Cora's Baby Shower

Monday, August 3, 2015

This weekend was full of fun activities! I had the honor of helping host a baby shower for my sweet friend who is adopting her second child...a girl! She's the cutest little nugget but because the adoption isn't final yet, I'll have to wait on showing you her pretty face. ;)

We went with colors that will be used in the nursery, mint, gold, coral, and navy. We kind of went with a "Rifle Paper Co." theme and I love how it turned out. Take a look!

My Mom's banana bread recipe with home made cream cheese frosting...never fails!

Her dress is from Ann Taylor Loft...isn't it GORGEOUS?!

I'm so blessed to have this sweet friend in my life. She has been there for me the last two years in a major way and I'm so thankful for a friendship. It feels so good to have a friend who prays, encourages, and cares so incredibly much. I love you Rikki! :)

#nsale for toddlers

Friday, July 31, 2015

Come see if you were a winner of the Autumn Designs and Co. watercolor prints HERE.

I shouldn't have done it but I did. I peeked. And now I can't get these cute clothes out of my head! If I were shopping the Nordstrom sale these items would definitely be in my cart. As of now we're getting the shoes since she's going to be a flower girl again soon and plus she can wear them to preschool.

undies   shoes   shorts   pjs

As I was creating this collage Blair saw the vest and said, "Mom, are you buying that for me?" And I told her maybe someone would get it for her for Christmas and she replied, "That would be a GREAT idea!" This. Girl. Kills Me.  

Sale ends on Monday so get your deals in now!
I wasn't planning on (in)fertility Friday because I didn't think I would have anything new to say but it turns out I do. No, I'm not pregnant.

     I decided last minute that wanted to try injectables this month. It's the last step for me before IVF. I went to the doctor Thursday and had them do an ultrasound. Long story short is that I had some pretty big cysts on my ovaries, thanks to PCOS. The cysts were so big and plentiful that they would not allow me to try injectables this month. The cysts could possibly be housing eggs and using injectables with that would result in Nat and Matt (and Blair) plus 8

     Here's what I learned today... The PCOS is giving me cysts, which makes any other treatment besides IVF not possible (because the doctor's don't want to be responsible for another octomom). With IVF they can control how many fertilized eggs they put inside so I don't result in octomom. 

     I'm actually glad God closed the injectable door so quickly. Less research for me to do. So we are still on the same road to IVF in January. In September I'm going to see if Kaiser will give me a laparoscopy just to see what's going on in there but if they won't then that's that. We decided not to pay out of pocket for that since the solution to anything they could find in there would be IVF. Plus, I'm not thrilled with the idea of that surgery. Probably shouldn't have watched the YouTube videos on that. Ooops. 

This week I've been feeling more at peace. I just know that we have a date in mind for IVF and that I need to be patient for that. I'm still keeping myself in check by reminding myself that IVF may not be the solution to may not work at all. Which would be horrible. But, the benefit would clearly outweigh the negative. And we will never know unless we try. The doctors are optimistic that I would be a good candidate for it since I'm "young" (to their standards) and "healthy" (weird, because I'm not healthy enough to get pregnant on my own.) But hey I'll take their complements! ;)

I'm off to the beach for a couple weeks with B so this is my sparse blog warning. :)

Fresh Face

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Things got crazy over here yesterday; as in I updated my (much overdue) blog appearance. I've been wanting to do something more sophisticated, after all I am thirty one now. ;) Although I will miss seeing Matt and Blair's mug at the top of my blog I think this change is for the better. Clean, feminine, and classy. That's me! (My friends are all rolling their eyes. They know better.)

But seriously, guys, I was an HTML BOSS yesterday. I bought the template here and installed the whole thing by myself. If you know how much I hate learning new tech stuff you are so proud of me right now. I literally spent the rest of yesterday afternoon and evening patting myself on the back. Just ask M. :)

I still have a couple "bugs" to work out but overall I am pretty pleased! What do you think? And thanks, Natasha, for the inspiration!


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I know I'm late in this round up but it's because I've been avoiding the #nsale. I didn't want to be tempted by all the pretties that Nordstrom had to offer this season but I just couldn't stay away from browsing. Here's my best tip about Nordstrom, in the Junior's department! They have really cute stuff for a fraction of the cost of the "grown up" department. The majority of the items below are B.P. baby! Also can you tell that aside from the dress that I'm in the mood to be cozy over here? 

Dress    Tee    Blouse
Sweater    Jacket    Jeans

Mom, if you're reading this and in the mood to get some of your Christmas shopping done I wear a size small (7 shoe). ;) 

Blair's First Sleepover

Monday, July 27, 2015

      We had a great weekend but man am I pooped. M and his friends were out of town so the wives and kids stayed over here. I have an irrational fear of staying home alone so my friends kept me company along with their littles. We were productive and did some mad crafting for some showers that I have coming up while the kids demolished the house. ;)

     We thought it would be fun to attempt a "sleepover" and let the girls sleep together in Blair's bed. They were hilarious and stayed awake for a good two hours before pooping out. Around two am I heard Blair's friend crying for her mama on the monitor so I grabbed her and put her in bed with her mama in the guest room. The rest of the night was a blur as I was in and out of B's bed (finally just crashing there). She managed to develop a cough over night which is always fun. :/

Aside from the bedtime shenanigans these girls were in heaven. I see many a sleep over in their future! Hopefully without their mamas. :)

I'm sure this won't be the first time a boy tries to crash the party. ;)
I hope these monkeys jumping on the bed made your Monday a little happier!

(in)Fertility Fridays

Friday, July 24, 2015

Balancing besties keeping us mamas and dadas on our toes!

     I've almost survived my first month on a budget (the horrible "B" word). I have to say that saving for IVF is annoying but there is NOTHING more motivating than saving to pay for your BABY. So, I'm determined to say the least. I will stick to that budget with a vengeance! I'm writing about this under "medical" because that is all that's going on right now medically. Saving for IVF. Right now the plan is to start that process in January but of course I hold my plans very loosely now. The only other medical news is that I started taking maca root again. Some herbal root that's supposed to help regulate my body. Meh. We will see. Can't hurt.

     I keep thinking that this time of waiting will get easier but it really hasn't. Maybe I'm getting better at tolerating it but it's still oh so hard. I've decided that if I have to wait then I may as well choose to be happy while I wait instead of miserable. Easier said than done, right? I'm trying really hard to be content and focus on Blair (because she is the sweetest nugget alive I'm convinced). I'm also trying to grasp and come to terms with the fact that she may be our only child. I want to be okay with I'm working on it. Some people never get to have kids and I am blessed with her so it's important for me to focus on that. And also ultimately recognizing Jesus as my full portion.

     Yet again I'm loving my little devotional. One day this week it talked about how we can't help others unless we ourselves have experienced suffering, "To do and suffer God's will is the highest form of faith. We cannot do good to others save at a cost to ourselves, and our afflictions are the price we pay for our ability to sympathize. If you are going to be a helper, you must first be a sufferer. The present circumstance, which presses so hard against you, is the best-shaped tool in the Father's hand to chisel you for eternity. Trust Him, then. Do not push away the instrument or you will lose how it is shaping you." 
     If God is putting me through the fire right now so I can be of help to others then I am all for this suffering. I truly love talking to other women struggling with fertility and encouraging them. I'm passionate about it! I do not want this suffering to be purposeless. With that said I also don't want it to last ten years so can we compromise, God? ;)

The OC Fair

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Orange County Fair. We came, we ate, and we won. I made sure I ran the morning of our fair excursion to help balance out the fried food I would inevitably eat later. On the top of my list were the fried avocados and fried Klondike bar. Delish! Not only did we eat our way through the fair we also were determined to win a stuffed donut. And although M is a major penny pincher he couldn't resist the ball toss and had to play. Jokes on the fair though because he won TWO prizes! A stuffed donut for me Blair and a unicorn for her friend. :)

All my nursing mamas our there feel your pain mama pig!

Till we meet again next year, fair! I'm sure it will take me that long to work off those gnarly calories.