Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 in Review

As you can tell, I have not been a good blogger lately.  I have a lot I want to update you on but have not had the energy to write... I hope I will get better about that in 2012.

Dresden at Creating Motherhood had a creative way of posting a year-end recap that I thought I would leverage.  It probably will not mean much to anyone who reads it but I got a lot out of doing this little exercise.

Take the first sentence of the first blog post of each month...  

January:  I know, I know, I've been MIA.

February:    I have so many interesting twists and turns to share this week... a series of short posts.

March:    I've got 8 eggs!!!

April:    This is a random thought that hit me on the acupuncture table today... which is odd because I rarely have negative thoughts in my state of relaxation.

May:    I went to my first Resolve meeting this week (for those lucky enough not to know, Resolve is an Infertility support/advocacy organization). 

June:     I told the nurse to go ahead and book the appointment with Dr. T, fully expecting it would be late June. 

July:  So there is yet another bump in the road on the way to my baby bump. 

August:  Just a quick update because I've been up since 4:30am ET and I'm going to try to get to bed by 9pm Mountain Time. 

September:    Did you see Giuliana & Bill last night? 

October:    Again, plagiarized word-for-word from Jen at This Is Personal. 

November:  I've been feeling like my blog has become a broken record (and just imagine that there are younger generations in the world who will never really understand this analogy).  

December:    My apologies for my delay in posting the results from my POM Charm Givea.way.  

Happy New Year my friends!  I hope that 2012 brings you everything your heart desires!!

Monday, December 12, 2011


*Pregnancy Discussed*

Today I had another ultrasound to see the baby.  I have been nervous for days about the scan.  The only thing that has been reassuring is that "morning sickness" kicked in at 7 weeks.  And then I threw up (for the second time) last night, so I was reassured that things must be progressing with baby - so I slept great (with incredible dreams).

At my 6w3d ultrasound I didn't see anything but a tiny blob.  I couldn't see (or hear) the heartbeat... I couldn't make anything out.  But the doctor saw what she needed to and that was enough for me.

Today's scan was amazing!  As soon as Wandy was in place, I saw the baby.  And it was a REAL baby!  And I immediately saw the heart beating.  And then I heard the heartbeat.  170bpm.  It wasn't moving around but its right arm was waiving.  I saw several angles including the back (spine developing) and side.  I honestly believe that the only ultrasound you can really make out is your own.  Or maybe because I saw it live on the screen, it's easier for me to make it out in the picture now.

Morning Sickness   I won't complain about it.  Tied in with the fatigue it makes me feel "off" most of the day.  But it is also reassuring.  On the days it's lighter, I tend to worry a little (hence, my good night of sleep after throwing up last night).  I also have a crappy appetite.  Nothing sounds appealing although I find myself wanting a burger fairly frequently.  But I also have a sweet tooth now, which is unusual for me.

My Refrigerator  It finally bit the dust.  It's been threatening since early this summer but it's been doing well the last month or two.  This weekend I realized that it is not nearly as cold as it needs to be.  I bought a thermometer and it was only 55 in the fridge (the freezer is fine).  I had the repair guy out today and he couldn't find anything wrong other than cleaning the coils.  That didn't do it - so I know I need to replace it (and had to throw just about everything out).  I went to Home Depot tonight and found one that I want that fits my awkward (limited) space.  It's more than I want to spend and can't be delivered until after Christmas.

I'm going to look a little more - since I'm going to see my family for Christmas, I can live without it until then but it makes my already difficult to please appetite even more difficult, as I can't keep milk, OJ, cheese, etc.  Cereal & OJ has been a staple...  oh well.

Hormones   My estrogen is good so I get to decrease my patches to 1 every other day (rather than 2).  My progesterone is fine but they are not decreasing anything just yet... still taking the 3x/day suppositories.

OB   My first OB appointment is tomorrow.  I don't know what to expect, so we'll see!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

And The Winner Is...

My apologies for my delay in posting the results from my POM Charm Givea.way.  Things have gotten away from me recently, but that's a post for another day.

Thank you to the two bloggers who reblogged my post to enter the Giveaw.ay!  I obviously have a bit to learn about running a blog contest because I had envisioned dozens of entries, meaning dozens of posts spreading the word about POM Charms. I am happy to have shared the POM Charms with our little community regardless.  I wear my POM Charm necklace frequently and always receive comments on it, which allows me to share the story behind it.

Without further ado, the WINNER is [insert drumroll]  Mama Time Bomb!!

Congratulations Mama Time Bomb!  I will notify you on your blog and let you know how to claim your prize.