Wednesday, October 10, 2012


We are now officially 14 weeks along, which means we are out of the troublesome 1st trimester YAY.

So far I am feeling good but this past week I have had some particularly brutal headaches. I mean migraine strength, feels like your eyeballs are throbbing headaches. I had to go home early yesterday because it was so bad and I don't even remember driving home (which probably wasn't really safe). So I found a wonderful chiropractor that specializes in prenatal care yesterday and i even got in to see her last night. She was amazing, turns out my neck was out of place and cramped up 6 ways from Sunday. She also did some active muscle release on my hip, which has been bothering me for awhile now too. Of course today I feel like I was beaten with a 2x4 but I can feel a difference too. My headache is far less severe and my hip and leg have not gone numb yet. I just have to wait for the swelling from the "fixing" goes down then hopefully I'll feel back up to snuff :)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Pregnancy is boring ;)

It's not really, but after the initial fun and secrecy, and learning everything there is to learn about the early stages of pregnancy, it kind of feels like you just sit there twiddling your thumbs wondering what to do next.

We have seen the heart beat. We have made it past eight weeks, which is when your miscarriage risk is supposed to lower. We have book our scans and tests for the end of the first trimester. I've shopped for maternity clothes. We've gone through the baby section in several stores to map out the things that we need and the things that we want. We've even announced on Facebook with a cute picture!

It just feels like there's nothing really much else to do for now. So I guess I'll go back to focusing on work (as much as I can with pregnancy's a real thing!!). Wish me luck all :D

Friday, August 31, 2012

A Good Week

I went to see my osteopath on Tuesday. I got to tell him that he has magic hands (that's what my Mom says anyways) because he did some work on me the day that I got a positive ovulation test. We were talking about some stuff and he believes that if a woman has all of her energies in order and a nicely balanced system before she gets pregnant then there's no reason for her to have morning sickness. I mentioned that I have not been sick yet but that I have had some pretty good nausea. All he said was hmm, and then he started working on my head. After falling asleep on the table and waking myself up by snoring (how embarrassing!) my head felt great. That night I had an amazing sleep and I haven't had any nausea since!! My stomach still gets a little flip-floppy when I need to eat but nothing like before. Maybe he really does have magic hands :)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Once again.

I must apologize again for not returning for such a long time, but I have a good reason this time. There has been so much that I've wanted to blog about but I couldn't/shouldn't. But I feel safer now in saying that I am now officially 8 weeks and 1 day pregnant!!!

With the busy month I had in July I can assure you that this came as quite a shock. I was feeling off and kind of sick for a few days so my darling husband suggested I take a test. I thought it was a bit early but we had 2 left over from the month before so I took it. I was completely floored when it came back positive.

In my past when I do finally get the positive pregnancy test it's not usually until after I have had a weird period and then start to get the weird symptoms, usually around week 6. So I was totally stoked when I got this one before my period was even due!

Then came the awful waiting period of blood work to make sure my HCG levels were rising appropriately. I was freaking out a little when they didn't call me back right away but then I realized that's a good thing. Last time I had a pregnancy gone wrong they were phoning me and updating me and rushing me into the doctor's office the very days the blood work was being done. They finally got a hold of me 2 days later to let me know that my levels were rising properly but that they started out a little low (enter panic mode now) so they wanted me to do even more bloodwork.

After the 3rd round of blood work, which was on a Tuesday, I didn't hear back from them until the next week when I had my first ultrasound. I decided to take it as a good thing that they were not getting in touch with me. My ultrasound went amazing. The technician confirmed that it was in the right spot and consistent development wise to where I was in my pregnancy at the time (5 weeks 6 days). When I had my follow-up with the fertility doctor they said that because there was no heartbeat yet they wanted to repeat the ultrasound the next week. This made me panic a little more again but when I looked it up it was actually very rare to see a heartbeat that early.

The next Monday I went for my 2nd ultrasound and THERE WAS A HEARTBEAT!!! 124 BPM!!! Never been so happy in my life! The technician even showed us, my husband could see it, I was too teary eyed. But it was amazing all the same.

So now we are officially in baby mode, which means I alternate between being amazingly happy and terrified every 2 minutes, but I'll take it :)

I have been released from the fertility program and wen I went to see my regular doctor to set up a prenatal file she said she hasn't seen me this relaxed and tranquil since she's known me.

I did find out I have a small perigestational bleed but that just means I have to take it easy and no heavy lifting. I can handle that.

As far as the fun symproms go I have had some nausea and a lot of heartburn, but nothing worse than that yet and now that I'm past the 8 week mark hopefully it stays that way.

Fingers crossed :)

Monday, July 30, 2012

Sorry bout that.

It has been a crazy crazy two and some weeks. I feel like I haven't had time to breath! We went to Stampede for a few days. We had the company barbeque. Then there was a movie night. We also went out with my Mom for my birthday, and then I went out with some friends then next night for my birthday. We had planned to stay home that weekend but that didn't happen either, hahaha. This past week included a sick day, a night out with a girlfriend, an impromptu fishing trip that turned into a day trip up to Canmore, a football game, and a Zoo day.

I haven't even had time to notice that I hadn't blogged in so long, or that I'm "suffering" the TWW! Ah well, no plans this week at all. So I can catch up on Big Brother and watch some Olympics. So proud of our Canadian Girls for winning a medal already!!! I love Diving, it's one of my favorite sports.

So I'm off to relax (as much as one can at work anyways) and I'll be back sooner this time :)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Caffeine Drip goes here!

The lack of coffee is killing me, but I know I will survive. I've had headaches and I've been trying to up my water intake to help combat that. I did go to yoga Monday and it felt great. I wasn't even too sore after. I missed yoga last night though. My hair appointment was longer than I thought it should be. Oh, well at least it's a real reason and not just an excuse. I did not get home until 8:20 and the class unfortunately started at 7:55.

We're heading back to the Calgary Stampede tonight so that will mean lots of walking around, but I'm excited anyways. Then tomorrow is party time. We are going to a BBQ then to the Stampede Chuckwagon Races, and then back to the place having the BBQ for the after party. Should be a good time!!

Monday, July 9, 2012

And moving on...

Well I did not spontaneously combust yesterday, although I think that may only have been because the vast amounts of sweat were putting out the flames. But the rodeo was great. I had a great day with just me and my hubby (and the millions of others at the Stampede). We also bought our *winning* tickets for the dream home, the truck & trailer, and the truck & boat.

So my goal for this week is to do 3 yoga classes, Tonight is going to be hips & shoulders (ouch), and hopefully I get out of my hair appointment early enough on Wednesday to make it to the Yin Yoga class (please, it looks so relaxing), and then I'm aiming to hit up the Yoga Flow class on Saturday.

It's going to be a crazy busy week though!! Tuesday I am meeting up with a new friend to see Magic Mike, Wednesday is my luxurious hair appointment, Thursday we are hitting the Stampede grounds again to see all there is to see, and Friday we are back at Stampede for the Chuckwagons. Good times Y'all!!

My other goal for this week is to give up coffee. This may be a stupid week to do it but I'm tired of making excuses for myself. I can tell you that today sucks already but I intend to preserver. I am allowing myself green tea for now to avoid total caffeine withdrawl, plus I have about a week's worth left.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Oh Dear

So, here's the situation. On Wednesday I started taking the fertility drugs again. The one side effect I've really noticed is the hot flashes. Today is the hottest day of the year and we're heading out to sit in the sun at the Calgary Stampede Rodeo!!! I'll keep you posted on whether or not I spontaneously combust.

On another note I may have found a doctor that I really like. She believes in holistic medicine, she's testing everything including vitamin deficiencies, and she's going to personally do my acupuncture. She believes that through the acupuncture she can help balance my thyroid and insulin resistance to help me lose weight, and to help with my fertility issues. She also said it will help with my stress and depression. I'm just so happy to have a doctor that's not saying that I'm not out of whack enough for them to help me :)

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Back to Normal

Sorry to everyone about the negative post yesterday. It was some stuff I just had to vent, but moving on...

So I had promised I would go to yoga but life got in the way. First I had not washed my yoga towel from the session before so it wasn't pretty, plus we were very unprepared for our long weekend camping trip so a lot of our time was soaked up with that. So here's a review of what's kept us so busy for the last two weeks.

First Book Club book, and I found out later hardly anyone had read it.

I went to my first book club with a meet-up group last Friday night. It was a good time but sometimes a little awkward as most of the women there had teen-aged or grown children. There were a lot of conversations that I couldn't really relate to. I won't let that stop me, they were wonderful women who are all in the same position as me in that they want to meet some new people but have a hard time with it. I will definitely be going back when they resume in the fall.

My darling husband and I went to our first meet-up group together to go see Rock of Ages. It was a hilarious movie and we met some people that we really enjoyed and look forward to hanging out with in the future. So all in all it was a successful night.

For the long weekend we went camping at Pigeon Lake. It was mostly good except for the rain on Sunday. We got soaked!! I might add that rain, cold, lack of sleep, and PMS are a horrible combination. It wasn't the happiest time that morning but we got through it. Otherwise we had a ton of fun. Jason's friend came out with a boat and we all got to go boating and fishing on the lake, of course we didn't catch anything, but it was fun regardless. My sister-in-law had a nibble but it got away :(

It was also our golden retriever Gibson's first boat ride. He was a little whiny but otherwise I think he did great. That is until later when he was acting like a petulant two year old. He kept going into the bushes and just throwing himself around and he would absolutely pout if we told him to get out of there. The poor dog was so tired. He went to bed completely willingly (which is not normal for him). But he loved it out there.

Jason and Gibson, believe it or not they are not posing.
Gibson believes he is hiding.

And last but not least we went to Bull Bustin last night for our anniversary. It was at Ranchman's and it was really good. Of course I will never understand how people can drink so much at 8.50 a drink but that's just my opinion. The bull riding was good and they definitely made a lot of money for charity with the calcutta.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

A Bitter Day

3 years ago today I spent our 5th wedding anniversary in the hospital having my first ectopic pregnancy removed. It had been the first pregnancy so we had been so excited. The entire day was filled with dread and depression and was the starting point for our fertility issues. So I have officially been dealing with fertility issues for 3 years now, I am not going to lie, I am having a hard time focusing on the fact that it should be a positive anniversary (wedding) opposed to a negative one. The fact that it is cycle day 1 makes the situation that much worse.

This is a sucky post but this is what is on my mind today and I needed to get it out there so that I can enjoy my husband and our love for our plans this evening.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

What workout makes you happy? How the F**k should I know!?!

So I read an article recently on how the best way to stick to your workout is to do the exercise that makes you happy....REALLY!?!?!?!

If exercise made me happy I wouldn't be in the position I am now!!! Seriously, I don't understand some people.

I do like yoga though. I have purchased a membership to The Yoga Studio that is a 3 minute walk from our house. I have gone once in the past month (oops). That one time made me so sore I could not move properly for 2 days, please refer to the anecdote at the end of my introduction. But the thing is that I really enjoyed the class and I know that if I do it for a few more weeks I'll be able to continue functioning in my life outside of yoga. However, it seems like a mighty big hump to get over.

I also like to ride bikes, but I have a fear of falling so I'm not very adventurous on that front. I was debating on bring my bike to work and going on a leisurely bike ride at lunch times because it's far more active than sitting at my desk reading a book. The problem I have with this is that my bike is broken and I don't know how to fix it. Time to enlist my darling husband I think.

I have tried running and I hate it. I'm far too jiggly to be comfortable. It hurts my knees and ankles. My chest is far to big for it to be enjoyable at all no matter how high impact the bra says it supports. I do, however, love the idea of being a runner. I love the idea of the freedom of running and the ability to just go. But I think it's time to be realistic about my never becoming a runner.

I also love swimming but not as exercise, more as a way to splash around being an idiot. And I have never been good at formal sports even when I was fit. I just lack the coordination to keep it together. Not to mention that way to many people are far to serious about the games that are meant to be just for fun.

I will keep my eyes open though for the stuff that is fun. I promise myself to at least try to get over the hump of my yoga practice. In fact I promise that i will go to my second hips & shoulders class tonight.

Then I will let you know on Saturday what piece of furniture I got stuck in this time :)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Drunk Instructors!!!

We went to a beer and wine making class tonight to learn some new techniques. We made some wine for everyone for Christmas last year and it was a huge success.

Sadly I don't feel like I learned much. At the beginning they explained that there would be samples, but not to worry as you'll drink approximately one glass throughout the entire evening. FALSE!!! I think we drank closer to a bottle than a glass.

All free of course plus we got to try some new stuff to make next. The one instructor seemed to have some kind of one for them, one for me policy because there is no way that man was not drunk!!!!!

Ah well, we spent the night out of the house, got a few new wrinkles in our brain, and most of all FREE WINE!!!

A good night was had by all :)

Monday, June 18, 2012

Alcohol, Garage Sales, and Heartburn Oh My!!

I haven't done a second blog post until now because we were crazy busy trying to survive our first Garage Sale. I think we did well although our pricing judgement may have been impaired by alcohol extreme exhaustion.

Part of my plan to lose weight has been to focus on having my body working properly. My first step in that direction is to balance out the acidity that seems to be abundant by the daily episodes of heartburn that I would get. So I bought this thingy (the technical word I'm sure) that goes into my water bottle to alkalize the water. Since I started using that I have not had heartburn once in the last 3 1/2 weeks. Until last night. It is my own fault though as I don't think I ate one vegetable the entire weekend and I might as well have set up a caffeine IV drip over Friday and Saturday. But I survived and now I need to get back o n track!!

My one major lesson I learned over the weekend is that you should not go to the grocery store after 4 hours of sleep, 9 hours of garage sale operations and haggling, and a few Long Island Iced Tea (Boston Pizza Size!!). It's really not a good idea, especially if you get a bit giddy and giggly after a few wobbly pops (GUILTY). Looking back I am fairly sure that not everything in Safeway is absolutely hilarious. I am also fairly sure that several people probably thought that I was either stoned or a nut job or both.

The one major highlight of the garage sale was watching two adorable senior citizens take 20 minutes to dig through a bin of junk, literally, to pick out what they want, which in the end wound up being everything but some rocks, a broken bucket, and the bin itself. The things people will do for some cheap deck sealer, a Corona bucket and weed & feed right!

I'm going to force myself to do some yoga tonight, hopefully I'll be able to move this time.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

An Intro to the world of me

So I feel like my first blog post should be some history about myself. It might seem a bit long winded and you can feel free to skip this one if you like.

I am 31 years old. In about 3 weeks I will have been happily married for 8 years. I went to school to gain a diploma in Social work but I am done with that already so I am currently working as an administrative assistant (although I am currently pressing for a new title).

I have had some weight issues since I was 20 years old. I feel like they have compounded over the years but I didn't really take them seriously at the time. In the past 3 years that I have been dealing with fertility issues I have really packed on some serious extra pounds. In my research about fertility issues I have begun to take my weight issues very seriously and want to do what I can to lose the weight in a healthy way.

The fertility issues started 3 years ago when I spent my 5th wedding anniversary in the hospital going into emergency surgery because the pregnancy that I was so excited about turned out to be ectopic. They save the tube, but turns out the scar tissue blocked it up. 3 years and so so many tests later there is still "nothing wrong with me" and I am now recovering from surgery again because they went in to remove the tube after another ectopic last summer.

To help with both the fertility and the weight I am seeing an osteopath to help get my body back to functioning the way it should be. I am also looking into seeing a naturopath. I am very tired of the doctors telling me that they can't help. I have high blood sugar and insulin resistance....but it's not high enough. I have low thyroid functioning....but not low enough. I have high estrogen and testosterone and low progesterone....but not enough. It's very frustrating to have them say that all of these things are wrong with me but there's nothing anyone can do because I haven't crossed the line.

Don't get me wrong, I don't want to be on a million medications, but I also feel like if I could just get a hand up I can really make this go my way.

Now to introduce my family :) There is myself and my Husband Jason. Our four furry "kids" a golden retriever named Gibson, a Bichon Shi Tzu named Kayla, and our 2 adorable cats named Izzy and Frankie.
I won't even get into extended family as there are far too many. I'm sure I'll mention them along the way, but for a quick review on Jason's side are his mom, dad, and sister along with a ton of extended family. My side has my mom, dad (step) and 3 sisters and then my dad (bio) and brother along with extended family but not nearly as much as Jason :)

So for those of you who have stuck with me this long I'll leave you with my predicament last night. I went to my first Hips & Shoulders yoga class on Monday night, I haven't worked out since before the surgery at the end of April so i was very sore yesterday. After the activities of the day I decided to settle in on the couch and read for a bit with it reclined back. My husband said he was going to bed and I just wanted to finish my chapter. So a little bit later I was going to head to bed myself but i could not for the life of me get up! I had stiffened up so bad that I couldn't get up enough to un-recline the couch!! How bad is that. Then I was thinking of how horrible it was that i was going to have to text my husband from the couch to come help me....then I realized my phone is on the charger across the room. Needless to say this was quite the first world problem!!!

Don't worry I made it up and off to bed :)