  I cant wait for Jeff to see the baby and hear the heartbeat!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

First appt with New Doctor

I met with my new OB here in Columbus. She is very kind and helpful.  She spent close to an hour with me going over history etc.  she did my normal annual exam and felt saying that everything felt normal for 9 weeks pregnant.  Then I had an ultrasound.  The baby is measuring perfect.  No longer looking like a blob but actually looking like a baby. I saw 2 arms and 2 legs!  Then I heard the most wonderful sound- the baby's heartbeat. It was 172. It was fabulous.

I spoke to her about first trimester screening. I agreed to do it since it is non-invasive and with the ultrasound we get to see our little bean again!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

When last I wrote...

Thus far all is good.  I am on bedrest and I admit I am a bit bored - but whatever it takes to get my perfect baby. 

Last week when I was sitting and fretting in the emergency room I was reading e-mails and trying my best to keep it together.  I did have a couple of meltdowns as the people in the ER were not exactly the most personable AT. ALL.  Apparently, my dr in Cleveland had to demand them to give me an, whatever.  It all worked out.

Anyway, I went off on a tangent.  While I was reading my e-mails I got one from Sarah's Laughter.  It is a daily devotion for women going through infertility.  I am still reading them as I find them very positive.  So, last Wednesday.  The Bible verse that was discussed was Proverbs 3:5-6.  This verse has been my mantra throughout this LONG process.  After reading that, I was reminded to trust HIM.  Put my FAITH in HIM.  I immediately felt a calmness.  I know it will be okay.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding; 
 in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.

Tomorrow is my first dr appointment with my new OB down here.  I am hopeful that I will be able to hear the baby's heartbeat.  I will be perfectly happy with just seeing my baby and knowing he is okay.  I am prepared for 31 more weeks of bedrest if that is what is necessary.  I am good with seeing a high risk specialist.  I have heard varying stories about the SCH and some are immediately sent to a high risk, some are not...seeing that I have 'advanced maternal age', two cysts, the subchlorionic hemorrhage and the fertilized egg that didn't implant...I have a whole lot going on in a very small space!

Next week I will start the mandatory "Pregnancy Week by Week" with picture...I will be 10 weeks! 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


Little Bean is okay. Mommy has a myriad of problems, which now include a subchlorionic (spelling is wrong and I am too lazy to google) hemmorage. I am on true bed rest. Until at least Friday. We are now counting down to viability at week 24 which is December 3rd. I certainly want the Bean to cook longer, like mid-March. Oh and based on my quick research I may have sealed the deal on going to a high risk doctor and a c-section. I really could feel the prayers. I have a post for tomorrow when I am not on my phone. God, truly spoke to me. I heard Him loud and clear.

Deja vu

I was sitting at the kitchen table and stood up and had a huge gush of blood. I ran to the bathroom and passed a huge clot. I am now sitting at er again to find out what is going on...

Monday, August 13, 2012

What a relief!

Our little bean is perfectly fine.  The heart rate is 160. The bleeding is most likely from a fertilized egg that didn't implant.  (twins) so I am on modified bed rest until Friday when I go to Cleveland and see my doctor.  Praise God!  Thank you all for prayers. I just know everything is goo g to work out.  It is gonna be a long 32 more weeks!

Emergency room

So, I woke up at 2:30 to go to the bathroom and when I wiped there was blood. Much more than spotting but no clotting. I decided I was going to er to at least get rhogam shot. I woke Jeff up and he said he was going with me. So off we went we have been at the hospital since 3:38......PA did external ultrasound and said there was a heartbeat. We had to wait for ultrasound to get here and we are now waiting for those results. To be continued.

Sunday, August 12, 2012


Friday afternoon, I had a slight bit of brown spotting.  Then yesterday morning it was very light pink and one more bit of brown spotting In the evening. Needless to say, I am scared.  I called the doctor yesterday morning and have an appointment for Monday at 9am. I was told to rest and try not to worry.  I have stayed in bed since yesterday morning.  Please pray my little bean is okay.

Friday, August 10, 2012


I didn't mean to leave everyone hanging. I completely thought I would have time to post before part one of the move began.  Ha!  Best laid plans.

The appointment with specialist went very well. We have one perfect baby, with a perfect heartbeat. He was going to release me but I asked for another ultrasound this week as I miscarried at seven weeks, four days.  He said he completely understood, but that we should wait another week.  So I will drive to Cleveland next Friday morning for my final ultrasound and appointment.  My appointment with the new doctor is the following week so I will get to see the baby three times this month!

The move was uneventful.  It was exhausting but good.  We are in the new house.  We still have many tho gs to get done, but everyday living is pretty easy here.

Friday, August 3, 2012

One hour, 45 minutes

Until the ultrasound.  I think I will relax a wee bit once I see what a good ultrasound is. Last year, it was all very hush, hush.  N much conversation between the tech and myself.  This year, I know it will be different. First, so far this pregnancy has been very different.  Morning all day sickness.  Exhaustion, feeling more of a stretching than cramps and no spotting.  My doctor will be performing the ultrasound. I just feel that this is it and we will be seeing at least one perfectly normal baby, six weeks, four days.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

I am crazy

I called the doctors on Monday to get repeat lab work.  I was feeling yucky and the girlfriends had stopped aching.  So, I went in at 9:30 for the results.  I was told that sometimes that happens.So I waited, and waited until 1:30 on Tuesday for the results and everything is fine.  I am supposed to take it easy, drink lots of liquids and try not to worry.  That is the tough part.  I have eight days until that first ultrasound.  It is gonna be a long week.  I think based upon last year's first ultrasound, I am nervous that there is going to be a problem.  I will feel better once I know I am on schedule.  Then I have to wait 20 days until my next dr appointment/ultrasound...more waiting.

I do think I reached a feeling of calm Monday evening.  I realized that there is nothing I can do besides what I am already doing for the pregnancy. I can only pray that this baby will be our 'take-home baby'

I am currently 5w3d.  Only 35 more weeks to go!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Almost week 5

I wish that time would go so much faster than it is. I really cannot wait until Friday, August 3 at 9:00 am.  We have out first ultrasound to see how many babies we have growing.  I am trying SO hard not to be nervous.  I will admit I went to the dollar store and bought a bunch of tests so I can pee without spending too much money.  I really wish I would have some morning sickness, so I would know things are 'okay'...I know I might regret that later and I also know that typically morning sickness doesn't start until the sixth week...more waiting.

Jeff starts vacation on July 26 and will be off until Aug 6th.  I can't wait because our official move date is Aug 4th!  SOOOO excited!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Oh my Goodness

I will admit that I had no feelings positive or negative for the IUI.  I was hopeful, but all symptoms, I chalked up to the progesterone side effects.

In an order to keep my sanity, I did POAS Friday morning before I had the lab work.  The line was VERY faint.  Then I wasn't sure if I was just seeing things.  I really didn't believe it.

I went to the lab and they drew my blood.  I reminded them to fax the results to my doctor.

I headed to Columbus.  I stopped at McD's for a sweet tea.  The doctor called and told me that the blood test was positive...barely.  The beta was 25.  I was to get another blood test Monday.  NO PAINTING!  NOT EVEN ALLOWED TO BE IN THE HOUSE WHERE THEY ARE PAINTING!

POAS - Saturday, line darker
POAS - Sunday, Line Darker
POAS - Monday, line darkest yet.

Sunday after leaving the house, I saw a rainbow in the sky.  I felt a feeling of peace.  

Went back to the lab this am for the second beta test at 9:10.  I left there are 9:40. Waited patiently for the dr to call me.

At about 1:00 pm, Dr called and told me that the result is climbing as it should.  Now it is 190!  I have my first Ultrasound on Friday, August 3rd! 

I am SO excited.  I just can't believe it!  We are cautiously optimistic that this will be our take home baby.  I 'think' the due date will be March 25th.

If you are reading this and are my friend in real life or on Facebook, please keep quiet.  We are going to try to wait a few weeks until we make an announcement.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Day two of No Plans

Last week was an odd one.  For my first week off, Jeff was with me all week.  He was off 3 days and worked from home two days.  This has been my first week of not having him here and no work.  UGH. So yesterday, I ran errands, went to Mass, met a friend for Happy Hour.  Today, I got the utilities switched to our name the day we close on the house and went to Mass.  I am walking 6 miles with my friend and I did a load of laundry.  Really what much else can I do.  Once we move it will be a different story.  I want to get unpacked and settled as quickly as possible so I will keep myself busy all day with that.  What to do, what to do...

Sunday, July 8, 2012


so for those not 'hip' on the assisted reproduction lingo, that mean six days past IUI.  I started taking my progesterone on Wednesday.  I don't think I am feeling anything except side effects of the progesterone, which mimic pregnancy.  Who knows, I can't allow myself to read into anything.  I go on Friday for my labwork.  I have contemplated buying HPT, but really what is the point.  I have one test that I will probably take before getting my labwork, so I can prepare myself!

In other news...we are closing in on our house.  I go down next weekend to paint...then Jeff works the following weekend...then my family reunion...then move!  Whoohoooo!  We are closing in on our closing date of July 31st!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

One year later

It was one year ago yesterday that we miscarried. I was very sad all day I was also very crampy I am hoping that we are making another is very difficult to think that we should have an almost five month old here with us rather than in heaven.


Very early Monday morning we drove to Cleveland for my fourth IUI. Jeff still has a good feeling while I am indifferent- nothing good but nothing bad. This IUI was very different. It took two people to get the catheter in and let me tell you it HURT. Sort of like trying to thread a needle I suppose. Finally they went to get a doctor and he pushed Bach and forth and finally got it The procedure normally takes 5 minutes. This took over 30 minutes. I certainly hope they got it where it was supposed to go. We test on Friday, July 13th.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

The 'new' plan

We went to Cleveland yesterday for another scan. My follicles has grown substantially in the just over 24 hours. There was discussion of continuing the IVF cycle as I now have 5 mature follicles. It was decided to have me do my trigger shot last evening and then have my IUI on Monday. I start the progesterone suppositories on Wednesday.

Jeff has a good feeling about this cycle. I feel indifferent- I want to be positive but I just feel like we are wasting our time by doing the IUI. I pray I am wrong. After all, I will be doing the pregnancy test on Friday the 13th. Thirteen is my lucky number. It is my favorite distance to run(half marathon). Also if we get pregnant baby's birthdate will be 3/13. That is pretty cool.

Friday, June 29, 2012


I went to the doctor this morning for a scan and bloodwork. My body doesn't like the Follistim and I only have 3 mature follicles. Which means that my IVF has been changed to an IUI. I am very disappointed but I guess it is what it is. I am trying to be patient and remain positive but I just feel like this is just one more time my body has failed me. The doctor said that this is a heat IUI cycle my lining looks great but putting my body through the egg retrieval for 3 mature follicles really isn't worth it. I guess I will know more tomorrow. For now I am going to take a nap.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Oh my...

Things are beginning to move FAST now in both the baby front and the move front.

First on the baby front.  I am still doing 150 Follistim AM and PM, and 5 units of Lupron PM.  I go back to the dr on Friday for another scan and more blood work.  Still on target for the egg hunt on July 3rd.

Second, the house.  Oh WOW!  it has really come along quick.  We got a call that we can do the interior paint on July 13-17th.  Closing is set for July 31.  which means we can move in August 1st!  Whoohooo!  Almost 9 months to the day that we listed our house for sale!  Not too bad!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Ch-Cha-Cha Changes

WOW, what a week!  I 'finally' started my period on Tuesday.  That was relief.

Work was a disaster this week.  I finally bit the bullet and turned in my letter of resignation on Thursday.  Unofficially, I told him on Wednesday, but he chose not to hear it.  I am completely relaxed about my decision.  I know I will be able to find a part-time job in C-bus, when we get settled.  I was supposed to eliminate stress from my life and this week proved that where I was working was ANYTHING but low stress.  So now I will be a 'real housewife of Delaware, Ohio!"

I went to Cleveland for my baseline scan and labwork.  Scan looked good.  Will get results of labwork this afternoon.  I will be doing three shots from here on out. Fun!I am really excited and so excited that we are getting close!  I can concentrate on getting pregnant, moving, and unpacking and decorating our house!  Whoohooooo!!!!

Please pray for my aunt who is having surgery on Monday to remove a cancerous tumor in her lung.  She is expected to have a full recovery and not have radiation or chemotherapy.  I just worry ya know.

Monday, June 18, 2012

More waiting

I swear that this IVF - road to parenthood is no joke!  I once again am waiting for my period to start.  Really these medicines that mess with your cycles need to be changed. I know better than to do a HPT, as it will depress me.  But really when will this start?  Everyday that she isn't here, messes up the calendar.  Oh well, I am trying to tell myself to 'just be patient'

The house building is moving along.  We are more than half way!  Yippeeee!  Jeff will go out tomorrow to check on progress.  I hope we have moved to the next phase. Haha!  Again, I need to 'just be patient'

My brother is here visiting this week.  He is doing some work for my parents.  He brought his dog, Vicky.  Vicky, Cali and Sammy have played together...well, Cali and Vicky have played together.  Sammy, could really care less.  He isn't amused by this new series of events. 

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Monday, June 4, 2012

meeting with the RE

We met with the doctor at length about IVF.  We are starting this cycle.  I have a TON of medications delivered tot he house.  I am slowing working through understanding...but really I am just going day by day.  This Friday I need to have a Progesterone draw done.  So, I will go to Cleveland and get that taken care of.  I should get the results of the mammogram this week. and then we will play it by ear..I will most likely be starting shots the end of this week beginning of next. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Isn't it amazing

So, as most know I am an avid television watcher.  I love the DVR and mostly record shows so that I can watch and fast forward my shows.  With Jeff out of town, this is how we watch our shows together on the weekends.  So last Friday night we got our dinner and proceeded to start watching TV together.  So we watch the Season Finale of Modern Family...Gloria picks up a pregnancy test.  Really?  Really?  Okay, cute part of the story line, I get it.  Then we watch the next episode of Veep.  Um, yea, Selina is pregnant...Okay universe...I get it...everyone around me is pregnant.  Jeff even commented that the universe was trying to tell  us something.  Jeff was upset by this.  I was a bit taken off guard that two shows had this same topic and we watched them back to back.  I told him that when I watch my shows of TLC about pregnancy at least I know what I am getting into...when I watch regular tv, I never know.  I let my guard down and Whamo...that is when it strikes.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Just an update - bullet style

  • We closed on this house on Monday!  
  • We are still packing like crazy people (well, I am still packing, since he isn't home)
  • I called specialist in Cleveland to make sure I wasn't messing anything up - it feels very strange that I am not making crazy trips to Cleveland this week.  Should I be taking pills/shots/temps...something?
  • Based upon quick dates and whatnot, I could potentially have ET (egg transfer) on July 3rd.  Which is one year to the day that I miscarried.  Is that my sign?  Full circle...
  • The new house is coming along...we are five weeks in on the build and it is coming along.  I want to see it SO badly in person...but there is no need for me to drive down now, so I just have to wait patiently with pictures!
  • My aunt was diagnosed with Lung Cancer on Monday.  She meets with the surgeon this afternoon.  Allegedly, once the mass is removed, she will be cancer free.  No radiation or chemotherapy.  I pray this to be the case.  Second hand smoke is NO JOKE!  My grandparents/her parents both smoked quite a bit.  They always smoked. 

Friday, May 18, 2012


I made our appointment for the IVF consultation.  It is Friday, June 1.  I am excited.  It seems that I am going to be a busy girl for the next few weeks.  Hopefully it will help pass time until we move to Columbus.

Thursday, May 17, 2012


I got the results...I knew what they were even before looking.  They are negative.  On to IVF!

and now...

we wait some more.  I went this am for my labwork.  I went to the local hospital, which happens to be a religious based hospital.  As I sat int he lab chair, a priest came over the loud speaker with a daily prayer.  It was quick and he said that we need to be hopeful and remain positive.  If there was ever a question if God is with us always...With that prayer, I know He is with me.  The girls at the lab told me that I could come back today about 1pm and they could print me the results. 

No matter what the results are, I know that God will help me through this and that we have a plan for next steps.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

This is a day to celebrate all mothers. Mothers to children. Really not just children but mothers to pets, nieces, nephews, friend's children and last but certainly not least, those who have lost children.

This Mother's Day should have been my first to a child on earth but instead, I celebrate my child in Heaven. I hope that my lost baby is looking down and hoping the the little bean will help to send us a new little bean. The new little one would not replace the first.

As I write this, I could be pregnant. I am trying to be so hopeful that next year on Mother's Day, I can pray with my baby in my arms and the one who will always be in my heart.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Bad Blogger

I know, I know...where did I go?  This week has flown by.  I love that BUT I am SOOOO tired.  I am actually only working until about noon and going home to nap!

I started the twice daily progesterone and it isn't as bad as I anticipated BUT, ugh. I feel like I am tied to a clock.  They are supposed to be twelve hours apart and the second one should be when you go to bed....well, I have been doing the morning one between 6:30 and 7:00 and the night one at about 9:00-ish.  Doctors told me this is okay.

I have also been a packing fool.  About half the kitchen is packed...the upstairs closets are basically packed.  It is so hard packing things swimsuits...will we need them?  Maybe, so I left one of Jeff's and one of mine out with a beach towel for each of us...packed the more thing to drag to my parent's house.

The new house is coming along, we are into week 3 and they are putting in rafters...please, oh please let's have great weather so we can get this house built lickity split.

So, anyone watch the HBO show VEEP?  It is new favorite show. 

I got for the lab work on May 18th.  My local Dr told me to go directly to the lab so we would get same day results.  I was told to call them immediately and they would start hounding the lab for results...IF I am pregnant I would love to go buy little running shoes to tell Jeff...I would tell him to go look at the new shoes I bought...he would think I bought myself new shoes...then cute little baby shoes would be in the bag! 

Do I think I am pregnant??? Dunno, no real symptoms,my boobs hurt but they often do...I feel like the STA- PUFF MARSHMALLOW MAN.  I am so bloated everywhere.  I never in my life wanted to do ab work than right now...I am prepping for it to be negative and then we will start the IVF road.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Cinco de Derby

So, Saturday was the Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby (also, the full moon) we celebrated by getting up and heading to Cleveland for the third IUI.  I was happy and think it is a good omen that the nurse from my doctor happened to be working (or so she thought) she came in to realize that she works next weekend!  She stayed to do my IUI!  Isn't that nice?! 

We were back home by 10:30 and just kinda hung out all day.  We got pizza and Jeff had beer.  Just a relaxing sort of day.  We did put our hats on and sung "My Old Kentucky Home" and watched the Derby.  Good times!

Sunday we woke up and I ran to get doughnuts and then Jeff cut grass and did some other yard work.  I did laundry and sorted through boxes in the attic.  Didn't get a ton done but enough.  The next couple of weekend we need to get a move on!!

This morning I did my first progesterone.  It was not nearly as bad as I had anticipated.  Thank goodness.

I still need to take a picture of my mug from Lindsey and make a post!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Making friends link up!

I am linking up with Kelly from Kelly's Korner, one of my favorite blogs!

I currently live in NE Ohio, but in ahem, 90 days I will be moving to Central Ohio!  I can't wait!

I will be sad to leave NE Ohio, as this is the longest I have lived anywhere.  We moved here right before my sixteenth birthday.  I have made some wonderful friends here that are really like family!  I graduated high school, college, got married - I also trained for four marathons running through Mill Creek Park.

I am VERY excited to be near Columbus.  First, I will be actually living with my husband again!  Plus only 90 minutes from the Greater Cincinnati Area!  I could drive down to visit my grandparents for the day!  This makes me very happy.  Columbus has so much to offer.  I am hoping to make great friends there as well.  I am also hoping to join a running group.  I feel I have one more marathon in me!

I will be back later today or tomorrow for a link up for my mug swap!  I love the mug I got from Lindsey!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

The latest and greatest!

I went to Cleveland yesterday and had a scan.  Then I had blood work.  The doctor called me and here is the time line...
5/3/2012 - trigger shot
5/5/2012 - IUI (it is also Derby Day, Cinco de Mayo and a Supermoon.
5/7/2012 - start progesterone
5/18/2012 - beta pregnancy test.

I am excited because I know that even if this doesn't work this IUI, we are moving onto IVF.  We have a plan!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

CD 6

Let's catch up on my fertility stuff...shall we?

I went to the dr yesterday and had a scan and bloodwork.  My estrogen was 342 and I have three measurable follicles 13/9/9.  I dropped the Follistim from 150 to 100.  I go back to Cleveland tomorrow for another scan and blood work.  Then the dr will call in the afternoon with the next steps.  I feel like this is sort of like the Amazing Race.  You know the prize but you don't know when, where...ugh.  For a planner this is a bit annoying but I will hang in there.  I was also hoping that I would have more follicles since I responded so well to the Clomid, I was hoping for more on the Follistim.  I suppose I need to be patient and I need to hope that quality is better than quantity.  It only takes one. :)

I found out yesterday evening that a classmate of mine passed away yesterday.  Forty-one is WAY too young to die.  She leaves two daughters both at home.  I am not so sure of details but apparently she had complications from a heart surgery and died in recovery.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Good Bye Uncle Russell

I found out this morning that my Uncle passed away about 2:00 AM.  He was surrounded by family in this life and I am certain he was welcomed home in the afterlife.  My Aunt Nancy, his wife; Robby, his grandson; his parents; my Grandma & Grandpa welcomed in.  It is so sad, but I know how hard it was for him after Nancy died.  They were a team and will now continue as such. 

There is no funeral scheduled.  That is what Unk wanted.  There will be a very small Memorial Service sometime this summer of just family and a few friends.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Unk update

Unk (is a family nickname for Uncle) was taken off life support yesterday.  He did very well.  He knew the day and date, he recognized everyone in the room...he was doing pretty well, considering. Apparently, last evening he took a turn for the worse.  He is in 'comfort care' and will be taken to Hospice at some point today.  It doesn't look good.

In other news, all my medications came for my next cycle.  WOW!  it made me pretty nervous.  But I am ready to being this next round!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

New Tricks

Yesterday I had my appointment in Cleveland.  I met with the doctor and the nurse to learn about the next steps.  First, let me say that I did an ultrasound and pregnancy test.  I am NOT pregnant.  I had pretty much given up on the idea anyway for this month.  This does indeed mean that we will not have a baby in 2012.  But 13 is my lucky number and what a wonderful way to bring in the new year than with a baby!  Right?!

I then learned how to give myself injections.  I will be giving myself injections of Follistim 150 units.  I will start that this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Then I will see the doctor on Monday morning for an ultrasound and blood work.  Then I will be instructed as to next steps.

After my follicles are ready to go, I will trigger with Ovidrel.  Then have the IUI thirty-six hours later.  Two days after the IUI, I will begin progesterone suppositories.  Hopefully this is our golden ticket to parenthood!

I NEVER thought I would be able to give myself these shots, but I really think I will be okay after I do the first one.  I have to be okay.  The doctor is very positive that we should get good results with this and he is really hoping that we do not have to go the IVF route.  (I am too!)

In very different news, I am awaiting word on my Uncle Russell.  He took a turn for the worse over the weekend.  He coded twice on Sunday and is in ICU in a medically induced coma.  They brought him out of the coma and he recognized people on Monday, but then had a seizure.  They put him back in the medically induced coma.  They began to bring him out yesterday and he had another seizure and then coded again.  Apparently he was out for awhile but then came back.  Seriously, no joke, my uncle died a few years ago and was pronounced dead and then came back.  He told us all about going to heaven.  He saw his parents, and Jesus.  They told him it wasn't time yet and then he started breathing again.  Hearing him tell this was AMAZING!  Today, they have instituted the DNR orders.  The doctors are going to remove the life support and basically see what happens. 

LET'S MOVE TO VERY POSITIVE NEWS, shall 99 days our house should be ready.  They began digging yesterday.  We were told 90-100 days, so we are going with 100...should be moved by mid August!!!!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Better news...and an Updated Plan.

Thank you SO much to everyone who commented or sent texts or called.  It really does help when going through this journey.  I know that all this heartache will end up with  sweet baby/ies! 

First, to report that the builder contacted Jeff and the digging will start on WEDNESDAY!  We should be in the new house by the end of July beginning of August!  Whoohoooo!!!

Second, our house closes in um, a month and I have packed five boxes!  Yes, five, you read that right.  UGH.  Thankfully I packed SO much last Fall that it really isn't as bad as it sounds.

Third and certainly not last...My fertility doc called this am.  He cannot believe that I am not pregnant.  (Yeah, I am trying to figure that out myself.) We have a new plan.  I am going to Cleveland tomorrow.  We are going to do an ultrasound.  I have not started my period yet.  The doctor just wants to confirm that I am indeed NOT pregnant.  Then if I am not pregnant, then I will have injection training.  The doctor wants to do one cycle with injectible fertility meds.  He thinks that this will work before we try IVF.  So we will do one cycle of injectibles with IUI then begin the procedure for IVF.  Thankfully, fertility treatments are covered by our insurance at 80%,  not that it is cheap, but it is better than no insurance.  I will have more information about the next procedure and what medication I will be injecting tomorrow. 

Saturday, April 21, 2012


My test this am was negative.
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him,and he will make your paths straight."

Friday, April 20, 2012


I am so nervous about tomorrow.  I know how ridiculous that sounds but I will be devastated if I am not pregnant.  I believe I am but what if...I don't want to do this IUI process again.  I will be having a serious discussion about fertility with my doctor if I am not pregnant.  Two cycles...first with four follicles second with five follicles.  everything I will want to know what the problem is if everything is perfect...what happens.  I know I am putting the horse in front of the cart so to speak, but I am nervous. scared.  I do want to go get a digital so that if I am pregnant I can see the digital words...but I don't want to spend the money.  ridiculous no?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Testing, Testing 1...2...3...

I am testing (finally in about 36 hours) I am kinda nervous.  I really think I am pregnant, but that could just be the fertility meds.  (Another sick joke in the IF journey).  If I am not pregnant, I am fat.  I am exhausted, but that could be because I am still fighting with allergy issues.  So, in summary, I am a fat, tired, allergic person, who is literally counting down until I can pee on a stick.  Anyone jealous!  LOL!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Vera Bradley Outlet Sale 2012

So, as many know I love Vera Bradley.  I think because the colors are so happy!  They just make me smile.  I have quite a number of bags and I have no idea how many I have, I just buy what I like and was able to get at a good price.  I now know how I got some of those deals on e-bay!

We got on the bus and pulled out at precisely 5:00 AM.  We drove about 2.5 hours and then had breakfast at Cracker Barrel.  (They had called ahead and they were basically waiting for us when we got there!)  After breakfast we were handed maps of the coliseum so we could begin our plan of attack!  I had done a little research online so I thought I knew what to expect.  HAHAHA!

We checked into our rooms and were given about 45 minutes to freshen up then we met to take the bus we pulled up and saw this MASSIVE line of people I thought to myself we will never get in.  I only had a granola bar and one bottle of water with me.  This line was crazy.  Well, we went to the bus entrance and were told, to talk single file, quickly into the holding room where they would explain how things worked.  We were ushered passed even more people waiting in lines inside.  We were taken to a room and told that with our hand stamp we could check out in the special check out.  I was still thinking that we had to wait in line...but NOOOOO, we went directly out to the sales floor where it was madness.  We all grabbed the XL Duffel which retails for $108 and was on sale for ...are you ready????  $39.99.  Holy Cow!  I grabbed two...One I used to put all my purchases.  (They did give us a pink shopping bag to put stuff in, But the duffel was easier)  we walked around just grabbing things..and loading up our bags.  I was impressed with the madness that there was all around, it was still very organized.  As tables became empty they would bring out more merchandise...they tried to keep things as neat as they could.  All the workers there were so pleasant!  I just couldn't believe how great it was!

After check out for the first day, I had amassed $650 in product for $211! After checking out we could wait in a holding room for the rest of our group.  there were tables with Vera Bradley tablecloths on them.  It was nice and relaxing in there.

We went back to our room and then over to the mall to get dinner.  We ate at Red Robin and our service was not great BUT the food was good!

We went back to the room to look at all our 'stuff'.  I ended up crashing at about 9 as I had been up since 1.

Sunday morning up early - got breakfast and were ready for round two!  We went over to the Coliseum by bus, naturally there were lines to get in.  The sale started at 10...we got in and waited about a minute and WE WERE THE FIRST PEOPLE ON THE FLOOR!  Oh was that exciting!  Prices had been reduced!  We were grabbing and putting things in bags...seriously I filled two pink bags within 20 minutes.  I got such great deals!  I was so excited.  As I was buying raffle tickets for a quilt and a car (A Vera Convertible) the woman asked me if I had a coupon...huh?  a coupon?  She said she would get me one.  It was a $10 off coupon!  OMG, I was so excited, I had to find Christy, Cindi and NeeNee...we did each get a coupon!

We then stood by the car with our bags.  We took turns running off to look at this that or the other item...we were able to be quick since we weren't lugging the bags!

We checked out and went to our holding they had water and cookies for us!  SO nice.  They also had Sharpie markers to mark our bags so they wouldn't get confused.

We boarded back to the bus and left Ft.Wayne to head home!!!!

Monday, April 9, 2012


Throughout the excitement of five follicles, we had some other great news!

Thursday we had two showings of the house.  One at 1:30 and the other at 2.  Later that evening, I was asked if the second couple could come back at 10:30 Friday morning.  SOOOO, we got up at 5, drove to Cleveland for the scan, came home by 9 and then took the pups to my parent's house.  Once we got home, I lounged around doing some odds and ends.  At 4pm, Tom called and said we had a good offer and as soon as he got the contract, he would come up and go over it with us.  About 5 he came up and we got the offer.  We countered and they accepted.  YIPPEEEEE!!!!!  SOOOO, the inspection is tomorrow at 1:30.  Closing is set for May 22 and they take possession on June 5th!

We called the builder and we think things will move quick down there!  I am praying that by Labor Day we will all be living together in Delaware, OH!

Today is 2dpiui and other than the horrible allergies I am having I feel good.  I have to hold out 12 more days until I can test!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

IUI # 2

Today we went back to Cleveland for the second IUI. First, Jeff had to do his part, then they wash the sample. This takes about 45 minutes. We came back up and the procedure began. Let me just say that I hope to high heavens that this worked because it REALLY hurt this time. I mean like more of a difference between a male dr and a female nurse but then I think he did 'more' than the nurse. I dunno but it certainly was different than last time. I laid on the table for 15 minutes and we left.

We walked around legacy village and then went to Red Robin. YUMMM. I have taken it easy today. But tomorrow will be crazy! I pray that I have a sticky bean! Then I pray I have a happy healthy 9 months!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Basketball....and ovaries.

How about my Wildcats???  Whoohooo!!!  I actually stayed awake for the entire game.  It was so exciting.  I was weepy a few times but especially when they cut down that net!  I loved it!  My brother, Nicholas called me at 1:00 and had obviously been drinking was very excited about the game.  He was so funny.  but I couldn't get him off the phone for an at 2 I got him off and went to sleep.  My alarm went off at 5 to go run.  THREE hours of sleep.  Strangely enough, I felt pretty good all day yesterday.  I ran 2.5 in the morning and then walked 2.5-ish in the afternoon.  I am sure the WIN helped.

Now, the ovaries part of the topic!  I had my CD11 scan this am in Cleveland.  I have three follicles on the left and two on the right.  So five total.  The doctor was very pleased with how I respond to the Clomid.  Typically in women 41 my age, the response isn't as good.  My response is great especially since we lowered the dose of Clomid for this cycle.  He is also pleased that there are follicles on both sides rather than last time having them all on the right.

So, what does this mean?

Tomorrow am, I will do the OPK and report my results.  If positive, then the IUI will be Friday.  If negative, I will go to Cleveland on Friday morning and then trigger for IUI on Saturday.

I just can't help think that having the IUI this HOLY weekend is a very positive thing in my book.  

By the way, yes, five follicles could potentiality mean five babies.  I am not worrying about that, get me a positive pregnancy test and then I will worry....maybe!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Another fast week?

I can't believe that it is Thursday already. Thankfully these weeks do seem to go pretty fast, once we get past Tuesday! I am still taking my Clomid until Saturday.

I am so looking forward to Saturday! It will be a true MARSH MADNESS FInal Four party. My aunt, uncle and cousin are coming up to watch the UK game. My grandma and grandpa would be so proud. There will be cheering and partying Saturday night!!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Weekend Wrap-Up on Tuesday

Jeff got home on Friday evening!  I was SO happy to see him!  The pups were very happy too!  (UK posted a WIN!!!)

Saturday morning we were up and out of bed by 7:30 so we could get the house clean for someone to look at it!  By 10:30 am we had cleaned the entire house and were taking the pups to the park for a nice walk.  By 11:30, I ran 4 miles and Jeff and the dogs had walked almost 3.  Jeff then washed the CR-V while I washed his clothes.  Then Jeff ran and picked up pizza and Apple TV, so I could watch Season 2 of Downton Abbey.  We collapsed in bed about 10:00.

Sunday morning we were up at 6:30 to shower and get ready for Kendyl's Baptism.  We drove down for the 10:30 Mass.  11:30 Baptism and then party.  Pictures hopefully will follow.  Then we went to Jodi and Greg to watch the UK game.  After the game we went to my parent's house for a surprise from my parents.  They got us a brownie cake for our first anniversary...the girl who made them for the wedding made it for us and boy are they delish.

Monday morning was back to C-bus for Jeff and I had work.  After work I walked with Janet!

This am I went to Cleveland for CD3 scan.  (All is good) had the dryer repaired and the refrigerator part ordered was at the accountant, the post office and at work by 10:00.  I am exhausted.  This afternoon, I am walking with Janet then going to Mass and the St. Anthony Novena. 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Product of the week: Urban Decay

Let me preface this with I am NOT a huge make up wearer.  I actually revolted a few years ago and rarely wore makeup at all.  I chose to sleep those extra minutes.  I think it had something to do with marathon training exhaustion.  At least that is my story!

So hubby was out of town all Michelle went shopping to Sephora.  I had mentioned before the Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner and I had planned to buy a new color.  While I was there, I found a very pretty brown. It is called Bourbon.  For a Kentucky gal, that is a great name!
Then, I saw the most beautiful shades of brown eye shadow.  I HAD to have.  Little did I know that they are a hot item.  I got the Naked 2 palette.

I love it!  The colors blend so well.  I actually feel like I know what I am doing.  (Okay, so I watched a couple of youtube videos to help me along) I highly recommend this product.  It isn't cheap, but will make you feel great!

I also got a sample of Eyeshadow Primer Potion


PS: I bought the Downy Unstoppables that Alicia suggested and my towels have never smelled so good!  Thanks!  (She also suggested some vodka that I need to go find!)