Monday, January 26, 2015

Val Day for Toddlers

*** just realized that I never posted this on Friday...whoopsies!

Have you been seeing all the cute things out for Valentine's Day yet? I'm a sucker for holiday attire, gifts, decor etc. Basically I love holidays. ;) This year JCrew did not disappoint (but ugh they are so expensive for toddler clothing) and Gap had some cute items too (no surprise there). Check them out!






And while the boys selection is not quite as extensive (let's be real Val Day is for the ladies) I didn't forget about you boy Mamas!


If my wallet were overflowing I'd be outfitting Blair head to toe in JCrew, but it's not, so she will be donning last year's Val Day sweater because it still fits. ;) 



PS I probably really won't have much news to report fertility-wise until after I meet with my new doctor in a couple weeks to look more extensively at my thyroid/hormones. So till then "Infertility Fridays" will be on hold. :)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Whole Thirty Thursday

We are 21 days in and I have to say I'm ready for a donut. All these things I read talk about how you will have boundless energy and will lose weight. I have to say I'm not impressed. My energy level hasn't seemed to increase (but I had a lot of energy before this) and I've lost a whopping 2-3 pounds. Are. You. Joking. Me. I gave up desserts for that?! I know I know this is all in the name of getting healthier for fertility reasons but come on let's be real...I was hoping to shed a few Christmas lbs too.

I do have to say I am LOVING my new weight lifting routine for the gym. I took before pictures, measured, did my body fat % (yikes) and hope to see some results by the end of April when the contest ends just in time for swim suit season! ;)

Here are some of the top contenders as far as meals go this week...

Egg, tomato, spinach, chicken sausage, bell pepper scramble.

What I had to resort to out of sheer laziness and lack of leftovers. Tuna with mustard (it was so dry I was gagging it down), left over brussel sprouts (which I actually love), annnnd two pickles. See? It's a good thing I have Matt!
Chile chicken lime burgers from Trader Joes, sprouts, guac, onion, bell pepper, with a lettuce bun. And sweet potato fries! This is one of my favorite meals for sure.
This weekend I'm hosting a baby shower and I'm already sad because I know I won't be able to eat jack. Sigh. I just have to look at the big picture and know this is all for a good cause. Brownies and cake will be here forever but my baby makin' years will not. ;)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Pretty Sneaky

I keep saying it but this age is my favorite! Blair says the most hilarious things and has so much personality now I just love her to death. In exchange for a sucker she let me snap a few pics of her at the grocery store this week. ;)





Even though she's wearing the "pretty sneaky" shirt I'm the one who had to be sneaky in order to get some pics of her without dirty baby. She stayed in the shopping cart and observed if you were wondering where she was. ;)

sweater: Cotton On
shirt: kate spade for gap
shoes: freshly picked
bow: happiness lives here etsy shop

Monday, January 19, 2015

Autumn Designs and Co. Valentine's Chalkboard Prints

Hi friends! Valentine's Day is right around the corner and we just stocked the shop with some fun chalkboard prints! Digital and hard copies are available so find something for someone you love (or yourself!) and grab them a gift.






All purchases can be made at Autumn Designs and Co. :)

Friday, January 16, 2015

(In)Fertility Friday

Medical

Headed out to my 3rd acupuncture appointment today. I stopped taking my progesterone because the acupuncturist told me not to so he could see what my body did on its own. No surprise to me I started spotting right after ovulation all the way up until my cycle started early on day 24. Surely this is TMI but I like to keep record of it so feel free to read on.

I'm actually going to start seeing a hormonal specialist in Palm Springs ASAP via a recommendation from a (now pregnant!) friend. She had some similar issues to me and was prescribed some bioidentical progesterone etc that she swears by and after two months was prego. She is now 4 months prego! You know who you are;) From what I gather this doctor looks at your blood tests in depth (from a lab he recommends) and tells you what your hormonal deficiencies are then prescribes bioidentical drugs to compensate for your low hormones. Apparently not all doctors measure hormones quite so extensively. For example there are five measurements taken for hypothyroidism 1 T2 T3 T4 T5 T6. My current doctor only looks at level 5 and 6 and told me I'm good to go with my thyroid. However, with hypothyroid running in my family (and me having serveral symptoms of it) I'm curious to see what this new doctor will tell me when he looks at all 6 aspects of my thyroid. I don't know if any of this makes sense. Basically I'm giving everything a shot before we decide IVF is our only hope.

Emotional

I'm feeling hopeful with the acupuncture, new diet, and my essential oils. I'm also really looking forward to meeting this hormonal specialist with my Mom. (Did I mention she's even going to pay for it?!) She truly believes it could help me and I'm excited about it. I do get overwhelmed because there are literally SO many reasons to as why I'm not getting pregnant. I often don't even know where to begin and what treatment is good or what is a waste of time but I've got a year to figure that out before we pull out the big guns.

Spiritual

I heard/read some great and encouraging things this week. Here they are in no particular order...

Psalms 34:18-19 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous person may have many troubles but the Lord delivers him from them all.  

1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxieties on him because he cares for you. "You are staggering beneath a weight that your Father would not feel. What seems to you a crushing burden would be to him but as the small dust of the balance. Nothing is so sweet as to lie passive in God's hands and know no will but his. Child of suffering, be patient. God has not passed you over. He who is the feeder of the sparrows will also furnish you with what you need. Do not sit in despair, hope on. There is one who cares for you. His eye is fixed on you. His heart beats with pity for your woe, and his all knowing hand shall bring you the needed help. He will bind up your wounds and heal your broken heart. Do not doubt his grace because of your tribulation, but believe that he loves you as much in seasons of trial as in times of happiness. God has never refused to bear your burdens, he has never fainted under their weight. Say goodbye to anxiety and leave all your concerns in the hand of a gracious God." Charles Spurgeon.

I hope that encourages those of you in trials as much as it did for me. 

And here's a little bit of Blair for your life...
"Mom! Come get in my tabernacle!" LOL clearly this girl has been studying the life of Moses in her Bible study.
 
Earlier this week she enjoyed her rainbow necklace at the library craft time.


Happy weekend!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Whole 30 Thursday

I'm happy to say the fatigue and bloating have subsided...phew! Here's what I've noticed so far...

More Energy: I notice that I wake up in the morning before my alarm goes off. This is not to say that I choose to get up or out of bed at that time but hey, my body is at least feeling refreshed enough to wake up all on its own.

Less Cellulite: Notice I did not say "no" cellulite. If I'm not imagining it I really do think that the overall appearance of cellulite is less. Two more weeks of this and it should be gone. Haha.

Better Mood: I don't know if it is because I know what I am eating is so darn good for me that I feel proud of myself or what but I'm feeling determined and really good about what I'm eating.

Perseverance: I'm actually considering doing this for a lot longer than 30 days. It practically matches my fertility diet that my doctor recommended anyway so I think M and I are going to keep at it. I might throw in the occasional dessert for special occasions but aside from that I think we are going to keep this up. It's good for us and can only help our cause.

Exercise: I haven't noticed that the gym is any easier lately or that my performance has improved but maybe that takes time.

Here are some of the highlights from our menu this week...

Pancakes: aka bananas and eggs. 2 eggs for every banana sprinkled with cinnamon. Technically pancakes are a no-no because they trigger responses in your brain differently than just eating two eggs and a banana the regular way but to be honest I'm not out to change my brain chemistry. I just want to eat whole, healthy food. So bring on the pancakes.

Pulled pork from the crockpot, squash and onion medley, avocado, and blackberries. Simple but good.

Bear with me on this one...Shepherd's Pie. I know it looks like a pile of doo but it was very tasty! Ground beef, a carrot medley, celery, onion, all covered with mashed potatoes (using coconut milk and Ghee butter). Very hearty and very tasty!
I encountered my first trial this weekend...the dreaded birthday party! It actually was totally fine. They had a slider food truck so I just got my sliders with no bun, sauce, or cheese and they were still quite tasty! I had to pass on the cupcakes and cake but honestly I was ok with that. I had a great time hanging out with my friends from high school which was a great distraction!

The cupcakes sure were darn cute though!

My whole 30 go-to girl is on my left in the leopard sweater. It sure helps to have a friend who has gone through it!
Happy Thursday friends! It's almost the weekend!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Hobby Lobby Finds

Last week my Mom and I headed out to Hobby Lobby (my favorite!) so I could return a couple things and get some decorations for Blair's birthday celebration. They always have the cutest stuff! Here is what I am loving...

Huge monogram letters for $12!
Pretty cute if you ask me!
How fun and beautiful is this print? If I only had a spot for it...

The chicest dishware!
I found this umbrella for her "Peppa Pig" party since Peppa loves jumping in muddy puddles. Blair insisted on keeping her baby dry from the rain while we shopped. Apparently Hobby Lobby gets very stormy weather inside. ;)
Happy Tuesday!
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